The Koch brothers have been the subject of wild speculation and misunderstanding in recent years for their financial backing of free market and libertarian political causes. The multi billionaire industrialist brothers have been in their fair share of the media spotlight and are often portrayed as devious and manipulative in their support of certain political candidates. In an effort to better understand the true story behind the Koch brothers, Moyers & Company published an article which explains five myths surrounding the Koch brothers and the real truth behind their activities.
One of the common myths about Charles Koch is that they are just operating out on their own to support their pet conservative candidates, whom they hope will do their bidding while in office. This completely ignores the fact that the Koch brothers are supported by an entire network of wealthy conservatives, many of whom are highly regarded business leaders, who all share the common goal of supporting free market economics and the political candidates whom they think are best positioned to do so. Also, the organizations funded in part by the Koch brothers are much more than simply a lobbying group for their own company, Koch Industries. Rather, Charles Koch funds something much bigger — a broader approach to free market policies, which they believe are this country’s hope for prosperity and individual freedom. While this may align with business interests, the Koch brothers’ mission spreads far wider than their own profit margins. One of the other myths that the article takes on is that the Koch brothers are at odds with the Republican party and seek to undermine the party’s efforts. Instead, the Koch brothers see their interests as aligned with the GOP because they seek to harness the GOP to scale back the size of government and keep big government away from the free market and individual freedoms.
Along with his brother, David Koch, Charles Koch inherited Koch Industries from their father. The brothers now run the company and have amassed serious wealth in doing so. They have been widely consulted for their economic insight and business savvy. Charles Koch published two books in 2007 and 2015 detailing the philosophy behind his business success and why he supports free market economics.
One thriving senior student from Brooklyn’s Uncommon School will receive a $5,000 scholarship award from the Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship Awards Fund at the end of March 2016. According to Business Wire, the fund will select a student each year for his or her academic achievements at an urban charter public school in Brooklyn, New York. Students who submitted their applications by the end of February will gather in a ceremony to hear the announcement of the lucky winner.
Uncommon Schools receive financial support from donors and philanthropists like Keith Mann. The non-profit charter management organization has received more than $30,000 in contributions from 2013 to 2015. Keith Mann partnered with
the charter organization in 2013 and consistently provides his time to mentor students and financial support to Uncommon Schools. His knowledge and understanding about the economy in Brooklyn is what motivated him to start the scholarship fund. The Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship Fund and resume building workshops held at Uncommon Schools prepare these students to enter colleges and universities.
Keith Mann is the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Dynamics Search Partners in New York, N.Y. He co-founded the investment staffing firm in 2000 and places top notch executives with successful hedge fund firms in the United States, Europe and Asia. The firm provides services to equity firms and professionals seeking employment. Mann has years of experience as a hedge fund executive and in the investment industry. Dynamics Search has placed hundreds of professionals with major investment firms around the world.
The announcement of the 2016 Keith Mann Scholarship Awards Ceremony will be held the end of March. One outstanding student from a Brooklyn Uncommon School will receive $5,000 to apply towards tuition at an accredited university. Keith Mann is very much involved in the educational system in New York. He and members of the Dynamics Search Partners volunteer their time in classrooms and meet with senior students to help with building resumes for acceptance at colleges.
This article recapped http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160125006525/en/Keith-Mann-Announces-2016-Scholarship-Professional-Achievement
Operation Smile has helped millions of children throughout the world with a multitude of dental ailments such as; cleft palate and an assortment of other facial deformities that plague children in the developing world and here in the United States. Avi Weisfogel has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise more money for this worthwhile organization and has set the donation threshold at $2000.00.
Avi Weisfogel understands the seriousness of the facial deformities that plague the developing nations of this world, especially in children and young adults; it is for that reason that he has chosen Operation Smile as the charity organization to start his GoFundMe campaign for.
Avi Weisfogel is a dentist by trade and works in the field of treating sleep disorders through the use of oral appliances. In fact, Dr. Weisfogel founded Health Heart Sleep in 2010, which works with physicians around the world to establish and manage sleep labs. Weisfogel also manages his own office Old Bridge Dental Care, which he founded in 1999.
Avi spoke about his decision to start this campaign, “Operation Smile believes that every child deserves exceptional surgical care and that all children deserve to be treated as if they were our own. The organization wants to ensure that every child knows no matter what life throws at them, they will always have hope”. Those are strong, but dedicated words he spoke, and he is in a field where he is familiar with the seriousness of ailments like cleft palate in addition to other facial deformities.
Operation Smile was founded in 1982 by Bill and Kathy Magee to help children in the Phillipines, but it has grown to an international charity that has truly helped millions of children around the world.
Talk Fusion has been a global front runner in recent years as the video communication platform has sky rocketed from humble beginnings in 2007 to a well established brand. Their offering is a suite with several apps based on their proprietary video communication technology which has hit the market by storm. There are several very interesting features that go alongside this platform allowing users to improve upon their own business and get the attention of the masses. Their video email and video newsletter app lets customers share their personal video message in a very unique way and making use of the thousands of different templates. The option is to do it alone or have the company tailor it to your needs, the option is there. The video platform allows the customers viewer base to grow allowing users to capture emails from customizable forms. Then turn those prospects into loyal customers with the auto responder function. At Talk Fusion they understand that time is money, therefore they have developed the video message scheduler which allows the customer to automatically send out videos to current business customers as well as newcomers. The Talk Fusion app suite allows the user to get access to real time reports and survey results which tell the user who is watching, what is currently working and when to reach out further. The ability to send out a personal video message to all the viewers is a very important part of business today and is one that will revolutionize the way business is currently done.
