U.S. Cuba Travel Summit: The Company co-sponsored the U.S. Cuba Travel Summit in Cancun, Mexico on March 24 – 26, 2010 organized by Kirby Jones and Alamar Associates with the National Travel Association and the United States Tour Operators Association. This “historic gathering” was attended by the highest level Cuban Delegation to meet with U.S business interests in almost 50 years.
The Cuban Delegation included: Manuel Marrero, Minister of Tourism Republic of Cuba (Son-in-Law of Raul Castro), Ambassador Jorge Bolanos, Chief of the Cuba Interest Section in U.S., José Miguel Díaz Escrich, President of Marlins Nautica Marinas (Government Corporation in charge of all marinas and marina development), Abelardo Fernández, President, Palmares Grupo Empresarial Extrahotelero (Government Corporation in charge of all golf course and recreational development), Ing. Luis E. Sotolongo, President, San Cristobal Agencia de Viajes (Government Corporation and major tour operator in Cuba), Luis Miguel Díaz, President, Cubancan Grupo (Government Corporation which owns over 50 hotels in Cuba), Josefina Vidal, Director of North America Ministry of Foreign Investment Republic of Cuba and several others. This group collectively represented the majority of entities controlling travel and tourism in Cuba.
The American attendees numbering close to 100 included important tour operators, cruise line executives, hotel representatives, tourism developers and investors, golf course developers and airline officials. The high quality interaction between the Cuban and American attendees provided a leading edge in learning about the business opportunities in Cuba and the experiences of firms already doing business in Cuba. The anticipation of the opening of Cuba to unlimited travel by U.S. citizens and the enormous impact and opportunities that it will create was discussed, including practical suggestions on how to prepare to do business in Cuba. Senator Byron Dorgan, sponsor in the Senate of the bill to allow U.S. travel to Cuba joined the conference via teleconference and indicated he had the 60 votes needed to pass the legislation. The feedback and resultant opportunities created for TAGCBE from the conference have been substantial.
Cuban Americans: The Obama Administration announced unlimited travel and spending for Cuban Americans with family in Cuba with the result that in about a year and a half travel to Cuba by that group increased from 100 thousand to 400 thousand.
Entrepreneurial Enterprises: The Cuban Government opens regulations to allow for 500,000 private entrepreneurial businesses.
Authorization of Private Sales: The Cuban Government announced it will allow the private sale and purchase of all types of materials including equipment and automobiles.
Private Property Ownership: The Cuban Government approved the purchase and sale of property (buildings, homes, land) subject to certain limitations.
Person to Person Travel: The Obama Administration approved significantly more liberalized “person to person” broadly defined travel by all Americans to Cuba who qualify and/or participate with licensed or approved categories: religious organizations, schools, universities, ngo’s, charitable organizations, non-profit enterprises, cultural entities and organizations and others.
Pope Visit: Pope Benedict XVI makes a historical visit to Cuba and proposes positive changes and more liberal opening of the country.
College Democrats of America
Howard M Glicken Chairman of the Board
(Washington D.C. July 9, 2012) The College Democrats of America (CDA) are thrilled to announce reconstituting the CDA Board of Directors. The Board will consist of elected officials and party leaders who will actively advocate and support the work of College Democrats across the country. We are especially excited that former Democratic National Committee Vice Chair of Finance and longtime party activist and leader, Howard M Glicken, has agreed to serve as Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Glicken served as Chairman of the CDA Board for ten years during the 1990s, where he was instrumental in helping the College Democrats develop chapters across the country and build its presence and participation within the Democratic Party nationally.
“We are overjoyed that Howard will be leading our efforts to build a new CDA Board of Directors,” CDA President Alejandra Salinas said. “The Board of Directors will help the CDA team advocate for the youth in our country at the highest levels of the Democratic Party and put resources directly in the hands of our state and chapter leaders.”
Howard Glicken said, “I am thrilled to rejoin the College Democrats family. For ten years, I vehemently expressed to Democratic Party leaders throughout the country that, the future of this country and our party are the youth. We need to provide them with an opportunity to become involved and participate in the system. They will be our future leaders. I am looking forward to helping Alejandra and CDA continue to spread that message. That message is more important than ever today given the climate in Washington. I will do everything I can to make sure we are heard and can participate in helping make our country a better place for all.”
Mr. Glicken also served as a member of the National Finance Board of Directors and a Managing Trustee of the Democratic Party. He was a member of the Chairman’s Council of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, a Trustee of the Florida Democratic Party, State Finance Chair for Al Gore for President 1988, State Finance Chair for Sen. Bob Kerrey for President in 1992, State Co-Finance Chair for President Clinton and a Trustee of the Vice President’s Residence Foundation.
“Howard brings incredible experiences and relationships to the Board of Directors,” CDA Vice President Jeremy Feigenbaum noted, “and most importantly, he brings an understanding of what it takes to run a youth organization, and he is dedicated to supporting our work. We will enter 2012 more prepared than ever before.”
College Democrats of America (CDA)
The College Democrats of America is a National Democratic Organization consisting of over 1100 Colleges and Universities with more than 100,000 student members. The mission is to actively participate, support and influence the Democratic Party on a local, state and national level. Many of the CDA members over the years have gone on to successful government and public service careers.
ROK engages The Americas Group to market RHS across Latin America
The Americas Group to market ROK Homeland Security service in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean
Ticker Symbol: RKG
8th November 2011
ROK Global PLC, the mobile and web technology development company, has today announced the appointment of high-level consulting, marketing and merchant banking firm, The Americas Group, to market its ROK Homeland Security (RHS) service across Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Commenting, Jonathan Kendrick, Chairman and CEO of ROK said “The Americas Group is an extremely well connected, proven and successful company in the delivery of international products, services and technologies into Latin America and, as such, we are very pleased to be working with such a high-powered company on the deployment of RHS into this potentially massive territory for us.”
ROK Homeland Security is a mobile phone-based service, developed by ROK, which provides real-time, secure technologies to assist law enforcement officers in the gathering and management of information in a variety of formats including encrypted data based communications and improved spatial awareness capabilities.
RHS has been specifically designed for use in counter-terrorism operations, criminal investigations, counter-narcotic operations, physical security, evidence-gathering and field communications.
“ROK Homeland Security is a fantastically effective product which we know will be of enormous benefit to law enforcement agencies.” Said Howard Glicken, Chairman of The Americas Group. “We are delighted to be showcasing the full range of its capabilities to a broad range of potential customers across Latin America.”
Listed on the Open Market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, ROK Global PLC was co-founded by US Billionaire John Paul DeJoria and UK-based serial technology-specialist entrepreneur, Jonathan Kendrick.
In addition to being co-founder of ROK, John Paul DeJoria is Chairman and CEO of John Paul Mitchell Systems, the producer and manufacturer of Paul Mitchell hair care products which achieves in-salon retail sales of approximately US $900m annually through more than 100,000 salons worldwide. John Paul is also co-founder of Patron Tequila, the world’s leading premium tequila brand.
ROK has pioneered many new and innovative technologies in the rapidly-evolving mobile and web space, including high quality mass-market Mobile TV (which can be streamed, live and on-demand, over mass-market 2.5G as well as 3G and Wi-Fi) as well as multi-language text-to-speech technologies amongst others.