Monthly Archive: February 2016

Battle of Incorporation disrupting the Olympic Valley

Andy Wirth who plays a big part of this story. Is the current acting CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. He manages the Squaw Valley Ski Resort which is based in the Olympic Valley in Northern Tahoe. Known for its picturesque scenery it is an incredible winter wonderland. Ideal for vacation seekers from around the world who want to experience some of the finest snow activities available. Andy Wirth’s passion has been to provide the community he lives in the best opportunities possible and to spur on the local economy. Tough times are abundant in our daily lives but few conquer the toughest of times, Andy Wirth has seen the toughest of times as he was recently involved in a sky diving accident which almost severed his arm. Suffering from extreme blood loss, which almost left him dead he weathered the storm and his thankfully on the mend. Thank you to many talented doctors and occupational therapist’s as well as family and friends. Some of these friends are worth mentioning and these were a group of Navy Seals which were stationed in the Olympic Valley the time of his accident.

The friendships he had in this group of people saw him conquer this tough time and through their spirits, narration and willingness to fight he managed to gain a full recovery. This experience has left Andy Wirth with the ambition to create awareness for members of the Navy Seals and their families who have to endure extreme hardships at times. Raising money and creating awareness for the Navy Seal Foundation through events like the Lake Tahoe Iron Man he has done just that. Not only do these people sacrifice their lives for our country but they also inspire us as a community.

The recent article by the Reno Gazette Journal which can be found here. makes mention of the recent troubled times the Olympic Valley community has had to endure. No adequate snow fall and the looming battle of incorporation has left business’s in distress. Andy Wirth believes that times are a changing as both bad weather and the battle will come to and end. Incorporation was halted as both sides spent large amounts of money battling it out. Those pro incorporation believe that Andy Wirth had his own agenda’s as rumours were heard of upcoming developments in the commercial and residential sectors as well as a gondola service. This service is to connect Squaw Valley and the Alpine Meadows side. This has been something snow boarders and skiers have dreamt of for decades. The incorporation battle is over and Andy believes wounds will heal and the community can work together.

Becoming a Better Person

Stephen Murray CCMP Capital has been my role model for many years now. As a matter of fact I think it has been almost 10 years since the first time I met him. Our first run in was at a business conference in New York City and we talked over a cup of coffee during a break at a three day conference. For the next few days we were stuck in the same conference room listening to the same speech we had both heard thousands of times over and over again. The great part of it was that I got meet him and he ended up hiring me for a temp position years down the road. It was more of a favor to me during a crisis, but it was very much appreciate and forever remembered.

I only spend two weeks at Stephen Murray CCMP Capital when he hired me on for a temp, but during that time I actually had a blast. I had not had much experience with that type of work before, but he had me up and going in no time at all. Me and my wife had gone through a divorce at that time and he hired me to help pay for my divorce lawyer. When I say helped me, I also mean he actually threw in a few grand into getting me a better lawyer than what I had. The crazy thing about it is that with his lawyer, I got everything I “needed” out of the court date. She did not get my home or my car. Two things I was scared of losing.

Because of Stephen I got to keep my life and gain a new friendship. Something that is very hard to find from a person in today’s world. Thankfully for me, I found it with Stephen that day we met in New York City. If I ever had to hand out a recommendation of Stephen Murray CCMP Capital it would probably be the best one out there as the company is one of the best. Not only did it used to be run by the best, but the way the company is structured is actually pretty amazing. For anyone searching for the perfect position and opportunity to learn what it is like to work at a professional firm, CCMP is most definitely the place to apply at. Even my short time spent there, I became a much better person than I have ever been in my life.

The Sailing Success of Dick DeVos

The competition for the Gold Cup, hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club could not have gone any smoother and could not have been any better prepared. The three races that took place of the last day of racing was reported to be a shakedown. Dick DeVos was reported to be leading the competition with a single point on Volpe with World Champion, Alessandro Rombelli leading in a close second right behind Mr. DeVos. 

What made this race a special race was that the competition allowed for each vessel to carry a junior sailor on board. This was a great experience for the sailors because it enabled for them to share the thrill and excitement of grand prix sailing. In addition to this, the junior sailors were able to pickup a few sailing techniques from some of the best sailors in the world. At the end of the competition the best youth effort prizes were given to Denver Rozzo and Michael Moss.

