Zintro Blog http://blog.zintro.com Business News written by Industry Experts Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:34:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 “Starting a Business: Importing to the USA” Presented by Kenneth D. Weiss http://blog.zintro.com/2014/11/25/starting-business-importing-usa-presented-kenneth-d-weiss/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/11/25/starting-business-importing-usa-presented-kenneth-d-weiss/#respond Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:58:16 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22817 Zintro Webinar Presented by Kenneth D. Weiss, President at Plans and Solutions Inc. Presenter’s Note: “Key points to consider when starting a business to import products to the USA. Includes evaluating... Read More

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Presented by Kenneth D. Weiss, President at Plans and Solutions Inc.

Presenter’s Note:
“Key points to consider when starting a business to import products to the USA. Includes evaluating your idea, deciding whether this kind of business is right for you, setting up the business, selecting products and suppliers, finding and contacting buyers, U.S. import regulations, international shipping, international payment, sales promotion, and sources of additional information.”

About Kenneth D. Weiss:
Kenneth is an international trade consultant with immense experience. He has imported, exported, taught the subject, consulting in it, and written four books including the best seller, Building an Import Export Business, now in its 4th edition from John Wiley & Sons. He has an MBA from Stanford, speaks three languages, has lived in five countries, and has helped numerous individuals and small companies to follow their dreams of importing and marketing products in the USA.

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“Amazing Crowdfunding For You: Giving You Top Power Secrets The Pros Use To Raise A Million Dollars in Only 30 Days!” Presented by Tony Reynolds http://blog.zintro.com/2014/11/25/amazing-crowdfunding-giving-top-power-secrets-pros-use-raise-million-dollars-30-days/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/11/25/amazing-crowdfunding-giving-top-power-secrets-pros-use-raise-million-dollars-30-days/#respond Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:43:30 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22813 Zintro Webinar Presented by Tony Reynolds, Founder at A KickIn Crowd LLC. Presenter’s Note: “Crowdfunding has become a great way for entrepreneurs to raise money for projects fast. There are no requirements... Read More

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Presented by Tony Reynolds, Founder at A KickIn Crowd LLC.

Presenter’s Note:
“Crowdfunding has become a great way for entrepreneurs to raise money for projects fast. There are no requirements other than a great concept and knowing the tips to execute a successful crowdfunding campaign. Reynolds provides you with the basics to understand crowdfunding and how you can use it to successfully fund your projects.”

About Tony Reynolds: 
Yahoo News called him a “Crowdfunding Pioneer” in an article about the JOBS ACT. (http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/smallbiz-vote/questions-remain-equity-crowdfunding-rules-231339623.html)
Tony Reynolds is founder of A KickIn Crowd, LLC, an education based crowdfunding platform currently being incubated at Tech Columbus at The Ohio State University. They recently signed The Reynoldsburg School System as their first client. Reynolds was a member and is listed in the final report for the SEC Forum On Small Business Capital Formation. He was a member of the Crowdfunding Breakout Group for the JOBS ACT implementation.

National Public Radio (NPR) Recognized Reynolds as one of the top Blacks in Tech for his work in crowdfunding. Reynolds was president of a social group, Crowdfunding Columbus from January 2014-June 2014, when members raised more than $385,000 for their projects in 2014.

Reynolds has a B.A. In Journalism/Public Relations from The Ohio State University. He has written several books. He and his work have appeared in most known media including Jay Leno, Oprah.Com, Martha Stewart, CBS Early Show, ESPN, Fox News, Fox Sports, etc. He is also a VFW.

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“Biomass and Biochemicals: Benchmarking and Financial Analysis” Presented by Lawrence D. Sullivan http://blog.zintro.com/2014/11/25/biomass-biochemicals-benchmarking-financial-analysis-presented-lawrence-d-sullivan/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/11/25/biomass-biochemicals-benchmarking-financial-analysis-presented-lawrence-d-sullivan/#respond Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:31:39 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22810 Zintro Webinar Presented by Lawrence D. Sullivan, Project Management Consultant, Adjunct Professor at Trident Technical Collage and Principal with Lawrence D. Sullivan & Company Inc. Presenter’s Note: “Topic covers the... Read More

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Presented by Lawrence D. Sullivan, Project Management Consultant, Adjunct Professor at Trident Technical Collage and Principal with Lawrence D. Sullivan & Company Inc.

Presenter’s Note:
“Topic covers the key measures of financial models, like the capital asset pricing model or CAPM, used by financial analysts to review investments in private equity, public equity and other markets for new biomass, biofuel and biochemical projects and companies.”

About Lawrence D. Sullivan:
Larry Sullivan is a leading management and engineering consultant in oil, natural gas and biotechnologies used by the petroleum industry. He is a Top 2% Gerson Lehrman Group Member in the Council of Advisors where he consults with leading financial and industrial as well as governmental, legal and academic institutions.

He is an Adjunct Professor at Trident Technical College and a principal with Lawrence D. Sullivan & Company, Inc. with his partner, Carla M. Wood, Ph.D. They provide due diligence, expert witness and chemical engineering services to petroleum, biotechnology and advanced biomass, biofuels and renewable energy markets, companies and financial institutions.He earned his BA and MA in Geosciences at the University of Texas and Arizona State University, respectively.

 

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Automotive Manufacturing: Follow-up http://blog.zintro.com/2014/11/25/automotive-manufacturing-follow/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/11/25/automotive-manufacturing-follow/#respond Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:41:22 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22801 Earlier in the week, Zintro experts responded to an article in Global Manufacturing Magazine, which discussed how the automotive industry has become increasingly competitive as manufacturers battle for positions in... Read More

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hydrogenEarlier in the week, Zintro experts responded to an article in Global Manufacturing Magazine, which discussed how the automotive industry has become increasingly competitive as manufacturers battle for positions in local and international markets. One way manufacturers have attempted to differentiate themselves is with electric cars (e-cars).

Hemant Pawar specializes in automotive project management. He responds to the conversation. “Electric vehicles (EVs) have no tailpipe emissions. Replacing conventional vehicles with EVs can help improve roadside air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A wider use of EVs also contributes to the development of environmental industries. Another important advantage of battery-powered motors over gas-powered engines is the lower cost of the fuel — that is, electricity for EVs and gas for the internal combustion engines.”

At last week’s L.A. Auto Show, Toyota and Honda announced plans to release hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. These vehicles can travel up to 300 miles on a full tank and can refuel in five minutes. In addition, the exhaust from hydrogen fuel cell vehicles is water vapor. Unfortunately there are not enough fueling stations at the moment, although that is expected to change. Stay tuned for a look at what experts have to say about these hydrogen fuel cell vehicles coming soon.

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Success Story: Muhammad Anees http://blog.zintro.com/2014/11/24/success-story-muhammad-anees/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/11/24/success-story-muhammad-anees/#respond Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:38:00 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22792 Zintro expert Muhammad Anees is a statistical consultant and econometric advisor. He currently teaches at the first QS-rated university in Pakistan and online at his eLearning portal. After earning an... Read More

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Muhammad AneesZintro expert Muhammad Anees is a statistical consultant and econometric advisor. He currently teaches at the first QS-rated university in Pakistan and online at his eLearning portal. After earning an MS in Econometrics from Sheffield University, UK, he began teaching at the first QS-rated university in Pakistan and online at his eLearning portal. His main modules are:

Economics
Business Statistics
Business Research
Quantitative Business Analysis

As part of his duties, Muhammad supervised 15 Statistical Analysis PhD students.He has experience in several types of writing, including academic, report and business, as well as strong programming skills (R, Python, Matlab, Stata, Eviews, SPSS, RATS,SAS, GAUSS and JavaScript). These skills have helped Muhammad to find success working with clients on the Zintro platform. He shares his experience with one client below:

The client needed some technical dataset and wanted to find the relationship using multiple regression through ordinary least square methods and endogenous variable through instrumental regression approach. I collected the data, ran the regression using Stata and provided the client with the do file, log file or SMCL file and actual dataset both in raw and final-merged files. I answered the client’s questions and I was happy to explain the answers to his queries.

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50 Project Management Tools for Freelance Consultants http://blog.zintro.com/2014/11/20/50-project-management-tools-freelance-consultants/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/11/20/50-project-management-tools-freelance-consultants/#respond Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:05:21 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22706 Freelance consultants have a lot of information, tasks, and responsibilities to juggle. Whether you work with a single client at a time or manage multiple client engagements and project simultaneously,... Read More

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Frances ReimersFreelance consultants have a lot of information, tasks, and responsibilities to juggle. Whether you work with a single client at a time or manage multiple client engagements and project simultaneously, keeping track of time, project deadlines, key contacts, goals, and all the other details you need to stay on top of at all times is no simple task. Many of the world’s most successful freelance consultants will tell you that organization is the key to staying productive and motivated.

Fortunately, there are abundant technology tools and apps to keep even the most easily distracted, multi-project-juggling freelance consultants on-task and on-target through sophisticated-yet-simple planning tools, contact databases, task management, collaboration, and other features that help you streamline your business and take charge of your schedule. Ultimately, being better organized helps you get more done and make more money, making the right project management tool a worthy investment.

We’ve scoured the far corners of the web to find some of the most comprehensive, feature-packed, useful project management tools that are ideal for solopreneurs and freelance consultants. Below, we highlight 50 of the tools we found to be most practical and streamlined for independent consultants. Note that these tools aren’t ranked or rated in any particular order of importance or worthiness; they’re listed in random order. As every consultant has unique requirements and working styles, the best project management tool for one professional might not be the best for another. With that in mind, we offer 50 incredibly useful project management tools for freelance consultants to narrow your search for your ideal project management tool.

1. LiquidPlanner
@LiquidPlanner

liquidplanner

 

LiquidPlanner is a comprehensive project management tool used by IT teams, project managers, development teams, professional services consultants and firms, marketing teams, and more. With priority-based schedules that update automatically, estimating tools to predict best- and worst-case outcome scenarios, and portfolio-level planning, you can track multiple projects with ease.

Key Features:

  • Sophisticated scheduling engine
  • Shared inbox
  • Checklist-style tracking
  • File sharing
  • Email and calendar integration
  • Timesheets and task tracking
  • Plan and timesheet exporting
  • Full reporting capabilities
  • iOS and Android apps for native mobile access

Cost (all plans require a 10-user minimum purchase): 

  • Standard: $29/user/month
  • Professional: $39/user/month – Portfolio management, resource tracking and prioritization
  • Enterprise: $49/user/month – For large enterprises managing complex projects and shifting teams

2. Projecturf
@projecturf

projectturf

Integrating seamlessly with Dropbox and Google Drive, Projecturf aims to provide a clean, streamlined task collaboration and productivity suite. Manage multiple workspaces from a single login, collaborate with teams, have always-on access to real-time activity feeds, email notifications, alerts, and more to keep you up-to-date and in-the-know with everything happening with your clients’ projects.

Key Features: 

  • Inline commenting
  • Real-time activity feed
  • Email notifications
  • Dropbox and Google Drive integration
  • Gantt charts
  • Flagging, reports, and subtasks
  • Data filtering, subfolder organization, and time tracking
  • Lightweight CRM built-in

Cost: 

  • Personal: FREE – No projects, single user, no templates or file uploads
  • Basic: $20/month – 5 projects, unlimited users, one template, 5 GB storage
  • Team: $50/month – 30 projects, 3 templates, 20 GB storage
  • Business: $100/month – 80 projects, 5 templates, 50 GB storage
  • Corporate: $200/month – 150 projects, 10 templates, 100 GB storage

3. Project Bubble
@projectbubble

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Save time and money with Project Bubble by simplifying project management and administrative tasks. Drag-and-drop functionality allows you to re-prioritize tasks and projects with intuitive labeling options (traffic light indicators) and sub-task hierarchy for deeper organization. Invite teams to specific projects and assign tasks to teams, enabling you to organize your workflow and juggle multiple clients and projects from a single dashboard.

