Waiakea Water’s Planned Switch to Degradable Plastics Speaks to its Commitment to Environmental Conservation

While it has been the norm for many entrepreneurs to pursue profits over and above other goals, Ryan Emmons, the entrepreneur behind Waiakea, Inc., is an embodiment of Digital Age business-minded individuals who have dedicated their businesses to worthy causes. Waiakea came to life in mid-2012 with clear missions to do business sustainably and ethically centered on the provision of naturally alkaline water with a slew of health benefits. Visit the company website Waiakea Springs to know more about Waiakea Water.

Waiakea has lived up to its promise of sustainability in several ways most recently through the announcement of degradable bottles. The company is optimistic that it will switch from the current non-biodegradable (or rather slow to degrade) packaging plastics to fully degradable plastics which are 100 percent recyclable. Even before the imminent switch, Waiakea’s premium water is packaged in superior RPET bottles (less adverse effects on the environment) which cost more than ordinary RPET bottles. The switch to degradable plastics shows Waiakea’s commitment to environmental conservation.

Timeplast, the first and only firm in the U.S with a USPTO patent on the degradation of plastics, engineered a chemical additive that makes plastics degradable (as opposed to biodegradable). Waiakea is a partner of Timeplast, and together they will launch the first degradable bottles in the next year. Waiakea will be the first company in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry to embrace the use of the Timeplast’s additive in its bottles. Manuel Rendon, the founder of Timeplast, explained that it took five years and over thousand chemical experiments to develop a functional additive. He added that Waiakea Water has stood with Timeplast in the journey to develop the world’s first degradable plastics emphasizing that Waiakea actions are indicative of a socially responsible brand.

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As Waiakea is readying itself to start the use of degradable bottles, Emmons is not only preoccupied with his company but also other firms in the CPG industry. Emmons envisions a CPG industry that uses degradable plastics. Indeed, the degradable plastics advocated by Waiakea and Timeplast are a marked improvement from the conventional plastics which can last in the environment for over a millennium; degradable plastics can only last up to a maximum of 15 years in the natural setting. Read more about Waiakea Water on specialtyfood.com.

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.

 

ID Life Chief Executive Officer Logan Stout Wants To Help People Achieve Their Best Results

As a child, Logan Stout enjoyed different types of sports. He always looked for ways to implement successful strategies, regardless of whether he was working on school work or sports. Stout was a star basketball and baseball player at J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas.

Passion For Baseball

Stout aspired to become a professional baseball player. Stout earned a business degree from Panola and a psychology degree from the University of Dallas. Stout was also a standout baseball player in college. After finishing college, Stout played baseball for the Fort Worth Cats.

Stout also coached at Dallas Baptist University. He enjoys coaching baseball and serving as a mentor to young players. Stout takes pride in helping young players fulfill their potential. Stout developed the Dallas Patriots to help make baseball more accessible for young players. The Patriots offer private classes, baseball camps, and clinics. Stout wants to give young baseball players the chance to maximize their potential.

Other Business Ventures

Stout has become a successful entrepreneur. Stout actively promotes physical health. He believes that developing your mind, body, and soul is important to your overall success. Stout developed a line of healthcare products known as ID Life. Stout offers customers a free personalized assessment. When people fill out the questionnaire, representatives from ID Life are able to create a unique combination of products based on the person’s individual needs.

Stout has also written a book titled: “Stout Advice: The Secrets to Building Yourself, People, and Teams. Stout explains many of the strategies that helped him evolve as a child, athlete and entrepreneur. Stout also does some motivational speaking. He has been featured in a number of different publications.

About ID Life

ID Life is a health and wellness company that emphasizes personal nutrition. Through its innovative line of products and business model, ID Life strives to change people’s lives. The company’s featured products are their vitamin packs that are individually designed to benefit someone based on their sex, eating habits, amount of exercise, and medical conditions. Every single product has been individually designed.

