A New Job With The American Institute Of Architects

Robert Ivy is a very popular man in the realm of architecture. He has served in many places which include the American Institute of Architects (AIA), McGraw-Hill Construction Media, Ivy Architects and the Dean and Ivy.

Robert was made the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of AIA by the board on 1st February 2011. This decision was arrived at due to the many contributions that Robert had made to the organization as well as to the architectural industry as a whole. He was one of the board members before he became the CEO/EVP. It was no surprise that the board decided to place him at the organization’s steering wheel.

George H. Miller was very excited when the board agreed to choose Robert to be the company’s head. He had worked with Robert before, and he knew that AIA was going to do well under his leadership. He commented that Robert possessed all the management skills that were required to head the organization. He also added that there was no better person to take over the position since Robert’s reputation already showed that things were going to run smoothly for the coming years.

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Currently, the American Institute of Architects holds around ninety thousand members who comprise of licensed architects and other industry professionals. When AIA started, it only had a few members. As more people began to learn what AIA was all about, they started joining the organization. The organization has been making sure that architects receive better pay and that their work is appreciated by the society. It has also been educating the community on various matters that encompass design in the field of construction. They headquartered in Washington, DC.

AIA was opened in 1857. Its headquarters are located in Washington DC, and it is from here that the organization operates. AIA has been working with other organizations and other influential individuals who operate in the architecture industry to ensure that the field thrives. Much progress has been seen after the appointment of Robert Ivy as the head. Apart from his work with the American Institute of Architects and other agencies, Robert has also written a book which is entitled Fay Jones: Architect. The book contains useful knowledge on the architecture realm and has been rated to be the best by the Library Society of North America.

Robert’s efforts with the American Institute of Architecture have not gone unnoticed. Rho Chi in 2010 gave him the Master Architect Award for being involved in public education on matters regarding design. In 2009, his contributions to the architecture realm were appreciated with the Crane Award. The American Business Media recognizes the award as the top award for architects. Earlier in 2008, Robert received the McGraw-Hill ward for performing beyond the expectations of the company. These are some of the many accolades that he has received over the years. His goal has always been to serve the organization he’s working for and the general public as well.

Securus Technologies Acquires GovPayNet In New Plan For Expansion

With a view of expanding the current services that they provide, Securus Technologies, a notable name in the field of prison communications, recently entered into an acquisition deal with GovPayNet, a provider of payment options and services. The acquisition will help Securus Technologies better serve their customers through a range of viable payment solutions. Since GovPayNet mainly focuses on providing payment solutions for debit and credit cards, the company will not be able to streamline their payment methods, ensuring smoother transactions.



As a part of the services that they provide, Securus Technologies is regularly involved with the transfer of payments from one end to the other. When a prison is equipped with the technology services that Securus Technologies provides, the family and friends of the inmates are required to make monthly payments for them to be able to avail of this communication technology. This enables the inmates to communicate with people who they want to and allows the ones making the payments to do so in a much easier way.



Because of the kind of services that Securus Technologies provides, he has become an integral part of the judicial system in the country. Hundreds of prisons all over America have opted to go in for the communication services that Securus Technologies provides to be able to serve better the inmates who need to make use of these kinds of services. The company offers a range of voice and video calling services which inmates can use as per the rules and regulations of the prison. In addition, they also provide prisons with monitoring services, that record all of the calls that inmates make to their friends and family. These services ensure that the inmates are not committing any crimes, or conspiring to, and to ensure that they are adhering to all the rules of the prisons.

The Frontera Fund Founders Jailed For Writing

Sitting in an Arizona jail overnight on October 18th, 2007, Village Voice Media executive Mike Lacey was asked by a fellow inmate how he came to be in the situation, Lacey’s answer was a simple statement of “writing!” The future founder of The Frontera Fund would find himself questioned many times about his illegal detention at the hands of the self-styled “toughest cop in America”, Sheriff Joe Arpaio; both Lacey and his business partner, Jim Larkin had been taken from their Phoenix, Arizona homes in unmarked SUV’s with no explanation about their arrest or where they would be detained.


Just how did two respected journalists find themselves illegally detained in the land of the free, one may feel entitled to ask? The major reason for their arrest appears to have been the fact the pair and their Phoenix New Times media outlet were investigating the financial irregularities surrounding the career of Sheriff Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department.


Instead of addressing the investigation directly and speaking out in favor of his innocence when Larkin and Lacey began investigating Arpaio’s Sheriff’s Department both he and his allies in Maricopa County began a campaign against Larkin, Lacey, and their readers. An illegally obtained Grand Jury subpoena was used to call on Village Voice Media to provide names, addresses, and other personal information about their staff and registered readers including Internet-based IP addresses. Instead of caving into the request, Larkin and Lacey published a front-page story about what they saw as an attack on the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.


The publication of the Phoenix New Times cover story appears to have been the starting point for the decision by Sheriff Arpaio to arrest the executives as the first step in bringing down the media organization which threatened to bring down his personal police state. Sheriff Joe Arpaio had sorely misjudged the national response to the arrest of his fierce critics who would find themselves released from jail less than 24 hours after their illegal arrest and would spark the downfall of a Sheriff who victimized both legal and illegal Mexican immigrants.


After taking their case to the Ninth Circuit Supreme Court a compensation package of around $3.7 million was agreed which was used to create The Frontera Fund responsible for fighting for the rights of people across Arizona and along the U.S.-Mexican border.


Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Contribute to a Better Arizona

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, both former students of Arizona State University, have recently taken efforts to better the lives of the residents in and around Arizona. After the two dropped out of college together they became co-owners of The Phoenix New Times. After working together on a school newspaper, they decided to try their hand at it in the real world and have been extremely successful.


What any successful journalist knows is that in order to become successful, you will rifle a few feathers.


“We were a constant thorn in his side.” the journalist said in relation to why they were arrested.


When Larkin and Lacey attempted to expose the sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio, in their paper, Arpaio took the law into his own hands and ignored their first amendment rights. Arpaio had the two arrest and his actions eventually cost the tax payers millions of dollars. Not all of the taxpayers money has went to waste, however.


Larkin and Lacey have created two community driven organization since the settlement.


The Frontera Fund is fundraiser that raises money for several charities in the local area and provides information that may concern immigrants and Hispanic-Americans.


Front Page Confidential, unlike their previous paper, is focused almost entirely on politics and constitutional rights. Larkin and Lacey want to use this paper as an outlet for people who are concerned with so many politicians that are so willing to oppress those they represent.