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Keefe Gorman currently serves Merrill Lynch as a managing director of investments. When he is not playing this role at Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman enjoys spending time with his wife and children, and playing golf.
Golfers rank few prizes above the ace, more commonly known as the hole in one. Robert Mitera achieved what was arguably the most impressive hole in one in golf history during a 1965 round at the Miracle Hills Gold Club in Omaha, Nebraska. Mitera drove the ball more than 440 yards to record the longest known hole in one at the 10th hole. The flag was not visible from the tee, and Mitera only realized his feat when he reached the green and was informed of it by another golfer.
Another record holder is Mancil Davis, with the largest number of professional aces, logging 51 total hole-in-one shots over the course of his PGA career. As for Jake Paine, he became the youngest recorded player to achieve a hole in one on a 65-yard drive at age three, while Harold Stilson of Boca Raton, Florida, made a 108-yard ace at the age of 101 to become the oldest recognized player to achieve a hole in one. There are also a number of records involving players who have made multiple aces in close succession. For example, professional golfer, Craig Thomas, aced two of three holes during a practice round at the Metropolis Country Club in White Plains, New York.
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How Moguls Are Judged
M. Keefe Gorman works as a wealth management advisor at Merrill Lynch, where he is the managing director of a wealth management team. Prior to working for Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman spent more than a decade competing on the US Pro Mogul Tour and the US Pro Ski Tour.
Professional moguls, a discipline of freestyle skiing that involves a short run down a steep, bumpy hill, includes a judging panel of seven individuals who evaluate a run in terms of turns and air time. A competitor’s total run time is also taken into account when compiling a final score. Half of a run’s score (up to 15 points) is based on turns, which are carefully monitored by five of the seven judges. Turns can be judged in a number of ways, including the competitor’s ability to stay in their initial fall line and maintain proper moguls form while initiating turns. Carving, absorption, and extension are all taken into account as well.
Each moguls run requires the athlete to perform two jumps. Form and degree of difficulty are taken into account when scoring these jumps, resulting in a maximum 7.5 points when the two remaining judges’ air scores are averaged. Speed, the final scoring component, is scored based on a predetermined pace time, or the average time it takes to complete a course. If a rider matches the pace time exactly, they will score 5.625 of a possible 7.5 points. A perfect score in all three categories will result in a final run score of 30 points.
Throughout his career as a financial advisor, Keefe Gorman has garnered accolades such as placement on Barron's Best 100 Brokers of 2005 and Top 100 Advisors of 2004 lists. Active in his community, Keefe Gorman has sat on the board of directors for the Rotary Club of Ithaca Sunrise since 2010.
Located in upstate New York, the Rotary Club of Ithaca Sunrise serves as a branch of Rotary International. As one of 34,000 clubs around the world, this unit follows the “service above self” philosophy espoused by Rotarians across the globe. Meeting every Thursday at 7:30 A.M. at the Royal Court Restaurant, the entity adopted the “Sunrise” portion of its name due to these early morning get-togethers.
Throughout the year, the Rotary Club of Ithaca Sunrise participates in numerous projects that aid its neighborhood as well as people around the world. In June 2013, Gorman talked to the Ithaca Times about one of his group's recent endeavors in South America: inspired by the lack of adult language training programs in Ovalle, Chile, Rotary International developed an English language laboratory there. Thanks to the group's remarkable infrastructure, which allows for local clubs and districts to match the amount raised by the areas being helped, the Rotary Club of Ithaca Sunrise eventually managed to acquire more than $25,000 for the cause, starting from an initial donation of just $1,500.
The Offsides Rule in Ice Hockey
Keefe Gorman, a Merrill Lynch managing director of investments, studied economics and Spanish at St. Lawrence University. When he is not engaged in his professional responsibilities at Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman pursues a number of interests, including hockey.
Ice hockey is one of many sports that implement an offside rule. Similar to the offside rule in European football, the one in ice hockey is made to discourage players from hovering around the opposing team's goal and waiting for an easy shot. However, the implementation of the offsides rule in hockey is unique in that it allowed forward passes to occur for the first time in the sport’s history.
To make sense of ice hockey’s offsides rule, one must first understand how the ice rink is segmented for the game. Each team's defending zone begins at the back of the rink with the goalie. As a team’s players move out of their defending zone and past the first blue line, they enter the neutral zone. When they cross the second blue line into the opposing team's section of ice, players enter the attacking zone. The offsides rule prohibits an offensive player from entering the attacking zone ahead of the puck. More specifically, both of a player's skates may not cross the blue line ahead of the puck.
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Comparing Snow and Water Skiing
As a wealth management professional with Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman leads a team of Division 1 advisors. When he is not working for Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman, a former professional snow skier, enjoys water skiing.
Despite occurring in vastly different settings, water skiing and traditional mountain skiing share a number of similarities. The equipment used in both sports is very similar, highlighted by the recent introduction of boots and binding on slalom water skis; these features were added to reduce the frequency of ankle injuries and to help stabilize the rider’s stance, the same reasons they were incorporated onto snow skis. Both sports incorporate similar techniques, as nuanced weight shifts and balanced lateral movements make the difference between a smooth run and a forceful crash. Edge control is necessary in both sports as well, and it can be achieved on snow or water using the same hip movement and lower body compression. Finally, water skiing and snow skiing work out the same areas of the rider’s body. To succeed in either sport, athletes will need strong legs and a flexible lower back.
Educated in economics at St. Lawrence University, Keefe Gorman presently operates as a managing director for Merrill Lynch. Beyond his responsibilities at Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman remains an active member of the St. Lawrence University community through his involvement with its Alumni Major Gifts Committee. Below is an overview of one of the St. Lawrence University Alumni Association programs, the Alumni Citations.
Q: What are Alumni Citations?
A: Alumni Citations are bestowed upon St. Lawrence alumni who have displayed exemplary service to the university or their local community or have achieved outstanding professional accomplishments.
Q: Who is eligible to receive an Alumni Citation?
A: Any graduate of St. Lawrence University is eligible to receive an Alumni Citation.
Q: What is the selection process for Alumni Citations?
A: The Alumni Executive Council’s Membership and Honors Committee solicits nominations each year. While self-nominations are not valid, nominations are accepted from a nominee’s family members or friends, St. Lawrence alumni, or other campus community members. Of all the nominees, three to five candidates are selected by the committee, which then forwards the names to the Honors Committee of the Board of Trustees and, finally, to the Board of Trustees for approval.
Founded in 2000, ShelterBox provides relief efforts such as supplies and shelter for families affected by disasters. The charitable organization has established itself as a leader in its field and works to help a minimum of 50,000 displaced families each year.
Rather than distribute a standardized box of supplies, ShelterBox prepares eponymous ShelterBoxes that contain supplies relevant to the disaster and location where it occurred. For example, the organization sent over 10,000 sets of hats, gloves, and scarves to survivors of the 2011 earthquake in Japan. Each ShelterBox does contain some de facto provisions such as a tent able to hold up in inclement weather, a water purifier, tools, a stove and cooking utensils, and activity packs to keep children preoccupied.
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