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Tustin CA. Must have 4 years of leasing experience w/ strong client base.  70% Comission, 70% Residual, Desk Rental option. Please call Barbara Griffith for more information on this very unique program

About the company: SCL has been in business for 12 years. We are contracted with multiple funding sources which enables us to provide more competitive rates and flexible terms and conditions.


Tuesday, September 14,2004






        Correction: NorVergence Class Action Suit

            Editor’s Comment:  “Get Leasing Companies”

                Classified Ads---Attorneys

    Economic Events This Week

        Drayer Fires Attorneys, Trial Postponed until March, 2005

            New Leasing Conference Countdown


    Siemens Financial Services to Enter Small Ticket Fray

        Far East National Bank Appoints Two Pacific Rim Veterans

            Sadu Thinakal Named CEO of Inter. Decision Systems

    Siemens Financial Services Now After Fed. Gov. Leasing

        Orix "Down Under" with SeeBeyond ICAN

            News Briefs---

    "Gimme that Wine"

        This Day in American History

            Baseball Poem


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Due to legal proceedings, the naming of the “culprit” has been

postponed until further notice, according to Jim Raeder.





Correction: NorVergence Class Action Suit



On Wednesday, September 1, 2004, an Order to Show Cause Seeking an Injunction to stop the leasing companies from enforcing the leases was filed in the class action. In addition, an amended complaint against 26 leasing companies was filed.


“The Court has scheduled the hearing date for the Order to Show Cause With Temporary Restraints for Friday, October 1, 2004 at 2:30PM.”  (Leasing News reported that the judge will give “results”

and that is not correct, we are informed.)


The web site will be posting a list of a network of attorneys in key states that is accepting the defense of individual cases already filed by the leasing companies against putative class members, while the class action continues to litigate.


 Michael S. Green says, “This list will be updated as we hear about suits filed in the different states by the leasing companies. At the present time we are aware of suits filed in PA, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Washington State. If you are aware of other states involved please let us know.”





Law Offices of Michael Scott Green

14 Easton Ave., #340

New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

Tel: (732) 390-0480

Fax: (732) 390-0481

Cell: (732) 690-2093


On the web@:



From the Web Site:





Editor’s Comment:  “Get Leasing Companies”


There appears to be a wild fire in this movement to join a

class action suit “to get” leasing companies.


It is interesting to note on the many list serve internet communication systems, leasing companies are being blamed as the “bad guys” for

wanting to collect lease payments, were in “cahoots” with NorVergence, knew all along about the value of the “equipment”

and telephone service agreement, and many are not only seeking

relief from lease payments, but also seeking “damages.”


So far, none of the telephone companies, who provided the services,

and must have understood the situation, have not been named in

any of the legal actions filed, nor have they been castigated for

their role in the financing transactions.


One of the key communications resolves around Robert J. Fine,

former head of the NorVergence finance corporation, and former

president of the Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors.  His

involvement leads the customers to believe GE Capital, CIT,

Wells Fargo, and almost fifty other leasing companies were

in “conspiracy” with NorVergence.


Those joining class action suits believe leasing companies

“hoodwinked” them into signing equipment leases where

the actual value of the equipment was worth very little

and both the seller and lessor (creditor) were deceptive in what they represented to the lessee (debtor) in the contract they signed.


While it has been determined some of the amounts are too

small to fight individually in court, a business decision due

to the costs involved,  this alleged “deception” by the

50 leasing companies does fit a class action suit. They also believe they are “consumers,” therefore they will get much sympathy as a group before a jury.



   Kit Menkin, editor





Broker/Lessor looking for CFO/Controller w/ a solid accounting background. Exp. working in Leasing industry a must. LeasePlus knowledge a plus.

Vendor Sales Specialist: Experienced in developing relationships & vendor programs. Will need to establish/head our new vendor division. Must be knowledgeable in all aspects of leasing from the broker lessor perspective.

Entry Level Accountant: Entry level position, accounting background req., leasing exp. a plus, must be organized individual w/ strong work ethic.

Please E-mail resume to:

About the Company: Nationwide Funding, Irvine, CA. With its prime location in Southern California and offices in Chicago's downtown financial district, Nationwide Funding, LLC has been able to secure specialized credit facilities and create funding partnerships with a wide variety of financial institutions. This diversity allows Nationwide Funding, LLC to be a complete funding partner for your business.




Classified Ads---Attorneys


Leasing Industry Attorneys


  These are attorneys who specialize in equipment leasing,

listed by geography, and are free to all who practice in this

field with the stipulation they belong to an equipment leasing

association as an indication of their “expertise.”


California - statewide: CA     "ELA"

5-attorney creditors rights law firm, in biz 25 yrs +, specialize all aspects of creditor representation. Primarily represent equipment lessors & funders, plus collection and creditor rep. in bankruptcy.


Website:  California –


Statewide: Encino, CA.   "ELA"

24 Attorney AV-rated Law firm representing the Leasing Industry for over 25 Years. We specialize in

Lease-enforcement, collection and representation in Bankruptcy Court.




Connecticut, Southern New England:

EVANS, FELDMAN & BOYER, LLC Collections, litigation, documentation, portfolio sales and financing, bankruptcy. We represent many of the national and local leasing companies doing business in this state. Past chairman EAEL legal committee. Competitive rates.



