Thursday, January 31, 2008

BARBARA CHAFFEE RECOGNIZED AS 2003 DISTINGUISHED PENNSYLVANIAN

BARBARA CHAFFEE RECOGNIZED AS 2003 DISTINGUISHED PENNSYLVANIAN

(PRWEB) June 30, 2003

PHILADELPHIA (PRWEB) June 26, 2003 – Barbara Chaffee, former special assistant to the President of the United States, was honored as a 2003 Distinguished Pennsylvanian by Gannon University on June 14, 2003. Chaffee, who is currently president of Philadelphia strategic communications consultancy Public Intelligence and president of Ripple Effects Interactive, was honored for her efforts as senior director for public liaison in the Office of Homeland Security, as well as her accomplishments while directing economic development and tourism marketing initiatives for Pennsylvania.

Chaffee was one of two individuals to be honored for their exceptional accomplishments exemplifying leadership and community life. At the Office of Homeland Security, she worked with private sector, international trade and special interest organizations to help secure the nationÂ’s critical infrastructure from terrorist attack.

“It is a great honor to join other distinguished past recipients of this award,“ said Chaffee. “Though I plan to continue to build and promote a better Pennsylvania, I am grateful for the recognition of my past work.”

Prior to her stint in the nationÂ’s capital, Chaffee served the state as deputy secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Under her direction, the commonwealth was widely recognized for its innovation and leadership in tourism, economic development and interactive marketing.

Chaffee accepted the award at a special dinner on Gannon University’s campus with guests including a representative from Governor Edward Rendell’s office. The governor issued a proclamation that noted Chaffee’s “lasting contributions to the growth, vitality and prosperity of our commonwealth.”

He added, “It is this passion for creating endless opportunity and a secure future for Pennsylvania that earned you the respect of your colleagues and our entire commonwealth.”

Chaffee is a recognized business leader with more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Under her leadership, Pennsylvania was the recipient of 135 creative awards from 1998 through 2002 – 60 for interactive marketing and Web sites and 75 for print, brochures, television ads, special events, public relations initiatives, marketing plans and integrated campaigns. In 2001, she was named one of the most powerful women in travel globally by Travel Agent Magazine.

Past recipients of the Distinguished Pennsylvanian award include secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, Senator H. John Heinz III, Dr. Gertrude Barber and world-renowned artist Susan Kemenyffy.

Raised in Erie, PA, Chaffee has served on numerous boards of directors, including the International Association of Holiday Inn, where she was recognized as the Outstanding Committee Person of the Year for three years, and the Greater Erie Community Action Committee. In addition, she was involved with Leadership Erie, First Night Erie, and the Erie Chamber of Commerce/Tourist and Convention Bureau. Chaffee attended Kent State University.

Public Intelligence is a strategic marketing communications firm focusing on delivering to Fortune 500 companies, as well as various levels of governments, practical advice on the best strategies to address critical communications challenges. Operations for Public Intelligence are based primarily in the Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Washington, D. C., triangle.

Ripple Effects Interactive is a premier agency that partners with clients to create innovative online programs. As a full-service interactive agency, Ripple Effects Interactive offers a complete range of services - from strategic planning to application development to universal accessibility consulting. Located in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia with representation in Washington, D. C., Ripple Effects Interactive features a team of 40 interactive specialists. Since 1998 the company has worked with government, education and large corporate clients, including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, Johnson & Johnson and Coca-Cola. Ripple Effects Interactive has built a reputation for high-quality work, winning 70 industry creative awards in the past three years alone, including the prestigious 2002 ID Magazine Gold Award for website design. For more background, visit www. RippleEffectsInteractive. com.

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CSI Fleet Fuel Card Brings Big Business Savings to Small Business Fleets

CSI Fleet Fuel Card Brings Big Business Savings to Small Business Fleets

CSI Enterprises, Inc. announces immediate drive to bring fuel savings and card control features with their CSI Universal Fleet Fuel Card, normally offered for national fleets, to small and mid-sized fleets. By providing all the features and benefits normally reserved for large fleets to even the ten-vehicle and under market, CSI is offering a very real solution to the gas price crisis.

Bonita Springs, FL (PRWEB) May 9, 2008

CSI Enterprises, Inc. (http://www. csi-gascard. com) announced today their immediate drive to bring fuel savings and card control features with their CSI Universal Fleet Fuel Card (http://www. csi-gascard. com), normally offered for national fleets, to small and mid-sized fleets. By providing all the features and benefits normally reserved for large fleets to even the ten-vehicle and under market, CSI is offering a very real solution to the gas price crisis.

"It's easy to offer large businesses service and savings based on sheer volume. But what about the smaller business, even the ten-and-under fleet businesses?" asks Keith Stone, CSI Enterprises President. "The high price of gas is affecting them just the same. We are committed to offer our complete suite of services and savings to each and every client, no matter if they are large or small."

In fact, the need to implement all of the features the CSI Universal Fleet Fuel Card offers may be more critical for the smaller fleets than larger. "Smaller businesses are always running much leaner and tighter, where every dollar counts," said Stone. "We make sure that the spending, as well as the spending habits, are optimized. This results in lower costs."

With gas prices racing to $4 per gallon, and diesel long since breaking that barrier, every trip to the filling station has become a major expense. The CSI Universal Fleet Fuel Card reduces that expense with a complete host of features.

"We begin, by offering direct discounts at tens of thousands of stations across the Nation," explains Stone. "We couple that with two of the best online gas price finders available, allowing our clients to know which stations have the lowest prices in town."

While finding the lowest gas prices in town and receiving discounts at the pump directly and immediately effect the bottom line, it is the card controls and security where the long-term savings are realized.

"We provide online card management and reporting in real-time," explained Stone. "This means that not only can the company track exactly all transactions and employee usage, but also can control the spending, from adjusting limits on each card, to changing restrictions. Most business owners agree that the biggest savings comes from eliminating unauthorized, or simply careless, spending."

To learn more about the CSI Universal Fleet Fuel Card, visit www. csi-gascard. com (http://www. csi-gascard. com).

About CSI Enterprises, Inc
CSI Enterprises Inc. provides a specific line of controlled financial payment products including business fleet fueling/maintenance payment cards, a corporate virtual payment MasterCard® and card solutions for corporate purchasing, travel and entertainment spending. Today CSI and its products operate in all fifty states including Canada, Mexico and Caribbean with operating subsidiaries involved in municipal tax reclamation, venture capital and real estate development activities nationwide. Since 1988, CSI Enterprises Inc. was the first and largest U. S. organization to have a successful corporate asset management and payment network throughout the U. S. and Latin America.

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