Wes Edens, the co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks has constructed a train line in South Florida to help alleviate the notoriously bad traffic in that area. In began operations of his first run between Miami and Fort Lauderdale this past May. While driving this distance takes 45 minutes on that extremely rare day of light traffic, it always takes just 30 minutes by train. The cost of a one-way ticket for its Smart Service coach option is just $10. Passengers can opt to upgrade to Select Service for $5 more. All seats in both coaches are equipped with free WiFi and multiple power and USB outlets. Check out Wes Edens at cnbc.com
All passengers can bring pets and bikes for free. There is also storage areas for most carry-ons. However, passengers in Smart Service must pay for drinks and snacks while for Select Service passengers they are free. Experts say that this cheap price will most likely rise much as the track lengthens. As of now, Brightline has operations going around the clock every day of the year (with abbreviated schedule during select holidays). Every train car was designed by the Rockwell Group and completely American made. Wes Edens plans to continue the line to other cities in Florida until it reaches Orlando.
After he completes the full line in Florida, Wes Edens plans to construct similar train routes in other states throughout the country that suffer from heavy traffic. In talks right now are plans to start a line from Chicago to St. Louis. Edens first entered the financial world by earning a B.A. in Finance from Oregon State University. He then immediately began working in the financial industry. After many years in several different positions, he and a number of partners co-founded the private equity firm, Fortress, in 1998. He has continued to be one of its primary leaders.
In January of this year, he and his partners sold Fortress to SoftBank Group Corp. All three of the top leadership will remain in place for the time being. Wes Edens will remain with the firm for five more years. He and partner Marc Lasry first purchased the Milwaukee Bucks in 2014.
Adam Milstein understands that solid Jewish leaders are required to overcome the obstacles that currently do and will face the nation again in the future. Near the beginning of the 21st century, David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s original prime minister, along with the first woman prime minister of Israel, Chaim Weizmann worked to create a Jewish state that was free and independent. Mordechai Anielewicz guided the Jewish people to battle with the Nazis during World War II, and there has been many other Jewish leaders who have changed the course of history for the Jewish people.
Adam Milstein knows that the Jewish people will now have to overcome many new fresh obstacles. One of these is known as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, known as BDS, and this campaign is working to rid the world of the State of Israel. TheBDS is actively working to create a divide in the Jewish American community and the Jewish community at-large. These sorts of actions require a response, and the Jewish community is in great need of strong leaders. Adam Milstein is calling for the Jewish American community to highlight and support its modern day heroes, because the community needs inspiring people who will spread their courage.
Adam Milstein is hopeful and optimistic about the future, because he has met plenty of inspiring Jewish leaders. As a philanthropist who is also involved with activism, Milstein rubs shoulders with plenty pro-Israel activists and passionate leaders who are part of the younger generation. Many of them have come back from visits to their homeland with a renewed sense of purpose and understanding, and he is glad that many of them are working in the Israeli-American-Council where they can make a real difference. He believes that it is the job of the Jewish community to help these new leaders find a platform where they can communicate their ideas.
Adam Milstein knows that being a leader is challenging and that many leaders have to spend plenty of time on their own or face criticism and ridicule, but he also knows that without investing in them, the future looks less hopeful.
Over the last 20 years, the trend among financial tech startups has been to vilify and denounce the traditional banking model. Companies like Lending Club and and OnDeck have explicitly rejected the traditional lending role, instead trying to create parallel systems that are able to better meet the needs of both lenders and borrowers.
But of those companies have struggled to stay afloat. David Zalik, the founder and CEO of GreenSky, had a very different idea about how to create value within the fintech sector. Rather than trying to burn the banking system to the ground through disruptive technology, Zalik embraced the world of traditional banking, using technology to eliminate frictions and create value for banks, merchants and customers by facilitating deals that would have otherwise fallen through.
This model has proven to be enormously successful. Within just 12 years, Zalik has been able to grow GreenSky from a startup that he funded by taking out a reverse mortgage to a companyworth more than $4.5 billion. GreenSky is now poised to make its initial public offering, a move that analysts say could make it one of the best opportunities for IPO investors this year.
GreenSky has an incredibly simple yet hugely effective business model. The company started by helping home remodeling contractors extend credit with generous terms to customers, helping to facilitate many deals that would have otherwise fallen through due to the customer underestimating the true cost of the project that they wanted to complete.
Zalik quickly saw that this model could be replicated across many different sellers of big-ticket items. Today, GreenSky hasover 17,000 merchants who are able to connect with 12 of the largest lenders in the country, including Region’s Bank, Fifth Third and Sun Trust. These merchants are able to offer customers truly amazing loan terms at the point of sale, often involving no payments and no interest for 12 months. Because the majority of the customers have extremely strong FICO scores, almost all of these loans are paid back before the higher rates kick in. And the banks who make the GreenSky-facilitated loans almost never contend with delinquencies.
