Success Achieved by Kevin Seawright

Kevin Seawright has worked for both public and private institutions, and his career life has been very interesting. Currently, Seawright is the Vice President of Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, where he also serves as the Chief Financial Officer. He began his noteworthy career in finance at local government office in Baltimore, Maryland, where he held various positions. He received many key awards while working in the public sector due to his experience and expertise in financial management. One year ago, Kevin Seawright joined Newark CEDC, where he is expected to bring his financial management skills to the private sector.

Newark CEDC is a financial institution that empowers residents of Newark City by providing affordable credit facilities. The goal of Newark CEDC is to ensure residents have achieved financial growth they have been dreaming. Newark region has developed an economic program under the leadership of Mayor Ras Baraka, with an aim of bringing positive change to business owners and other investors. Throughout his life, Kevin has devoted his life to assisting urban areas to grow and transform the lives of those living there. His attitude is used to challenging situations that require creative solutions, and this has made him successful in his career.

Seawright admitted to a magazine article that his parents played a very important role of introducing him to financial management practices when he was still a young boy. When he was only 12, Kevin worked for various youth initiatives in the area of Philadelphia which transformed lives of many residents of this area. Later his dedication inspired him, and he continued to bring positive changes in the lives of both young and old in several areas. He attributes his commitment and contributions to the inspiration he got from his parents, and they are indeed his role models.

Kevin encourages the youth to attend colleges because they provide amazing training environment that benefits them in future. Kevin has benefited from both e-learning and formal education as they are productive and gives the learner the required skilled in achieving his/her goals. During his career, he has overseen construction of education projects of more than $600 million. Some of the positions Kevin has held includes Budget Manger, Finance Director, Payroll Director, Executive Director of Operations, just to mention a few. He has established himself as a reputable and efficient business leader who has established a solid relationship with investors, clients and other staffs.

Hall Capital is Changing Life for Women In the Corporate World

WOMEN AND THE CORPORATE WORLD

Women have been fighting for gender diversity for years. At the firm Hall Capital, this has changed. There are three top women leaders. The CEO being Kathryn Hall, who’s also the co-chief investment of Hall Capital. She is supported by two other women Sarah Stein, who’s the president and Helane Morrison, who’s the MD, CCO and the General Counsel of the firm. The three women have been an inspiration to many women around the globe. With flexibility and resilience as their advice to visionary young women. Read the full article detailing the benefits Hall Capital gives its employees and their efforts to diversify their staff in the following article: http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2013/05/03/hall-capitals-leaders-foster-culture.html

Morrison is one of the most influential persons. She joined Hall Capital in November of 2007. Helane received a Bachelors degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and worked as a newspaper reporter. In 1984, she received J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. You can see her full educational history on her LinkedIn profile

1984 to 1985 Morrison served as a clerk for Hon. Richard A. Posner of the U.S. courts of appeals for the seventh circuit. In 1985 to 1986 Helene served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun.

From 1986 to mid-1996 Morrison practiced law at the San Francisco law firm and became a partner in the year 1991. She mostly focused on litigation and securities enforcement. You can check out her work in full in the Google Book below.

In mid 1996 to the year 1999, Morrison was the head of enforcement and administrator of the San Francisco Security and Exchange Commission. She represented the firm in legal, business and financial communities. Helane left her position at the SEC to pursue her dreams of creating a more equal workplace for women.

From 1999 to 2001 Helane was a member of the bar association of San Francisco judiciary committee. 1999 to 2001 Miss Morrison served as a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit judicial conference. From 2000 to 2001 she was the co-chair of the same.

From 2001 to 2004 Miss Morrison was the director of the Bar of Association of San Francisco judiciary committee.

During this time, she continued working for the Security Exchange Commission before joining Hall Capital. Morrison encourages young women using the three architects of the hall capital as her example. Her educational and professional background has enabled her to make an impact both on Hall Capital and to the people outside the firm.

The Hall’s Capital women hope that their example changes the world’s view of female workers. As Helane Morrison is a good example of one of the most successful women. She is a role model for many young women.

The Dog Food Competition Is Heating Up

The dog food competition is heating up because there are so many vendors that are experimenting with the concept of healthy dog food. Many companies are trying to gain the business of dog owners by providing new options for pets. A lot of companies are giving into paying more to produce the food for dogs because they know that the return on investment is high. I can saying that it definitely is a game changer for companies that have not got on the healthy pet food bandwagon yet. Many companies are experimenting with freshly cooked meats when they produce dog food. FreshPet,for example, is one of the companies that I have tried in last several years. My dogs were excited to try this type of dog food. Beneful is another brand it also plays a great part in the new wave of healthy dog food innovations that are out there. This company has been creating healthy choices for dogs for a long time, but their competition is growing because Beneful is popular. Lots of other dog food vendors are fighting for the type of customer base that a large company like Beneful has created. Companies like Beneful have been able to grow over the years because this company has created a lot of variety. This premium dog food that is on the market today is growing and consumers that have a plethora of healthy choices will continue to patronize the well-known dog food many factors like Beneful. There are even companies that produce organic dog foods. This is a new concept in food in general because there are lots of new organic foods that are designed for human consumption as well. It makes sense that dog who companies are also experimenting with organic foods in the dog world. Beneful has competition because there is such a huge surge in this type of food. There are things like dog treats and vegetable blends that are becoming important to consumers. They are getting info from veterinarians that are letting them know that their dogs can live much longer with proper nutrition.

