Three Ways to Give to Make-A-Wish


Make-A-Wish Foundation
Make-A-Wish Foundation

President of OOS Investments, James Neumann has established a successful career spanning three decades with the company. Conscientious about fulfilling his civic duties as well, James Neumann donates to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Giving children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease an opportunity to have their wish fulfilled, Make-A-Wish relies on the generosity of the public to fund experiences. The following are ways to contribute to the cause:

One-Time Donation

By visiting, you can use a credit card to make a financial contribution in any denomination. Suggested amounts include $50, $100, and $500. Donations can be made in honor of a loved one. An option to designate where to use funds is available.

Monthly Giving

If you prefer to give on a recurring basis, the foundation provides an option to have your credit card charged monthly for a specific amount. Enrollment also works through mail, which requires a checking account number to withdraw funds. Monthly donors receive an emailed annual receipt as well as foundation updates.

Planned Giving

The organization welcomes deferred gifts through estates and life insurance plans, among other resources. This can be executed by adding a bequest, which states the amount or percentage of wealth you would like to give to the foundation. The gift preserves your legacy and positively affects the lives of wish kids.

The 13th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook Is Now Available

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Boy Scouts of America (BSA)

Since 2008, longtime advertising professional James Neumann has served as the president and CEO of OOS Investments in Chicago. Outside of work, James Neumann gives back to the community by supporting various organizations. He has served as a board member for several groups, including United Way and the Boy Scouts of America.

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) recently released the 13th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook, which has been in continuous publication since 1910. In addition to lessons on outdoor survival and character building, the new edition of the book includes information on STEM education, cyberbullying, and other topics relevant to today’s youth.

To mark the release of the handbook, the BSA launched a new series of online videos demonstrating how scouting helps develop knowledge and skills that can be used throughout a lifetime. Released via social media, the video series, Handbook Hacks, showcases tips on fun outdoor activities like geocaching. The BSA is also encouraging scouts to take part in the effort by creating their own videos highlighting the lessons found in the new edition of the Boy Scout Handbook.

The Outdoor Advertising Association of America’s OBIE Awards

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Outdoor Advertising Association

Since 1985, James Neumann has served as the president of OOS Investments in Chicago. An involved leader in the outdoor advertising services industry, James Neumann maintains membership in the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA), a nonprofit trade group that oversees a variety of programs and activities designed to support and promote out-of-home advertising professionals.

For more than seven decades, the OAAA has handed out the OBIE Awards to recognize advertising firms for creative excellence. The awards take their name from the ancient Egyptian obelisk, which is believed to be the first structure used for outdoor advertising.

Each year, the OAAA receives hundreds of nominees for OBIE Awards in 10 standard and three special product categories. A panel of industry leaders judges each entry and awards OBIEs to those that demonstrate outstanding creativity and design.

The OAAA recently honored the 2016 OBIE Award winners at its OBIE Awards Gala, which was held during the TAB/OAAA Out of Home Media Conference & Expo on April 19. Over 42 OBIE Awards were presented during the event, including those for Best Billboard, Best Multi-Format, and Best Wall Mural. In addition to these and other top honors, the OAAA handed out 12 gold and 25 silver OBIEs during the event.

Basics of Off-Roading


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James Neumann serves as the president of Chicago-based OOS Investments. James Neumann enjoys a variety of sports and outdoor activities, including off-roading.

Off-roading refers to driving on unpaved ground, such as fields, riverbeds, beaches, and mountainsides. There are various settings and locations for off-roading, which appeals to people for both the scenery and the excitement of driving in a challenging environment. It can be done using trucks and SUVs, but the most popular off-roading vehicles are four-wheelers, dirt bikes, and all-terrain vehicles or ATVs.

An important factor for an off-road driver to take into account is traction, meaning the grip the vehicle’s tires have on the surface upon which he or she is driving. Traction depends not only on the type of tires but also on their size, air pressure, and the vehicle’s ability to use four-wheel drive. Tires with large treads provide better traction on muddy surfaces, and using four-wheel drive gives all four tires better traction in general. One can also increase traction by lowering the air pressure of his or her vehicle’s tires.

Momentum is also an important factor when off-roading, because the amount of speed a vehicle can gain depends on it. To prevent getting stuck, off-road drivers can increase the momentum of their vehicles, which they can manage by familiarizing themselves with three different angles: the approach angle, the departure angle, and the break-over angle. Proper planning and angle measuring can result in an extraordinarily positive off-roading experience.

Tips for Writing a Book


The president of OOS Investments in Chicago, James Neumann pursues various hobbies and interests outside of work. One of James Neumann’s goals is to write a book.

Arguably, the hardest part of publishing a book is the writing itself. One way for an aspiring author to get started is to write a small amount, perhaps 300 words daily, during a time designated for that purpose. It may also be helpful to find the right place to write. The place should be reserved only for writing, so that the writer can focus on his or her work each time he or she enters that space.

Making an outline is also an important part of writing a book. Even a very general outline that consists of a beginning, middle, and end can help keep the book organized. Starting by creating a table of contents and breaking up each chapter into smaller sections can be an even more effective way to keep chapters organized. One may even wish to set a specific word count for the entire book, so that each chapter can be broken up into equal lengths.

The last step in writing a book is usually getting feedback from peers or advisers. Sometimes, it’s best to get feedback early in the process, so that things can be changed or edited before the writer spends too much time on them. Writing one’s first book is a learning process, so even if it ends in failure, it is important to try again.