Annual Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon

James Dondero who is the co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management, L.P., recently announced that the company had offered a $1 million challenge grant in aid of The Family Place. The Family Place is a Dallas-based organization that supports victims of family violence. The announcement came during the Annual Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon held at the Hilton Anatole, Dallas, Texas.

The grant is administered through the Highland Dallas Foundation, Inc., which is a philanthropic branch of Highland Capital Management and matched 50% of the funds raised from the campaign up to $ 1 million by April 2017. Learn more about James Dandero:

The Family Place Legacy Campaign aids the construction of a new Counseling Center at Central Dallas to help family violence victims and the building named “Ann Moody Place.” The center includes a medical and dental clinic, 13 emergency shelter bedrooms, a centralized hotline/call center, multipurpose spaces for job training, multiple counseling rooms for individuals and groups, and counseling rooms for adults and children.

About James Dondero

James Dondero is a Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management. He co-founded the company alongside Mark Okada in 1993 to be among the largest and most experienced alternative credit management companies globally. Mr. Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia with top honors in Commerce and dual majors in Finance and Accounting.

James began his career in 1984 under the Morgan Guarantee training program and has now gained over 30 years experience in credit and equity markets, focusing mainly on high-yields and distressed investing. Since inception, Highland Capital has pioneered the development of the Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) market and established credit-oriented solutions for retail and institutional investors across the world.

Mr. Dondero also the Chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, Nexbank, and CCS Medical. He also serves as a board member of MGM Studios and American Banknote. Dondero is an active philanthropist supporting different initiatives in veterans’ affairs, education, and public policy. Before HCM, Mr. Dondero worked as a Chief Investment Officer at Protective life between 1989 and 1993. Between 1985 and 1989, he was the Corporate Bond Analyst and later Portfolio Manager, at American Express.

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If you want to get the measure for a value of a business than look at how many people line up to buy it when it goes for sale. Bruce Levenson had been the owner of the NBA franchise Atlanta Hawks for over a decade when he decided to step away from the company, putting it up for sale. The NBA has never been more alive, at least in terms of top heavy rivalries, and that made the decision to sell the Hawks a great financial move. Levenson quickly found that offers were coming to the table in record speed. Leading the way was a fund manager by the name of Antony Ressler.

Antony Ressler isn’t just another suit with a deep pocketbook, there’s more to him than that. Ressler is a minority owner of the Milwaukee Brewers of the MLB but he had been trying to buy his way into an NBA team for the past couple of years. Ressler had approached Steve Ballmer when the Clippers were for sale but he flinched at the more than $2 billion selling price. The Clippers are a top tier franchise but not worth that kind of money at least in Ressler’s mind. Then a short year later the Hawks went up fro sale for $850 million. The price was right.

For as different in perception the Hawks and Clippers are, their output over the past several seasons has been almost identical. Both teams according to ESPN, are filled with talented players that seem to top out before their respective Conference Finals. If Ressler could get the Hawks for half of the price, why wouldn’t he? Ressler approached UCG owner Bruce Levenson in order to buy the team but he didn’t do it alone. Ressler had former NBA star Grant Hill at his back along with a host of other people interested in the purchase.


Recently, M&A Advisor announced that Madison Street Capital had made it to the finals of the awaited 15th Annual M&A Advisor Awards.

In the financial industry, the awards are held in high esteem. They symbolize achievement, identify excellence in financing, deal making and restructuring besides celebrating the achievements and contributions made by leading professionals and firms. The Chicago based firm was nominated for the industrial Deal of the Year and Boutique Investment Banking Firm of the Year -international. The former recognizes Madison Street Capital’s pivotal role in making it possible for Dowco to acquire Acuna & Asociados S.A. This transaction was undertaken under the leadership of Karl D’Cunha, the investment bank’s senior managing director.

The founder and CEO of Madison Street Capital, Charles Botchway, could not hide his joy after assisting the company’s longstanding client, Dowco, with its acquisition process. He posited that they were happy to be nominated for the Boutique Investment Banking Firm of the Year- International. He went ahead to posit that the company’s deal makers put more efforts in connecting clients with the emerging and growing businesses. To this end, clients’ diverse needs are addressed.

Karl contended that the acquisition process was intricate given that it was characterized by many moving parts. He concluded by asserting that Madison Street Capital would strive to provide its clients with innovative services. The award ceremony shall be held on November 9, at the 15th Annual M&A Advisor Awards Gala in the New York Athletic Club.

