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Following unprecedented hurricanes, resilience in agriculture in focus at…

first_img CDB to Lend US$70M to The Bahamas and Saint Lucia,… Oct 7, 2020 With the recent widespread damage, and destruction of the agriculture sector in several Caribbean territories at the forefront of their minds, regional agriculture officials began meeting in Georgetown on Wednesday. A key focus of their meeting is building resilience of Caribbean agriculture to natural disasters. Representatives of CARICOM Member States and regional institutions are holding discussions at the CARICOM Secretariat from which they will put forward recommendations for the consideration of Ministers at their 71st Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) Agriculture on Friday. At the beginning of the day-long preparatory session, Chairman of the Meeting of Officials, Dr. Raymon Nojodimedjo, Deputy Director, Planning and Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries of Suriname, expressed sympathy and support to those who were affected by the hurricanes which left a trail of destruction in the Region within the past month. CARICOM Formulating Energy Security Strategy Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture Sep 2, 2020 You may be interested in… Sep 29, 2020center_img Nana may hit Belize at tropical storm strength; Omar… Next week we will work on getting farmers back on their feet. pic.twitter.com/ewENJLN1WE— Roosevelt Skerrit (@SkerritR) October 4, 2017 Please see more photos of the Meeting of Officials The Special COTED will also address the socio-economic and environmental impact of natural disasters on the Caribbean and the relevance of early warning and forecasting systems; the expansion and improvement of drainage and irrigation structures; and land use policy and legislation to lower the impacts on agriculture. The Ministers are also expected to look at the establishment of seed banks so that farmers could access farming material following a disaster; an adequate stock of fertilisers; and better facilitating the free movement of agriculture workers to Member States to help expedite the rebuilding process. Several storms, including two Category Five hurricanes, hit the Region recently, with CARICOM Member States, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, and Dominica, as well as Associate Members, Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands, being hardest hit. Category Five Hurricane Irma flattened Barbuda, destroying more than 90 per cent of the island’s infrastructure. All residents were evacuated to sister island, Antigua. Hurricane Irma also hit The Bahamas, and stripped some areas of the British Virgin Islands of vegetation. It pummeled Turks and Caicos Islands, which also was hit by the other Category Five Hurricane Maria. Maria also caused significant damage to the environment and to the agriculture sector in St. Kitts and Nevis. Hurricanes Irma & Maria were the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic. Now picking up the pieces. https://t.co/IBI6wUxoTE @UNOCHA pic.twitter.com/y37j4ce55j — UN News (@UN_News_Centre) October 3, 2017 Agriculture and Climate Change-related Matters is a key agenda item of the Meeting. The use of the Regional Standardised Audit Instrument Tool to integrate Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management considerations into the work programmes of the planning units of the Ministries of Agriculture, will be emphasised to attain greater levels of readiness to deal with climatic catastrophes. Additionally, the Ministers will be asked to support the development of the Strategy for Emergency Assistance to the Agriculture Sector, and the establishment of Regional Agriculture Emergency Sub-Committee, for a more coordinated response to disasters in the agriculture sector. Oct 6, 2020 Maria directly hit Dominica and devastated the island. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) reported a 100 per cent destruction of the agriculture sector of Dominica, a country that has been actively pursuing a green economy. CDEMA said there was “severe damage” to farm housing, irrigation and infrastructure, feeder roads as well as crop and livestock production, in addition to forests reserves and coastal fishery. Many feeder and farm roads are impassable resulting in loss of available food for both consumption and marketing. Loss of poultry and livestock was reported. There were also reports of loss, damage or destruction of agricultural tools and infrastructure such as spades, forks, pruning shears, and greenhouses. Dominica and Barbuda must rebuild from “ground zero” and officials have pledged to give the utmost of their technical knowledge as well as assist in resource mobilization to assist these Member States in re-establishing their agriculture sectors. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Effects of climate change in focus at Agriculture MeetingThe detrimental effect of climate change on the Region was brought in to sharp focus as a special Meeting of Agriculture Ministers got underway at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, on Friday. At the opening of the 71st Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic…October 6, 2017In “Anguilla”IICA Will Assist Caribbean To Boost Trade in Goods, Agricultural Information Exchange, Strengthen Food SecuritySan Jose, 20 April 2020 (IICA Press Release) Thirteen Caribbean Ministers of Agriculture participated in a videoconference with the Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in which they discussed strategies to bolster agricultural activity and to safeguard the food supply amidst the ongoing health crisis,…April 21, 2020In “Agriculture”CARICOM prepares for COP 25(Caribbean Community Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is calling for a focus on robust and extensive scientific findings on climate change as it prepares to participate in the 25th Meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change later…October 21, 2019In “Associate Member States”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Genuine Parts Company Names New CEO

