Equities First Holdings is a shareholding loans firm that is among the fastest growing financial institutions in the world. The firm was first established in 2002 in Indianapolis. Over the years, it has opened branches in other locations across the globe. Equities First Holdings is today a leading form in the financial sector because it implements programs that resonate with a majority of the people looking for financing options. Shareholding loans are far much better than any other loans that one may be looking for. The interest rates that these loans attract are too low and therefore has no effect on the overall development of the business one is financing. The interest rates are also fixed, making them easy to repay. One does not have to struggle with fluctuating interest rates which affect their ability to repay the loan. Equities First Holdings rates are far much better than what commercial banks are giving.
Mike Baur gives young people a chance to make business ideas come to life and go quickly from their incubator stage into complete administrative stage if they can pass the tests of his company, the Swiss Startup Factory (SSUF). The process, though very rewarding does require entrepreneurs to have the right frame of mind throughout it and they need to be prepared to put in all the work it will take to make their business happen. Baur had a question and answer session with Red Bull Media, a media agency that has partnered with the SSUF in which he gave a few pointers about business ideas.
Baur said first of all, that spontaneous ideas are an entrepreneur’s best friend because they usually come when you realize there’s a need for a product that hasn’t been met yet. When asked whether it was good or bad to share your idea for the business with others, Baur replied that sharing your idea could help you find others who would agree with it and may want to be a part of your administrative team. But most importantly he said that you should never be afraid to fail because failing the right way will help your business be better as you restart it.
Mike Baur was born in Switzerland and has gotten most of his education at the local schools and universities. While still in high school, he decided to go into banking as a career because it was one of the most reputable jobs in Switzerland at the time. He was told at the beginning of his internship at UBS Bank that he could become a well-paid executive eventually if he followed a chart that the manager he met with drew up. Baur set out to do just that, and in 10 years he was already an esteemed advisor at that bank. He would later transfer to Clariden Leu where he sat on the board of executives in commercial banking, but there were events that happened that had him decide to retire from banking while still only 39. It was mostly how the recession of 2008 changed the regulations and outlook on banking the following years that had Baur pursue other options.
Mike Baur wanted to go into business investing because he realized there were many brilliant thinkers in the universities but little funding for them to build businesses. He had contacts in groups like CTI and the Goldback Group who he brought together to build an accelerator that brought the university graduates and investors together, and the SSUF has also been a partner of tech research firms like Think Reloaded and FinTech Fusion. The acceleration process for entrepreneurs at these companies usually takes about three months and upcoming businesses even get access to offices upon launch.
Jose Hawilla is now one of the most influential personalities on Brazilian soil. He is so respected for his investment success that emanates from decisions that no one ever thought were good. Jose Hawilla started off as a sports reporter working for several radio and TV channels is Sao Paulo. He progressed in his journalism career to the point that he had a chance to produce his own sports programs that included sports talks. He invited famous personalities to discuss sports. He ended his journalism career in 1979. He was then the Head of Rede Globo, a media house in Sao Paulo. He now owns a five-star sports advertising company called Traffic. Traffic has even won contracts with the sports giant, Nike. He was rehired later by Rede Globo. Jose Hawilla also happens to be a legal professional, although he has not made much direct use of that aspect of his talents. Jose Hawilla is a family man too. He has three children who are also excelling in investment ventures
His Business Empire
Currently, Jose Hawilla is the founder and owner of one of the most successful sports advertising entities in Brazil called the Traffic. The company is just one of the many money-spinning organizations that Hawilla owns. He is the main investor in several sports newspapers that operate in the inner Sao Paulo locations. They include God Morning Marilla, Go Morning Rio Pretto, Rede Bom Dia Bom Dia Bauru among others. He started the idea of sports newspapers when he was still a journalist. His colleagues and business pundits thought that he was crazy. Hawilla went on with his adventure and established what came to be one of the most widely-read newspapers in the heart of Sao Paulo. He soon left the world of employment and focused on his business ventures that were entirely driven by sports. For more details visit his about.me
Jose Hawilla is an example of a true investor. He has been invited to several forums to discuss his path to success. In one of the most notable observations, he says that for one to be an investor, they must have the knack for something original; something that can exclusively be associated with them. Investment also requires a supportive environment. The reason why some countries such as the US are ranked top on the investment index is that they encourage investment. Jose Hawilla observes that the difference between an investor and an employee is that while an employee is a conformist; that he wakes up looking forward to executing a preplanned routine, an investor is always seeking a different and better way to do things. He is an inventor. Thus, born investors do not make great employees. However, he points out that it is important to hone one’s skills before jumping into the world of investment.
Louis Chenevert is a competent CEO of United Technologies Corporation (UTC). Before he came to UTC, he had been in other big corporations such as general motors where he performed very well. The professional knows different areas where he touches on as a way of improving services in his company. UTC being a technology company, it needs research and competent employees for them to succeed in their business operations. The company has been in operation for several years where they have invested heavily on research. Under the leadership of Louis Chenevert, the company has invested in reach and employee training which has made them achieve great success. Some of the areas where they have excelled in their operations include the following:
Development of Advanced Materials
The development of advanced materials at the company made it possible to manufacture powerful jet engines. The materials can withstand high temperatures which make it possible for airplanes engines to burn fuel at high temperature which makes it possible to deliver high power and great fuel efficiency. The company took time to research on the materials till they came up with reliable materials. It is among the best materials being introduced in the jet industry. It saves on fuels, reduces emissions as well as making jets achieve more power. Visit utc.com to know more about Louis Chenevert.
Louis Chenevert from his long years in the industry knows the positive effects highly trained employees can bring to the company. He emphasizes on employee training which has helped them reach great success. For example, he introduced a program which aims at training employees in different American universities as a way of having a reliable workforce which can help the company grow. When a company has highly trained employees, they are in a better position of delivering more to the organization which will make the company realize its investment in the training.
Development of GTF Engine
The engine brings great changes to the airplane manufacturing industry. It delivers more power and has high fuel efficiency. It is among the latest introduction in the jet engines which has attracted many users. Some of the aspects of the engine which make it a great addition to the industry include its ability to save on fuel consumption. For the military planes and airbus industry to achieve some level of economy, the jet engine comes in handy. It has great design which reduces fuel consumption as well as emissions. Read more at Forbes.com.
World-Class Jet Engines from UTC
The jet engines are used in both military and air travel operations. The military uses the jet engines due to their great efficiency. They have reduced noise pollution as well as high power delivery. Remember jet engines used on military planes are designed to achieve high power output; the military has taken steps to adopt the planes from UTC due to their great design. Louis Chenevert is among few CEOs who are dedicated to making their organizations succeed. The company operating in an ever-changing field, he has invested in advancement in technology which makes his company stay on top of the competitors. He is patient and highly talented professional who employs proven tactics in his operations.
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.
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 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.
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 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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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.
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.