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Susan R. Bolton, United States District Judge, recently presented a ruling that put into effect the pardon issued by President Donald Trump, to the former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio.

As many of the citizens of Maricopa County spent years protesting the unethical and illegal practices implemented by the Sheriff’s Department under the direction of Joe Arpaio, there was, expectedly, noticeable outrage.

Michael Lacey, a longtime rival of Joe Arpaio, joined by his business partner, Jim Larkin, spoke out against the recent decision made by President Trump, and when discussing the leader’s relationship with the former sheriff, he referred to it as “a perfect marriage of two corrupt individuals.”

The longstanding war between Phoenix New Times and Joe Arpaio famously came to a head when the sheriff illegally had Larkin and Lacey arrested in their homes by deputies who’d arrived in unmarked vehicles and Mexican tags.

With the onset of the war in Vietnam, America became divided between the conservative supporters and the budding anti-war crowd. With tensions seemingly becoming thicker every day, the alternative community needed a voice that would represent the views of America that existed outside of the conservative world, and underground newspapers began circulating throughout many of the major cities in the United States.

The Kent State Shootings, which resulted in four deaths from the student population, proved to be a breaking point for Michael Lacey, and several others, such as Frank Fiore, Karen Lofgren, and Hal Smith.

In 1970, the inaugural issue of Phoenix New Times was published, to much local acclaim. Over the course of the next few years, Jim Larkin, already married with children, would come aboard, helping to steer the marketing campaign of Phoenix New Times, which proved to be an essential asset to the newspaper’s future development. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia

By the end of the decade, Phoenix New Times had shaken a number of obstacles, due in part to the addition of several innovative columns, such as a personals section, as well as satirical comic strips, such as Honky Tonk Sue, which was created by Bob Boze Bell.

In 1983, a period of rapid expansion would ensue, beginning with New Times Media’s purchase of Patrica Calhoun’s Denver-area publication, Westword.

As the years passed, 17 publications would call New Times Media home, including influential newspapers such as Village Voice, Miami New Times, OC Weekly, LA Weekly, and Nashville Scene.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey would remain a part of New Times Media, until the end of 2012, when, after a run that lasted four decades, the duo that had brought the brand into the national spotlight, decided to step away.

Today, Larkin and Lacey concentrate much of their efforts in their Frontera Fund, which takes aim at the unethical practices geared at Latino Americans in Arizona.

They recently introduced a new brand to the world of journalism, with the launch of FrontPage Confidential, which continues the trend of protecting the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, that was first initiated with Phoenix New Times.

Banco Bradesco SA To Select A New CEO From Within Its Pool Of Talent

Banco Bradesco SA is the second largest private financial institution in Brazil, after Itaú Unibanco. Amado Aguiar established the bank in 1943. And while the bank has been in existence for over 74 years, one would expect that several chairpersons and CEOs have been at the helm of the bank. However, Bradesco, which is based in Osasco, has had only four CEOs and three chairmen. Interestingly, three of the four presidents, including the current CEO, Luiz Carlos Trabuco, doubled up as CEO and chairman of the board of directors of Bradesco during their tenure as presidents. Trabuco was confirmed the fourth CEO of Bradesco in 2009 after Cypriano who had served for ten years stepped down. Since then, Trabuco has been the president of Bradesco with Lazaro de Mello Brandao as the chairman of the board of directors. With Brandao’s resignation on October 11, 2017, the bank bestowed on Trabuco a new post: chairman of the board of directors.

However, Trabuco’s tenure as president will elapse in March as he is approaching 67 years and the bank’s by-laws are categorical that officeholders should be 67 years or below. Therefore, Bradesco is scouting for a Trabuco’s replacement. While the bank has the resources to hire any professional it desires in the Brazilian banking sector; it has limited itself to its pool of talent. In a media event covered by Bloomberg, Trabuco stated that Bradesco would respect the bank’s culture of appointing CEOs from within Bradesco’s high ranking executives. Although Trabuco did not mention any names regarding the succession battle, his statement sufficed for analysts to speculate who might take over from him. According to them, the bank will pick either Mauricio Machado de Minas, Alexandre da Silva Gluher, Domingos Figueiredo Abreu, Josué Augusto Pancini, Marcelo de Araujo Noronha, Octavio de Lazari, or André Rodrigues Cano to replace Trabuco.

Read more: Lázaro Brandão será substituído por Trabuco no conselho do Bradesco

Analysts did not arrive at the seven names by chance. They considered crucial dockets at the bank and their leaders, the personal contribution of various members of staff to the success of the bank, age, and the period that high-ranking professionals had been at the bank. Indeed, the seven are in charge of crucial departments. Take Cano for instance, the 59-year-old professional joined Bradesco in 1977, and he is presently in charge of the human resources department according to Just like Cano, the other six are also in charge of essential departments such as the IT department, corporate and investment banking, treasury and lending department, etc. Age wise, the seven are in their 50s ensuring that whoever is appointed has ample time to discharge their mandate before he approaches compulsory resignation at 67.