Key Features:

  • Assign tasks to teams; manage permissions
  • Automated recurring tasks
  • Visualize milestones
  • Daily progress and outlook views
  • Central file storage
  • Time tracking, logging, and reporting
  • Gantt charts; client progress reports

Cost:

  • FREE: 5 users, limited user roles, Project Bubble branding
  • Standard: Starts at $50/month for 10 users – All user roles, unlimited guests
  • Enterprise: Contact for a quote – Unlimited users, custom domain, white labeling

4. Basecamp
@37signals

basecamp

Basecamp is an intuitive project planning and collaboration tool. Attach files, discuss ideas and projects, assign tasks, and manage deadlines. It’s simple interface and ease of staying in the loop with everything that’s going on with your projects, clients, and other activities has made Basecamp a quite popular tool among businesses and entrepreneurs alike.

Key Features:

  • Unlimited users at every price level
  • Collaborate with teams
  • Assign team members to projects
  • Share files securely
  • Get feedback on creative in-context
  • Manage discussions
  • Create task lists, assign tasks, and track progress

Cost:

  • $20/month: 10 active projects, 3 GB space
  • $50/month: 40 active projects, 15 GB space
  • $100/month: 100 active projects, 40 GB space
  • $150/month: unlimited projects, 100 GB space

5. Zoho Projects
@zoho

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Plan, track, and collaborate on projects from a single dashboard with Zoho Projects. Organize projects by milestones and tasks, with intuitive task lists to keep you and your team on-task. With Gantt charts to visualize your progress in relation to projections, you’ll always know exactly how far off-track or ahead-of-schedule you are on every project you manage through Zoho Projects.

Key Features: 

  • Log billable and non-billable hours
  • Define custom workflows and business rules
  • Milestones, task lists, and tasks
  • Seamless collaboration tools for clients and remote teams
  • Sub-tasks, recurring tasks, and dependencies
  • Resource allocation charts
  • Gantt charts for progress visualization
  • Document management

Cost: 

  • FREE: 1 project, 10 MB storage
  • Express: $20/month – 20 projects, 5 GB storage
  • Premium: $40/month – 50 projects, 15 GB storage
  • Enterprise: $80/month – unlimited projects, 30 GB storage

6. Podio
@Podio

podio

Podio offers “a fresh take on collaborating and getting organized,” with a slew of features and capabilities for everything from creating courses to planning and managing marketing initiatives. Podio is based on an app-style structure, allowing users to activate a variety of apps based on their needs for a completely customized project management system.

Key Features: 

  • Organize files, discussions, tasks, and more on a single page
  • Multiple layout options, from simple tables to dynamic card boards
  • Choose apps and features to customize your workflow
  • Simple, drag-and-drop interface
  • Task management and file sharing
  • Multiple extensions and add-ons

Cost: 

  • FREE: Up to 5 team members (5 employees plus 5 external members)
  • Premium: $9/user/month (includes reporting and user management features)

7. Clarizen
@clarizen

clarizen

Manage projects on-track and on-budget with Clarizen, which offers a variety of customized project management solutions for IT teams, project managers, marketing teams, and professional services. Clarizen provides real-time visibility into processes and progress, centralizing data and activities for streamlined workflows and collaboration to lead your projects with success.

Key Features: 

  • Centralize project requests and new projects
  • Compare new requirements against your budget
  • Prioritize tasks based on urgency
  • Establish timelines, milestones, deliverables, and interdependencies
  • Manage project specs, design files, and other documents in one place
  • Out-of-the-box templates

Cost: 

  • Professional Edition: $29/user/month – 3 custom fields, up to 50 reports/day
  • Enterprise Edition: $44.95/user/month – API access, 150 custom fields, up to 120 reports/day
  • Unlimited Edition: $54.95/user/month – 4,000 custom fields, up to 120 reports/day

8. Wrike
@wrike

wrike

Wrike enables real-time project management, wherever you go, with internal teams or external partners and clients. With central management of resources and deadlines, teams are able to stay on-task and adapt to changing requirements and workflows.

Key Features:

  • Break goals into manageable tasks
  • Instantly communicate with team members
  • Integration with Excel, Word, Google Drive, and more
  • Instantly transform emails into tasks

Cost:

  • FREE: Up to 5 users
  • Professional: $49/month – 5 users, $99/month – 15 users
  • Enterprise: Contact for a quote (5 to thousands of team members)

9. Viewpath
@viewpath

viewpath

Simplified project workflows with drag-and-drop simplicity. Wrike offers Gantt charts, Resource Allocation graphs, and Agile tools all in a single dashboard view for multiple project views to monitor projects, coordinate team members and resources, and stay on-task through project completion.

Key Features:

  • Set user permissions on any project role
  • Salesforce and Google Docs integration
  • Single sign-on security
  • Project templates enable streamlined project launches
  • Real-time information on project status and time to completion

Cost:

  • Starter: FREE
  • Team: $15/month – Cross-project resource allocation
  • Professional: $25/month – Filtering, custom labels
  • Enterprise: $35/month – Unlimited snapshots and project resources

10. Thrive Solo
@thrivesolo

thrivesolo

A perfect assistant to help your projects run smoothly, Solo is the perfect app for freelance consultants. With elegant, effortless invoicing, flexible, intuitive time-tracking, customizable dashboards to monitor all your important project details and metrics, and more, Solo is designed to simplify the freelance lifestyle.

Key Features:

  • Built-in Business Intelligence for data-driven decision-making
  • Project planner to monitor tasks and milestones
  • Create quotes in a few simple clicks
  • Contact and Client sections store essential contact info
  • Simplified invoicing and time-tracking

Cost:

  • $14 monthly
  • $140 annual plan

11. Planscope
@planscope

planscope

Create a better freelance business with Planscope. Planscope helps you win more contracts, get team members and clients on the same page, track progress and stay within-budget, and more. It’s a project management tool created for consultants, by consultants, meaning its features are perfectly suited to accommodate the nuances of running a consulting business.

Key Features:

  • Monitor tasks and invoices in the same dashboard
  • Clients are always in-the-know regarding project direction and progress
  • Collaborative estimating helps you close more deals

Cost:

  • Freelancer Plan: $24/month – 1 team member, unlimited clients, basic reporting
  • Studio: $49/month – 3 team members, basic reporting
  • Small Business: $99/month – 10 team members, basic reporting
  • Agency: $199/month – 20 team members, agency-grade reporting
  • Enterprise: Contact for a quote – Unlimited team members, proposal review, invoice collections

12. Trello
@trello

trello

An incredibly simplistic, yet highly valuable planning tool, Trello is an efficient project management platform for freelance consultants. With individual boards for projects or clients, you can organize all your tasks in a list of lists, with a simple card layout and drag-and-drop functionality. Labeling options, deadlines, and checklists add to the organizational capabilities to keep you on-task and focused on priorities.

Key Features:

  • Organize projects with lists-within-lists configuration
  • Assign due dates and team members to individual cards
  • Create checklists
  • Customize color-coded labels to indicate priority, category, or other classifications
  • Create individual boards for projects or clients
  • Share boards and cards with clients or team members
  • Add comments, upload file attachments, and create descriptions for cards
  • Use organizations for control over who sees what
  • Streamlined notifications bar

Cost:

  • Basic: FREE – 10 MB storage
  • Trello Gold: $5/month or $45/year – 250 MB storage
  • Business Class: $5/month or $45/year – Specify permission and visibility levels

13. Asana
@asana

asana

Asana is “teamwork without email,” making it possible to get more done in less time with simple collaboration and project management functionality. By keeping conversations in-context with tasks, you’ll never miss a beat and stay up-to-date on every detail happening with your projects.

Key Features:

  • View individual and team-level tasks
  • Organize tasks into shared projects for initiatives, meetings, and lists
  • Have conversations within context of tasks
  • Get automatic updates about the tasks and projects that matter
  • Calendar view for team goals and milestones
  • Add files from Dropbox, Box & Google Drive
  • Plan your day, communicate priorities and tasks

Cost:

  • Basic: FREE
  • Premium: Starts at $21/month for up to 5 members – Unlimited guests, project-level permissions, hidden and public teams

14. Evernote
@evernote

evernote

Evernote makes your life and work more manageable. It’s best-known as a note-taking app, but Evernote is so much more. Create task lists, document everything from snippets and notes to lengthy research, and even present your information in slide-deck format. Useful for project planning and task-tracking, as well as research and meeting notes, Evernote is a valuable addition to your project management arsenal. It syncs across all your devices, so you have access to all the details that matter wherever you go.

Key Features:

  • Available anywhere with Evernote mobile apps
  • Syncs across all devices
  • Instantly turn notes into slides with Present
  • Keep lists and document notes, capture images and web pages
  • Take meeting notes, plan projects, and write full-length research

Cost:

  • Basic: FREE
  • Premium: $5/month – Enhanced search features, offline access to Notes on mobile
  • Business: $10/user/month – Collaborate with co-workers, centralized administration

15. Azendoo
@azendoo

azendoo

Group all your teamwork in one place for seamless collaboration with clients and partners with Azendoo. Organize tasks by priority, rather than most recent, to make better use of your time, filter information by subject to minimize distractions, start Skype calls from directly within task cards, and more.

Key Features:

  • Organize and assign tasks with clear objectives in real-time
  • Set and share deadlines with team members
  • Integrate with cloud storage
  • Real-time discussions in-context; call via Skype from within task cards
  • Real-time notifications ensure you never miss a beat
  • Advanced search for quickly finding tasks, documents, discussions, and more

Cost:

  • FREE: No limit on users or time, 1 workspace
  • Premium: $7/month – Unlimited workspaces and invitations, Evernote tasks import & sync
  • Business: $9/user/month – Centralized billing, multiple admins and control, data ownership control

16. Solo
@23AndWalnut

solo

A free project management app created just for freelancers, Solo helps you manage tasks and contacts, track your progress, and keep project-related notes and materials in a single location for easy reference and enhanced productivity.

Key Features:

  • Project Dashboard with color-coded status icons
  • Simple task management with drag-and-drop re-ordering
  • Project Calendar view
  • Task Timer and Activity Stream
  • Client details pages with contact and project info in a single view
  • Upload and manage files

Cost: FREE

17. MindMeister
@mindmeister

mindmeister

Collaboration and innovation are two benefits of mind maps, but these visual organization tools are also incredibly useful for project management. MindMeister enables you to quickly visualize your ideas, share maps with others, and collaborate on concepts and projects easily.

Key Features:

  • Split projects into stages
  • Set milestones and goals
  • Plan meeting agendas and see who has viewed mind maps
  • Integrate tasks with Outlook and iCal calendars and utilize email reminders
  • See changes in real-time

Cost:

  • Basic: FREE – Up to 3 mind maps
  • Personal: $36/6 months – Unlimited mind maps, files, and images
  • Pro: $60/user/6 months – Word and PowerPoint export, custom themes/branding
  • Business: $90/user/6 months – Team map themes, group sharing, external backup

18. Freedcamp
@freedcamp

freedcamp

A free collaboration platform putting all the tools you need to plan and communicate on tasks and projects in one place, Freedcamp is a valuable tool for freelance consultants. Manage tasks and set deadlines, hold discussions in forum-style, set milestone goals and align them with your tasks, and track time in a single app.

Key Features:

  • Organize projects into task lists
  • Set due dates and priorities
  • Assign tasks to team members
  • Forum-style discussions
  • Align milestones with goals
  • Track time and invoice clients with built-in invoicing app

Cost: FREE

19. WORK[etc]
@WORKetc_support

worketc

WORK[etc] lets you manage your entire business in the cloud, from CRM to project management, billing, a help desk, robust reporting and filtering tools, and more, all with a single platform and a single login. It’s complete business management, simplified.

Key Features:

  • Detailed activity history for every action from every team member
  • Online discussions reduce group emailing
  • Make project updates, assign support tasks, and create sales leads from within Gmail and Outlook
  • Support remote workers without VPNs and servers
  • Multi-variable smart lists for contacts
  • Gantt, Tree and Timeline views
  • Dependent tasks and alerts
  • Custom project types and stages
  • Track project budgets

Cost:

  • Starter: $78/month – 2 users
  • Team: $195/month – 3 users, add additional users $49/user/month
  • Foundations: $395/month – 3 users – extra users $59/user/month

20. Teamwork.com
@teamwork

teamwork

View all essential project details in a single dashboard with Teamwork.com. With an intuitive, tab-based structure, you can quickly access projects, view activity on tasks and upcoming tasks, see upcoming milestones, and more. Customizable tabs let you create an information structure most suitable for your business, and drag-and-drop functionality makes it easy to organize and re-prioritize to stay on-target.