BMG Profile and History

Privately owned and controlled by the family of Pentagna Guimaraes. They have involved themselves in the financial industry of Brazil ever since 1930. They have established it as Banco de Credito Predial S.A. The commercial bank since then has offered its products to the institutions and individuals. The bank adopted a business model which was consumer financing as well as Wholesale. It was the leader in the market. It helped with the financing of the vehicles in the 1980s, both heavy and light. It has changed its plans in 1998 to dealing with loans in payrolls. It has since become the benchmark.

One person that is very helpful in the transitions of business matters is Marco Alaor, the vice president and director if BMG. He came to be very helpful in summer of 2012 when BMG has signed an agreement with Itau Unibanco S.A. which had the aim of distributing payroll loans in Brazil. Marco Alao has a lot of good business sense when it comes to his bank. Thanks to him, the BMG company ownes as much as 40% of all stocks when it comes to the voting total leaving Unibanco with the 60% left over.

BMG is one of the most trustworthy banks of Brazil. They make sure to conduct their business in an ethical manner which builds trust and helps them gain more capital for the company. There are other banks in Brazil that attempt similar business practices, but few come close to being as successful as BMG. BMG knows what choices will bring them the needed advantages to their business. Their choices make it easier for them to take care of other responsibilities such as bringing their focus to the Payroll Credit Card.

BMG has such a rich history of good choices and profitable activities which show the company to be very wise and thoughtful company. One thing that is very helpful to their success is the fact that their clients are satisfied. When clients are satisfied, then that shows that the company is worth doing business with in Brazil. They have shown themselves to be trustworthy and honest as well as diligent when it comes to their business with clients of all sizes in Brazil. Their strengths in sales and other areas of business is what makes them stand out in various aspects among other businesses. They have maintained great strength in business for almost 100 years.

Their strength and success comes thanks to its highly experienced team of professionals. They have become a brand that is nationally famous when it comes to their ability to read the market in order to predict the next major movement. Throughout the history of the company, BMG has maintained a great portfolio when it comes to making business decisions.

A brief look at the U.S. Money Reserve

Recognizing the need for high-quality customer service and trustworthy guidance, the U.S. Money Reserve was founded by knowledgeable market experts who deal exclusively in purchasing precious metals, silver and gold. Known as gold market veterans, the diverse staff have the ability to advise clients who are interested in platinum coins. Each client has access to senior gold specialists, the inventory department, coin research professionals, sales verification personnel, the compliance and standards department as well as the consumer relations department.

Because this company has developed proven methods to direct their clients towards profitable decisions, the company has become one of the largest distributors in America. Within a year, over 100,000 clients have reaped benefits from their investments. A large percentage of the platinum, silver and gold coins distributed by the U.S. Money Reserve are produced by the United States Mint.

With a full backing from the United States Government, the weight, purity and content of each coin is certified. As a bonus, because congress authorizes all United States government-issued coins, they are printed with a face value and can be used as a legal United States tender.

Some popular one-ounce gold bullion coins includes the American Eagle, the Austrian Philharmonic and the Canadian Maple Leaf. Several denominations of the gold bullion American Eagle are available for purchase. There is a vast selection for silver bullion coin collectors as well. A few of the most popular items include the American Eagle, the 100-ounce Johnson Matthey Bar and the 90% Silver Bag with a $1000 face value.

Other economical options are available for those interested in small investments. These options include, but are not limited to the American Buffalo Gold Coin, the 1994 world cup coin and the 1999 George Washington coin. The American Gold Buffalo coin can be purchased in $5, $10, $25 and $50 denominations.

Due to the wise investments made over the years, the U.S. Money Reserve has the ability to give back to the community. This is done through charitable contributions in the form of scholarships, Outreach foundations, Operation Smile and the Salvation Army. Multiple children’s shelters and other health-centered foundations such as the Ronald MacDonald foundation, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Family Eldercare and the Central Texas Red Cross also benefit from the charitable contributions.

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Morrison’s Success at Hall Capital

In a recent article about the success of Hall Capital, it discusses the reason for Hall Capital’s success because of its three leading women. As one of the largest and most successful money managers in the Bay Area, according to the article, it tells of how Helane Morrison, the managing director as well as the firm’s general counselor, contributes to the investment firms success. Published in BizJournals, the article highlights the importance of Morrison’s role in Hall Capital as well as how this investment firm separates itself from other firms in terms of its focus and its goals. 

