The Many Investments of Wes Edens

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

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.

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Adam Milstein Looks To The Younger Generation To Produce New Jewish Leaders

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. The BDS 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.

Stephen Murray: The Businessman and Philanthropist

Stephen Murray, chief executive officer of the international private equity firm CCMP Capital, passed away on March 12, 2015 at the age of 52 from an undisclosed illness. He resigned from CCMP a month prior to his death due to his ongoing health issues. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Murray had an extensive work history in investing, buyouts, and business. He had earned a reputation for his skills as an investor, deal maker, and philanthropist throughout his extensive career. He worked in the industry for over two decades and, according to Fortune, served on the board of directors for several large, influential companies.

The most recent companies included: “Crestcom International, Infogroup Inc., Jetro JMDH Holdings, LHP Hospital Group, Octagon Credit Investors, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, and Strongwood Insurance Holdings.”

Stephen Murray was an alumnus of Boston College, where he graduated in 1984 with his B.A. in Economics. He earned his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School five years later. He began working for MH Equity Corporation in 1989 and continued to work with the company as it was purchased and changed names multiple times and he eventually participated in the formation of CCMP.

He worked for JP Morgan in 2005, when CCMP was formed. CCMP was a spin off from JP Morgan Partners. The name CCMP represents the companies which were part of its creation: Chemical Ventures, Chase Capital, Manufacturer’s Hanover Capital / JP Morgan, and Partners.

Parts of these firms were combined to create the company, which Stephen Murray became the CEO of in 2007, replacing Jeff Walker. Greg Bennemen took over the position after Murray’s departure and credited Murray’s contributions for the success of CCMP. Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital:

Philanthropy was also a large part of Stephen Murray’s life. He was actively involved in a variety of philanthropic ventures which included serving on the council for the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the board of trustees for his alma mater, Boston College. Stephen Murray CCMP Capital was also involved in supporting the local Food Bank and the Stamford Museum.