February, 2016

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Koch brothers not believers in Trump

The Koch brothers, David and Charles, are unhappy with Donald Trump’s prominence in the Republican primary and are now talking about the various steps that they may take in the campaign. As Charles Koch puts it, anything and everything is currently on the table including sitting out the election cycle of Trump wins the nomination or paying for ads to get another candidate elected instead.

Sitting out the election cycle can be a huge factor in the election as the Koch brothers, through the Super Pacs that they control, have approximately $900 million of resources to throw at the election. Sitting out the election cycle or pushing alternative candidates can swing the election away from Trump.

Donald Trump, who espouses conservative ideals is at first glance a candidate who the the Koch brothers can get behind. Both sides are billionaires who inherited businesses from their fathers, Both named Fred, and both who significantly expanded the inherited businessss into powerhouses. The Koch brothers own and control Koch Industries which is the second largest private company in the United States and is diversified into various industries. Trump has a variety of different real estate and entertainment entities.

However the differences are at the surface only. Charles Koch is a big believer in the constitution and the ideals that it supports including individual freedom for all. Trumps statements that Muslims should be limited from certain freedoms appears to have offended the Koch brothers and gone against their beliefs and have retaliated by refusing to fund his campaign in any way.

Trump at first lobbied for their support and tried to receive their contributions. When the Koch brothers refused and publicly and privately indicated their preference for other candidates Trump indicated that any candidate who accepts the money of Charles Koch would be controlled by their interests and subject to their beliefs. Trumps main area of attack is through Twitter and he has tweeted repeatedly about The Koch brothers influence and the impact it will have on the candidates that accepts their money.

The Koch brothers have typically been in the background but are now publicly stating their concerns about Trump and his removal of freedoms for Muslims and other minorities and the concerns that it brings them. They are also continuing to search for candidates who believe in conservative causes that they follow like small government and hands off policies. But the candidate they support apparently will not be Donald Trump.

Check out the original VanityFair article here.

Avi Weisfogel’s GoFundMe Campaign

Avi Weisfogel has recently become involved in GoFundMe, a popular charity website. GoFundMe is the face of a new era in charity, using online crowdfunding and fundraising to collect donations for important causes. The beauty of GoFundMe is that it has a variety of fundraisers for all sorts of causes, from large charities to individuals who are launching campaigns for their own needs. Avi Weisfogel uses the site as a platform for his own charity, Operation Smile.

Avi Weisfogel is a dentist who began his first dental office in his home state, New Jersey. Since then, he has been awarded the title of Best Dentist throughout the years. He graduated with a degree in Psychology and Biology from Rutgers University. He received his dental degree from the New York University College of Dentistry. In addition to his dental work, Avi Weisfogel also educates and treats people with sleep disorders and problems. He specializes in sleep apnea.

Weisfogel began the “Healthy Heart Sleep” center in order to train himself and other doctors in treating people with sleep problems. He also started Owner Unlimited Sleep Patients to perform lectures on sleep issues. He started Dental Sleep Masters, a program that trains doctors on how to use oral devices to help aid in sleep. It also showed how sleep problems and dental health can be related.

Today, Weisfogel is venturing into GoFundMe charity efforts with Operation Smile. It is a medical charity that allows doctors to perform free surgeries on children born with deformities. The surgeries often help children with cleft palates or cleft lips. In addition to monetary donations, the charity takes in medical supplies from different companies as well as voluntary staff from doctors and nurses. The charity aims to help give free surgeries to children from all over the world.

Follow Avi on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on his GoFundMe campaign.
Read the full article here.

Keith Mann Offers A Scholarship To Brooklyn Youth

Keith Mann is the founder of Dynamic Search Partners, and he has long been an advocate for education reform in New York City. He has worked with the school system for quite a long time to bring about change, and he has started a new scholarship for kids going to charter schools in Brooklyn. This article explains how the Professional Achievement Scholarship will help a kid in Brooklyn go to college every year.

#1: Keith Believes In Charter Schools

Keith Mann believes in the charter school movement, and he has helped charter schools in Brooklyn in the past. His eye for modern school buildings has made him popular among school reform movement advocates, and he is offering the Professional Achievement Scholarship to help a child who needed the charter school movement to get through school. There are many students who need extra money to go to college, and Keith Mann has stepped in to fill the void.

#2: One Student Per Year

One high school student per year will be awarded the Professional Achievement Scholarship, and the money will go to helping these kids get their undergraduate degrees. Charter schools are preparing kids to go to college, and Keith wants to offer kids some kind of hope that they can pay to go to school. The scholarship does not cover everything, but it gives students a head start.