Key Features:

  • Drag-and-drop functionality to change tasks and milestones
  • Re-order tasks and lists
  • Assign tasks and milestones; quickly calculate progress
  • Quickly create and edit dependencies
  • Custom tabs for perfectly tailored dashboards
  • View all activity on tasks and milestones

Cost:

  • 30-day free trial – up to 2 projects
  • Personal: $12/month – 5 projects, 1 GB storage
  • Business 1: $24/month – 15 projects, 5 GB storage
  • Business 2: $49/month – 35 projects, 20 GB storage
  • Corporate: $99/month – 100 projects, 32 GB storage
  • Enterprise: $149/month – Unlimited projects, 80 GB storage

21. OnlyOffice
@ONLY_OFFICE

onlyoffice

Formerly Teamlab, Only Office is a CRM, invoicing, and project management platform in one, providing comprehensive business solutions for consultants and businesses. Share documents with teammates and external users, co-edit for streamlined collaboration, visualize project progress with Gantt charts, and manage clients and invoicing within an intuitive interface.

Key Features:

  • Comprehensive version and revision control
  • Tons of task and time-management features
  • Manage client database, generate invoices, and track deal opportunities
  • Connect your email accounts for a single communication portal
  • Gantt charts for progress, task, and milestone views
  • Set individual permissions for precise project management
  • Automatically generated reports

Cost:

  • FREE: 1-4 active users, 8 GB storage space
  • $25/month – 5-10 active users, 20 GB storage
  • $50/month – 10-20 active users, 40 GB storage
  • Pricing plans range up to $800/month – 301-400 active users, 800 GB storage

22. Doolphy
@doolphy

doolphy

Plan, share, and control projects and tasks with Doolphy’s online project management solution. The Smart Planning Assistant automates the process of creating new projects, with timesheets, stats and reporting, roles and permissions, and an easy file browser sweetening the deal.

Key Features:

  • Set tasks and monitor how work distribution impacts goal achievement
  • Reporting and statistics features illustrate progress and team activities
  • Secure file sharing
  • Individual role assignments and permissions
  • Generate complete project plans with automated tools in a single step
  • Create full projects, tasks, and deadlines even with little project management expertise

Cost:

  • 30-day free trial
  • Basic: 12€/month – 10 active projects, 5 GB storage
  • Premium: 35€/month – 30 active projects, 15 GB storage
  • Enterprise: 100€/month – 100 active projects, 50 GB storage

23. Staction
@_paste

staction

Staction is a better way to manage projects, with communication, time-tracking, and file sharing all within a single app. With a simple sidebar to keep track of all the information that’s relevant to you, with time tracking, tasks, and projects all viewable at-a-glance.

Key Features:

  • Generate summary pages with recent activity based on project tags
  • Built-in messaging system
  • Simple tagging system enables group messaging
  • Staction offers suggestions based on what you type
  • Select from Projects, Persons, and Actions to assign tasks and messages
  • Live-updating sidebar keeps you in the know

Cost:

  • FREE: Up to 3 users, 10 projects, 5 MB storage
  • Simple: $7/month – 7 users, 300 MB storage, unlimited projects
  • Super: $15/month – 15 users, 3,000 MB storage
  • Deluxe: $50/month – 30 users, 20K MB storage

24. Huddle
@huddle

huddle

An enterprise content collaboration company, Huddle transforms the way you work. With file sharing, action tracking, task assignments, automatic reminders, and tons of other features to streamline workflows and enhance communication, Huddle will take your consulting business to the next level.

Key Features:

  • Assign tasks with notes or files
  • Organize, manage, and track projects
  • Desktop and mobile apps
  • Huddle identifies and shows you the most relevant content
  • Real-time activity streams
  • Deadlines, document approval requests, and file sharing

Cost:

  • Workgroup: $20/user/month – Starts at 25 users
  • Enterprise: $40/user/month – Starts at 100 users
  • Unlimited: Contact for a quote

25. Mavenlink
@mavenlink

mavenlink

A single, shared application to manage both your team and your business, Maven enables you to keep projects moving smoothly, clients happy, and your business growing profitably.

Key Features:

  • Advanced project management
  • Financial management tools
  • Timeline and resource management
  • Analytics and reporting
  • Global activity stream feed
  • Centralized dashboard
  • Track time and budgets
  • Share and store files

Cost:

  • Teams: $4/user/month – Unlimited projects, 10 GB storage
  • Premier: Contact for a quote (custom pricing) – 100 GB storage

26. GatherContent
@gathercontent

gathercontent

A content development platform that helps you plan and create content in collaboration with clients, GatherContent is a perfect project management tool for any consultant working in the web or content marketing fields. Keep track of who is responsible for creating what content and control workflows centrally without chasing Word documents, emails, and Google Docs.

Key Features:

  • Centralize client content
  • Broad overviews show precisely what content still needs to be produced
  • Export content in a few clicks
  • Eliminates copy/paste nightmares with CMSs
  • Architect and organize content and website hierarchies
  • Create content types and structure for consistency
  • Invite clients to collaborate, assign content responsibilities, and get sign-offs
  • Manage client editorial schedules

Cost:

  • 30-day free trial
  • Studio Plan: $79/month – 10 projects, 100 GB storage

27. Sprintly
@sprintly

sprintly

An agile tool, Sprintly facilitates a more productive relationship between development teams and project management. Perfect for consultants involved in development projects, Sprintly enables you to stay on-top of everything that’s happening with your developers and designers, quickly determining project status, delays, and other issues in a single view – without interrupting team processes.

Key Features:

  • Generate reports by Item Type, Item Size, Current Status, Date Range, and more
  • Real-time activity feeds with productivity analysis
  • Team workload display enables efficient resource allocation
  • Integrations and add-ons to enhance functionality
  • Send updates to your chat room
  • Read/write API

Cost:

  • Bootstrap: $10/month – 3 members, 2 GB storage, 5 projects
  • Startup: $19/month – 5 members, 5 GB storage, unlimited projects
  • Team: $49/month – 10 members, 10 GB storage
  • Pro: $99/month – 25 members, 25 GB storage
  • Agency: $149/month – 75 members, 100 GB storage

28. Redbooth
@RedboothHQ

redbooth

A collaboration platform for task management, file sharing, and communication, RedboothHQ will streamline the way you work. Promote accountability, get more accomplished, and help your team members become more productive with a sophisticated-yet-simple interface for coordinating tasks, managing time, and getting projects to completion.

Key Features:

  • Reporting views to visualize and track projects
  • Share, find, and work on current documents
  • Outlook and Gmail plugins to work from within your email client
  • Get answers, opinions, and approvals in real-time
  • iPhone, Android and iPad apps for working on the go
  • Monitor team status and progress to prevent bottlenecks

Cost:

  • Starter: $49/month – Up to 10 users
  • Pro: $99/month – Up to 20 users
  • Plus: $149/month – Up to 30 users
  • Enterprise: $199/month – Up to 50 users
  • Elite: Contact for a quote
  • On-Premise: Contact for a quote

29. Planzone
@planzoneproject

planzone

A collaborative project management tool that’s easy to use, Planzone offers a streamlined, intuitive interface for project planning and efficient task and resource management to improve your productivity and help you reach project completion with ease.

Key Features:

  • Task management
  • Gantt charts for milestone and task views
  • Hold discussions and share documents
  • Calendar views
  • Task prioritization
  • Easy team collaboration

Cost:

  • Basic: 9.90 €/month – 5 users, 5 projects
  • To-Do List: 49 €/month – 50 users, unlimited projects
  • Team: 129 €/month – 20 users, 20 projects
  • Business: 279 €/month – 50 users, 50 projects
  • Enterprise: 389 €/month – 125 users, 150 projects

30. 5pm
@5pmweb

5pm

5pm aims to provide a project management solution that offers the perfect balance of power and simplicity. Customized reporting, file sharing, time tracking, and more features are all packed into a single tool that’s used by companies like Autodesk and Wendy’s.

Key Features:

  • Everything you need within a click or two
  • Customizable layout
  • Real-time updates
  • Timeline view
  • Customizable reports
  • Social toolbar
  • Universal importer
  • Open API
  • Integration with third-party tools

Cost:

  • FREE 14-day trial
  • $18/month – 5 users, 10 active projects
  • $28/month – 10 users, 20 active projects
  • $48/month – 20 users, 40 active projects
  • $88/month – 40 users, 80 active projects
  • $175/month – Unlimited users, unlimited projects

31. Duet
@23AndWalnut

duet

Duet is the project management tool designed specifically for freelancers and small businesses. Save money and get more done with project management and invoicing functionality all rolled into one. An on-premise solution, Duet gives you complete control and ownership of your data.

Key Features:

  • Projects, invoices, and reporting in one
  • Manage clients, files, and tasks
  • Keep notes in-context with relevant files and tasks
  • Give clients a self-service portal to monitor progress
  • Completely customizable; easy to install

Cost:

  • $49 one-time fee
  • Free updates for up to one year

32. Collabtive
@Collabtive

collabtive

Web-based project management made simple, Collabtive doesn’t skimp on useful features. With core functionality for managing projects, tracking tasks and milestones, time-tracking and reporting, Collabtive is enhanced further through plugins that increase efficiency with templates, Gantt charts, and more.

Key Features:

  • Open-Source application
  • Manage projects, milestones, and tasks
  • File management
  • Invoicing and reporting
  • Time tracking
  • Project templates, mobile web app, and Gantt charts via plugins

Cost: FREE

33. Toodledo
@toodledo

toodledo

Toodledo is “an incredibly powerful online to-do list” that enhances your productivity and speeds time to project completion by keeping you on-task and on-target with your goals. With an intuitive dashboard, you’ll see that Toodledo goes far beyond simple to-do list functionality, with notes, lists, outlines, and more to organize complete projects.

Key Features:

  • Store notes, lists, and outlines
  • Collaborate with clients or team members
  • Built around the popular “Getting Things Done” method of prioritization
  • Document ideas, project and meeting notes
  • Hotlist shows you what’s important
  • Outline projects, track time, and assign tasks
  • Schedule time and create repeat tasks
  • Syncs across devices
  • Set alerts and reminders

Cost: FREE

34. Dooster
@DoosterNet

dooster

An online task and project management tool, Dooster helps you save both time and effort by streamlining communication and removing you from the clutter of your inbox by consolidating contacts, schedules, emails, and documents in one place.

Key Features:

  • No login required for other users
  • Simple setup
  • Flexible task management
  • Set deadlines and priorities for each task
  • Add tasks from any page
  • Create tasks and notes remotely by email
  • Overview screens, task history, and mind maps
  • Gantt charts
  • Comments and notes
  • Set permission levels by individual

Cost:

  • 1-15 projects: $9.97/month – Unlimited users, 4 GB storage
  • 16-40 projects: $19.97/month – 24 GB storage
  • Unlimited projects: $39.97/month – 73 GB storage

35. Daylite
@dayliteapp

daylite

Organize your entire consulting business with a single app. Daylite makes it easy to coordinate contacts, schedules, tasks, projects, and even sales opportunities and emails within a single interface. It’s an address book, appointment scheduler, and project management tool in one to meet the needs of today’s busy consultants, freelancers, and teams.

Key Features:

  • Full interaction history for every contact including emails, calls, appointments, and tasks
  • Quickly search past interactions to find important details
  • Review project, person, or activity history to prepare for meetings
  • Prioritize and complete tasks quickly with Daylite’s comprehensive task management system
  • Store contact and meeting notes with tasks for follow-up calls and other actions
  • Customizable sales pipeline helps you close more deals
  • Track projects based on upcoming, completed, urgent, and current tasks
  • Interactive analytics reports to monitor the health of your business

Cost: $299.95/user

36. Insightly
@insightlyapp

insightly

A leading small business CRM and project management web-based app, Insightly helps you manage all the essential aspects of running a consulting business and managing clients and contacts. Easy to use, with tons of integrations, Insightly provides a slew of valuable features to streamline your business.

