Back in the
early nineties when Prevail was founded, our corporate logo was a stylized
butterfly. That logo has morphed over the years into something that now
looks more like a wind-filled spinnaker sail. This is no accident.
Prevail founder Carl Dirkes is a lifelong sailor for whom the image of a
wind-filled sail has always carried a special meaning. Carl believes that
every human on the planet must decide on a daily basis how to best make use of
life’s prevailing winds. Almost everybody who has ever known him has
heard him utter the phrase “Success in life has almost everything to do
with your own personal choices — and almost nothing to do with anybody
else’s.” That sentiment is beautifully illustrated in “One Ship Sails
East” by 19th-Century American poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox:
One ship sails East, And another West, By the self-same winds that blow, ‘Tis the set of the sails And not the gales, That tells the way we go.
The name “Prevail” is
a bit of double entendre. The more obvious meaning is borrowed from legal
terminology. To prevail in a legal proceeding simply means to win, and
that’s certainly a good thing. At a deeper level, however, it’s a nod to
winds of fate and, more importantly, how we choose to react to them.
For a couple of
months each year, Carl chooses to let the prevailing winds push him around the
Caribbean aboard his sailboat, S/V Gully Rooster. The Gully Rooster is a
vintage 41’ Coronado Sloop which Carl has lovingly restored over the past two
decades. It belonged to Carl’s father before him, and someday he plans to
pass it on to his daughter, Caitlin. Since it was launched in 1974,
the Gully Rooster has logged upwards of 30,000 nautical miles, visiting more
than a dozen countries and transiting the Panama Canal twice. The name
“Gully Rooster” is Bahamian slang for a type of wild chicken native to the
crew’s favorite tropical island, Green Turtle Cay in Abaco, Bahamas. If
the Gully Rooster isn’t out cruising the islands, you’ll generally find it tied
up at the Port Canaveral Yacht Club, where Carl serves on the board of
directors and generally holds court at the tiki bar.
When Prevail was still a young company and Carl was doing most of the user
training himself, clients who came to town for training were often taken out
for a day-sail before their training was deemed complete. If you plan on
coming to Florida for user training in our office, make sure to ask your
trainer if the Gully Rooster is in town. Carl doesn’t do user-training
anymore, but he still loves taking people sailing.
Disability Planners specializes in connecting Social Security claimants to an appropriate Medicare plan.
Prevail clients, starting with Prevail v8, are now able to submit claimant leads to Disability Planners right from Prevail’s interface. Client firms receive referral fees for each valid lead submitted — whether the claimant ends up going with Disability Planners or not — and Prevail makes this easy and intuitive.
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WASHINGTON, DC—The Social Security Advisory Board (SSAB) has
appointed an independent, expert panel to review the assumptions and methods
used to develop the annual report of the Social Security Trustees on the
financial status of the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance trust
funds. This 2019 Technical Panel on Assumptions and Methods is the sixth
quadrennial panel the board has commissioned since 1999.
The Social Security Advisory Board (SSAB) is an independent,
bipartisan board created by Congress and appointed by the President and the
Congress to advise the President, the Congress, and the Commissioner of Social
Security on matters related to the Social Security and Supplemental Security
It is generally a good idea to perform a Pack & Reindex
for your database at least once a month. A Pack & Reindex helps your
database run at its optimal speeds. The process involves packing &
reindexing the tables by completely removing deleted records out of the
database and recreating the indexes of the data within the table(s). This could
help free up some physical hard drive space from your server and it may result
in an increase of database performance as Prevail will be able to run SQL
statements quicker and more efficiently.
To run a Pack & Reindex, ensure that all users are
signed out of Prevail then click on the “Control Panel” icon to the
left, and login. Once you login, click on the “lock database” option
and after a few moments the Pack & Reindex option should become available.