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When Salah Shakir, DBA, began work as the Director of Information Technology (IT) Services at Shawnee Community College in 1991, the job title was relatively new, as was an understanding of the elements that comprised the job. Shakir tackled major projects that were well ahead of their time. For example, he established a campus-wide enterprise resource planning (ERP) system at a time when the concept was still very fresh within the business world. During the same period, Salah Shakir spearheaded a $1.5 million restructuring of the IT department which included the implementation of backup and recovery systems. The same restructuring saw the networking of the college’s computers into a LAN as well as the addition of 70 new PCs.Salah Shakir’s training is well suited for his choice of a career providing IT expertise in an academic environment. He holds Associate and Bachelor’s degrees in computer sciences and technologies, as well as a Master of Education in Learning and Technology. Shakir recently rounded out his list of academic credentials by earning his Doctor of Business Administration.The most significant component of Salah Shakir’s career to date is his 14 years at Rend Lake College, located in the south-central Illinois village of Ina. He served the college in a number of positions, including Vice President of Technology and Student Services, in which he assumed leadership of all IT functions at the college, responsibility for all student services, and development of IT-related curricula. Some of Shakir’s initiatives were the source of millions of dollars of savings annually; others established Rend Lake College as a national leader in IT education.Currently teaching management information systems (MIS) and business administration for Northcentral University, Salah Shakir continues to consult privately on IT matters; his website for consulting can be found at A member of the Carbondale, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Shakir also serves as a member of the local Lions Club.

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Al-Jabal Industry is the leading manufacturer in Iraq for wheel balance weights since 1984. Al-Jabal moved to a new location with a new management in an industry complex. Al-Jabal industry has a great reputation for its quality products. Al-Jabal manufactures two type of weights with eight different weights (20 g – 70g) for regular wheels and hub cab wheels.