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