Bear-Stained Betsy DeVos Settling Into Trump-Appointed White House Position

Betsy DeVos is the kind of woman who knows how to make an impression. To those in her home state of Michigan, she is a hard-headed woman who can get her ideas done with the help of her immense fortune. DeVos and her husband have propelled conservative ideas forward like the breakdown of the state’s labor unions, which her husband was really against.


Betsy fought against public education, as she wanted to offer parents the choice to go to private or religious schools. This choice has always been there, but she wants all families to get vouchers from the government so they can go to a private or religious school. The problem most Democrats have with this plan is that she does not want the government to vet private or religious schools but wants them to take government money. Most opponents of her plans in Michigan felt that a school that takes government money should be held accountable to the people’s government.


Her plan worked because she was not afraid to use her money to get things done in her home state, which is one reason people know her name. Mike Cox, a former Secretary of State for Michigan and a Republican spoke about DeVos, saying that she is definitely a force to be reckoned with. He thinks some people dismissed her because she seems like a nice person but is definitely a political beast.


Betsy was appointed to be the Secretary of Education for the Trump Administration, and she had the opportunity to make another impression on the people. This did not go well for her. Many people saw how inexperienced she was as she fumbled through a congressional hearing. She was asked about education theories and her ideas on them. She obviously did not know what was being asked and answered nonsensically, but things got worse for her. Betsy was asked about guns in school, which she seems to be in favor of. The reason guns were vital in schools was because grizzly bears may attack schools.


Americans heard the tale of the school-hating bears and laughed because grizzly bears have not attacked any schoolyards. It seemed obvious to those watching the interview that she made up some fantastical scenario to scare people into wanting guns in school. Late Night show hosts had a ball at her expense, which was something that DeVos was not happy with. Her character has definitely been bear-stained and there was no way around it. She wants to be known for more than just the lady who makes up bear attacks to keep guns in school.


Perhaps she wants to be known as a fierce political leader who can get things done with her resources. Maybe she wants to be known as a woman who can learn on the job. Sure, she may have been misinformed at the beginning, but she is ready to meet with leaders of public education to discuss the things she does not know. Hopefully, Betsy will become the kind of Secretary of Education who visits underperforming schools to learn how they can be improved or the kind of leader who does her research.


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Mike Baur: More Than a Businessman

The most impressive professionals achieve numerous spectacular moments throughout their careers. Mike Baur is one such professional. His success story begins when he was a teenager. He’s always had an interest in finance and banking. After leaving Freiburg, his hometown, he earned two business degrees: one from Bern University and the other from the University of Rochester.

He immediately began his career shortly after graduating. He started out as an apprentice at a Union Bank of Switzerland. Those early years were some of the greatest highlights of his life. Everyone at the company knew Baur was destined for great things.

For a start, everyone thought he’d work at UBS forever. For a long while, it looked he would work at UBS forever. He worked there for nearly 20 years, leaving the company in 2008. Before that, he earned numerous promotions and benefited from generous compensation.

By the time he left, he’d earned a reputation for being brilliant at his job. His job was at Clariden Leu, working at their Zurich office. He continued to hold high-ranking positions for the next years. Unfortunately, Switzerland experienced a brief recession, which caused the banking environment to become overwhelmed with red tape.

After leaving Clariden Leu, Baur teamed up with Max Meister. Meister started his own business before and convinced Baur to join him another venture. Baur, free from the banking world, decided that he’d give entrepreneurship a try. Fortunately, Meister wanted to start the same kind of business.

In 2014, the duo co-founded Swiss Startup Factory. Their company became the biggest independent incubator program in the nation. They’ve helped thousands of new tech enterprises get the training and support they need to succeed. The most promising enterprises get additional support, like financial funding and rent-free offices.

For Mike Baur, Swiss Startup Factory is a way to give back to the people. He’s not just running a company, he’s growing the economy. It’s why he invests his own money in some of SSUF’s startups. That personal commitment ensures that SSUF tries everything to help these startups succeed.

