Monthly Archives: September 2015

Living on the Edge

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It is funny how quickly life can change just because of a move, a new car or a new job position. Just about five years ago I was living in a one bedroom apartment with my wife and two children with a job that barely fed everyone in the house. Not to mention getting the bills paid. For so long I lived in a way that made me watch every penny, every watt of energy used and every bite of food take by my wife and I. Now, because of James Dondero, I have begun to live a comfortable successful life working for Highland Capital Management according to nexbank.com. Something that I never dreamed would ever be in my grasp and now I can honestly say I have accomplished my life long goal.

Ever since my oldest child Brenton was born, I made a promise to myself that I would never make my family live paycheck to paycheck. After my wife got pregnant with our second child, Karina, I honestly thought all hope was lost. I spent so much time trying to help my wife and run errands that I never got the chance to pursue my dream. It actually got to the point where not once did success cross my mind for months on end. I think the longest I went without looking for a better job was eight months. What a waste of mine and my family’s time.

To get out of the dreary storyline, I was taking out the trash one day when my neighbor stopped me dead in my tracks. At first I thought it would be a quick hello, but little did I know that he was stopping me to tell me about a position opening up at Highland Capital Management. The best part of it was that he had already set up my interview with James Dondero.

Not even 48 hours after I walked out the doors did I receive a phone call telling me I was hired. It was by far one of the best moments of my life. From then on I no longer had to feed my family cheap meals or have my kids wearing second hand clothes to school. I now could buy them exactly what they deserved and it is all because James decided to give me a chance, even though I had no experience in that particular department. He took the time out of his day to train me and make sure that I working up to his expectations. For him I am honestly forever grateful.

The Shaygan Kheradpir Career

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Shaygan Kheradpir‘s career began at GTE Labs in Boston where he managed network routing and controls. He was later placed in charge of GTE’s software systems lab. In this position, Shaygan led the development of the first network management platform for GTE. He later moved to the GTE Headquarters in Dallas where he was charged with leading systems development for GTE’s units of wireline, wireless, internetworking and information.

In the year 2000, GTE and Bell Atlantic merged to form Verizon Communications. As a result of the merger, Shaygan’s position was changed to the president of Verizon’s E-Business Division and later the first Chief Information Officer at Verizon. At Verizon, Shaygan contributed to the automation of operations on mtv.com at the company and Verizon broadening its range communication services for the market.

In Verizon, Shaygan had a staff team of approximately seven thousand staff. All that worked under Shaygan was required to put in extra hours. However, securing employment at Verizon still was still high in demand since Shaygan’s department was known for the rapid pace with which it developed new products. One of the products Shaygan’s team developed was Verizon’s FIOS (Fibre Optic Video Initiative) and related DVR. FIOS was amongst the world’s largest infrastructure projects and award-winning industry first.

Shaygan is credited with leading the development of several other innovative products from Verizon. In 2003, his team created IOBI, an application that manages features such as address books and caller identification across different devices. His team also developed the Verizon One, a device that combined the functions of a phone, router, and modem. His department was accredited with re-engineering many of Verizon’s systems such as automated customer service systems, company website, and call centers.

Shaygan is a talented manager and a maverick of financial management. While at Verizon, he reduced information technology budgets by 2 percent between the year 2000 and 2003. He is also a shrewd negotiator and was able to negotiate with Verizon’s to reduce of products by a significant 30 percent. Under Shaygan, many programming positions were outsourced to India where labour is much cheaper and thus saved the company significant amounts of revenue.

Here he was appointed the Chief Operating Officer of the Global Retail and later Chief operations and technology officer of the entire Barclays Bank. At Barclays, Shaygan contributed to the development of cultural transformation of the bank along with innovation of products that mare Important to clients of Barclays such as Pingit and Cloudit.

In January 2014, Shaygan was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Juniper Networks, a leading company in the networking industry. He held the position until November 2014. In an interview with Forbes, Shaygan said that throughout his career, he did not have an outlined plan of a day when he would become CEO.

Skout Bans the Posting Of Semi Nude Selfies

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Technology has made things very easy for everyone. People can connect easily anywhere, without the use of computers or even using money. Mobile applications have been introduced to create more social connections among different individuals all over the world. One app that is serving this purpose is skout.

People tend to always put too much information about them in these apps, and currently, they have started to put bathroom selfies to their profiles. Fortunately, one great social network has put an end to this.

According to Skout, which many people like referring to as the flirting app, has recently banned the sharing snaps for singles who are shirtless flexing muscles in a mirror or even stripped down in tubs which are full of bubbles. An example of the photos banned were like those belonging to Rihanna, who had posted about her steamy bath time snaps the recognized Instagram a year ago.