Dallas, TX. ELA

Mayer regularly practices in leasing, secured financing, project development and finance and corporate finance.





Los Angeles, Statewide: CA.     "ELA"

Aggressive creditors rights law firm specializing in equipment leasing handling collection matters on a contingency, fixed fee or hourly basis.



Los Angeles -statewide: CA      "ELA " 

Practice limited to collections, bankruptcy and problem accounts resolution. Decades of experience. 10-lawyer firm dedicated to serving you. Call Ronald Cohn, Esq. (818)591-2121 or email.




Full staff of attorneys and legal assistants work with Group Leader Barry S. Marks to ensure prompt, cost-effective responses to client needs:





Coston & Lichtman: Business attorneys serving the lease-finance industry since 1980. Transactional, documentation, corporate; workouts, litigation, bankruptcy. Chicago & Florida offices. Jim Coston, CLP (Members: ELA/UAEL/MAEL)




Northern California - Statewide: CA "EAEL" "ELA"

San Francisco expertise at Marin County prices; practice limited to equipment leasing and finance with 22 years experience, testimonials. Ken Greene, Esq.

Vox: 415 461 3777  







Economic Events This Week



September 14

Retail Sales: August




September 15

Inventory-Sales Ratio: July

Industrial Production: August

Capacity Utilization: August

Estimated Tax Due



September 16

Consumer Price Index: August

Weekly Jobless Claims






Drayer Fires Attorneys, Trial Postponed until March, 2005




Leasing News has been unable to confirm with lead attorneys Stephen L. Cohen or U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Richard Kaiser this information,

and evidently Pacer does not have this information, but it appears

the trial has been postponed for a third time, going on three years

from the original complaints filed by the US Attorney’s office on June 27,2002.


This is from a very reliable source who is named in the transaction:


“The RW Professional case has been moved to March, 2005 at the earliest.  Barry ran out of money and his attorneys were granted permission to resign. They were replaced by court appointed attorneys who promptly said they needed additional time to review the materials. Judge agreed and case moved to March.  If it goes to trial in March, it will have been almost three years since he was arrested. Final verdict projection:  Guilty and sentenced to time served.  More good stuff to follow since one defendant in the case is really stirring up the water trying to get off the hook without waiting for Barry's trail. For example--I did not know that Barry and associates had three companies (RW Professional, Professional Leasing Services and Professional Finance). When Barry "hit the wall" with cash flow, he wrote letters to the banks he defrauded and asked for cash advances to help him overcome his short period of cash flow difficulties.  Talk about big balls. Have a nice day. Loyalty to Barry by some of his staunch supporters in the industry is slipping away as they find Barry told them deals did not fund, but they did and Barry kept all the commissions.”


There are several civil cases pending, such as the $20 million dollar

from American Express and Crawford and Sons and others, put “on

hold” by court order until a judgment is made in the criminal case.


Through the many depositions and motions it does appear Barry

Drayer has sold his original house, then bought another house, plus used his brother’s house as collateral for bail.  Both Drayer’s have

been under “house arrest,” not serving time in jail awaiting this

criminal trial.  They do travel, at the specific approval of the court.


It was reported several defendants have been willing to discuss

turning state’s evidence, while others believe the stalling tactic

is to postpone the enviable: jail time.




EAEL Expo  Glenpointe/Teaneck, NJ  September 27   



UAEL Monterey, CA October  21-24

United Association of Equipment Leasing


ELA Palm Desert, CA  October 24-26

The Equipment Leasing Association


AGLF Rancho Mirage, CA November 10-12             

Association for Government Leasing and Finance


MAEL Rosemont, Illinois November 18

Mid-American Association of Equipment Lessors


To learn about these and other leasing associations, please go to:


If you are interested to learn more about the conference, please to the web site noted.









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Siemens Financial Services to Tap Emerging Opportunities In Burgeoning

Small to Mid Ticket Leasing Market



ISELIN, N.J   Initiative to Strengthen Company's Growing U.S. Presence & Suite of Product Offerings 


   In a move to further expand its growing U.S. presence, Siemens Financial Services, Inc. (SFS), the U.S. financial services arm of Siemens AG, today announced the launch of its new lease offering to vendors of small to mid-ticket products in specific equipment markets. As part of this initiative, the company will be targeting manufacturers, dealers, and distributors in the industrial machinery, manufacturing, production, packaging, and electrical engineering industries. Although this is a long-term strategy for SFS, the timing will allow for new business opportunities spurred by the recent up-tick in corporate spending as well as the overall rebound in the U.S. economy.


   "We are proud to announce our expansion into the small to mid-ticket leasing market. With the steady rebound of the economy, the marketplace is currently ripe with opportunity, creating a prime time for us to enter into this important market segment," said SFS President and CEO, Bill Zadrozny. "We have a rich history of leadership and excellence in the leasing business, due to our innovative thinking and dedication to a customer-centric approach. A move from the mid to large-ticket market to the small to mid-sized space just seemed like a natural evolution for us.


   "The current marketplace demands a provider who can allot as much attention to smaller client needs as it would a large-ticket contract," Zadrozny continued. "SFS now has the capabilities, dedication, and expertise to fulfill such a role."