Before discussing the article, it is important to recognize who Morrison is to the Hall Capital, and how she has helped it become successful. According to multiple online sources, Morrison was employed from 1999 to 2007 at Securities and Exchange Commission as Regional Director. Her experience eventually led her to become managing director at the investment firm, Hall Capital – http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=38982933&privcapId=1746886&previousCapId=1746886&previousTitle=Hall%20Capital%20Partners%20LLC

Before Morrison was employed with Securities and Exchange Commission, she was an attorney at San Francisco Law. Furthermore, as an attorney, where she was employed from 1986 to 1999, she gained experience in business litigation, and defense of private securities actions. She also was a part of conducting internal corporate investigations, before focusing on her own private law firm. Beyond her experience as an attorney, Morrison also has been a part of the board of Parks and Recreation as well as a member of the Hedge Fund Subcommittee of the American Bar Association. Her past experience detailed in her LinkedIn profile demonstrates what how accomplished she is and she is using her talents to improve the success of Hall Capital. 

The article written about Hall Capital as well as Helane Morrison, it shows how Hall Capital’s success is not without the mind of Morrison, showing how valuable she is to this investment firm. Her direct approach to issues at hand not only make her successful in her professional endeavors, but display her integrity in her search for the truth. The quote below shows her critical eye and hard-hitting honesty.

As part of the three women discussed in the article, each contributing a major part to Hall Capital, it addresses how Hall Capital is focused on equality, offering a generous paternity and maternity package. Beyond Morrison’s contribution to this firm, the article also discussed how Hall Capital is focused on being engaged with different businesses, offering a 20-person research team out of a workforce of a 130 people, according to the article. Overall, this article proves that Hall Capital is a growing success. 

Shopping Just Got Easier!

A process called Deep Learning is making it possible to search the internet with images and not just text anymore reports MIT Technology Review. A company called Shoes(dot)Com is using this technology to offer consumers a more exciting shopping experience than could be offered with text searches. Amazon has tried to use this technology with their Fire smart phone, but with some breakthroughs in AI from Stanford, Google and Slyce, the technology is workable for retailers and consumers.

The new image recognition technology is revolutionizing shopping, and it’s not coming in the future it’s here now. Take a picture of your friend’s sneakers with your mobile device, and upload it into an app. The app searches the databases of retailers like Neiman Marcus, and instantly return items that match the picture with all the details included. Pinterest is attaching visual search buttons to its pictures allowing users to buy items that interest them, but with the applications available from Slyce, even coupons and discounts are automatically applied to visual search purchases.

Slyce offers a new feature too. A virtual shopping assistant named Scout helps you track down the item you want through thousands of shopping sites to find you the best price and closest match to your search. Scout rarely fails to bring not only the correct item, but the best price to you. Scout not only accepts pictures you scan in to him, but he also accepts text searches too. Slyce has developed powerful algorithms to offer this service to its retailers and subscribers.

Scout works along with SnipSnap, Slyce’s coupon and discount searching application to bring the consumer the best price and best discounts available. Slyce’s applications work on any platform including iOS,and Slyce services over five million users. Nordstrom, Neiman-Marcus, and Macys are applying Slyce’s innovations to their existing databases and e-services. Slyce offers several applications to aid consumers in their searches, and its funding comes from the retail side of the applications.

Marrying AI to image recognition software that already existed, Slyce was able to introduce working applications like SnipSnap, Scout, Craves and Pounce. Each application integrates with retailer services to bring consumers features that were only dreamed of last year. The CEO of Shoes(dot)Com, Roger Hardy says the proof is there that these new visual filters bring an increase in sales, and he is considering expanding the service to include other products. Read the entire article about the new AI at MIT Technology Review.

Apartment Building Real Estate Investing in Nashville Tops a Billion Dollars

Investment sales of multi-family apartments exceeded $1 billion dollars with the sale of the Crescent Cool Springs apartment complex. It was sold for $60 million dollars to Simpson Housing LLLP, each unit billed at $238,095 for each of the 252 apartment units. This may be a record price paid in the Nashville area for unit properties, giving hope for overall recovery in the real estate sector. Steve Massey tracks local markets for CBRE Capital Markets. He stated, “We’re going to be consistent with last year or we may pass it.”

CNL Growth Properties joined with Crescent Communities to make the sale of Crescent Cool Springs, located at 200 Resource Parkway. This is the second year in a row that multi-family real estate investing grew above $1 billion dollars. This, along with the industrial complex that Resolve Financials help bring into being, is sure to help the local economy and the national economy as a whole. This is good news for real estate, especially in the large price tag arena, giving everyone a good boost towards complete recovery of the housing market.