first_imgWith more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. ATLANTA — Larry Prince, chairman and CEO of Genuine Parts Co.(GPC), announced that Thomas Gallagher will succeed him as president and CEO of the company. Elected to the post by the company’s board of directors, Gallagher becomes only the fourth CEO the company in its seventy-six year history. He has been with Genuine Parts Co. for 34 years. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In a press release issued yesterday, the company said Prince will continue in his position as chairman of the board. According to GPC spokesperson and Executive Vice President of Finance Jerry Nix, this move is part of a succession plan that has been in place for some time. “Larry is 65 years old and he deemed that this was the appropriate time [to step down,]” said Nix. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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Collins & Aikman Names Dennis Profitt President, Plastics Operations

first_imgTROY, MI — Dennis Profitt has been appointed to the position of president of plastics operations for North American automotive supplier Collins & Aikman, effective January 1, 2006. In this position, Profitt will oversee all manufacturing, tooling, process engineering and quality issues for the company’s plastics operations. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementProfitt, 53, joins Collins & Aikman from Ford Motor Co. where he most recently managed the $2 billion development of the company’s renowned Rouge Center. With more than 30 years of leadership experience and a history of proven performance in managing global manufacturing operations, Profitt brings extensive knowledge in implementing world-class procedures and efficiency improvement initiatives, according to Collins & Aikman. “Dennis built a reputation as one of Ford’s top troubleshooters in the manufacturing arena,” said Frank Macher, president and CEO of Collins & Aikman Corp. “He is a proven manufacturing and operations leader with a focus on achieving quality and driving efficiency that will provide a solid foundation for our plastics operations. Dennis is a welcome addition to the experienced team of executives that have recently joined the company and are implementing the restructuring of Collins & Aikman.” Prior to his time as site manager and director of manufacturing roles at Ford’s Rouge Center and Dearborn Truck plant, Profitt spent four years managing Ford’s operations in Belgium. His extensive career at Ford consisted of increasingly responsible positions in virtually all areas of the manufacturing process. He is formally trained in the Toyota Production System and has implemented its practices at facilities throughout the country. Profitt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Ohio University. Advertisement_______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.last_img read more

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MSX International Names Peter Leger President and CEO

first_imgWARREN, MI — MSX International, Inc. (MSXI), a global outsourcer of business services, engineering and human capital services to the automotive industry, announced that Peter Leger has joined the company as president and chief executive officer (CEO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Leger, 55, will also serve as a member of MSXI’s board of directors. He replaces previous president and CEO Robert Netolicka who will remain with the company in an advisory role until his retirement in early 2007. Leger has more than 20 years of experience in developing and launching business process outsourcing (BPO) services and software solutions in the global automotive industry and to other vertical markets. Most recently, he was CEO of VinPlus LLC, a leading data management and software solutions provider to the automotive industry. Before that he served as CEO of NAT, Inc., a leading provider of software solutions to the automotive aftermarket and financial services sector including state-of-the art back-office warranty administration solutions. While there, he restructured the company’s business model, and rapidly expanded NAT’s suite of software solutions which resulted in the sale of NAT to DealerTrack in May 2005. Prior to joining NAT, Leger was CEO of Credit Management Solutions Inc. (CMSI), the innovator in online credit and automotive loan processing, bridging auto dealers and the supply channel of captive OEM and third-party financial institutions. Key accomplishments included patenting and launching Credit Connection, which is now a part of DealerTrack, to the automotive retail sector in North America. Advertisement Leger also served as the president of ADP Dealer Services, where he led the company through a six-year period of rapid, profitable growth worldwide. He was instrumental in expanding ADP’s business model to include eCommerce solutions, professional and consulting services including the acquisition of Sandy Corp., and data management solutions. This effort included integrating more than 20 acquisitions into the company including geographical expansion into Europe, Latin America and Asia. Under his leadership, ADP also developed and launched AutoConnect, one of the industry’s early used car buying portals. Today AutoConnect has evolved and expanded into the industry-leading automotive portal, AutoTrader.com, under Cox Communications. He also held CEO and board member positions with APAC Customer Services, a BPO provider of CRM solutions to multi verticals, and Reuters Trading Room Systems, the industry leader of software and system integration solutions to global financial services companies in North America, Europe, and Asia. Leger currently sits on the Board of Outsourcing Solutions Inc (OSI), the leading global provider of outsourced solutions for accounts receivable management. Leger received his M.B.A. from Concordia University and his C.A. and BCommerce from McGill University in Montreal. For more information about MSX International Inc., go to: http://www.msxi.com.last_img read more