In the past 18 years, the M&A has recognized and established a solid financial industry and professionals. The entity continues to connect leading industry performers across the world. This information was originally mentioned on

About Madison Street Capital

Madison Street Capital is a renowned investment bank that is committed to delivering corporate financial services to private and public companies. The company’s employees embrace integrity, leadership and excellence in undertaking their day-to-day duties. By virtue of being in business for long, Madison Street Capital is sensitive to issues of corporate finance. This way, it has managed to respond quickly to opportunities. The employees have extensive knowledge and experience on how to match buyers and sellers. In addition, they can match financing and enhance capitalization structures to the unique situation of each client. Since its inception, Madison Street Capital has helped many clients achieve their goals.

The investment firm has succeeded in providing valuations, M&A and financial advisory services because of its experience in corporate governance and corporate finance. Madison Street Capital’s strength lies in four core areas of expertise. They are extensive network, investment banking, independent valuation services and professional depth. The company has comprehensive resources, litigation support and connections with high-level decision-makers. It has unrivaled expertise in mergers and acquisitions, financial restructuring, capital raising and portfolio valuation. In addition, the entity observes the highest level of professional standards courtesy of unparalleled leadership and decades of experience.

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Dental Care

When it comes to sleep apnea, it is not something that Dr. Avi Weisfogel takes lying down or takes lightly. As a matter of fact, with any sort of condition, he is going to do whatever is possible to make sure his patients are comfortable and feel good. When he ran Operation Smile, that is how he operated. He knew that many people were suffering from issues with their teeth and were unhappy with their appearance from children to young adults. He set up a page to raise funds in order to get the ball rolling with that. He is not the kind of doctor that does his work at the office and just disappears when the job is done.

For Avi Weisfogel, the job is never done. He is always working as hard as possible and working overtime to fix any discomfort a patient has. When it comes to discomfort, pain, or anything involving sleep, it affects everything about a person’s life. If they are unable to sleep well or have sleeping issues, it can lead to more serious health issues. That is why Avi Weisfogel is so dedicated and committed to this. He does not want it to lead to that. He would rather nip it in the bud now as opposed to later. He knows by doing this, his patients can lead a happy and comfortable life.

He has taken it upon himself to start up Dental Sleep Masters and it is exactly what it sounds like. It is masters in the field of dentistry working around the clock to get the best results possible with state-of-the-art sleeping labs. It takes more than one person to fix this sort of issue. His hope is that this will help as many of those that suffer from this condition as possible. 90 percent of those who suffer, in fact, don’t even know they have it. It is more than just snoring and sleepless nights.

Avi is wise to reach out to other dentists and make it a team effort. He is working his tail off, but he needs others to join him in this fight.

For The Ladies

If you are a woman with dry hair, then you know how difficult it can be to get rid of. You may have tried many hair conditioners and treatments that claim to add moisture back into dry hair with little more than lack-luster results, if any. Don’t despair, because you can have that healthy head of shiny, lustrous hair and get rid of that dry, brittle hair for good when you follow these two tips.

  1. Stop Using Traditional Shampoos

If you are like most women, you may feel like you have to shampoo your hair at least several times each week, if not daily, to feel like it is clean. Unfortunately, traditional shampoos, even those labeled sulfate-free, strip your hair’s natural moisture away, no matter how gentle they claim to be.

You don’t have to skip cleansing your hair at all to eliminate dryness, but instead switch to a cleansing conditioner, like Wen by Chaz. You can apply it to your wet hair, massage it into your hair and scalp, and then rinse to get rid of any dirt and hair product build-up without stripping the your hair’s natural oils and rinsing them all down the drain.

  1. Embrace Leave-in Conditioners

You may not realize that you can condition your hair even further after you have cleansed and conditioned it with a rinse-off conditioner in the shower. Leave-in conditioning sprays can add even more moisture to dry, brittle hair, and they are an absolute must if you dry your hair with heat.

However, you have to be careful when choosing your leave-in conditioner, because some can weigh down your hair or even leave a layer of residue on your hair that makes it look dull and lifeless. One leave-in conditioner that won’t weigh your hair down and actually helps bring its natural luster back is Wen by Chaz’s feather-light replenishing treatment mist. Simply spray an even layer on your hair after cleansing, conditioning, and towel-drying your hair to provide it with even more moisture. Chaz Dean’s cleansing conditioners are available online through eBay, Amazon, Guthy-Renker and Sephora only.

