Business Leader, Real Estate Agent

2017 was a good year for investors. The entire year overall showed little volatility and the return on the [email protected] 500 was over 20%. The stock market has never shown a positive return for every month of the year until this incredible 2017.

Seasoned finance people know that a year of little volatility is often followed by a year of volatility. This has been the case with 2018 even after the Central Bank raised interest rates three times to help smooth the economy. The positive impact on the economy can still be seen but the market seems to be fluctuating. There have been 400-point swings in 2018 which can give investors trepidations.

HCR Wealth Advisors is a registered investment advisory firm based out of Los Angeles, California. They have incredibly loyal customers, some of which have been with them for over a decade, and they aim to keep these customers for generations. They often work with high-income individuals to tailor personalized investment strategies in order to take advantage of the market.

And it’s more important than ever to utilize a personalized investment strategy in today’s market. Information zaps across the world in an instant and the Internet gives you an infinite sea of information. This can absolutely confound investors as they try to pick out the important pieces of information from the noise. This process can make or break an individual while moving an enormous amount of wealth in an instant.

This all makes for a slippery market that many investors may be afraid of. But personalized investment strategies from HCR Wealth Advisors can help turn a volatile market into a friendly market. Different financial tools can be leveraged to take advantage of the volatility while personalized strategies may be employed to help clients mitigate financial exposure. Essentially, you may be able to bet against dips in the market while taking advantage of upswings.

HCR Wealth Advisors works closely with each of its clients to understand personal goals. The firm then sifts through the infinite sea of financial information to come up with a personalized strategy.

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Entrepreneur, Leader

Mr. Paulus has acquired a lot of wealth from his investments in the hospitality and tourism industries. He was recently listed in the Forbes magazine as one of the world’s billionaires. The tourism sector in Brazil has grown tremendously over the years.

Guilherme Paulus is one of the pioneers of a Brazil-based tour operator known as CVC. The firm has operated in the country for more than four decades now. He was 24 years old when he established the company. His business partner left the company after four years to pursue his political interests. CVC has been named as the largest among the other players in the tourism industry in Latin America. Towards the end of 2009, the businessman opted to sell some stake to an investment group called Carlyle at an estimated value of $420 million.

Guilherme Paulus is also the founder of a hotel group known as GJP Hotels and Resorts. Under the GJP umbrella, he manages over 20 facilities. One of his plans is to acquire pieces of land in strategic places such as airports in the country to build new structures. In 2014, the World Cup took place in Brazil and there was an influx of foreign visitors that led to high demand for hospitality services. Another global event that has led to a similar situation is the Summer Olympics. Before he attained the age of 20, he got a job at IBM where he was an intern. Guilherme Paulus has also invested in other countries. The 20 facilities under the GJP network are located in various places such as Maceio, Recife, Salvador, Sao Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro.

Over the years, the GJP group has employed thousands of people. Currently, it has more than 5,000 workers. Guilherme Paulus started investing in the hotel business since 1995. As the GJP brand grew, it got more clients and has served about 100,000 people. During an interview, he disclosed that a former state deputy came up with the idea to form CVC. He has previously worked at Casa Faro. Some of his close associates acknowledged that he could become a good entrepreneur. According to him, the introduction of innovative products in his venture is one of the key factors behind the growth.

Business, Food Industry

Up until today, the OSI Industries has continued to dominate in the field of food production. Its able leaders, David McDonald, and Sheldon Lavin have worked tirelessly to ensure the company meets its core goal, providing sustainability in the industry. David, who is the president and chief operating officer, and Sheldon, the chairman and CEO have seen the OSI Industries grow from a small butcher shop to a food conglomerate.

With the two at the helm, OSI Industries has surprised the world and gained the attention of Forbes. The company made it on the Forbes most substantial private company list at the 58th place in 2016. Besides being on the list, we cannot ignore the fact that OSI Industries has created employment opportunities worldwide with more than 20000 staff members. The company has established a presence in 17 countries as well.

To stay true to their commitment to sustainability, the company has invested in new technology aimed to improve their operations and efforts. Sheldon Lavin has therefore made it his mission to see this through. He has established two research and development centers for consumer-friendly and better supply chain products.