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Tower Automotive Names New President, CEO

first_imgWith more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement From Detroit Free Press AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Tower Automotive named Mark Malcolm president and chief executive officer of the company, effective immediately, after former CEO Kathleen Ligocki stepped down last week. The Novi, MI-based auto supplier said Malcolm previously served as lead automotive consultant for Cerberus Capital Management. The company recently completed the sale of its assets to Cerberus on July 31, as part of a corporation-wide restructuring plan. “The efforts and accomplishments of the Tower team around the globe to emerge from bankruptcy provide justifiable optimism for our future,” said Malcolm. “The auto business is and will remain very competitive. There is always more to do, but Tower is prepared and determined to compete for customer business and profitable growth around the world.” Prior to joining Cerberus, Malcolm held several senior financial positions with Ford Motor Co., including executive vice president and controller of Ford Motor Credit from 2002 to 2004. “I am proud of Tower’s accomplishments and grateful for the support of our colleagues, customers, and suppliers these past four years,” said Ligocki. “Mark is an excellent choice to lead the company. I wish Mark and all the Tower colleagues well as they now face the global marketplace as part of a much stronger company.” Advertisement Copyright (c) 2007, Detroit Free Press,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

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Dominic Grote Named President and Chief Operating Officer of Grote Industries

first_imgMADISON, Ind. – Grote Industries has announced the appointment of Dominic Grote as president and chief operating officer. Grote, who will have global responsibility for managing the company’s business, was named president of the family-owned, family-managed vehicle safety system manufacturer, following a move by Grote Industries’ past president, Eric Morris. Morris announced July 15 that he would be stepping down as president, in preparation for a new position as Grote’s director of accessory markets. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “Eric has been an exemplary leader since he took his post in 2004,” Grote said. “He has worked tirelessly to grow our business both domestically and internationally. On behalf of all Grote’s employees, we thank him and wish him our best as he takes the reigns of this important new responsibility.”   Grote most recently served as the organization’s vice president of sales and marketing, reshaping the company’s business through the development and introduction of advanced, high-performance LED lighting technologies for the commercial and military vehicle markets. Since starting his career with the firm in 1993, he has held various management positions in sales, marketing and product development.     Grote wasted no time in laying out key points from his new agenda, stating that the economy and market conditions dictate that he hit the ground running. His punch list includes global expansion, the introduction of exciting new LED technologies and a strengthening of Grote’s relationships with its customers.   “Just like many of the distributors, fleets and OEM’s Grote Industries serves, we’re a family-owned business,” Grote said. “Grote’s customers value our tradition of service to the industry and our fierce entrepreneurial spirit.”   Grote pointed out that while his approach will be unique, it will also follow more than a century of tradition that has built the Grote brand into an industry leader. “It’s no secret that our organization was founded on principles of solid personal relationships, continuous innovation and exceptional product performance,” said Grote. “So from that perspective, nothing will change.   “Continuity and intelligent succession planning have been keys to our long-term success as a closely-held business,” said Grote Industries’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, William (Bill) Grote III. “These continue to be challenging times, but with Dominic’s acumen, leadership and vigor, I remain more confident than ever in the company’s continued success.”   Throughout his career, Dominic Grote has been actively involved in industry groups and trade associations. He is the immediate past president of the Transportation Safety Equipment Institute (TSEI) and has served as a director of TSEI since 2004. In 2008 he served as chairman of the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association (TTMA). Grote is also an active member of the American Trucking Association’sTechnology Maintenance Council (TMC). He currently serves on the board of the Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network (CVSN).   Grote holds a BA from Southern Methodist University, an MBA from George Washington University and he is a graduate of Wharton’s advanced management program. Grote represents the fourth generation of his family working in the business headquartered in Madison, Ind.last_img read more

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CRC Industries Announces Sales Agency of the Year

