Robert Ivy Receives The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award

In April 2018, Robert Ivy was selected the winner of the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award, an award given by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. Ivy was given this award because of his exemplary performance as a leader in the field of architecture. He currently serves as the Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

The Noel POLK award is given to artists from Mississippi who have shown extraordinary efforts to promote the arts culture in the United States. It is the first time that an architect has won this award, a clear indication of the great contributions that Robert Ivy has made as an architect. The award which was started in 2001 has recognized some great personalities with roots in Mississippi such as Morgan Freeman and Walter Anderson. Robert now joins this list of distinguished personalities who have made extraordinary contributions.

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Robert Ivy has been acknowledged for his great contribution in making architecture accessible to all Americans. He has created materials and commentated about the importance of this industry. He has shown that many fields need the application of architects and not just construction and building. The award also came as a personal achievement as a native of Mississippi. He has made his native area proud in the national arena, and that is why they have offered him an opportunity to join the list of distinguished personalities from the region.

Robert Ivy has worked with various bodies in the architectural field. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Architectural Record, the most prominent architectural journal in the country. He left this position in2011 as he joined AIA as the CEO. Under his leadership, Architectural Record has won various global awards such as the National Magazine Ward fir general Excellence. He was also responsible for the growth of the McGraw Hill operations in China.

Robert Ivy biography entitled Fay Jones: Architect was launched in 2011 and is still being released under various editions. Currently, it is doing its third edition. It details a lot of information about architecture. Other organizations have honored Ivy. The architects’ fraternity known as Alpha Rho Chi has recognized his efforts by naming her the Master Architect.

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Ryan Seacrest Taps Into Fashion And Skincare For Men

Entertainer and businessman Ryan Seacrest has used his American Idol celebrity as a springboard into other ventures that are making him mega-wealthy. The popular pitchman is now earning millions of dollars selling menswear.

Seacrest is a ball of energy. He bounces effortlessly between gigs as American Idol host and co-host of ABC’s Live With Kelly and Ryan. If that isn’t already enough, he hosts a weekday syndicated radio program and executive produces a number of programs, including Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

As per, Seacrest has now turned his eye towards fashion, launching a line of distinctive menswear that is on track to pull in over $50 million in retail sales. Seacrest begin taking a serious stab at fashion in 2002 when he became host of American Idol.

After paying closer attention to Burberry’s top designer, Christopher Bailey, who also designed his red carpet suits, he understood what types of clothing gives him comfort and suits his style.

Seacrest’s close-fitting style suits made him look great in front of the camera. But he also knew that regular Joe’s likely couldn’t afford his fashions. So the idea came about to make affordable men’s fashions without scrimping on style and quality.

Under Bailey’s Tutelage, Seacrest, a producer and TV host, started Ryan Seacrest Distinction. He is currently partnered with Macy’s and Peerless Clothing International, the company that manufactures DKNY, Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors, among others.

For accessories, he went to the most popular men’s accessory manufacturer in the world — Randa. They also work with Geoffrey Beene and Tommy Hilfiger, to name a few.

Although Seacrest’s (@RyanSeacrest) tapered, slim look took off like a rocket, he realized he was alienating another demographic of men. He expanded the sizes and created looks that went beyond the age of 25.

The affordable line of suits, ties, shoes, sportswear and beyond, hit Macy’s in the spring of 2017. He is also working on a skincare line that should be ready by 2018.  Ryan also makes sure to give back thru his charity called the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.

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Mike Bagguley promoted to key investment banking unit role at Barclays

Mike Bagguley is the new chief operating officer of the investment banking unit at Barclays. The step to appoint Bagguley to this position came as part of the plan by the bank to beef up its investment banking operations. Barclays was once booming with investment businesses but lost its way leading to a significant decline in investment banking operations. With the new appointment, Barclays is hoping to get operations back to normalcy; like it was during the past glory days. Before the promotion, Mike Bagguley was working as the head of macro markets division at the bank. He will be working under Tom King, the chief executive of the investment unit.

Mr. Bagguley was promoted after recording impressive results in his former position. He helped the bank reshape macro business in areas of interest rates, commodities products, and foreign exchange. These changes were necessary since the bank had to move with speed to implement measures that would get the bank back to profitability after suffering from tough regulations in the banking sector and a decline in trading revenue. From the statement released by the bank, Mike Baggley will be responsible for the coordination of projects in the investment unit.

The appointment of Mr. Bagguley came after a streak of changes in senior management of the bank. Earlier, Sir Gerry Grimstone was appointed as the deputy chairman. Grimstone is an experienced financial expert who has previously worked with financial group Schroders as the global vice-chairman of in-charge of investment activities. Other appointments have been made in the investment banking unit as Barclays shows commitment to re-position itself as a leading investment bank in the world.

Barclays’ senior management has full confidence in Mike Bagguley to accelerate delivery of the goals they have set to accomplish. Bagguley experience as a senior banker will help him put together key infrastructure to achieve growth within a short time.

Mike Bagguley has been at Barclays since 2001. His roles have mainly been around fixed income operations. He has previously been assigned duties in Johannesburg, Tokyo, London and New York. He finally joins the investment banking unit as the COO to replace Justin Bull who left in April.