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    Expert Roundup: Hurricane Preparedness

    Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 11:59 AM [Expert Alerts]
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    With NOAA expecting a rough hurricane season this year, following are experts from the ProfNet network who are available for interviews on various topics related to hurricane preparedness.

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    ADA Obligations
    Robert Fine
    Shareholder; Chair, ADA, Accessibility, Building & Life Safety Codes Practice
    Greenberg Traurig LLP
    Fine can discuss ADA obligations when rebuilding, as well as how ADA codes affect rebuilding of historic properties. He authored a Greenberg Traurig alert, “Hurricane Matthew’s Shift West May Impose Requirements on South Florida Property Owners and Construction Sites” (
    Contact: Elaine Walker,

    Building Preparation
    Michael Thomas
    Shareholder; Real Estate, Litigation Practice
    Greenberg Traurig LLP
    Thomas focuses his practice on construction law and litigation matters. He can discuss what builders can do post-hurricane and to prepare for the next storm.
    Contact: Elaine Walker,

    Business Risks
    Benjamin Collier, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Risk Management, Fox School of Business
    Temple University
    "Hurricanes and other natural disasters have often caught businesses unprepared. For example, in a recent study, my colleagues and I found that many New York-area businesses weren’t insured for the losses created by Sandy. Small businesses and young businesses were especially unlikely to insure and had difficulty accessing credit to finance recovery afterward."
    Collier’s areas of expertise include hurricane preparedness, climate change risks, flood insurance, disaster risk management of businesses, disaster risk and household finances, Hurricane Sandy, and insurance economics.
    Contact: Christopher A. Vito,

    Civil Infrastructure Changes and Natural Hazard Assessment/Mitigation
    Tracy Kijewski-Correa
    Leo E and Patti Ruth Linbeck Collegiate Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences
    University of Notre Dame
    Kijewski-Correa’s research addresses 21st century civil infrastructure challenges. Her interdisciplinary scholarship emphasizes collaborative innovation, sensing, information technologies, and simulation frameworks to create scalable paradigms to enhance the resilience and sustainability of civil infrastructure. A hallmark of these projects and her wider body of scholarship has been the substantial engagement of municipalities, communities of practice and the public-at-large, working extensively in post-disaster planning and recovery following major hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis in the US, Haiti and Southeast Asia.
    Contact: Jessica Sieff,

    Construction Defects
    Robert Epstein
    Shareholder; Co-Chair, National Construction Law Practice
    Greenberg Traurig LLP
    “All property owners should review their insurance programs to assure that they have the proper coverage in adequate amounts.”
    Epstein practices in the area of construction law and contracting. He wrote an article in the New Jersey Law Journal about rebuilding New Jersey’s infrastructure after Hurricane Sandy, and can speak to similar topics.
    Contact: Sarah Misailidis,

    Construction Litigation
    Tim Kolaya
    Shareholder; Litigation, Construction Law Practice
    Greenberg Traurig LLP
    Kolaya can speak to engineering-focused construction litigation issues.
    Contact: Elaine Walker,

    Construction Litigation
    Michael G. Murphy
    Shareholder; Construction Law Practice
    Greenberg Traurig LLP
    Murphy can discuss construction litigation, with a focus on builders.
    Contact: Elaine Walker,

    Construction Litigation
    Chris Barnett
    Shareholder; Real Estate, Real Estate Litigation Practice
    Greenberg Traurig LLP
    Barnett focuses his practice on real estate development and construction matters. He can discuss developer-focused construction litigation issues.
    Contact: Elaine Walker,

    Cyber Issues
    Alan Sutin
    Shareholder; Chair, Technology, Media & Telecommunications Practice; Senior Chair, Global IP-IT Practice
    Greenberg Traurig LLP
    “Companies sometimes fail to consider the impact of losing their key computer servers and other technology systems following a hurricane or other natural disaster. Reviewing the company’s disaster recovery and business continuity plans and making sure they meet the company’s current operational and cybersecurity standards will go a long way to avoiding significant business interruption or ongoing liability.”
    Sutin counsels companies on a wide-range of issues relating to privacy and cybersecurity. He co-authored the Law360 article "Top Tips for Data Breach Readiness and Response,” and can discuss data protection issues during and after a hurricane.
    Contact: Sarah Misailidis,

    Disaster Preparedness
    Rob DeLeo
    Assistant Professor of Global Public Policy
    Bentley University
    DeLeo is available to discuss elements of disaster preparedness including: the importance of preparedness -- not as a means to an end, but as a critical preventative, money-saving, ongoing process; why families, communities, and policy makers who think of preparedness as an ongoing process will be better positioned to deal with any disaster; the political and psychological barriers to preparedness; and why policy makers and political leaders need to approach disaster preparation with a long-term view, and the benefits this can have.
    Contact: Lauren Mucci,

    Disaster-Proofing Your Telecommunications
    Bob Ashley
    Product Manager
    FairPoint Communications
    “The consequences of being unprepared for a disaster, especially a major hurricane, can cripple a business. To survive an unforeseen event, companies must include telecommunications when they develop disaster recovery plans. After all, phone communications are the lifeblood of most businesses. Replacing a traditional phone system with a cloud-based solution provides a way to ensure voice communication that will aid in disaster recovery readiness. If a disaster strikes this hurricane season, cloud-based phone systems offer a way to keep business phones ringing even when the unexpected happens.”
    Ashley, a senior product manager for FairPoint Communications, has held many technical and managerial positions over his 37-year communications career. He has worked for a wide variety of companies, ranging from small family-owned, independent telcos, to industry giants like Contel and GTE. He also possesses a strong background in network engineering, project management, budgeting and product development. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Husson University and an Associate’s degree in Electrical Technologies from Southern Maine Community College.
    Contact: Matt Ormsbee,

    Document Management
    Chris Strammiello
    Vice President of Global Alliances & Strategic Marketing
    Nuance Communications
    “Damage from hurricanes can impact businesses. They harm or destroy office and business records, and disrupt operations through the lost time while dealing with outages. According to the U.S. government, 40 percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster strikes them, and another 25 percent fail within one year. Turning paper records into digital documents rids an organization of the paper that can be damaged or destroyed during a disaster, or that can become lost in day-to-day work operations.”
    Contact: Matt Ormsbee,

    Document Security
    Chris Wong
    Flooding can threaten homes and businesses, but vital documents are also at risk, even if stored in "safe" deposit boxes. When flood prevention infrastructure is inadequate, the damage can be devastating. Most of the 7,000+ families who were forced to evacuate their homes in Louisiana last year due to flooding lost paper records that would have been saved by digital record keeping. Says Wong: “Nothing is more crucial in times of crisis than to have information ready, organized and accessible when you need to act.”
    A veteran entrepreneur, Wong is CEO of LifeSite, a Silicon Valley company providing secure digital storage solutions. Wong is available to discuss secure digital recordkeeping of medical information and important documents.
    Contact: Sheri Wachenheim,

    Effect of Coastal Oceans
    Andrew Kennedy
    Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences
    University of Notre Dame
    Kennedy's research focuses on waves, surge, and currents in the coastal ocean and their effects on human activities. Parts of this work are observational, ranging from the rapid deployment of wave and surge gauges in advance of hurricane landfalls, to the analysis of very large-scale bathymetric lidar datasets to determine morphological changes during large storms. A recent focus correlates observed storm damage to observed and predicted hydrodynamics in coastal regions. Parts of Kennedy's research are theoretical and computational, and deal with water wave theory in shallow and deep water, and in the generation of near-shore circulation by breaking waves. This work has direct application to the prediction of storm waves and water levels, damage, and erosion. Undergraduate, master's, Ph.D. and postdoctoral researchers in the Coastal Hydraulics Lab are currently working on a range of topics. Projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Joint Airborne Lidar Technical Center of Expertise, US Geological Survey, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and Florida Sea Grant, among others.
    Contact: Jessica Sieff,

    Emergency Communications
    Joseph Brady
    Director of Business Development
    Federal Signal Corporation
    “It’s about finding that perfect blend of communications taking environment/climate, infrastructure and location all into account. Whether it’s communicating through landlines, cellphones, text messaging, public address or intercom systems, to IP-based technologies ranging from email and instant messaging to social networks, emergency managers should define a layered approach with notifications. In fact, these new communications layers have clearly added to the complexity of developing effective, reliable emergency public warning and mass notification strategies. This is because each of these new layers of communication technology must be evaluated in context with a host of human factors relating to the behaviors, perceptions, needs, limitations and cultural differences and eccentricities of individuals, as well as the general population.”
    Based in North Carolina, Brady is NIMS and ICS-trained and has 10 years of field experience with Federal Signal, providing solutions for indoor and outdoor mass notification systems that have been deployed in cities, universities, commercial and coastline/sea port applications. Prior to Federal Signal, Brady was a 20-year law enforcement veteran, including working with Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications while a member of the Chicago Police Department crime strategy and accountability unit.
    Contact: Gabriella Churchill,

    Emergency Preparedness Plans
    Peter Duncanson
    Director, Disaster Restoration Business Operations
    ServiceMaster Restore
    “Whether it's a hurricane or a severe thunderstorm approaching this season, the most important thing that all home and business owners can do to prepare is develop an emergency preparedness plan. This time-saving preparation ahead of inclement weather can help ease a potentially stressful hurricane season.”
    Duncanson share these simple steps to take ahead of a hurricane or severe storm: 1) Outdoor Precautions: Secure loose outdoor items, such as patio furniture, and put away garden tools and children's toys; board up windows; ensure rain gutters are clear to allow water to flow. 2) Indoor Preparation: Stock up on fresh batteries and emergency supplies, such as water, medication and non-perishable food, flashlights and radios; unplug electronics and elevate furniture and drapes inside the home; store valuables and important documents, like birth certificates and passports, in waterproof containers; create a call tree to provide notice of your safety with family living outside the area; create a photo and/or video inventory of essential possessions including serial numbers, make and model of item. 3) Plan for Post-Storm Repairs: Have information on-hand for professional restoration companies, so if damage occurs it can be minimized in a timely manner (within 24-48 hours of water damage); review your insurance policy to know what's covered and have your policy information easily accessible; restock your emergency supply kit if necessary.
    Contact: Bristol Whitcher,

    Employment Issues
    David L. Barron
    Cozen O’Connor
    Barron is available to discuss HR-related issues employers need to know when hurricanes and other natural disasters take place, including laws that protect employees who are absent from work during or after a hurricane; paying employees when work sites are closed due to weather; and other wage and hour pitfalls that employers should be aware of following a hurricane or other natural disaster.
    Barron focuses his litigation practice on labor and employment law. He assists his clients with all their labor and employment needs, including representing clients at trials involving wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, collective action overtime claims and whistle-blower suits before a variety of state and federal courts. He counsels clients on labor negotiations, elections, strikes, and corporate campaigns by unions; litigates disputes before the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Department of Labor; and advises management on various employment issues, including wage and hour, federal contractor compliance, employee terminations, discrimination and harassment claims, drafting and enforcement of noncompete agreements, Sarbanes Oxley, and OSHA matters. He has been quoted on employment law topics by the Houston Business Journal, The Houston Chronicle, Texas Lawyer,, and numerous other newspapers and magazines. He also has appeared as an employment law professional on talk radio and the local CBS and Fox affiliates in Houston.
    Contact: Josh Ginsburg,

    Environmental and Water Issues
    Kerri Barsh
    Shareholder; Co-Chair, National Environmental Practice
    Greenberg Traurig LLP
    Barsh represents public and private clients on environmental regulatory, permitting and litigation matters. She can discuss environmental and water issues following a hurricane.
    Contact: Elaine Walker,

    Environmental Hazards, Insurance Tips
    Robert Weitz, CMI
    Certified Microbial Investigator and Principal
    RTK Environmental Group
    Weitz is an environmental inspector and principal of RTK Environmental Group, one of the largest and most trusted independent testing firms in the Northeast. They provide testing for mold, lead, water, soil, asbestos, radon, PCBs, VOCs, indoor air quality, and more. Since they only test and do not do remediation (which is a clear conflict of interest), their results are unbiased and accurate.
    Weitz can offer tips on how to prepare for a hurricane, as well as what steps you need to take afterwards to prevent or contain environmental hazards, and protect yourself from dirty contractors and insurance companies after the hurricane. Some topics include: 1) Flooding: What do you do if there is water in the basement? What steps can we take now to minimize damage? If you do flood, what steps should you take right away to avoid a mold outbreak? 2) Leaks: Ceilings, windows, and more may leak during the storm. Place buckets and towels in areas you know tend to leak before it starts. Cleaning your gutters today can help ensure water flows properly during the storm and is directed away from your house. 3) Power Failure and Sump Pumps: If the power goes out, your sump pump will not function unless you have a generator. What can you do?
    Twitter: @AskRTK
    Facebook: RTKEnvironmental
    Contact: Jennifer Newman Galluzzo,

    Facilities Operations
    Chad Kennedy
    Industry Standards Manager
    Power Equipment for Schneider Electric
    Kennedy is available to speak to hurricane preparedness from a facilities and operations perspective. He can offer insights around ways for operations managers to ensure their buildings are fully equipped to withstand flooding from hurricanes. Kennedy understands installations in healthcare, critical power, data center, and redundant control system design, and can offer discussions on protecting the electrical equipment in these facilities from the damage hurricanes may cause. He directly participates in the integration of these electrical system controls into the existing building and life safety control systems.
    Contact: Patrick Abberton,

    Family, Home and Business Safety
    Carol Hanover
    Risk Control Field Director
    “As hurricane season approaches, there are things homeowners can do ahead of time to help keep their families safe, such as preparing a survival kit and planning an evacuation route. When it comes to a survival kit, you’ll want to include all the necessary basics: flashlight, first-aid kit, batteries, nonperishable food, medications, baby supplies and pet food, cash (in case ATMs are down) and electronic chargers, such as car chargers, for your phone or flashlight. If a storm is imminent, you’ll want to secure all outdoor objects or move them inside, in case of high winds that could turn patio furniture into dangerous, flying debris. Close storm shutters and board up windows and glass doors as needed. If possible, bring in your gas or charcoal grill, but never store propane tanks inside the house or garage; instead, chain them in an upright position to a secure object away from your home.”
    Hanover is available to discuss: essential criteria for personal and professional hurricane preparedness plans; the best items to have on-hand during a hurricane-themed emergency; how to protect home and business properties during extreme weather disaster; evacuation guidelines and tips; personal and business insurance consideration; and best practices for evaluating property damage in the aftermath of a hurricane. She has been in the insurance industry for 30 years and in her current role since 2014. As regional field director, Hanover is responsible for the management of the commercial insurance risk control staff and service deliverables in the metro NYC, Long Island and Connecticut areas. She has the privilege to work with risk control industry experts to ensure that the highest quality of risk control services is delivered to Travelers customers.
    Contact: Bonnie Paresa,

    Flood Insurance
    John Dickson
    NFS Edge Insurance Agency
    “Everyone is at risk of flood -- you’re more likely to flood than have a fire over a 30-year mortgage.”
    Flooding can happen every single day of the year and everywhere in the country -- whether due to weather events, such as hurricanes, heavy rains or snow melt, or due to burst pipes, backed-up sewers and more. In recent years, we had several major, even historic, flooding events, including Hurricane Matthew, that killed thousands of people and destroyed homes and businesses in Louisiana, Texas, Iowa and elsewhere. Dickson can explain what options homeowners have for flood insurance during hurricane season 2017, especially what private policies are available as an alternative to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). He can lay out details of what the rates are for private policies and what they cover as opposed to the NFIP. Dickson can also explain what changes lie ahead for flood insurance policies in 2017 (rate changes, flood map changes, etc.).
    Contact: Astrid Greve Spencer,

    Flood Insurance
    Cynthia DiVincenti
    Vice President, Government Programs and Business Quality Assurance
    Aon National Flood Services
    “Historical flooding events drive reforms. The big focus for the flood insurance industry right now is to make sure Congress reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance Program.”
    Flooding can happen any day and anywhere. During hurricane season, flood insurance will be vital for millions of property owners. In 2017, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is at a crossroads: it is set to expire in September and is thus currently up for reauthorization. There is a lot of debate surrounding the reauthorization, and several bills have already been introduced in Congress. DiVincenti can explain all aspects about the NFIP and what they mean to property owners. In addition, FEMA is remapping flood zones, which means some property owners are now no longer required to have flood insurance, while others have higher or even lower rates. DiVincenti can explain all the options property owners have.
    Contact: Astrid Greve Spencer,

    General Preparedness

    Homer Bryson
    Georgia Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security (GEMA/HS)
    Bryson is available to discuss the preparations citizens should take both before, during and after a hurricane. He was appointed director of GEMA/HS by Governor Nathan Deal in December 2016. Prior to that, Bryson served as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Corrections. He began his career in state government in 1983 as a conservation ranger with the Department of Natural Resources. He continued his DNR career by serving as colonel of the Law Enforcement section and then deputy commissioner before moving to the Department of Corrections. Bryson served as the hurricane coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources while assigned as the DNR Law Enforcement coastal region supervisor. He participated in security planning for the 1996 Olympic Games and the 2004 Group of 8 Economic Summit on Sea Island. He was a supervisor on a 100-officer Georgia state law enforcement detail assigned to assist with recovery efforts in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. He has also previously taught Critical Incident Management as an adjunct professional for the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College at Columbus State University.
    Contact: Kelsey Weiss,

    Government Preparedness
    Joel Vetter
    Chief Emergency Support Services
    Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services
    Vetter can detail tips for hurricane preparedness. He can share best practices he’s developed from dealing with past extreme weather like Super Storm Sandy and Snowstorm Nemo.
    Contact: Emma Walter,

    High-Wind and Flood Safety
    Mike Rimoldi
    Senior Vice President of Education and Technical Programs
    Federal Alliance for Safe Homes
    Rimoldi is a high-wind and flood construction expert for the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), as well as a state certified building contractor, state licensed building plans examiner, International Code Council Certified Building Official, electrical plans examiner, fire inspector, and disaster response inspector with more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry. He has appeared numerous times as an expert on CNN, local television stations and in FLASH’s consumer DIY videos.
    Contact: Zoe LaPointe,

    Hurricane Research
    Dr. Albert Owino
    Director of Meteorological Studies, Weather Center
    Western Connecticut State University
    Dr. Owino did postdoctoral research on climate variability and change over the Caribbean region and is currently working on hurricane research with the University of the West Indies.
    Contact: Paul Steinmetz,

    Insurance Coverage
    John A. Gibbons
    Partner and Insurance Coverage Group Vice Practice Group Leader
    Blank Rome LLP
    “The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts an active Atlantic hurricane season. A key piece to any pre-storm preparation is reviewing the insurance that may respond to losses caused by a weather event. Property insurance frequently protects against more than just physical damage to and loss of property. Such insurance also often protects financial losses arising from an inability to conduct business at the same levels as before; the extra expenses incurred in dealing with the effects of a disaster, including money spent to minimize any damage and losses; and the costs incurred in establishing the extent of the losses. Other types of insurance that also may respond include policies for trade disruption, event cancellation, marine cargo and storage, and directors and officers.”
    Gibbons is a partner in Blank Rome’s policyholder-only insurance coverage practice.
    Contact: Kate Tavella,

    Insurance Coverage
    Jared Zola
    Partner, Insurance Coverage Group
    Blank Rome LLP
    Zola is a partner in Blank Rome’s policyholder-only insurance coverage practice. He is available to discuss insurance coverage that may respond to losses caused by a weather event, including policies for trade disruption, event cancellation, marine cargo and storage, and directors and officers.
    Contact: Kate Tavella,

    Insurance Issues
    Fred Karlinsky
    Shareholder; Co-Chair, Insurance Regulatory & Transactions Practice
    Greenberg Traurig LLP
    Karlinsky focuses his practice regulatory, governmental, and public policy issues relating to insurance, insurers, claims and insurance coverage. He authored the article "Florida Catastrophe Fund Sees Historic $400 Million Surplus," in FORC Quarterly Journal of Insurance Law and Regulation, and can speak to insurance issues in preparation for, during, and after a hurricane.
    Contact: Elaine Walker,

    Landlord/Tenant Issues
    Ilene Kobert
    Shareholder; Real Estate Practice
    Greenberg Traurig LLP
    Kobert represents land owners and developers, tenants, buyers and sellers. She can speak to landlord/tenant issues with regard to property damages to a leased space, asking tenants to close for safety, etc.
    Contact: Elaine Walker,

    William Clayton
    Shareholder; Co-Chair, Real Estate Litigation Practice
    Greenberg Traurig LLP
    Clayton focuses on insurance defense. He won an award of $42.5 million for a developer after Hurricane Wilma, and he can speak to his experience.
    Contact: Elaine Walker,

    Preparing Data Centers
    Steve Carlini
    Senior Director, Data Center Global Solutions
    Schneider Electric
    Carlini is responsible for developing integrated solutions for Schneider Electric’s data center segment, including enterprise and cloud data centers. He is an expert on the foundation layer of data centers, and would be able to speak to preparing data centers from hurricane damage, as well as ways to ensure the Power & Power Distribution, Cooling & Technical Cooling, Rack systems, Physical Security, and DCIM Management solutions continue to operate in the event of a storm.
    Contact: Patrick Abberton,

    Protecting Electrical Equipment
    Christopher Liguori
    Global Product Marketing Manager
    APC by Schneider Electric
    Liguori is responsible for the home and small-office product launch strategy and implementation. He can speak to ways to protect electrical equipment from dangerous hurricane conditions from a home perspective, including safety plans that must be put into place as well as procedures to follow in anticipation of a major storm. He would be happy to speak about protecting backup power supplies, generators for small offices and smaller personal devices during hurricane season.
    Contact: Patrick Abberton,

    Ripple Effects of Storms
    Gregory Hall
    Associate Professor of Psychology
    Bentley University
    Bentley can discuss the ripple effects that storms like hurricanes can have on communities, such as: the mental health repercussions of natural disasters, including everything from intense anxiety and stress to irrational fear and PTSD; the need for a significant policy overhaul for better coordination of services so communities that need resources and training receive them.
    Contact: Lauren Mucci,

    Workforce Management
    Joe Fleming
    Shareholder; Litigation Practice, Labor & Employment
    Greenberg Traurig LLP
    “While the hurricane season is approaching and it is of great importance to be prepared, the same concepts of preparation also apply to labor, employment, disability, safety, pandemic, workplace environmental, cybersecurity, climate change, asymmetry in ‘technological advances’ and other disaster concerns. We are increasingly vulnerable to increasing complexities as our society involves developments that create advantages, which may bring with them new issues. So, it is always ‘in season’ to be pro-active in programs that prepare us for such problems; and, adopting systems for possible risks may have the upside advantages of being of great value in diminishing exposure to risks.”
    Fleming is an experienced litigator and labor and employment lawyer who is also familiar with historic properties. He can speak to workforce management and payroll issues during and after a hurricane.
    Contact: Elaine Walker,

    Expert Roundup: Renegotiating NAFTA

    Thursday, May 25, 2017, 8:30 AM [Expert Alerts]
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    Earlier this month, the Trump administration formally told Congress that it intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. Following are experts who are available for interviews on this topic.

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    Alex Lawson
    Senior Reporter, International Trade
    “The big dynamic to watch is how aggressive the Trump administration will be in overhauling the agreement. Trump spent his entire campaign bashing NAFTA as a disaster for the U.S. economy and flirted with completely terminating the agreement as recently as a few weeks ago. But the comments from US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer suggest that a more modest ‘modernization’ of NAFTA may be in order. The administration will also be fielding a litany of calls from industry groups and other advocates who want to see the NAFTA reshaped in their best interests. Lighthizer's notification to Congress mentioned that he was interested in improving the NAFTA's labor, environmental, digital trade and intellectual property rules, but each of those broad topics contains a multitude of policy options for the administration.”
    Lawson, a senior reporter covering all aspects of international trade, has been reporting on NAFTA for years, including many stories on President Trump’s NAFTA policies and proposed changes. He can provide other reporters with unbiased commentary – on business, legal and political implications -- rooted in research and first-party interviews. His stories for Law360 focus on trade disputes, enforcement efforts and regulatory developments. He has covered the negotiations of numerous regional trade agreements, including the passage of the largest bundle of trade legislation in two decades. Recent Law360 stories by Lawson include coverage of the first steps by the Trump White House to investigate the causes of U.S. trade deficits (, news of the $1.2 billion penalty imposed on ZTE Corp. for violating export control rules for Iran and North Korea (, and an analysis of Trump’s trade brain trust (
    Contact: Eric Sokolsky,

    Raj Bhala
    Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law; Rice Distinguished Professor
    University of Kansas School of Law
    “NAFTA has become a pillar of the American economy and stands as one of the broadest, deepest free-trade agreements in human history. One way to appreciate its significance is to see it in the light of the long, uneasy history of U.S.-Mexican relations and swings in Mexican economy policy through much of the 20th century. Another, 21st century, way to think about NAFTA is to realize that America, Canada and Mexico already spent eight years rewriting and modernizing it -- it’s called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Unilateral threats of withdrawal or demands for renegotiations risk triggering yet more protectionist moves across the globe.”
    An expert on international trade law, Bhala can discuss free trade agreements, NAFTA, its original form, renegotiation, economic impacts of the deal on the three cooperating nations, relations between the three countries, national security related to trade and related topics. Bhala has worked extensively in all three NAFTA nations and more than 25 countries around the world, including a majority of the Trans-Pacific Partnership nations. He has written dozens of books and journal articles on international trade, including “TPP Objectively: Law, Economics, and National Security of History’s Largest, Longest Free Trade Agreement,” “Modern GATT Law” and “Understanding Islamic Law (Shari’a).”
    Contact: Mike Krings,