first_imgWARMINSTER, Pa. — CRC Industries, manufacturer of BRAKLEEN Brake Parts Cleaner and chemical specialties for maintenance and repair professionals and DIYers, has named Hirsig-Frazier as its Sales Agency of the Year for 2010. CRC presented the award at the company’s annual sales meeting last week at AAPEX in Las Vegas.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Hirsig-Frazier began representing CRC in 2009 in the territories of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. According to Louis Fresta, vice president of sales and marketing for CRC, “We determined a list of attributes that we felt would set apart an outstanding sales agency. Some of these include: follow-through after the sales call, calling on and getting to know our installer users, selling the full catalog of CRC products, superior customer DC support, and what I like to call ‘all hands on deck.’ This means that all of the individual reps at this agency are fully engaged in selling our products and are bringing us active leads on a regular basis.” Fresta added, “Hirsig-Frazier was the unanimous choice for this award, and their performance in their first year with CRC exceeded expectations. We look forward to continued success and growth with this agency in the future.” CRC also recognized several outstanding individual sales representatives for their contributions in 2010: Glenn Cattanach of Kitchin and Sons Inc. was chosen as Sales Rep of the Year for “consistently going above and beyond the call of duty,” said Fresta. Lynn Asher of Marketing Solutions Group LLC received the award for Agency Support Person of the Year. “Lynn has worked with our account for numerous years and has repeatedly been identified by CRC customers as an invaluable resource,” Fresta said. Advertisement CRC also recognized Doug O’Brien of Grinold-O’Brien Sales Inc. “for contributing innovative ideas for new products and unique ways to market and promote them,” said Fresta.last_img read more

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Area Sales Representative – San Antonio or Austin, Texas – Dorman Products

first_imgA dedicated position, concentrating on generating sales/awareness and support of new products, new programs and updates to Dorman Direct Distributors and their customer base. This position will dedicate efforts and time in a coordinated fashion with the Area Sales Managers, Key Direct Distributors, and all Downstream Customers.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Essential Duties and Responsibilities: This description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this position.  The incumbent will perform other job-related duties as assigned. Core Responsibilities: • Support sales efforts of Dorman’s Distributors with sales calls on company stores, independent jobbers and service dealers to generate awareness and pull-through sales of Dorman’s product portfolio. • Provide services to Dorman’s Distributors including, but not limited to; coordinating and conducting changeovers, return documentation, inventory updates, and customer physical inventories. • Possess a working knowledge of all Direct Dorman Distributors in the assigned region and develop a working relationship with Distributor personnel. • Manage assigned accounts personally through regularly scheduled sales. • Maintain Sales Support Materials and possess a working knowledge of all product categories   Additional Responsibilities: • Coordinate downstream product and sales training • Assist with key regional trade shows, maximizing profitable sales results • Assess the product needs of the WD’s Jobbers and Installers and communicate information back to the company for new product evaluation • Accumulate competitive data for information bank building • Maintain constructive relationships within the Sales, Product Management, Marketing, and Operations departments • Update Monthly and Weekly reports as directed • Up to 75% local and overnight travel required. Weekend travel required. • Timely and regular attendanceAdvertisement Supervisory Responsibilities: This job has no supervisory responsibilities. Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. • Functional computer knowledge in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint required • Excellent written and verbal communication skills • Excellent presentation skills • Can work well independently, and in a team environment • Strong organization skills, ability to multi task required • Priority setting and project management skills required Education and/or Experience: University Degree or 5 years aftermarket experience.  Sales experience direct to the WD, Jobber and Installer level preferred. Language Skills: Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. Mathematical Skills: Ability to apply concepts of and calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages. Reasoning Ability: Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Advertisement While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee will be required to perform change-overs and lift boxes when needed. Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  The employee will be required to work in different locations when needed. Interested applicants can submit a resume and cover letter to Dorman by clicking the Apply Now button below.last_img read more

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Obituary: Brett C. Cummins Dec. 30, 1967 – July 15, 2019

first_imgBRETT COLE CUMMINS Dec. 30, 1967 – July 15, 2019Brett Cole Cummins, 51, resident of Rio Rancho, NM, passed away suddenly on July 15, 2019.He was born to Bonnie and James “Butch” Cummins on December 30, 1967 in Farmington, NM, where he graduated from high school, achieving two state championships in baseball and basketball. He was a gifted athlete and a die-hard Cubs’ fan. In June of 2019, Brett attended his first Cubs game in Chicago, IL, checking this off his bucket list.Brett graduated from New Mexico State and followed his education throughout his career in Environmental Compliance and waste management.In his free time, he enjoyed woodworking, golfing and traveling to music concerts with his wife Lisa. He was funny, witty, engaging and a giver. He was always willing to help anyone out. He will be deeply missed by friends and family.Brett is preceded in death by his brother, Gary Cummins. He is survived by his parents, Bonnie and “Butch;” his wife Lisa; stepmother Evelyn Cummins; brother Eric (Harper) Cummins; daughter Makahla (Cody); son Conner; stepchildren Jeffrey, Nicholas, Daniel, and Kathryn McCurdy; nieces and nephews; in-laws; Oliver and Lilly; and many loving relatives and friends.A Visitation will be held Friday, July 19, 2019, from 2:00-5:00pm at Rivera Family Funeral Home’s Kiva Chapel of Light, at 417 E. Rodeo Road in Santa Fe, NM.last_img read more

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