January 20, 2018 · Business, Business Leaders · (No comments)

Roberto Santiago is good at what he does. He likes to make sure people have the opportunities they need to be successful. In addition, he likes everyone to know how they can enjoy their lives while they are shopping at different places and enjoying different things. He has always been focused on the opportunities he has and that’s what has made him the best he can be. He has always hoped to make sure he can show people what they are able to do and the things they are capable of making happen in different instances. It has led to him being the best in the business and Manaira continuing to grow despite economic issues other malls have suffered from. Roberto Santiago knew how to guard his mall against that so it wouldn’t suffer in the same way other malls had suffered.

 

By putting an expo center in the mall, Roberto Santiago was making sure it was just so much more than shopping. He wanted people to try different things and wanted them to come to the mall for reasons aside from shopping and looking for the opportunities they could use. It helped Roberto Santiago to make sure he was showing people what they could do. It also helped him to give back to the community so people could actually enjoy the things they had in the different situations they were a part of. Roberto Santiago knew this was how he could make a difference in other situations.

 

As long as Roberto Santiago was doing his best to make sure people were getting more out of the mall, he was going to create new opportunities for them. He had always wanted them to know there were different things they could do so he put that into place while he was creating the mall. Even going as far as creating exclusive contracts helped Roberto Santiago to make sure he was giving the community what they needed with designers and even restaurants that people could visit while they were at the mall.

 

The one thing Roberto Santiago thought he was missing from the mall was the chance to cater to people who were coming from faraway places to visit. There were not many hotels that were close to the mall, but Roberto Santiago wanted something that would be extremely close. He wanted to show people they could stay there locally and still continue to shop for all the things they needed. It went back to them making sure they were making the right choices and providing their customers with the right way to enjoy the mall. Roberto Santiago saw a lot of value in it and saw how he could make positive changes.

 

December 26, 2017 · Business · (No comments)

If you ever walked down the aisle of your favorite grocery store, then you’ve taken note of the seemingly endless selection of bottled water in glass bottles, in plastic bottles and in other newly formulated containers now touted as being Eco-friendly. That being said, today’s bottled water industry has now reached an impressive $100 billion industry globally with the Italians coming in as number one consumers. Read more about Waiakea Water on 10bestwater.com.

However, the truth is that there is nothing currently out on the market as sustainable or Eco-friendly as Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water. Furthermore, this dynamic exploding sales product has a distinctive advantage in that it actually originates in Hawaii in many aspects: corporate headquarters, Hawaiian in cultural harvesting and even uses colloquial phrases to describe its product.

Taking the words “wai akea” from the Hawaiian name meaning “broad waters,” the company has creatively used a selling point up to now not used by other bottlers–it really does come from a self-sustainable source–more than 14,000 feet of porous volcanic rock. The Mauna Loa volcano to be more precise.

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Another selling point that has caused this company to sky-rocket in sales is that their bottles are truly recycled and bio-degradable. With the five major plastic bottle pollution producers being China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, more than 60 percent of all plastic found in our oceans comes from these nations. Furthermore, 50 billion plastic water bottles of which only 23 percent were recycled come from the U.S. environment alone on a yearly basis.

However, the latest Eco-friendly selling point which beats out the other competitors is that 2018 brings the latest offering from Waiakea–the world’s truly first bio-degradable water bottles. In a brilliant move that is poised to revolutionize the industry, Waiakea Water will be able to fully degrade and break down its plastic bottles in less than 15 years time instead of centuries.

It’ll be interesting to watch as this already named one of Inc. 500’s fastest growing companies in the U.S. creates a major breakthrough for bottlers–and for the environment as well. Visit BevNet to know more.

November 25, 2017 · Business · 1 comment

Highland Capital is a private equity firm that’s been managing institutional investments since 1993, and they also have community initiatives run through the Highland Foundation. They just appointed a new manager to this branch of their company, the former head of Dallas’s Woodall-Rogers Parks Foundation Linda Owen. Highland Capital Chairman and CEO James Dondero said he recommended Owen because of her work building relationships between the Dallas business community and government programs, and her commitment to philanthropy. Prior to serving at the park foundation, Owen had also been involved in real estate development and management. Read more at Biz Journals about Highland Capital.