About the incumbent CEO

Luiz Carlos Trabuco currently occupies the most esteemed positions at Bradesco. The positions draw both admiration, respect, and envy in equal measure. Some people who are unaware of Trabuco’s modest start at the bank may be duped into believing that Trabuco joined the bank as a manager or as a mid-level employee. The truth, however, remains that Trabuco was hired in 1969 as a clerk and he has made his way up the corporate ladder through sheer hard work. He is a forward-thinking professional who values quality service delivery through empowerment of Bradesco’s staff. Unibrad Corporate University is Trabuco’ brainchild, and it was recently named the “Best Corporate University in the World.”

Trabuco has been of immense value to Bradesco. Together with Brandao, Trabuco spearheaded the purchase of the Brazilian branch of HSBC for $5.2 billion, a transaction that became known as the most significant acquisition in Brazil in 2015. In fact, Isto É Dinheiro Magazine named him the “Entrepreneur of the Year,” in the finance category in the same year.

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Roberto Santiago – The Man Who Has Braved the Storms of the Brazilian Mall Industry

Roberto Santiago is known for among many other things as one of the most successful businessmen in Brazil. A look at his past and present accomplishments bring out a man who has always managed to brave whatever storm the world of business presents. Take for instance the fact that he has done exceptionally well in the Brazilian Mall Industry against all the odds.

The founder of the Roberto Santiago Manaira Shopping Mall is one year shy of 60 years – born in July 1958. The alumnus of Pio X-Marist College is also a graduate of University Canter of Joao Pessoa where he obtained a Business Administration degree. His academic background is perhaps one of the reasons why Roberto Santiago is such a successful Brazilian entrepreneur.

The legendary entrepreneur entered the world of business at a very tender age when he established a Cartonnage firm. Roberto describes this company as the foundation of his career life. The Cartonnage Company engaged in the designing and manufacturing of cardboard folding cartons used by a good number of companies that formed his customer base. At some point in his life, Roberto Santiago made a living as a blogger where he would write about the history of Brazil. He also engaged in film production.

He then ventured into real estate. He purchased a big piece of land in Joao Pessoa. In 1987, he started the construction of what has become one of the city’s crown jewels; The Roberto Santiago Manaira Shopping Mall. Development of this iconic investment came to an end in 1989. The mall features a wide array of shopping options, a huge food court, a theatre, a rooftop concert hall, a fitness center, a robust gaming area, a college, and several banks as well. The majority of the city’s residents cannot go a day without visiting the mall. The Roberto Santiago Manaira Shopping not only benefits the residents of Joao Pessoa but also individuals from all over Brazil.

For the last 20 years, Roberto has been looking into and implementing practical and profitable ways of bettering the Manaira Mall. For example, he has developed the mall into an attraction that motivates people throughout the region to come together for a day of engaging in activities such as shopping, entertainment and tasting fantastic food choices. Thanks to the development of Domus Hall, Joao Pessoa has managed to attract incredibly talented music groups – both Brazilian and international groups that wouldn’t otherwise have seen the need to visit the city. Domus Hall can comfortably accommodate a whopping 10,000 people with 4000 of them allowed to have seats. The state of the art hall is soundproofed to ensure that the music does not interfere with the activities on the other floors of the mall.

Roberto Santiago attributes his success as a businessman to virtues such as passion, commitment, and hard work. Whenever he gets the right platform, he advises young and aspiring entrepreneurs in Brazil and other parts of the globe to go out and make that first step towards actualizing their business ideas. Without a doubt, the city of Joao Pessoa is grateful to Roberto Santiago for the opportunity to enjoy amazing cultural, shopping and entertainment experiences.


Finance Executive James Dondero Talks Strategy

Finance executive James Dondero recently talked about his keys to success. Over the course of many years, Dondero has been able to build his investment firm into one of the very best in the industry. In order to make his firm among the best in the world, he has adopted a strategy that enables him to achieve his success on a consistent basis. James has said that one of the things he looks to do in order to succeed is to invest in debt backed securities. During the last twenty years, James’ firm Highland Capital Management has emerged as a top firm is its ability to offer collateralized loan obligations. Another aspect of Dondero’s strategy is to look for securities that are on the verge of turning around. This means that it is beneficial to acquire securities that will likely go up in value in the near future. The last part of James’s investment strategy is to keep up to date on the latest trends in the finance industry.


James Dondero is the President and co founder of the Dallas based investment firm Highland Capital Management. He has built this firm into one of the very best in the industry. When he first co founded this firm, he made it into a quality life insurance company. After a few years, Dondero looked to expand its product line and services. During the next few years of the firm’s existence, it would begin offering a number of other financial services that meet the needs of various investors. By expanding the products and services of the firm, James was able to help make Highland Capital Management a firm that can be trusted among both individual and institutional investors.


Prior to starting up his own firm, James attended college at the University of Virginia. When he attended this university he majored in accounting and finance and received degrees in both of these fields. After completing his college degree programs, James would then begin his career by working as a credit analyst for a financial services firm. Over the next several years, James would begin advancing to higher positions. Dondero would eventually attain the position of chief investment officer where he would manage the capital of major corporations such as American Express.