Understanding the risks involved and putting the right strategies geared toward improving OSI’s technology Sheldon has not only increased the company’s profits but also enhanced diversification. Additionally, OSI has been able to expand, and the most outstanding activity is the acquisition of Baho food in 2016 to serve their expansion efforts in Europe. Today, the company is known as Creative Foods Europe working for the same goal.

OSI’s efforts have not gone unrewarded. The company is the recipient of various awards over the years including California Green Business Award, Global Visionary Award, and Globe of Honour. Recently, NAMI (North American Meat Institute) has recognized two of OSI’s facilities for implementing the environmental management systems. The Tier I and II Environmental Recognition Awards show the dedication Sheldon and David have for a better environment in spite of their business.

OSI has done more than just providing a sustainable supply of food production. The lengths the executives are willing to go for the company will continue to manifest through awards and new facilities. Upholding business virtues has so far led the company to become a global sensation in the retail and foodservice industry. Their supply chain is one to admire and has been trusted to deliver quality products.

A bright future lies ahead for this company for both its executives and employees. OSI Industries is the company to watch as they achieve their agendas.

Business Leader, Investments

As one of the three principles, Wes Edens has been very instrumental in the growth of the Fortress Investment Group. He has been part of the Private equity division in the firm since it was founded having worked in the same sector before he quit employment to start Fortress. Wes Edens was a managing director and partner at BlackRock’s private equity fund. Here he was part of the team that made some of the largest deals for the firm and by the time he left, he was quite familiar with what it entailed to run a private equity firm. He was always an investor that saw opportunities in distressed businesses and would in one-way or another extract value from them.

This has been part of his strategy at Fortress, and over the years, it has served him and the group well. One of these instances was in 2010 when he convinced the others to let Fortress acquire AIG for 125 million dollars. The company at the time being part of those that were affected by the subprime crisis did not seem like an attractive venture. Wes Edens was, however, convinced that together with his team he could turn the company around. The deal was concluded and that point they embarked on reviving it today what many knew as AIG has been renamed to Spring Leaf Financial and has over 14 billion dollars under management.

Wes Edens has been viewed as one with a high tolerance for complexity. He seeks to figure out a way to get returns from distressed assets and in doing so is at times forced to venture into the ever-fluctuating environments that at times call for dangerous leveraging.Wes Edens has been very keen when it comes to sports investing. This he, however, does on a personal level with his first investment being the 550-million-dollar purchase of the Milwaukee Bucks where he is now a co-owner together with Marc Lasry. His love for basketball is well known, and despite not playing he is quite passionate and regularly attends his clubs’ games. He ventured into the European Soccer scene earlier this year. This was with a 55 percent purchase of the Aston Villa Football Club. This is a club that has existed for more than 140 years and currently competes in the championship having missed by a whiskey the opportunity to get back to the English Premier League in May.

Business, Business Leader

Steve Ritchie, the Chief Executive Officer of Papa John’s, wrote a wonderful letter of apology to Papa John’s customers, expressly apologizing to Papa John’s customers for several racial insensitive remarks made by a person closely linked to the Papa John’s brand and promises to take several remedial actions to deal with the issues and concerns brought into being by these unfortunate occurrences. The racial insensitive remarks that dictated the writing of a letter of apology by Steve Ritchie was the blaming of declining Papa John’s sales on the NFL’s lack of ability to effectively handle the problem of NFL players protesting perceived inequitable treatment of minorities by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem and the use of a racial slur during a conference call.

According to INC, the apology made by Steve Ritchie was explicit, sincere, and empathic. He clearly denounces those racial insensitive remarks, stating that those remarks and sentiments are only those of the particular person who made them and are by no means a reflection of the values of the Papa John’s company, whose employees number well over 120,000, the vast majority of whom are good, decent, hard-working individuals residing within the very same communities that Papa John’s customer live in. Steve Ritchie goes on to say that such bad behavior will not be tolerated by any Papa John’s employee.

