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Juan Camilo Diez provides 12+ years of experience working in the fields of Architecture, Design and Developing. His experience encompasses a broad range of projects such as residential, hospitality and retail as well as sports venues and mixed-use developments, having led the design of over 2 million square feet of buildings. His designs use creativity and a strong understanding of proportions and function in order to resolve practical and formal challenges.

As a LEED Accredited Professional, Camilo helps GA achieve architectural solutions to the ecological issues that surround our built environment. He is also a licensed Architect in Colombia, South America.

Enrique Rene Gonzalez brings more than a decade of experience in all areas of Architecture and Real Estate Development. His unique and specialized experience centers on the design and execution of entertainment, retail, hospitality, luxury residential and civic projects. It also encompasses a hands-on grasp of strategy, marketing and business development that can provide a turn-key development of any project.

Rene is a licensed Architect in the State of Texas and Florida, a member of the American Institute of Architects and certified with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He also is a LEED Accredited Professional allowing GA to focus on green building practices and sustainability in each new design endeavor.

Gonzalez Architecture is an architectural and interior design practice that has a commitment to design excellence. Specializing in hospitality, commercial and luxury residential design; we also provide valuable consultation on real estate development that delivers a hands-on grasp of strategy, marketing and business development for your endeavors. Our practice is distinguished by a deep sense of responsibility to clients, communities, and the creation of memorable architecture.

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Welcome to Coughlin Gerhart

Greater Binghamton Area Law Firm with Attorneys Lawyers Serving New York State Northern Pennsylvania

Our law firm proudly traces its lineage through its founding predecessors back to the 1890s, and in the nearly 120 years that have followed, we have become one of the most established firms in New York, its Southern Tier, and more recently, Northern Pennsylvania. We offer numerous highly experienced and skilled attorneys, diverse practice areas to meet your expected and unanticipated legal needs, and a core belief that everyone who seeks the services of a lawyer deserves to be treated as a priority, from the time they meet with us in an initial consultation to when their legal matter is resolved.

Our firm has grown to include seven offices in New York and Pennsylvania, but as we continue to grow, we remain committed to our founding principles as a law firm focused upon client relationships and our dedication to fully meeting the needs of our individual, business, and municipal clients.

The Coughlin Gerhart Difference

Clients who retain our counsel discover the advantages of working with a firm that handles the matters reflected in our diverse practice areas, including business banking law; oil gas law; litigation civil and criminal trials; accidents personal injury; labor employment law; workers’ compensation social security disability; trusts, estates, elder law; real estate law; and public, municipal, and education law — just to name a few. Although each of our practice areas encompass their own complex array of statutory and case law, they also frequently build off one another, and having a firm with attorneys who collaborate throughout the firm and across all offices often provides added value for our clients.

More than a dozen of our attorneys have been recognized for their skill and experience by being selected for inclusion in various yearly editions of the Best Lawyers in America ®, Super Lawyers–Upstate New York Edition. and Super Lawyers–Rising Stars Edition publications. We have also been repeatedly ranked by U.S. News World Report as a “Tier 1” law firm in its Best Lawyers®– Best Law Firms regional ranking in number of practice areas. Our peer attorneys have also rated Coughlin Gerhart attorneys as “AV Preeminent®” through the Martindale-Hubbell ® Peer Review Ratings process, a rating defined as “a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.” We are also a proud member of The International Society of Primerus Law Firms, an international network of top-rated, independent law firms that have earned the right to display the Primerus seal of quality.

As one of the larger firms in the region, we have also acquired the kind of access to experts and other resources that can truly make a difference when a client’s most important legal interests are at stake. While these advantages are among our notable attributes, we believe our commitment to fostering a personal relationship with each of our clients, from the moment they walk through our office doors, is one of the defining characteristics of Coughlin Gerhart that our clients truly value. Discover the C G difference. We look forward to building a legal relationship together that starts with you.

Coughlin Gerhart Announces Begeal admitted to Pennsylvania Bar

Coughlin Gerhart, LLP is pleased to announce that attorney Brady L. Begeal recently became newly admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar and will be assisting clients at the firm’s Montrose office. Begeal had become a Partner in Coughlin Gerhart on January 1, 2017.

A graduate of Albany Law School, Mr. Begeal joined Coughlin Gerhart in 2010 and was admitted to the New York Bar in 2012. Mr. Begeal’s practice is concentrated in the areas of business and banking law, commercial law, municipal and public sector law and will provide service to the firm’s Pennsylvania clients in these practice areas.

Coughlin Gerhart, LLP, which was founded in the 1890’s, has grown to be a multi-service law firm, consisting of more than 50 lawyers and a professional support staff. The firm’s main office is located at 99 Corporate Drive, Binghamton. It has branch offices located in Bainbridge, Ithaca, Owego, Hancock, Walton and Montrose, Pennsylvania.

Coughlin Gerhart Welcomes New ‘Of Counsel’ Attorney

(Binghamton, NY) —Coughlin Gerhart, LLP is pleased to welcome James N. Cahill, Esq. as Of Counsel to the firm effective May 1.

Mr. Cahill joins C G after 50+ years as an attorney, currently practicing in Endicott, NY. He will focus primarily in the areas of corporate/business/litigation.

A graduate of Notre Dame and Villanova University Law School, Mr. Cahill was admitted to the Bar in New York in 1963. In 1985, he served in the Pennsylvania and U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Northern, Southern and Western Districts of New York and in 1994 was admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.

Due to his years of professional experience, his workmanship, and involvement in the community and various legal associations, Mr. Cahill has a great deal to offer clients of Coughlin Gerhart, LLP, and they are eager to have him join the firm.

Coughlin Gerhart, LLP, which was founded in the 1890’s, has grown to be a multi-service law firm, consisting of more than 40 lawyers and a professional support staff. The firm’s main office is located at 99 Corporate Drive, Binghamton. It has convenient branch offices located in Ithaca, Owego, Bainbridge, Hancock, Walton and Montrose, Pennsylvania.





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Emantra hosts applications, platforms and infrastructure using the “as a service” model from premier data centres located in Australia. Your choice of physical or virtual machines, and dedicated or multi-tenanted software instances. Delivered through multiple diverse gigabit gateways certified to PROTECTED level to the internet, private network or VPNs. These high-availability services, from full-touch to low-touch, carry a financially backed SLA tailored to your critical requirements. Emantra’s customers, including many government agencies and large corporate entities, are drawn to its agility, service flexibility and the quality of its local care and attention.

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As an Australian Cloud Solution Provider partner of Microsoft, Emantra can curate and support your implementation of Office365, Skype for Business, Enterprise Mobility Suite and Azure. From guidance, discovery, benchmarking and recommendation to migration, testing, implementation and ongoing hand-holding at the level you choose. We manage these services using the same skills learned from ten years of private hosting and case study involvement with Microsoft. Partner with Emantra to benefit from the global scale and sophistication of Microsoft’s cloud combined with Australian compliance, productivity enhancements, integration and dedicated local support.

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Emantra provides integration and satellite services to customers with a hybrid of on-premise, private hosting and public cloud computing resources. We design, implement and support such architectures which achieve goals of simplicity, cost saving, and reliability. Our services can largely replace your in-house IT cost centre, or help you rationalise its ongoing role. From a user perspective, the best hybrid solutions are invisible. Careful attention is therefore required to access and identity management, rights management and the integration of diverse resources in a secure manner. This is a new and developing field, one where Emantra is building a leading Australian capability.

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Emantra has the skills and perspective gained as an enterprise hosting practitioner for ten years. We now bring that experience to bear in the public cloud arena.
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Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide a vast array of technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. By supporting business growth, sustainability and enhancing the creation of new businesses entities, SBDCs foster local and regional economic development through job creation and retention. As a result of the no cost, extensive, one-on-one, long-term professional business advising, low-cost training and other specialized services SBDC clients receive, the program remains one of the nation’s largest small business assistance programs in the federal government. The SBDCs are made up of a unique collaboration of SBA federal funds, state and local governments, and private sector resources.

SBDCs provide services through professional business advisors such as: development of business plans; manufacturing assistance; financial packaging and lending assistance; exporting and importing support; disaster recovery assistance; procurement and contracting aid; market research services; aid to 8(a) firms in all stages; and healthcare information. SBDCs serve all populations, including: minorities; women; veterans, including reservists, active duty, disabled personnel, and those returning from deployment; personnel with disabilities; youth and encore entrepreneurs; as well as individuals in low and moderate income urban and rural areas. Based on client needs, local business trends and individual business requirements, SBDCs modify their services to meet the evolving needs of the hundreds of small business community in which they are situated.

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The lawyers at Morse Bratt Andrews Terry LLP, handle family law, business law, criminal defense, Social Security disability, real estate and estate planning matters for the people who live, work and raise their families in Vancouver, Washington.

Our firm’s roots in this area stretch back to 1949. Taken together, our lawyers have a wealth of experience helping regular citizens handle the extraordinary everyday problems that everyone shares. To meet one of our lawyers, call 1-877-818-7852 or contact us online .

