Make a comment Lora Unger, Chief Executive Officer of the Pasadena Symphony and POPS, has been selected by the New York-based International Association of Top Professionals as Top CEO of the Year.Unger was selected for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession, the organization announced on Monday.Unger has been leading the Pasadena Symphony and POPs for almost a decade. Overall, she’s been in the music industry for over two decades and has proven herself as an accomplished professional and expert in the field.As a dynamic, results-driven leader, Unger has demonstrated success not only as the Chief Executive Officer for the Symphony since 2014. She was initially hired as its Chief Operating Officer to help lead the orchestra from crisis to fiscal sustainability.“With Unger on their side, she played a critical role in transforming the orchestra’s artistic leadership, reinventing their brand, and then moved the orchestra into two world-class performance venues,” the Association said. “She more than tripled their audience base and cemented the orchestra’s place in the region as the pre-eminent voice for live symphonic music.”Ungar said her drive for achievement is like “taking a dashboard approach to defining success.”“Success for an orchestra is measured beyond the financial bottom line. It’s measured by how we steward the customers’ experience and their access to our concerts,” Unger said in the press release. “It is measured by how we grow artistically and deliver the moments of shared bliss that only come from a live concert experience. You have to strike the sweet spot of balancing entertainment and high art, while also honoring your responsibility to provide music education for our children and access to all our concerts for their families and the greater community that we serve.”The Pasadena Symphony and POPS is best known for its popular concerts at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium and the Los Angeles Arboretum, but Unger has expanded the orchestra’s after-school education programs from grades 6-12 to elementary schools grades 3-4, teaching children how to play string instruments. Unger states that 50 percent of the orchestra’s annual budget relies on donations, which means that she has to inspire customers beyond just the value of the cost of a ticket to a concert.“It’s an emotional transaction that reflects the intrinsic value of how deeply our concert experiences transform people, and I am just deeply honored to be part of it,” she said. “This orchestra does it all and does it at a very high level-performing baroque, choral and the grandest of symphonies, to the popular music of The Great American Songbook and beyond.”It was also Unger who persuaded Michael Feinstein to take over as the orchestra’s conductor after the passing of Marvin Hamlisch in 2012.Originally from Louisville, Ky., Unger knew at a very young age she wanted to have a career in the fine arts while also using her savvy business mindset. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Louisville and attended the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music for her graduate degree.Unger has received numerous awards throughout her career and has been recognized for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the music industry. She has been featured as a Woman Achiever in Business Life Magazine, and in May last year she also was featured in The Pulse Magazine.For 2019, the IAOTP is considering her for a feature in TIP (Top Industry Professional) Magazine and for the Empowered Woman of the Year Award.“Choosing Lora for this award was an easy decision for our panel to make,” said Stephanie Cirami, IAOTP President. “She is talented, humble, gracious, and brilliant at what she does. We felt she would make an amazing asset to our organization and we are looking forward to meeting her at the gala.”The IAOTP is an international boutique networking organization that handpicks the top professionals from different industries. These professionals are given an opportunity to collaborate, share their ideas, be keynote speakers and help influence others in their fields.Top CEO honorees are distinguished members of the association based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities. The honor is given at the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of the year.In the IAOTP release, Unger said she loves doing what she is doing and feels this is just the beginning. Her motto is “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Alienware has always prided itself on being a force that introduces new ways for gamers to experience the joys of gaming, PC tweaks, upgrades, and pure high-performance hardware that makes people’s heads turn in awe and amazement. When I first joined Alienware in May of 2004, the brand consistently delivered this kind of experience for gamers and today we are continuing to beat that drum – loud and proud.At the start of my 15 year tour, we had two main desktops, Area-51 and Aurora. At the time, they were identified by what CPU they carried. Auroras were AMD CPU-exclusive while Area-51’s were Intel CPU-exclusive. Alienware’s AMD-based flagship was the Aurora ALX and it featured the AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 processor, a CPU that made big waves throughout the PC gaming and computer technology worlds. Despite its single core, single thread, 2.4Ghz core speed and 1MB of L3 cache it was a champion of its time. We offered and shipped it liquid cooled and overclocked with your very own top three games installed, out of the factory, which was a service that very few, if any, PC gaming manufacturers offered.In 2009, our naming strategy shifted from processor to form-factor-based and the Area-51 became the full-tower and Aurora became the mid-tower. Fast forward to 2019, Alienware unveiled the Legend industrial design which is heavily based on Alienware’s earlier designs combined with countless sci-fi stories and movies over the years.Today, we are introducing the new Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition desktop which is not only an ode to the past design but also the first time in more than a decade where Aurora and AMD processors are reunited. The new platform introduces the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X – AMD’s flagship 3rd generation Ryzen processor featuring a 16-core processor, offering a gargantuan 64MB of cache, and a max boost speed of 4.7GHz. If you want to go above stock performance, download AMD’s Ryzen Master overclocking utility for the most hardcore CPU tweaks and keep using Aliewnare Command Center for graphics overclocking and tweaks.This is the first Alienware (and Dell desktop) supporting PCI-Express 4.0 technology. It is also the first Aurora, or Alienware mid-tower, supporting 16-cores. Gamers who use core-hungry applications will love an Aurora Ryzen Edition with a 3950X proc. Typically creative applications for video editing, content creation, streaming, and megatasking are perfect use cases for CPUs with really high core counts. In fact, according to AMD, the Ryzen 9 3950X is a star performer on applications like Handbrake encode, Photoshop RBD filter, DaVinci Resolve, Vray benchmark, Corona Render Benchmark and Keyshot FPS.Despite there being very few applications today that take advantage of the bandwidth offered by PCI-Express 4.0, Aurora Ryzen Edition owners will be happy to know they have the latest technology and their system is enabled for high performance graphics upgrades in the future.On that point, if you have ideas or examples where an AMD Ryzen Edition 16-cores processor and PCI-Express 4.0 offer unique advantage over everything else out there, I’d love to hear about it. Please tweet your examples to me, @EddyGoyanes, and tag #AWARE-DT19, and if you’re lucky, we’ll feature this kind of demo in one of our upcoming events where the Aurora Ryzen Edition desktop is featured. Alternatively, if you happen to be at Dreamhack Atlanta 2019 come by and say hi so we can talk about it! We will be taking over the HyperX Esports truck booth #403 and hosting 5v5 gaming action for attendees to check out the new Aurora Ryzen Edition desktops in live matches while playing Rainbow Six Siege.The Aurora Ryzen Edition desktops are available for sale today in North America at $1,199 USD with an AMD Ryzen 5 3500 (6 core, 16MB L3 Cache), AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB GDDR6, 8GB HyperX FURY DDR4, 1TB HDD, and 850W power supply. The entry point including the new 16-core technology starts at $2,349.99 USD with CPU liquid cooling, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X (16 core, 64MB L3 Cache), AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB GDDR6 and 8GB HyperX Fury DDR4 and 1TB SATA. China and Europe plan to launch the Aurora Ryzen Edition desktop in the first half of 2020.I’m thrilled to share this news with everyone and proud of Alienware’s ability to continue ushering incredible technology with different choices that span the needs of different types of gamers.