“We couldn’t be more excited to have David on board with us,” said Keith Wilson, president and chief executive of Affinia. “With the move of Affinia’s headquarters to North Carolina, David’s significant experience in both private practice and in-house will make him a key asset to our company. David’s proven dedication to his community will be a perfect fit to our team, which already has a strong culture of kindness, friendship and community involvement.” “I am thrilled to join Affinia Group and become a member of a great international team that is highly respected both inside and outside its industry,” said Sturgess. “The company has an impressive history and an exciting future. I welcome the opportunity to contribute to its continued success.” Previously, Sturgess was a partner at Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, a Hartford, Conn., law firm with three offices. During his 26-year tenure, Sturgess held positions as managing partner, treasurer and board member, as well as chair of business law practice group and venture capital and emerging companies subpractice group. He managed a diverse client base requiring a broad range of practice disciplines, including mergers and acquisitions, securities, international commercial transactions and debt and equity financings. He began his career with Day Pitney, also in Hartford, as an associate in the tax and corporate practice groups. Sturgess, who will become part of Wilson’s executive leadership team, brings more than 30 years of experience as an attorney in corporate environments and in private practice. He comes to Affinia from ReCommunity Recycling, the largest pure play recycling company in the United States. At Charlotte-based ReCommunity, he headed all legal activities, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, real estate leasing, intellectual property, contracts and compliance and litigation. GASTONIA, N.C. – David Sturgess has been appointed senior vice president, secretary and general counsel of Affinia Group Inc., a global leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and marketing of industrial grade products and services. Active in volunteer work and professional affiliations, Sturgess is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s national and Charlotte Chapters and part of the organization’s Sponsorship and Member committees. He has served as chairman, as well as a member of the board of directors of the Connecticut Venture Group, Crossroads Venture Capital Fair and Community Health Charities of New England. A magna cum laude Finance graduate of the University of Connecticut, Sturgess was a member of the board of directors and president-elect of the University of Connecticut Alumni Association and was a member of the board of directors of the University of Connecticut Research and Development Corp. He holds his juris doctorate from Duke University School of Law.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
“When we recruited him, we looked at his mom and dad and aunts and uncles and asked, ‘What’s his growth potential?’ And he has big boned, big people in his family,” Cameron said. “He just needed to put in the work. And he’s gotten faster, and he’s gotten stronger. Now he looks like an SEC football player, not just some young, skinny, talented kid. That’s important.”Harris has also been kept away from media interviews since last spring, other than at LSU’s Media Day. He is also mostly off Twitter after even frequently tweeting with media members last season. He is not watching television, but he is studying film.“Last year, I held myself back a lot by just not buying in fully where I should’ve bought into and didn’t do the things I should’ve been doing,” he said. “I think not spending more time in the film room hurt me. I’ve spent more time in the film room. Specifically for camp, I made sure I didn’t have a TV. I don’t read anything. I just focus on what I can focus on. The only time I get on my phone is to text my coach (Cameron) or to talk to my dad. Just getting off social media and caring less what other people think about me has helped. I think my faith got stronger – just believing God’s going to take care of everything.”He has interacted more with his teammates on and off the field.Offseason work pushes LSU’s Brandon Harris ahead at QB“I wasn’t spending enough time with my teammates last year,” he said. “The receivers fought hard this summer, and I was tough on them by asking a lot of things, getting them up. I tried to get them to catch passes with me every chance I could, and they responded well. It kind of helps whenever you can hear one voice, and the guys really responded well.”Sophomore wide receiver John Diarse of Monroe noticed the new Harris.“I think Brandon hit a mature button that was like a 180 degree turn for him,” Diarse said.“That’s good to hear from a teammate, especially a guy like John Diarse,” Cameron said. “Because John doesn’t just say stuff to say stuff. He’s a very perceptive guy, and he’s paying attention. That’s good because the voice of the locker room is real. Whatever that voice is, that matters. And that’s something you want coming out of your locker room about your quarterbacks.”Harris struggled with getting his team into the right play for the right formation at times last season, particularly in his only start against Auburn. So far, baby steps toward that are getting completed.“Number one, first thing you’ve got to do as a quarterback is you’ve got to communicate,” Cameron said. “You have to take a language and transfer that language, and it’s completely new. He’s been doing a real good job of communicating — getting everybody on the same page.”PRACTICE SCHEDULE: The Tigers took Thursday off after ending two-a-day practices and camp on Wednesday. After an 11:15 a.m. practice on Friday, the Tigers will scrimmage in Tiger Stadium at 11:15 a.m. Saturday.Coverage of LSU and Glenn Guilbeau commentary supported by Hebert’s Town and Country Auto Dealer in Shreveport located at 1155 E. Bert Kouns. Research your next Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or RAM at http://www.hebertstandc.com/ LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) works out during their NCAA college football practice in Baton Rouge.BATON ROUGE – There is more of Brandon Harris, but there is less clutter.The sophomore LSU quarterback from Parkway High in Bossier City gained about 27 good pounds over the summer, reporting at 212. He also traded his television for game film and social media for social interaction with teammates.So far, it’s working. Harris took a lead on returning starter Anthony Jennings during 7-on-7 passing drills in June and July with Jennings on suspension and has continued to take more snaps with the first team throughout August practices. Harris is expected to take the first snaps at quarterback in a scrimmage Saturday morning at Tiger Stadium. The season opener is Sept. 5 against McNeese State.