  • Focused Legal Knowledge: While our firm handles a wide variety of types of legal problems. our lawyers each focus on specific areas of law. Your lawyer will have extensive experience handling problems like yours.
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Microsoft to slash cloud-connection rights for stand-alone Office

Microsoft last week announced sweeping changes to Office’s support rules, which will push more corporate customers to the Office 365 subscription model.

The support policies introduced Thursday will cut in half the time that non-subscription versions of Office — usually labeled “perpetual” as a nod to the licenses which, once purchased, let customers run the software as long as they want — can connect to Microsoft cloud-based services. These include Microsoft-hosted Exchange email, the OneDrive for Business storage service and Skype for Business, the corporate edition of Microsoft’s video-calling service.

Under the new rules, owners of perpetual-license versions of Office will be able to use those services only during the first half of their 10-year support lifecycle, the portion Microsoft dubs “mainstream.” Currently, those customers may connect to cloud services such as Exchange mailboxes for the full decade of Microsoft’s combined mainstream and “extended” support.

For example, Office 2007 will exit its 10 years of support in October; as of October 31. “Outlook 2007 will be unable to connect to Office 365 mailboxes, which means Outlook 2007 clients using Office 365 will not be able to receive and send mail.”

Microsoft will enforce the changed requirements starting Oct. 13, 2020, said Ron Markezich, the executive who heads Office marketing, in a post to a company blog. As of that date, “Office 365 ProPlus or Office perpetual in mainstream support will be required to connect to Office 365 services,” said Markezich.

Office 365 ProPlus is the standard suite provided to enterprise customers who subscribe to Office 365 plans that include rights to the locally installed applications, including the $20-per-user-per-month Office 365 Enterprise E3 and the $35-per-user-per-month Enterprise E5.

By the time the Oct. 13, 2020, date comes up on the calendar, all currently supported editions of perpetual Office — Office 2010, Office 2013 and the newest, Office 2016 — will have dropped out of mainstream support. (Office 2016’s mainstream support will expire on that date.)

The bottom line: If enterprises want to access Office 365’s cloud-based services, they must 1) subscribe to a plan that includes ProPlus and, more importantly, install and use that constantly upgraded suite; or 2) pay for and install a perpetual-licensed version of Office every five or fewer years.

Microsoft justified the change with much the same kind of explanations it’s used for other big shifts in support, notably the mandate that older editions of Windows, including Windows 7. will not be supported on devices powered by the latest Intel and AMD processors.

“When customers connect to Office 365 with a legacy version of Office, they’re not enjoying all that the service has to offer,” argued Alistair Speirs, a senior operations program manager, on another blog. “The IT security and reliability benefits and end-user experiences in the apps is limited to the features shipped at a point in time.”

Markezich went even further. After using the same explanation — word for word — as Speirs, he added to the bash-perpetual-Office campaign by trumpeting its rival, ProPlus. “When a modern app is connected to a modern service, magic happens,” Markezich asserted.

“What Microsoft’s saying is that the Office 365 services won’t work forever with [a perpetual-licensed Office], that eventually things will break,” translated Wes Miller, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft.

By changing the connect-to-services rules, Microsoft has taken aim at customers who have mixed cloud services with traditional perpetual — or “stand-alone” — software. Most enterprises, in fact, continue to use perpetual-licensed versions of Office, even as some have outsourced email to Microsoft by subscribing to lower-priced plans like the $5 per-user-per-month Office 365 Business Essentials or the $8 per-user-per-month Office 365 Enterprise E1.

According to Michael Silver, an analyst at Gartner, many businesses have dipped into Office 365 sans ProPlus to cap costs. Some of those Microsoft customers “have saved some money for a while,” Silver said, by sticking with an Office edition for six, seven, eight years — or even longer — rather than upgrade every three, the usual interval between perpetual-licensed versions. “Organizations have tried to moderate their costs for a while,” Silver added of such firms.

Under the new rules, that won’t be possible, as companies will be able to run any given perpetual-licensed Office for no more than five years if they want to access cloud-based email hosted by Microsoft, or use the 1TB of OneDrive for Business storage space that comes with a Business Essential or E1 plan.

Silver noted that while Microsoft’s decision could be viewed as just one more shove to subscriptions, that wasn’t surprising. “The writing has been on the wall,” he said of the decline in emphasis of perpetual-licensed Office. As Silver implied, Microsoft has made no secret that it prefers subscriptions — and not just for Office — for the recurring revenue they generate.