The promised remedial actions to be taken by Steve Ritchie and the company was clearly defined. Steve Ritchie assumed responsibility for winning back the trust of Papa John’s customers by hiring auditors to audit the company’s culture, diversity, and inclusiveness to show Papa John’s customer that those racially insensitive remarks are in fact not an accurate reflection of the company’s values. Further, according to Wikipedia, Steve Ritchie intends to dispatch high level executives to the field to listen to the views and concerns of their employees and franchises with the view of obtaining a path on which everyone could move forward and away from these unfortunate incidents. Steve Ritchie also promises that this entire process will be conducted in a transparent way and asks to be held accountable by Papa John’s customers for this undertaking.

See Papa John’s latest status on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PapaJohns/status/1017881138432528385

Philanthropist

Many people have heard the term educational choice, but not many of them truly understand what it means. Betsy DeVos knows what it means, and she has been fighting to give every American family the opportunity to send their kids to a school of their choosing. Educational choice really means freedom. It is the freedom to not have to watch as your child is forced to attend a school based simply upon the zip code of where their home is located. Since many public schools in today’s society are breeding grounds for violence and frustration, DeVos wants to give children a way out.

 

In the state of Michigan, she has fought to pass legislation that will allow public funds to be used to pay for the tuition fees of private schools and charter schools. She has also supported schools like Potter’s House Christian School, which is a private school that serves an economically challenged community. She supported the school’s mission by making donations to the school directly and by helping to pay the tuition of some of the children whose families couldn’t afford to do so. In Florida, she has been a part of massive changes in the state. In fact, 50,000 students are now attending a school of their family’s choosing partly because of her efforts their.

 

In 2015, Betsy DeVos and her husband, Dick DeVos, donated more than $3 million to educational causes. This was done through their charitable arm the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The $3 million accounted for close to %25 of their giving that year, and they continue to donate plenty to educational causes today. Betsy DeVos is known as a woman who gets out there and gets her hands dirty by becoming directly involved with the changes she hopes to see. In Florida, this involved her making an appearance with the rapper Pitbull. The reason for her visit with him in the state of Florida was related to a charter school he started up.

 

Betsy DeVos attended a private Christian school, herself, during her school years and later studied at Calvin College; a private Christian college. A lot of her inspiration to make educational changes comes from the Dutch community of Holland, Michigan that she grew up in. Many of the people in her hometown supported and continue to support educational choice. Now that she has a national audience as Secretary of the United States, she is hoping to do as much for the American people as possible.

 

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Business, Business Leader

Victoria Doramus has been in the field of marketing for the past 12 years. She works with both print and digital media, including video and audio, communication, and branding. After graduating from high school in 2002 she attended the University of Colorado, Boulder. She graduated in 2006 with a degree in journalism and mass communication. She has worked for a number of companies such as Stila Cosmetics where she was a creative consultant. Another company she worked for was Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles where she provided assistance to the president of the company among other duties.

For the past few years, Victoria Doramus has been dedicating her time to philanthropic efforts. She says that more than just people need help which is why one of the nonprofits she dedicates her time and resources to is the Best Friends Animal Society. Many animals who end up in animal shelters in the United States end up being put down. Victoria Doramus supports the local animal shelter, is trying to put an end to this by assisting in the building of community programs across the nation. The ultimate goal is to save every animal.

The Best Friends Animal Society was established in the 1980s. At that time close to 17 million animals were put down each year with the older and/or sick animals the first ones to be killed. This nonprofit started out as a group of friends who would get animals from their local shelter and then find loving homes for them. Some of the ways that Victoria Doramus helps is by volunteering at adoption events and helping with fundraising drives.

According to Tradesy, Victoria Doramus wanted to help out this nonprofit because she believes as well that every animal is worthy of being loved. She says that, like people, animals need love as well in their lives.

Business, Business Leader

Steve Ritchie is the CEO of Papa Johns. He has recently proved that he is a man of integrity and intelligence. He understands what the company needs and don’t need, but he also understands what the customers want. Mr. Ritchie was quick to step into a messy situation that a previous member of Papa Johns caused. Steve knew what to do to clean up the situation, which wasn’t caused by him. That lets everyone know how serious Steve Ritchie is about being apart of a company with a positive image. He also showed how strong his emotions are for Papa Johns and its customers by taking immediate action into apologizing to everyone.

