Bob Cornett, Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park Co-Founder, Passes Away

first_imgBob Cornett, co-founder of the much beloved festival venue The Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park, passed away yesterday after a brief illness. Alongside his late wife, Jean, Bob lived a life of service to his fellow man in the furtherance of a truly beautiful dream. The Cornetts set out to bring people together, to build community, and to unite the world through the power of music.The love of the music of the Appalachian hills and the hollers of Kentucky led the couple to throw gatherings for their fellow fans. That music, made with instruments brought from distant lands by people looking to start new lives and new families, was and is the very essence of the American Dream. This lead to the founding of Kentucky’s longest running music gathering, The Festival Of The Bluegrass, held the second week of June each year at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.In time, the Cornetts wanted to create a place where the music could start earlier in the year and go later than the wintry weather of Kentucky would allow.  A place where music lovers from all walks of life could call home.  Their search found them a slice of paradise along the Suwannee, long ago immortalized in song by yet another Kentuckian, Stephen Foster. Jean Cornett fell in love with the scenic natural splendor of the Park and the couple quickly began to build what is today one of the most highly regarded festival venues in the world.Though Bob would joke that he mostly did everything to keep Jean happy, his exhaustive efforts to help build the Park clearly showed how much he cared. In the decades since, the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park has become a home to music fans of all varieties, all of them welcome in the home that Bob and Jean built. The Cornetts were that rare breed, a shining example of what could be accomplished when one sets their intention to build community.Music fans from the mountains of Kentucky, to the banks of the historic Suwannee River in Florida and beyond mourn the loss of this man and his late wife Jean as living, breathing gifts to the music community. Though our hearts are heavy at this loss, we should all be comforted by the thought that their legacy will endure.The legacy of Bob and Jean Cornett isn’t just festivals and a stage or two in the woods of northern Florida. It’s the shining example they set for us all. The living embodiment of serving each other, the heights we can scale when working together and the power of love itself.Bob and Jean Cornett had six sons. Though they experienced every parent’s fear when Hugh died in 1987 the rest of their children have thrived in no small part due to the lessons learned watching their parents. It’s that generational learning, the passing down of knowledge and love that speaks to the best hope for humanity itself.So, through one couple’s gesture, many lives are enriched. The actions the Cornetts took will reverberate outwards through history in the form of love and the community they fostered. Bob Cornett is survived by more than just five sons and a loving extended family–he is survived by us all. His actions remind us all of the things that can be built when one dreams of a better world and won’t stop until they make it happen. Rest well sir, you’ve earned it.Our own Rex Thomson, himself a Kentuckian and part of the Suwannee family, made the following video. It’s an attempt to both tell the history of the founding of the Suwannee Music Park and put faces to the names of the couple who built the much loved music mecca.[Video: RexAVision]last_img read more

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4 questions to ask regtech vendors

first_imgThe evolving regulatory technology marketplace presents both opportunities and challenges for credit unions. Today’s “regtech” providers are focused on the application of advanced, innovative technology, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, to the practice of regulatory compliance. In general, these providers and their products offer fairly cost-effective solutions. New products, creative business models and smart integration strategies have the potential to create economies of scale within the regulatory compliance function. Today, this is largely achieved through the process of compliance automation.By automating otherwise time-consuming processes, credit unions can focus their people resources in other areas.  Another benefit of automation, specifically when dealing with the compliance function, is a much deeper and valuable application of data. There are regtech solutions that propose to automate  everything from modeling risk to updating compliance manuals.  Yet for every benefit of regtech integration, there is a potential downside. Many contemporary regtech providers operate in a cloud environment, which calls for increased diligence.  Credit unions considering a partnership with any cloud-based vendor must ensure the potential partner has robust security protocols, as well as tested business continuity processes, in place. This is new technology, so the likelihood of bugs is fairly high. Is your credit union prepared to act as the guinea pig that will sniff out and help eradicate those bugs?The other component to consider is how examiners will react to a regtech partnership. Regulators tend to err on the side of caution. They are conservative, and the idea of so much information being stored in the cloud, outside of the credit union’s immediate control, could make an examiner nervous. Nervous examiners can equal increased scrutiny.Regulators also tend to be concerned with vendors that are new to any line of business. That said, when it comes to regtech, every vendor is new. It’s still an emerging field, after all. So credit unions should be prepared – perhaps even overly prepared – to explain how any regtech solutions in play at the cooperative adds value to the member while also protecting their personal data.Before integrating a regtech solution at your cooperative, there are a few questions you might consider asking of the provider:May we talk with your clients? You want to be aware of the vendor’s current customer base so you can understand how your credit union fits into their existing client profile. Tap their referrals for stories. How has the provider and its early adopters weathered first-mover storms? How have they worked with other credit unions to iron out the kinks? What were those kinks, and have they been fully resolved?What are the qualifications of your principal employees? Don’t be afraid to ask for resumes. You want to understand the backgrounds of those leading the company to ensure they can apply a 40,000-foot view to their products. What skills or experience do they bring to the table? Do they have the expertise to enhance the compliance function while also keeping sensitive information secure?Which security protocols are in place and which are planned for the future? Fraud trends change. Malware, ransomware and phishing attacks evolve. How is the cloud-based regtech vendor prepared to not only thwart intrusion attempts today, but also into the future?How does the product actually work? Having a good understanding of how regtech automation integrates with your systems is essential. Without this information, your credit union cannot prepare its own policies and procedures to play with the vendor’s solutions in the most efficient, most secure, way.While there are some tasks that will never be replaced by good old-fashioned boots on the ground, embracing technology is smart. Innovation is the only way we can, as an industry, remain relevant to a rapidly changing consumer expectation of the financial institutions they choose to do business with. The compliance function is no different. As new and more demands on compliance officers and their teams emerge, we will have to evolve to manage both the day-to-day and the strategic needs of sound regulatory compliance. Regtech represents an outstanding opportunity to do our jobs better; we just need to do what we do best, which is to proceed with caution and diligence. 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Cindy Williams Cindy Williams is vice president of regulatory compliance for PolicyWorks, a national leader of credit union compliance solutions. She can be reached at [email protected] Web: www.policyworksllc.com Detailslast_img read more

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England head coach praises Bermudian left-hander Rawlins

first_imgNAGPUR, India, (CMC) – England Under-19s head coach Andy Hurry has praised Bermudian left-hander Delray Rawlins for his role in helping his side force a draw on the last day of the second and final Youth Test against India at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium here Friday.Rawlins, who is on the books of English county side Sussex, followed up his 140 in the first innings with 49 in the second, holding India at bay in a crucial third-wicket stand of 121 with George Bartlett, who made 76.Rawlins, on his England Under-19s debut, fell one short of 550 runs in total on the month-long tour.Both four-day Tests were drawn after India won the earlier five-match one-day series 3-1.“Rawlins and Bartlett were outstanding in closing out that (final) morning session,” said Hurry after the second Test was drawn.“The ball was turning and there was some uneven bounce as well. But they both showed great maturity as well as skill.“Like everyone else in our squad, they will go back home for the 2017 season and the rest of their careers having learnt so much from the experiences we have all enjoyed out here in India.”Rawlins, who is hoping his form in India will help him break into Sussex’s first team this season, ended the Tests with a superb average of 91.3 after accumulating 274 runs.This came after he finished the ODI series with a batting average of 68.7, having compiled 275 runs, which included an unbeaten 107 and 96.last_img read more

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