REALTORS HONORED: Joe Luckino, Paulette Applegarth, Deb Rodriguez and Cindy Freshwater of Cedar One Realty in Wintersville have earned President’s Sales Club Award of Achievement designation from the Ohio Realtors.
Luckino, Applegarth, Rodriguez and Freshwater are members of East Central Association of Realtors. They were recognized during the joint convention and expo between Ohio and Kentucky Realtors held Sept. 24-27 in Cincinnati.
Ohio Realtors awarded 3,676 of its members President’s Sales Club designations in four levels for individuals and teams recognizing outstanding sales performance in the real estate industry. The award of achievement criteria included $1 million in sales or commercial leases or 25 sales or lease transaction credits.
With more than 30,000 members, Ohio Realtors is the largest professional trade association in the state.
IVANKA STORE: An Ivanka Trump-branded store has opened in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, selling handbags, jewelry and candles.
A representative for the first daughter’s brand says the store opened Thursday on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue will add shoes and clothes next year.
Trump, who is now an assistant to her father, President Donald Trump, gave up day-to-day management of her brand this year. Her ownership still allows her to profit off her rising profile, which has prompted criticism from ethics experts.
After the election the brand became politically charged. Department store Nordstrom stopped selling Ivanka Trump clothing, citing declining sales, which caused shopper boycotts. President Trump criticized Nordstrom, while a top adviser urged shoppers to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff.”
AIRBUS 2019: Airbus said Friday that its CEO, Tom Enders, will step down in 2019, as the European airplane maker shakes up management amid multiple corruption investigations.
The company said Enders, who will have been at the helm of Airbus and defense firm EADS for 14 years, won’t seek another term when his current term expires.
Enders has been a key figure as Airbus has jockeyed with U.S. rival Boeing over the past decade to be the world’s top-selling plane maker.
The 59-year-old was quoted Friday as saying Airbus needs “fresh minds for the 2020s” and that he would use the remainder of his time to ensure a smooth transition and to strengthen the company’s ethics and compliance programs.
Also leaving is the chief operating officer and president of the commercial aircraft division, Fabrice Bregier, who will step down next February.
He will be succeeded by Guillaume Faury, currently CEO of Airbus Helicopters. Enders described Faury as part of “the next generation of leaders,” which could suggest he is being groomed to eventually take over as CEO of the overall Airbus Group.
DAVIA SETTLES: A Texas-based pharmacy chain that specializes in patients with kidney problems will pay nearly $64 million to settle allegations of improper billing and other disputed financial practices.
Federal prosecutors in Dallas announced the agreement Thursday with DaVita Rx.
Authorities say the settlement resolves allegations that DaVita billed federal health care programs for prescriptions that were never shipped. Allegations were raised that the company didn’t comply with requirements for documentation of proof of delivery, refill requests or patient consent.
The settlement also resolves claims that DaVita violated laws against paying kickbacks to program beneficiaries or extending unwarranted discounts.
DaVita released a statement Thursday saying it self-disclosed the allegations to the government in 2015 and 2016, and continues to embrace transparency.