According to Bloomberg.com, Steve Ritchie showed us his emotional intelligence, especially after the second letter he used to apologize to everyone who are associated with Papa Johns. His first apology letter sounded more like a business letter, plus he only half-way apologized in it. Once he recognized this, he created a second letter that spoke to everyone with a more conversational type tone. Unlike the first letter Steve Ritchie’s second letter included an improved and more direct apology, plus he displayed a strong sense of compassion.

He let the world know exactly how he felt about the situation he was apologizing for. Mr. Ritchie let it be known he wants to be held accountable for any future mishaps that may happen with the company. Steve Ritchie also broke down in detail on how the company has planned to figure out all weaknesses and negatives that Papa Johns has as a whole company, and then make goals to fix all problems amongst Papa Johns.

Steve Ritchie has shown he is stand-up guy. All his goals are aimed for positive progression with Papa Johns. Mr. Ritchie is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure Papa Johns will have a positive and successful journey, and to make sure that all customers and associates of Papa Johns are 100 percent satisfied with the company’s service.

Resources:
bloomberg.com/profiles/people/17045820-steve-m-ritchie
nrn.com/people/papa-johns-promotes-steve-ritchie-coo

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NewsWatch TV Is Winning

NewsWatch TV won several awards for half hour television segments. NewsWatch received Platinum and Gold for the Marcom Award and were given excellence for the Videographer Award. The Videographer award is one of the most precious awards for video industry companies to win. NewsWatch has won before for their show, more specifically speaking a Silver Telly Award. The show reviews the best technology, products for consumers, and companies to their American audience.

About The Marcom Awards

The Gold and Platinum Marcom Awards consist of the top two awards that can be achieved for television-broadcast & cable. The company also received the 2017 Videographer Award. This one was given for excellence in half hour television programming. This is the highest award level and hardest to gain. It is one of the oldest well respected awards in the industry.

About The Videographer Awards

The Videographer Award is meant to find and acknowledge the artists that are doing well within their industry. The award is presented and judged by the ACMP, which has thousands of media professionals who are a part of the programs. The board supervises awards and programs, places judges and defines standards.

How Projects Are Judged

To receive an Award of Excellence, projects had to be exceptionally written, shot, edited and produced. Anyone can view the winners of this award on the Videographer Awards website.

What Is NewsWatch TV

This program is viewed across the United States and is available in every market. Each show reaches close to 100 million homes in the nation. The show has decades of broadcast history, and over the past 25 years, the show has been viewed by over 700 million people. It ranks with the most successful independently produced new magazines on air. The show’s staff are in the Washington, DC area.

 

Business, Business Leader

Hussain Sajwani is the third richest person in the United Arab Emirates and is popularly known as one of the few dynamic self-made billionaires in the world. Know famously as the king of real estate sector of the United Arab Emirates, Hussain Sajwani’s firm, Damac Properties, has played a pivotal role in the real estate development in the Middle East.

Damac Properties, established in 2002, is one of the leading luxurious real estate development firms actively constructing a broad range of commercial and residential projects in Dubai, and many other cities of the United Arab Emirates. Damac Properties since its inception has grown exponentially and now has operations in many different parts of the world beyond UAE, including in the London, Beirut, Jeddah, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and more.

Hussain Sajwani studied economics and industrial engineering from the University of Washington and joined oil company Gasco as a contracts manager after graduation. However, he couldn’t calm his entrepreneurial spirit, which led him to leave his job and start his firm in the food and catering business, and thus, started the Al Jazeera Catering Services. It is a company that continues to operate till date and has pioneered the industrial catering sector for years, serving over 150,000 meals a day and handling more than 200 projects. Hussain Sajwani is invested heavily in the equity markets as well and has a stock investment portfolio in both regional and international financial market, managed by Damac Properties’ specialized investment wing, DICO Investments LLC.

Before shifting his base to Dubai, Hussain Sajwani realized that the real estate market of the Middle East has immense potential. It is for this reason he came back to Dubai and invested and bought a plot in the suburbs of Dubai to construct a luxurious residential project. He knew that the foreigners were allowed to invest in the real estate market of Dubai as per the government’s flexible investment policies in the real estate sector, and thus, he was able to sell off his project in just six months, even before the construction of the project began. Hussain Sajwani’s Damac Properties is also collaborating with the Trump Organization to build two international golf courses cum residential complexes in Dubai.

Reference: https://aliqtisadi.com/