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Chris Burch Opens a World-Class Resort on the Beautiful Rugged Island Of Indonesia, Sumba

Chris Burch is not a newbie when it comes to investing millions of dollars into a new project. In 2012, he teamed up with the hospitality professional, James McBride, to invest in a beautiful resort located in Sumba, on the west coast of the Indonesian Island. Chris is in awe of the island’s beautiful landscape, which provides a perfect canvas to build unique features such as spas under waterfalls. The resort’s name, Nihiwatu, means ‘the edge of the wilderness’ in the local language, and is the name of a rock formed by tides on the Nihi Beach, check bytonline.com for more of the story.

After the opening of the hotel in 2015, Chris stated that the result of the investment surpassed his expectations. Travel & Leisure magazine resonated with the remark and named Nihiwatu the best hotel in the world in 2016. Nihiwatu has a total of 27 villas, including Burch’s private home, Raja Mendaka. Each of the villas, including Raja Mendaka, has plunge pools which overlook the Nihi Beach and the Indian Ocean. Nihiwatu has two, two-floored treehouses connected with a bamboo bridge between them. Nihiwatu’s vast land has Sumbanese antiques, Ikat prints, and local wood, which create a beautiful theme throughout. Nihi beach is the dream of every surfer due to the long distant waves that travel miles across the ocean to break at the Sumba shores. The resort’s instructors allow a maximum of ten surfers at a time, at the price of $125 each. Other activities that guests enjoy include trips to waterfalls, boat rides, jumps from cliffs into the sea, horse riding, and overnight bonfires at the beach. Burch and his partner McBride are currently the biggest employers in the region and plan to open more resorts in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Chris Burch is the owner of businesses in jewelry making, real estate, interior design, and hospitality. He has rental and sale properties in Nantucket, Palm Beach, New York, Florida, and Southampton. In 2011, Chris established C. Wonder to develop home decors and apparel. He started a similar firm in 2014, Cocoon9 in partnership with Ellen DeGeneres. After a couple of years, Burch sold C. Wonder to Xcel Brands.  Click this.

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Ellen DeGeneres and Chris each own parts of TRADEMARK and Bur+Mah. He invests in other firms such as Blink Health, Brad’s Raw Foods, Chubbies, Little Duck Organics, and BaubleBur. Burch is a creative who marries his talents with aggressive business skills. He heads Burch Creative Capital as CEO. Chris attended Ithaca College and believes in meeting goals according to the set timeline.  To keep updated with his timeline activities, head over to crunchbase.com.

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Highland Capital Management is Optimistic That 2017 Will be a Great Year

The chief investment officer of Highland Alternative Investors, Michael Gregory, announced that Highland Small Cap Equity Fund was opting for healthcare stocks. The fund almost tripled the S&P 500’S returns on energy stocks in 2016. Highland Alternative Investors is a branch of Highland Capital Management, a Dallas-based investment adviser. The energy stocks, which were picked by Gregory, generated 31.6 percent of the Mutual fund’s Class A shares HSZAX, +0.6 percent for small cap in 2016, compared to 12 percent for the large-cap S&P 500. Together with James Dondero, the co-founder of Highland Capital, Gregory manages Highland Small Cap Equity Fund with approximately $55 million in assets.

Highland Capital’s credit competency played a significant role in helping the company to make profitable investments in pipeline partnerships at the beginning of 2016 when oil prices were relatively low. The pipeline partnerships contributed 50 percent of the fund’s impressive results. None of the partnerships deducted dividends after the fund bought shares. Among the six sectors of S&P 500 composite Index, only health care dropped in prices. The others sectors were energy, real estate, financials, and consumer discretionary.

About Highland Capital Management

James Dondero and Mark Okada are the founders of the renowned Highland Capital Management. Being one of the largest alternative credit managers, the firm focuses on credit strategies, including long-only funds, separate accounts, hedge funds, distressed investing, and Collateralized Loan Obligation as well as alternative investments. They provide their services to different foundations, pension plans, financial institutions, corporations, endowments, high net worth individuals, governments and fund of funds. Highland Capital Management strongly believes in giving back to the community by investing where their employees work and live.

