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Influences on the Field of Compliance: Helane Morrison

Posted by on May 27, 2016 | No comments

Companies around the world have multiple regulations, laws, and quality controls to adhere to. To prevent lawsuits, large businesses can hire what is known as a compliance officer. Compliance officers are required to review business compliance and ensure that whatever company they are working for, adheres to the laws not just from the United States, but worldwide. Keeping track of so many laws is a rough and challenging business, however, the career field experiences a growth of ten percent each year. At a recent conference for this field, it was stated that it is one of the fastest growing careers with the most opportunities for advancement. So great is the growth that there are now programs at over a dozen universities that allow students to obtain a degree as a compliance officer. According to Roy Snell, who is the CEO of the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics, this is a job that fixes the problems that arise in large companies.

One such person who has contributed to the field of compliance, is Helane Morrison. Morrison began her collegiate career in Journalism at the University of Berkley where she obtained her J.D. while working as the Editor-in-Chief for the California Law Review. Later, she also obtained her B.S. in Journalism while working as a newspaper reporter. Between 1984 and 1986, Morrison worked for Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun and Hon. Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals. A year afterwards, while also working at the San Francisco law firm Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkinshe, she passed the California State Bar and began her work as a lawyer.

Nine years later, Morrison began working for the Securities and Exchange Commission in San Francisco. Between 1996 and 1999, Morrison completed three major cases that involved disciplinary action against New York and California. In the year 1999, Morrison became a woman of history: She became the first woman to be the chief of the San Francisco District Office. In 2007, after continuing to “strengthen the impact” of the SEC, she now works as the Managing Director, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer of Hall Capital Partners LLC while also maintaining her position as a member on the Board of the Regional Parks Foundation.

Yeonmi Park: Freedom is Finally Hers

Posted by on May 26, 2016 | No comments

Freedom is something we all take for granted, each and every day. We expect it and don’t fully appreciate it. However, sometimes we need things to be taken away from us to grasp that, as they say, freedom isn’t free. That is why, we should enjoy our lives to the fullest. We never know when that freedom will be taken away from us. That is why Yeonmi Park‘s story is touching so many people these days. Her book, In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom, is a profound read, which goes into great detail to explain what she went through on her path to freedom. She is now stronger than ever.
Let’s face it: life these days is all about survival and her story of survival is something that has really moved and touched many readers. We all look for inspiration and sometimes we find it in others. We can look at them and say, “If they can do it, so can I.” Anything is possible when you refuse to quit, believe in the idea that someday you will be be free or obtain whatever your goal is. Yeonmi Park is a true inspiration.

These days, young girls of all ages need someone they can look up to and they need someone that can inspire them to believe that anything is possible if they look deep within themselves, never give up, and always stay positive. It can be trying at times, but if Yeonmi Park can do it, under unbelievably tough conditions and circumstances, there is no reason that others can’t gain something from her story. That was the whole reason she wrote her book: to tell her story and inspire others.

People like Yeonmi Park don’t come along every day and when they do, it is always a treat to hear their story and hear how they overcome everything they had to endure. It reminds us that many our lives aren’t as bad as we make them out to be sometimes. It is also a gentle reminder that we need to enjoy our freedom daily.



Information About Laidlaw & Company

Posted by on May 12, 2016 | No comments

Laidlaw & Company is an investment bank that has its headquarters in Wall Street, New York City. The Chief Executive Officer is currently Matthew D. Eitner. This bank specializes in providing wealth management and investment banking services for their clients in both England and the U.S. The services related to investment banking offered by Laidlaw include the financing of acquisitions and the raising of capital by placing equity with retail investors who have a significant net worth. They also work extensively with initial public offerings and the various trading markets in the U.S.
The bank currently has more than 150 employees who are based in offices throughout Europe and the U.S. They focus on dealing with large institutions, entrepreneurs in the corporate world and companies that are located domestically and abroad. Some of the other areas of the investment banking world that they are involved in include helping companies to go private, alternative investments, helping companies to merge with one another, assisting companies in acquiring other businesses, repurchasing stock, joint ventures between companies, optimizing the balance sheets of various corporations and restructuring the finances of large companies.

The wealth management services offered by Laidlaw & Company are considered by many people in the financial industry to be one of the company’s main strengths. They provide their clients with advice regarding a wide variety of investment opportunities. This SEC registered firm will also manage the portfolios of their clients and suggest the investments that will help these people and companies to reach their financial goals in the fastest way possible. Financial planning is also a key services that Laidlaw often provide to new businesses. Many startup companies end up failing because of money being managed improperly. The bank creates a plan for these companies to follow that will enable them to stay afloat while they establish a customer base.


The US Money Reserve Targets Online Business

Posted by on May 10, 2016 | No comments

A news release published on the CBS 19 network, see link broke the news of a game-changing approach to business by the US Money Reserve.

The US Money Reserve possesses a rich history in the distribution of government-issued precious metals in the United States. The reserve started in 2001 though its pioneers had been in the precious metal industry for almost a century now. The pioneers wanted to educate the public on the economic benefits of owning precious metals while offering the best quality of gold and silver.

Additionally, the US Money Reserve went into business with the motive of promoting the values of trust and transparency in the industry. Before their entry, some unscrupulous traders would take advantage of clueless investors who received low-quality coins. The Reserve invests in the most advanced currency research and numismatic technology to ascertain the quality of its coins. It also strictly issues precious metals supplied by the US government only.

In the last fifteen years, the US Money Reserve has established itself as a dominant precious metal distributor with a growing client list of over 300,000. All these customers have always been served at its headquarters in Austin, Texas. The gold and platinum seller decided to open a virtual online store to complement its existing infrastructure and maintain the excellent customer service.

