October, 2015

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Jamie Garcia Dias is a Leader in the Literary World

Jaime Garcia Dias has written over 20 books of fiction receiving many awards for his excellent style of Brazilian literature. His father was also a journalist/author, and Jaime has written works that attribute his success to his father. His most recent award is the ABC Award of Brazil Literature Prize, which he received in 2015. Jamie Dias is a very prolific writer who has captured the hearts of readers across Brazil and around the world, and yet he is only 45. Many writers establish their place in literature and continue to write into their seventies, eighties and nineties, and the readers of Dias certainly hope that he does also.

One of the reasons for his success, Mr. Dias explains on Twitter, is that he began his career very early in his life, which he attributed to his father, a journalist in Brazil. Jaime was born in Rio de Janiero to educated parents who raised him to excel in knowledge and education so that he could follow his heart in writing.

His father was a journalist, and his mother was a famous architect. Jaime attributes his father for developing his interest in literature. From a young age, he read his father’s works, and from that age on, his love for writing only increased until he began to share it with Brazil and the rest of the world.

Mr. Dias began is career in education when he spent five years teaching at the Carioca Literature Academy. There Mr. Dias was able to express his love for literature to students who were intending to study literature when they went into the university.This experience was a treasure both for the students and for Jaime who loved sharing his talents with the students.

Mr. Dias is now president of Carioca Literature Academy where he originally taught, and he has won numerous awards for his works. He admits that his students push him to reach the goals he sets as he stretches his talents to meet the works of the many well-known Brazilian writers that have gone before him. Jaime Dias is considered a current leader in today’s Brazilian literary world.

The Alchemist is one of Jaime’s traditional favorites. It is the story of a young Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago. Because he has a re-occurring dream, he travels to Egypt to find the treasure that the dream foretells in the ancient Pyramids. The story is allegorical, and it leads an individual to attain their Personal Legend. This work parallels Jaime’s quest in life as it reflects his journey.

Jaime Garcia Dias is a master in the art of fiction and he will be one that the literary world watches for years to come. He’s also branched out into YouTube videos with his own channel as well.

Andy Wirth Shares Ski Season Tips

Andy Wirth, CEO of Squaw Valley Ski, was appointed as chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board quite recently. Squaw Valley Ski is the best place to be for ski lovers and with the ski season just around the corner, Andy Wirth would like to offer people some tips about how to get ready for the ski season –

Clean Up Your Gear Wardrobe – If you have your old skiing gear lying around, Andy Wirth would like you to start a spring cleaning session before you get ready for the ski season. Sell items on sites like eBay or Craigslist and get some money to buy the latest ski gear or simply start budgeting for your upcoming time on the powder. This doesn’t just go for your board but also your jackets and other skiing paraphernalia.

Get Your Ski Exercise On – Your body, particularly your legs, need to be well exercised and ready. For this, you can look around the gyms in your local area and find out about ski specific training sessions. In these sessions, trainers use elliptical machines, rollerblading, and running specific exercises. Andy Wirth also mentions that lunges and squats are used for strengthening the quads, and every skier should practice them the most.

Join A Refresher Lesson – Andy Wirth recommends a refresher lesson for everyone, no matter how long you’ve been practicing skiing. This is because everyone picks up bad habits along the way and without these courses, those habits would stick. Refresher courses keep a skier malleable in their learning and these courses can sometimes introduce new moves as well. Sometimes, refresher courses can be a great way of getting free passes and discounts to a ski resort.

Buy Well and Pack Better – Always buy the best ski jackets and warmers you can find, Andy Wirth recommends. Pack as many socks as possible because they are the essentials to a skier’s wardrobe. Also, there are thick and special ski socks available that may be slightly pricey but they are worth every buck spent. For the clothes, it is necessary to pack layers of clothing because the body needs as much protection as possible.

Ultimately, skiing is a sport best enjoyed with people you love. So, Andy Wirth’s final tip is to travel to Squaw Valley Ski with your best friends and family members. It would also help to budget the cost and would ultimately, much more memorable.