The the actual race, with the shifting wind allowed team Rombelli to make an advance on DeVos. At the end, Rombelli finished first while DeVos finished well in second place. Dick DeVos was pleased by this and cannot wait until the next racing season to show that his comeback will be in full throttle. 

Dick DeVos is not only a prominent sailor, but also is a businessman and entrepreneur who is a well respected figure in the Michigan area. Dick DeVos began his success story while working for his family’s company, Amway Corporation. Eventually, after 10 years, Mr. DeVos worked his way up to become a vice president of the company and was even put in charge of international sales. During Mr. DeVos’ time as a vice president of the company, Mr. DeVos increased the international sales to makeup 50 percent of the company’s overall sales. (Read more about Dick’s time at Amway in this MLive article)

In addition to Mr. DeVos’ success, he and his wife Betsy are prominent philanthropists that believe that giving back to the community is one of the most important parts of being successful. Dick and Betsy are both firm believers that education is one of the most important aspects of giving back to a community and have even created several scholarships funded by their charitable foundation for that reason. Dick and Betsy DeVos belief that everyone who has earned the right to be educated, should be education despite family income or certain needs that are required to pursue an education.

Betsy shares her approach for creating more quality educational opportunities for children in Detroit.

Posted by Dick DeVos on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Dick is also involved in politics and is well-known for his donations to Republican candidates and conservative causes. His political donations were even referenced in the popular series House of Cards which you can read his thoughts on here:

Highland Capital Management Top Holdings in 2015

James Dondero currently the CEO and President of Highland Capital Management. Popularly known as Jim by his colleagues in the industry, James Dondero is the Co-founder of the company. At the moment, he is based in Dallas, but he travels in different parts of the world doing business. His main job at the institution is to oversee the investment strategies of the company and take charge of the most important operations. James Dondero is also in charge of the products and retail.

Jim has been in the hedge fund industry for more than 30 years, and due to this, he has gained a lot of knowledge and expertise in the area. People say that he is one of the pioneers in the lucrative industry, and this makes his opinions in the industry to be respected. Highland Capital Management specializes mostly in the credit investments. At the moment, the company has more than $20 billion that it manages.

Just recently, the company filed its quarterly 13F. According to the documents presented to the public, the institution has revealed that its portfolio is currently valued at $3.2 billion. The new portfolio value has shown that there has been a big decrease from what was stated in the other quarter filing.

2015 I believed to have been a bad year for the investors in the stock market. When the year was ending, everything was running normally. Experts in the field say that there were no any major changes to be reported at the end of the year. It ended at the same value as it started, and this is a clear sign that there were no any improvements. There was, however, a flat line in capital improvement, good signs for the year 2016.

2015 had started calmly, and the investors were showing signs of being optimistic. This was a very good foundation because everyone was relaxed and ready for a good outcome. During the last months of the year, the thing started changing, and concerns started coming up. The investors were now worried because of the upcoming risks involved in the stock market. This affected the industry because no one was interested anymore.
However, 2016 might turn out to be a prosperous year for the investors. This will only be possible if the investors will eliminate their fears and worries and face the market with courage. They should also ensure that they invest wisely.

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Bountiful Beneful Benifits

Everyone has seen the adorable dog food commercials, the ads with precious little pups or our all time best friends. The lovable dog on the front of Purina Beneful’s packaging does a great job of accomplishing the same goal as these other forms of media. However, is this pup really as happy as he looks in the picture?

Yes, yes he is. After extensive research, it has been concluded that Beneful is being honest when they tell their customers that their wet and dry dog food is made of rich meats and is jamb packed with vitamins and minerals that help a dog grow and sustain health throughout their life. A large number of employees for Beneful use this brand for their dogs as well: they trust the product that they make.

According to these employees, each ingredient is tested for quality, expected to extend beyond a standard. They value cleanliness in their factories.

Beneful is safe, with an army of scientists and doctors looking to keep all of their customers and their dogs healthy and happy. It is proven and monitored to contain real vegetables, meats, and whole grains. This produces shiny coats, and healthy pets with lots of energy and good teeth.

Not only does Beneful have a great product, but they encourage play and activity, both for the dog and with your dog. They wish to enhance relationships between pets and their owners, and encourage pets to get activity.

My dog, ever since I was young, has eaten Beneful, and my new pup certainly will. Their value for family and quality is impeccable.



Solo Capital: A Piece Of The Pie For Sanjay Shah

Sanjay Shah has had a successful career in the financial industry and he is taking his success to new industries now.