   For this new initiative, SFS is recruiting a team of seasoned industry professionals. This team will be dedicated to recruiting vendors and providing flexible leasing arrangements for their customers. The initiative provides both out of the box and tailored leasing contracts to the end-user. Several new employees will support the management of this new business.


   According to Steve Pressler, vice president of the Vendor division, each client will have two dedicated managers. One will serve as the relationship manager, overseeing the relationship and ensuring that the equipment financing goals are met, while the other will act as program manager overseeing day-to-day management of customer financing opportunities. 


   About Siemens Financial Services 


   With about 1,500 employees and an international network of financing companies coordinated by Siemens Financial Services GmbH, Munich, Siemens Financial Services offers a broad range of financial solutions. This covers services from sales and investment financing to treasury services, fund management and insurance brokerage. Key customers of our companies are internationally active industrial and services companies as well as public-sector operators. For further information about SFS see


   Siemens Financial Services, Inc. is one of Siemens' operating companies in the United States. The people of Siemens Financial Services, Inc. build relationships to deliver customized commercial financing solutions. SFS is led by industry veterans who work to ensure quick, quality financing. With expertise in Asset-Based Lending, Equipment Financing, Commercial Trade Finance and Vendor Financing, each transaction is tailored to fit the specific borrowing needs of the client. 


   About Siemens 


   Siemens AG (NYSE:SI) is one of the largest global electronics and engineering companies with reported worldwide sales of $80.5 billion in fiscal 2003. Founded more than 150 years ago, the company is a leader in the areas of Automation and Control, Information and Communications, Lighting, Medical, Power and Transportation. With its U.S. corporate headquarters in New York City, Siemens in the USA has sales of $16.6 billion and employs 70,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Eleven of Siemens' worldwide businesses are based in the United States. With its global headquarters in Munich, Siemens AG and its subsidiaries employ 423,000 people in 192 countries.


   For more information on Siemens in the U.S.:


CONTACT:Siemens Financial Services, Inc. Brian Galloway, 732-476-3498 or Press Contact: Jeff Dahncke, 212-445-8217



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Far East National Bank Appoints Robert Sweeney

President and Robert Oehler Vice Chairman



LOS ANGELES--  Fredrick Copeland Joins Bank's Board in Additional          

Move towards Strengthening Pacific Rim Integration 


   Far East National Bank announced that Robert W. Sweeney has been appointed as its new president and board member and Robert B. Oehler, former president, as vice chairman. Mr. Sweeney joins Far East National from GE Commercial Finance where he most recently served as Managing Director, Asia/Japan for GE Global Electronic Solutions. Prior to GE, he was Director of Corporate Banking at Mexico's Grupo Financiero Serfin.


   Mr. Oehler, who has been president of the bank since 1997, will continue to serve in his senior banker role in supporting Far East National's external business affairs, which includes key government and board relationships.


   "Robert Sweeney brings Far East National an important cross section of experience to grow our Pacific Rim banking business," said Paul C. Lo, Chairman of Far East National Bank and Chief Executive Officer of its parent company, SinoPac Holdings of Taiwan. "In addition to building GE Electronic Solutions Asia/Japan business from 'ground zero,' he also has a top track record in international banking and emerging markets. Robert's far-reaching experience will take Far East National Bank to the next level of integration with SinoPac's CrossPacific network of over 140 offices in the region."


   "This is a brilliant opportunity," said Mr. Sweeney. "The advantages of the bank's headquarters in the key trade hub of Los Angeles, SinoPac's established network in Asia and continuing strong commercial flow among Pacific Rim countries, provide a great foundation to further exploit future growth for Far East National."


   At GE/GES Electronic, Mr. Sweeney built the Asia/Japan division from its genesis to $265 million in annual leasing revenue. Prior to the Asia/Japan role, he managed the integration of GE's acquisition of Comdisco's Electronics group, which was instrumental in the creation of a new business platform within GE Commercial Financial. Previously, Mr. Sweeney served five years at GE Capital de Mexico. In Mexico, he was a key member of the team that established GE Capital Bank. Later, he joined GE's Commercial Equipment Finance de Mexico unit, where he developed the company's Foreign Direct Investment product and platform.


   Mr. Sweeney received a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado in classical literature with a minor in economics. He also holds a master's degree in international finance and banking from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.


   Far East National also announced its new appointment of Frederick C. Copeland as board member. Mr. Copeland previously served as Chairman and President of Fleet Bank, CT. and CEO of Aetna International. Prior to his tenure with Fleet Bank, he was the country head of Citibank in Taiwan and Canada.


   Headquartered in Los Angeles, Far East National Bank has 15 offices throughout California, a newly established Vietnam branch and a Representative Office in Beijing. The bank's customers have access to a regional service network through its ultimate parent, SinoPac Holdings, a fully integrated financial institution with more than $19 billion in assets and 140 locations worldwide.


