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Thor Halvorssen’s Diverse Efforts for Human Rights

Human rights is something that is worth fighting for. Unfortunately, so many injustices have been committed which have been swept under the rug. The victims are left to have to deal with the injustices because of apathy. Fortunately, there is someone who does not want to let this type of injustice go. This person is so passionate about human rights that he has started a foundation with the sole purpose of bringing to light the violations that people have to deal with in their own countries. Therefore, he is gaining a lot of ground on what he can do for the world. His name is Thor Halvorssen

One of the ways that Thor is bringing more attention to the injustices of the world is by putting together films. He has produced quite a few films which have brought about a lot of attention to the issues throughout the world. Hollywood is one of the best ways to bring certain issues to attention. After all, there are a lot of people that consume different forms of media. This is why it is important to be able to reach them in the most efficient way possible. One thing that could be said for people is that they are typically compassionate. Therefore, they need to be shown these different issues in order to be able to support efforts to bring about greater human rights to people.

Thor Halvorssen is someone that can be trusted in the fight for human rights. Therefore, people can rest assured that there are going to be more people in the fight for human rights. For one thing, Thor has inspired many people to follow suit in what he is doing. He not only fights for better demonstrations of justice, but he also takes the time to get personally involved even at the risk of his own life.

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Eduardo Sirotsky Melzer And The Leading Media Enterprise RBS

Not everyone can make a success out of the chosen career right after leaving the graduation, but the Brazilian businessman Eduardo Sirotsky Melzer, popularized as Duda Melzer, is an exception to the rule. Having graduated at his 26 years old in Administration, he comes from a family of a renowned name. See, eduardosirotskymelzer.com.

Eduardo Sirotsky Melzer is the Chairman and President of the RBS group, a Brazilian media network that is responsible for news, entertainment and other journalistic fields to me emitted through radio, television, magazines and their website. According to ClicRBS.com, they are linked to the most viewed Brazilian channel, “Rede Globo,” as well as directly related to fifteen radio stations and three newspapers. Being the president of such an enormous company makes Duda Melzer a historical name for the Brazilian history. He has been in this rewarding position since 2012.

He is also President of the counsel and founder of the e.Bricks Digital, responsible for investing in the digital department both in Brazil and the US. Duda, however, actually began his career in the United States, not Brazil. He worked as a financial analyst for the American company Delphi Corporation, in 2002.

RBS was ranked in 2014 among the top three media enterprises that generated the most profit for Brazil during that period. It has also been ranked among the ten most innovative companies in the country.

Eduardo is also a Sympathizer of art, as he is a counselor of the leader of artistic events in the city of Porto Alegre, Bienal of Mercosul.

One of his post recent achievements though has been the invitation to be a member of the Cambridge Institute for Family Enterprise. Knowing that this institute only chooses 25 influential names across the world, being invited to be a part of the leaders of the 2016 selection is a big honor to Eduardo.

Eduardo Melzer is the grandson of the founder of the RBS, Maurício Sirotsky. He assumed the presidency of the company in 3 of July 2012, in Porto Alegre.

Follow Eduardo Melzer on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dudamelzer

 

Bruce Levenson – history, career and what he is doing now

Born to a Jewish Family in Washington, D.C. Bruce Levenson attended grade school and college like many American’s looking to obtain a well financially balanced future. After attending college, Bruce worked hard and became one of America’s well-known businessmen and now former NBA co-owner of the Altanta Hawks LLC. He is also a philanthropist who also served as the Hawk’s Governor on the NBA Board of Governors. Mr. Levenson founded the United Communications Group better known as UCG in 1977 and he was also a founding board member and currently a Board of Directors for Tech Target a publicly traded IT industry media company.

At the time of co-owning the Hawks, Bruce Leveson hired Danny Ferry (a former team player of the Cleveland Cavaliers) as the Hawks general manager and president of basketball operations in 2012. In 2014, Levenson revealed his plans on Forbes Magazine to sell his share of ownership.