Talk Fusion has made headlines on Business For Home a website that specializes in direct selling facts and figures as well as several other multi level marketing news. It is clear to see that Talk Fusion is leading the industry when it comes to proprietary video technology and how it can be used in the future.
Handy is a company based out of New York City that offers cleaning and handyman services to customers. It works by connecting customers to the right professionals in a pool of contractors that work through Handy. At the moment, the service is only for cleaning and home repairs. In the future, Handy aspires to provide all kinds of home services.
Handy was founded by CEO Oisin Hanrahan and a friend when they were in college. The company was first called Handybook, and its founders lived in Boston. They moved to New York to officially start the business because it was a densely populated area, and they could see the business faring well there. They were right.
They began with $50,000 in seed money to start the business. Recently, they have raised $50 million in funding. The company itself is worth $500 million it is estimated at this point. They have also recently hired former executives of Amazon, Tumblr and Birchbox. They currently have 160 employees and more than 10,000 contractors who work for them.
Handy has few competitors in this business that are operating at the scale that they are. However, the company doesn’t focus on its competitors but on how to continually improve their business. They plan to expand into delivery and assembly of furniture as well as other home services. Eighty percent of their business currently is from people hiring cleaners through their service.
It is also a great side job for college students or busy parents to make extra money in their spare time. From the customers’ perspective of using Handy, it is easier to get someone to come to their home to take care of the small jobs other professionals won’t usually tackle.
Recently, Sam Tabar was the talk of the business world. This time, it was not as a Managing Director or as Chief Executive Officer but as an investor. Sam Tabar was announcing his investments in THINX and Verboten, start-up firms in the business world. THINX is a fashion outlet that specializes in selling women’s undergarments and directs part of its profits to charities helping women in Africa. Sam Tabar said the main reason he chose to invest in THINX was because of its sustainable and charitable business model. But before he became an entrepreneurs and investor, Sam Tabar was one of the highly ranked attorney and capital strategist of New York City. His successful career was marked with him working for notable firms such as Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom LLP, SPARX Group Co./PMA Investment Advisors, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.
Now as a Lawyer Sam Tabar studied and graduated with honors from Oxford University for his business course and then went to Columbia Law School for his law studies. In this law school, he became the Associate Editor of the Columbia Business Law Review. After he finished his studies in 2001, he got a chance to work with Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom LLP. Skadden is a prestigious world class law firm and after some time in this firm, he was promoted to an Associate. At this world class law firm, Sam Tabar gave counsel to clients over the formation of hedge fund and its structure, technicalities of investment management agreements, how to come up with private placement memoranda and side letters. He also touched on employment regulations and business compliance issues.
In 2004, he joined PMA Investment Advisors, an outlet of Sparx Group Co. that operates in Hong Kong. This was the beginning of his career in business, and he joined this firm as counsel. He later became the Managing Director & Co-Head of Business Development of the firm and was managing the firm’s global marketing facets and supervising investor relations at this $2 billion hedge fund. He led the firm to acquire assets worth over $1.2 billion in its management. Later in February 2011, Sam Tabar moved to Bank of America Merrill Lynch to work as its Director and Head of Capital Strategy for its Asia-Pacific market.
Argentina is finally making a comeback to the market since 2001 when the country had huge defaults and lots of debts. The country expects to raise $12 billion which it will then use for debt settlements to its creditors like Paul Singer. While it makes a grand reentry by selling its board, it can count on Highland Capital Management a hedge fund run by James Dondero to buy a good sum of its securities. Highland Capital Management also holds $4billion Argentina notes that are due in 2033. James Dondero and the fund have decided to hold what they have and get more from Argentina and also have hopes that the creditors once cleared will still hold some shares with Argentina.
Probably, this time, around Argentina will experience a great shift of the stock market trade especially with efforts of the new president Marcia compared to its former president. Jim has recorded positive income from the securities he already has with Argentina. In 2014, he recorded a gain of 20% which in return replaced the loss that its hedge fund had recorded with the energy market in 2015. Probably the fund will gain more after Argentina is lifted off the ban that has been hindering the country to pay off the debts. Dondero also sees a possibility
of other investors rejoining the Argentine market after their debts are cleared. Despite being risky, the investments has been positive for Highland Capital Management LLC.
Jim Dondero investments in the Argentina’s market is as tough as all other he goes for like niche products that are timber, oil and gas. He founded Highland Capital Management in 1993 and has been making great profits with the fund excluding 2015 when the fund was hit by the drop in prices in the energy sector. Jim works with stressful investments, and he gets huge profits in return. Professionally he is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a Certified Financial Analyst (CFA). He joined the financial credit analysis sector in the 1980s and has more than 30 years’ experience in the field.
James Dondero also brought positive change to the field of financial credit by introducing solutions to financial credits. He and Highland Capital Management have been awarded recognition of products like Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO), RTFs, REITS, private equities and personalized accounts for institutions.
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