Three Travel Tips for First Time Hong Kong Visitors

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Octopus Card
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From 2001 to 2012, Michael Erin served in the United States Army, reaching the rank of Captain in 2009. He currently works as a principal and managing partner with boutique consultancy firm Progressive Management & Associates, located in Chicago, Illinois. Michael Erin has also traveled extensively in his free time, visiting multiple destinations worldwide, including Hong Kong.

With over 7 million people densely packed into the 427-square-mile city, visiting Hong Kong for the first time can be overwhelming. These three tips will help first-time visitors get around the city.

1. Airport Travel – Getting to and from Hong Kong Airport is a breeze with the Express train, which will take you to either Hong Kong Island or Kowloon. According to travel writer, chef, and TV personality Anthony Bourdain, the Airport Express gets you into the center of the city in less than a half hour, with tickets starting at just $13.

2. Octopus Card – Available for purchase at the Hong Kong Airport, an Octopus card is a prepaid debit card, meaning you load money onto the card to use in place of paper money and coins. The Octopus card makes traveling much easier, as you do not have to fumble for change to catch the subway or bus. As an added perk, many Hong Kong retailers accept Octopus cards.

3. City Center – The “Central” area of Hong Kong Island provides the ideal base of operations. From the city’s center, you will have quick access to shopping, restaurants, and attractions. For activities outside of the city’s center, the Central MRT station will easily get you there and back.

Top Cubs Prospect Ian Happ Enjoys Impressive MLB Debut

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Ian Happ
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Michael Erin is a principal and managing partner of Progressive Management & Associates, a boutique consultancy firm that specializes in valuation, marketing, comprehensive practice management, and brokerage services. When he is not working, Michael Erin enjoys watching his favorite MLB team, the Chicago Cubs.

In mid-May, Triple-A Iowa player Ian Happ got the chance of a lifetime when he was called up to play for the Cubs amidst several team injuries that left the ranks thin. Though the Cubs ended up losing the game against the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3, Happ’s MLB debut impressed both fans and team staff.

In the game’s seventh inning, the 22-year-old player made sure his first time at bat in the majors counted, hitting a two-run home run. As only the fifth Chicago player in 25 seasons to hit a homer in their MLB debut, Happ joins the ranks of Javier Baez, Willson Contreras, Jorge Soler, and Starlin Castro.

Joe Maddon, the manager of the team, praised Happ as a “calm and a confident young man,” saying that nobody on the Cubs staff was surprised to see Happ perform so well. After the game, Ian Happ took to Twitter to thank everyone for the “overwhelming” support.

The International Economic Development Council

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International Economic Development Council
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The managing partner at Progressive Management & Associates, Michael Erin often dedicates his free time to multiple charitable, nonprofit, and professional organizations. Among those Michael Erin belongs to is the International Economic Development Council.

Supporting those in professions related to economic development, the International Economic Development Council has some 5,000 members. The goal is to create a stable tax base in communities and to foster a stronger and more inclusive economy with the creation of jobs. The Council also aims to instruct its members on how to advance their careers.

Members come from all walks of life, and represent an increasing number of industries, from workforce development to international trade. Membership provides the opportunity to work with leaders in different fields and offers access to yearly conferences and publications dedicated to economic development. In 2016, the Council commemorated its 90-year history with the first-ever Economic Development Week, encouraging the celebration of economic development in local communities.

Business First Magazine Ranks Virginia Military Institute

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An executive in economic development, Michael Erin formerly led the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance as chief of staff and director of operations. He has since transitioned to the position of vice president of development with the Economic Club of Las Vegas. Michael Erin holds a bachelor of arts in economics and business from the Virginia Military Institute, which was recently recognized by Business First magazine.

Business First ranked Virginia Military Institute 45th on its list of nearly 500 four-year public schools in the United States. Only three Virginia schools ranked higher. The magazine bases its rankings on data from the US Census Bureau American Community Survey and the National Center for Education Statistics.

Business First ranks only public colleges and universities and considers selectivity and the cost of tuition and housing. Other criteria include retention rates, graduate rates, and the quality of campus resources.

Cubs Celebrate 2016 Championship Season with Commemorative Book

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With a degree in economics and business from the Virginia Military Institute, Michael Erin serves as principal and managing partner at Progressive Management & Associates in Chicago. In his free time, Michael Erin enjoys following his favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs.

In a recently released statement, the Cubs announced that Fly the W, the team’s 2016 championship season book, is now available for purchase. Covering events from the beginning of spring training to the November day when the Cubs finally clinched their first World Series title in more than a century, the 160-page hardcover book includes stories from the Daily Herald as well as personal essays from prominent members of the Cubs community, including Tom Ricketts, Joe Maddon, and Ryne Sandberg.

In addition to engaging text, the coffee-table book features nearly 100 full-color photographs taken by Steve Green, the Cubs’ photographer. Fly The W can be purchased on the team’s official website and from other online retailers.