Shah was born to Kenyan emigrant parents in London. He went on to study at King’s College, graduated and started a career in finance at KPMG. After KPMG, Shah worked for a variety of investment banks, including ING, Rabobank, Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. When the recession hit, Rabobank had to let Shah go due to redundancy. But Shah was not interested in looking for another job. He did not enjoy the commute from his home to the office every day and he did not enjoy sitting in the office the entire day when he knew he could get his work done in half the time. So instead, Shah founded his own company, Solo Capital.

After gaining significant success with Solo Capital, including a pay check of 19 million pounds in 2011, Shah decided it was time for him to take a step back and pursue a few of his passions. Since Shah’s days at King’s College, he had loved music so he decided to make his way into the music industry by partnering with Done Events, a Dubai based promotional firm. Together, they created Blended, a jazz music festival. This is now an annual event with several thousand people in attendance.

Shah also decided to start a charity because his son was diagnosed with autism. The charity is called Autism Rocks and has already raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for autism research.

Solo Capital is still moving forward and growing even as Shah has stepped back. The firm is also sometimes referred to as Solo Capital Markets, Solo Capital UK or Solo Capital Limited. It is controlled by Solo Group Holdings, which is controlled by Aesa S.a.r.l. Sanjay Shah owns both of those companies.

As of 2015, the firm had a cash flow of 30 million pounds, assets worth 67 million pounds and a net worth of 15 million pounds. While the company started out small, with only a few employees, it has now grown to more than 100 individuals, including 35 designated traders.

The firm provides a variety of services and products to their investors. They specialize in 3 main areas, which are professional sports investment, consulting and proprietary trading. Within each of these areas there are more specialties. In the proprietary trading division, the team works on FX, commodities and derivatives. In the consulting division, the team works on investment, performance and human capital. And in the investments divisions, the team provides talent acquisition, commercial advisory and representation and asset management.

Marcio Alaor Explains David Neeleman’s TAP

The Portuguese airline, Transportes Aereos Portugueses (TAP), was wholly owned by the government of Portugal until David Neeleman bought a 61% share of it in 2015. He announced plans to complete a buyout of the airline from Portugal by 2018. Marcio Alaor, the CEO of BMG bank released a favorable report about the amazing Mr. Neeleman and his adventurous exploits. He notes that David Neeleman has had a very creative, innovative, and successful career in spite of a sometimes debilitating problem with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

As Mr. Alaor explains his interest in investing in the newly privatized airline, he outlines how the deal came out of a partnership between David Neeleman and Humberto Pedrosa, a prominent Portuguese businessman who owns the Barraqueiro Group. The two formed Atlantic Gateway, the consortium that dealt with the Portuguese government. David Neeleman is also the owner of WestJet in Canada and both JetBlue and Morris Air in the United States.

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1959, David Neeleman is of American and Dutch descent. His family moved to the United States in 1964. Marcio Alaor finds the man quite a curious genius in aviation. This is because the man has always battled with problems caused by his ADD. Mr. Neeleman has always had problems studying books and learning in the traditional, linear manner. His grades in school were at best middling. He dropped out of the University of Utah after struggling there for 3 years, according to Mr. Alaor. Mr. Neeleman refuses to take ADD medication because of the negative side effects. Nevertheless, David Neeleman has steadily worked to overcome the debilitating effects of ADD to become a major player in the world airline industry.

Mr. Neeleman started his high flying airline experience with the founding of Morris Air in 1984 on a “no frills” low-cost model. The first flights were only made to Hawaii, followed by new routes to Los Cabos, Cancun, and Orlando, Florida. He sold the airline in 1993 for $130 million dollars to Southwest Airlines, which also practiced “no frills” to keep passenger ticket prices low.

Marcio Alaor has applied his own innovations to BMG that have grown the bank to become a prime institution in Brazil and throughout South America. Part of this success came from his understanding of new banking technologies that he has leveraged to lead BMG into the market areas of the 21st century. He has done this while also keeping to the traditions that have made BMG a great bank in the past.

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Super Bowl 50 Was More Than a Game

The modern Super Bowl has continued to include top line performances during the half time shows. What use to be a 20 minute break for snacks, bathroom runs or channel surfing has now become must watch television. The NFL learned quickly that if they lost viewers during the halftime segments, those viewers remained loss for the entire second half of the game (Super Bowl Sets Viewing Records).