CONTACT:Casey Sayre & Williams, Inc. Daniel Margolis, 310-396-2400, ext. 14



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(When the company went private, the press release announced: “Messrs. Meinen, Lyles, and Horstmann, Anthony Laudico will

serve as the Company’s interim COO, overseeing sales and marketing as well  as international operations. Laudico, Schroder Ventures U.S.¹s operating advisor to IDS, has 17 years of experience in the software and technology industries, including various management positions with Microsoft. He also served as CEO of the digital entertainment company Muze, and was President and COO of “

We are told: “ Messrs. Meinen and Horstmann are no longer with the organization.  However Mr. Lyles is still serving as President.”—editor)



Joins to Lead IDS to its Next Stage of Growth

as Global Leader in Lease and Loan Accounting Software and Services



Minneapolis, MN, – International Decision Systems, Inc. (IDS), the global leader in lease/loan accounting and portfolio management software and services, today announced that Sadu Thinakal, most recently the President of the mortgage servicing business unit of Fiserv, Inc. (Nasdaq:FISV), has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.


“We are delighted to welcome Sadu to IDS. He brings a rich heritage in managing lending operations and systems services in customer-focused organizations, from strategy to technology and product development, marketing, and customer service, and has distinguished himself in helping companies to reach their next stage of growth,” commented Nicholas Somers, a partner at Schroder Ventures U.S., which acquired IDS in September 2003. “Sadu has the ideal experience to lead IDS at this important juncture in the Company’s ongoing development.”


“I am excited to come to IDS, which for 30 years has set the standard for lease and loan accounting software on a global basis, with over half of the world’s leading leasing companies among its clients,” said Mr. Thinakal. “It is a time of change and consolidation in the leasing industry and, with its new ProFinia suite, IDS is well positioned to capitalize on it. IDS’ new ProFinia solutions will enable lessors to leverage market opportunities and maximize returns. It is a great time to be here and I look forward to working with the highly talented IDS team,” he added.


Before joining IDS, Mr. Thinakal was with Fiserv for 12 years. In the past seven years, as President, he led its Mortgage Servicing Systems business, a solutions and technology provider to the loan servicing industry. During his tenure as President, the business achieved double-digit annual growth, obtained long-term recurring revenue contracts with leading clients, increased the loan volume under service, and reached a market leading position with its web-centric solution, “MortgageServ”.


Mr. Thinakal joined Fiserv from Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, and prior to that was at Home Savings of America. Mr. Thinakal began his career at Unisys Corporation. He graduated from the University of Kerala in India and received an M.B.A. from the Illinois Institute of Technology.


The Company’s senior management team, including Charles Lyles, President, Anthony Laudico, Interim Chief Operating Officer, and Michael Mehr, who was recently appointed Vice President of Finance and Administration, will report to Mr. Thinakal. Mr. Mehr joined IDS from Adaytum, Inc. He also previously worked at Fourth Shift Corporation (now Soft Brands), and began his career at Arthur Andersen.


About International Decision Systems: International Decision Systems (IDS) is the global leader in developing lease/loan accounting and portfolio management systems and services. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, IDS has offices in London, Sydney, and Singapore. The Company offers the largest and most experienced global consulting, implementation, and technical support teams in the leasing industry. For additional information about IDS, visit

About Schroder Ventures US: Schroder Venture Partners LLC ("Schroder Ventures US") is one of six affiliated international private equity organizations advising over $7.5 billion of funds under management in 11 offices located in North America, Europe, and Asia. The firm is focused on middle market investment opportunities in the media, business services, communications, and technology services sectors in partnership with management. Schroder Ventures US currently advises the $270 million Schroder Ventures US Funds. Further information can be found at



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Siemens Financial Services Creates Public Sector Presence With

Launch of New Practice Dedicated to Servicing the Federal Government



ISELIN, N.J.-- SFS Partners With GTSI to Offer Innovative          

Finance & Leasing Solutions to Government Entities 


   Further building its physical presence in the U.S. and enhancing its portfolio of finance solutions, Siemens Financial Services (SFS), the financing arm of Siemens AG, has established an office in Richmond, VA that will focus solely on servicing Federal government entities. Working with Siemens Operating Companies and third-party prime contractors, SFS will provide Federal government bodies with innovative finance and leasing solutions customized to their specific needs.


   "We are delighted to announce the launch of our Federal financing service line. As a result of the healthy economy, there is a tremendous amount of liquidity in the market today waiting to be utilized in both the public and private sectors. As a result, SFS recognized the opportunity to apply our finance and leasing capabilities to effectively service the presently untapped Federal market," said SFS president and CEO William Zadrozny. "We have strategically put in place a Virginia-based operational facility that will allow us greater access to our public sector client base, primarily located throughout the greater D.C. area. We believe our cadre of best-in-class finance professionals, coupled with our deep industry knowledge and expertise, will enable us to provide an invaluable financing solution resource to the public sector."


   On July 15, 2004 SFS opened the doors to its new office branch, which is assigned to the development of tailored programs for Federal customers. Collaborating with leading government IT solutions provider GTSI(R) Corp.(Nasdaq:GTSI), SFS will aim to provide comprehensive offerings, including IT equipment, installation, software, and maintenance services, that satisfy the client's goals and expectations.


   Jack Helmly, Director of Financial Services at GTSI, added, "To address budget constraints and refresh technology, federal finance is becoming main stream for most agencies. GTSI has built a strong practice in financing our federal, state and local customers worldwide. We are pleased to have Siemens Financial Services as a strategic partner in this growing business. Our customers have demanding business requirements which call for original solutions. We value SFS's contribution to GTSI's innovative and cost effective financial solutions offerings.


