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Global Corporate Real Estate Executives Earn the MCR, Master of Corporate Real Estate

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MCR Professional Designation Awarded by CoreNet Global, Leading Professional Association for Corporate Real Estate and Workplace Executives
ATLANTA, Dec. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ —

Ninety-five corporate real estate executives and workplace professionals from around the world successfully earned the MCR (Master of Corporate Real Estate), the industry’s most prestigious designation, which is awarded by CoreNet Global, the world’s leading professional association for corporate real estate executives, service providers and economic developers (

The CoreNet Global MCR professional designation is part of a comprehensive career development program for the corporate real estate industry. The MCR provides essential skills that focus on critical business issues. It reflects strategic competence and successful experience as a corporate real estate expert.

“The MCR conveys superior training, practical experience, professional competence and a high level of industry knowledge,” said Angela Cain, CEO of CoreNet Global. “These are credentials recognized by corporate real estate leadership worldwide. Graduates of the rigorous MCR program have earned respect as experts in the multiple disciplines of corporate real estate.”

The MCR program was established in 1982 and is the professional designation of CoreNet Global, which is the largest worldwide organization devoted to the professional education of corporate real estate professionals. CoreNet Global has graduated 1581 MCRs since 1982 worldwide. Today, there are more than 927 active MCRs globally, including Asia, Australia, EMEA, New Zealand and North America.

To receive the MCR designation, professionals must complete 104 hours of classroom training by completing three required seminars, two elective seminars and a Capstone within a five-year period. An assessment is given at the end of each seminar and a passing grade must be earned to receive credit.  Each designee will further their education through continuing professional development which must be renewed every three years. A full list of the 2011 graduates follows:
Sara Baldi, MCR
Kaiser Permanente

Randy Cooper, MCR
Standard Chartered Bank (China) Ltd

Kevin Frankenberger, MBA, MCR
Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc

Roderick Barnes, MCR
Jones Lang LaSalle

Charles Copelan, CCIM, MCR
Sperry Van Ness/Promus Commercial

Richard Fryer, MCR
Juniper Networks

Rod Baxter, MCR
Stanwell Corporation Limited

Jason Cousins, MCR

Stephanie Fulbright, MBA, MCR
General Electric Co

Joshua Beer, MCR
Johnson Controls, Inc

Anna Cowdery, MCR
Neworld Consulting

Joanna Gordon, MCR
Colliers International

Douglas Beers, MCR
Johnson & Johnson

Stuart T. Cox, MCR
Jones Lang LaSalle

Kelly Hackett, MCR
Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

Simon Bernier, MCR
Public Works & Govt. Svcs. Canada

Lisa Davidson, MCR
Studley, Inc

Katherine Hair, MCR
Jones Lang LaSalle

Nicholas Boldero, MCR

Coert Davis, MCR
Teva Pharmaceuticals

Charles B. Hardie, MCR
Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc

Celeste Burr, MCR
Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc

Stephanie Denton, MCR

Patrick Harlan, MCR
Cushman & Wakefield

Gordon Byers, MCR

Jenny Djunaedi, MCR
PT Jakarta Land

Karen Hayes, B.Sc., MCR
Shaw Industries Group, Inc.

Karen Cates, MCR
Northrop Grumman Corp.

Patricia Doehrman-Giansiracusa, MCR
Symantec Corp

Jeffrey Henderson, MCR
CB Richard Ellis

Todd H. Chitester, MCR
Bank of America

Steve Dunn, AIA, MCR
SRA International, Inc.

Maxine Hewer, B.Sc., MCR
Cisco Systems

Trish Clarry, MCR

Lawrence Edward Easterly, MCR
Grubb & Ellis Co

Ivo Hofstede, MCR

Carol Clements, MCR

Denise Elliott, MCR
Progressive Insurance

Patricia Holdham, MCR
Direct Energy

Diana Cobb, MCR
U.S. Bank

Richard Michael Fineo, MCR
UGL Services

Mark Holoman, MCR
Bank of America

Trina Murphy, B.S., MCR
FedEx Freight System

Laurie Hourahan, MCR
International Monetary Fund

Gordon Hurrell, MCR
Pfizer, Inc

Robert Nahigian, FRICS, SIOR, CRE, MCR
Auburndale Realty Co.

Peter Scott, MCR
Parallel Directions Ltd.

