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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - May 8, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Businesslabor BIO May Kokoffio THburie Altman joins Society Bank Scott Altman has been named investment executive fof Society Bank Investments a sub sidiary of Society Altman pro vided annuity services for Security He is a grad uate of Arizona State Altman Robertson joins Roler Associates James Robertson has joined Robert Roler Associates as a He is n grad uate of Kokomo High School and Indiana VVesleyan where he received a masters degree in management He just complet Robertson ed 75 hours of required appraisal He is a member of the National Association of Indiana Association of Realtors and Kokomo Area Association of He will specialize in resi dential Versnik to head Cass County Y Paul Versnik has been named executive director of the Cass County Family He previously served as metropolitan vicepresident of operations at the YMCA of Central Kentucky in He received a bachelor of sci ence degree in physical education from Carroll College in in Gunstra to build Hunters Cove Indianapolisbased Gunstra has been selected to build and develop Hunters a community of single family detached homes near 26 and Dixon Road planned by Country Development Hunters Cove is part of Country Developments Communities of a 600acre project that includes Wild Cat Creek Golf an 18hole course designed by Jerry president of the National Golf Course Architects Gunstra has completed a four bath model home in Timber New business Top sports trading card owned by Rick Horton and Bill 3111 Easy Call Business calendar Wednesday KokomoHoward County Chamber of Commerce Business After hosted by Saint Joseph Outpatient 615 Saint Joseph to Call Kokomo Chapter Professional Secretaries month ly with Bill Indiana University Kokomo Division of Continuing on investmentspersonal May 6 Dennys Call Leaner companies back on campus Thursday IOSHA Training sponsored and hosted by Wabash Chamber of 9 to Honeywell Center Crystal Call 317 Cost is Racing to the 21st quarterly luncheon sponsored by Women s Business with keynote address by Nancy publisher of Indianapolis to 1 Ivy 1815 Morgan Cost is Call Veterans Outreach sponsored by Indiana Department of Training and with employment information for eligible 1 to 4 Career 119 Washington Call 1 starting salaries are up By GEORGE VLAHAKIS Indiana University News Bureau A downsized corporate America has returned to But many members of the Class of 1994 no longer rank employ ment security as a vital factor in deciding on their first I think many students have seen their parents and others over the last decade change jobs several times and they realize theyre not going to be with a company for decades like perhaps their par said Randall director of placement at the Indiana University School of The Ma Bell image is They know it doesnt happen in American industry because theyve seen it in newspapers every Powell Security is The only security is your own Many of this springs graduates are among the first who started and ended in the same recessionary They have seen older friends experience a tight job market the last two years and watched as many companies slashed their workforces to reduce fixed Large companies have returned to the job market this year and will hire new although not in the same numbers as in me a growing number of small to midsized firms are seeking new hires among graduating college stu At least job offers have been extended thus far to the IU seniors being assisted by the Business Placement and at least 150 offers to 220 graduating Students at both levels have benefited from an increased number of interviews with recruiting 1 think many companies have downsized to the point where theyre now crying Powell People who are presently employed are having to pick up the work loads of a lot of those who have been Now that the business is out many firms dont have the capa bility of going 1 cant tell you how many times recruiters have come in We are a lean organization we just have to add some A lot of the uncertainty about the economy has Powell said he senses more cori James Swartz first novel draws parallels to several Kokomo firms Tribune photo by Anne Farrar Principles and processes ExDelco managers first book reengineers corporate USA Upcoming KokomoHoward County Chamber of Commerce Positively Kokomo lyjay Ramada Cost is Call By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer The hero dies early on page four of James Swartz first Schooled on the old way of doing business and a failed steel company Lou is reincarnated on the next page as a guardian recruit of For Marcus has been helping troubled businesses And Lou becomes his latest protege with a second chance few unsuccessful execu tives Part part part fiction and part The Hunters and The Hunted A NonLinear Solution for American Industry takes a look at the history of Managers who want to maintain or reclaim a competi tive position in the relentless global marketplace have a clear mandate be the hunter or become the says In the Swartz has adopt ed many of the lessons he gives in workshops as head of Competitive Action a con sulting Over the past 10 years he has led or facilitated more than 200 successful designs or redesigns of engineering and business sys A former Delco Electronics Swartz places the reader inside the heads of top business hunters and hunted executives as they grapple with decen management delay continuous participative management and other strate Swartz profiles actual turnaround companies that have adopted new business process models to reduce improve performance and and improve customer response The book is already a popular seller in South Africa and New Many of the lessons detailed in the 564page book published by Productivity Press came from Swartz