Their main funding source comes through collateralized loan obligations, and their strategies range across the spectrum of healthcare, long-short equity, fixed income funds, distressed companies and high-yield credit.  Read this article at PR Newswire.

Highland Capital was founded by James Dondero and Mark Okada who both came to the company with experience in the credit departments of investment banks. Dondero had been with American Express for several years as a bond analyst, and Okada had served as Vice President of commercial banking at Hibernia National Bank. They had come to Protective Life to grow it’s GIC subsidiary into a strategic asset management company. Almost overnight it grew to having $2 billion in AUM, and in only 5 years this subsidiary actually outgrew its parent. Dondero and Okada renamed the company Highland Capital and today it has near $15 billion in AUM. Part of Highland’s charitable giving has gone to health organizations and educational buildings including the George W. Bush Library in downtown Dallas, and more recently the completion of a shelter facility for the Family Place, a domestic violence protection association.

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November 7, 2017 · Business, Politics · 1 comment

George Soros is one of the most influential people in the entire world. He is a hedge fund investor who has made it to the list of some of the richest in the world. He is considered to be a financial wizard and made a fortune by investing in risky stock market forex trades when he was starting out in his career. His incredible ability to analyze the market situations and figure out the best investments is something that has helped him rise in the field.

Besides his work and professional career, there is another thing that Soros is mainly known for, which is his philanthropy. He is known to be one of the most charitable people in the entire world and has donated billions of dollars towards organizations charities people who are in need. He has also founded several charities of his own, to aid people on a broader scale. One of the most recent charities that Soros started up was for people who were seeking refuge in countries in the EU. The foundation was mainly started so that Soros could offer these refugees with funds to be able to start their businesses in their new countries. He wanted to be able to help these refugees situate themselves as a sort of aid to help them after all that they have been through.

George has always wanted to help people and made that his end goal very early on in his life. Soros grew up in Hungary, during the Second World War. Because of the situation that their country was in, there were always Nazi troops stationed all over their hometown. Things were even harder for Soros and his family because they were Jewish. However, they got out of facing a lot of the torture that people were being put through by forging their identities creating fake documents stating that they were someone else. Seeing the country around him at the time might have been hard for a child, but Soros decided to stay strong and one day help to prevent such kind of things from happening again. He wanted to be able to help those that are in trouble for no fault of their own and wanted to empower people to stand up for what is right. Being the incredibly smart person that he is, Soros knew that it would not be possible to change the world without any funds backing it, and realized that he would have to make a lot of money before he could set out to do anything and impact people’s lives in any way.

In addition to helping charities and organizations, Soros has always tried to help people by actively participating and funding various human rights movements. He has been the backbone behind several critical political campaign, particularly in the United States, which is where he cusrrently resides. He is also an active supporter of the Democratic Party and believes that they are the right people who should be running the country.

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October 23, 2017 · Business, Business Leaders · (No comments)

Every human being has the legal right of being treated fairly and equally to others regardless of his or her ethnic group and national origin. Principles that govern the protection of various human rights are contained in legal documents such as constitutions.

Many governments continue to violate human rights by discriminating people based on immigration status, executing border killings, extrajudicial murders, and racial profiling. This has led to the establishment of international organizations and groups that advocate for the civil, human, and migrant rights of citizens.

The Larkin and Lacey Frontrera Fund is an initiative group that aims at proving financial support to organizations that advocate for human, civil, and migrant rights throughout Arizona. The cofounders of this initiative are Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.

They are the co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin initiated the Larkin and Lacey Frontrera Fund after leaving jail in October 2007. The two dedicated a sum of 3.75 million dollars to fund migrant rights organizations in Arizona. They committed themselves to defending the rights of citizens regarding freedom of speech and civic participation throughout Arizona.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona is an organization that advocates for the human, civil, and migrant rights of citizens in Arizona. The organization was formed in 1959 with the aim of transforming unconstitutional Arizona laws that oppressed specific groups of people in Arizona. It is commonly known as The ACLU of Arizona.

The organization spearheaded a court case that aimed at banning multi-racial marriages in 1960. The ACLU of Arizona helped to launch and litigate a federal lawsuit in 2007. The organization has helped to reinforce the freedom of speech of all day laborers within Arizona. They won a federal case against the Arizona law enforcement authorities who denied bail to immigrants. They claimed that such course of action was unconstitutional. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

They steered the Arizona law enforcement authorities to reinforce immigration upon winning the case. The organization has successfully defended the civil, human, and migrant rights of citizens through winning most court cases and being part of a legal team that challenges the Arizona law by identifying and exposing the use of counterfeit documents in executing the law.

The ACLU of Arizona in association with San Diego launched a Tucson office that focused on a border litigation project in 2013. The main aim of establishing the agency was to advocate for the migration rights of people from the southwestern region of Arizona including San Diego, New Mexico, and Texas.

The ACLU of Arizona has challenged the Arizona government on the executed orders that deny young immigrants who reside in the United States access to driver’s licenses.

Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin:

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October 10, 2017 · Business, Company, Technology · (No comments)

The motto for Talk Fusion is “be part of the moment.” Life is filled with moments and it is important to keep track of those moments and not let them pass you by, as you never know when you are going to get another one. It can be hard to predict when they are going to happen, but it is important to be present for them and not regret missing them. Talk Fusion allows everyone that uses it to be part of the moment and embrace it to the fullest. Right now, they have 30-day free trials: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/video-marketing-leader-talk-fusion-launches-30-day-free-trials-300249666.html. These allow people to fully embrace the moment without any second-guessing and without any hesitation.

 

Talk Fusion is the all-in-one video communications provider with video newsletters, video emails, video conferences, and video chats. These are here for people that are looking to jump-start their business and really take their life to the next level. Going back to the moments, when there are moments in someone’s life, especially family moments, they want to be part of it. By using everything that Talk Fusion has, they can work from home, be a part of those big family moments, and catch them live as they happen. As great as it is to see them on video or through pictures, there is nothing quite like being there.

 

It is a different feeling all together. It says a lot about the character of Bob Reina that he is offering these free trials of this two-time award winning company such as the 2016 Communications Solutions Products of the Year Award. Solutions are important as they fix problems. They are looking for solutions for people that are demanding more. It is important to demand more as nothing is promised in life.

 

Talk Fusion does promise one thing: opportunity. With 30 days, they will get to start it off and after those 30 days; they can do even more with Talk Fusion if they stick with it. The odds are that it will only improve the more comfortable they get with it and the more they use it on a daily basis.

 

September 23, 2017 · Business · (No comments)

NexBank President and CEO, John Holt led a panel discussion titled Reinventing Community Banking Perspectives on Competing by Innovation at the 5th Annual Strategic Opportunities and M&A Conference organized by the Texas Bankers Association. The event brings together financial experts to share knowledge and ideas on the possibilities and challenges experienced by community bank leaders.

Texas-based Nexbank offers financial services including commercial banking, institutional services, and mortgage banking. The company provides personalized banking and investment services for corporations, institutions including financial institutions and individuals. In the close of the second quarter, Nexbank raised 20 million dollars equity capital to finance general corporate purposes. The consistent support from the shareholders affirms their belief in the company’s business plan. The extra funds will also support future growth as the Nexbank enhances its position and performance. Also, Nexbank purposes to focus on institutional-based businesses. The current assets value of the company is 6.4 billion dollars and the second quarter net income is 46 million dollars. The average return on assets is at 1.7%, and the average return on equity is at 31%. Rankings by Kroll Bond Rating Agency show NexBank’s solid investment grade ratings.

In of support the initiative by the Dallas Neighborhood Homes to offer residents affordable housing loans for households in Southern Dallas, NexBank pledged 50 million dollars in loans to enable the program’s expansion. The project aims to provide over 100 loans annually to low-income families within Dallas in the next five years. Dallas Neighborhood Homes is also partnering with the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity in the program. With the funding from NexBank, the Dallas Neighborhood Homes will lend money to the homebuyers that have limited access to financing as well as provide financial counseling and homeownership advice. The company is delighted about making the homeownership dream a reality for disadvantaged families.

As banks shift to innovative means to conquer challenges and utilize opportunities, NexBank is committed to helping the people of Texas access affordable financial solutions directly or indirectly through partnerships.

 

September 21, 2017 · Business · (No comments)

Before Jim Larkin started to advocate to make unions better, they were simply things that were there to make money. While the original use of unions was to protect workers, that didn’t always work for those who were in them.

