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Contracting Excellence Magazine - Aug 2009
























Ashif Mawij negotiates poker moves with the stars

Ashif Mawji (CEO of Upside Software) was invited to play among 300 poker players at a tournament where some of the proceeds were donated to charity. Among the group were individuals such as Warren Buffett (super-investor and philanthropist), and a number of athletes (including Vince Carter – NBA player for the Orlando Magic) and the who’s who of the corporate world. Ashif finished 120th out of 300 — and this was his first poker tournament! Ashif was ousted by Vince Carter when Ashif went all in with pocket aces and the flop had a K, 4 and 2 all off suit. According to the odds, he had a 95% chance of winning. But Vince had pocket queens and then got a queen on the river (a 5% chance). Lesson learned: Even if you have the best odds, prepare for the worst. The tournament was held at the Wynn in Las Vegas.



June wedding highlights Susan Birch’s artistry

Susan Birch of IACCM Resourcing and the cake decorations she made for former IACCM employee Karen Kelley’s wedding. Suzanne’s specialty is forming flowers from sugar paste, copying the bride’s bouquet as her keepsake for life. The flowers are made petal by petal, reconstructed into blooms, tinted and dried, and then formed into a presentation similar to the original fresh bouquet.






Kerrie Tarrant

Consulting editor

Tim Cummins, CEO, IACCM

Vice President of Research and
Advisory Services, and Advertising
Sales enquiries

Katherine Kawamoto

Editorial Panel
Mark David, CommitMentor, UK.
Craig Guarente, Oracle, US
Helena Haapio, Lexpert Ltd, Finland
Doug Hudgeon, Macquarie Bank Ltd, Australia
William Knittle, BP, UK
Lamar Chesney, SunTrust Bank Inc, US
Sterling A. Spainhour, Charlotte School of Law, US
Christoff Hoefner, Nokia Siemens Netwroks, Germany

Automation and technology panel

Mark Darby, Alliantist, UK
Ashif Mawji, Upside Software Inc, Canada
Tim Minahan, Ariba, US
Kevin Potts, Emptoris, US

Guest Editorial Panel
Patrick Callioni, Enterprise Inteligence Ply Ltd

Address: International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM)
90 Grove Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877 USA.
Ph: (1) 203 431 8741, www.iaccm.com
Editor: ktarrant@iaccm.com
Sales enquiries: kkawamato@iaccm.com

:  Julianne Billington, LJ design, Australia


This issue may be cited as (2009) 2(6) Contracting Excellence.
ISSN: 1937-9765; ISSN: 1937-9757


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