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Technology is the cornerstone of the school environment. People in different countries around the world are embracing technology in a lot of different ways. There are SMART boards that are using in classrooms that allow children to interact. Teachers also have access to Talk Fusion technology that allows them to send video emails to parents. The virtual field trip is also popular. There is even an app like ClassDojo that is changing the way that teachers and parents communicate.

This is a ground-up change that gives the teacher the ability to bring portions of the classroom to parents through technology. This app is being used in schools around the world to motivate children to do better. When kids are aware that their parents are checking out what they are doing it will be much easier for them to stay focused. They are going to want to impress their parents in the videos that a teacher may send.

The Class Dojo app gives teachers a chance to create a community that involves both the parents and the students. In so many instances there is a parent and teacher discussion that leaves the child out. At other times there are teacher and student discusses that get lost in translation when kids relay the messages back to their parents. The communication gap is closed as teachers and parents use these apps along with their children to follow progress.

It is important for parents to know what their children are doing in school, but this can become a very complicated equation sometimes. Parents are often faced with the dilemma of trying to balance work and home life. Adding in homework and projects from school just add another level of work to a busy schedule. With the ClassDojo app parents get the chance to stay up to date on what their children are doing without totally getting caught off guard.

Teachers are able to send messages to parents with the ClassDojo. That means that parents never have to get surprised by the last minute project assignments that students should have started working on weeks ago. There is nothing worse than working with a child on a project the night before it is due. Something always goes wrong or there is always something else going on at the same time. With the ClassDojo app parents can communicate with teachers and prepare for things like this in advance.

Mommies in Need, Spark Tank

Spark Tank is an innovative, philanthropic company created by Marc Sparks. The company provides $5,000 grants to DFW non-profit organizations to support businesses that help the community. Spark Tank also provides mentoring to award winners. Any philanthropic organization is able to submit a proposal to Spark Tank so that their idea can compete for the grant.

A Spark Tank applicant will need to have been in business for at least two years. The organization will be given 10 minutes to demonstrate their case and an additional 10 minutes to answer questions from the panel. Each organization will be evaluated based upon their presentation and the foreseeable impact their company will have on the community. The last criteria is that the program needs to have the ability to measure its results.

One grant winner, Mommies in Need, provides cost-free child care to those who need assistance due to health emergencies. Another grant winning non-profit organization is House of Eli. This organization mentors and houses boys who don’t meet the age criteria for the foster care system.

The group works to help prepare the boys to lead independent, structured lives and families. Groups that want to make a substantial impact in their community and are looking for funds will greatly benefit from Spark Tank. The company’s whole purpose is to better lives and provide a means for social innovation to occur.

Often times a non-profit organization simply needs capital in order to set programs into motion that can incite societal change and improve lives.

According to Crunchbase, Founder Marc Sparks is an entrepreneur who began his journey in philanthropy in McKinney, Texas. He met Lynne Sipiora and together they took a small, worn down homeless shelter in the area and over time built it into a multi-million dollar operation that now feeds over 200 people daily.

The operation is called The Samaritan Inn and is located in Collin County. Marc Sparks has also opened a transitional living apartment complex, thrift store, and is currently fostering a family shelter that is under construction.

Thanks to Spark Tank, thousands of lives have been changed for the better. Any organization related to human services or animal services is encouraged to apply for a grant. The only exceptions to the rule are national charities, political action committees, United Way charities, and faith based initiatives. A non-profit that knows how they want to improve their community in a measurable way is an ideal candidate for the grant.

A non-profit organization looking to get the grant should be creative and passionate in the way they tell their story. The organization should also present how their results can be measured. The grant has been awarded to several non-profits already and Spark Tank plans to continue changing communities in positive ways.

Read more: Marc Sparks (Author of They Can’t Eat You) – Goodreads


The announcement made by the UK to exit the European Union was not without consequences. The most evident were the sharp drop in the value of stock across Europe and devaluation of the Sterling Pound. The value of the Sterling Pound was the lowest it has ever been since 1985. According to Flavio Maluf, some of the effects of the exit would have a lasting effect on the global economy. Examples are:

1. Consequences on the British Economy
It is speculated that the exit of the UK from the EU will lead to a decrease in investments in the country. It is also speculated that the restriction of movement of goods and people between the UK and European member states is bound to lead to negative results.