As of September 2016, it’s been reported that the former Hawks ownership is planning to sue the New Hampshire insurance company over Ferry settlement. This lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of Fulton County on the 3 of September 2016 due to breach of contract and insurance bad faith. AHBE believes that the policy had a clause stating coverage for certain losses with one including “Wrongful Termination” and “Workplace Torts”.

According to ajc.com, the lawsuit AIG has refused to participate in the defense of said claims and has also refused to pay the covered loss. The lawsuit is also looking forward to an extra 50 percent penalty of the unpaid loss as well as attorney fees and costs. It has been reported an email was sent to AIG for further information, however they have yet to respond.

Shaygan Kheradpir Looks Ahead With Coriant CEO Role

After three decades working in the technology industry many executives would be looking to slow down and take a step back from the day to day running of a company, but now Shaygan Kheradpir who has recently become the CEO of Coriant. Upon his appointment to the role Kheradpir could call upon 28 years of experience working in the technology and financial industries as a technology executive; the vast levels of experience is seen as a bonus for executives at Coriant’s parent company Marlin Equity Partners who hope his business skills will push their $1 billion per year earnings even higher, according to Light Reading.

The achievements of Shaygan Kheradpir read like a history of the technology industry over the last three decades as he has found himself at the center of one of the most creative times in the history of the industry. While working with Verizon Kheradpir looked to cut costs in the development department with a focus on shorter deadlines and research teams; instead of developing an entire new product each team would focus on smaller aspects of the overall piece of technology for just 30 days before the product would be given the green light or abandoned.

It was during his time as the head of development at Verizon that Shaygan Kheradpir began to show the world he was much more than simply an impressive technology expert, but also had a range of skills that would make him one of the top business people in the industry. At Verizon Kheradpir was given the task of overseeing the information technology department, which was the largest in the communications industry and had overheads to match. The Cornell University alum set out to cut costs and through the use of outsourcing and new technologies brought the outlay on IT of Verizon below the industry standard.

Despite only being formed in 2013 Coriant has already developed a client list totaling over 500 after the company was created from Sycamore Networks, Tellabs, and Nokia Siemens. The company has continued its growth under CEO Pat DiPietro who accepted the role on a short term basis from his position with Marlin Equity Partners; DiPietro will remain Vice-President of the Coriant brand and return to his earlier position at Marlin to leave Shaygan Kheradpir to oversee the day to day running of the technology company.

Follow Shaygan Kheradpir on Twitter @shaygank and Facebook

IAP Takes Care of the World

IAP Worldwide Services is an international logistics provider, facilities manager and a provider of technical services. They have over 2000 employees around the globe. They work on natural disasters, deliver supplies to overseas battlefields.

They are ready to support clients and carry out difficult logistics and technical challenges. They have been offering their services for over 60 years. They have built a reputation as a reliable source that you can depend on when you need to.

IAP defines success not only as how their customers view them, but how the world views them. Their reputation precedes them, and they take this very seriously. When you partner with IAP, they make your goals, their goals. Learn more about IAP Worldwide Services: https://www.iapws.com/ and http://www.careerbuilder.com/jobs/company/c8b4hg6d99rc25sg48q/iap-worldwide-services

They align themselves with a diverse group of companies, who can add value to their services. They make sure their actions always align with the highest moral standards and behavior.

They are dedicated to transporting people and things quickly and safely to any place in the world. Their logistics and supply chain services are second to none.

IAP offers the best operations and maintenance, portable waste water management, grounds management and much more. Governments depend on IAP for mission support when they are in remote environments and IAP Wordwide Services delivers.

IAP Worldwide Services delivers in areas where others cannot, meeting logistic requirements on a daily basis. They manage military bases, field hospitals, oil and gas production team housing facilities, and remote research labs. When people’s lives are in danger, the US Government calls IAP. They provide services during natural disasters, and any other type of crisis. They are ready to serve 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

They support aviation operations and maintenance as well as all the other things they do. Emergency services, to simple day-to-day operations are provided. IAP is simply a company that you can depend on when you need help. Read more: IAP Worldwide Services Jobs

They have worked very hard over the years to develop and build a strong reputation for dependable, reliable, fast service. They offer contract vehicles to the government, defense department, and national security agencies. Whatever logistic task you can come up with, they can most likely meet.