Key Features:

  • Manage contacts, organizations, partners, vendors and suppliers
  • See background, email history, events, projects or opportunities
  • Track project activity and performance against milestones
  • Integrates with Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Apps, MailChimp, QuickBooks Online, and more
  • Automatically detects every social media profile connected contacts’ email addresses
  • Micro or macro views including task dashboard, activity sets, reports and more
  • Monitor tasks, milestones, and pipelines

Cost:

  • Gratis: FREE – 2,500 Records, 3 users
  • Standard: $7/user/month – 100,000 Records, unlimited users
  • Enterprise: Contact for a quote – Unlimited records, users, and storage

37. Apptivo
@Apptivo

apptivo

Apptivo lets you customize the way you manage projects, so you can manage workflows in the most intuitive manner possible. Whether you prefer to organize projects by milestones, tasks, or sub-projects, you can configure Apptivo to work for you, so that you can work better for your clients.

Key Features:

  • Tasks, to-dos, appointments
  • News feed notifications
  • Create milestones or organize by sub-projects
  • Requirements App and Cases App to manage project scope
  • Track time and categorize billable and non-billable hours
  • Invoice for time or for projects with invoicing integration

Cost:

  • Starter: FREE – 3 users, 40+ standard apps
  • Premium: $10/user/month – Added premium apps
  • Ultimate: $25/user/month – 20,000 requests/day/user + other premium features

38. Smartsheet
@Smartsheet

smartsheet

A project and collaboration tool for businesses of all sizes, Smartsheet provides a flexible, intelligent spreadsheet format for managing projects in an intuitive, familiar way. From simple projects to complex processes, Smartsheet puts you back in control.

Key Features:

  • Gantt charts
  • Streamlined data collection
  • Unlimited collaborators on any sheet
  • Web forms
  • File storage

Cost:

  • Contact for a quote
  • 30-day free trial
  • Multiple plans and pricing levels from 10 to unlimited sheets

39. ProWorkflow
@ProWorkflow

proworkflow

A flexible, web-based solution for project management for small, medium, or large businesses, ProWorkflow can meet just about any project management need. It integrates with a number of online services for streamlined reporting and automated invoicing to further simplify your management and business processes.

Key Features:

  • Keep details, tasks, time, and communications in a central location
  • Flexible task types and time-saving templates
  • Easy timesheet entry; powerful reporting
  • Create projects, tasks, quotes, and invoices in seconds with templates
  • Custom categories, views, and grouping for workflow management
  • Manage staff, clients, and contractors
  • Built-in communication with full email support

Cost:

  • Solo: $10/month – 1 user
  • Professional: $20/month/staff user
  • Advanced: $30/month/staff user

40. Projectplace
@Projectplace

projectplace

Boost commitment, engagement, and project productivity with Projectplace, an online collaboration and project management tool. Set goals and complete projects on-time and within budget with a streamlined collection of features and functionality.

Key Features:

  • Visualize tasks with Kanban boards
  • Project control and reporting features
  • Drag-and-drop tasks among workflow columns
  • Portfolio and resource management to prioritize tasks and projects
  • Predefined or customized project templates – easy to duplicate
  • In-depth reporting to improve processes and workflows

Cost:

  • ToDo: FREE Kanban boards for teamwork
  • Team: € 21.50/user/month
  • Enterprise: Contact for a quote

41. WorkflowMax
@WorkflowMax

workflowmax

Quotes, timesheets, job costing and tracking, and more are all within your control in a single interface with WorkflowMax, a Xero software application for all-in-one job management. A slew of tools to start and manage projects to completion will simplify your life and improve your productivity.

Key Features:

  • Track your leads, sales pipeline, and proposals
  • Create professional quotes and link to jobs
  • See all jobs in one screen and monitor deadlines
  • Share job notes and emails with clients or team members
  • Run reports on data
  • Multiple third-party add-ons and integrations

Cost:

  • 1 user: $15/month
  • 5 users: $49/month
  • 10 users: $99/month
  • 20 users: $149/month
  • Unlimited: $199/month

42. Axero
@Communifire

axero

Stay in-the-know and keep all your projects on-track with Axero’s streamlined communication, management, and social collaboration solution. Organize people and profiles, spaces and groups, and get instant notifications and activity streams to coordinate your entire business.

Key Features:

  • Dynamic activity streams and instant notifications
  • Task management and calendars
  • Vibrant personal profiles for more personal communications
  • Bring people together for projects, topics, or interests
  • Group by department for better company organization
  • Manage project phases, due dates, and deliverables
  • Communicate in discussion forums
  • Ideation tools

Cost:

  • Basic: $49/month – 10 users, 10 GB storage
  • Pro: $99/month – 20 users, 20 GB storage
  • Plus: $199/month – 50 users, 30 GB storage
  • Max: $499/month – 100 users, 40 GB storage
  • Annual Plan: $10k/year – Unlimited users, 50 GB storage

43. Teambook
@teambookapp

teambook

Easily book your resources, track profitability, and focus on improving your business with Teambook’s project management and planning tools. See who works on what in real time and access useful features to help you better manage, collaborate, and gain efficiency.

Key Features:

  • Track team availability
  • See who’s working on what
  • Track project budgets and time spent
  • Productivity, utilization and availability analytics
  • Refine metrics with filters
  • Email notifications keep team members up-to-date
  • iCal integration
  • Dedicated client link to project timelines

Cost:

  • Basic: $19/month – 10 active projects
  • Pro: $39/month – 40 active projects
  • Premium: $69/month – 100 active projects
  • Unlimited: $199/month – Unlimited active projects

44. SpiraPlan
@inflectra

spiraplan

An agile planning tool with simple drag-and-drop functionality, SpiraPlan’s project management tool for software development offers integrated dashboards to manage every conceivable aspect of your projects in a single location. Stay on-time and on-budget, address issues and synchronize requirements to deliver on promises and exceed client expectations. SpiraPlan is the perfect project management tool for consultants offering development services.

Key Features:

  • Develop high-level requirements with initial estimates
  • Load-balance project resources to maximize project velocity
  • Agile planning board
  • Users can enter defects and bugs during lifecycle
  • Track issues and defects against project schedule
  • Velocity, burndown and burnup reports
  • Customizable dashboards for key project information
  • Determine resourcing levels to deliver required features

Cost:

  • FREE 30-day trial
  • Single: $5.99/month – 1 concurrent user, software and hosting
  • 3-user: $69.99/month – 3 concurrent users, software and hosting
  • 5-user: $99.99/month – 5 concurrent users, software and hosting
  • Pricing levels up to 50 user: $359.99/month – 50 concurrent users, software and hosting

45. Intervals
@intervals

intervals

Online time, task, and project management built by designers, developers, and creatives, for designers, developers, and creative, Intervals helps you get organized and increase your billable hours with greater productivity.

Key Features:

  • Integrated task timers with weekly timesheets
  • System generated “nags” for past due timesheets
  • Visual reporting
  • Get daily task assignments via email
  • Drag-and-drop rescheduling
  • Milestones to manage deliverables
  • Determine the best use of your team’s time
  • Stay on-budget and on-time with visual charts, graphs, and reports for project management
  • Find out which clients take the most time and which team members are most productive
  • Document storage
  • Built-in invoicing

Cost:

  • Basic: $25/month – 15 active projects
  • Not So Basic: $49/month – 40 active projects
  • Premium: $99/month – 100 active projects
  • Top Shelf: $199/month – Unlimited active projects
  • Unlimited: $249/month – Unlimited projects and storage

46. Intellinote
@IntellinoteInc

intellinote

Intellinote is “reimagining enterprise collaboration” with intelligent tools that enable teams of all sizes to get more done in less time, all while staying in the loop and on-task. Critical projects, tasks, and to-do lists can be accurately prioritized so you can accomplish what you need to achieve your objectives.

Key Features:

  • Capture notes, ideas, files, and documents
  • Assign tasks to team members
  • Collaborate with clients and vendors
  • Projects, tasks, and to-do lists
  • Access project dashboards and resources from any device

Cost:

  • Professional: $10/user/month
  • Enterprise: Contact for a quote

47. Any.do
@AnyDO

anydo

 

A productivity and planning app like no other, Any.do helps you achieve your full potential by managing your personal goals, family goals, and professional tasks and objectives all in one place. If you’re a consultant who struggles to balance work and family, Any.do helps you keep the two ends of the spectrum in check.

Key Features:

  • Never forget important tasks
  • Syncs across all devices
  • Daily planner with “Moment” feature
  • Create and organize lists
  • Call, text, email, and book trips from Any.do
  • Add notes and files to tasks
  • Break goals into sub-tasks
  • Customized recurring tasks
  • Notifications

Cost:

  • FREE: 2 members per task, 5 MB per file, 5 Moments per month
  • Premium: $2.99/month – Unlimited members and file uploads, unlimited Moments

48. MindManager

mindmanager

Productivity, creativity, and collaboration are blended into a single, beautiful planning tool with MindManager. Based on a mind-mapping framework, MindManager’s intuitive planning features make it simple to visualize complex concepts and projects.

Key Features:

  • Information Map, Organization Chart, Tree Diagram
  • Multi-map and outline views
  • Guided brainstorming and analysis views
  • Track Tasks (Priority, Start and Due Date, Progress, Duration, Effort, Resources)
  • Task filters and dependencies
  • Topic alerts and reminders; calendar options
  • Resource availability and utilization

Cost:

  • MindManager: $349
  • MindManager with MindManager PLUS: $448

49. Flow
@flowapp

flow

Share tasks and keep track of what needs done with Flow. When spreadsheets, whiteboards, and sticky notes just aren’t meeting your project management requirements any longer, Flow is the perfect blend of simplicity and sophisticated capabilities to take your project management — and your business — to the next level of organization.

Key Features: 

  • Create tasks and set priorities
  • Organize tasks into lists
  • Sort tasks by person, keyword, due date, or tag
  • Track task histories with comments and attachments
  • Filter or arrange tasks by assigned, flagged, subscribed or delegated
  • Calendar view to visualize deadlines, goals, and milestones
  • Drag-and-drop functionality for easy rescheduling
  • Reduce the need for meetings with real-time communication

Cost: 

  • Basic: $17/month – 3 people
  • Studio: $53/month – 10 people
  • Team: $116/month – 20 people
  • Business: $206/month – 30 people
  • Corporate: $359/month – 50 people
  • Enterprise: Contact for a quote

50. EasyProjects
@easyprojectsnet

easyprojects

EasyProjects not only helps you work smarter, it actually boosts your ROI so much that it can pay for itself in just three short months. With a central Activity Center, you’re on top of what’s happening with your projects and tasks at every moment, with full control to schedule resources efficiently and re-organize teams and assignments to ensure projects are on-time and on-budget.

Key Features: 

  • Track project health and budget
  • Project/task status, priority, and duration
  • Central Activity Center shows you all the essentials
  • Project Calendar functions like a personal planner
  • Project templates save time
  • Resource planning and team collaboration

Cost: 

  • Freelancer: FREE – 1 user
  • Pro: $15.75/user/month
  • Enterprise: $18.75/user/month

 

Zintro has experts in every industry sector, across every job function, in every geographic region. Recently, some of the following topics have seen inquiry activity:

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Car fleetAccording to Global Manufacturing Magazine, the automotive industry has become increasingly competitive as manufacturers battle for positions in local and international markets. As a result, automotive manufacturers must find new ways to differentiate themselves from the competition, particularly through efficient information and communication technology systems.

In addition, as green energy has become more important for consumers, and e-cars have entered the market, it is essential that energy providers, IT enterprise work together with auto manufacturers to reduce the impact on the environment.