It’s that kind of commitment that entrepreneurs learn from Baur. He’s showing them what kind of professional they can be. Baur chose an unclear career as an entrepreneur over a lucrative career as a banker.


Hussain Sajwani and His Business Principles Are To Be Followed

Hussain Sajwani is a well-known businessman from Dubai who is noted worldwide as a savvy businessman and entrepreneur. His success comes from his vast real estate empire of luxury apartments, hotels, and resorts. He has set the pace in the middle east with is forward thinking and dynamic projects, where he has even partnered with Donald Trump by strategically placing Trump Golf Courses designed by Tiger Woods in some of his most elegant projects.


When he was a schoolboy, he worked long extra hours for his father in the family variety store, selling various consumer products. There he learned to work hard and to organize his time. Even though he worked long hours, he feels that it was during this time when a good work-ethic was instilled as a youth.


After receiving a University degree, Sajwani started his own company which supplied food to the US Army and several construction companies. This venture was successful and taught Sajwani how to organize and run a larger operation on a profitable basis.


In 2002, Sajwani formed DAMAC, a real estate development firm in anticipation of a great influx of immigrants. The UAE had relaxed the restrictions on immigration and Sajwani correctly predicted the need for housing for newcomers to the country. He has a great talent for promotion and marketing, and his unique methods allowed for DAMAC to become very well-known in a very short period of time.


Known for his conservative business strategies, Sajwani runs a tight ship. He pays cash for his land so that no one can foreclose. Any further financing on the construction end is very minimal. Each real estate project has its own accounting and banking systems so no money is comingled thus each property stands on its own.


To date, DAMAC has completed over 19,000 apartments with another 44,000 in various stages of completion. The apartments, hotels, and resorts are in great demand with their luxurious appointments and spacious accommodations. Today, Hussain Sajwani is one of the top wealthiest Arab businessmen in the region and still growing. His future plans for expansion is well in hand as he is mindful of various market fluctuations in regard to his future expectations.


Since the real estate market can fluctuate greatly, Hussain Sajwani has prepared for these fluctuations. He has always kept very healthy cash reserves in anticipation of changing market conditions. He is very careful to avoid outright speculation, as sound business principles require adequate reserves at all times.


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Groups Advocating for Civil, Human and Migrant Rights

The human life is essential, and everything must be done to preserve it. However, sometimes this is not always the case. The world is experiencing wars, racial discrimination, domestic violence, gender inequality and children trafficking. As a result, several groups have come up to protect people who have no voice in the society. These groups known as civil, human and migrant rights groups are working hard to bring equality to the community regardless of a person’s status. Discussed below are some of these groups and the role they play in the fight for preserving human rights.


A List of Civil, Human, and Migrant Rights Groups

  • ACLU Immigrant’s Rights Project. The founders of this group, Mike and Jim are devoted to the immigrants. They are fighting to bring equal justice for every person regardless of whether you are an immigrant or a citizen by birth.
  • The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA). Located in California, the organization is committed to fighting for individual and immigrant rights as well.
  • Amazo Watch. The group is based in San Francisco and works closely with environmental organizations to conserve the environment and the people.
  • Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights under Law. Founded in 1963 it is a non-profit organization. The desire of John F. Kennedy to see a change in the country is what birthed this group. It is at the forefront of fighting racial discrimination.
  • The Advocates for Human Rights. This Group is not only seeking to see human equality in the U.S. but globally as well. They have been fighting for human rights for more than 30 years, and they are mostly concerned about women, children, and immigrants.


Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund

The Larkin & Lacey Frontera fund is a group that advocates for immigrants crossing the Mexican border. This group also supports other civil, human and migrants groups. Founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the events leading to the formation of this group were unique. Michael and Jim are journalists who co-founded Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. However, Sherriff Joe Arpaio arrested them for publishing stories about his administration that did not stand well with him.


Luckily, the courts ordered their immediate release, and the Sheriff’s office was ordered to pay them a settlement of $3.75 million. Michael and Jim decided to use this money to fight for the immigrants who were being oppressed by the local authorities.