James Dondero and Highland Capital Management Backs Innovative Program for Students

Highland Capital Management, under the lead of James Donero, donated more than two million dollars to a program that allows outstanding college students to experience public policymaking. This program is administered by the Southern Methodist University’s “John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies” (http://www.smu.edu/towercenter).

The program, known as the “Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars”, offers students with unique opportunities to work with global and national leaders, influential policymakers, and top Dallas employers.

Only a select number of students are chosen for this program each year. These students will discover international policy, and learn first-hand about domestic and foreign affairs. The program offers internships for students who are seniors. Students are also given the opportunity to apply for study-abroad opportunities. Scholars meet public policy makers and local business leaders. They also have the chance to work on real-life cases.

Highland Capital Management

Highland Capital Management is a financial advisory firm which manages close to $20 billion of assets. The company has expertise in distressed equity, credit hedge funds, and loan debts. Highland is based in Dallas. It has offices around the world, including Singapore, Seoul, and Sao Paulo.

Highland Capital’s Philanthropy Efforts

Highland’s employees and leadership devote time and resources to philanthropy causes. The company has pledged millions of dollars to organizations around the world. Highland empowers the local communities where its employees work and live. It is dedicated to supporting change through financial donations, volunteerism, and the involvement of the board of advisors. Highland is committed to the local community. It also supports international non-profit organizations.

James Dondero

James Dondero is the Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Dondero has over three decades of experience in finance and marketwatch.

Funds associated with Mr. Dondero’s management have received numerous honors and awards throughout his career. Before coming to Highland, Mr. Dondero was the chief investment officer for Protective Life, where he grew the business from its initial startup to a billion dollar enterprise within a span of only five years. Prior to Protective Life, Mr. Dondero managed a significant amount in assets for American Express.

  1. Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia. He majored in Accounting and Finance. He is a Certified Management Accountant. Mr. Dondero serves on the Board of Directors for several companies including MGM studios, American Banknote, NextBank, and Cornerstone Healthcare.

Slyce Introduces New Technology

Slyce.org is astounding e-commerce retailers with their line of new technology that they exhibited at from October 5 to October 7, 2015 at Shop.org, according to an original article that appeared on Yahoo! Finance. Many retailers are already familiar with the company’s already released popular apps that include Pounce that allows shoppers to snap a photo of an item and locate it for sale online, Craves that allows users to locate clothes for sale online that they see on popular social media platforms and SnipSnap that allows users to upload a coupon and find that product using Scout. Now, retailers are even more excited about the new technology that the Slyce.org is releasing.

One of those visual search products is the Universal Scanner that allows users to upload a photo of any item around them and find that item or one very similar to it, at many online merchants. In addition to uploading photos, users can also upload coupons, QR codes, real world items and barcodes.
Many merchants were also excited about Slyce.org’s new Snap-to-Coupon app that allows a user to upload a photo of a coupon and then be reminded that they have that coupon when they are near a merchant that sells that item. Merchants feel that they feel that it will greatly enhance the foot traffic into their retail locations.

Shoppers are often frustrated when popular items are out of stock, but that will no longer be a problem with Slyce.org’s Out-of-Stock Mitigation Tool that automatically suggests items to shoppers who want an item that the retailer does not currently have in stock. This tool even suggests items based on different attributes of the original item.

Slyce.org already enjoys an outstanding relationship with many United States based merchants including Home Depot, J.C. Penny and Niemen Marcus. Retailers looking to better meet their customer’s needs will want to consider these and other exciting products offered by this company who is led by Cameron Chell who has over 25 years of experience working with retailers.

Madison Street Capital Co-Founder Honored

 

Madison Street Capital’s co-founder, Anthony Marsala, has been honored by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) recently. NACVA has chosen Marsala of one of their prestigious 40 Under Forty recognition program.

The 40 Under Forty list is set up to honor the 40 individuals who have done extraordinary work in the fields of business valuation, mergers and acquisitions, expert witness testimony, financial forensics and litigation consulting.