Sam Tabar Climbs the Career Ladder

It is very hard to get established in the legal field. Sam Tabar was able to get his foot in the door and has accomplished so much from the time he started in the legal field, til now. He is known as one of the best attorney’s and is a capital strategist. He has worked very hard to establish a positive reputation and always strives for client satisfaction.

Sam Tabar is working for FullCycle Fund in New York City. He has used his many talents to open doors for his career success. He has worked for Meagher and Flom, Arps, Skadden and Slater. He is a wonderful business person and attorney and is very easy to get along with. He was shortly moved to the business development and capital strategy side of the business because of his skills and education.

His time working for Arps, Skadden, Slater and Meagher and Flom was far from a waste for him. He brought the group to incredible heights in terms of business development. He has always loved his job and has enjoyed helping clients. SPARX is a group that Sam Tabar has spent time helping. He did a great job working as Managing Director for the company and also served as Co-Head of Business Development. He used his amazing legal knowledge to help this business get to the top.

He decided to take a different position after his career at the SPARX Group and found a job at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He was able to become Director and the Head of Capital Strategy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He worked for the Asia-Pacific region during his career at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Sam Tabar then moved his career to The Schulte Roth and Zabel LLP. He used his legal experience to help this company grow expontentially. He focused on hedge funds and compliance issues and also worked as the Senior Associate for the company. He definitely established a positive name for himself during his time here. He can be found on Instagram, where he posts pictures of his most recent amateur photography.

Restoring The Russian Economy

The Russian economy has been plagued with reports of a falling economy. Resulting in investors pulling their money out of the country. Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev announced that the economy grew by 0.8 percent in the first quarter, even though the forecast was a 2.5 percent increase.

The Crimean tensions are the latest problems that have contributed to the economic slowdown. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, the expansion of Russia’s $2 trillion economies slowed for a fourth year in 2013, with consumer spending falling and investment sagged along with demand for energy.

Entrepreneurial talent and capital are leaving the country at a fast rate; therefore Alexei Beltyukov realizes that something needs to be done to improve the situation. Alexei Beltyukov is one of the founding fathers of the Skolkovo Foundation. The Skolkovo Foundation is a government sanctioned organization that works to promote technology, business, and innovation across Russia. Alexei believes the best way to help the economy is the help the entrepreneurs to feel confident and in a position to invest and therefore open up jobs and overall improve the Russian economy from its current condition.

Over a thousand Russian businesses have already benefited from grants and tax breaks awarded by the foundation, and according to a recent article in the Moscow Times, business development through the Foundation has resulted in the creation of over 13,000 jobs. The recent reports have been dishearting however with the hard work, and help of the Skolkovo Foundation Alexei believes that there is hope for a bright future in Russia.  Read more about Alexei and his plans on About.me.

Eric Pulier Is An Education Advocate

Eric Pulier has been an education advocate for a long time, and he has been trying to help people with education problems for years. He knows that he can provide people with the services that they need, and he has been trying to get school systems to do the things that will help kids the most. Every kid who is trying to get the best education possible is going to be able to get the resources they need because Pulier is pushing for them.

He started out by starting the People Doings Things charity that helped people get education resources, and he was working with as many people as possible to see if they could get the right kinds of resources for every kid who was in need. There are a lot of kids who needed to get better technology, and he also made sure that he was talking to companies that could provide the kinds of technology kids needed.

The other technology that he works on is with the X Prize committee, and he is waiting to see how many things can be changed with the technology that is brought before the committee. He knows that a lot of people are coming up with a lot of great technology that could be applied in interesting ways. He is trying to be sure that he can get people to see all the different uses for their technology, and he wants to show everyone that innovation can go back to the classroom or help people with disabilities.

Eric Pulier is also someone who has helped kids with chronic illnesses. He knows that kids need to have a nice place to go when they are in a bad situation, and he wants them to feel like they belong to something that is special. All the kids that are struggling in the world are benefiting from a lot of the work that has been done by Eric Pulier and all of his colleagues. They are all coming together to make learning better for kids, and they are making life simpler for all these kids.