   In addition to creating this business unit, Siemens Financial Services will be launching a Web page that will serve as an information center for potential clients. The page will outline the company's Federal capabilities, providing details on its various product and service offerings for this space. The information will be made available on at 


   About Siemens Financial Services 


   With about 1,500 employees and an international network of financing companies coordinated by Siemens Financial Services GmbH, Munich, Siemens Financial Services (SFS) offers a broad range of financial solutions. This covers services from sales and investment financing to treasury services, fund management and insurance brokerage. Key customers of our companies are internationally active industrial and services companies as well as public-sector operators. For further information about SFS see


   Siemens Financial Services, Inc. is one of Siemens' operating companies in the United States. The people of Siemens Financial Services, Inc. (SFS) build relationships to deliver customized commercial financing solutions. SFS is led by industry veterans who work to ensure quick, quality financing. With expertise in Asset-Based Lending, Capital Markets, Equipment Financing, Commercial Trade Finance and Vendor Financing, each transaction is tailored to fit the specific borrowing needs of the client. 


   About Siemens 


   Siemens AG (NYSE:SI) is one of the largest global electronics and engineering companies with reported worldwide sales of $80.5 billion in fiscal 2003. Founded more than 150 years ago, the company is a leader in the areas of Automation and Control, Information and Communications, Lighting, Medical, Power and Transportation. With its U.S. corporate headquarters in New York City, Siemens in the USA has sales of $16.6 billion and employs 70,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Eleven of Siemens' worldwide businesses are based in the United States. With its global headquarters in Munich, Siemens AG and its subsidiaries employ 423,000 people in 192 countries.


   For more information on Siemens in the U.S.:


CONTACT:Siemens Financial Services, Inc. Brian Galloway, 732-476-3498                

or Press: Jeff Dahncke, 212-445-8217



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ORIX Australia Selects SeeBeyond ICAN Suite to Enable Single View Composite Application



SYDNEY, Australia & MONROVIA, Calif.---       Solution to Improve Customer Relationship Management Through      Integrated View of Customer Interactions 


   SeeBeyond (Nasdaq:SBYN), provider of the world's first fully integrated composite application network (SeeBeyond ICAN) for the deployment of advanced integration and composite application solutions, today announced that ORIX Australia has selected the SeeBeyond ICAN 5 Suite.


   ORIX Australia is part of the global ORIX Group, one of the world's largest non-bank financial institutions with 1,175 offices in 23 countries. ORIX Australia employs over 500 people and manages in excess of $2 billion in assets locally.


   The Company provides asset and risk management solutions for businesses, including fleet services, truck and trailer rental, equipment leasing, property finance, and cash flow finance. ORIX Australia customers use these products to minimize cost and risk associated with ownership, borrowing and leasing of assets to realize more from their business.


   ORIX Australia has chosen SeeBeyond's eGate(TM) Integrator, eView(TM) Studio and eInsight(TM) Business Process Manager -- all components of the SeeBeyond ICAN Suite - to build a new composite application that will enable a single view of all interactions with each of its customers. Implemented utilizing Web services, this composite application will assist ORIX Australia in cost-effectively consolidating disparate customer information and transactional data in real time.


   "Using the SeeBeyond software to consolidate our customer information will allow us to make informed decisions about how we manage relationships with our customers. This has relevance across our entire organization, from marketing to sales, and customer service to risk management," said John Carter, Executive Director Group Operations for ORIX Australia.


   "In today's business environment, vital information is distributed throughout the enterprise via disparate systems such as CRM, ERP, Billing, eCommerce and Customer Support," adds Kevin O'Reilly, Vice President of Asia Pacific for SeeBeyond. "These systems typically use their own unique record identifiers, making it difficult to create a single, reliable view of information across the organization. Through composite application development, SeeBeyond ICAN 5 is enabling global organizations like ORIX to better leverage existing assets while driving added value through improved business process management."


   For more information on SeeBeyond's eGate Integrator, eView Studio and eInsight Business Process Manager solutions, please visit 


   About SeeBeyond 


   Based on 15 years of software innovation and real-world experience in integrating systems across Global 2000 organizations, SeeBeyond (Nasdaq:SBYN) delivers the industry's first integrated composite application network built on a comprehensive integration platform. Beyond eAI, the SeeBeyond(R) Integrated Composite Application Network Suite(TM) helps organizations rapidly assemble and deploy enterprise-scale end-user applications built on existing systems and infrastructure to dramatically improve business operations. SeeBeyond has more than 1,900 customers worldwide, including ABB, ABN Amro, BHP Billiton, The Cleveland Clinic, Commerzbank, The Dial Corporation, DuPont, Florida Power & Light, Fluor Daniel, Fujitsu, General Motors, Halliburton, Hertz Corporation, HP, Lockheed Martin, Pfizer, Samsung, Sprint, Sutter Health and UnitedHealth Group. For more information, please visit 


   SeeBeyond is a registered trademark of SeeBeyond Technology Corporation in the United States and select foreign countries. SeeBeyond Integrated Composite Application Network Suite, eGate, eView, and eInsight are trademarks of SeeBeyond Technology Corporation. The absence of a trademark from this list does not constitute a waiver of SeeBeyond Technology Corporation's intellectual property rights concerning that trademark. All other brands or product names are trademarks of their respective owners.


