Wakeboarding Combines Several Sports for Aquatic Athletics

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For more than 15 years, Steve Kanzer has led Accredited Ventures, Inc. of New York City as its chairman and CEO. In this current position, Mr. Kanzer maintains a life-science focused venture capital group. Under his direction, the company has been able to extend its services to universities across the country, assisting with life-science technology licensing. Just as his professional capacities remain comprehensive, Steve Kanzer enjoys a variety of activities outside the office. One of his favorite sports is wakeboarding.

Wakeboarding, similar to water skiing, includes elements of multiple seasonal sports like snowboarding and alpine skiing. Wakeboarding involves one board instead of two skis and uses a maximum boat speed of 19 miles-per-hour. This exciting sport teaches the participant to ride the wake of a boat and involves a tow boat operated at a slower speed than traditional waterskiing.

Here are three important safety tips each wakeboarder should learn for preparedness and caution. One of the first things to learn is how to properly distribute and balance weight because both feet are strapped to the board and weight distribution changes from front to back as the rider stands up. By learning to properly distribute weight, wakeboarders improve their control and minimize accidents. Additionally, riders should be sure to wear life vests or other personal flotation devices. In order to ensure maximum safety when riding, wakeboarding should only be practiced in clear weather and in water that is free of floating objects or debris.


Centers of the New York University School of Law


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The founder of Synthetic Biologics, Inc., and the chief executive officer and chairman of Accredited Ventures, Inc., Steve Kanzer has more than two decades of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Steve Kanzer was previously a member of a New York City-based law firm that focused on mergers and acquisitions. He earned his juris doctor from the New York University School of Law.

The oldest law school in the city, the New York University School of Law was founded in 1835 and offers students the opportunity to focus on a range of study areas, from cities and land use to taxation, among others. In addition to its conferences and symposia, the school also offers more than 30 centers and institutes to bring students and faculty together, including the Center on Civil Justice and the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights.

Established in 2014, the Center on Civil Justice is dedicated to the study and practice of aggregate litigation and civil procedure. It is a place for judges, scholars, law professors, and practitioners to come together to study and discuss possible civil justice reforms. Not only does the center sponsor conferences on that topic, it also supports original research on a variety of complex legal issues.

Created to focus research on the topics of human rights advocacy, education, and scholarship, the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights has been in operation for more than 15 years. Its most notable initiative is the China and International Human Rights Law Research Program, which partners the institute with Human Rights in China to help students build skills related to Internet freedom and international human rights advocacy.

High Profile Defaults in Professional Tennis

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Steve Kanzer has served as the chairman and chief executive officer of Accredited Ventures, Inc., in New York City since 2001. When he is not leading the investment banking company’s life science sector Steve Kanzer enjoys staying active by playing tennis.

Like golf, tennis is often regarded as a sport of etiquette. It is considered impolite, for example, to celebrate a point that ends in an unforced error by an opponent. That said, there have been several occasions on which a professional player’s actions and behavior have resulted in disqualification from a match.

One of the more recent disqualifications came during the final of the 2012 AEGON Championships, a grass court tournament held in London just before Wimbledon. Former world No. 3 David Nalbandian took the first set from Croatian Marin Cilic in a tie breaker. The match was on serve 3-4 in the second set when Nalbandian kicked the base of an on court advertisement in frustration. The advertisement broke, sending pieces of wood into the leg of a nearby linesperson. Fergus Murphy, the presiding chair umpire, immediately declared a default, awarding the match, and the tournament, to Cilic.

John McEnroe is a player that often calls to mind on-court tirades, though his infamous engagements with chair umpires rarely resulted in more than a stern warning or point penalty. That all changed in 1990 when the American became the first player in nearly three decades to be disqualified from a grand slam match. Leading Mikael Pernfors two sets to one in the fourth round of the Australian Open, McEnroe let his temper get the best of him, smashing a racket and reeling off a litany of curse words. Chair umpire Gerry Armstong cited racket abuse and verbal abuse as grounds from the default.

Another high profile default involves Andre Agassi at the 1996 RCA Championships in Indianapolis. Once again, Agassi found himself leading the match one set to love before he cursed directly at the umpire and fired a ball off into the stadium. Dana Loconto conferred with Mark Darby, the tournament supervisor, before announcing the default to an upset crowd.

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Holds Annual Conference in May

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A biotechnology and pharmaceutical finance professional, Steve Kanzer serves as the chairman and CEO of Accredited Ventures, Inc. in New York, New York. Steve Kanzer is also a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), which holds its 2016 Annual Conference in May.

FINRA’s Annual Conference enables financial professionals to receive the latest information from industry regulators and be exposed to new perspectives from leading practitioners. The conference features a number of presentations by regulatory, government, and industry speakers in addition to offering compliance programs for newer compliance professionals. Additionally, participants can network with exhibitors and other practitioners as well as earn certified revenue cycle professional, continuing professional education, and continuing legal education credits.

Attendees may participate in the conference in-person or via online broadcast. Registration rates vary depending upon type of attendance ticket, FINRA membership, and status as an attorney or government professional. The conference will take place May 23 through May 25 at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC.

An opening night reception will also take place the first evening of the conference, allowing participants an additional opportunity to network with peers and regulators. The business-casual reception will take place at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on May 23, 2016. Guests may accompany attendees for an additional charge of $95, which covers entrance into the museum, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts.