Friday, October 28, 2011

Calzone welcomes new clients to the firm.

We welcomed Triad Response Group and Rand McNally to our client roster this week.

Both are a good fit for Calzone with its expertise in emergency services and travel sectors.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Academy of Interactive Entertainment Brings New Workforce Opportunity to Petroleum Industry

Graduates of the Academy of Interactive Entertainment Offer Valued Skills for Model and Analysis

(Lafayette, La.) - The Academy of Interactive Entertainment's (AIE) new campus in Lafayette, Louisiana brings a new opportunity of advancement to the Gulf Coast petroleum industry. Graduates of AIE are skilled in visualizing geo-spatial data, spatial representations of real-world objects and generating business intelligence from data visualization, making them vital in an advanced approach to quickly understanding business implications and opportunities through in-house software development and analysis.

According to Dr. Chris Erhardt, Head of Schools in the United States for AIE, their graduates can accomplish a multitude of tasks useful to the petroleum industry. They can work with analysts to assess the impact of projects, examine numerous implementation options and estimate resource requirements, quickly identify cost reduction and business process improvement opportunities, develop in-house quick-decision dashboards to forecast and project business implications or opportunities and create simulations to show economic trends in oil and gas and what can effect oil prices. AIE graduates can also develop in-house 3D data modeling and visualization as a tool for improving communication and simulating complex geological and petrophysical structures and processes.

Data visualization in the petroleum industry can aid in detection of unauthorized intrusion into pipeline right-of-ways and in meeting the pipeline Safety Act of 1992 requirements of identifying facilities in sensitive and high-density populations areas, maintaining maps and records of the identified information, and providing the information to those state and federal officials who request it. (Source:

With an AIE graduate, instead of spending millions on initial software, required training, maintenance and a trained analyst to operate it, companies can have purpose-built tools for analysts and real-time dashboards, using in-house software and in-house data.

The skills AIE graduates can provide to the petroleum industry include the ability to monitor potential waste implications and environmental risks, determine optimum facility placement or resource location, track well log editing, residual velocity analysis, and amplitude-versus-offset analysis, as well as share 3D views, animations, and analyses with stakeholders and decision-makers.

Founded in 1996, AIE is a two-year training college that offers courses in game art, design, and programming as well as film and 3D design and visual effects. While many graduates are advancing into the gaming industry workforce, many are seeking careers in other fields, such as medical simulations, educational tools, and petroleum industry solutions.

For more information about the Academy of Interactive Entertainment, visit the website at or contact Dr. Chris Erhardt at 206.428.6350 or by email at Prospective students interested in the Lafayette campus can call 337.476.1565.

Academy of Interactive Entertainment Q & A.

Dr Christopher Erhardt, The Head of School at The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE), is hosting an information session to be able to answer all your questions about what our college will be offering starting in January at the LITE Center, Lafayette.
Please Join Dr Chris at  Cafe' Vermilionville, October 28, 2011
From 6:00 ~ 7:30pm , at 1304 W Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, LA 70503-2906 , # (337) 237-0100.
Make your RSVP by emailing : or call 337-476-1565.
We are looking forward to meeting you there.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Calzone Named to Emergency Preparedness Panel at United States Eventing Association Annual Convention.

(Lafayette, La.) - Julie Calzone, Equine Alert founder and owner, has been chosen to speak on a panel about emergency preparedness for equestrian related facilities at the United States Eventing Association convention in Nashville, Tennessee in early December.

Eventing could be termed an "equestrian triathlon." It involves working with a horse both on the flat and over fences. The three phases are: dressage, endurance (or cross-country), and show jumping. Over the centuries it has developed from the test of the ideal military charger. Eventing has now evolved into an exciting sport attracting interest from all levels of sports enthusiasts, from weekend hobby riders to professional international stars.

The USEA membership represents some of the top equestrian athletes who compete world wide at Olympic, World Cup and Championship events.

"We are here to assist equestrian facilities in the U.S. with safety and security systems," said Calzone. "Equine Alert has scaled its operations to provide complete training, monitoring and protocol systems for emergencies and security at equestrian related businesses nationally."

The company has partnered with Acadian Monitoring Services, Safety Management Systems and Convergint Technologies to provide full-scale development, installation and monitoring of security, fire, video and audio systems for facilities that house horses.

The partners were carefully selected because of their foundation in emergency and safety management. Equine Alert designs and installs systems to meet whatever a horse facility needs, especially with the increased codes and permit requirements. Whether it is a foal watch camera or a completely integrated system of sprinklers, fire/security/video monitoring, Equine Alert is equipped to do it all.

Equine Alert is based in the Gulf Coast region of the United States and is taking advantage of decades of expertise in the energy sector. The company has also begun a relationship with Knight Security, which covers the state of Texas.

Julie Calzone began her career as a rock and roll promoter and successfully transformed a one-person advertising design shop (Calzone) into a full-service advertising, marketing and public relations firm with a wide range of local, regional and national clients. With a Bachelor of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York and a Master of Science in Personnel from St. Bonaventure University, she definitely has the background along with a “can do” attitude. 

Julie is an amateur horse owner, rider and breeder of European sport horses. 

Over the past four years she has combined her passion for horses with entrepreneurship to found two more companies that serve the equestrian market. Equine Motorcoach™ manufacturers all-in-one motorized RV and horse transport vehicles. The company recently cornered the market on a towable horse transport that is branded Equine Carriage™.

Her most recent venture, Equine Alert, has been in research and development for two years. Her vision was to create a business that leveraged technology to increase the safety and security at horse farms, veterinary clinics, equestrian facilities and show grounds. Equine Alert scaled its operations to provide complete training, monitoring and protocol systems for emergencies and security at equestrian-related businesses nationally.

She serves on the Louisiana Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and dedicates time to the horse program at Angola Prison in Louisiana. She organizes their public horse auctions, which reaps monetary and behavioral rewards for Louisiana Prison Enterprises and the trustees. Her ad agency serves a variety of equestrian clientele.