    Brandon Stallard
    Founder and Chief Executive Officer
    TPS Logistics
    “The impact of Trump’s public criticisms of NAFTA has been negligible. There have been no duty rate increases and no shipping pattern changes. I don’t foresee anything happening in the near future that would be detrimental to American trade. However, Trump’s newly released ‘A Better Way’ tax plan -- which proposes a 20 percent border tax -- could have a momentous economic blow to the U.S. Our North American trade relationships feature more large-item manufacturing, so minor adjustments would be a far more feasible form of action.”
    Stallard is a nationally recognized expert in transportation. His company has a strong focus on North American trade, regularly moving freight and goods between the U.S., Mexico and Canada. He brings over 30 years of experience to the table and can apply his expertise across a plethora of different industries, including retail, manufacturing, automotive, oil and gas, health and beauty, and more. His expertise includes transportation, trade regulation, North American cross-border trucking and trade, and international shipping.
    Contact: Rachel Bonello,

    Doreen Edelman
    Shareholder and Co-Leader, Global Business Team
    Baker Donelson
    “Leaders of all three NAFTA member countries have now acknowledged the benefits that might be gained by renegotiating the 1994 regional free trade agreement. And, despite criticism of NAFTA as it currently exists, President Trump recently recognized the virtues of regional trade, declaring in a recent meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that both countries will ‘coordinate closely to protect jobs in our hemisphere and keep wealth on our continent.’ Indeed, there is a lot to be gained from renegotiation. While the U.S. economy has certainly benefitted under NAFTA, there are four main areas in which NAFTA may be improved for the benefit of U.S. business and job growth: labor and environmental standards, rules of origin, e-commerce and professional services.”
    Edelman has more than 25 years of experience counseling companies on import and export compliance, foreign investment and global expansion and her work has carried her to all corners of the world. She has helped to establish a natural gas facility in Turkey, protected a client's intellectual property in Japan, and watched out for the interests of a major fast-food chain franchisor in Latin America. She is co-author of a comprehensive analysis of NAFTA and many other trade-related articles. She recently penned an article published by The Hill, “4 Smart Ways to Improve NAFTA” (
    Contact: Jonathan Breed,

    Mohan Tatikonda
    Professor of Operations Management, and Dr. L. Leslie and Mary Louise Waters Faculty Fellow
    Indiana University Kelley School of Business
    “Changing NAFTA alone does nothing to address workers’ skills and the impact of increasing automation and productivity, but there are other ways to increase high-wage U.S. manufacturing jobs. That includes companies refocusing their product lines to be more innovative, customized and responsive to customer needs. Why don’t companies do that now? One is because executives sometimes find it easier to go down the cost minimization path rather than the innovation path. The other reason is that executives who are following the belief of maximizing shareholder returns are not always reinvesting in company R&D and worker skills.”
    Tatikonda is an expert in corporate strategy, international manufacturing and supply chains. He is an international consultant and researcher with field experience in Mexico and across the globe. He formerly consulted for the World Bank and is an international keynote speaker.
    Contact: Teresa Mackin,

    Trevor Collier
    Associate Professor, Economics
    University of Dayton
    "It is unlikely that Donald Trump will be happy with the result of renegotiating NAFTA. One of his complaints on the campaign trail was that NAFTA caused a reduction in auto manufacturing jobs in the United States. Manufacturing jobs in the automotive industry actually increased in the United States immediately following NAFTA. Automation has caused the largest decline in U.S. manufacturing jobs. No renegotiation of NAFTA is going to halt the increase in automation."
    Collier teaches principles of economics and microeconomics, public finance, economics of the environment and managerial economics.
    Contact: Meagan Pant,

    Dr. Nozar Hashemzadeh
    Professor of Economics
    Radford University
    A summary of Dr. Hashemzadeh’s research regarding the impact of NAFTA on jobs in the U.S.: “For the last decade, the U.S. labor market has been characterized by rapid technological change, intensifying competitive pressure from abroad, declining union power, automation, favorable energy prices, downsizing, and rapid expansion in information, financial and investment services. The outlook for job growth depends in large part on the growth of the domestic economy, increased exports, exchange rate fluctuations, tariffs and other potential trade barriers, official protection for intellectual property rights in other countries, and the degree of economic and political stability in U.S. trading partners. Despite genuine differences of opinion among supporters and antagonists of NAFTA, nearly all economic studies of the trade accord have concluded that relaxation of trade barriers will benefit consumers and promote economic growth in North America.
    Dr. Hashemzadeh joined Radford University’s Economics Department in 1983, where he has been teaching and conducting research on macroeconomic issues, employment disparities by race, international trade and the U.S.’s international competitiveness. He has been the advisor to the International Honor Society in Economics since 1990.
    Expert Contact:

    Steven Otillar
    Partner, Akin Gump in Houston
    President-Elect, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
    Otillar is available to discuss the potential impact of a NAFTA renegotiation on oil and gas, and the U.S. relationship with both Mexico and Canada, in light of Mexico’s energy reforms and Canada’s recent energy infrastructure deals and focus on shale. Otillar focuses his practice on the development, finance, acquisition and divestiture of domestic and international energy projects, with an emphasis on upstream projects in emerging markets. He advises clients on public tenders and auctions and a variety of development agreements in relation to major energy infrastructure projects around the world. He is representing a number of U.S. companies involved in Mexico’s deep and shallow water auctions.
    Contact: Vasiya Kemp,

    Richard Walawender
    Principal Attorney
    Miller Canfield, Detroit
    Walawender is co-leader of the firm’s Corporate Group, and director of the firm’s International Practice and Autonomous Vehicle Practice. His practice specialties include mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial law, corporate governance and securities, private equity, venture capital, equity and debt financing, international transactions and joint ventures, project finance, and franchising. As director of the firm’s International Practice, he has also been the lead attorney on numerous multinational M&A transactions for U.S., Canadian, European, Asian, Mexican, and other non-U.S. clients. Walawender recently penned two articles on the future of NAFTA in the new administration: “Worries about NAFTA Take Back Seat to Potential ‘Border Adjustment Tax’” ( and “Could President Trump Really Pull the U.S. out of NAFTA? Basic FAQs” (
    Contact: Carol L. Lundberg,

    Eugene Laney
    Head of International Trade Affairs
    DHL Express
    Laney has spoken about NAFTA at length, and can share his insights, specifically on the benefits of modernizing American’s free trade agreements. Based out of Washington, D.C., Laney has more than 20 years of experience ensuring corporate compliance with regulatory requirements and tracks international trade and cargo security issues for the global market leader in the express and logistics industry, making him a great expert source.
    Contact: Sloane Fistel,

    Jay Erstling
    Petterson Thuente IP
    With the Trump administration announcing it will renegotiate NAFTA, backed by a campaign threat to withdraw, what's at stake for U.S. patent and trademark owners? NAFTA contains significant IP provisions. When Trump pulled the U.S. out of the TPP, he gave up major improvements in international IP protection that had been negotiated for U.S. IP owners. It's far from clear that new bilateral negotiations, which Trump has proposed, would secure as good a deal for US IP owners. Erstling, who served in Geneva with the World Intellectual Property Organization, can speak to IP provisions of NAFTA and TPP.
    Chapter 17 of NAFTA, which deals with IP:
    Contact: Joshua Schneck,

    Giacomo Santangelo
    Lecturer of Economics
    Fordham University
    Examples of Trump and NAFTA stories Santangelo has been interviewed on before include: 1) “Divisive policies will harm Trump’s plans to grow economy,” Feb. 1, 2017, San Francisco Chronicle (; 2) “Clinton’s, Trump’s opposition to trade pact dims growth prospects,” Sept. 25, 2016, San Francisco Chronicle (; 3) “Trade Talks,” April 29, 2015, Arise America (; 4) “Fast Track Fast Trade,” April 26, 2015, Arise Review (
    Contact: Rachel Roman,

    Mark David Witte
    Associate Professor of Economics and MBA Director
    College of Charleston
    Witte is available for interviews on the Trump administration’s plan to renegotiate NAFTA, the trade impact of currency manipulation, and Mexican sugar and Mexican trucking issues concerning NAFTA.
    Contact: Mike Robertson,

    Maia Linask
    Economics Professor
    University of Richmond Robins School of Business
    Linask’s expertise is in international trade, and her research has examined the impact of free trade agreements on foreign direct investment and the factors that influence trade policy. She has studied the effect of trade policy on the Mexican auto market. In addition, she is a member of the International Trade and Finance Association.
    Contact: Cynthia Price,