Through its philanthropic arm, the Dallas Foundation, the company offers financial support to both local and national charitable organizations and initiatives. They also support community initiatives by volunteering and providing advisory services. The firm, together with its partners, has committed over $10 million to different initiatives since 2005. The SEC registered company has close to $15.4 billion in assets. Because of the increased demand for their services, the company has opened offices in New York, Singapore, Seoul and Sao Paulo.

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Doug Levitt Uses the Greyhound Diaries to Limelight the Plight of Poor Americans

American artists for a long time have gained popularity for their adventurous journeys covering the vast American land, purposely for trying to create awareness on the untold stories that are elusive in the public domain. Often, these stories paint a grim picture on the realities of life for people who are trapped in poverty cycles. Doug Levitt is among the artists who have shunned their prestigious careers to indulge in this noble task. The singer and songwriter embarked on a journey across the country using Greyhound buses with an objective of compiling songs, memory pictures and stories about Americans who, due to their economic status, are forced to commute using buses, which is a less desirable and inefficient means of travel. After traversing several thousand miles, Levitt decided to put together the pictures, songs and stories of fellow travelers, which he dubbed “The Greyhound Diaries”. This collection highlights the struggles poor Americans go through in their daily lives.

 

After returning home from overseas, where he had been serving as an international correspondent for a number of big channels, Doug Levitt realized that the plight of poor people in the country was not sufficiently highlighted by the media. Even those in power had a blurred perspective on the reality of living in poverty. This was the compelling reason that forced Levitt into his current undertaking.

 

Levitt is a son of Carol Schwartz, a former member D.C. Council; he spent his childhood in D.C and went to public school in the neighborhood. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School, after which he proceeded to join Cornell University where he was privileged to be taught by the late Carl Sagan, a respected astrophysicist and author. He also holds a Masters in International Relations from London School of Economics. After completing his studies, he worked as an international news correspondent for CNN, ABC, NBC, and MSNBC. His father’s suicide inspired him to abandon his career in journalism to become an artist, a vehicle he has used to creatively tell stories of people who are struggling to earn a living in the United States.

 

 

 

Eric Lefkofsky: The 21st Century Entrepreneur

Eric Paul Lefkofsky is an American entrepreneur. Eric has co-founded a number of companies with his college friend, Bred Keywell, in the Chicago area. These include Tempus, Groupon, Lightbank, Mediaocean, Echo Global Logistics and Innerworkings. He is the current CEO of Tempus and chairman of Groupon.

 

Lefkofsky’s Childhood and Education

 

Lefkofsky spent his early childhood years in Southfield Michigan, where he lived with his father , a structural engineer, mother who was a school teacher and two siblings. He attended Southfield-Lathrup High School and graduated in 1987 before joining the University of Michigan where he graduated with honors. Eric’s thirst for knowledge saw him joining University of Michigan Law School from where he received his Juris Doctor in 1993.

 

Lefkofsky’s Business Ventures

 

EricLefkofsky started his entrepreneurial journey while in college. He sold carpets at the University of Michigan. Soon after graduating from law school, Eric partnered with Brad Keywell sought some capital and bought Brandon Apparel, an apparel company in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1999, the duo created Starbelly, an Internet company that specialized in promoting products. They later sold the company to Halo food. After Starbelly, the partners co-founded other companies including Innerworkings, Echo Global Logistics, MediaOcean, Lightbank, Uptake, Groupon and Tempus.  Based on Linkedin.com

 

His Role at Tempus

 

Tempus is a technology company that was co-founded by Eric and Brad. This company deals with collecting of genomic data which can be used by doctors to improve outcomes among cancer patients. The company has a state-of-the art laboratory that is fully equipped with the latest equipment which are operated by highly qualified staffs. Lefkofsky is the CEO for Tempus.com where he oversees the operations of the company. His social media presence depicts him as someone who is highly invested in his work at Tempus.

 

His Philanthropic Endeavors

 

Eric Lefkofsky and his wife Elizabeth formed the Lefkofsky, which is a charitable trust that supports charitable, educational and scientific organizations causes all over the world. This foundation is focused on children and has so far helped to fund over 50 organizations.

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