CoffeyMasterplan goes out for Coffey
Adam Coffey became the new president of nationwide independent service organization Masterplan (Chatsworth, Calif.) on March 6. He will be responsible for all daily business operations.

“We are pleased that Adam decided to join the Masterplan team. His expertise in medical equipment service and sales management along with his exceptional leadership in quality improvement will bring enhanced value to our customers,” said Bruce Cree, who continues as CEO and will assume the chair of the board of directors.

Coffey has held a variety of management roles for both ISOs and manufacturers during the last 16 years, and was most recently the Zone Operations Manager for GE Medical System’s Central Atlantic Zone.

Government on the Net

imageThe late Tip O’Neill said, “All politics are local.” The Worm agrees, but unlike the former Speaker from Boston, this Cyber-activist can’t shake hands at a church social, and local links can be difficult to burrow into, until our Fishbait Friend found the extensive links posted by Piper Resources. Sites are screened to include elusive quasi-governmental commissions while avoiding campaign pages and personal diatribes. From governors to recycling centers, the Segmented Searcher found the goods for his underground earth-movement.

websiteAnd who is Piper Resources? The Mulch Muncher couldn’t discover that. No matter what their politics, though, the elegant and impeccably organized site is a gift that gets the Worm’s endorsement.

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PACS expert gets NAI management job
Michael Boucher is now the National Service Manager for NAI Technology Products, a division of North American Imaging (Camarillo, Calif.). NAI created the new position to improve technical service and support of its network interface product, the DICOM Box.

Boucher will be based in NAI’s Auburn, Calif. engineering and manufacturing center where he will oversee field installation services, channel partner certifications, NAI’s training center and the Auburn customer service team.

“Michael was brought in to propel NAI’s technical support capabilities to significantly higher levels,” explained Paul Dempster, general manager, NAI Technology Products. “NAI provides on-site installation services for a number of its OEM clients and dealers, often coordinating field services with its 14 regionally based, certified channel partners. Michael will assist in the expansion of NAI’s certified channel partners and implement new service programs to the benefit of all NAI customers and product users.”

Boucher has worked for Eastman Kodak and was most recently with a California ISO.

Computer recyclers dump 87 tons
Earth Day is April 22, and it’s good time to think about how you dispose of old CPUs, printers and other electronic systems. Lead, cadmium and chromium make computers — particularly CRT monitors — a landfill nightmare. That’s what prompted the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corp. (RIRRC), the state’s recycling agency, to run experimental drop-off days last November. Radio spots and newspaper ads invited state citizens to dispose of their old Citizens, Commodores and Compaqs. RIRRC expected to fill a few 33-foot trailers with collections in Newport and Providence. It required 11.

In Providence, people waited for hours in a line that snaked over a mile through Roger Williams Park, past the zoo and up onto Interstate 95. They emptied their trunks into a pile of Macs, PCs, printers and displays that grew to 147,000 lbs.

RIRRC now operates the country’s first permanent state-wide computer recycling program for private citizens. Healthcare facilities need to pay commercial recyclers to dispose of their old electronics. The RIRRC suggests forming partnerships with other businesses and forming groups with civic organizations to distribute the cost.

CICcorp. employees stunned by 35-person layoff
CICcorp. (College Station, Texas) underwent dramatic restructuring last month, laying-off 41 percent of its staff on March 21, and the company was unable to cover payroll or employee medical benefits for three weeks in March.

“We are cash-short right now, that’s obvious,” company vice president and general counsel Stephen Baker told the Bryan/College Station Eagle on March 23. “All I can say is we are trying to get our revenues up. We’re working on a plan to pay the expenses and back pay. Once we figure that out, whatever our legal obligations are, we will pay.”

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