Fairfax Radio 12-05-2017

Our first guest is Steve Rowley, Executive VP of Cox Business. He discusses how Small Business Saturday is quickly becoming a holiday tradition of its own. By planning, making the event memorable, wowing your customers, and providing good times all around, your business will be sure to reap the benefits.

November 25th is Small Business Saturday, which provides an opportunity for consumers to support small businesses in their communities. For many small businesses, that day sets the tone for their holiday season and has the potential to significantly impact their annual revenues.

Stephen M. Rowley serves as Executive Vice President of Cox Business. He oversees the strategic direction of the fastest growing business unit of Cox Communications, including all marketing, operations, sales, product development and partnership initiatives. Prior to leading Cox Business he was the Vice President of sales and field operations for Cox Business’ western U.S. markets where he served as the chief liaison between corporate headquarters and the western markets with oversight on local strategic planning, sales performance, marketing, back office, customer installations and capital investment.  For more information go to Cox.com


Our guest today are Rusty Robertson , SU2C Co-Founder & member of the SU2C Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA).  Today they will talk about  CVS Health launching  the fourth consecutive in-store fundraising campaign at locations nationwide to benefit. Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and its ongoing efforts to accelerate the pace of cancer research. More than $15 million for Stand Up To Cancer has been raised by CVS since 2014. These critical funds have helped SU2C to develop new effective treatments such as the immunotherapy CAR T therapy which was recently approved by FDA for treatment of a type of pediatric leukemia, known as acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). This first success could lead to similar treatments for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and other cancers. SU2C has supported developments of treatments that received an FDA “breakthrough therapy” designation for advanced breast cancer as well as an FDA approval for pancreatic cancer.


Joining the discussion is Karen Taphorn, SU2C Survivor Ambassador. Karen was first diagnosed with metastatic melanoma in 2011 and was treated with surgery. One year later, the cancer returned and the lymph nodes down one side of her leg had to be removed. Five months later, after scans, her cancer was found to have metastasized to her hip and there were 24 tumors in her lungs. The standard chemotherapy options were limited and not very effective and the five-year survival rate for metastatic melanoma was about 10 to 15 percent. Karen’s doctors, researchers in the Stand Up To Cancer – Cancer Research Institute Immunology Dream Team enrolled her in a clinical, a combination of the immunotherapy drugs Yervoy and Opdivo. Two years after Karen completed treatment in this SU2C clinical trial, she continues to show “no evidence of disease.” For more information go to CVS.com


Our next guest is Jason Beard – Senior Manager, Educational Testing Service, High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) and Erica Caboni they discuss  a Program that seeks to grow Louisiana’s work Force. and Workready U is designed to provide educational opportunity to the Under-educated and Under-employed Citizens of Louisiana.

Jason C. Beard, Senior Manager, ETS HiSET® Program, works to promote the HiSET® exam and to work strategically with states to improve adult-learner outcomes. Prior to joining ETS, Jason served as Assistant Commissioner for Adult Education in the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development where he oversaw a 30 percent increase in high school equivalency graduates. Jason is active in community service as a nonprofit board member and volunteer. He earned his B.A. from Freed-Hardeman University and his J.D. from the University of Memphis.


Erica Carboni is 30 years old with 2 children, Summer (12) and John Jr. (10). She’s been married to her husband, John for 13 years. She loves hunting, fishing, watching her children play sports and spending time outdoors with her family. She dropped out of high school at 16 years old when she got pregnant. After 12 years, she decided to finish what she had started. She had to make herself believe it wasn’t too late to go back. So that’s what she did. She graduated on October 29, 2016. Erica took her test prep classes at Livingston Parish Adult Education Center in Walker, Louisiana. “Getting my diploma meant freedom, independence and most of all respect for myself.”


Our final guest is Juliet Holt Klinger, she is the Senior Director of Dementia Care for Brookdale Senior Living and specializes in person-centered programs for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia’s.b Brookdale is the nation’s largest senior living provider.
Juliet will also invite readers to download a journal in which those with Alzheimer’s Disease can share with their families things that they need to know once they can no longer communicate to them.

Every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. The diagnosis can be devastating. Patients worry they will forget the simple things that used to bring them joy like friends and family, hobbies and memories.
There are currently 5.5 million Americans living with the disease.
Research shows that friendships and a strong social circle have a dramatic impact on quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s. Socialization has been shown to help slow down memory loss and can be important to fighting Alzheimer’s. For more information go to //www.brookdale.com or go to Alzheimer’s.org