Madison Street Capital receives prestigious award for magnificent work in the M&A industry

Madison Street Capital has been named the winner for the Debt Financing Deal of the Year at the 16th edition of the annual M&A Advisor Awards held on November 13th, 2017 at Metropolitan Club, New York, NY beating over 650 companies who were also competing for the same prize. Madison Street Capital also made it to the finalist’s list for the Boutique Investment Banking Firm of the Year category and the Financials Deal of the Year (Under 250MM.) category. For the past 16 years, The M&A Advisor Awards Gala has been held on a yearly basis as a deliberate and conscious effort of honoring and celebrating the leading M&A transactions, companies, and dealmakers of that particular year.


A word on Madison Street Capital


Madison Street Capital is a renowned international investment banking company whose core values include but are not limited to integrity, excellence, leadership, and service. Madison Street Capital specializes in delivering top-notch corporate financial advisory services to both public and private enterprises. Considering how time is of ultimate essence especially when it comes to corporate finance matters Madison Street Capital is always able to respond rapidly and in a resolute manner to the various opportunities available. Their approach is carefully crafted in a manner that ensures mutually beneficial corporate finance transactions such that the investors and the business owners go home happy with the deal they just signed. Given their several years of expertise in this field, Madison Street Capital have the skills, know-how, experience, and networks that go a long way in helping them match the suitable buyers and sellers and also and most importantly is their ability to match the suitable financing and capitalization structure to each and every distinct client situation.


Their approach often exhibits their extensive and elaborate understanding of their business and vast experience in their various areas of operations in corporate finance such as mergers and acquisitions, specialized financing, deal structuring, valuation, due diligence and market pricing and the design and implementation of the different exit strategies. Ever since they hit the ground running, they have managed to help clients from several industries attain their goals within the stipulated time frames. Their unmatched experience and deep knowledge of matters corporate finance and corporate governance have given them an edge and this is one of the several reasons many clients give them preference as the go-to partner when in need of competent financial advisory services, mergers and acquisitions and above board valuations. Their immense success over the years has seen them open offices in different parts around the world including Asia, North America and in Africa enabling them to have a closer working relationship with different partners both at a local level while still maintaining their global outlook.

Fabletics Quality Based Fitness Apparel Brand That Offers Value For Money

The trend of people wearing athleisure wear has been increasing at a rapid pace in the last few years, and it has led to the emergence of companies providing athleisure wear. One such company in the market is Fabletics, which started in 2013 and in just a few years has become a leader in its niche. One of the primary reasons why the company has been able to taste success so early is because of the quality of products it supplies and the price range it has kept of its product line. Kate Hudson, who is a prominent Hollywood actress, is one of the three co-owners at Fabletics. She said that at the time of the launch of Fabletics, there weren’t many brands on the market that provided affordable athleisure wear, which is where Fabletics banked upon. And, somehow it clicked with the target audience.


The company is also known for its innovative marketing strategies, and one of the marketing strategies that helped the company soar its sale and revenue is its subscription model. The customers of the company can become its member at a very low fee that would also help them get three items shipped to them every month. It offered busy women a convenient way to shop online and provide value for money. Fabletics has over a million VIP members currently, which is a number that is growing rapidly in the last few years. Moreover, the company continues to launch limited edition product line in collaboration with other celebrities. It is a marketing strategy that has worked wonders for the company and its brand value. The recent limited edition launched in partnership with Demi Lovato was a hit among the consumers, especially the youth.


Fabletics has also implemented the reverse showroom technique pretty efficiently, which is one of the contributing factors for its success. It managed to get its brand value up in its niche with effective online marketing strategies and after that, has opened brick and mortar stores across the country and even overseas. It gives the consumers an opportunity to check out the product range of the company firsthand. It has also helped Fabletics gain a substantial amount of VIP members. Fabletics takes the customer service seriously and has a dedicated customer support service that ensures that the customers get fast and attentive service at all times. All these factors have combined to make Fabletics a leading fitness apparel brand in the market.