Zintro expert Harry Falber of Trade Area Marketing Group shares his opinion. “Reduction in automotive manufacturing costs by the primary global auto manufacturers, inclusive of all the suppliers that major and minor parts are sourced from, is great for influencing the profit or loss line. But, the bottom line on top line is that it won’t matter worth a hoot or a honk if the manufacturers don’t differentiate what their products STAND for in the eyes of their consumers.

“The car companies need to differentiate on what the car delivers – the necessity needs as well as the emotional needs of consumers. And those messages need strong marketing and promotion backed by three rules – be authentic, be honest, build trust.

“It’s great to increase margin and along the way deliver more product at lower costs to consumers, but in the end, to make a difference to stakeholders and shareholders, it’s simply, “words count.” What words? Start with “strong,” “tough,” “durable,” “authentic,” “built to last,” “a name I trust,” “reflects my values,” “built for someone like me.” Get those words to be uttered by potential buyers and current owners, and you’ll crush competition while you’ll be crushing your top line and your bottom line.”

Zintro expert Arjuna Perera strives to be a significant contributor to the mitigation of climate change by helping the corporate sector processes turn truly green, cost effectively or profitably. He explains, “Any form of electric vehicle (EV) has a significant localized impact on the environment, in that it can reduce, and if, all vehicles were to become EV even altogether stop vehicular emissions footprint in cities. The most obvious impact would be cleaner smog free air.

“However, all other things remaining same between an electric vehicle and a regular vehicle, the former requires the storage of electricity. This necessitates a radical evolution in battery technology, which currently accounts for significant manufacturing emissions footprint and post usage discarding of an EV.

“The other aspect is that an EV needs electricity. As long as electricity comes from fossil fuel based thermal sources this means there will always be an operations emissions footprint, if not at the tailpipe of the car, then certainly at the smoke stack of the power-station.

“If, however, the grids emissions foot print is low, or the grid is 100% renewable energy based, then the case for the EV is quite favorable. But this 100% emissions reduction can also be achieved by using a solar bank, even on an individual and private basis to recharge the EV, even though the associated costs makes it financially nonviable. In short the EV its self is not a stand-alone, and its effectiveness and viability depends intrinsically on the support industries it depends on.”

Zintro has experts in every industry sector, across every job function, in every geographic region. Recently, some of the following topics have seen inquiry activity:

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Printing Digital Production Printing

We are looking to speak with sales executives at major printer OEMs who have expertise in digital production printers and laser printers. Topic areas would include growth of shipments, changes to technology, global sales outlook (Asia, Europe, and Japan), and changes in the competitive landscape.
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Consumer Package Printing and Decoration

Consumer package printing & decoration for Consumer packaged goods printing process
Project Objective:
1) To undestand the Overall Global market analysis for Consumer Package printing & decoration industry
2) To understand the how the supplier & marketer trends in this space and how matured they are in the consumer packaged printing & decoration markets, service portfolis used etc.
3) To understand the industry best practices, sourcing strategies, engagement models, pricing strategies that marketers and suppliers adopt in various geographies for consumer packaged printing & decoration service.

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Printer OEM 

Product engineers and supple chain executives at printer OEM’s that have experience purchasing component printer parts, specifically laser printing and digital production printing applications. Additionally, we are interested in talking about changed to component part procurement / manufacturing in printing.

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With great knowledge comes great responsibility, or so the famous saying goes, and this couldn’t be more applicable to any other type of individual than those who are experts in their field.

And in today’s world, one of the most common ways these knowledgeable individuals might be able to offer their expertise in a meaningful way is by serving as an expert witness.

Since we here at Zintro work to connect hundreds of businesses with expert witnesses of various backgrounds, we wanted to learn more about the expert witness hiring process, and specifically, how businesses that are looking to hire an expert witness can avoid the most common (and avoidable) mistakes that might cause complications down the road in these types of engagements. To do that, we asked 21 business experts with specific knowledge about hiring expert witnesses the following question:

”What’s the biggest mistake companies make when hiring an expert witness?”

We’ve collected and compiled their expert advice into this comprehensive guide to help any business find and hire the right expert witness for their needs. See what our experts said below:

Meet Our Panel of Law & Business Experts:


 Steven WolfeSteven Wolfe

Steven Wolfe is a Partner at Eaton & Van Winkle, a prestigious NY law firm, and has been assisting clients successfully for decades in many areas of practice. He brings an analytical ability to solving problems and provides advice to clients in an articulate and understandable manner and form. Mr. Wolfe has counseled clients on legal and personal matters. He has been actively involved in many litigated matters including trials and appeals, motion, arbitration and mediation in many different courts and in several jurisdictions other than New York where he was admitted pro hac vice.

Companies and attorneys frequently err in hiring an expert witness by…

Failing to exercise objective, independent judgment relating to the planned testimony of the expert witness.

Too often, the person hiring the expert does so because he likes what he hears in the proposed opinion of the expert without properly assessing whether the opinion is supportable and failing to consider how the adverse attorney will cross-examine the expert and possibly undermine his opinion. The expression of a favorable opinion by the expert becomes impossible to ignore or question when the listener becomes enamored of the opinion or thesis put forth by the expert, particularly if the hiring person has originated the theory, which is adopted by the expert.

In a litigation I handled, my adversary made these mistakes regarding his expert. The case involved a dispute between my client and the children of her late husband from his prior marriage. The stepchildren contrived a theory that my client had physically abused her husband and then contributed to his death by overdosing him with medication which had been prescribed for him.
After his death, an autopsy did show a highly elevated amount of this medication in his bloodstream. The medical examiner who performed the autopsy, however, dismissed the claim of an overdose on several grounds.

The stepchildren hired an expensive expert with excellent credentials who had been the medical examiner of a large city but who had become an expert witness in private practice. He advanced the theory of an overdose but, identified the manner of death as “natural” which, under medical protocols, ruled out deliberate overdose. I won the case on a summary judgment motion, asserting that my adversary’s expert had, in effect, conceded the absence of an overdose.


Judge Susan SextonJudge Susan Sexton

Judge Susan Sexton is a renowned former circuit judge, prosecutor, defense attorney as well as an accomplished speaker and legal scholar. Judge Sexton has tried or presided over literally thousands of cases: from death penalty cases to tobacco litigation; from medical malpractice cases to end of life decision cases. Her longest assignment was as the Administrative Judge in Probate, Guardianship, and Mental Health Division, where she was responsible for the highest caseload in the jurisdiction. Learn more about Judge Sexton’s work at her website, www.judgesexton.com.

As a circuit judge, former prosecutor and former defense attorney, I’ve seen plenty of experts: both in criminal cases and civil cases. The best advice I can give is…

To carefully vet the resume that the expert gives you.

Here’s a quick story:

I was prosecuting a high profile DUI manslaughter case, where 3 young girls were killed by a drunk driver. The defendant denied being the driver and hired an expert to testify, that based upon injuries to the defendant and the physical examination of the vehicle, there was no way the defendant could have been the driver.

When I took the deposition of the expert, the expert presented me with his CV, which listed all sorts of education, awards, memberships etc. I thought that the guy was full of it. So, I started investigating the info on his CV. Turns out, he had not received one of the degrees he claimed to have received. Imagine his surprise when I brought this up at trial. The defendant was convicted, of course, and in record time. (30 minutes).

The most amazing thing to me was that, I started getting phone calls from throughout the state from high profile lawyers. They had heard about the cross-examination of the expert and wanted the info. This expert, like many of them, testified in cases all over the state. My thought was: I am a prosecutor without any resources for investigation and I found this out – why couldn’t you? All it took was a few phone calls.


Mark HimmelsteinMark Himmelstein

Mark Himmelstein is an Attorney and Partner at the Newport Beach office of Newmeyer & Dillion, a full-service business law firm, and practices in the areas of construction, real estate, business and insurance litigation. He also specializes in drafting and negotiating construction and real estate contracts.

The biggest mistake companies make when hiring an expert witness is…

Too often, the “professional expert” or academic is retained instead of someone who works day to day in the field.

Jurors like experts who have current and hands on experience in the subject matter on which they are providing testimony.

For example, in a professional negligence case against a CPA concerning the preparation of tax returns, plaintiff retained an expert who looked great on paper – Ivy League MBA, professor at a local university and had published many papers. However, on cross-examination, he admitted that he had not prepared a tax return for someone other than himself in over twenty years.

Our defense expert did not have the scholarly background, but he was the head of the tax department for a good size accounting firm and was involved in the preparation of hundreds of similar returns each year. The jury was far more impressed with the expert who actually did such work than an “expert” who wins the resume battle.


Herb AugerHerb Auger

Herb Auger is a Partner and Head Litigator at the firm of Auger & Auger located in Charlotte, NC. Mr. Auger has been practicing law for 24 years, spending his first 4 working for a large medical practice and construction accident injury firm in New York City. He is licensed to practice in NC, NY, FL and CT and has 3 offices serving all of North Carolina. His firm handles all plaintiff personal matters including injuries from motor vehicle, truck, motorcycle, boating, ATV, golf cart, dog bite, day care, construction site, workers’ compensation and other related accident claims.

The three biggest and most common mistakes that I have run into when hiring an expert witness are…

First, failing to interview or speak with prior clients of the expert witness.

In addition to ascertaining information on their degree and expertise in their field, you will acquire information on their personality and whether it will work with your firm or your client, whether they return phone calls or emails in a timely manner, the pros and cons of their billing practices, their level of attention to detail, their dedication to their work and so on. You will know after speaking with 2-3 past clients on whether it is someone you want to pursue further.

The second mistake is not having a detailed agreement and meeting of the minds on the witness’ fee schedule including travel, hotel and other incidental costs. If their retainer agreement is vague, I recommend that you follow up in writing to address the different scenarios and cost items that you will be accountable for and the expected time frame for payment.

The third mistake that I have run into would be not having a backup witness just in case you run into a conflict with your primary expert. Your witness could become ill on the eve of trial or run into a conflict prohibiting him or her form attending to your case. I always ask them to name a backup witness that they are familiar with that they feel could step in to fill their shoes should an unfortunate event prevent them from attending to our matter.

All three of these issues should be addressed early on in your case.


Cedar BoschanCedar Boschan

Cedar Boschan is a Principal at Green Hasson Janks, an independent accounting and business advising firm, and with her group she provides royalty audit and forensic accounting services. Cedar calculates breach of contract and IP infringement damages and has successfully given expert testimony in music, videogame and patent litigation matters. Cedar is a USC grad who has been a featured media commentator and speaker at the Game Developers’ Conference, Loyola Law School, The California Copyright Conference and SXSW.

The biggest mistake companies make when hiring an expert witness is…

Not choosing one who truly is an expert in the matter at hand, and who is able to achieve the outcomes you need in your case.

Here are some specific reasons why it is important to vet your witness:

1. A highly respected expert encourages the other side to (re)consider settlement
2. Engaging a knowledgeable expert early-on may inform your counsel’s damage theories, complaint drafting, legal strategy, interrogatories, discovery requests, deposition questions and settlement advisement
3. It is a wasted cost when your underqualified “expert’s” report is torn to shreds by an opposing expert or when he or she melts down on the witness stand


James T. Hunt, JrJames T. Hunt, Jr.

James T. Hunt, Jr. is a Partner at Slater Tenaglia Fritz & Hunt, and a business litigator who handles a variety of complex business, commercial and injury cases in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania state and federal courts. In the courtroom, Jim routinely tangles with many of the nation’s biggest law firms. He is a frequent speaker on expert witness issues, including the preparation of expert witnesses for depositions.

The biggest mistake that companies make in hiring expert witnesses is…

Focusing too much on fancy educational experience and not enough on communication skills.

Many companies put too much emphasis on finding someone who has a numerous Harvard or Yale degrees on their curriculum vitae. But educational background is just one piece of the puzzle.

To find the right expert for your case, you need to find someone with not only the technical experience and educational background, but also someone who can clearly and convincingly articulate his or her opinion and the reasons for the opinion. Ultimately, the success of your expert – and your case overall – will depend on the effectiveness of how the expert communicates the opinion and underlying bases of the opinion to a jury. The expert also needs to connect the dots to the overall case strategy, making sure that the opinion and reasoning for it will match the overall case theory and strategy.