2. Impact on foreign trade of the United Kingdom and Europe
Foreign trade is bound to be affected both negatively and positively by UK’s exit. Flavio Maluf says on his WordPress blog, that the exit will lead to the UK being charged different tariffs that may harm foreign trade. While on the other hand, according to Otto Nogami, the exit will allow the UK get into bilateral agreements that might prove beneficial.

3. Consequences on imports and Brazilian exports
Brazil is bound to benefit from UK’s exit. It will have the opportunity to trade with the UK without suffering from rates and impediments that were previously set according to EU standards.

4. Impacts of the European Union
Uk’s exit will negatively impact the EU since it was one of the core countries of the block and most of EU’s structure is set in the core countries. Presently, France shows signs of fatigue and weakness, and thus it will be up to Germany to sustain the block in economic terms.

Flavio Maluf was born on December 2, 1961, according to BlogdoRonco. He is an entrepreneur and engineer trained at the Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation. Flavio Maluf currently serves as president of Eucatex and Grand Food group. Eucatex is a company that manufactures and sells ceiling lining and insulating material from eucalyptus fiber. It currently is the second largest producer of fiber panels made of wood in the world market.  Make sure to check out Flavio on Twitter @Flavio_Maluf, and his LinkedIn profile has his complete resume.


Investment banking involves an institution that creates capital by underwriting or securities for public and private corporations, governments, individuals and other enterprises. It offers services such as merger and acquisitions, equity securities, FICC services and market-making. The financial firm has two operation sides which include sell and buy sides. The sell side is involved in trading securities either for cash or other securities. The buy side provides advice to institutions such as unit trusts, hedge funds, life insurance companies and private equity funds. Investment banks must adhere to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and U.S Securities and Exchanges Commission

Investment banks perform their functions in three departments. The front office is for revenue generation where clients are offered advice on mergers and acquisition. It also involves fundraising strategies such as initial Public Offering (IPO) and sales and trading. The middle office department analyzes market and credit risks, internal corporate strategy, treasury management and internal controls. The back office counter checks all the trades that have been done, technology and operations. Investment banking includes investment management and merchant banking .

Madison Street Capital is a firm that was founded in 2005 and it offers middle market investment banking services. It has competent and knowledgeable professionals who make it a leader in the financial industry. The international firm has offices in North America, Africa, Asia and its headquarters are in Chicago, Illinois. It offers a broad range of top-notch services to private and public businesses. The services include valuation of assets such as goodwill; buyout advisory, merger and acquisition advisory, capital introduction, restructuring services and bankruptcy services. Other services are financial sponsor coverage, asset management, corporate governance, private placements, tax compliance, financial opinions in solvency, hedge funds and other equity funds services

Madison Street Capital has a diverse clientele from transport, technology, agriculture, telecommunication, media, manufacturing and oil and energy among others. The firm offers support to philanthropic organizations such as United Way so that they can make a difference in the community. Madison Street Capital offers excellent and high standards to enterprises such as Fiber Science Inc, Bond Media Group Inc and Central Iowa Energy LLC .

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Beauty Bloggers

Recently contributor and self proclaimed “die-hard hair care fanatic” Emily McClure decided to give Wen Cleasing Conditioner a try for 7 days and give an honest account of her time using WEN by Chaz Dean []. As a salon employee Emily knows a thing or two about hair care products! Just in case you have not heard of WEN or just need a little refresher, here’s a little recap to get you in the know.
WEN is a line of hair care products designed to do the job of shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler, and leave-in conditioner all in ONE bottle! WEN offers cleansing conditioners that give your hair back it’s shine, thickness, and moisture. Emily reports in her review that she could feel her hair thicken as she washed the first time! WEN soothes and strengthens your hair and does so with the convenience of only having to use one product. Talk about your grab and go!

WEN Cleansing Conditioner has three heavenly scents. Sweet Almond Mint is designed to work for all types, giving you amazing shine. The soy based formula in the Pomegranate cleansing conditioner helps to give your hair back it’s moisture and shine, nourishing it from the inside out. The third scent, Lavender, is designed to calm and sooth frizzed out and stressed out strands. And with the scent of lavender, perhaps you will find yourself soothed too! Check out the Wen YouTube channel for more information.

But don’t just read all the great features of the WEN Cleansing Conditioner. Hop over to and check out Emily’s 7 day experience using the Amazon Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner for yourself.