Morgan Ives, MCR
Bank of America

Courtney Ann Naudo, MCR
Deloitte Touche

Kelly Shea, MCR
Symantec Corp

Scott Jacobson, CCIM, MCR
Jones Lang LaSalle

Paula Neale, MCR
Oracle Corporation

Fiona Shilton, MCR
The Warehouse Ltd.

Frank Jennings, MCR, CCIM
U.S. Department of State

Allen Nichols, MCR

Tony Smaniotto, MBA, MCR
Studley, Inc

Chris Johnke, LEEDAP, MCR
UGL Services

Kimberly Noelle Nichols, MCR
Oracle Corporation

Elliott T. Smith, MCR
Shell International BV

Sylvia Koh, MCR
Jones Lang LaSalle

Peter Roy Omundson, MCR
Bank of America Corp

Richard Smith, MCR, PE,
CFM, FMA Telcordia Tech, Inc.

Scott Kosswig, MCR
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

Erik Orstead, MCR
Eli Lilly and Company

Irene Sosnowski, MCR

Tish Kruse, MCR
Jones Lang LaSalle

Christopher J. Ott, MCR
Healthcare Real Estate Services

Noel Spear, ESQ, MCR
C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc

Chris LaPata, IIDA, MCR

Robert J. Peterson, MBA, MCR
Abbott Laboratories

Christopher L. Staal, MCR
Thomson Reuters

Mark Lawrence, MCR
Progressive Insurance

Dennis J. Potts, MCR
Dennis Potts Project Management

David Stillebroer, MSc, MCR
Planon BV

Cynthia Leary, MCR
The Hartford

Andrew Purcell, MCR
Honeywell Control Systems Ltd

Kelly Stobbe CFM, LEED(TM) AP, ASID, MCR
Infrastructure Interior Design Inc.

Norman Y. Lee, CPM, MCR
Studley, Inc

Gregory K. Quick, AIA, MCR
TD Ameritrade, Inc,Omaha

Eugene Suares, MCR
International Monetary Fund

Nancy Lutey, MCR
Arizona Public Service Co.

Kay Richardson, MCR
TD Bank Financial Group

Darren Taylor, MCR
Stanwell Corporation Limited

Jackie Mirabadi, BSc(Arch), MCR
Cisco Systems, Inc

Theodorus van Pelt, MA, MCR
AOS Studley

Allen Teague, CCIM, MCR
Shell Oil Company

Craig Trenholm B.Comm, MCR
Cushman & Wakefield

Michael Waldron, MCR

Jake Vaughan, MCR

Mark A. Vernon, MBA, MCR
Kaiser Permanente

Jianjun Zhou, MCR
General Electric

Trevor Andrew Wignall, Ph.D., MCR
Pfizer Ltd

Jason Woodward, MCR
Oracle Corp.

Graham Zink, MCR

About CoreNet Global

CoreNet Global is the world’s leading association for corporate real estate (CRE) and workplace professionals, service providers and economic developers. Our 7,000 members, who include 70 percent of the top 100 U.S. companies and nearly half of the Global 2000, meet locally, globally and virtually to develop networks, share knowledge, learn and thrive professionally.

For more information, visit


North America:
Richard Kadzis
CoreNet Global
Phone: +1-404-589-3240

Tracy Waldorf
CoreNet Global
Phone: +617-3330-9544

SOURCE  CoreNet Global

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December 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm

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Asia Gears Up for DEMO Asia 2012

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Showcase of Asia’s Best Innovations Set for February 2012

SINGAPORE, Dec. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd and IDG Enterprise, the US-based technology, media, events and research company, have agreed to move DEMO Asia to February 2012 from November 2011 based on the interest and increased enquiries received from potential participants, exhibitors and sponsors over the last few months. This extension gives promising start-ups, entrepreneurs and innovators more time to gear up and prepare for Asia’s premier launch pad for new and emerging technologies.

DEMO Asia will now be held on February 29 to March 2, 2012 at Matrix@Biopolis in Singapore. It will offer Asia’s brightest innovators and budding entrepreneurs the unique opportunity to debut, pitch and showcase breakthrough ideas and products to corporate acquirers, media, venture capitalists, angel investors and strategic partners.

Launched in 1991, DEMO is the global launch pad for emerging technologies and is held twice a year in the United States. It comprises conferences, pitches and networking sessions for a specially invited group of companies to launch their products for the first time to an audience made up of angel investors, venture capitalists, corporate developers and acquirers, government agencies, universities and research institutes.