The company is no longer interested in the cliché of people who are actually shirtless, sometimes showing and boasting off their abs. the company has strictly said that they will no longer be having such in their application.

At the moment, The app, which is believed to be used by very many people, actually more than 220 million worldwide, is no longer approving any shirtless selfies that are taken in either restrooms, in powder rooms or even water closets.

According to Skout‘s international PR manager, Jordan Barnes this rule is here to stay. But for people who are well dressed when taking the photos, then it will be fine.

This trend of posting bathroom selfies is believed to be embraced by many celebrities currently, and many people have copied it without even thinking about it. Just recently, the famous celeb Vicky minaj posted several shower photos. She is not alone in this. Other celebrities, such as Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and singer Mariah Carey are also believed to be perpetrators.

Many decent people post this selfies too. It’s not the celebs who are involved alone. There have been several mirror photos leaked to the internet of photos leaked.

For someone to start communicating with you, they will probably not want to see your semi naked photos. According to Barnes, this TMI trend has been increased by the digital and mobile revolution, and nobody is willing to be left behind.

Skout, is a social app that was created to help young adults to connect, and it uses GPS to be able to do this. Just the other day, the app banned minors from using the app. According to the management of the company, the internet is not a safe place for minors, and they should never be allowed to access the app unless they are of the right age. The app has also introduced a travel feature to its users so that they can connect and meet new people when on the road.

Bruce Levenson Sells The Atlanta Hawks NBA Franchise After A Decade Of Success

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The recent sale of the Atlanta Hawks NBA franchise and the rights to operate Philips Arena has made headlines around the world as billionaire Tony Ressler made the move to purchase the franchise and become the latest NBA owner. Ressler purchased the Hawks franchise from the consortium fronted by Maryland based businessperson Bruce Levenson who has been a popular figure at the Hawks after turning a struggling franchise into a winning one after his purchase of the franchise in 2004. Levenson has taken the successes of his business career and pushed them forward as the owner of a sports franchise that has since found success in both sporting and business senses.

The Atlanta Hawks were a franchise in need of direction and leadership when Bruce Levenson and his fellow members of the Atlanta Spirit consortium took control of the team, the rights to Philips Arena and the Atlanta Thrashers NHL franchise. In the late 1990s the Hawks had invested heavily in a number of players the front office believed would lead them to greater success in the playoffs and a second overall NBA title.

By the time Bruce Levenson arrived in Atlanta to lead the Hawks the franchise had slipped to the bottom of the NBA rankings. Fortunately, Bruce Levenson has never been a person to shy away from a challenge and showed this by creating a large business from a single newsletter for the oil and gas industry in the 1970s. Levenson’s UCG company has grown from small beginnings to become a top supplier of real time analytics in the 21st century for a range of companies and industries. Bruce Levenson has taken these business skills to the sporting world where he led the Hawks on a decade long journey from the bottom of the rankings to the position of the top seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.

There is much more to the role Bruce Levenson plays at the Atlanta Hawks than simply the on court activities. Instead, the Maryland based owner had become a key figure in philanthropic activities for the franchise over the course of the last decade, which saw the Atlanta Hawks return to an important position within the local community. The Hawks now take part in many different community programs, which included the chance to work with charities like the Make A Wish Foundation and the US Holocaust Museum.

Susan McGalla has some wonderful advice for women

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The world of business today is filled with many extremely successful businesswomen, but it was not always this way. Over the course of many years, women have been able to earn their place in the business world, and they owe it to pioneers in the industry for the state they currently are in. One of the most successful women in the world of business today is Susan McGalla.
Susan McGalla has held positions at many of the most successful companies in the clothing industry. She started her career at the Joseph Horne Company, where she was in worked in a wide variety of different managerial positions. She then moved on to American Eagle where she eventually worked her way up to the position of CEO. She was extremely successful at American Eagle, and eventually managed to be extremely successful at many other clothing companies.
Susan McGalla recently decided that she was going to give back by issuing some advice to people that want to move up in the world of business. She recently gave an interview in which she issued her advice to women in the industry.
One of the first things she pointed out that as a child her parents encouraged both her and her brothers to present their ideas and to work as hard as possible. This encouraged her to present her best possible ideas for the companies that she was working for. She encouraged women that were reading the interview to work as hard as possible. Hard work is the first step to success no matter who you are.
Another critical piece of advice that Susan McGalla issued was that it is extremely important for people to make themselves comfortable with working with a wide variety of different people. There are a wide variety of different people in the world of business. If you are going to be successful in the world of business, then you must be able to work with people from a wide variety of different backgrounds. Women that are able to work with diversity and use it to their advantage should be able to become extremely successful.
Susan McGalla has definitely left her mark on the industry over the last thirty years. After years working in the clothing industry, she has decided to open her own consulting company. This consulting company has been able to help many different companies gain an insiders perspective on what they are looking to do. This consulting company is extremely successful, and she is seen by many different businesses as one of the leading names in the world of consulting.
They are searching for any advice that can help them become one of the most successful women in the world. If women want to be truly successful in the industry, then they should embrace working extremely hard, and also being willing to work with a wide diversity of people.