The honorees were chose from a pool of more than 125 candidates by the Executive Staff of NACVA as well as the Consultants’ Training Institute (CTI). According to the judges this year was an exceptionally difficult decision because there were so many qualified candidates for this honor.

The 40 Under Forty program is designed to give recognition to the next generation of industry thought leaders.

Marsala is a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer for Madison Street Capital where he specializes in business valuation, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.He has spearheaded the firm’s expansion into the European, African and Asian markets.

For the past 13 years Marsala has performed numerous business valuations for a disparate number of industries including energy, technology, food and agriculture.

Having graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with degrees in Finance and Information Systems, Marsala then attended the University of Oxford’s Said Business School where he earned a Master’s Diploma in Strategy.

He is also a member of the American Society of Appraisers as well as the NACVA.

Madison Street Capital is an international investment banking firm specializing in delivering financial advisory services to public and private companies throughout the world. Under the stewardship of Marsala the firm has expanded into new and emerging markets over the last decade. You can Like them on Facebook.
Indeed, emerging markets have become the core component that has been driving Madison Street Capital’s impressive growth. Marsala and Co. will continue to focus a significant amount of the firm’s assets into these markets.

If Madison Street Capital can continue to expand into new markets there is a high possibility that Anthony Marsala will continue to earn accolades from more industry organizations.

This story was first published in the Chicago Tribune.

Lime Crime: The Best Solution for Your Makeup Needs

One of the things that have been difficult to execute is making a decision for beauty products. This has been blamed on the fact that there are many fake products that have flocked the market. Unscrupulous individuals have spotted the rising demand for makeup products and this has motivated them to make counterfeits and low quality products just in a bid to catch up with quick money. It has been tricky pointing the best product in the market because of this reason. To offer a solution to this, some companies have deployed a team of experts who have been able to capture the counterfeits. However, curbing the practice completely has been difficult. Lime Crime has been in business for a long time and their products have been rated excellently by different users.

Customer satisfaction and ensuring reliability and quality is what has allowed Lime Crime to remain in business. This is despite the presence of hundreds of competitors in the same field. Lime Crime has employed a creative approach to product development and deployment. They have representatives in different locations, who gather information on the feedback of users and this has allowed the company to advance their technology and ability to offer top quality products.

Competition is something that can either make a company better, or kill its operations. Lime Crime has dealt with a taught market and this has taught them many things about the production and marketing of their products on facebook. They are among well established firms that have managed to let their products market their services. They have only invested in the right workforce to help get solutions that can offer the company a competitive edge in the market. Lime Crime does not engage in misleading advertising practices as this is not only against their laws, but it is unlawful and unethical for a company to do so.

The health of the buyer is of prime importance when dealing with different products. This is what Lime Crime has worked to achieve. There are no products that have emerged harmful for use. Offering the right products has increased the trust of buyers for the services offered by Lime Crime. This is not the only thing that has allowed them to win prizes and recognition. They have also offered information to customers to help them follow the right steps while applying these products. No person has complained about any threats to health as all the materials used for the manufacture of beauty products by Lime Crime are healthy and natural.

Business is made easier when the management is able to find solutions for issues that make it difficult to advance. This is an assurance that Lime Crime holds dear. All the leaders in the company are long serving professionals with a long history for offering top quality products. Strategy formulation and execution have been factors that have helped to make the company better. Before a step is implemented, they first engage in serious research to ensure the information gathered is ideal for the business.

Back in the Saddle, Thanks to Dan Newlin

It seems like my life has always revolved around rodeos. My grandparents raised horses on their farm in Indiana and our parents taught us how to ride. Some of my earliest memories were of my sister and me riding around the ring while our parents gently guided the horse on a rope. Riding horses is in our blood and we hoped to continue the generational custom.

When I was old enough to have a horse of my own, my parents bought me a beautiful black horse that I named Night Ryder. My sister got a pretty little quarter horse that she named Rosie and we started training on our new pets. It is a lot of responsibility to care for a horse. They have to be fed, watered, brushed, and their stalls need daily cleaning. We also had to make sure that their hooves and shoes got proper attention. These horses became our best friends.