Singapore is the second country in Asia to host a DEMO event after China. Sphere Exhibits will produce DEMO Asia with DEMO’s existing co-producers – IDG Enterprise and strategic partner VentureBeat, a portal that reports the latest news, trends and developments on innovation and technology.

This event is supported by IDA, MDA, A*STAR, SPRING Singapore, Singapore Venture Capital Association and Business Angel Network South East Asia.

As the latest addition to the highly successful DEMO conference in the United States, the DEMO Asia event promises an exciting event line-up that will showcase Asian innovation and entrepreneurship at its finest. These include —

DEMO Asia Conference

Hand-picked and specially selected companies will deliver their six-minute pitches to potential investors and buyers to garner their buy-in and interest. There will also be presentations and panel discussions from leading industry players and experts on cloud, social media, consumer, and enterprise technologies made during the conference.

One-on-One Discussion Panel

During the one-on-one discussions, the movers and shakers from successful start-ups and past DEMO alumni members will be present to offer their insights and success stories. Jeff Clavier, the Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Web 2.0 start-ups, will share his thoughts on the growing angel investing environment in Silicon Valley today.

Showcase Your Best Startups — Country Pavilions

Asian countries will be invited to showcase their homegrown fast-rising companies as part of the DEMO Asia Startup Expo. The Startup Expo is the ideal platform that brings together companies in web, mobile, cloud, enterprise, social media and consumer technologies from across the region, where participants can network and form strategic partnerships. It will also feature several DEMO alumni companies from the United States.

Mr Chua Wee Phong, Executive Director of Sphere Exhibits, said: “We are committed to the success of the first-ever DEMO Asia in Singapore. Hence, we made sure that it imbibed DEMO’s signature features while catering to Asian entrepreneurs and innovators. By expanding and beefing up the programme, we are providing promising start ups and entrepreneurs more avenues to tap into the resources, expertise and network to enable them to showcase their innovative ideas to a global audience.”

“With Asia’s business resilience driving global growth in the next few decades, we are excited to be an active proponent in driving innovation and growth in the region with the DEMO Asia platform,” he added.

DEMO Asia will also be introducing the DEMO Asia Scholarship Program which offers partial scholarship for bootstrapped companies, angel-funded companies and full scholarships targeted at universities and research institutions. Upon selection, deserving companies will be awarded scholarships to launch their products.

Registration for DEMO Asia is now open for startups keen to launch their products and participate in the conference. For more information, they can visit the DEMO Asia website at

About DEMO

Produced by IDG Enterprise in conjunction with VentureBeat, the DEMO conferences in the United States and China focus on emerging technologies and new product innovations, which are hand selected from across the spectrum of the technology marketplace. The DEMO conferences have earned their reputation for consistently identifying tomorrow’s cutting-edge technologies, and have served as launchpad events for companies such as Palm, E*Trade, Salesforce, Webex, Tivo and VMware, helping them to secure venture funding, establish critical business relationships, and influence early adopters. The DEMO Scholarship Partner Program, subsidised by corporate sponsorships, offers multiple scholarship opportunities to ensure that deserving entrepreneurs receive the opportunity to introduce cutting edge technology products at DEMO that might have otherwise gone undiscovered.

For more information on the DEMO conferences, visit

About Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd

A wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Sphere Exhibits, which stands for “SPH Events, Roadshows and Exhibitions”, aims to be the leading events company catering to a diverse mix of trade and consumer clientele.

Backed by a committed and experienced team of professionals and SPH’s comprehensive range of media platforms, Sphere Exhibits’ shows, events and exhibitions centre on unique concepts that attract local audiences and regional participants. Among the 20 Sphere Exhibits’ events are The IT Show, COMEX, Licence2Play, Asian Masters and Kidz Academy.

Leveraging on its expertise in event conceptualisation, planning and execution, Sphere Exhibits delivers memorable and quality events that meet the objectives of its clientele and partners.

About IDG Enterprise

IDG Enterprise, an International Data Group (IDG) company, brings together unique editorial brands (CFOworld, CIO, CIO Executive Council, Computerworld, CSO, DEMO, InfoWorld, ITworld and Network World) to serve the information needs of our technology, security and financial-focused audiences. As a digital-centric media company we serve our reader and advertiser audiences with award-winning content and community, driving conversation and conversion, across our entire portfolio of awarding-winning, websites, events, magazines, products and services. In addition, the CIO Executive Council, a peer advisory service, brings together the nation’s top CIOs, as well as provides community and leadership development tools for their staffs.

