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A True Supporter of Turkish American Community and Heritage

Image Guler Köknar is a graduate of the German High School in Istanbul (1985) and the Istanbul University School of Law (1989). She entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey as a career diplomat in 1989 and worked in various capacities until 1994, including as Vice Consul at the Turkish Consulate General in Houston. Leaving the Foreign Service, from 1994 to 2002, Köknar worked as Executive Director of the Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) in Washington, DC. In 2004, Köknar became Executive Director of the Turkish Cultural Foundation (TCF). She also works as Vice President of the Turkish Coalition of America, an organization she helped to establish in 2007. Köknar is married and has a daughter.

Coke Chairman & CEO Muhtar Kent?s Total Comp Hit $30.5M in 2012

Image The Coca-Cola Co. Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent got a nearly 5 percent boost to his total compensation in 2012, the same year the beverage giant’s profit rose 5 percent. According to Coca-Cola’s proxy filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Kent’s total comp hit $30.5 million, including a $1.55 million salary (up 15 percent), $6.2 million in stock awards (up 11 percent), $6.9 million in option awards (down 7 percent), $6 million in non-equity incentive plan compensation (flat) and $8.9 million in change in pension value/non-qualified deferred compensation earnings (up 11 percent).

Turkey's Entrepreneur of the Year Crowned

Image Turkish businessman and former doctor Şükrü Bozluçay has been named as the entrepreneur of the year for his contributions to nuclear medicine. Bozlu Holding Chairman Şükrü Bozluolçay, a lifelong contributor to nuclear medicine and cancer treatment in Turkey, was presented with the entrepreneur of the year award yesterday at a ceremony in Istanbul.

NuVision Gets Congressional Recognition

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LJ Tarman (right), vice president of marketing and public relations for NuVision Federal Credit Union, with Sinan Kanatsiz, CEO of public relations and marketing firm KCOMM, after Tarman and NuVision received special recognition from the U.S. Congress for her leadership and community contributions.
LJ Tarman, vice president of marketing and public relations of the $1.2 billion NuVision Federal Credit Union, was recently recognized by Congress for her leadership and community relations outreach, and the $1.2 billion Huntington Beach, Calif., credit union itself was feted for its charitable work in communities it serves across Southern California and Arizona.

Herrick Promotes Two to Partner in the Turkish Practice Group

Image Herrick is significantly strengthening its commitment to the firm’s growing Turkish Practice as it promotes Barbaros M. Karaahmet and Michael E. McMahon to Partner. These promotions reflect hard-earned achievements by Barbaros and Michael, outstanding lawyers who are dedicated to their clients and to the success of the firm. We congratulate them on their accomplishments and look forward to working together for years to come expanding Herrick’s footprint in the international legal arena.

Dr. Oz Might be the Rx for Mag Publisher

Image Publishers looking for promising ideas are said to have approached talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz about doing an eponymous magazine. According to the industry grapevine, Rodale, Hearst and Time Inc. are the most likely candidates. A spokesman for Oz would not comment on the rumors or potential suitors, but said: “It should be a surprise to no one that Dr. Oz would be a desirable partner in a magazine venture because of the popularity of the show.” Oz has been a prolific writer, churning out 10 books in the “You: The Owner’s Manual” series for Simon & Schuster’s Free Press.

Turkey Exciting Country for U.S. Investors

Image Despite regional tension and global economic crisis, risk perception for Turkey has reduced, ATC Chairman Richard L. Armitage told AA correspondent. Armitage said that they were very hopeful about improvement of commercial relations between Turkey and the United States. Turkey could benefit from some developments that have occurred in different places in the world, he said, adding that Chinese economy has started to slow down and many American investors were looking for different countries for investment. "Turkey is an exciting country for investments," he said.

Globalpress: Analogue Industry at an Inflection Point, Says Maxim CEO

Image The analogue industry is at an inflection point, says Tunc Doluca, CEO of Maxim Integrated. It is consolidating, it is increasingly focussed on mobility and it is heading towards higher levels of integration. "Originally the analogue industry was dominated by building blocks," says Doluca, "now we can help a customer build a system. The old single-function building block industry is going. Companies which can build highly integrated solutions can benefit."

Mercedes Used by Hitler Discovered in New Jersey

Image By Cemil Özyurt - Zenop Tuncer has dealt with classic car repair in Edgewater, New Jersey for 15 years. Tuncer’s shop, Euro Tech Motors Repair Store, is like a classic car museum.  Tuncer is continuing the family business in the United States, as his father was a famous mechanic in Istanbul in 1960s and well-known there for his skill with the first imported Ford models.  Tuncer has an unexpected guest in his shop, a 1942 model Mercedes that was first owned by Adolf Hitler.  How can a 1942 model Mercedes car that was used by Hitler be found in New Jersey? 

The Coca-Cola Foundation Donates $500,000 to Abyssinian Development Corporation

Image The Coca-Cola Foundation, the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company, today awarded a $500,000 grant to the Abyssinian Development Corporation (ADC), a Harlem-based not-for-profit community and economic development organization, to establish a student media center within Bread & Roses Integrated Arts High School.
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