Many people lost their lives, homes, property, and even pets when Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston neighborhoods. Various companies just watched as it happened without taking any action but one company in Dallas, Stream Energy chose to make a change by assisting those who had been affected get access tobasic needs as well as reduce their burden financially. Stream Energy is one of the leading energy providers and has made lots of profit from the business. Stream is involved in philanthropy efforts for more than a decade, and it recently founded its foundation called Stream Cares.
Streams decision to create a philanthropy arm has not only benefited the community but also earned Stream Energy more respect and trustworthiness from their potential customers. This step will help them stand firm in case of market instability and profit fall. Other than the corporation assisting Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity, its employees are involved in charitable activities in the grassroots. Through Hope Supply Co, Stream has been able to deal with homelessness in Dallas. At one point, Stream Energy paid for meal and entrance costs for more than 1000 destitute kids at the annual Splash for Hope. It also works with hope in donating school supplies, clothing and diapers for homeless children and has done it for the past four years.
In 2016 when there were tornadoes in North Texas, Stream responded fastin assisting those who lost their businesses and homes by raising funds for them. It worked with the Salvation Army to provide essential needs. Stream Energy also gives financial and moral provision to veterans in Dallas. In a statement she made, Kimberly Girard said that Stream is an organization that enjoys and prides itself in touching people’s lives. She added that they are always on the lookout for new and strategic techniques to give back to society.
Having been named as the least generous states in the US, Stream Energy has proved otherwise. It has taken a bold step that sets an example to others in helping the less fortunate. This has earned it a big name and global recognition.
One of the best ways through which a new entrepreneur can make good progress is by seeking guidance from those who have made it in the business sector. According to successful Brazilian businesses Guilherme Paulus, seeking advice from experienced entrepreneurs lets, you know what is happening in the society. So many people who have failed to implement brilliant ideas because they did not take advantage of learning from mentors. Managing a business successfully is never easy, it is of the tasks that look easy on paper but very hard in practice. It is estimated that the majority of new businesses fail within the first few years of opening doors.
One of the successful entrepreneurs who offer the best business advice in Brazil is Guilherme Paulus. He has built a multi-billion dollar business in the tourism and accommodation sector. He is the most successful businesses man in this field in the whole of Latin America. When he gives advice, it should be taken with the seriousness. He has seen a lot in the course of building his company, and he is always generous with information. He is ready to tell the world about the opportunities that they can explore to run a successful business.
Guilherme Paulus has built a successful business because he works hard. He does not believe in getting favors. Everything he has achieved to date has been through the efforts he has made. He started CVC Tour Company in 1972, and today it is the biggest in Latin America, he has sold part of it to Carlyle Group. He currently owns 37 percent of the company. He is now worth over $1 billion, making him one of the wealthiest people in Brazil. CVC is making sales of about $5 billion annually, and it is now a publicly traded company. To enhance Guilherme Paulus’s business empire, he has another business known as GJP Hotels and Resorts.
Guilherme Paulus believes in giving back to the community. He is currently supporting a number of initiatives aimed at helping the disadvantaged members of the society. He is supporting the education of young people who would like to pursue careers in the tourism sector.
Shervin Pishevar has become famous for his ability to predict market trends and furnish the consumer economy with the high-tech products and services that it wants. As the founder and CEO of Investment company, Shervin Pishevar has been instrumental in the formation of a wide range of companies, including Uber, Airbnb and Virgin Hyperloop. He has also personally founded a number of tech firms, which have included Social Gaming Network, Ionside and WebOS.
But it is in his social media presence where Shervin Pishevar may be making the biggest impact. He is one of the most insightful and accurate voices in the realms of economics, finance and technology. If one wanted to know how the world actually worked, tuning into Shervin Pishevar and his social media accounts would be one of the first places that they might want to start.
Gold is due for an uptick
Shervin Pishevar has stated many times in the past that there is a general asset bubble that currently exists across nearly every class of investments available to American investors. The only exception to this may be gold and other precious metals, which Pishevar says have a millennia-long track record of holding their value throughout bubbles, crashes and economic panics.
The central problem behind this bank run, says Pishevar, is the irresponsible intervention that the nation’s central bankers have embarked upon since the financial crisis of 2008. Pishevar says that this is yet another reason why gold may prove to be one of the best safe havens for investors seeking shelter from unmanageable levels of risk. Gold has historically been the asset that money is tied to. So, it makes sense that it would provide an antidote to the fiat-money manipulations of the country’s central bankers.
Pishevar warns that all investors should heed his advice, or at least think about the warnings he is providing. He says that when most major real estate markets have become unaffordable for the median wage earner to even rent a 500-square-foot apartment, something is seriously amiss in asset prices. Pishevar believes that a market correction isn’t just due; it’s necessary.
Bernardo Chua is the founder and CEO of ORGANO, which is a direct sales company selling coffee and tea, among other food products. Prior to opening his own company, Chua worked as an executive for Gano Excel where he helped to expand the company in the North American region.