CONTACT:SeeBeyond Kirstie McHattan, +61 2 9263 2700 (Asia Pacific) Kristi Rawlinson, 214-373-1519 (U.S.)



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Leasing Sales Leader: Atlanta GA.
Outstanding opportunity for highly motivated, exp. leasing rep. for fast growing tech solutions provider. Unlimited earnings potential, fast paced enviroment. Exper. end-user sales/ tech leasing required.
Full description here

CFO: Atlanta, GA.
CPA/10yrs exp. required. Direct/oversee all financial activities and manage leasing operations. Full description here.

About the Company: Located in Atlanta GA. Optimus Solutions is a leading provider of enterprise Information Technology solutions including systems, storage, and software enhanced by a complete range of integration and consulting services.


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This Day in American History



    1847- Gen. Winfield Scott entered Mexico City. A Battalion of U.S. Marines made its presence felt at the “halls of Montezeuma.”  The United States was later able to

claim a large Mexican territory, including what was to become the state of California

in 1850 ( following the gold rush fever of 1849 ).

    1814 - An attorney in Washington, DC, Frances Scott Key, was aboard a warship that was bombarding Fort McHenry, the outpost guarding the city of Baltimore, Maryland. Key wrote what would become famous words to express his emotions. Those words would become "The Star-Spangled Banner", which officially became the national anthem of the United States by an act of Congress in 1931.

    1847 - Mexico City was occupied by US troops after the defeated forces of General Santa Anna were forced to abandon the city. The day before, young Mexican cadets had tried unsuccessfully to defend the fortified hill of Chapultepec. With the occupation of Mexico City, the United States-Mexico conflict virtually came to an end. While some call the 1846-48 period the "Mexican War," others call it the "US Invasion".

    1861- The first Civil War Naval Battle took place at Pensacola, FL.  Lieutenant John Henry Russell descended upon the Confederate navy yard at Pensacola at 2 a.m.  He had sailed the frigate Colorado past shore batteries in the dark, and with a force of 100 sailors and Marines, went for the southern privateer five gun Judah in the shipyard. After hand-to-hand fighting, the contingent burned the vessel to the waterline and left. They burned the five-gun steamer Judah, lying at anchor, and spike the only gun in the yard.  There were no Confederate casualties. three of the  Union troops were killed and four wounded  President Lincoln thanked Russell personally and the Navy Department honored him.

    1882- Birthday of Winnifred Sprague Mason Huck, U.S. Congressional Representative from Illinois, serving out the term of her late father 1922-23. She broke the rules about freshmen being still and introduced a number of bills including the call for independence for the Philippine Islands. She was an investigative reporter who even went to jail for four months under an assumed name to bring to light the abuses in prison as well as the difficulties in "going straight" afterwards.

    1868 - The first recorded hole-in-one at golf was scored by Tom Morris at Prestwick in Scotland.

    1874 -- The White Leagues, paramilitary organizations dedicated to the restoration of lily-white rule in Louisiana, temporarily seize control of the state government in a bloody coup d'etat. 38 killed. 79 wounded.


    1886- George K. Anderson of Memphis, TN, received a patent on typewriter ribbon.

    1889- Hull House in Chicago opened its doors. Formed by Jane Addams and Ellen Starr, it was the first major settlement house in the United States. In its first year of operation, it hosted more than 50,000 people. In all, there would be more than 600 residents at various times ranging from some of the most influential social reformers of the day to a future prime minister of Canada - and just about everyone in between. Hull House under Addams, in addition to social work and reform, served as the "mother house" for the meeting and networking of reformers who then went out to change the world.

    1897-Birthday of  Margaret Fogarty Rudkin, American businesswoman.  who started making a healthy bread for one of her sons in 1937 and parlayed those few loaves of bread it into a major commercial company, Pepperidge Farms. The company had sales of $32 million a year when she and husband sold out to Campbell Soup. She stayed as president - supervising the day to day operations personally as she had from the beginning - until a year before her death in 1967 of breast cancer, a disease from which she had since 1956.   Her noted collection of cookbooks was donated to the Pequot Library in Southport, Connecticut.

    1900 --Jazz Trumpet player Kid Rena birthday

    1916 - Pitcher Christy Mathewson won the last pitching assignment of his major- league career. He had a total of 373 wins, 188 losses, 83 shutouts in 636 games, and he struck out 2,511 batters.

    1921- Constance Baker Motley , U.S. District judge who framed many of the early civil rights cases. CBM influenced legal desegregation interpretations in nine victories before the U.S. Supreme Court. She was the first Afro-American woman to become a federal judge (1966) and only woman borough president of Manhattan (1965).

    1926- seventeen-year-old Benny Goodman’s first recording session ( with Ben Pollack and his Californians), Chicago, IL.

    1927 - Gene Austin recorded one of the first million sellers; his composition, "My Blue Heaven", for Victor Records.