Olympic Valley CEO Andy Wirth

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Andrew Wirth, best known as the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings located in Olympic Valley, California, possesses a lot more than what meets the eye. With a background as a ranger for the Rocky Mountain National Parks and San Pedro Parks Wilderness Area, it was simply natural for him to fall into career paths with outdoor aspects such as Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation and development of the Mountain Village Partnership.

After working at Steamboat for more than 20 years, he was appointed President of the Squaw Valley resort and planned a $70 million revamp of the companies base facilities, mountain design, and common areas. This much-needed upgrade moved Squaw Valley’s customer service satisfaction from the lower 20 percent of ski resorts all the way to the top 20 percent within a year.

Andy Wirth is highly known for his service within the community and is a top contributor to environmental organizations including Girls on the Run, The McConkey Foundation, the Humane Society of Tahoe Truckee and the Tahoe Truckee Community House. In 2012 he was awarded the Chairman’s Outstanding Service Award as well as a spot on the HSMAI Top 25 Minds in Hospitality list. Additionally, Wirth received the Community Five Award after being recognized as Citizen of the Year by Disabled Sports USA.

Wirth co-founded the Wounded Warrior Support, an Ironman team that was created after he had a close encounter with a near-fatal skydiving accident. This team raises funds for the Navy SEAL Foundation and supports team members who are a part of the special operations as well as their family members after they return home.

Most recently, Wirth stated his stance on the Clean Power Plan in an op-ed published in the Reno Gazette-Journal in September 2015. The plan is designed to move our country towards clean and renewable energy, with the aim towards replacing dirty coal power. Wirth elaborated on the transition that the economy is making towards becoming more sustainable, healthy, and diverse.

Syngenta In Hot Water Over GMO Corn Imports

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SuperLawyers writes that hundreds of farmers in 20 states are seeking legal action against Swedish seed company Syngenta. The issue is over genetically altered seeds in the U.S. corn market. Although Syngenta assured farmers that all was good and urged them to buy, China promptly refused all of the GMO corn orders. Needless-to-say, this was not good for the U.S. market. The stock dropped in a very short time and farmers suffered significantly. “We plan on making all of those farmers and their families whole,” says Mikal Watts. Only a few short years ago, Watts’ firm made history by settling for $750 million in a similar case against Bayer Crop Sciences.

Mikal Watts and his firm are taking on Syngenta with reckless abandon. “This isn’t our first go round with Syngenta,” says Watts — referring to other cases over the years when the company has been accused of misdeeds. Several thousands of farmers and their families are affected by the latest scandal. Watts has been a lawyer for over 25 years, and he has take on some of the toughest tort cases in the U.S. He has a proven track record an is considered a highly-skilled lawyer. Watts is especially talented when it comes to tort law. He has secured a number of multi-million dollar settlements and judgements for plaintiffs over the years.

The class action lawsuit isn’t boding well for the company. “Syngenta must be held accountable for its actions. Thee is no excuse for this type of behavior,” says James Pizziruso, partner with D.C’s Hausfield Law Firm. In a response to the lawsuit, representatives for Syngenta say that the claims are “without merit”

Organo Gold Expands Healthy Coffee Initiatives in Turkey

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As the international interest in his nutraceutical gourmet coffee continues to peak, the founder and Chief-Executive-Officer (CEO) of Organo Gold, Bernardo Chua announced enterprise expansion into Turkey. This marks a time of significant global growth of the networking marketing company. Organo Gold has previously established operations in Africa, Europe and Asia.

The expansion into Turkey is part of a larger movement towards fulfillment of Organo Gold’s “Global Footprint Initiative.” The Global Footprint Initiative is part of a noted sustainable development foundation, which has an expressed goal of providing financial stability for those in undeserved communities through Eco-Friendly methods. Organo Gold’s Turkey operations, maintains the true purpose of this initiative by striving to raise awareness of the health benefits of growing and using the ancient Chinese mushroom Ganoderma. Ganoderma is the main nutraceutical ingredient in Organo’s coffee offering numerous reported health extending benefits.

Bernardo Chua felt that Turkey is the perfect location for global expansion based on the shrewd coffee drinkers already established in the region. In the history of the world, Turkey is known for opening the first recorded coffee house. This demonstrates that people in country appreciate coffee as a part of a lifestyle trend. Lifestyle trends are important to Organo Gold, a key element in promoting the company’s healthy coffee product line. The line that will be distributed in Turkey includes three gourmet products: Mocha, Latte, and Hot Chocolate and three Espressos: UNO, DUE and TRE as well as Organo Gold’s King of Coffee.