Thomas J. SimeoneThomas J. Simeone

Thomas J. Simeone is a trial attorney and adjunct professor of trial advocacy in Washington, DC. A member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, SuperLawyers, and the American Trial Lawyers Association, Mr. Simeone is frequently interviewed by the press as a legal expert and has extensive trial experience in personal injury cases, business disputes and family law. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Simeone is also a Certified Public Accountant. Learn more about Mr. Simeone at www.simeonemiller.com.

The biggest mistake people make when hiring an expert witness is that…

They do not fully explore the expert’s opinions or spend enough time playing devil’s advocate and trying to undermine the expert’s opinions and the bases for them.

One needs to remember that experts get paid whether a case is won or lost; accordingly, they have every incentive to encourage a lawyer and client that a case will succeed and should be brought. Therefore, they often give overly optimistic opinions when you first consult with them.

However, after the opposing side starts making its case, an expert often steps back from an opinion or loses his or her confidence. It is much better to spend some time and try to bring out the weaknesses in your expert’s opinions immediately – so that you can fairly appraise the value of his testimony later in the case. This will allow you to make a smarter decision as to whether to bring the case or hire the expert.


Haris ZulqarnainHaris Zulqarnain

Haris Zulqarnain is a Management Consultant at Zulqarnain Group, a consulting firm that provides both legal and management consulting. In his work, Haris helps organizations develop business strategies and also assists organizations in developing litigation strategies.

The biggest mistakes companies make when hiring expert witnesses is…

Focusing too much on length of experience.

Too often, organizations emphasize too much on how many years an expert witness has testified in court or elsewhere. With the proliferation of education, it is not difficult to find well trained, well presented individuals, no matter the expertise. Young professionals are increasingly better trained and better presented, and cost a fraction of their aged counterparts yielding the same results.

Another mistake companies make when hiring expert witnesses is misinterpreting track records.

The testimony given by an expert witness is dependent on numerous factors. Factors that may be outside of the expert witnesses’ control. It depends on the preparedness, aptitude and experience of opposing counsel; the atmosphere of the court room and presiding Judge; and the make up of the jury, each jury member being victim to their own thoughts and experiences. Favourable conditions can lead an expert witness to give favourable results; likewise, unfavourable conditions can yield unfavourable results. These outcomes, however, are not attributable to the expert witness but to externalities outside of their control.

Lastly, seeking out an overspecialized expert witness may be detrimental as
well.

An overspecialized expert witness may understand a particular subject matter very well, however, their lack of breadth of knowledge may render them unable to contextualize their testimony. It is important to have an expert witness who can give testimony that is woven into the suit in its entirety. An inability to contextualize may develop adverse effects.


Philip BecnelPhilip Becnel

Philip Becnel is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Dinolt Becnel & Wells Investigative Group, a private investigative firm based in Washington, D.C., that specializes in litigation support for attorneys. With a ten-year track record of success, the firm was ranked the “Best Private Investigations Provider” by both The National Law Journal and The Legal Times.

The biggest mistake companies make when hiring experts, in my experience, is…

Not properly vetting them.

Because there is so much information about any given topic on the Internet, there can be a tendency-once you find someone who seems viable ‘on paper,’ so to speak-to just take that candidate’s CV at face value without looking any further.

It is also a myth, in my experience, that there are only one or two experts for any given esoteric topic. Often the biggest challenge is knowing where to look to find experts. By having a larger pool of candidates you can more easily compare their strengths and weaknesses, thereby spending more time verifying their credentials and making sure the person you select best suits your needs.


Stuart LewtanStuart Lewtan

Stuart Lewtan is the Founder & CEO of Zintro, Inc., a global online marketplace with over 100,000 highly specialized Expertise Providers. Prior to founding Zintro, Stuart was Founder, Chairman & CEO of Lewtan Technologies, a 100+ person company providing information & software to the asset-backed securities industry. Stuart was also a participant in the American Securitization Forum’s (ASF’s) SEC’s Regulation AB Committee and has authored several articles and spoken at and chaired numerous industry events. Stuart is a graduate of Brandeis University, as well as a graduate of “Birthing of Giants”, a three-year entrepreneurial think-tank program sponsored by Inc. Magazine, MIT Enterprise Forum and YEO.

The biggest challenge we see amongst the Zintro users who are hiring expert witnesses is identifying someone with deep, specific expertise and impressive credentials, and a frequent mistake we see that stems from that challenge is…

Hiring someone who doesn’t have sufficient expertise in the subject at hand (and subsequently gives unconvincing information and testimony). When hiring an expert witness, it’s critical to be able to pinpoint individuals with very specific expertise and impressive, relevant credentials so that they can be effective and persuasive when it comes to the subject matter they’re testifying about.


David WillsonDavid Willson

David Willson is an Attorney, a Risk Management and Cyber Security Legal Consultant at Titan Info Security Group, LLC., and Partner at Online Intell. He provides risk, cyber and legal advice to companies and law firms facing unique cyber issues. Prior to his current role, he spent 20 years in the US Army as a JAG, and provided legal support to Gen Hayden and Alexander at NSA helping to establish what is now CYBERCOM. He frequently publishes and speaks at many conferences.

The biggest mistake companies make when hiring expert witnesses is…

They don’t interview the witness and determine how that person will come across on the stand. It’s great to have all the degrees and tout vast experience, but when it comes down to it trials are popularity contests. If the trier of fact likes you your credibility increases substantially. When it comes to technology many make too many assumptions and lose the audience either due to assuming they are being understood or their attempt to impress all with their knowledge.


Harlan YorkHarlan York

Harlan York is Former Immigration Chair of the NJ State Bar Association and Former Co-Chair, NY State Bar Association CFLS Committee on Immigration. Mr. York is also the First Ever Attorney in New Jersey to win “Immigration Lawyer of the Year” and he currently serves on the American Immigration Lawyers Association National Practice Management Committee. Mr. York has appeared on CBS, Univision, Telemundo, NBC, and PBS. His website is immigrationlawnj.com.

The biggest mistake companies make when hiring expert witnesses comes down to this…

Both cost and research. Sometimes people look for a “good deal,” which is not best.

I am never surprised but often shocked at bargain hunters for expert witnesses. One easily sees the difference between real experts and those who claim expertise.

Also many folks do research for witnesses like a quick Google search without delving more carefully into the credentials of the expert. This method will result in less than optimal results. “Take your time,” is my advice.

I have served as an effective expert on immigration law for both plaintiffs’ and defendants’ lawyers in civil litigation. Moreover I have given expert opinions numerous times in both state and federal criminal cases.

In addition, I have utilized the services of experts in various medical specialties as well as forensics and finance in representing my immigration clients for nearly two decades. Time and time again, I have been very careful about locating the best expert, not merely based on the expense. Nor have I been hasty in my search.

An effective expert witness can make or break the outcome of a case.

One significant example that comes to mind was an immigration case in which my client was charged with possessing a small amount of marijuana. The lab report was inaccessible. We needed experts to explain how much of the substance is typically smoked socially and the quantity that could actually fit inside a hollowed out cigar.

This was a very specific set of circumstances. We located a former narcotics officer as well as an experienced tobacconist. The case was so compelling that the prosecutor did not even ask to cross-examine our witnesses, relying on their reports instead.


Anthony DellaPelleAnthony DellaPelle

Anthony DellaPelle is a certified civil trial attorney at McKirdy & Riskin with more than 25 years experience. His practice is limited to real estate valuation litigation, in which expert witnesses and their opinions dominate the subject of all cases. Most of the time the only witnesses in his cases are expert witnesses.

The biggest mistake companies make when hiring an expert witness is…

To fail to let the witness know who the boss is.

Often, the best experts are not those with the most credentials but those who understand their role as being part of a legal team in litigation and who are willing to take direction from the other members of the team – the attorneys, the client, the other experts, etc.

In addition, not all experts are right for every situation. For instance, one expert may be an excellent choice in a jury trial but not before a judge or arbitration panel. The key is to understand the audience and to play to that audience.

Before a jury, an expert must be likable and easy to understand. The best expert will also be polite and not combative, but willing to stand firm on his or her opinions without being offensive. Big, fancy words don’t always work well. In front of a judge or an experience arbitrator or arbitrators, technical expertise may matter more than the words that are used in the expert’s testimony.

Regardless of whether the expert testifies before a judge or jury, a good expert will need to keep the audience interested in the testimony and must be capable of being a great teacher without sounding condescending. Companies must pick experts who are not only experienced in their field, but can easily explain the topic to others.


Wesley ToddWesley Todd

Wesley Todd is an Attorney with the law firm, Todd Legal, P.A. in Tampa, FL, and he is also the Founder of CaseGlide, LLC, a litigation software provider.

The biggest mistake you can make in hiring a legal expert is…

Not promptly doing your own due diligence.

Don’t rely on someone else’s word. Before you hire an expert witness, call her, set up an appointment, meet with her face-to-face, ask her tough questions, and look in her eyes while she answers.

Credentials will get you nowhere. You need someone who looks and sounds like they’re telling the truth.

One of the biggest traps here is to rely on someone’s credentials and not meet with her until the other side takes her deposition. The people with the best credentials – degrees, certifications, expertise – are usually the people who have trouble communicating in a simple way that sounds believable to the jury.

Furthermore, someone with great credentials may have too deep of an understanding of a subject, and therefore be unable to explain it to the jury. If you wait to meet the expert until the other side is taking her deposition, you are taking an enormous risk.


David GreenbergDavid Greenberg

David Greenberg is the Legal Liaison for the Law Offices of Gary A. Bemis and an awarded international expert on commercial regulation and litigation with over 40 years experience in commercial collections. As Former President of the California Commercial Collectors Association, David served on the panel of commercial arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association and the Council of Better Business Bureaus, while also remaining active in the US Air Force Reserve.

Hiring an expert witness is sometimes a necessary ingredient to being successful in a contested litigation. An expert witness, in commercial cases, is used to support an argument being made about very technical industry issues and standard practices. My advice when hiring an expert witness is…

To ensure that any agreement you obtain from the expert witness should be accomplished in writing and should hold all the terms and conditions for the witness’s provision of testimony:

1. Will written testimony be obtained.

2. Will the expert be required to appear for depositions and trial

3. Will the fee be all-inclusive or broken down into staged components (so much for written testimony + so much for appearances, etc.)

Failure in gaining a sufficient engagement agreement can result in severe misunderstandings with the expert and if that happens it could lead to adverse testimony obtained from by the other side. As with all agreements, get them in writing and have counsel review them.


Aaron L. PeskinAaron L. Peskin

Aaron L. Peskin is a Partner in the Ferrara Law Group, P.C., a law firm located in Trenton, New Jersey. Mr. Peskin specializes in complex commercial litigation, construction law, and employment litigation. In addition to his general litigation practice, Mr. Peskin has significant expertise in e-discovery, counseling clients on various issues such as social media and technology usage in the pre-litigation context, and also managing the e-discovery process from issuing litigation holds and document collection through production.

One of the biggest mistakes I have seen in hiring expert witnesses is…

Not taking the time to determine if the potential witness would be good on the stand.

Most expert witnesses look good on paper. They would not be hired as experts if they did not. But that does not necessarily mean that the individual would make a good expert witness.

What is the witness’s speaking style? Does the witness make a good impression on the judge and/or jury? How would the witness hold up on cross-examination? These are the sort of questions that determine whether someone will make a good expert witness, and all the qualifications in the world will not overcome one of those deficiencies.

Companies looking to hire expert witnesses should take the time to make sure that the person hired will be an effective witness at trial. If the witness is not effective, you risk boring a jury to tears, causing the jurors to simply tune out the expert testimony. An effective witness will not only be knowledgeable on the subject matter upon which he or she is opining, he or she will also have a good rapport with the jury, keeping them engaged and interested in the testimony.