    1929 --  Ella May Wiggins and other workers are riding in the back of an old pick-up truck to a union meeting, when local vigilantes, thugs, and a sheriff's deputy force the truck off the road and begin shooting at it. Ella May is killed.
Labor union organizers appear in Gastonia, Carolina. The textile mill workers there eagerly flock to the union, but when the mill owners refuse to recognize the union, a strike breaks out in June of this year. Prominant on the union picket lines is Ella May Wiggins, a 29-year-old mother of nine children who had been working the night shift at one of the mills. When some of her children come down with whooping cough, Ella May asks the mill foreman to put her on the day shift so she can care for her sick babies. The foreman refuses and Ella May is forced to quit her job. With no money for medicine, four of her children die. From this point on, she becomes a militant in the strike movement. Her songs, with the older melancholy of mountain ballads, help cheer on fellow picketers.

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    1948 -- Milton Berle starts his TV career on Texaco Star Theater.

    1937 - The mercury soared to 92 degrees at Seattle, WA, a record for September.

    1938-Birthday of Niara Sudarkasa, Black-Afro-American anthropologist and president of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. She is an authority on African and Black Afro-American women and families. NS is one of the leading scholars of the U.S. and has served on more than 20 boards and task forces in the furtherance of race relations.

    1944 -the Great Atlantic Hurricane passed near Cape Hatteras, NC. A few days before it was a category 5 hurricane with winds near 160 mph. At Cape Henry, VA sustained winds of 134 mph with gusts to 150 occurred. The storm raced into New England. 46 were killed on land and over 300 were lost at sea. Total damage was $122 million The hurricane destroyed the Atlantic City NJ boardwalk

    1951- In a 9-6 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, rookie Bob Nieman hits consecutive dingers off Mickey McDermott becoming the first player to hit home runs in his first two career at bats in the majors. In his third trip to the plate, the St. Louis Browns freshman beats out a bunt for a base hit.

    1956---Top Hits

Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel - Elvis Presley

Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera) - Doris Day

The Flying Saucer (Parts 1 & 2) - Buchanan & Goodman

I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash

    1957- “Have Gun, Will Travel,” so read the business card of Paladin (Richard Boone), a loner whose pro­fessional services were available for a price. This western also featured Kam Tong as his servant, Hey Boy. The show was extremely popular and ranked in the top five for most of its run. My father Lawrence Menkin wrote many of the episodes.

    1963-The Beach Boys' "Surfer Girl" peaks at #7 on the pop singles chart.

    1964---Top Hits

The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals

Because - The Dave Clark Five

Bread and Butter - The Newbeats

I Guess I’m Crazy - Jim Reeves

    1967- “Ironsides.” This crime series starred Raymond Burr as Robert T. Iron side, Chief of Detectives for the San Francisco Police Department(he was in a wheelchair, paralyzed from an assassination attempt).Also featured were Don Galloway as his assistant, Detective Sergeant Ed Brown, Barbara Anderson as Officer Eve Whitfield, Don Mitchell as Mark Sanger, Ironside’s personal assistant, Gene    Lyons as Commissioner Dennis Randall, Elizabeth Baur as Officer Fran Balding and Joan Pringle as Diana, Mark’s wife.

    1968-Big Brother and the Holding Company's LP, "Cheap Thrills" enters the LP chart -- where it will stay for 29 weeks, including 8 at #1.

    1970 - The temperature at Fremont, OR, dipped to 2 above zero to equal the state record for September set on the 24th in 1926.

    1972- “The Walton’s.” This epitome of the family drama spawned nearly a dozen knock-~offs during its nine-year run on CBS. The drama was based on creator/writer Earl Hamner Jr’s experiences grow­ing up during the Depression in rural Virginia. It began as the TV movie “The Homecoming,” which was so well-received that it was turned into a weekly series covering the years 1933—43. The cast went through numerous changes through the years; the principals were: Michael Learned as Olivia Walton, mother of the clan, Ralph Waite as John Walton, father, Richard Thomas as John-Boy, eldest son, Jon Walmsley as son Jason, Judy Norton Taylor as daughter Mary Ellen, Eric Scott as son Ben, Mary Beth McDonough as daughter Erin, David W. Harper as son Jim-Bob and Kami Cotler as daughter Elizabeth. The Walton grandparents were played by Ellen Corby (Esther) and Will Geer (Zeb). The last   telecast aired Aug 20, 1981

    1972---Top Hits

Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O’Sullivan

Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) - The Hollies

Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me - Mac Davis

Woman (Sensuous Woman) - Don Gibson

    1973 - For his hit single "The Twelfth of Never," Donny Osmond received a gold record. Released in March of 1973, the son was one of five that went gold for the young Osmond. His other solo successes were: "Sweet & Innocent", "Go Away Little Girl", "Hey Girl" and "Puppy Love".

    1975- the first Catholic saint who was born in America was Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton , who was born into a Episcopalian family in New York City on August 28, 1774, was canonized this day.  The mother of five children, she founded the Society for the Relief of Poor Widows with Small Children in 1797.  She converted to Roman Catholicism in New York City in 1805 and founded an order of nuns, the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph.  She died on January 4, 1821, in Emmetsburg, MD, was beatified on March 17,1963, at the Vatican, Rome, by Pope John XXIII, and was canonized this day in 1975.

