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A CEO, Master Architect and editor of the most read architectural journal in the world, Robert A. Ivy has done it all. Robert Ivy is currently the Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He has over 30 years of experience in the architecture field and as a member of Alpha Rho Chi was named Master Architect by the prestigious fraternity. The Master Architect designation is reserved for the most talented and deserving individuals who have excelled and made profound contributions to the architectural field.

Thirteen high-trained and experienced architects established the AIA in 1957. The purpose of the organization was to promote and establish the architectural profession in America and around the world. Prior to the formation of the AIA the architecture profession didn’t exist. Anyone who had some knowledge about engineering and construction claimed to be an architect giving the formally trained architects a bad name and reputation. This new organization, whose members had to possess several qualifications and educational requirements could claim to be a member of the AIA, which would provide clients with assurance that the buildings would be constructed at a very high standard. Robert Ivy will carry on the AIA’s mission and uphold its prestigious name.

Robert earned his bachelors in architecture from Sewanee: The University of the South in 1969. Robert then pursued his masters in architecture from Tulane University in 1976. Robert became a member of the Alpha Rho Chi fraternity that provided several awards to brilliant and successful members including the “Master Architect” designation held by prominent figures such as, I.M. Pei, Buckminster Fuller and now, Robert Ivy.

In 1996, Robert pursued his interest in architecture and literature by becoming an editor for McGraw Hill where he remained for fifteen productive years. He quickly ascended the ranks and became McGraw Hills Vice President and Editorial Director. During his time at McGraw Hill Robert propelled the famous Architectural Record to become the most read architectural journal on the planet. For 125 years the Architectural Journal has delighted readers around the world and under Mr. Ivy’s helm it became even more popular.

As a fellow of the AIA since his college days, Robert was keen to join and lead the prestigious organization. Robert has always kept a strong relationship with the AIA even when he was working on the Architectural Record. The Record frequently advertised the AIA, its accolades and importance to the architectural field. Robert Ivy’s career is incredible and as the only member of Alpha Rho Chi to receive the Master Architect this century I think it is safe to say the AIA has found the right guy to lead them into the future.

Business, Company

As one of the largest online retailers, Market America continues to provide over 50 million products and services to consumers from all around the world. Every last one of the exclusive products marketed by Market America are manufactured by other firms. The company relies on independent distributors made up of businesses or individuals called “UnFranchise Owners” to sell products from their ecommerce sites powered by Market America. To become an UnFranchise Owner, the individual would first have to pay an initial startup fee and then monthly fees. After being accepted, they can set up their own flexible part time hours and receive bonuses if they can refer others to the site. For every sale made in their online shop, they will receive commission.

Market America was co-founded by President and CEO, J.R. Ridinger and his wife Loren Ridenger in 1992. The company’s main headquarters are based in Greensboro, North Carolina, they have expanded their operations to various parts of world including: Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, Mexico, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines and their most recent branch Malaysia. There are more than 650 employees working at these physical locations and the company is open to more expansion. The products sold on their Shop.com marketplace come from an array of different categories: home and garden care, automotive care, jewelry, cosmetics, pet care, baby care, entertainment, personal care, water filter systems and weight management solution products.

An estimate of over $3.8 billion in retail profits and commissions were earned by affiliates and UnFranchise Owners to date. The independent distributors can earn extra residual income by servicing 10-15 desirable customers, earning cashback from each online transaction and more. There are a total of 180,000 UnFranchise Business Owners that are actively operating worldwide. Market America has made over $7.3 billion in retail sales since their establishment.

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Business, Company

The home-improvement industry is one of the most popular and fascinating industries on earth today. This industry brings in billions of dollars on a yearly basis. Home improvement can add value and appeal to your home in more ways than one. Any and every area of your home can be restored, which helps to make the home more functional. Aloha Construction of Lake Zurich, Illinois, is in a class of its own. The company is fully-licensed as well as insured. There is an estimated 250 employees on the team, and these individuals have been thoroughly trained for the tasks at hand. This includes training in repairs and in installations.