When we got a little older and more experienced, our parents let us do some trick riding in the rodeo. They taught us how to work with the horse as a team and to do the tricks safely. There was no feeling in the world like riding with Night Ryder and feeling the wind whip across my face. The crowds would cheer as we did our tricks. I think the horses had as much fun as we did.

When I graduated from school, I decided to go into rodeo work full-time. My sister became a veterinarian and I assisted her on many of her rural appointments. My parents still own their rodeo; however, my uncle manages it for them so they have more time to relax and enjoy their grandchildren. The rodeo fans still come in droves every weekend to watch their favorite horses and riders.

After being with my parent’s rodeo since I was a young child, the opportunity arose for me to co-own a rodeo company in Florida. I had been saving up money for a long time and felt like this would be my big chance to further my career. With my family’s blessing, I moved to Florida and become part of one of the best rodeo companies in the South.

All was going well until a careless motorist rear-ended me one day while I was going to work. It did not do much damage to his truck; however, it totaled my car. Even worse, the wreck totally messed up my spine. Although the other guy had insurance, the company was being stubborn about paying some of the medical bills I was accruing.

That is when one of my coworkers suggested the Law Offices of Dan Newlin. I was able to get a free consultation and his team of professional attorneys took my case. They empathetically listened to me and were able to get the settlement that I deserved. Dan Newlin specializes in cases that involve injuries, negligence, and wrongful death. Thanks to his services, I am back in the saddle again and doing what I love.

Sergio Cortés Brings Joy To Many As Michael Jackson Impersonator

It’s not often that we as adults get to do the things that we really want to do. We daydream about doing incredible things when we are children, and perhaps even into our teen years. But when we get older, and the pressures of life and responsibilities of adulthood press in, we give up those ideas and dreams. Sergio Cortés had a dream from his youth and unlike many, actually followed through on his dream. He is now is living a life that few of us can even imagine. He is known throughout the world as one of the best Michael Jackson celebrity impersonators alive today. And his rise to fame and fortune came in a most unusual way.

As a child, Cortés was obsessed with the Jackson Five, and in particular their lead singer, Michael Jackson. He had dozens of video performances of the singer, and he used to watch those performances constantly day and night. He would watch Michael Jackson dance and imitate his moves. He would watch how the singer would gesture and sing, and Cortés would follow suit. He got to the point where he was literally able to do everything that Michael Jackson did. He put together a small act that he only did for family and friends, little knowing that it would be a chance encounter to thrust him into stardom.

One day, Cortés was out and about, when he was spotted by a photographer who took pictures for a local newspaper. The photographer was amazed at how much Cortés looked like Michael Jackson. The photographer stopped him, spoke to him for a few minutes, then asked him if he could take a picture of him to be published in the local newspaper. Cortés readily agreed to have his picture taken, and the next day the photograph was published. The photograph made Cortés an instant sensation, and soon talent agents and entertainment organizations were beating down his door.

It was at that point that Cortés decided to become a Michael Jackson celebrity impersonator. Now he travels the world, imitating his childhood hero. He maintains a Facebook page filled with well-wishers and messages from his thousands of fans. On the page he posts pictures from his different concerts and photo shoots. He has the support of his many fans, and continues to perform in shows and concerts in every part of the globe.

Sergio Cortés is now doing the things that he loves to do: emulating the greatest entertainer who ever lived, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Through his celebrity impersonation, joy is spread to thousands of his fans and millions around the world. For one brief moment, the people that see him get to revisit the incredible talent of one of the 20th century’s greatest performers.

Forbes 500 Company Computer Sciences Corporation and Eric Pulier

Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) is a global leader in professional information technology services and solutions, using only the best industry solutions, domain expertise and global scale to serve clients for over 50 years.

Started in April 16, 1959 by Roy Nutt and Fletcher Jones, CSC began by providing programming tools such as Compiler and assembling software.

