Working together supports unusual but successful arrangement.by: Karen BankstonWhen Bill Kiss or Jeff Shewfelt introduces himself at community and industry events as co-CEO of G & F Financial Group, “it’s always a conversation starter,” says Shewfelt. This unique arrangement took a little getting used to inside the $1.25 billion Burnaby, British Columbia, credit union, as well, but seems to be working just fine now. In the almost four years since they were named co-leaders in July 2011, the credit union has achieved solid growth and enviable employee engagement metrics.Kiss joined the organization as chief financial officer in 1996, and Shewfelt started in the branch network in 1991, working his way through branch management, loan processing, marketing, and HR; he was VP/sales and service when the CEO post opened. “We had a history of 15 years of working well together, and we both had extensive, but mutually exclusive, networks in the industry,” Kiss notes.So when the board launched a national search for a new chief executive, Kiss and Shewfelt threw their hats in the ring collectively. “We told the board we certainly understood the need to go outside the organization if they wanted to go in a different direction culturally and strategically. But if they wanted to move forward with our current strategy, we could do that without slowing things down,” Shewfelt says. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Published on March 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments GENEVA, N.Y. — For Hobart goalie Max Silberlicht, it was the second time he’s seen JoJo Marasco work in person on a lacrosse field. Although, the first time was more of a scouting session for Silberlicht — he watched his own brother, Jake, play with Marasco in the 2008 Empire Games. But even then, watching Marasco as a high-schooler, Silberlicht saw potential. And that’s why he wasn’t surprised with Marasco’s breakout game Tuesday. ‘He was a workhorse for ‘Cuse today,’ Silberlicht said of Marasco. ‘He filled in some shoes as a freshman. That was pretty good.’Marasco looked like anything but a freshman Tuesday night, busting out with two goals and one assist in Syracuse’s come-from-behind 9-8 overtime victory over Hobart on Monday. Controlling the ball for large chunks of time, he saw extended time at both midfield and attack, making his presence felt in all aspects of the game.Looking like a seasoned veteran, Marasco took on extended roles without the presence of attack Tim Desko, who missed his second straight game Tuesday night with an injury.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen he found an opening, Marasco took it to the net. And he found those openings on two big occasions in the latter portion of the Orange’s win. First, he answered the call in the middle of the third quarter. SU’s offense was slumping, fresh in the midst of a 26-minute-plus scoring drought that extended from the end of the first quarter to the middle of the third.Shot after shot was turned away by Silberlicht. The Orange fired one errant shot after another. Then, Marasco finally got his team going. He worked in a one-on-one matchup behind the net, coming around and firing past Silberlicht to pull Syracuse within two at 5-3 with five minutes left in the third quarter. ‘We had (Hobart midfielder) Mike Lazore absolutely manhandle him, I thought,’ Silberlicht said. ‘So he didn’t really get much. But when he did, he made the best of his opportunities, and that’s what a good player does. He’s a good player.’Just like that, Marasco sparked SU’s rejuvenated second-half offense. But he wasn’t even close to done. A freshman might’ve been discouraged at Silberlicht’s save on his behind-the-back attempt that seemed sure to hit the back of the net. Not Marasco. He got the ball right back on the Orange’s next possession. Spinning and shooting left-handed, he tied the game up at 6-6, jumping into senior midfielder Max Bartig’s arms in celebration after his momentous goal.‘I was able to show that I can dodge from up top and from behind,’ Marasco said. ‘I was able to get a couple goals in. So yeah, I think this could be a game that I was finally able to come out, and it worked out great.’And yet, Marasco was equally as important aside from the points he scored. Midway through the fourth quarter, he set the pick that let senior attack Chris Daniello run behind the net and tie the game up again at 7-7.It was late in the fourth quarter when Marasco looked well beyond his years. Checking the clock, he saw 2:10 remaining. He thought about dodging toward the goal but pulled back. He then milked another 40 seconds off the clock from the back of the net before giving the ball up.‘I tried to use my game sense with that,’ Marasco said. ‘Coach (John Desko) always talks about relaxing, getting the ball around and using some time up. I looked around and it was kind of unsettled — it wasn’t really set. Just by pulling it out, it helps the offense to finally get everyone on the field.’When the Kraus-Simmons trophy was presented to Desko, he smiled, paused and called over his two captains, Joel White and Daniello. Marasco could only cheer on the celebration enthusiastically. For now, anyway. But on a cold, rainy night at McCooey Field, Marasco looked just as much the part as his fellow upperclassmen. And the veterans, including junior attack Stephen Keogh, took notice.‘I thought he stepped up big time,’ Keogh said. ‘He went hard to the cage. He can dodge from up top and behind. He’s a good player. He’s going to be a playmaker for us, and he stepped up big time for us today.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+
In fact, the Yankees, one of the teams that has reportedly checked in about acquiring Bumgarner, are rumored to be having internal discussions about Bumgarner’s true value, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. The 29-year-old Bumgarner has heard the rumors he’s not the same pitcher he was a few years ago. But he told The Athletic he feels the same. Related News “I’m the same guy I was in 2014, contrary to popular belief,” Bumgarner said. “I know that gets said a lot, ‘Oh, he’s not the same guy he used to be.’ That’s just wrong. Numbers are what they are right now, but let’s just wait to the end of the season, and we’ll check. Maybe they won’t be there and maybe they will.“All I know is, the last two years, the stuff was a little different rushing back from two injuries. Now? How I feel is the same. My stuff is the same.” Will Yankees land front-line starters like Max Scherzer, Trevor Bauer? ‘We’ll see,’ Brian Cashman says The Giants are widely expected to trade longtime ace Madison Bumgarner this summer, yet one question looms large.Which Bumgarner will the other team get — the seemingly invincible left-hander who carried the Giants to the World Series title in 2014, or the pitcher who has a career-high 4.21 ERA this season? MLB trade rumors: Yankees targeting 4 big names on pitching market The Twins have reportedly shown “strong interest” in Bumgarner, according to USA Today.According to Fox Sports, eight teams are on Bumgarner’s “no-trade” list: the Yankees, Braves, Red Sox, Cubs, Astros, Brewers, Phillies and Cardinals. That doesn’t necessarily mean he does not want to play for those teams, but he would have to approve a trade to one of those destinations.Bumgarner, who will earn $12 million in 2019, is a free agent after this season.