#3: Improving Hope In Brooklyn

Hope for children in Brooklyn is high with charter schools moving into the area, and the scholarship offered by Keith Mann makes it more likely that other kids will go on to college. Keith knows the value of a college education, and he wants to see children making changes in their lives that are positive. Keith and his wife are personally paying for the scholarship, and they hope to offer more scholarships in the future.

The best students in Brooklyn charter schools have a chance to go to college with the Professional Achievement Scholarship. Keith Mann is personally bankrolling the program to help kids who might not be able to afford college, and he hopes more Brooklyn students will be inspired to go to college.

Follow Keith on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on his philanthropic endeavors.
This article recapped http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160125006525/en/Keith-Mann-Announces-2016-Scholarship-Professional-Achievement

Why Many Homeowners are Choosing Handy

If you are a busy working family, you know how difficult it can be to keep your home as clean as it can possibly be. One of the major problems that families have nowadays is that everyone is working and it is more than a little difficult to keep the home looking great. As a result, the home can become uncomfortable, unhealthy and even embarrassing to live in. If you are noticing that you just do not have the time or energy to keep the home clean and are not getting any help otherwise, Handy is a company that you might just want to check out.

Handy is a professional cleaning company that is U.S.-based. This means that they have experts all throughout the country and you can find a maid who lives local to you and can be at your home in no time once you set up an appointment to get your home cleaned. You will also notice that Handy is one of the most trusted cleaning companies in the country, making it a great choice for those who may not have ever used a maid service before and are a bit hesitant because they do not know what they should be expecting.

You can also use Handy in a multitude of different ways in order to get those experts in for a cleaning schedule. You can go online to create an account and do the scheduling or you may even want to consider using their mobile app if you are on the go all the time. You can set up an appointment for one of the Handy professionals to come to your home and then it is entirely up to you to be there for them when they arrive. You can even pay for their services online, making it even easier for the process to go as smooth as possible.

You will love never having to worry about the house cleaning again. For so many people, choosing Handy has been one of the best decisions they have ever made and it is a great way for you to know that you are getting a clean and gorgeous home without the work being done on your own. The best thing is that you will never worry about having to do it yourself and you will also find that the cost of hiring Handy is not that bad when compared to others.

Highland Capital Management With James Dondero At The Helm

For the first few years of operation, Highland Capital focused solely on collateralized loan obligations and separate accounts. In 2000, they decided to change that by developing the fund’s first total return strategy that focused on assets that were distressed. 2000 saw other developments as well. James Dondero, the president and co-founder of the firm, led the firm to establish their first 2 bank loans separate accounts that were specifically for large public pension plans in Canada and the United States. This leadership is how Jim led the company to be the largest collateralized loan obligations manager in the world. In order to do this, he had to launch one of the first non-bank collateralized debt obligations. In the past decade this number has grown to more than 39 CDOs and CLOs that Highland Capital has structured and monitored, which amounts to about 32 billion dollars in asset value.

Jim started out his career in finance by attending the University of Virginia and graduating with a degree in accounting and finance. After graduating Jim Dondero worked in a variety of different positions, including analyst, corporate bond analyst and portfolio manager. This was all before he became the Chief Investment Officer for the GIC subsidiary of Protective Life, which he then turned into Highland Capital Management and bought.

Highland Capital Management’s numbers were reviewed by Octa Finance in an article on their website. The online newspaper analyzed the fund’s 13F filing for the third quarter of 2015. In the filing they found that Highland Capital had made 69 new purchases over the course of the third quarter. They also found that the fund had increased its positioning in certain stocks with additional purchases, 62 in total. The fund reduced its position in 80 different stocks and it then sold out of 119 stocks during the quarter. The top 10 holdings amount to nearly 30 percent of the total portfolio.

The firm’s portfolio, by the end of the quarter, was worth 3.42 billion dollars. This was a decrease of 1.49 billion dollars since the second quarter. The filing made actually represents only 22.73 percent of the fund’s total United States listed assets, which is about 15 billion dollars in asset value. The article was unable to provide information about net exposure and shorts.

Follow Jim on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on Highland Capital’s holdings.

For those wanting to read further, please go: http://www.octafinance.com/highland-capital-management-top-10-holdings-in-q3-2015/352793/

Town Residential LLC Helps To Ease Some 2016 NYC Real Estate Predications

 

Town Residential, founded in 2010 and located in NYC real estate, is a full luxury real estate agency with offices in Gramercy, the Financial District, FlatIron, Astor Place, 5th Avenue, Upper East Side, SoHo and elsewhere. The company specializes in luxury residential sales,leasing and property development; commercial and retail. To date, they have 7,348 available properties ranging from $50K to $50M throughout NYC and Miami, Florida. Also, 13,344 rental units listing from $1K to $50K are currently available in their inventory.