“Yeah, it feels a lot better to be working with the first team a lot more,” said Harris, who started one game of 13 last year in an 8-5 season. “Obviously, you’re working with a better group, and it feels good whenever we get to go to one-on-ones to test yourself against our great defense.”Guilbeau:Harris is LSU’s starter, book itHarris also feels thicker and stronger after playing last year at 185 pounds.“You want to come into camp as heavy as you can and eat properly so once the season comes around you don’t get beat up so much,” Harris said Sunday at LSU’s Media Day. “You’ve got to have your body up to par.”LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron advised Harris that he needed to get to around 210 with strength coach Tommy Moffitt after spring practice concluded in April.“You’re not going to survive in this conference where you’re at,” Cameron told Harris. “You need to be 210 pounds by July 4. He texted me on June 4, ‘Well, 210 today.’ Strength matters. In this conference? You’ve got to be kidding me. There are not a bunch of scrawny quarterbacks running around back there. It’s an endurance test with these quarterbacks the way they get hit.”At 6-foot-3, Harris needed more pounds spread around as he looked more like a wide receiver than a quarterback last year.
The topic for this week is ethics and public service. I feel compelled to broach this subject because of all the financial scandals that have been surfacing in our public institutions of late—the National Oil Company (NOCAL), the National Port Authority (NPA), the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), my old stomping ground the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), the list goes on and on and on.Why is it that those entrusted with leading our public institutions appear to be on a mad rush to run off with our money and nothing is being done to stop them? Is there something inherent in our DNA that makes us incorrigible rogues? I think not. Liberians are not born with any genetic predisposition to steal any more than, say, Americans, Frenchmen, Germans or the British. The difference is in our system of rewards and punishment. It is not that corruption does not exist in these countries. Just pick up the Washington Post or New York Times. On any given day you will read a story about some financial scandal somewhere. But in those countries, if you are caught, punishment is swift and certain. You are prosecuted and, if convicted, you go to jail. An illustration will suffice to make the point.In the 1990s the FBI conducted a criminal investigation into the energy giant Enron. Top executives of the company including its chairman, Ken Lay, were found to have committed criminal offences. Lay was a golfing buddy of George “Dubya” Bush, then president of the United States. But that didn’t save him. Dubya didn’t even try to intervene on his behalf because he knew that, had he even made an attempt, he would probably have been impeached for obstruction of justice. The sad ending to the story is that Lay became so overwhelmed by the shame of what he had done that he committed suicide while in prison.If we want to put a cap on corruption here, that is what has to happen. People have to know that if they are caught, they will be prosecuted, not merely fired or suspended from their job, and sent to jail if they are convicted. A few publicised convictions and jailings of big big people (not small small people) is all it would take to put a curb on corruption. Again, an illustration from personal experience.The year was 1973. I was working in the law office of Cecil Dennis, having recently graduated from college. As a counterpoint to the normal practice of forcing civil servants to an involuntary contributions to worthy national causes by way of payroll deduction, in this case President Tolbert’s Fundraising Rally, Cecil founded an organization called the Big H Committee. Amongst other things, we organized a football tournament.A very, very close relative of mine, whom I love dearly, was hired as a vacation student to sell tickets for the tournament. Unfortunately, he allowed himself to be influenced by his colleagues to dip into the ticket sales. The matter was brought to my attention. I investigated and found out that he and his colleagues had stolen ticket money. I left the others and grabbed my close relative first and slammed him into Central Prison, on South Beach. I was ready to throw the keys away, so angry was I. Others, not me, took him out of prison later. But he learned his lesson and never repeated that offense.Another more recent example. Paramount Togar Glaygboe and others of Kokoyah Statutory District were involved in misappropriation of rental fees paid to the district by one of the GSM companies. I warned him repeatedly to desist. He didn’t. Eventually we had him indicted by a grand jury in Gbarnga. The county attorney in Gbarnga has been dancing around proceeding with the prosecution but we are not going to let this case die. We are seeking a change of venue. Even though I consider him to be a personal friend, I and other citizens of Kokoyah are absolutely determined to put Paramount Chief Glaygboe behind bars, not only to punish him for eating our money but, more importantly, as a deterrent to anyone else in District public service who might be thinking about doing the same thing.And this brings me to a point. As leader of an organization or country, you have to be completely colour blind when it comes to matters of crime and punishment. You cannot pick and choose. Every human being on this green earth is a friend or relative or someone else. So, if you cannot take action against your friends and family when they commit criminal offences, you have no moral authority to take action against anyone else.The writer is a Certified Public Accountant and businessman. He can be reached at .Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)