USDA Offers Incentives to Farmers to Shift to Renewables


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A business executive with more than 20 years of experience, Darin Pastor operates as the CEO of Capstone Affluent Strategies in East Amherst, New York. With an eye on long-term economic growth and stability, Darin Pastor supports transitioning to emissions-free agricultural manufacturing plants fueled with renewable energy.

As the second largest driver of carbon dioxide emissions due mostly to beef and dairy production, the agricultural industry is overdue for a change if we are serious about keeping the planet livable and protecting biodiversity as well as property.

The major sources of renewable, clean energy are solar, wind, and biomass fuel (fuel which is made from crops like corn). For farmers and other agricultural workers who are interested in increasing their use of renewable energy, the federal government has set aside millions of dollars in incentives for you to invest in renewable systems with the passage of the 2002 Farm Bill. To see if you qualify for these incentives, visit


Vitamin Angels Rated Highly by Hundreds of Its NGO Partners


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Darin Pastor leverages experience as senior vice president at Chase Investment Services Corporation to lead Capstone Affluent Strategies as CEO. In addition to his busy professional schedule, Darin Pastor makes time to support various philanthropic efforts, including Vitamin Angels.

Vitamin Angels is a nongovernmental organization (NGO) that works to improve maternal and child nutrition in 66 countries through the delivery of critically needed vitamins. In a recent third-party survey, Vitamin Angels field partners across the globe reported high satisfaction with the organization and its operations. In fact, Vitamin Angels was rated seventh out of a worldwide list of 80 international NGOs for its successful operations and network of partnerships.

Around half of Vitamin Angels’ 1,100 NGO partners participated in the survey, with the majority of respondents saying they would recommend a Vitamin Angels partnership to other organizations. As a follow-up to the survey, Vitamin Angels will be holding in-depth discussions with its partners to better absorb all of the feedback it received.

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Wharton’s Executive Negotiation Workshop


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A business management and financial services executive, Darin Pastor is the chairman and CEO of Capstone Financial Group. The holder of an MBA from the University of Liverpool, Darin Pastor completed the Executive Negotiation Workshop: Bargaining for Advantage ® certificate program through the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Now known as the Executive Negotiation Workshop: Negotiate with Confidence, the five-day course provides professionals with individualized insights on negotiations together with a detailed analysis of the psychology behind the art. The workshop empowers participants with personality-based resources to use in future negotiations, enhancing their persuasion capabilities and boosting their confidence ahead of promotions to positions requiring extensive negotiation.

Participants include executives transitioning into leadership positions and professionals practicing in negotiation-intensive fields such as procurement officers, diplomats, government officers, FBI negotiators, Navy SEALs, and entrepreneurs. The program is staffed by G. Richard Shell and Cade Massey, two of Wharton’s most decorated faculty. Both have accumulated years of experience studying negotiations.

The course is not a typical lecture course. Rather, it is more immersive. The workshop places the participants at the center, identifies their personal negotiating styles, personalizes techniques to match those styles, and then introduces learners to various situations so they can put their negotiation skills into practice.