 

The Daily News,* reported eight predictions for the NYC real estate market for 2016. These predictions are as follows:

1) As interest rates gradually rise, the corresponding prices will fall as buyer confidence weakens.

2) Contracts will be harder to close and will be more complicated.

3) Buyers will make several visits to the property and seek advice from trusted friends before signing a contract. The one Open House decision is dead.

4) The gap between realistic and unrealistic sellers will grow. In 2015, sellers who stuck to their prices will have to cut prices this year in order to sell the property.

5) Buyers will focus on prime locations only.

6) Baby Boomers are downsizing, often pay in cash, in order to live closer to their grandchildren.

7) Buyers, in Brooklyn, will have new rental units offering more incentives. For example;reduced rents,1-2 months free rent and no application or broker fees.

8) A $10M and up inventory of luxury condos will continue to increase and units from $1-3M will be in greater demand due to lower inventory.

 

With the real estate market of NYC being effected by many economic parameters, the Town Residential Agency strives to bring buyers and sellers together, with less stress, from first class customer service and tools such as buyer, seller and renter guides; relocation services; market reports (“The Aggregate”,Q4,2015) and pre-qualified and pre-approved consumer guides.

 

  • January 20, 2016 by Ari Harkov, a real estate broker and News contributor.

Attorney and Investor: Sam Tabar

Residing in New York City, Sam Tabar is an accomplished attorney and capital strategist. Tabar’s first job was being an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom LLP before turning to business development and capital strategy. He became both Managing Director and Co-head of Business at SPARX Group Co., also known as PMA Investment Advisors. He next joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch as Director and Head of Capital Strategy for the region in the Asia-Pacific. Later on, he focused on hedge funds and Fund Formation and structure issues when he joined Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP as a Senior Associate.

Before his extensive career, Sam Tabar first attended college at Oxford University, where he graduated with honors. He then attended Columbia Law School where he gathered much experience working as Associate Editor of the Columbus Business Law Review. It was when he graduated and passed the New York Bar in 2001 that he joined Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom LLP which happened to be one of the most prestigious law firms. He started out as just an associate at first.

After a few years working with hedge funds and investment management, he joined Sparx Group in 2004, which is located in numerous cities around the world. Tabar worked mainly with the business based in Hong Kong. He joined Bank of America in 2010 and then he became director at Adanac LLC in 2012 where he stayed for a year. Tabar didn’t reenter the legal field until September 2013 when he joined Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP as a Senior Associate. He only stayed for a few months. He left in March 2014. He currently works as a Chief Operating Officer at FullCycleFund which he joined in February 2015.

On a charitable note, Sam Tabar started a Go Fund Me page and invested in a business called SheThinx which focuses on support for women in African and Asian Countries. The company looks to reinvent Feminine hygiene products hoping to empower women. He can speak and write fluent English and French and knows a little bit of Japanese. Some of Tabar’s main interests include hosting events and traveling.  He’s also available on Instagram where he posts pictures pretty often.

The Koch Brothers Take on Poverty and the Quality of Education

Charles Koch’s company is now building a non-profit arm focusing on poverty and educational causes. Aptly called Stand Together, leaders of the billionaire industrialist’s company say that it seeks to address social ills and to revitalize the civil society. Currently in the start-up phase, the organization seeks to raise some $15 million as told in its first interview with USA TODAY.

Group executive director Evan Feinberg said that the sole purpose of Stand Together is to solve societal problems by making a real difference in people’s lives. He said that they plan to partner with private entities to address social problems and will not go into any fights on policy.

Stand Together will be launched publicly this week with its plans and website shown. They have been building the program for about a year internally. One of the first missions it has is to team with the President and CEO of Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, Bob Woodson. Woodson, a black conservative, trains leaders at the grass-roots level, and was the architect of faith-based initiatives for President George W. Bush. He has also traveled to poverty-stricken areas around the country with House Speaker Paul Ryan to seek support for Ryan’s plan on his war against poverty.

The Koch brothers, Charles, and David have constantly donated millions of dollars to poor and free-market causes. In 2014, they donated $25 million mostly for scholarships to the United Negro College Fund. They have a partnership with the current administration to push for an overhaul of the criminal justice system and change laws that unfairly target the poor.