    Steve H. Hanke
    Professor of Applied Economics
    Co-Director, Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise
    Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
    Hanke is a senior fellow and director of the Troubled Currencies Project at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., a senior advisor at the Renmin University of China’s International Monetary Research Institute in Beijing, a special counselor to the Center for Financial Stability in New York, a contributing editor at Central Banking in London, and a contributor at Forbes. Hanke is also a member of the Charter Council of the Society of Economic Measurement and of Euromoney Country Risk’s Experts Panel. In the past, Hanke taught economics at the Colorado School of Mines and at the University of California, Berkeley. He served as a member of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers in Maryland, as a senior economist on President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers, and as a senior advisor to the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress. Hanke served as a state counselor to both the Republic of Lithuania and the Republic of Montenegro. He was also an advisor to the presidents of Bulgaria, Venezuela and Indonesia. He played an important role in establishing new currency regimes in Argentina, Estonia, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ecuador, Lithuania, and Montenegro. He has also held senior appointments in the governments of many other countries, including Albania, Kazakhstan, the United Arab Emirates, and Yugoslavia. His most recent books are “Zimbabwe: Hyperinflation to Growth” (2008), “A Blueprint for a Safe, Sound Georgian Lari” (2010), “Juntas Monetarias para Paises en Desarollo” (2015), and “Currency Boards for Developing Countries: A Handbook” (2015).
    Troubled Currencies Project:
    Contact: Jill Rosen,

    Expert Roundup: Summer Safety

    Friday, May 19, 2017, 1:55 PM [Expert Alerts]
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    Following are experts from the ProfNet network who are available for interviews for your summer safety articles. You can also submit a query to the hundreds of thousands of experts in our network – it’s easy and free! Just fill out the query form to get started:

    Fireworks Safety
    Jenny Ziembicki, M.D.
    Medical Director, UPMC Mercy Burn Center
    Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    Faculty Member, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
    “Each year, around 4th of July celebrations, we treat many people, especially children and teens, who have been injured by fireworks. Many of those injuries involve an amputation of a limb or loss of vision. We want to remind everyone that fireworks should only be handled by professionals and enjoyed at a safe distance.”
    Dr. Ziembicki has a special interest in the development of the comprehensive outpatient burn therapy program at UPMC Mercy, which allows patients a more expedient return to a productive lifestyle. She also is a dedicated advocate in burn injury prevention, especially in the geriatric and pediatric population.
    Contact: Stephanie Stanley,

    Skin Damage and Car/Home Windows
    Darrell Smith
    Executive Director
    International Window Film Association
    "Whether you're spending the summer on the road or enjoying the warm sunshine streaming through your home's windows, you may be doing serious damage to your skin without even realizing. The average window only blocks about 25% of UV rays from passing through and car windows aren't much better -- blocking about 40% of UV rays. In America, nearly 53% of skin cancer cases occur on the left, or driver’s side, of the body. Why? Because, we enjoy sunshine but aren't fully protected against damaging UV rays -- and spend a lot of time in the car! Professionally installed window film can help block up to 99% of UV rays from passing through a window, ultimately protecting your skin and eyes from cumulative damage."
    Contact: Amber Joy Dempsey,

    Fabric and Clothing Tips for Summer
    James Pruden
    Senior Director
    Cotton Incorporated
    Pruden can provide expert summer safety tips when it comes to anything and everything summer clothing, including what to wear for the best UV protection; what fabrics keep you cooler during the warm summer months; and the health benefits of natural fibers vs. synthetic fibers. Says Pruden: “All apparel provides some degree of UV protection. UV protection in apparel is dependent on a variety of factors, including thickness of fabric (thicker fabrics absorb more UV rays), tightness of construction and the fabric’s color (darker colors provide more UV protection).”
    Pruden is senior director of public relations at Cotton Incorporated, where he oversees brand image management for the not-for-profit company.
    Contact: Caleb Fernandez,

    Pool Safety Tips for Parents, Children and Pets
    Tom Casey
    Vice President of Sales
    Anthony & Sylvan Pools
    Casey is available to share pool safety tips for parents, children, and pets: “Pools are fun for the whole family, and pool safety is crucial when it comes to enjoying your pool to its fullest. By following just a few safety tips, you’ll be sure to keep this season fun and safe.”
    Casey is vice president of sales for Anthony & Sylvan Pools, the leading swimming pool and spa builder in the U.S.
    Contact: John Reynolds,

    Tips for an Injury-Free Summer
    Dr. Benjamin Domb
    “As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, adults and kids alike love to engage in outdoor sports and fitness activities. This increase in physical activity can lead to an increased risk of injury.”
    Through his experience working with athletes, both professional and amateur, as well as fitness enthusiasts like CrossFitters and runners, Dr. Domb is available to provide effective tips for an injury-free summer. Dr. Domb is a nationally recognized orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the hip, shoulder and knee.
    Contact: Rachel Prude,

    Summer BBQ Safety Tips
    Peter Duncanson
    Director, Disaster Restoration Business Operations
    ServiceMaster Restore
    Duncanson is available for interviews on summer BBQ safety tips, including proper charcoal grill safety, how to use a gas grill wisely, and how to practice good grilling habits: “Set your grill up at a safe distance from structures and overhangs, including your main building, shed, garage, trees and other potentially flammable objects. Never use your grill inside, in a tent or under an outdoor awning or carport. Doing so can pose a serious fire hazard and potentially cause carbon monoxide poisoning if you're using a gas grill. Light your gas or charcoal grill using special long-length lighters or long matches to avoid getting burned. Keep all ignition sources out of the reach of children. Never leave an actively burning grill unattended, and let your grill fully cool before you cover or store it. Clean your grill thoroughly and often to reduce flammable buildup inside.”
    Contact: Bristol Whitcher,

    Summer Safety
    Jared Staver
    Staver Law Group. P.C.
    Staver is available to discuss various summer safety topics, including sun glare accidents, motorcycle safety, pool/water safety, heat exhaustion and more. On motorcycle safety: “During the summer months, drivers and motorcyclists should take extra precautions to avoid accidents. Statistics show that more than 50% of motorcycle accidents involve riders with less than five months of riding experience. To minimize the risk of accidents, motorcyclists should always wear protective gear including proper eyewear and helmets. Make sure your bike is properly maintained before taking it out for the first summer ride and keep a toolkit on your bike at all times. Mechanical defects can contribute to road crashes.”
    Staver is a Chicago personal injury attorney and owner of Staver Law Group, P.C. His practice focuses on representing people seeking compensation after being hurt in the Chicago area, whether by a car accident, slip and fall, workplace accident, dog bite, or from an act of medical malpractice. An experienced and dedicated litigator, Jared has recovered tens of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients.
    Contact: John Branham,

    How to Stay Safe on the Job/Keep Employees Safe
    David Quezada
    Vice President of Loss Control
    “Working in hot and sunny environments or near heat sources all day can wear employees down. To help employees rest and recharge, encourage them to take regular breaks in the shade or other cool environments. Build break times into employees’ schedules to help enforce the practice. Make sure employees know how to recognize the signs of heat-related illness and the immediate steps they need to take to help themselves or their co-workers. In the event of a medical emergency, contact 911 immediately, but also train employees so they can be proactive before professional help arrives. Fostering a safe and comfortable work environment is an important commitment every day of the year, but especially when new risks, such as extreme heat, are introduced.”
    EMPLOYERS is a specialty workers’ compensation insurance carrier.
    Contact: Alexandra Gardell Kreuter,

    Managing Medications During the Summer
    Jon Michaeli
    EVP of Marketing and Business Development
    Michaeli is available to discuss the importance of managing your medications during the summer months, whether it’s during vacations or ensuring that your children are keeping up with their medications while they’re at summer camp. Managing medications essentially helps you to manage your conditions, resulting in improved outcomes.
    Contact: Kendra Lee,

    What to Do During a Power Outage
    Keith Pinkerton
    Mr. Electric, Huntsville, Ala.
    Pinkerton is available to discuss weather precautions and backup generators during storm season. He can advise homeowners what to do when there is a power outage and how to ensure electrical safety around the house in general. He is the owner of the Huntsville, Ala., branch of Mr. Electric, a national brand of electrical installation and repair centers.
    Contact: Elise Rose,

    Safety When Completing House Projects
    J.B. Sassano
    Mr. Handyman
    Sassano is available to discuss safety when completing house projects, such as using power washers, power drills, climbing on ladders for gutter cleaning, etc. He is president of Mr. Handyman, the nation’s leading home repair and maintenance franchise.
    Contact: Elise Rose,

    Injury Trends
    Darshan Patel, M.D.
    Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
    Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital
    Dr. Patel can provide commentary on a wide variety of summer conditions and their recommended treatment, as well as injury trends. As Section Chief, Dr. Patel serves as head of the Pediatric Emergency Department. He and his team are the first line of care for children in needing immediate care after injuries or at the onset of illnesses. Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, is the Level 1 pediatric trauma center for a region with more than 3 million people.
    In the past, Dr. Patel has been a media resource for summer safety topics, including ATV and water safety, as well as injuries caused by trampolines and fireworks.  He has also contributed to reports regarding dehydration and heat stroke. He has television, radio and print media experience, and is adept at breaking down complex medical topics for families. He is available for media interviews when requests do not interfere with patient care.
    Contact: Andy LaGuardia,