In West Nashville, Jack May, a local real estate investor, bought the Riverview Grande apartments for $24 million dollars. He did this in a partnership funded by Covenant Capital Group. Mr. May also led this partnership to buy the Cumberland apartments in August for $30.5 million dollars. Also, the non-profit Harmony Housing bought a 144-unit apartment complex called Willow Creek, in Mt. Juliet.

Resolve Financials has been instrumental in several areas of industrial and commercial development in the Nashville area. Scott Lumley, CEO of Resolve Financials and has used his market expertise to raise capital and plan upgrades to Nashville’s industrial areas. This includes the latest project to build a 600,000 industrial park complex.

Mr. Lumley foresaw the real need for new industrial operation space in the Nashville environs. Now that the economy is improving quickly, Scott Lumley assisted with the design the site, which will be spread over three very large buildings, that are zoned Class A. The price was $1.93 million dollars. Area industry companies are already signing leases for the new space.

Former Lacrosse Pro Makes Moves in the Business World

He is a true renaissance man. It seems like he can do just about anything. Former college lacrosse player Jon Urbana has not slowed down one bit since graduation. While still keeping his athletic itch scratched by holding lacrosse camps for the youth, Urbana also finds time to pursue his music career, photography, flying, and other business ventures. All this and I barely have the time to cook dinner.

Jon Urbana’s music career is slowly taking off. He has gained over 13 million followers and listeners on Soundcloud. The electric sounds mixed with popular music creates a new sound altogether. From hip hop, to freestyle, to pop, Jon Urbana’s talent should not be ignored, and definitely explored. Check him out on Facebook to hear his music.

Flying takes skill, precision and guts. Those are the same traits it takes to be a skilled athlete at the college level. Jon Urbana took an interest in his lacrosse camp, but also in flying and literally took off. The FAA recognizes him as he passed the safety protocols and requisites that preceded this certification. This is a prestigious honor and again proof that this guy can do it all.

Photography has been one of Jon’s pastimes since college. His eye for nature and his surroundings expresses his love of life. His Instagram page is flooded with beautiful photographs of flowers and amazing scenery. His pictures show his love for the environment, which explains his charity work.

Earth Temple – credit: Jon Urbana


Jon takes the environment seriously. Urbana’s biography states that he supports a number of environmental charity foundations and has a GoFundMe page for Earth Force Inc. He is very active in promoting this new fundraiser. Check out these links for more information.
https://vimeo.com/147534538
https://www.crowdrise.com/jonurbana

Jon Urbana Supports Earth Force, A New Fundraiser from Jon Urbana on Vimeo.

All Eyes on Europe: The New Destination for Venture Capital

For years, the United States and Asia have been the hotbeds for venture capital, but a recent trend has began to develop with companies shifting their eyes and their money to Western Europe. Startups in Berlin, Stockholm, London and Paris, just to name a few, are drawing lots of attention and big bucks from investors with a bent towards technology. As with all fledgling markets, it is the affordability of startups in Western Europe in comparison to the United States and Asia. So far, through the first three quarters of this year, VC’s have dumped $10 billion into the European markets, and six times that amount has been boomed into the U.S. market at the same time.

Highland Capital is among the U.S. based investment firms that leading the charge into the European tech market. Not to be outdone by anyone, Highland Capital is backing upstarts like Barcelona based Social Point, a leading developer of games for the IOS and Android platforms with over 150 million players. They also endow the Berlin based Outfittery, which can be bes described as a team of online personal stylists for the fashionable European man.
Spearheading Highland’s venture into the European is the co-founder and president of the company, James Dondero. Jim has been at the cutting edge of the investment world, pioneering such trends as distressed investment. Under his direction, Highland Capital was one of the forerunners into the Collateralized Loan Obligation, or CLO market. Also, with being named the “king” of Global Allocation by the Wall Street Journal, it should come as no surprise that “Jim” sees the awesome potential for Western Europe to become a booming place for technologically based products and services.
With 30 years in the credit and equity markets, Jim is more than capable to take Highland Capital’s European affiliates to the next level, and possibly make them legitimate contenders with their counterparts in the United States and Asia. It was just last year that the anti-malware company, Malwarebytes, was endowed with $30 million by HC, and a press release that was published on December 9 of this year reports that the once small startup has realized a more than 100% increase in annual earnings.
And, while James Dondero has an obvious penchant for making smart, high yielding investments, he also invests in education, the families of military reservists, treatment and research of diabetes and heart disease, and public policy. James Dondero is not only a frontier business man, but also one who seeks to use his influence and resources to improve both the local and global communities. One can only guess the amazing things that are on the horizon for Western Europe with its new found status as a hub for technological innovation, but with Jim in the midst of it all, you can guarantee that great success is sure to follow.
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