Chua has stated that one of his biggest accomplishments has been the founding and global growth of ORGANO. It is through his company that, Bernardo Chua has been able to help many people improve their health, be able to offer jobs that allow others to financially provide for their families, as well as aid his distributors in growth and revenue. This accomplishment is most appealing to me because despite the company’s growth, Chua does not seem to lose sight in his willingness to help others. View Bernardo Chua’s full profile at LinkedIn
Helping people improve their health goes back to an herb called ganoderma that is sold within ORGANO’s products. Although Chua grew up in the Philippines, his Chinese heritage allowed him to gain knowledge of such an herb. Ganoderma can be found around the world but is especially sought-after in many Asian countries because it is believed to help support a healthy immune system. Chua is one of the first to successfully market the herb with teas and coffee outside the Asian market.
Bundled payments has gained some buzz in the medical and healthcare industries. Executives working in these industries are always striving to create more effective ways to create bundled payments for patients. Deirdre Baggot is a leading executive in the healthcare industry.
Deirdre Baggot has an extensive educational background. She has a PhD, MBA and a BSN. She led the bundled payment division for CMS Acute Care Episode. She has also managed and developed growth strategies for consulting companies. She has helped consulting companies to create innovative forms of payment. Additionally, she has also worked for advisory forms to help them create a more effective bundled payment system. Find out more about Baggot at Beckers Hospital Review
She has worked to create client relationships between medical facilities and patients. She worked to assist over two hundred hospitals to design and implement bundled payment systems into their business operations. Her work with bundled payments has helped decrease costs for patients. Not only do these savings effect patients but they also allow medical professionals and hospitals to lower costs. She advises senior level executives on their healthcare systems.
Her advisory work has led her to advising and guiding major organizations on bundled payments. She has worked for Medicaid and Medicare services. Her worth for these services and healthcare companies alike have caused her to be recognized on a national level. When she is not advising large corporations and organizations on creating and implementing bundled payments, she is speaking on these payments at major national conferences. She has made speaking engagements for the American Heart Association, Healthcare Financial Management Association, Innovation Summit, American College of Healthcare Executives and the Bundled Payment Summit.
Deirdre Baggot believes the healthcare industry has a bright future with the new trend of wearables. She loves how wearables get patients active and engages them with their health. She will believe wearables will ignite patients on learning more about their health and hopefully will cause more responsibility in the medical community since the third cause of deaths in the United States is because of medical errors. Along with bundled payments, the healthcare expert sees a brighter future for patients everywhere.
In the early 1900’s, Otto Kolschowsky, a German immigrant in search of the American dream, owned and operated a small family meat market and quickly entered into wholesale. Eventually the business became Otto & Sons. The company entered into an informal agreement with a fledgling franchise, McDonald’s, to be its fresh meat supplier. Thanks to the emergence of cryogenic food processing, McDonald’s was able to narrow their number of fresh meat suppliers down to just a few, and Otto & Sons was one of them.
The 1970’s was a very important decade of growth for Otto & Sons. It constructed a plant that supplied food for their McDonald’s line of products while still maintaining ties with local area restaurants and markets. It also became known as OSI Industries. OSI took on a partner, Sheldon Lavin, and built plants in other states as McDonald’s franchises quickly spread. When McDonald’s started expanding internationally, so did OSI. Under the leadership of Mr. Lavin, OSI continued to grow, and McDonald’s was not their only customer.
OSI Group grew both internationally and nationally until it has become one of the world’s important food providers. Headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, the company has facilities in 17 countries. Now it doesn’t only process meats, but also vegetables, condiments, and snacks. Its growth in Europe, Asia, and North America is continuing. OSI Group continues to provide products to fast food chains globally.
OSI Group has also opened Culinary Innovation Centers for research and development of new products. The company is also cognizant of the environmental effect of food production and has won many environmental awards as well as awards for health and safety. OSI Group started as an American Dream of a German immigrant, is now a global financial powerhouse that is still focused on its customers and maintaining a clean environment and health and safety standards.
Louis Chenevert has always been a man who thinks of the team effort when it comes to whatever he is doing. He has always had this mentality through his illustrious career. When he stated at GM he knew that each and every job was important. This kind of insight would serve him well over the years and in future positions with Pratt and Whitney and most of all at UTC. In an interview with Ideamensch, Louis Chenevert talked about his career at United Technologies Corporation and how he made it a success.
While he was the President and CEO of UTC, Louis Chenevert says that the key decisions of the company were made by a small core group. He says that that is one of the big keys to a successful business. He made sure that he had the talent around him that was necessary to move the company forward. He made sure that everyone agreed with a new idea and how to bring it to life. Louis Chenevert says he had no time for those that disagreed because it slows down the amount of business being done. When things slow down the bottom line and goals are not being reached. That is not the way to run a successful business.
Louis Chenevert says that one of the things that excited him about the future of UTC was the fast-paced world of technology. He was always impressed by the number of new opportunities the latest technology could bring. He also advises that a new business leader should have a group that can speak openly when it comes to new things and catches potential problems quickly. These are the people that leaders should appreciate because it can save them trouble down the line on a new project. That is how to make a business stand out from the rest.
Louis Chenevert has always believed that the people who worked him are winners. That is one of the main reasons that he has been such a success over the years. Making bold and critical decisions can have a big payoff down the line.