    Water Safety Tips
    Ann Marie Buerkle
    Acting Chairman
    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
    Buerkle is available to discuss the many steps that parents can take to improve safety in and around water. As acting chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Buerkle offers a unique perspective into the importance of safety in and around water. One of the national public education campaigns the Chairman oversees is the Pool Safely campaign, which is aimed at reducing child drownings and non-fatal submersions, as well as entrapments in public swimming pools and spas. The campaign was launched in 2010 and has a network of over 1,000 partners that are dedicated to promoting and benefitting from the campaign.
    Contact: Christina Saull:

    Expert Roundup: Pet Tips

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 10:39 AM [Expert Alerts]
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    Following are experts from the ProfNet network who are available to discuss various topics regarding pet health and pet care. You can also submit a query to the hundreds of thousands of experts in our network – it’s easy and free! Just fill out the query form to get started:

    Bryan Bailey
    Animal Behaviorist
    Raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Bailey -- aka The Wolf Whisperer -- grew to appreciate the wildness of the land and its abundant wildlife. In particular, he developed a fondness for the gray wolves that roamed the vast mountain ranges and forests near his home. Under the guidance of a Special Forces Survival Instructor, he spent years studying the social interactions of wolves in their packs and discovered that, beyond obvious physical similarities, there were also behavioral similarities between the wolves and the sled dogs that were his family’s pets.
    Bailey’s unique qualifications include: nationally certified Master Trainer and Pharmacotherapy Behaviorist, decorated veteran of the U.S. Navy, working extensively as a supervisor and trainer for the U.S. Navy’s dolphin and sea lion projects, honor graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy with duties including training supervisor of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department K-9 narcotics detection, and search and rescue teams, and trainer for the Indiana Department of Health and Social Services to train service dogs for children with Muscular Dystrophy. He has also studied canine problem solving and pharmacotherapy at Cornell and Tufts University, wolf behavior and social dynamics at Battleground Indiana and Ely Minnesota wolf conservatories, is a certified Veterinary Technician, and has professionally shown dogs in AKC Obedience, Conformation, Schutzhund and Ring Sport. Bailey and his wife, Kira, reside in Memphis, Tenn., with their children, dogs, and cats. Together, they own ProTrain Memphis and Taming the Wild. His second book, “The Hammer,” will be available in late 2016.
    Contact: Marissa Madill,

    Shawn Simons
    Founder and Headmistress
    Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats
    Prior to starting Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, a groundbreaking feral cat socialization nonprofit in Los Angeles, Simons was a television writer and producer who was extremely allergic to cats. By taking the creative tools from her lifelong relationship with the arts, she created an organization that wraps its mission in accessible branding and brings a creative approach to the work catapulting the organization into the limelight allowing them to not only fulfill their promise to the feral cats of Los Angeles, but push the boundaries of progression in rescue and charity. Simons came upon the work accidentally after buying a house that came with a feral cat colony. Now having socialized and adopted out over 1,000 cats from the street, Simons is a leading expert on progressive training for cats. Her approach balances the physiological understanding of feline emotions and animal behavior. The organization is committed to solving the feline overpopulation issue by taking a proactive approach and participating in community education and Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR). She is available to discuss socialization, leash training, transitions, introducing new pets, rescue, bottle feeding, feral cats, and TNR.
    Contact: Barbara Teszler,

    Brian Ogle
    Beacon College
    Ogle is an anthrozoology instructor with specialties in zoos, aquariums, animal shelters, human-wildlife contact and pet/animal ownership at Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla., the first college accredited to award bachelor's degrees exclusively to students with learning disabilities and ADHD. Ogle has created and will launch a new academic major in anthrozoology this fall. He has written for Humane Education Quarterly and is an executive member-at-large for the Association of Professional Humane Educators. He has been quoted this year in PetMD,, and Areas of interest: birds in a zoological setting for education programs and animal shows; visitor perceptions of aquariums and the animals displayed in aquariums.
    Contact: Darryl E. Owens,

    Clive D.L. Wynne
    Professor of Psychology
    Arizona State University
    Wynne also teaches a free online course about Dog Behavior and Cognition. He received his B.Sc. from University College London and his Ph.D. from Edinburgh University in 1983 and 1986 respectively. Specific topics he can weigh in on include: dog olfaction (sense of smell); dog reasoning about the physical world; dog social reasoning; the difference between domestication and taming; the importance of critical periods for social imprinting; behavioral development; hunting vs. trash scavenging as the mechanism of domestication; Belyaev’s foxes; how to critically assess different methods of dog training; what temperament tests are and what they are used for.
    Contact: Samantha Cartagena,

    Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM
    Dr. Osborne is an author and world-renowned integrative veterinarian of twenty plus years. The first veterinarian in the U.S. to be certified as a Diplomat of the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine for humans, Dr. Osborne has applied her knowledge in the field to pioneer the exploration of new therapies for the treatment and prevention of age-related degenerative disease, as well as promotion of optimum health and performance, for pets. After graduating from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Osborne completed a prestigious internship at the Columbus Zoo.  Shortly thereafter, she launched a very successful private practice. She offers traditional and alternative veterinary care for dogs and cats with a softer, natural touch. Her approach highlights the importance of nutrition and utilizing holistic avenues in combination with traditional treatments. Her first two books, “Naturally Healthy Cats” and “Naturally Healthy Dogs,” hit the international bestseller lists. The multi-faceted Dr. Osborne is also an Emmy-nominated television journalist. She has gained national prominence through her frequent appearances on popular shows, including “Fox & Friends,” “Today,” Discovery’s Animal Planet, and “Good Day L.A.,” where she was the on-camera staff veterinarian. She has also been featured in USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Woman’s World, InStyle, PetMD, Dogs Naturally,, and the New York Daily News.
    Dr. Osborne is available to discuss holistic treatments for pet ailments; pet nutrition and recipes; anti-aging in pets; avoiding holiday hazards; cold-weather woes; reducing your pet’s carbon pawprint; and more.
    Contact: Steve Allen,

    Don Sullivan
    Master Dog Trainer, “The DogFather”
    "We’re witnessing a virtual aggression epidemic, with over 1,000 dog-bite victims sent to an ER each day -- and that’s in the United States alone! Yet, people don't want to hear the connection between treat training and behavioral problems. Handing a dog a treat (or any piece of food from your hand) instantly says that the dog is the leader and you're the follower. You see, in the animal kingdom, the dog that gives up his food to another is the submissive one. Now, multiply this by the number of tasty morsels you ‘lovingly’ offer your pet day after day and you suddenly realize why your dog is challenging you in many areas of your life with him. Sure, yes, you might have an advantage over him in terms of size and weight, but take away the restraints like the leash, baby gates and shut doors, and who knows what disasters will quickly ensue?"
    Sullivan ("The DogFather") is on a mission to get people to ditch the dog biscuits. He wants to see dog owners adopt truly effective training techniques that can prevent aggression -- and all kinds of behavioral problems -- from ever developing. Sullivan hit the world stage in 2008 with his globally televised “Secrets to Training the Perfect Dog” system. He's renowned for achieving amazing behavioral transformations in even the most extreme "bad" dog behavior cases, with positive changes seen in just minutes.  Sullivan teaches how to reward a dog’s good behavior with lots of physical and verbal praise, exercise and play; and he empowers dog owners to realize that a bit of discipline is not a bad thing, it's the best thing. From Sullivan’s vantage, the Nature-Based Discipline, Praise & Play Method is the key to curing an aggressive dog, and it can save countless canines from being given up on every year due to disobedient and destructive behavior. According to the Humane Society of the United States, the number of annual reported dog bites in the U.S. is a staggering 4.7 million, nearly 4 million dogs enter domestic shelters each year, and approximately 1.2 million dogs are euthanized. Sullivan is sickened by these woeful statistics. He sees there's something clearly wrong with the way the masses are heading in terms of dog ownership and training, and he wants to help people turn the tide from dog-related disasters to true master/best friend harmony.
    Expert Contact:

    Kurt Venator, Ph.D.
    Veterinarian, Nestlé Purina
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, New York
    Dr. Venator and his team of eight veterinarians at Nestlé Purina speak across North America on the topics of small animal nutrition and veterinary medicine. He works closely with all U.S. veterinary schools to provide nutrition education and professional development for the veterinarians of tomorrow. His team also works actively with veterinary clinics across the country to advance the role of nutrition in clinical practice and help pets live long, healthy lives. Lastly, he directs the Purina Advisory Council, a 19-member group of world renowned veterinarians from various medical specialties who help us to advance pet nutrition, health and wellness around the globe.
    The inspiration for Dr. Venator’s career in veterinary medicine came from his first dog, Acadia, an overly intelligent and somewhat irreverent yellow Labrador Retriever who hailed from the small town of Luling, Texas. Memories of this special dog continue to fuel Dr. Venator’s lifelong passion for pets of all shapes and sizes.
    Dr. Venator resides in upstate New York with his wife and children and three yellow Labrador Retrievers. When not working for Purina, he enjoys spending time with his family, or fly fishing on a winding river, and he still finds time to practice medicine. He is available to discuss small animal nutrition and veterinary medicine; the human-animal bond; pets at work; and pet welfare.
    Contact: Erick Morelos,

    Margo DeMello
    President, House Rabbit Society
    Program Director for Human-Animal Studies, Animals & Society Institute
    DeMello, an expert on human-animal relations, has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology, teaches masters-level courses in anthrozoology, and co-wrote "Stories Rabbits Tell.” The House Rabbit Society is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization with two primary goals: to rescue abandoned rabbits and find permanent homes for them, and to educate the public and assist humane societies.
    Websites: and
    Contact: Anne Isenhower,

    Lisa Freeman, DVM, PhD, DACVN, Clinical Nutrition
    Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University
    Dr. Freeman earned a bachelor’s from Tufts University, a DVM from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and a PhD in nutrition from the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. As a professor at Cummings, she teaches veterinary students, practitioners and pet owners about proper feeding for their animals, especially ones which are too sick to eat or who have chronic diseases such as heart and kidney disease or cancer. She conducts research on nutritional effects on heart disease and is director of the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute's One Health Program and the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction. She is available to comment on general pet nutrition and special nutrition considerations for sick patients, particularly those with heart disease, as well as human-animal interaction.
    Contact: Taraneh Pettinato,

    Deborah Linder, DVM, DACN, Clinical Nutrition
    Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University
    Dr. Linder is a 2009 graduate of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and head of the Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals and Associate Director of Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction. She is board-certified in nutrition by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. Dr. Linder's interests include obesity management and effective client education. Dr. Linder has focused her research on safe and effective weight loss strategies for pets as well as how human-animal interaction affects health and wellness, particularly the impact of human-animal interaction on child and pet obesity. She also has new research out on the effects of reading assistance dogs on reading ability and attitudes in elementary-aged school children. She is available to talk about pet nutrition, pet obesity and human-animal interaction focused on animal-assisted reading and pet and childhood obesity.
    Contact: Taraneh Pettinato,

    Cailin R. Heinze, MS, VMD, DACVN, Clinical Nutrition
    Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University
    Dr. Heinze is a 2004 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and currently serves as an assistant professor of nutrition at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. After veterinary school, she worked in private practice for three years before pursuing a residency in clinical nutrition at the University of California, Davis from 2007–2009. Dr. Heinze earned a Master’s degree in Nutritional Biology at UC Davis in December 2010. She is board-certified in nutrition by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. Her professional and research interests include canine and feline obesity, nutritional management of renal disease, and long chain fatty acids. She is available to speak about pet nutrition, pet obesity and nutritional management of renal disease.
    Contact: Taraneh Pettinato,

    Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM
    Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University
    Dr. Borns-Weil earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts. Prior to joining the Tufts, Dr. Borns-Weil owned a behavior house call practice in the Boston area. She is currently a resident in animal behavior at Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic which treats many common animal behavior problems, including aggression, anxiety, compulsive disorders, species-typical behaviors, and nuisance behaviors. She has had a lifelong interest in companion animal behavior, with a special interest in aggression issues. She is available to answer behavior-related questions (why does my dog or cat do X?) and provide tips for managing these issues in pets.
    Contact: Taraneh Pettinato,

    Expert Roundup: The Olympic Games

    Friday, April 22, 2016, 4:28 PM [Expert Alerts]
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    Below are experts from the ProfNet network who are available to discuss various topics regarding the Olympic Games taking place this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    You can also find experts by sending a query to the hundreds of thousands of experts in our network – it’s easy and free! Just fill out the query form to get started:

    The Games:

    John K. Coyle
    Olympic Silver Medalist and NBC Olympic Analyst
    “Every two years brings us another Olympic Games full of fanfare and spotlight. Yet many of the ‘behind the scenes’ stories at the Games sensationalize relatively trivial events (condom distribution in the Olympic village, Sochi accommodations) while missing out some the most important events and activities (the Ikkos award, visits to the USA house and other countries' houses, secret parties and ceremonies). The Olympics is the biggest and best party on earth if you know how to navigate it.”
    Based in Chicago, Coyle is available to share an insider's view to the Olympics. He is the founder of The Art of Really Living, one of the world’s leading experts in innovation and design thinking, and a thought leader in the field of horology (the study of how humans process time). He is a two time TEDx presenter, an NBC Sports analyst, SVP and professor of innovation, author and sought-after keynote speaker. He is also an Olympic medalist -- an achievement he attributes directly to his design thinking background.
    Contact: John K. Coyle,

    Gale Bernhardt
    Olympic Cycling and Triathlon Coach
    Bernhardt, a two-time Olympic coach and leading athletic trainer, is the author of six books, including “Fat Burning Machine” (see link below). In 2014, she was honored by being selected as one of Men's Fitness magazine’s top six online trainers for providing dedicated workouts and advice for athletes. She is certified as a Level I Coach by USA Cycling and a Level III Coach by USA Triathlon. She served on the USA Triathlon National Coaching Committee from 2000 to 2006.
    Bernhardt is available to discuss: how a sport becomes an accepted Olympic sport; the history of triathlon becoming accepted as an Olympic sport (and the people involved); the process for teams to attend the Games; security measures taken; and more.
    Contact: Barbara Teszler,


    Athlete/Attendee Health:

    Dr. Becca Rodriguez
    Medical Director, High-Performance Center
    Team USA
    Dr. Rodriguez is an osteopathic physician board certified in family medicine and sports medicine, with a specialization in dance medicine. She will serve as the medical director for the high-performance center for Team USA at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. She has been awarded Top Doctor of San Diego for 2014 and 2015 in San Diego Magazine. Additionally, Dr. Rodriguez is currently serving a three-year term on the USA President's Council Science Board for Fitness, Sport, and Nutrition.
    Dr. Rodriguez is also the company physician for the San Diego Ballet, The Academy of Performing Arts of San Diego and The San Diego Symphony. She participates in team coverage for the California Ballet, San Diego State University Athletics, San Diego Pro Rugby, and the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Prior to her medical training, she danced professionally for 12 years, and has worked with Disney, Paula Abdul, MTV, “Star Search,” and Warner Brothers’ “Power Rangers.” She has also started her own nonprofit organization, LatinaStrong Foundation, to help Latina women shape their culture through healthy diet and exercise to prevent disease.
    Dr. Rodriguez is available to discuss concussions, Zika, preventive care, dance medicine, and high-performance training. She is also available to Spanish-speaking media.
    Contact: Jessica Bardoulas,

    Dr. Naresh Rao, DO, FAOASM
    Head Team Physician
    Men’s USA Water Polo
    Dr. Rao is board certified in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatment, and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in sports medicine. Dr. Rao currently serves as head team physician for Men's USA Water Polo, as well as medical liaison to the US Olympic Committee. He has been selected to the Sports Medicine team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He serves on the Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee for the World Triathlon Corporation (Ironman, International). He most recently served as a sports physician for Team USA at the 2015 Pan American Games.
    Dr. Rao is currently serving as clinical assistant professor at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, as well as clinical faculty at NYU School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Family Medicine Residency, and Northwell Plainview Hospital Sports Medicine Fellowship. He recently published a book on sports performance for the everyday athlete, “Step up Your Game: The Revolutionary Program Elite Athletes Use to Increase Performance and Achieve Total Health” (Sports Publishing, February 2016). He has also been a contributing author for several medical books and articles for scientific journals, and lectures frequently on sports medicine and wellness-related topics. He is a competitive tennis player and played water polo at Colgate University. His love for sports thoroughly pervades his professional and personal life. He is a swimming and water polo coach for the New York Athletic Club's Saturday Morning Program.
    Dr. Rao is available to discuss concussions, manipulative treatment, Zika, preventive care, sports performance, and water polo.
    Contact: Jessica Bardoulas,

    Dr. Karen Roos
    Neurologist and Infectious Disease Specialist
    Indiana University Health
    Dr. Roos is also a professor of neurology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She can comment on the Zika virus and what Olympic attendees can do to protect themselves, such as liberally using repellant and wearing long sleeves and pants.
    Contact: Linda Jackson,