Companies will still be able to connect Office to on-premises services, such as an Exchange server, as long as they like under the new rules, Miller and Silver both pointed out. And enterprises that prefer to acquire Office as perpetual-licensed software won’t be barred from that either: Microsoft has already pledged to produce a successor to Office 2016 that would connect to cloud services after October 2020.

But the policy revisions will affect Office users. “This is going to be an issue” for some corporate customers, Silver said, as they transition from the essentially-static, perpetual-licensed Office to the upgraded-twice-a-year ProPlus. “It can be a difficult transition to manage.”

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Office Depot plans to close 300 more stores

Office Depot announced Wednesday plans to close 300 more stores nationwide over three years. CEO Roland Smith said the company is making good progress despite the disruption from the year-and-a-half long merger attempt with Staples.

Office Depot announced Wednesday plans to close 300 more stores nationwide over three years. CEO Roland Smith said the company is “making good progress” despite the disruption from the year-and-a-half long merger attempt with Staples.

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Office Depot stock gets bounce but long-term turnaround in question

One day after Office Depot CEO Roland Smith offered his first glimpse at how he intends to turn around the Boca Raton-based retailer, some industry analysts said they were, for the most part, not wowed by the plans.

They agreed, though, Smith had done what he had to do to boost Office Depot’s fallen stock.

Jefferies analyst Daniel Binder says Office Depot’s $250 million cost-savings plan, announced Wednesday, does little to really reinvent this company.

In his report on the retailer on Thursday, Binder said a second round of store closures 300 on top of the 400 already closed is, not surprisingly, part of the the new strategic plan.

Retail analyst David Marcotte said he also was not surprised by any of Smith’s cost-cutting or future plans. However, by initiating a dividend and announcing strategies that boosted the stock, Smith made a successful move to deal with investors in a very difficult market. At the end of the day, you have to take care of investors, Marcotte said.

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Bethany Simpson, center, helps customers at the Office Depot in Margate on Wednesday. This location offers services such as professional printing and a business pro section that is designed to cater to business owners.

Bethany Simpson, center, helps customers at the Office Depot in Margate on Wednesday. This location offers services such as professional printing and a business pro section that is designed to cater to business owners.

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Office Depot stock rose 6 percent on Wednesday and closed at $3.51, up 3 cents or 0.86 percent, on Thursday. The stock has a 52-week range of $3.11 to $8.09. In May, both Office Depot and Staples’ stocks plummeted after their failed merger.

Mike Baker, analyst with Deutsche Bank Research in New York, said in a report Thursday that Office Depot has a well thought-out and reasonable plan to improve their business trends. We think they are heading in the right direction.

Still, Deutsche maintains a hold on the stock because Office Depot continues to fight market-share losses that are leading to sales and profit declines. Jefferies also rates the stock a hold rating.

Beyond cost cutting, Office Depot also is launching Business Select, a special program to better serve small businesses; increasing its product line in janitorial and break-room supplies; and further investing in education-related sales.

Office Depot and Framingham-Mass.-based Staples ended their planned merger on May 16 after an 18-month challenge by regulators. A U. S. District Court judge gave the Federal Trade Commission a preliminary injunction to block the merger and Staples and Office Depot decided not to fight it.

Moving forward, Smith said one plan is to focus on smaller format stores with special services for small businesses and a curated selection of products. Four stores of the future have been rolled out, including one at 5500 W. Sample Road in Margate, he said.

Office Depot said it would expand the new format to 24 stores this year and 100 in 2017.

Marcotte said smaller stores are cheaper to run, with less labor, and easier to close if they don’t work out. The larger format stores that Office Depot currently has are expensive to close.

In its conference call Wednesday, Office Depot said it had expected a lower transfer rate of customers than the 30 percent it saw with the 400 stores it closed as of its second quarter.

While Office Depot swung to a quarterly profit compared with 2015’s second quarter loss, the retailer saw a 6 percent sales drop to $3.2 billion, compared with $3.4 billion in the same quarter in 2015.

Marcotte said rival Staples hasn’t instituted many changes since the merger failure, except dropping Staples Connect, its proprietary smart-home and office product. He said Staples already has smaller format stores.

Staples is scheduled to announce its second-quarter earnings on Aug. 17.

Longtime Staples CEO Ron Sargent stepped down June 14. Company veteran Shira Goodman was named interim CEO while executive recruiter Korn Ferry conducts a search for a permanent successor.

Office Depot lost one of its own top executives recently. Chief legal officer Elisa Garcia resigned, effective Aug. 17. Macy’s announced her appointment as its chief legal officer.





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