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Lacing them up
Best Times Financial Planning recently expanded its staff, adding David Benedict and Geordie Robertson. Yes, that’s the same Geordie who is a former hockey player and was inducted into the Rochester Americans Hall of Fame in 1993.

Geordie played seven seasons for the Amerks and ranks sixth all-time in points with 395. His best season here was 1982-83, leading the team to the Calder Cup. He scored 46 goals and 73 assists that season.

He also played one season in Finland, led Adirondack to the 1986 Calder Cup and played five games with the Buffalo Sabres, scoring a goal and two assists.

Geordie went on to coach the MCC men’s hockey team. The British Columbia native got his start in the financial services business in 1988.

In addition to bolstering the Best Times financial lineup, he seems like a great addition if the company ever puts a team on the ice in an adult hockey league.

Tigger, Mickey and Pooh
Whether your personality and style is along the lines of Tigger or more like Eeyore, an upcoming training program at RIT won’t be a Mickey Mouse activity.

RIT is serving as host to the Disney Institute for a one-day workshop, the Disney Keys to Excellence, on Dec. 1. The program takes a look at the "business behind the magic" from Walt Disney World insiders. They will share the successful business practices and philosophies that have made the Disney name synonymous with creativity, quality and innovation, RIT officials say.

"Disney is iconic in the business industry for their customer service, but it’s also their innovation, creativity and ability to see the big picture that sets them apart," RIT president Bill Destler says. "Their strength is focusing on solutions, not problems. This training program will help re-energize local businesses and organizations who want to tap into their success."

Or as Tigger would say, "Woo-hoo-hoo!"

More info is available at www.keysrochester.com.

Kudos to the state
The state budget office deserves some praise for fixing a goof. On Monday the state sent out the following befuddling press release:

"Daily DRP Did You Know – No. 1

Did you know that 95 percent of school districts have reported undesignated reserves in excess of their proposed DRP reduction? … This is the first in a series of daily ‘DRP – Did You Know’ emails."

What the heck is a DRP? The next day, the second in the series arrived. And with it came an explanation: "This is one in a series of daily "DRP – Did You Know" emails, highlighting important facts about Governor Paterson’s two-year, $5 billion deficit reduction plan."

Gotta love government and its acronyms and jargon.

Send tips, rumors, inside information or strange tales for the Loop to Managing Editor Mike Dickinson at mdickinson@rbj.net.

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