While a plant manager for Delco Electronics in the Swartz faced increasing competi tion from worldwide producers such as General Westinghouse and Manufacturers were moving operations to lowercost sites in Singapore and By adopting changes that increased productivity and Swartz was able to convince Delco man agement to maintain pro duction Swartz started working at a steel mill Ohios Republic Steel at age In the the fictional steel company is assigned to a steel foundry in serious trou ble Continental Swartz chose Kokomos defunct Continental Steel to underscore the importance of abandoning corporate and exec utive mindsets during restruc Swartz drives home his point when Lou is assigned to the struggling I wanted a character that grew up in the 70s during the good times when America was the says In the Continental Steel was king of the hill they couldnt make enough Then European steel makers and others gained an edge in Swartz warns that corporate America is still moving in incremental The growing interdependence of European nations and the strong ties between Korea and China made the North American Free Trade Agreement a Swartz NAFTA will eventually create a tarifffree trading zone among Mexico and the United If we didnt do wed still be he But more than we have to become an exporting country People who think weve moved from an agrarian society to an industrial society to a ser vice economy are he We didnt give up We just use fewer peo ple 5 to 8 percent of the popu lation to produce more food than we ever competition is requiring a higher amount of aggressiveness among compa If they arent on the theyre going to become the Swartz But he still laments the loss of Americas manufacturing Weve corne a long way in the last 10 years corpo rate America has been restruc tured says But this is going to be a battle forev The 90s are going to make the 80s seem like a cefn from companies about future costs related a national health cafe plan th ji about the He said some companies have tried to delay employment deci sions due to expected higher health care costs Some companies are until the last moment to add any he When they see these potentially heavy fixed costs coming some try to hold back until they are positive they have to hire in other justintime But the expanded economy has almost forced the issue for many About job interviews with companies were conducted through the Business Placement Most MBA students had 1620 interviews on The number of interviews for under graduates varied according to dis ranging from six to 20 interviews per Were seeing oivcampus recruiting here get a breath of fresh but 1 really dont see that as a longterm Powell College recruiting lr not going to be a growing To the extent Wat companies come back into the well see it Starting salaries for graduates are up in most The average salary for accounting students is up from a year In computer and information the average salary up from in up from in marketing and up from Salaries for MBA graduates also are The average salary is up from last Many but not profits By VIVIAN MARINO Associated Press NEW YORK David Gait would be the envy of many At his Manhattan home are assorted games and decks of playing cards enough to fill a toy Theyre not ordinary playthings Most cant be found in toy and hobby Like his 19th century tiddledy winks or his 200yearold Game of Human in which the objective is to live to age Gait values his collection at around Every day I wake up and my collection is worth I definitely consider it as an he said From games to gaming equip ment and Barbies to barbed Americans love to collect like have managed to collect a few profits in the process by selling items that have accrued in But investing in antiques and collectibles requires careful Many items often are have no obvious mar ket demand and are highly vul nerable to In other words You wont get rich quick on Partridge Family lunch If you want to make youre usually better off with a good investment counselor rather than a said Tom who runs Tomart Publication in which publishes Tomarts Price Guide to Garage Sale You can make a few hundred thousand dollars but whether you score big is rare That wont stop millions of Americans from scavenging flea markets and yard sales in search of hidden Some might One garagesale customer found a comic book stuffed in a chair he bought a few years Like anything supply and demand determine the mar ketability of which run the gamut from artwork and sports memorabilia to childhood But what makes some thing investment grade is its rari condition and historical signifi There are two important con cerns with collectibles that the items have an established sec ondarymarket track record and have withstood the test of said Harry president of Rinker Enterprises an antiques research center in Its foolish to even try to make a quick killing on antiques or col he When you buy an antique at fair market say for you cant turn around and sell that thing for Youll proba bly get 30to 40 cents on the dol Rinker Youre going to have to wait 15 to 20 years to recover any profit on that Even collectible items that acquire value over the years can lose it in a shift of market Look what happened to poor Tom the cowboy hero of the Fans used to snap up Tom Mix glowinthedark belt buck card games and The material was at a premium price in the 50s and Now you cant give Tom Mix stuff said whose many books on collectibles include Warmans Americana and Collectors Guide to Games Todays young collectors dont collect the They collect their own he People in 2020 will start collecting things from 1990 as Look out for Clinton campaign buttons and Nirvana Soughtafter collectibles these days include items from the 50s and toys and kitsch from popular television shows and movies enjoyed by baby boomers in their younger days are especial ly hot like Howdy Lil and Hopalong ;