Banco Bradesco Is One Of Brazil’s Major Technology Investors According To CEO Luiz Carlos Trabuco

Brazil has four very big banks. Itaú Unibanco, Banco do Brazil, Caixa Econômica Federal, and Banco Brazil. Those banks offer a full range of banking services and products for businesses as well as for consumers. Bradesco is the second largest bank in the group, but Bradesco wasn’t always known by that name. In 1943, Amador Aguiar, the founder of the Marilia-based bank, started doing business under the name Banco Brasileiro Descontos. But the six-member Board of Directors decided to change the name of the bank to Bradesco in 1988. Chairman Lázaro de Mello Brandão thought the name Bradesco was easier for people to remember. Combining Aguiar’s vision into a one-word moniker was the Brazilian way of making the bank more attractive in foreign markets.

Luiz Carlos Trabuco, the current CEO and newly appointed Chairman of the Board, didn’t become president and CEO until 2009, so he didn’t have a major say in the name change. But he stood behind the new name because he was a VP in those days. Trabuco would later become a staunch advocate of the new name in stock markets around the world. Bradesco stock is active on the Madrid, Sao Paulo, and New York Stock Exchange.

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Bank historians who study the ups and downs of Brazilian banking say three men are responsible for the unprecedented growth of Bradesco. Amador Aguiar, Lázaro de Mello Brandão, and Luiz Carlos Trabuco are the only men to make it to the top in the Bradesco banking organization. But Trabuco doesn’t like to take credit for the bank’s success, and Lázaro de Mello Brandão doesn’t take the credit either. Both men say the executive team and the more than 105,000 employees play an important role in the bank’s impressive net income year after year. In 2016, Bradesco had a net income of $4.6 billion, and Trabuco expects to beat that figure in 2017.

The Chairman of the Board role is not a job most bankers want. Bankers like to be on the front lines of banking and being the chairman is a backdoor role that often goes unnoticed. But Lázaro de Mello Brandão changed that description over the last 25 years. Brandão was always visible. He instigated the mergers and acquisitions that put Bradesco in rare banking company. But although Brandão was visible most of those years, the man who was the face and leader of the bank operations and strategy was Luiz Carlos Trabuco. No one in Brazil’s banking community will deny the impact Trabuco has on the mission and the values of the bank.

Trabuco is not from the same banking mold as most bankers. He’s not an accountant or a financial analyst by design. He’s a thinker and a student of philosophy and psychology. After graduating from the University of Sao Paulo with a philosophy degree, he went looking for a job. Banco Brasileiro Descontos was the first company that took a chance and hired him in 1969 even though he was not really banking material. But Brandão took him under his banking wing, and the rest is, as they say, is banking history. Trabuco is taking over for Brandão. Luiz is the new chairman, but he is still the president and CEO until a new CEO comes on board. The new CEO will follow the promotion trend in Bradesco according to Seven Bradesco VPs are on the shortlist. And all of them know how to work with Trabuco.

All the Bradesco employees have a favorite candidate, but Octavio de Lazari, the president of the bank’s successful insurance arm may be the next CEO. Octavio is following in the banking footsteps of Mr. Trabuco. Mr. Trabuco was the president of that division for six years before taking over as CEO.


Richard Blair of Wealth Solutions

Wealth Solutions is a company that offers financial services that allows clients to protect, manage, and grow their assets. Richard Blair of Wealth Solutions is experienced and has the qualifications that allows him to help other people with their investments and assets. Richard Blair has his CAS, CES, RICP, and CFS. Wealth Solutions is in Austin, Texas and they’re a firm that specializes in investment advisory. Richard thinks everyone needs some sort of financial plan in their life and intends to help the surrounding community with wealth management and retirement saving services.


There are three pillars the firm follows when helping their clients achieve their financial goals. Pillar one is where they lay out the clients finances and see all their attributes. They’ll see what the clients strengths are, goals, risks, talents, and opportunities for growth in their investments. Pillar two is where they create a long term goal and course for the client to follow so they meet their financial needs or wants. Assets are relocated and managed so they will perform at the maximum level when the markets are right and reducing investments while markets are wrong. Pillar three is when everything is laid out and the plan is in play Richard moves on to insurance. Going over and making sure the client is covered long term and for anything else they’d need.