Holton Buggs, Organo Gold’s Executive Vice President of International Sales and Marketing stated that, “Turkey’s increased interest in an active lifestyle and growing nutraceutical market has expanded the awareness of and demand for Organo Gold products.” In additional to Buggs, Bernardo Chua extended the duties of Paul Jarvis, Organo Gold’s Regional Vice President of Europe, The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Africa, to manage network marketing activities and product distribution in Turkey.

Because of Chua’s keen leadership abilities, Organo Gold is considered one of the most successful MLM companies in the world. To learn more about Bernardo Chua, follow him on Twitter or read his blog.

Minimally Invasive Procedures Offered by North American Spine

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North American Spine is well known for its AcuraScope procedure which is a minimal invasive spine surgery. It’s a surgery used to treat persistent back pain and only last for 45 minutes. They have performed more than 8,000 AcuraScope procedures to this date and they only allow board-certified physicians with specialty training to perform these procedures. These physicians are spine experts and have their specialty training is in Orthopedic Spine Surgery, Interventional Pain Management or Neurology.

The reason as to why they’ve stuck with this method is because Medical research shows the procedure has a high success rate of 82 percent and had significantly reduced expenses which includes the patient’s expenses; medical visits and mediation. Moreover, these minimally invasive decompressions made by doctors is with the help of state-of-the-art visualization.

Thanks to the acquisition of North America Spine by Nobilis Health, a publicly traded company in the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), they can now offer more treatment options (minimally invasive procedures) than it could before. They pointed out that no one procedure is effective for every patient and this was good news for patients with neck or back pains. The acquisition saw the company add two more procedures; CuraSpine and SecuraSpine along with AcuraSpine which they were already offering.

Both CuraSpine and AcuraSpine are minimally invasive decompression that are meant to ease the pressure on the spinal nerves. For patients with spine instability, a small incision is made in the patients to bring stability. That is the SecuraSpine procedure.

The greatest advantage to this procedure is that is nullifies the need to have an open back surgery and therefore reduces any chances of complications arising and reduces the recovery time. This is definitely good news for all those who were not suitable candidates for treatment while the traditional open back surgery was practiced.

The reason as to why Nobilis could have seen North America Spine as a potential for acquisition is because Nobilis focuses on providing low-cost outpatient settings thanks to their advanced technology.

North America Spine reviews show that they care for their community and donated 50 yoga mats to 4 and 5 year old Pre-K students from Robert E. Lee Elementary School. This was in honor of Yoga Recess Day where some of their staff hanged out with the kids.

Bruce Levenson – Washington DC’s Most Prominent Investor

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Bruce Levenson is an American businessman as well as the co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks. He also owns the Philips Arena, and is the cofounder of the United Communications Group, a company that he runs and manages with its founder Ed Peskowitz . He and Ed built the United Communications Group in his father’s basement in May, blossomed into a multibillion-dollar company. They essentially created newsletters for multiple industry verticals including oil, data healthcare and technology . The United Communications Group is also 100% owner of GasBuddy, a very popular iOS and Android application that aims to give its millions of users information on the current gas prices, leading their customers to find the cheapest possible place in town to make gas purchases.

In the early 2000’s, him and his partner Ed Peskowitz thought that it would be an ingenious business pursuit for them to buy the Atlanta Hawks basketball team. When they bought the Atlanta Hawks, they got the entire package deal. They purchased from Turner Communication not only the Atlanta Hawks, but the Atlanta Thrashers hockey team as well as a significant portion of the Philips Arena. In the last few years, they sold the very successful Atlanta Thrashers team in order to invest their money into another venture that would eventually yield them hundreds of millions of dollars.

Bruce Levinson has always been somewhat of an advocate for education. Being a very educated man himself. As he worked for the Washington Star for several years, he also attended law school during the night at a local college. Once he earned his law degree, he decided that he would found the United Communications Group.

Bruce Levinson has always felt that philanthropic efforts were the reason he became wealthy in the first place. He is always made it is his responsibility to devote millions of dollars to organizations that promote everything from education for children born in conditions of poverty, to a literal plethora of popular Jewish organizations. While donating money to the Hoop Dreams Foundation, a popular foundation in Washington DC that he helps run and donates millions of dollars to, he has also donated millions of dollars to and is a founding donor of the US Holocaust Museum in addition to Seeds of Peace and Birthright Israel as well as the Jewish Federation.

All throughout his life, he has strived to give people the optimal opportunities to thrive in whatever situation they were in.