REGISTRAR/Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Credit Administration (ICA), Dr. Chris Onalo, has been appointed a professor of Credit Management by the London Postgraduate Credit Management College (LPCMC), United Kingdom (UK), in collaboration with its affiliate universities across the world.
In a recently released statement, a copy of which was made available to The Guardian by the colleges International Programmes Director, Danette Gayle, LPCMC considers this a justified designation as Dr. Onalo has had a great influence and profound impact on credit management profession in Nigeria and beyond.
He has been quite instrumental to the establishment of a number of credit management development infrastructures such as his involvement with Nigerian Institute of Credit Administration (ICA), the Postgraduate School of Credit amp; Financial Management (PSCFM), Nigeria and an International Director of London Postgraduate Credit management College
With the goal of increasing growth of the BLU unlocked mobile device portfolio, CT Miami, LLC, owner of BLU Products, has entered a distribution agreement with Ingram Micro Mobility. Through the agreement, Ingram Micro Mobility, a business unit of Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM), will help grow the retail presence of BLU Products throughout its vast distribution network, including network operators, national retailers and e-Commerce channels in the United States and Canada.
"There is growing demand in the U.S. and Canada for unlocked devices, of which BLU is a market leader," said Samuel Ohev-Zion, CEO of BLU Products. "Working with Ingram Micro Mobility will allow us to scale, and meet the increased consumer demand for our BLU smartphone devices. We see a shift in the market, leaning towards unlocked devices in retail, where the consumer now has a growing choice of network providers."
"BLU offers consumers a wide portfolio of impressively designed smartphone devices with great performance and incredible value," said Bashar Nejdawi, executive vice president, Ingram Micro and president, North America, Ingram Micro Mobility. "We anticipate demand and sales of BLU unlocked devices will continue to grow through an accelerated retail presence."
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Under the planned deal, Unico will manufacture the fan coils of Energy Techniques trading subsidiary Diffusion under license from its facility in St Louis, Missouri, and will be responsible for all sales and marketing activities in its franchise markets, delivery of product to end customers and credit management.
Diffusion will provide technical input, design and manufacturing instructions and it will receive franchise income based on a percentage of Unicos sales to its end customers.
The two companies are working towards a legally binding franchise agreement early in 2015, Energy Technique said.
The two companies have also reached non-binding heads of terms for Diffusion to be Unicos main sales representatives in the UK for its small duct high velocity heating and cooling systems.
Under this deal, Diffusion will market Unicos products in the UK and Republic of Ireland, for installation by third party contractors who will also be responsible for credit management. Diffusion will obtain sales commissions based on the selling value of Unico products installed by third party contractors.
Energy Technique shares were up 15.0% at 365.00 pence Thursday morning.
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Santa Ana, Calif.-based Corinthian said the center, run by its Everest University arm, would continue to operate until the closing. The center provides support to students at Corinthians colleges across the United States, including assistance with financial aid and career services. The center also provides online faculty administration and support.
Kent Jenkins, a Corinthian spokesman in Washington, DC, said the company provided more than 60 days notice of the closing, but does not have an active severance pay plan at this time. In 2012, when the center last said it was hiring, new full-time workers started with a minimum annual salary of $30,000, plus benefits.
Corinthian announced Nov. 20 that it had agreed to sell 56 Everest and WyoTech campuses and online programs to Zenith Education Group, an affiliate of Educational Credit Management Corp., for $24 million. The sale is expected to be completed early next year.
Everest campuses in Aurora, Colorado Springs and Thornton all are part of the sale. Corinthian said classes and operations at the three locations remain unchanged.
According to a news release from Corinthian, Zenith plans to consolidate many of the functions of the Colorado Springs Service Center into existing centers in Thornton and Tampa, Fla. The release said service and support for students and faculty will not be affected by these changes.
Zenith plans to hire up to 40 people at the Thornton center early next year, and workers at the Springs center can apply for those jobs, the release said.
Corinthian opened the Colorado Springs center in 2010 in a former Intel Corp. manufacturing complex on Garden of the Gods Road, with plans to employ up to 600 within four years. But the company never reached that goal, and in February, it laid off 105 of the centers 433 workers in response to slowing enrollment in online classes.
The announcement comes as at least two other local call centers are hiring. Firstsource Solutions Ltd. said Dec. 10 that it plans to hire 300 more employees by the end of January to handle calls for a health care client. Insurance giant Progressive Corp. announced in September it planned to fill 141 sales, customer service and information technology jobs at its Colorado Springs call center and information technology operation by years end. Most of the positions have been filled, a Progressive spokesman said by email Wednesday, but a few openings remain.
Corinthian has been under heightened scrutiny by federal and state regulators for the past year amid allegations that the company falsified student job placement rates and misled prospective students by persuading them to take on too much debt. The US Department of Education temporarily suspended the companys access to federal student aid in June, which brought Corinthian to the brink of collapse.
The company agreed to sell off most of its schools in July, in exchange for temporary cash transfers.
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