Walter L. ZweiflerWalter L. Zweifler

Walter L. Zweifler is the Senior Financial Appraiser and Chief Executive Officer of Zweifler Financial Research. He has been active in the appraisal profession since 1976, initially with Marshall & Stevens, Incorporated. In 1980 he earned the designation of Accredited Senior Appraiser in the American Society In 1982 he organized Zweifler Financial Research, a division of Zweifler Appraisal Service, incorporated. Previously, Mr. Zweifler was a Financial Analyst with W. E. Hutton & Co., Bache & Co., Muller & Co., Piper Jaffrey & Hopwood, Applied Portfolio Strategy and the Amivest Corporation. Mr. Zweifler’s testimony has been accepted in Tax and Federal Courts as an expert witness for the Internal Revenue Service and for a broad array of tax payers.

To get a top expert witness, you need the following:

1. Skill in defining the issues and innovative talent in suggested responses

2. An expert who has appeared in Federal, tax and state trial courts – like us

3. Complete objectivity credentials with your opponent, his attorney, your client and your firm

4. Another lawyer, accountant or professional, who has retained the candidate expert who will discuss the credentials


Richard KlineRichard Kline

Richard Kline is the Chief Legal Officer at Lawyerreviews.com. Richard has a full background in litigation strategies and also is a Publisher of several legal publications on the Internet.

The biggest mistakes I have seen companies make when hiring expert witnesses fall under two categories…

THE EXPERT MUST BE INDEPENDENT

A common mistake that is made when hiring an expert is to try to get the expert onto your side. It is critical when hiring an expert to make sure that he or she has a full knowledge of all the underlying facts.

At the minimum, the expert should have access to all facts that are relevant to forming an independent opinion. It is important that the expert investigates all the facts and question any assumptions that are presented by the attorney that is requesting the opinion. An expert should be allowed to form an independent opinion that is unprejudiced and without any bias.

SOUNDING TOO MUCH LIKE AN EXPERT

An expert witness should be able to explain his opinion in concise language that is understood by the layperson. An expert that sounds too much like an expert but cannot relate to the jury is going to have the effect of diminished testimony. Although an expert needs to be credible in order for his testimony to be valued as an expert, there is no need for an expert to use complicated jargon that will only serve to confuse the jury.


Ben LevitanBen Levitan

Ben Levitan is an expert in cell phones and wireless cellular telecommunications and acts as an expert witness in civil, criminal and patent infringement matters. He hold 30 patents and 4 trade secrets in the area of cell phone networks and technology. Learn more about Ben’s work at www.ThatCellPhoneGuy.com or www.BenLevitan.com.

I’m an expert witness in the area of cell phone technology and I see a lot of really bad experts in court that embarrass their clients. My #1 piece of advice for companies looking to hire an expert witness is to ask themselves…

Is this person a TRUE expert?

The courts are pretty lenient on allowing someone to be an expert. The standard is generally that the person possesses “more knowledge than the average person” on a topic and that information required to be understood by the jury. Lawyers (and Jurors) can easily be impressed by someone will a little knowledge.

Check out the expert. A simple Google search for the expertise should bring up his/her name IN RELEVANT search results. This means their name comes up in the context of their work and not in the context of their advertising or other trials where they have been a witness. People claim to have testified in dozens of cases. That doesn’t mean they knew what they were talking about.


Martin A. GinsburgMartin A. Ginsburg

Martin A. Ginsburg is a Paralegal Nurse Consultant and Founder of MarGin Consulting. In his role, Martin is able to bring together healthcare/medical perspective with the education and experience of a paralegal to conduct preliminary primary law research relevant to the matter under consideration. Martin is also a veteran of the United States Air Force, and his diverse life experience is applied to all investigations to ensure the most thorough and in-depth review available.

The biggest and most common mistake made by law firms in hiring an expert witness is…

Waiting too long to begin the selection process.

Medical providers seeking reviews for Quality Control or Improvement for reasons of compliance with regulations make also make this mistake.

Attorneys and law firms often seem to believe that quality reviews can be completed in-house and only seek an outside expert to put on the finishing touches. Like the practice of law, healthcare and medicine require experience to fully understand. Despite the education level of attorneys and the, generally, broad life experience of their professional staff, subjects in which they are not experts should be placed with an appropriate expert early in the process to prevent costly and time consuming work that may prove fruitless.

An inventor develops a waste-to-energy process. Which expert to choose; mechanical, chemical, chemical process, or civil engineer? That would depend on which part of the process requires review, and whether that review or component requires additional component review. The earlier the selection process begins, the more likely to secure the services of the appropriate expert and have time to receive a quality report.

In medically related cases, not only timely expert selection, but cost-effective expert selection is also important. A physician expert may reveal unrecognized interactions between pre-existing and new diagnoses. A legal nurse consultant can review medical records more cost effectively than a physician, as well as summarize those records to focus the review of the physician, however; the physician expert is vital to ensure no diagnostic or practice standards have been inappropriately excluded.

All of this review by experts takes time. Waiting until there is insufficient time to render a valid opinion eliminates any value that opinion might have had.


Christopher English HuganChistopher English Hugan

Christopher English Hugan is a litigation and transaction attorney at Hugan Law, a Nashville-based private law firm, who focuses on trademark, copyright, entertainment, and general business matters.

When it comes to the hiring of expert witnesses, I generally see two common mistakes:

The first is the failure to fully vet the expert’s prior expert opinions. There is nothing worse than finding out on cross-examination that the expert took a different position on the identical issue in a different case.

The second is to ignore that we live in a pop culture and disregard the expert’s baseline likeability. We all hope that jurors form opinions based on the evidence and the law. Nevertheless, I am convinced that they often vote an expert “off the island” based on physical attributes and first impressions.

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pathogensWith food and waterborne pathogens one of the leading causes of illness and death in developing countries, food security is an important focus for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). APEC is made up of 21 member economies that facilitate economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region. Food Safety magazine reports APEC is addressing food safety in many ways, including an ongoing project that trains scientists on innovative rapid detection methods for Salmonella and other food pathogens. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 2.2 million people die as a result of food and water contamination each year.

Dr. Darrel Suderman has over 20 years of experience in food and beverage research & development, quality assurance and food safety. He explains, “Developing rapid detection methods for food pathogens is critical in combating the rise in food poisoning cases internationally. But an equivalent effort to prevent and control food pathogens is equally important throughout the entire food supply chain. This methodology requires the application of tracking and tracing software systems to prevent any illness to grow beyond a specific incident. The concept of an integrated farm-to-fork approached was endorsed and promoted this summer at the annual meeting of the Association of Food and Drug Officials.”
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Medical Device May Diagnose Heart Disease http://blog.zintro.com/2014/11/10/medical-device-may-diagnose-heart-disease/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/11/10/medical-device-may-diagnose-heart-disease/#respond Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:29:59 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22628 Researchers are close to commercializing a new type of medical imaging technology with the potential of diagnosing heart disease. The latest issue of Scientific Reports includes a paper co-authored by... Read More

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Heart DiseaseResearchers are close to commercializing a new type of medical imaging technology with the potential of diagnosing heart disease. The latest issue of Scientific Reports includes a paper co-authored by Michael Sturek, professor and chair of the Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology at Indiana University School of Medicine.

According to Medical Net, “The system takes precise three-dimensional images of plaques lining arteries and identifies deposits that are likely to rupture and cause heart attacks. The imaging reveals the presence of carbon-hydrogen bonds making up lipid molecules in arterial plaques that cause heart disease.”

Medical device expert and consultant Michael McGuinness shares his opinion. “Similar to cardiac-CT and ICUS-intra coronary ultrasound, but regardless of the diagnostic capabilities, the gold standard will be cardiac catheterization whereupon the interventional cardiologist can treat the disease as soft plaque, fibrotic, or calcification.”

Shabbir Bambot, Ph.D. has over 20 years of experience taking innovative medical device product opportunities from concept to commercialization. “Intravascular ultrasound is currently being used to map plaque in arteries,” explains . The challenge has always been to separate vulnerable plaque (the type that is likely to rupture) from plaque that isn’t. The use of a pulsed laser to generate ultrasound signals is known as a photo-acoustic measurement is a relatively new and powerful method that helps increase the sensitivity and resolution of standard ultrasound. This method could be useful in diagnosing vulnerable plaque.”

As a biomedical engineer and assistant professor in engineering, Michel Audette has questions about the new technology. “The first question that comes up in my mind is: how will this be used for therapy planning? I can come up with two tangents that are worth exploring,” begins Audette.

“The first area is, given the relatively low resolution and the speckle found in US, how to best combine this modality with a second preoperative image with better resolution and contrast (albeit not discriminating in terms of likely rupture zones), such as MR angiography. It seems to me that the registration between the two models would pretty close to rigid, since we are dealing with the same person, but perhaps there are complicating factors, such as breathing or a beating heart. Some sort of gating would be needed, and perhaps a model for cyclical or quasi-cyclical motion. Nonetheless, there are some model-to-image registration methods that would do quite well in this area, some of them adapted to blood vessels.

“The second tangent worth exploring is: how to come up with a predictive mechanical model that allows us to relate what we see in the photoacoustic image with a likelihood of rupture, based on fracture mechanics. The latter exercise is tricky, and at first glance, it seems like a good candidate for animal experiments, assuming that the pathology can be triggered in animals. You would then need to come up with a repeatable mechanical stimulus that could cause ruptures to occur, and track them statistically. This type of pulsating stimulus may already be in use in the elastography community. These two research ideas seem relevant, off the top of my head.”

“Well this is the holy grail in cardiac imaging isn’t it?” asks John Leal, who has a background in medical imaging and the development of centers and techniques for medical imaging. With this information we can really treat individual patients rather than population models based on predictive risk factors. Obviously it is a long way from research to clinical practice, but like other imaging technologies, it could change the practice of Cardiology                                                                                                                                                                  .

“Interesting that on the news the other night I saw a blurb on calcium as a predictor of subclinical disease, this was presented as new! We’ve known this for many years and there are many published papers on this. I only point this out to illustrate the long path from lab to practice.”
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“Apply a Rainmaking Strategy and Skills to Develop New Business” Presented by Dr. John Brennan http://blog.zintro.com/2014/11/06/apply-rainmaking-strategy-skills-develop-new-business/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/11/06/apply-rainmaking-strategy-skills-develop-new-business/#respond Thu, 06 Nov 2014 23:08:00 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22620 Zintro Webinar Presented by Dr. John Brennan, President at Interpersonal Development, LLC & Senior Consultant at Shipley Associates. Presenter’s Note: “Many experts are frustrated with their inability to engage prospective clients... Read More

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Zintro Webinar

Presented by Dr. John Brennan, President at Interpersonal Development, LLC & Senior Consultant at Shipley Associates.

Presenter’s Note:
“Many experts are frustrated with their inability to engage prospective clients in a conversation about their project needs. The truth is they don’t know how. They tend to overwhelm the client with their enthusiasm and information about their product or services. Clients balk at this “hard sell” and back off. This webinar offers an alternative; a consultative that gets clients talking about their needs and expectations early, leading to targeted advice and proposals that close more sales.”

About Dr. John Brennan:
Dr. Brennan has focused his career on developing sales organizations designing and delivering sales training and coaching programs in North America, Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. His specific expertise includes sales management, sales skills enhancement, business development, sales coaching, and instructional design.

To help a European auto manufacturer launch its most successful new product in history, Dr. Brennan designed and delivered a global sales training program. He recruited, trained and managed sales trainers to deliver the courses. Other sales training clients have included Gannett Company, Microsoft, Pharmacia, Prudential, and Volkswagen. Dr. Brennan has developed the interpersonal skills of hundreds of sales reps and managers in intense, small group, interactive, classroom-style courses. As a trainer/facilitator, he has achieved outstanding participant satisfaction ratings.

He is the author of the book Consultative Selling Skills and publisher of the Sales Coaching Matters newsletter and numerous articles on sales and sales training. Dr. Brennan is a member of the Association for Training and Development.