    Dr. Karen Roos
    Neurologist and Infectious-Disease Specialist
    Indiana University Health
    She is also a professor of neurology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Roos can comment on the Zika virus and what Olympic attendees can do to protect themselves, such as liberally using repellant and wearing long sleeves and pants.
    Contact: Linda Jackson,

    Economic Impact/Issues:

    Joseph P. Fuhr
    Professor of Economics
    Widener University School of Business Administration, Chester, Pa.
    Fuhr is available to discuss the economic impact of new construction for the Olympics on the Brazilian economy: “There will be both long-run and short-run gains for the Brazilian economy as a result of new construction to accommodate the Olympic Games. The short-run gains will be as a result of the jobs created from the building of infrastructure. This will create many construction jobs before the event. Also, during the games, there will an increase in tourists, which will have a tremendous economic impact on the hotel, restaurant, retail and transportation industries. The long-run effects from the infrastructure are the ability of Brazilians to use these facilities and the possibility of attracting future events as a result of this infrastructure in place. However, there are various negative effects from having the Olympics. One is the crowding-out effect. This occurs as a result of tourists who would have visited during these times but won’t as a result of higher prices and congestion. Also, inflation will result from the increase in demand during the games. For example, it is estimated that hotel rooms could increase by 500 percent during the games. While new infrastructure will increase the ability of the country to have greater economic growth, this new infrastructure is only a benefit if it can be used after the events. To the extent that some of the infrastructure will inevitably become ‘white elephants’ -- infrastructures that have little use after the events they are constructed to host -- will harm the economy. For example, 12 stadiums, instead of the required eight, were built or renovated for the recent World Cup in Brazil. This has added to the cost, and some of these stadiums will have little use now that the World Cup is over. These white elephants will actually result in a drain on the economy, since they will need to be maintained. Economic analysis of stadiums shows that they generally lose money.”
    Contact: Allyson Roberts,

    Jonathan Willner, Ph.D.
    Professor/Chairman of Economics
    Oklahoma City University
    Dr. Willner is available to discuss the economic impacts of the Olympics. He specializes in three main areas: sports economics, international trade, and industrial organization. Additional areas of expertise are those related to intellectual property rights and natural disasters. His research in sports economics deals with the economic impacts of the Olympics and U.S. Major League franchises. His industrial organization research deals with conglomerate effects in Korea, as well as domestic issues associated with legal structures. He teaches courses in a variety of fields including international economics and game theory.
    Dr. Willner is a member of the American and Southern Economic Associations, Western Economics Association, and Southwestern Economics Association, of which he is the past-president. He has spoken at venues in Oklahoma City, numerous locations throughout the United States, Indonesia, China, and Singapore. He has taught in numerous countries and done consulting work in Ukraine, as well as Oklahoma City. He has published work in diverse outlets from academic journals such as The Journal of Economic Perspectives, The International Journal of Stress Management and Foreign Affairs, and more mainstream outlets such as PRNews Asia (online journal), Korea Times, and Blueprints. He is actively engaged with undergraduate research assisting and mentoring students through published research in a variety of fields. He also serves on the Oklahoma City Bar Association’s Fee Grievance and Ethics Committee.
    Contact: Rod Jones,

    Mark Davidson
    Graduate School of Geography
    Clark University (Massachusetts)
    “The hosting of the Olympics continues to entice many cities to enter a hyper-competitive bidding process. However, recent host cities have a mixed record of success in terms converting Olympic facilities into important municipal additions. This varied record of host city outcomes is, in part, explained by the different governance approaches cities have adopted.”
    An urban geographer with expertise in urban politics, urban change and social theory, Davidson has conducted sponsored research on the long-term impacts of the Olympic Games on host cities and has also worked on the post-Games developmental challenges and strategies faced by cities and regions.
    Contact: Jane Salerno,

    Albert Goldson
    Executive Director
    Indo-Brazilian Associates LLC
    Indo-Brazilian Associates is an NYC-based boutique global advisory firm and think tank that provides international investment strategies and geopolitical risk assessments. Goldson has contributed numerous articles, including a prescient blog in May 2015 on Petrobras, Brazil's Watergate. Additionally, he is a regular guest panelist on the award-winning international TV program “Fresh Outlook,” and participated on several programs with respect to the impacts of the Ebola virus.


    Legal/Ethics Issues:

    Mark Conrad
    Director, Sports Business Concentration; Associate Professor, Law and Ethics
    Gabelli School of Business
    Fordham University
    Conrad comments in the major media quite often on national and international sports. He can discuss the following: 1) eligibility issues (e.g., PED violations by athletes); 2) legal Issues -- bribery allegations, public health and safety liability (e.g., Zika virus); 3) security; 4) ethical Issues (related to legal issues).
    Contact: Gina Vergel,



    David Parish, DC, MS, CSCS, DACBSP, ICCSP
    Director, Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation; Human Performance Center
    Logan University
    Dr. Parish is available to discuss Paralympics, ParaPowerlifting, coaching the U.S. ParaPowerlifting team, chiropractic sports injury care and rehabilitation, and the challenges a Paralympic athlete must overcome. He has served as a physician at the Paralympics in London in 2012 and recently hosted a training camp for ParaPowerlifting athletes at Logan University. One of the athletes he’s trained has qualified for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio for ParaPowerlifting, and Dr. Parish will be attending the games as coach for the U.S. ParaPowerlifting team. The Paralympic Committee is partnered with the Olympic Committee, and the Paralympics were created for Para athletes to participate in the Games. The Paralympic Games will take place in September 2016 in Rio.
    Contact: Maria Lemakis,


    Payments/Fraud at the Olympics:

    Seth Ruden
    Senior Fraud Consultant
    ACI Worldwide
    Ruden is a fraud/payments expert who can speak to a wide range of topics within the payments space as it relates to the Olympics. More specifically, he can also address payments fraud, credit card security, ATM skimming, cash vs. credit card use, buying tickets online, and the possibility of gas pump fraud.
    Ruden is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and has been working with banks in the detection and mitigation of financial crimes since 2004, in the compliance department of one of the largest global banks. Since then, he has worked with law enforcement, regulators, executives and analysts in consulting positions beyond the United States, extending to financial services organizations in Asia, the Middle East and North and South America. Interests include payments security, financial crimes, fraud, money laundering, cybercrime, biometrics, authentication, data breaches, compromises, risk management, hacking and technology innovation.
    Contact: Marie Matta,



    Dr. Jeffrey Cantor
    Defense Coach University
    Dr. Cantor is one of the country’s leading experts on personal and international security, including kidnap and ransom response, active shooter and terrorism preparedness, and personal security operations. His experience includes successfully leading security teams and event security for large crowd, high-risk venues where bomb threats had been received. He has served as a subject matter expert advisor to governments, militaries, law enforcement, corporations, security professionals and individuals in such areas as active shooter and terrorism preparedness, kidnap and ransom, kidnap-to-kill, threat assessment, risk and crisis management, travel security and dignitary protection. He is also the founder/CEO of the TRS International Group, a highly successful private security, defense intelligence, risk management and training firm. Through TRSIG, he has used his unique skills and real world experience to work for governments, corporations, organizations and private parties around the world supporting a myriad of security objectives and low signature operations including hostage recovery, terrorism, personal security operations, covert surveillance, asset transport and relocation and close and dignitary protection.
    Websites: and
    Contact: Linda Popky,


    Technology and Broadcasting:

    David Jones
    Digital Performance Expert
    "Global events like the Olympics draw an increased amount of traffic to web and mobile sites, which impacts the speed and availability of all the news and other content sites in both the lead up to and during the games. Companies that prepare in advance will yield the best results from a digital standpoint. As more companies embrace digital performance strategies, it allows them to deliver exceptional end-user experiences and anticipate for some of the busiest times of the year.”
    Jones is an APM Technical Evangelist and has been with Dynatrace for eight years. He has close to 20 years’ experience working with web technologies at organizations such as S1 Corp (Atlanta), Broadvision (Bay Area), Interleaf/Texcel (Waltham), i4i (Toronto) and SoftQuad (Toronto). He is an expert in user experience management; mobile and web performance; real user monitoring and synthetic monitoring/testing. Jones is available to discuss website and mobile performance surrounding the 2016 Olympics, as Dynatrace will be monitoring the website and mobile performance of the major advertisers, broadcasters and partners of the Olympics.
    Blogs: and
    Contact: Laura Paine,

    Jonathan Wilner
    VP, Products and Strategy
    Wilner has more than 15 years of technology leadership experience in online video and interactive TV, and has helped Ooyala partner with some of the largest broadcasters in the world. He previously founded the broadband pay TV platform Unlimited Football and was vice president of technology at He is available to discuss sports video streaming and viewership analytics.
    Contact: Viviane Ford,

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