Richard Blair decided to go into this line of work because of his families teaching background. Both his mother and grandmother were teachers so, as a child he saw how it influenced others, gave them confidence, and improved their knowledge. Richard Blair attended the University of Houston for a bachelors in Financing. Following that Richard decided to start Wealth Solutions in nineteen ninety four and he’s still growing in the community by providing unbiased opinions and help to people in need.


Richard has become more experienced and knowledgeable over the years in financing. Richard wants to spread his knowledge to the surrounding families in the community so everyone has a plan when it comes to their assets and their retirement. Richard Blair’s plan is to help every one of his clients achieve their dream goals of what they want their retirement to look like and he’s been succeeding for years to come.


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Jeremy Goldstein Gives Insight on Best Stock Options

Through, Jeremy Goldstein shares his insight on how Knockout Options are beneficial for employers. Large corporations have been withdrawing the benefit of stock options for their employees, in which Goldstein breaks down in three reasons for withdrawing stock options:


  • Employees are unable to exercise stock options when a company’s stock value plummets
  • Employees view this type of compensation useless when contingent on the economy
  • Employees don’t view stock options as value or competitive as higher salaries



Jeremy Goldstein counters the prior reasons by saying that if employees were simply informed about all the benefits stock options provide, the benefits are of greater value than higher salaries, equities, and insurance coverages. The earnings of a corporation is directly correlated to an individual’s earning, therefore encouraging employees to prioritize their company’s success.


Jeremy Goldstein shares the solution of the “knockout” option: this particular option holds the same limits and requirements but employees lose the stock option if the share value falls below a certain amount for a certain amount of time.


Goldstein is currently a partner at Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates LLC, a law firm that specializes in advising finanical committees, CEOs, management teams and teams relating to compensation and corporate governance matters.


Jeremy Goldstein earned his Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law, an M.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. cum laude, with distinction in all subjects from Cornell University. From initially serving as a partner in a large New York Firm, Goldstein has been involved in numerous large corporate transactions with well-known brands including Goldman Sachs, Verizon Wireless, JP Morgan Chase, etc. He currently serves on several boards including the Executive Compensation Committee, American Bar Association, Professional Advisory Board, and the Board of Directors of Fountain House. He frequently writes and speaks to the community and has been a leading name within prestigious organizations.


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Louis Chenevert: The Face of UTC

Louis Chenevert is a Canadian businessman who became President and CEO of United Technologies Corporation (UTC) in 2006. He stepped down from the position in 2014 and now works for Goldman Sachs as an advisor for Merchant Banking. In eight short years, he has made UTC one of the top aeronautics and technology companies. His influence has lived on at UTC just like his impressive stature.

In the early years of his career, his main goal was to make United Technology Corporation the best it could be. His first and most important goal was the acquisition of Goodrich. It took him over a year to negotiate a deal with the company. The next big step that UTC took under his leadership was focusing the company on the two main areas that UTC is most suited for. One is the making of jet engines for helicopters and planes. The second part was investing company money into the latest technology and the employees.

The investment into the employees was one of the best things that Chenevert could have done for the company. He helped create the Employee scholar program and over forty-thousand employees have taken advantage of the opportunity to further their educational goals. A step like this is one of the main reasons that employees are so loyal to UTC.

The other main project that Chenevert took his time in creating was a high-tech engine for planes and helicopters. It is the most innovative engine of its kind. UTC also manufactures the Sikorsky helicopters as well. This is what made the presidency of Louis Chenevert so ahead of its time. By streamlining the company into the two things that it is most capable of doing Chenevert has left an indelible legacy of leaving a company in a much better position than when he arrived.

Louis Chenevert stepped down from UTC in 2014 and had gone on to become the Exclusive Advisor at the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. His legacy has lived on well after he stepped down from UTC. Some people could only think of a legacy he actually did it.