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Connection Between Dementia and TBI http://blog.zintro.com/2014/11/05/connection-dementia-tbi/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/11/05/connection-dementia-tbi/#respond Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:24:02 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22592 A study published online October 27 in JAMA Neurology found that middle aged adults and older adults who sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBI) may be at increased risk for dementia.... Read More

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dementiaA study published online October 27 in JAMA Neurology found that middle aged adults and older adults who sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBI) may be at increased risk for dementia. Although prior studies were unable to find a link between a single TBI and the risk for dementia, in this study TBI was significantly associated with dementia diagnosis. According to first author Raquel C. Gardner, MD, from the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center in California, fall prevention will prevent bodily injury and may help prevent dementia. About one-third of adults over 65 develop dementia and there is no cure.

Earlier this fall, Zintro experts responded to results of a study published by the JAMA Internal Medicine. The study found that more than half of patients with advanced dementia are given drugs of questionable benefit on a regular basis. In addition, the monthly cost of these medicines is about $272.

Zintro expert Paul Goldenberg, MSW, NHA, is an experienced health care administrator with 25 years of experience in the health care field. Goldenberg says, “Dementia is a symptom of a variety of neurological, genetic and environmental factors. One needs to develop a full care planning analysis and see what approaches work. a combination is what is needed. Maybe an ant-anxiety medication with a calm structured environment along with consistent caregivers will provide the key. There is no one magic pill. Selling the one medication approach is poor care just to help out the pharmacy sales person.”

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Inquiry Roundup-Occupational Safety http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/31/inquiry-roundup-occupational-safety-2/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/31/inquiry-roundup-occupational-safety-2/#respond Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:32:51 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22563 OSHA We are in the commercial cleaning industry and would like assistance with are safety requirements as it relates to OSHA standards ,were located in New Jersey. View Inquiry Quality... Read More

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This position reports to the Branch Operations Director or Manager and is responsible for ensuring that all QA, Compliance and Safety activities in the Region are accomplished, necessary documentation is accurately completed, all measures and metrics are reported and appropriate corrective actions are taken and documented.
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– coordinate training of all Branch Operations employees (PSC & Logistics) and ensure proper documentation
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– develop and deploy training tools
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– provide OSHA responses through regional/corporate safety as required
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– provide all required reporting data
– monitor completion of accident reports and provide proper response on corrective actions
– ensure compliance with corporate driver safety program to include training
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Tower crane safe work procedure at site near to the live road.
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I’m looking for an expert trainer/consultant who can deliver Online training’s and seminars in HR Compliance. I’m looking at Federal and state labor laws like FLSA, FMLA and ADA, EEOC compliance and affirmative action, HR policy implementation, payroll and I-9 compliance, handling internal investigations, managing employee misconduct, performance management, employee termination, HR documentation and audits, OSHA workplace safety standards.
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Success Story: Trivest Partners http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/30/success-story-trivest-partners/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/30/success-story-trivest-partners/#respond Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:27:07 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22549 Troy Templeton is the managing partner of Trivest Partners, L.P., the oldest private equity firm in the southeastern U.S. Trivest, headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida, focuses on partnering with founder/family-owned... Read More

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Troy Templeton - CopyTroy Templeton is the managing partner of Trivest Partners, L.P., the oldest private equity firm in the southeastern U.S. Trivest, headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida, focuses on partnering with founder/family-owned businesses in the United States and Canada. Since its founding in 1981, Trivest has completed more than 200 transactions, totaling over $5 billion in value. Troy discusses his experience working with Zintro below:

“The lifeblood of our business is new deal origination. We are constantly seeking fresh avenues to increase the number of acquisition candidates we see as well as the overall quality of these opportunities. Zintro has provided us with both. Leveraging the vast contact networks of Zintro’s expert base has bolstered our annual deal flow from a previously untapped source. Additionally, since the Zintro experts are typically talented individuals from a wide range of industries, we’ve found the deal introductions from Zintro tend to be above-average quality businesses, creating a higher likelihood of Trivest pursuing an acquisition. As an added benefit, Zintro not only has helped us source opportunities, many times we have leveraged the Zintro network to help us evaluate those deals during our due diligence process. We look very forward to continuing to grow alongside Zintro in the years to come.”
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“How You Can Consistently Attract (And Win) A Steadier Stream Of New Business” Presented by David A. Fields http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/29/can-consistently-attract-win-steadier-stream-new-business-presented-david-fields/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/29/can-consistently-attract-win-steadier-stream-new-business-presented-david-fields/#respond Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:26:43 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22536 Zintro Webinar Presented by David A. Fields, Managing Director at The Ascendant Consortium. Author, speaker and consultant specializing in maximizing the ROI from consulting engagements. Presenter’s Note: “This webinar is for... Read More

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Zintro Webinar

Presented by David A. Fields, Managing Director at The Ascendant Consortium. Author, speaker and consultant specializing in maximizing the ROI from consulting engagements.

Presenter’s Note:
“This webinar is for you if you are an independent consultant and are looking for a steadier, more consistent stream of clients. Don’t miss the great tips and techniques that will be tackled in this webinar, like the “magic language” that converts your Rolodex of friendly relationships into high value prospects, or a simple practice that creates massive momentum in your pipeline.
Look for an easy, low-pressure approach to radically increase your market presence. Find the “Revenue Truth” behind your current level of success, and what it means for your future potencial, and much more”

About David A. Fields:
David A. Fields is one of the world’s leading authorities on using outside experts such as consultants, coaches and agencies. He is author of the highly acclaimed book, The Executive’s Guide to Consultants (McGraw-Hill, 2012), writes monthly columns for IndustryWeek and Consulting Magazine and has contributed to CNN Money, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, and dozens of other leading publications. Both sides of the client/consultant relationship love David’s work – he is regularly hired by savvy corporations including Time-Warner, Abbott Labs, ITT and dozens of others to help them get the most out of their investments in outside experts. He also works directly with hundreds of consulting firms every year to help them win more projects that are highly lucrative for their clients and for them.

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Biogen Idec Foundation and ASTC Aim to Educate Students about Biotechnology http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/29/biogen-idec-foundation-astc-aim-educate-students-biotech-field/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/29/biogen-idec-foundation-astc-aim-educate-students-biotech-field/#respond Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:15:06 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22539 The Biogen Idec Foundation presented a $1.5 million grant to the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) to launch the World Biotech Tour. ASTC is an organization that represents almost 400... Read More

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BiotechThe Biogen Idec Foundation presented a $1.5 million grant to the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) to launch the World Biotech Tour. ASTC is an organization that represents almost 400 science centers and museums in the U.S. and 45 other countries. According to the two groups, the World Biotech Tour “aims to increase the impact and visibility of biotechnology among youth, the general public, and underserved communities to promote science literacy.” The tour will make its first three stops in Belgium, Portugal and Japan.

Tony Kingsley, Chairman of the Biogen Idec Foundation released a statement about the efforts. “The Biogen Idec Foundation is committed to furthering efforts that promote the drive, dedication, creativity and educational excellence of future scientists. With the growing need for developing tomorrow’s STEM workforce, we are glad to partner with the ASTC to help to achieve this goal.”

Bruce Compton, Ph.D. is a research professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering Biomanufacturing Center at the University of Massachusetts.  He has 25 years of experience in biologics and drug delivery and is an expert in separation sciences and product characterization. He discusses one of the issues with educating young students about biotechnology:

An issue with promoting biotech with the youth, as seen at science fairs is that the guidelines for creating a project often restrict the use of any animals or microbial subjects. I think this may be relatively fundamental given that by definition biotechnology involves some type of living organism or things derived from organisms.

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U.S. Officials Push for Production of Promising Anti-Ebola Drug http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/28/u-s-officials-push-production-promising-anti-ebola-drug/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/28/u-s-officials-push-production-promising-anti-ebola-drug/#respond Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:55:34 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22522 U.S. officials are pushing biotechnology researchers at Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. to make more of ZMapp, which ran out in August. The drug is a promising experimental Ebola treatment. The Bill... Read More

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CU.S. officials are pushing biotechnology researchers at Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. to make more of ZMapp, which ran out in August. The drug is a promising experimental Ebola treatment. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave Mapp a $150,00 grant to examine whether it is possible to mass produce the drug. According to the foundation’s senior program officer Bryan Callahan, Mapp and its partners have discussed the feasibility of increasing production with a traditional biotechnology manufacturing technique with Amgen Inc. but no final decision has been made in regard to a pharma partner. Amgen is the world’s biggest biotechnology company by sales and is based in Thousand Oaks, California.

Zintro expert Antonio Toniolo, MD, FAMH, explains, “The ZMapp “biological drug” (a cocktail of anti-Ebola antibodies) is of great value. However, its efficacy will be limited to rich Countries with a few Ebola cases. This is due to difficulties in production, costs, distribution, and administration to patients.”Two products will be more effective and are badly needed: 1) an oral antiviral drug (a chemical) that may be used both for curing infected people and for preventing virus replication in people possibly exposed to virus (e.g., healthcare workers, family members of cases, etc.). The drug could derive from pipelines of several different Pharma companies after “short” in vitro testing against Ebola virus; 2) an Ebola vaccine. This is being developed in Switzerland and elsewhere.

“There are no major difficulties in this direction, but the time required to measure safety and efficacy in animals and humans is surely long. Then, the vaccine should be produced, distributed, administered to at risk populations, etc. The herd immunity effects will take over one year in a small nation. In the short term, I would suggest to concentrate efforts on chemicals with possible activity against Ebola virus replication. Pharma companies and virology experts know well what virus enzymes need to be targeted.”

Navneet Sharma is a biotechnology professional who works in research and higher education. In his  opinion, “Although there might be so many different methods for producing antibodies, they all need to be checked before these techniques are implemented at mass production scale. But definitely there had been so many patients who are either suffering or have died because of this disease. What about their ‘blood?’ Could it not be used as a source of antibodies against Ebola? I totally think so.

“That way we wouldn’t be looking at alternatives for producing recombinant antibodies but the ones produced in the natural host itself. What does everyone say? The only thing that we need to develop is ‘a protocol for getting blood from such patients and then a method to store it and get antibodies separated from it.’ It should definitely be given a try and I think that it will relieve us from looking for similar plants like Tobacco to produce Ebola antibodies.”

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Groups Petition FDA for Food Packaging Chemical Ban http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/27/groups-petition-fda-food-packaging-chemical-ban/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/27/groups-petition-fda-food-packaging-chemical-ban/#respond Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:29:34 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22514 Nine consumer and environmental health groups recently petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) arguing for a ban on some of the chemicals used in food packaging, especially pertchelorate and... Read More

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boxes-406272_1280Nine consumer and environmental health groups recently petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) arguing for a ban on some of the chemicals used in food packaging, especially pertchelorate and long-chain perfluorocarboxylates (PFCs). Pertchelorate is added to sealing gaskets to reduce static in dry food packaging and PFCs keep pizza boxes and sandwich wrappers free of grease. According to the petition, these chemicals can harm fetal development, male reproductive systems, and pre- and post-natal brain development. In addition, the petition claims they cause cancer.

Pharmaceutical consultant Rajkumar M. Gupta has over 30 years of hands-on technical and management level experience within the Packaging/API/Pharmaceuticals industries worldwide. He says, “The petitioners claim on harmful effects of long-chain perfluorocarboxylates (PFCs) shall be evaluated by FDA and the petitioner must be provided a white paper on the subject . Maybe the petitioner is right.”

Research engineer Richard A. Freundlich is the President of RAF Solutions, consulting services for the plastics industry. He is a specialist in plastics technology with major focus on thermoplastic polyesters (PET)and PET foam, with a focus on food and protective packaging. He explains, “One should consider the use of Polyhydroxyalkonates (PHA) Biopolymers as a solution as they offer exceptional grease and oil resistance , are FDA approved and can be used as a Latex coating on a variety of substrates.”

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Inquiry Roundup –Metallurgical Processing http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/24/inquiry-roundup-metallurgy-industry/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/10/24/inquiry-roundup-metallurgy-industry/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:00:11 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22497 Metallurgical Process Removal of chromium oxide formed on the surfaces of heat treated ss 303/316 grade stainless steel components, the material removal should few microns and the surface should remain... Read More

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Removal of chromium oxide formed on the surfaces of heat treated ss 303/316 grade stainless steel components, the material removal should few microns and the surface should remain smooth.
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We are looking for a consultant for Tin refining by pyro method……View Inquiry

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