The current price for a thirty second commercial spot for the Super Bowl is $5,000,000.00. Jon Urbana and other marketers needed an incentive to purchase spots in the second half of the game. This was particularly difficult if the game was a blow out in the first half.

The NFL did two things. First it encouraged innovative and eye catching commercials to keep the viewers interest. More importantly they headlined half time shows that have included names such as Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Prince, Beyonce’, Paul McCarthy and Madonna. This year, the headline show was the band Cold Play, Beyonce’ and Bruno Mars.

This creative innovation has added more viewers who have never watch football during the course of the year. The NFL has succeeded in making the Super Bowl a family oriented event and the ratings and viewership has proven this to be true. Close to a billion viewers world wide watch the Super Bowl. Even if the game is a dud the event has still become something that many in the world will watch for the entertainment value alone.

Autism Rocks Solo Capital

Autism Rocks is a charity that was founded by Sanjay Shah to raise funds to find the cause and raise awareness. It became a passion of his to spend his efforts in researching the cause because of the recent diagnosis of his young son. He was diagnosed in 2011 after seeing specialist and doctors. He has been fortunate enough to have the funds to invest in research and development for his son, but realizes that not all people have that luxury. That is how Autism Rocks was born. He has worked in the music industry and has many friends that he knows who have helped stage concerts to raise money for the charity. He has worked with artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Prince and Michael Buble.

He wasn’t always in the music industry or the charity fundraising business. He worked as an accountant for many years. He originally attended King’s College to become a doctor and found that is not what he wanted to do. So he became an accountant but soon grew tired of the everyday hustle and bustle. The commute was adding extra time to his already busy schedule as an accountant, so he decided to open his own brokerage business. He hired several graduate students to help him get the business off the ground, and decided to commit to making the business work for a year. His broken business flowered into what’s called Solo Capital, and five years later has a net worth of $280 million. It is one of the leading financial firms in the Central London and Dubai areas. After the success of his business, he was able to take a back see to Solo Capital, and pursue other areas of interest such as Solo Capital.

His efforts with both businesses have raised many profitable experiences for Shah. He is in a financially stable position where he is able to focus and concentrator most of his efforts on raising funds for the charity Autism Rocks. He hopes that the money will help find the cause for Autism and help others cope. In the future, he hopes to convince some of the musicians in the business to donate a track from their soundtrack to help raise money for the cause.

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A Discussion On Leadership and Gold Market And Gold Held By Philip Diehl And Eric Dye.


Philip N. Diehl, the former director of U.S Mint and the current president of U.S. Money Reserve is a very skillful business person. Most of his business successes and achievements were revealed during his interview with host Eric Dye on Enterprise Radio. It looks like Dye was prepared to unmask Philip Diehl career history has he had a number of questions that really dug deep and cut across Diehl’s career.


They started on Diehl’s leadership background. Eric Dye wanted to know how being the Director of the U.S. Mint lead Philip Diehl to the presidency of U.S. Money Reserve? It was all about Philip Diehl’s success as the director of U.S Mint. The good work he did at this company as the director put him on the watch list of the best managers in the history of United States organizations. He was the 35th director of U.S Mint and surely he did a lot for the company.

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Eric Dye then moved on to ask Philip Diehl how he viewed his effectiveness leader at U.S. Money Reserve. From what history has taught us, Philip Diehl is an effective leader, has always been an effective leader and will always be an effective leader. Philip Diehl always does more than what we expected of him at any responsibility he is given. Looking at the time, he has been the president of the U.S Money Reserve he has already bore fruits. He has been able to put forward some of the biggest sales. He says the most rewarding aspect of his job is seeing that customers are satisfied and that the firm always succeeds. The challenges that his job passes to him on a daily basis is what motivates him.

Dye went ahead to ask Philip Diehl about what products the U.S. Money Reserve offers to its clients. Since it has been contracted by the U.S government to issue its gold, silver and platinum coins, Philip Diehl advises investors on investing in this coins. He says that gold coin investment is the best type of investment due its potential high-profit turnover. More-so, investments in precious metals are much better than keeping paper money which is subject to inflation and loss of value.

He says it is better to own US Government issued gold and silver coins since they are protected and you help in their management. Apart from this, the general world market for gold will be monitored for you and you will be helped dispose the gold at the most profitable time. This is my government gold coins are better than just owning gold bars or gold bullions privately.