Additional Links:

http://www.thecrimson.com/writer/710/Eric__Pulier/

http://xrepublic.net/2015/08/25/why-eric-pulier-is-one-of-the-brightest-minds-in-silicon-valley-today/

Athenahealth Inc. Reviewed By Institutional Investors

Athenahealth Inc. has had an excess of news around it in recent months. Hedge fund activity pertaining to the company along with other institutional investors has seen an increase. However, the company has not impressed investors with institutional sentiment dropping from 1.01 to 0.01 overall in the 3rd quarter of 2015. The 1.0 drop can be broken down into 20 funds selling all owned shares of Athenahealth Inc. while another 86 funds reduced their position in the company. It wasn’t all selling shares since 40 funds bought initial stakes in the company with another 66 funds increasing their positions. The institutional investors now own 47.97 million shares which are a significant 19% reduction from 2015 high. The services that Athenahealth Inc. offers are related to administrative needs in the healthcare industry. This includes cloud services for billing, records, orders, patient portals, and management services. They currently service 75,000 healthcare providers and businesses.

James Dondero has been invested in Athenahealth Inc. with his hedge fund known as Highland Capital Management. The management fund under Dondero’s guidance has reduced their stake by an impressive 83.13% in the first quarter of 2016 due to Athenahealth Inc. underperforming during a stock market rally. This is after James Dondero had been increasing the management funds position in previous months. It isn’t uncommon for hedge funds to change tactics on companies especially when they begin underperforming and as previously noted Athenahealth Inc. has had a lot of institutional investor attention in the 4th quarter of 2015 and 1st quarter of 2016.

Athenahealth Inc. isn’t the only business that Highland Capital Management has invested in under the direction of James Dondero. At its last filing the company employs 105 full and part-time employees and is managing approximately $15 billion in capital from 26 – 100 individual clients. Formed in 1993 by Dondero the business has specialized in alternative banking and finance just like its President, James Dondero did during his years gaining experience in the industry.

Source: Franklin Independent

Additional Links:

James Dondero – His Company And Achievements

Meet James Dondero; the Highland Capital Management CO founder and President

Andy Wirth Provides Leadership to Squaw Valley

Since he became the CEO and president of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings in 2010, Andy Wirth has been on a mission to unite the community into a more functional and powerful year long tourist destination. Learn more about Andy Wirth: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/news/articles/2014/09/andy-wirth-squaw-valley.aspx and www.kcrw.com/people/andy-wirth

There have been a couple of significant project that have taken his time and it is his leadership and ability to build a consensus for action that has endeared him to the public and allowed him to move the viability of this portion of the Lake Tahoe area into a much more attractive destination.

One of the projects that has just begun to be a reality was being uniting the two main ski resorts in the area with a user friendly gondola. This project will allow both skiers and snowboarders the option of using both mountains on the same day without having to take all of their gear off, pack it up and drive. Now that time can be spend using the beautiful ski areas to their full capacity. Read more: andy wirth | POWDER Magazine and Squaw Valley’s Andy Wirth appointed chair of Reno airport board

This was an idea that was conceived long ago, but it took the leadership and compromise ability of Wirth to get all of the parties involved to sign off on the project. The previous ownership of the mountain used heavy handed, take it or leave it tactics to try to force change. It didn’t work. That is why the cooperative and flexible technique that Wirth employs has so much success. He has built a measure of trust with those in the community that he has the best interests of the area at heart.

Another area where the leadership of Andy Wirth has been vital is in making sure that the community was not broken up by some outside corporate interests. At one point there was a move afoot to separate one of the ski resorts and privatize the area.

That would remove resources from the community that are used for everything from plowing roads to garbage removal. Wirth was able to build a consensus of support in the area to defeat the effort. This allowed all of the business owners and residents of the area to avoid a lack of services and a significant raise in their tax burden.

It is through the ability of Andy Wirth putting the well being of the region first that has allowed for successful growth to occur. With more of his keen insight and flexible negotiating ability, there is no telling how much the Lake Tahoe area will grow.

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