Founded by Dave Farbaky in 2008, this wonderful general-contractor serves the people. It serves the people in so many great ways that it’s willing to travel for extensive distances. To simply state it, Aloha Construction serves all of Illinois, and it serves Southern Wisconsin. Can you name another general-contractor that is willing to do this? What services can homeowners expect? Well, the answer is very simple because (AC) offer services in:

• Waterproofing
• Soffit Installation
• Roof Cleaning
• Window Fascia Repair
• Flashing
• Stucco Installation
• Masonry
• Gutter Repair
• Insulation Installation
• And more

The company’s official website has plenty of informative material such as tips and techniques. For instance, if you have standing water in close proximity to your home, it can potentially lead to foundation damage. Water is one of the most destructive forces on earth, and it will erode your home’s foundation overtime. Aloha Construction has tons of tips like this that can be accessed with ease. All in all, if you live in this exclusive coverage area, let Aloha Construction handle all of your home improvement needs.

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Mike Baur is one of the founders of one of the world’s top business accelerators, the Swiss Startup Factory and he and CEO Max Meister announced a new member on the executive board; Chief Marketing Officer Antonio Gasser. The SSUF board asked Gasser to join them because he has many accomplishments in media and public relations including at one time running his own radio show and later founding the Swiss Startup Media GmbH. Baur and Meister commended Gasser for his knowledge of corporations that the SSUF seeks to partner with, and his expertise in organizing media events. The SSUF has been in operation since 2014 and has connected investors to proven startups and entrepreneurs, and through a 3-month program has given those companies a foundation to launch from.

 

Mike Baur went into startup investing because his longtime banking career was no longer as rewarding as it was earlier on. Baur was once told as a young apprentice at UBS Bank that he just needed to follow certain steps to earn promotions and he would reach wealth and retirement as planned. He was often commended by his superiors for his acumen in finances and investing, and some of Switzerland’s wealthiest investors trusted him with their accounts. Baur may have joined the executive board of UBS eventually, but the bank had to scale back operations dramatically when the 2008 financial crisis reached within Switzerland’s borders. He left UBS and managed the credit division of Clariden Leu bank for a few years, but then quit altogether in 2014.

 

Why did Mike Baur specifically decide to go into startup investing? He was noticing that a lot of young people in Switzerland were joining the tech revolution and buying into disruptive companies like Uber. He knew these young people had ideas and the skeleton resources for their startups, but they lacked the funding to make them happen. With banking no longer on the rise, Baur began partnering with investors and started a program by which he encouraged them to invest in these startups, but would also make sure they were vetted and tested to be sure the ROI would be high. For entrepreneurs, the SSUF provides sessions of mentoring and training as part of a 3-month accelerator program run twice a year. Entrepreneurs become part of the investor network and if they can pass the 3-month intense training sessions, they can get office space with equipment and support to run their business.

 

Charter School

The student population in the United States is increasing, and along with the rising numbers is the need for alternative facilities that would provide education to the American children. Another problem being faced by the United States is the growing number of poor households who are starting to feel that they could no longer send their children to school. Because of what is going on in the United States, the government appealed to private entities to help them out with providing education to the children. The result of the plea from the government is alternative learning centers that provide quality education to the children for a low price. One of these education institutions founded to become an alternative learning facility is Rocketship Education.

Established in 2007, Rocketship Education is now establishing their presence all across the United States. Since 2017, the educational system has 18 branches, and they are operating in the states of California, where the majority of the schools are located. They also have branches in Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Washington D.C. The people behind the establishment of Rocketship Education wanted their students to experience a different way of learning. Those who were given a chance to study at a Rocketship Education school stated that their learning is not only focused on the academics, but the teachers are also focusing on how they could develop their talents and skills. They are also being taught about how to become a responsible citizen for the nation’s advantage.

Aside from teaching the students on how to become better persons and training them to harness their talents and skills, Rocketship Education is also caring about their student’s personal life. They would sometimes send a teacher to their student’s home, and they will be observed. The teacher would also take down notes on how the student is behaving at home, and by applying what the teacher has witnessed, they can create their techniques on how to teach the child. The approach of Rocketship Education to teaching their students is effective, and one of the proofs that they are proud to display is their constant high scores in national exams.