Charles Koch is a businessman and philanthropist, he is the chairman of the board and has been CEO of Koch Industries since 1967. He is also co-owner of the company based in Wichita Kansas. Koch authored a book called “The Science of Success” published in 2007 that describes his approach to management and business philosophy. He is married with two children.

To show how important Stand Together is, Charles Koch’s top advisers are on board to help steer it. Richard Fink, a top political advisor, and Brian Hooks, president of Charles Koch Foundation and Charles Koch Institute are among the board members.

Feinberg said that Stand Together will integrate grants and support for infrastructure. It will probably provide scholarships to private schools for poor kids. IT, human resources, and accounting assistance will also be provided to small non-profit organizations.

This article recapped http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/01/29/koch-brothers-push-poverty-education-societal-change–initiative-republican/79468744/

Keith Mann Helping The Next Generation Reach Their Dreams Of Higher Education

A new Scholarship program designed to help America’s next generation has been created by Keith Mann. The Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship for Professional Achievement was created to assist and recognize students become pioneering business leaders of tomorrow. The Mann’s have teamed up with the Uncommon Schools, which is a non-profit charter organization in New York City. One lucky and deserving graduating senior will be chosen every year from the school to receive this award.

Uncommon Charter High School college counselor Jo Frick is thankful for the scholarship and feels this is a great scholarship that will ensure one deserving student will receive a full four year college education. Each student is asked to write an essay a 1000 words in length in order to be considered for the scholarship. The essay should include the reasons the scholarship will benefit and help them achieve their business goals.

As the founder of the scholarship, Mann is committed to finding strong leaders among the students and teaming them up with specific companies that will provide the best long term success in their business career. The scholarship is available to any graduating senior who wishes to apply and is open until February 29, 2016. The winner of the $5000 scholarship will be announced around the end of March.

Mann has over 15 years experience as a hedge fund compensation expert as well as experience with the executive search process. In 2009, Mann created Dynamics Search Partners which is a leading executive firm dedicated to searching alternative companies that deal with investments. Mann is the current CEO of the Dynamics Search Partners, and manages the day to day activities of the company.

There are 44 charter public schools that are managed by the Uncommon Schools management organization across New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. The current student body is over 14,000 ranging from grades kindergarten up to 12th grade.

Follow Keith on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on all of his philanthropic endeavors.
This article recapped http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160125006525/en/Keith-Mann-Announces-2016-Scholarship-Professional-Achievement

Avi Weisfogel: Making the connection Between Dentistry and Sleep Disorders

For people who suffer from Sleep Apnea, traveling can be a tricky situation. CPAC machines are a very important treatment for people dealing with this issue. However, many people chose to leave it behind because many of these machines are bulky and hard to pack. For people caught in this dilemma, it is important to have information about the options that are available and some tips to keep in mind that will make taking your treatment with you more comfortable.

A travel CPAP machine is convenient for travelers because they are a more compact version than the regular machines. There are a variety of devices to choose from that serve different purposes. Oral Appliances are one option. This treatment is made up of a wireless mask that is worn in the mouth while the person is sleeping. You can obtain one of these machines by consulting with your physician or a qualified dentist. One of the most simple options for treatment is nasal valve therapy. This type of treatment only requires the person to attach the valve over the nostrils with the provided adhesive tape. While there are a few devices that offer relief to an individual suffering from Sleep Apnea, it is important for you to decide which one fits your comfort level, price, and convenience level.

As mentioned above, prescriptions can be written by your dentist. One dentist who has intertwined his craft between being a dentist and treating sleep disorders is Dr. Avi Weisfogel. Although his career as a dentist started in 1999 and extended for 15 years, it wasn’t until 2010 when he decided to explore the issues of sleep disorders. After founding Healthy Heart Sleep, he made it a priority to educate other physicians on the importance of how sleep disorders coexist with their dentistry profession, and he encouraged them to open sleep labs. His interests in bringing the two fields together have helped a lot of people, and he is currently contributing to the cause.

One of the efforts that Dr. Weisfogel has made to be proactive in preventing Sleep Apnea is finding out what some of the causes are. He has recently sought to bring more attention to a condition called Sleep bruxism which occurs when people grind their teeth while they are sleeping. Dr. Weisfogel states that if this disorder is left untreated, it can lead to more severe disorders including Sleep Apnea.  Follow Avi on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on the world of dentistry!!

This article recapped http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joseph-ojile-md-fccp-dabsm/you-cant-take-a-vacation-_b_9082204.html?utm_hp_ref=healthy-living