    1978 - The first episode of the television series "Mork & Mindy", starring Robin Williams as Mork and Pam Dawber as Mindy, debuted on ABC-TV. Mork made an earlier appearance in February, 1978, during an episode of "Happy Days".

    1980---Top Hits

Upside Down - Diana Ross

All Out of Love - Air Supply

Fame - Irene Cara

Lookin’ for Love - Johnny Lee

    1985- “Golden Girls” premiere on TV.. This comedy starred Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty as four divorced/wid­owed women sharing a house in Florida during their golden years. The last episode aired Sept 14, 1992 but the show remains popu­lar in syndication.

    1985 - At Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the first "MTV Video Music Awards" were presented. The Cars won "Best Video" for "You Might Think" while Michael Jackson won "Best Overall Performance" and "Choreography" for his "Thriller" video.

    1985 - The Reverend Benjamin Weir, an American missionary, was released after being held captive for 16 months by Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon.

    1987 - A record for the skateboard high jump was set when Tony Magnuson went 9.5 feet above the top of the U-ramp.

    1987 - Thunderstorms developing along a cold front produced severe weather from Minnesota to Texas. Thunderstorms in Iowa produced baseball size hail at Laporte City, and 80 mph winds at Laurens. Hail caused more than ten million dollars damage to crops in Iowa. Thunderstorms in Missouri produced wind gusts to 75 mph at Missouri City and Kansas City. A thunderstorm in Texas deluged the town of Fairlie with two inches of rain in just two hours

    1988---Top Hits

Sweet Child o’ Mine - Guns N’ Roses

Simply Irresistible - Robert Palmer

Perfect World - Huey Lewis & The News

(Do You Love Me) Just Say Yes - Highway 101

    1988 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather over the Texas panhandle during the evening hours. One thunderstorm spawned a strong (F-2) tornado in the southwest part of Amarillo, and deluged the area with five inches of rain. The heavy rain left roads under as much as five feet of water, and left Lawrence Lake a mile out of its banks. Hurricane Gilbert lost some of its punch crossing the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Its maximum winds diminished to 120 mph.

    1990- Ken Griffey, Sr. , and Ken Griffey, Jr., father and son, hit unprecedented back-to-back home runs for the Seattle Mariners in a game against the California

Angeles.  Kirk McCaskill was the pitcher.  The Mariners lost, 7-5.

    1994---Top Hits

I' ll Make Love To You- Boyz II Men

Stay (I Missed You) (From "Reality Bites")- Lisa Loeb

Stroke You Up- Changing Faces

When Can I See You- Babyface

    1996- Mark McGwire hits his 50th home run off Cleveland hurler Chad Ogea becoming the 13th player in major league history to reach that plateau. The Cardinal first baseman gives the milestone ball to his eight-year-old son, Matthew.

    1998 - A new talk show, The Roseanne Show, debuted in syndication in more than 150 stations in the country. It was Roseanne's first major television project since her hit ABC sitcom Roseanne ended its 9-year run in May 1997.

    1999- The free "Sheryl Crow and Friends" concert is held in New York's Central Park. She is joined on stage at different times by Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks, The Dixie Chicks, Eric Clapton, Chrissie Hynde and Sarah McLachlan. The second hour of the concert is broadcast live on Fox.

    1999---Top Hits

Unpretty- TLC

Bailamos- Enrique Iglesias

Summer Girls- LFO

She s All I Ever Had- Ricky Martin

    2002- Barry Bonds ties Hank Aaron for the most 100-RBI seasons by a National League player as he drives in his 100th run of the season for the 11th time in his career. The major league record is13 shared by Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth.

    2002 Chin-Feng Chen becomes the first Taiwan-born player to appear in the

major leagues as he walks and scores as a pinch-hitter for the Dodgers against the Rockies. The 24-year-old first baseman-outfielder played for the 1990 Taiwan team which won the Little League World Series.

    2003---Top Hits

Shake Ya Tailfeather- Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee

Baby Boy- Beyonce Featuring Sean Paul

Right Thurr- Chingy

Into You- Fabolous Featuring Tamia Or Ashanti




Baseball Poem




   by Tim Peeler


Before video parlors, PCs and

Nintendo, on our ragged bicycles

We scrambled to one house or the other—

Hefners, Peelers, then the Swansons who moved

In the neighborhood, sometimes the Coffeys

From church, or the Swansons' friends from their church -

For the really big affairs with full teams,

Baseball games with football scores. Out in the heat

Most of the day, just breaking for lunchtime—

Easy pitches and little guys taking

Big cuts, ghost runners and no catcher, weird

Rules like ground rule doubles for balls driven

Into the short cow pasture fence in left

Or how to play a pop fly that rolled off

The eight-sided parsonage roof or smacked

The huge oak trees in center field or the

Maple in right-center.

Barefoot sometimes, always in shorts only,

Crew cuts and popsicle stains on our mouths—

Before Play Station and VCRs there

Was a baseball game somewhere in dust and

Sweltering heat, a game to be played by

 Our rules only.




--- with the permission of the author, from his

book of baseball poetry:


“Waiting for Godot's First Pitch”

   More Poems from Baseball


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