In the 60s, it provided software writing services for major computer manufacturers, of which included IBM and Honeywell, and secured contracts for the US public sector with NASA and other companies. By 1963, CSC had already become the largest software company in the US and was first to be listed on the American Stock Exchange. Just 5 years later, they were already listed on the New York Stock Exchange and has operations in multiple areas of the world, including Canada, India, and Germany.

Company headquarters remained at El Segundo, California up until 2008, where headquarters relocated to Annandale, Virginia. Eric Pulier joined Computer Sciences Corporation in order to manage its cloud-computing department as Vice President and General Manager in 2013.

Now, Computer Sciences Corporation reports $12.2 billion in revenue, has over 70,000 employees in over 70 countries, has remained in the Fortune 500 since 1995, ranking 162 in 2012, is in Forbes Global 2000 list, and was even ranked 8th in Software Magazine’s Software 500, which ranked the world’s largest software and service providers.

About Eric Pulier
Eric Pulier went to Harvard University, where he studied English and American Literature, Computer Science, and Visual and Environmental Studies. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1988 with a Bachelors Degree. Nowadays, Pulier is a father of four and serves on the board of The Painted Turtle, a summer camp for children with chronic illnesses, and the Innovation Board of the XPRIZE Foundation.

Pulier is also founder of over 15 companies, some of which include Akana, Desktone, and Media Platform. Chosen by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, he created and executed the Presidential Exhibition in 1997 – called “The Bridge to the 21st Century” – for Bill Clinton and Al Gore. As a result, he was asked by Morley Winograd, the Vice president’s Senior Domestic Policy Advisor, to join him on the board when he became Chairman of the Center for Telecommunications Management at the USC Marshal School, where Pulier served for 4 years. Currently, Pulier works as Founder and Executive Director for Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council, Chief Executive Officer and Co – Founder of ServiceMesh, Founder of Desktone, and Founder and Executive Chairman at Akana.

A Close Look At The Life And Achievements of Kenneth Griffin

One of the things young investors can learn from Ken Griffin is the fact that success does not come overnight. It is necessary to work and to plan slowly until everything becomes successful. Kenneth Griffin is a leading professional and expert in matters that concern investing and finance in particular. He is also a well equipped manager and has been able to successfully head different ventures. Kenneth Griffin is a well trained professional, who has been featured in different magazines and mainstream media for the achievements he has offered towards the stabilization of business. He is also a family person with a great personality and love for humanity.

Kenneth Griffin was born in Daytona Beach, Florida. He grew up in Florida and all the while he displayed unfaltering zeal to learn different things and o come up with solutions that have stood strong to date. Kenneth Griffin is also a leading consultant in the business arena and his zeal to get new information on insidermonkey.com began at an early age. Investing and managing different ventures has been something Kenneth Griffin has always loved to do. He started at an early age where he displayed much interest in activities that could help generate profits. Kenneth Griffin is also good at educating others and analyzing situations to determine the outcome one will get following certain actions.

He proceeded to the Harvard University, where he would pursue economics in a bid to fulfill his dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur. While still in the university, Kenneth Griffin was able to create business models that could help revolutionize the way business is conducted. During his freshman year, he managed to raise some little capital, which he used during the launch of his first hedge fund in his second year. He also sought for capital from friends, who helped him launch the business as they bought shares.

All his days in campus were filled with great activity and dedication to ensuring he offered solutions to different issues that emerged in the process of managing businesses. He was able to learn many issues that affect the success of new businesses and he put the same knowledge into practice. Kenneth Griffin was applauded for the success of his first business and this offered him great motivation to make even bigger ventures. In 1989, he graduated with a degree in Economics and was able to now get more time to lay strategies that could help him to expand his venture to a premier financial services provider.

This saw Kenneth Griffin approach prominent business personality, Frank Meyer, who offered to help him obtain financing for his new venture. He was able to raise $1 million, which was offered on condition that Meyer would get a share of the total returns of the company. He then launched Citadel, a leading hedge fund provider. The company has been able to offer financial services to thousands of clients, holding more than $5billion in investment capital from different individuals and corporations. His great management has earned the company a stable stand in the financial world.