For more information, please visit Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at

About VentureBeat

VentureBeat( )’s mission is to provide news about innovation for forward-thinking executives. The New York Times called VentureBeat one of the “best blogs on the Web,” and now syndicates VentureBeat’s articles. Reuters and many other publishers also run VentureBeat articles.

For more information, please visit

Media Contacts:

Grace Cuenca
Rice Communications
Tel: +65 6221 8322
Mbl: +65 8399 1890

Debbie Ho
Rice Communications
Tel: +65 6221 8322
Mbl: +65 8333 1160

Mr Yeo Siew Chi
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
Tel: +65 6319 1586

SOURCE: Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd

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December 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm

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Wallace Chan’s Debut at the Biennale Des Antiquaires 2012

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First Chinese Jewelry Master to shine alongside the most revered Haute Joaillerie brands

HONG KONG, Dec. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Hong Kong based Haute-Joaillerie designer, Wallace Chan was invited to exhibit at the world-renowned Biennale des Antiquaires, which will take place between 14th and 23rd September, 2012 at the Grand Palais in Paris.

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Wallace Chan is the first and only Chinese jeweler being invited to showcase his one-of-a-kind designs alongside some of the most esteemed houses from the Place Vendome. He will be one of the only nine renowned jewelers who will present their most exceptional creations in the Grand Palais.

The Biennale des Antiquaires, an art fair dedicated to antiques, fine arts, and jewelry, was established by the Syndicat National des Antiquaires (SNA) in 1962. It takes place every other year in the historical Grand Palais in Paris. Known for the quality and distinction of its offerings, this prestigious exhibition attracts discerning jewelry and antiques collectors from around the world.

Wallace Chan is globally recognized as the only fine jewelry artist of Chinese origin who has mastered both innovative design and revolutionary technique. In a career spanning nearly three decades, he has proven to be a Zen-stimulated sculptor and a master gemstones cutter. His artistic flair and innovative style has earned him fame and worldwide recognition from collectors, museums and galleries all over the world.

“I feel proud and honored to be invited to this prestigious Biennale des Antiquaires, among other most respected international brands around the world. It is a major milestone for Wallace Chan as a Hong Kong jewelry brand to take to the world stage of Haute Joaillerie, and feasts the eyes of the collectors with our innovative jewelry-making technique and fascinating design,” said Wallace Chan,

About Wallace Chan

Wallace Chan grew up in Hong Kong, spending his youth mastering Eastern sculpture and the Western art of gemstones. He then started his artistic career as a sculptor.

After twenty years of sculpting, he traveled to Europe to study the art of this continent. Wallace Chan quickly learned the art of cameo and intaglio carving techniques. In the mid 1980s, he invented the “Wallace Cut” — a carved image using reflective techniques that resemble that of cameos, intaglios and gem faceting. This marked the beginning of his adventure in working with gemstones, launching a new creative period in his career that would continue through the decade.

From 1996-2000, Wallace Chan entered his “Buddhist” art stage. He worked on large-scale sculpting projects, often for revered monasteries. In 2000, he created a Great Stupa for Taiwan’s Fo Guang Shan, earning him great recognition among lovers of Buddhist art.

In 2001, he opened a new chapter in jewelry creation. He began exploring new faceting techniques, lighting, colors, metallurgy, and ergonomics to give form to his Zen-stimulated mind.

After years of research on blending, casting, and smelting titanium and metal, Wallace Chan successfully discovered the “Titanium Jewelry” technique. In 2007, at the Baselworld Fair, he launched a collection of fine jewelry featuring titanium as the new key element. Having mastered the physical mettle of titanium, he created a new concept: “wearable sculptural art”. This prompted worldwide recognition in the jewelry industry, and earned him countless international design awards and respect amongst the top designers and collectors worldwide.

Museums and galleries around the world caught wind of Wallace Chan’s unique and innovative talents. He has been invited to exhibit his jewelry in Beijing’s (Capital Museum), New York, California, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Moscow, Singapore, Japan, and Taiwan, (among others). He was even cited by the German jewelry industry to be a “carving genius”.

Wallace Chan continues today to make breakthroughs in new innovations, making the impossible become possible. His jewelry exhibits limitless creativity and endless surprises. He is globally recognized as the only fine jewelry artist of Chinese origin, who has mastered both innovative design and revolutionary technique: “A Modern Renaissance Man”.

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Wallace Chan International – Amy Ho
Tel: +852-2523-2788

SOURCE﹛Wallace Chan International

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December 7, 2011 at 9:54 am

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