This was especially true in Ireland where people didn’t have the chance to experience all of the things they currently do with the unions they have now. Jim Larkin wanted to make the unions what they should be so he worked hard to make that happen by advocating for certain rights while he was working on different things in the way that he was doing things.

Even when Jim Larkin went to the United States, he felt he could make a difference with their unions. Some of the tactics he used were relatively radical, and that caused some problems for him while he was in the country.

He was eventually sent back to Ireland, but not before he stirred things up enough to make a change in the unions. He was able to get people to start thinking about what the union should be and the right way for it to run if they wanted it to be as successful as possible. Read more: Jim Larkin | Wikipedia and James Larkin | Biography

Once he returned to Ireland, he continued to work hard on making things better for the unions and the people who were in the unions. He wanted to bring as much change as possible to the unions so people would actually have a chance at a better life.

He felt it was his calling to show people what the union could be like so they would have a chance at a positive work environment. He wanted to see the changes so others would understand what everything meant for the union.

While the ideas that Jim Larkin had did not take off right away, he was planting seeds of change for the union. Others began thinking about the union and what it meant to them.

They were also able to see the differences in their lives so things would continue to get better for them at work. All of this made sense for people like Jim Larkin and those who followed the things he did.

He pioneered the modern union so that it could turn into something that was actually able to help people with the issues they were having. It made everything better for those who were in these situations.

Have you come across the name Eric Lefkofsky? If no, then you are in the right place. Eric became famous when working at Inner Workings and Echo Global Logistics. However, it is his third company that made him recognizable.Eric earned more than 1.79 million dollars with e-commerce startups but still aspired to do better. He recently started his latest company Tempus, and it has a great goal. Tempus is going to assemble an extensive genomic cancer database. With this data bank, doctors will be able to compare the DNAs of their patients so they can personalize their therapies. With this help and the best cancer specialists will be able to help cancer patients live longer or even get the cure.Eric realized that modern technology is growing fast and it was fair for technology in the medical field to progress at the same speed. He figured that doctors were collecting data and they needed a way to analyze it.

Many startups are trying to find a cure for diseases due to growth in technology. The industry has therefore grown because it is not expensive to conduct tests as it was before. However, despite all this Eric trusts that Tempus is advantageous over other companies.To ensure that Tempus remains on top, they collaborated with several hospitals. They work together to collect massive amounts of data. Tempus has built a 20,000 –square-foot lab to enable gene-sequencing lab. They provide their specialists with software that allows them to make comparisons of DNA profiles of cancer patients. Through this, they will find cures that would work best for patients with detailed hereditary profiles.

In 2015, Eric quit being the CEO of Groupon to concentrate on building Tempus into a global firm. However, he is still the chair of Groupon and the largest shareholder. His first action as the Tempus leader was to hire Kevin White who is highly skilled in the genetic industry.In conclusion, Eric co-owns Tempus with his business partner Brad Keywell. They have worked together in many business ventures as well.

February 23, 2017 · Business · (No comments)

Currently having their elegant models taking on the fashion world in the exceptional runways at not only Austin Fashion Week, but also traveling out to Miami Swim Week, New York Fashion Week, and countless other outstanding Fashion and Beauty shows and events, The Brown Agency’s models are catching all the eyes and they’re not the only ones. The actors of The Brown Agency are making waves too, proving themselves and their stellar talent by being cast in a wide range of projects, including but not limited to The Leftover, American Crime, and Queen of The South. Having merged with the incredible force that is Wilhelmina Models back in 2015, The Brown Agency is growing into a truly amazing business that works for and with it’s talent to secure the best possible jobs and positions in the film, theatre, and modeling industries and their incredible success is speaking wonders for their brilliant idea to blend in with one of the all time best modeling agencies in the world to become Texas’ go to full service model and talent agency!

Quoted as humbly praising the talented, graceful, and vivacious individuals at his agency, Justin Brown, the President of The Brown Agency, says commonly and outrightly, “We are only as good as our talent.” It’s true too, because the individuals signed to his agency are among some of the best and brightest growing talent in their fields, currently working with companies like Dell, L’oreal, Luis Vuitton, and Dell amongst many countless others.

Creating a much higher standard for Central Texas than it has ever been privy to in the past, The Brown Agency is taking the modeling and acting world with a bravery and tenacity that everyone can truly appreciate. Taking bold strides, The Brown Agency is a place to be proud of.