Now, potential and existing clients can comfortably transact their business on their fresh looking website. The site integrates the old interface with a modern presentation and informational outlook. It, therefore, contains more graphic content of the actual coins on sale as well as more information on precious metals. Read more: US Money Reserve Promo Codes, 4 Coupons 2016

The online purchases are also facilitated by the services of a top courier delivery merchant. Overall, the US Money Reserve has taken extra measures to safeguard the credibility and the efficiency of the entire website and supporting applications.

Another impressive fact about the company is that they are the only company in the industry headed by a former US Mint Director in Phillip Diehl. Phillip brings invaluable experience to the operations of the US Money Reserve, particularly in the customer satisfaction portfolio. He also inspires confidence in all the stakeholders besides bringing credibility to reserve’s activities. These are the reasons that led to Phillip’s portrait being included on the website.

The US Money Reserve has also jumped into the social media. They now have and active Facebook and Twitter feed that allows them to interact with all their customers in real time. Social media is a powerful tool and contributes to the ratings of the client’s experience. In fact, it almost impossible to run an online business without social media in the internet age.

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Koch brothers indicate Hillary may be best option

Posted by on April 28, 2016 | No comments

Charles and David Koch have long been supporters of the Republican Party as well as other conservative causes. Through Super Pacs that they created they have raised $900 million to support conservative candidates who support their ideals of small and limited government, states’ rights, and the various individual freedoms that were identified in the US constitution. The Koch brothers’ vast fortune comes from Koch Industries which was founded by their father, Fred Koch and which, under their tutelage, has grown into the second largest private company in the US and has its hand in a variety of different industries from oil and energy infrastructure to financial services.

The Koch brothers vast fortune, political beliefs, and the amounts that they have raised t through their Super PACs has seemed to be long destined for the usage of whoever emerged victorious from the Republican primary. However, Charles Koch has long indicated that he is not a believer of the policies of either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.

On Donald Trump, Koch was offended by the removal of freedoms that he suggested for millions of Muslim Americans and likened it to something that may have occurred under Nazi Germany. Koch was not a fan of Ted Cruz’s comments that the Middle East should e carpet bombed until it glows as a response to Isis. Koch believes that this will only incite further hatred against the United States and lead to more terrorist growth and anger.

Despite these misgivings the Koch brothers indicated I an interview this weekend that they have not put any money into the raise to either support or oppose a Republican primary Presidential candidate and are considering sitting out the 2016 Presidential election all told. Charles has indicated that it is partly the negativity that is surrounding the primary, as well as the personal attacks by the candidates, that is leading to the negative press and rhetoric.

Doubling down on these comments, the Koch brothers indicated that Hillary Clinton may prove t be the best option from the remaining contenders in the field for president. However, they are still opposed to her stances on many issues and would hope that her actions as President would be significantly different than the comments and rhetoric that she has used during her campaign for President. Still, when compared to Trump, Cruz, or Sanders, Clinton may be able to win the support of the Koch brothers which was unthinkable just a few short months ago.


About Highland Capital Management

Posted by on April 28, 2016 | No comments

Highland Capital Management has grown to become one of the most pertinent and qualified options around the global for credit management. Highland Capital Management has a rich history that dates back to January of 1990. Founded by James Dondero and Mark Okada as a joint venture with Protective Life Insurance Corporation, the company focused their attention on markets with a fixed income. Managing secured bank loans for seniors is but one example of their work in this market. In the year 1993, they transitioned into Protective Asset Management Company, abbreviated PAMCO. PAMCO registered with the SEC as an investment advisor, and 60% of the company was owned by Protective Life and the other 40% by its founding partners.

The company began to see great success and in 1997, James Dondero and Mark Okada bought Protective Life’s share of PAMCO, creating Ranger Asset Management, LP. Ranger Asset Management was an independent advisor also registered with the SEC. In 1998, Ranger Asset Management, LP rebranded itself as Highland Capital Management, LP.

Highland Capital Management began their first commingled bank loan fund in the year 2000, as well as creating an investment 40 Act platform. The company went on to expand it line of products in the year 2004 after expanding into the mutual fund industry by acquiring two funds from Columbia Asset Management. The company also increased their global presence by opening offices in Singapore in 2008 and Seoul in 2011.

Highland Capital Management’s tremendous experience and expert leadership has allowed the company to lead into the collateralized loan obligation market, abbreviated as CLO. They had created one of the first non-bank run CLOs in the year 1996. Since entering this market, Highland Capital Management has handled the structuring and monitoring of more than 39 CLOs and CDOs, valuing around $32 billion. This makes Highland Capital Management the biggest CLO management firm in the world according to USD valued assets under their management.

Dondero is Highland Capital Management’s Co-Founder as well as the company’s President. He lives in Dallas, Texas. With more than 30 years of experience and direct knowledge of the equity and credit markets, he has focused primarily on distressed and high yield investments. Since its founding in 1993, his company has helped lead the industry into new directions, as well as pioneering Collateralized Loan Obligation markets, abbreviated as CLO. He has also been essential in the pioneering of the development of credit focused strategies and solutions for not only institutions, but also retail investors around the world.

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Keith Mann: Creating Options For Graduating High School Students

Posted by on April 28, 2016 | No comments

In an article from Business Wire, Keith Mann’s recent announcement was discussed. The announcement that Mann made was that he and his wife were starting a scholarship, the Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship for Professional Achievement. The article explained that Mann’s goal with this scholarship is to encourage innovation among the next generation of business leaders. The article then went on to explain that Mann had decided to partner with Uncommon Schools to award the scholarship. Each year, 1 graduating senior from the Brooklyn-located Uncommon School will have the opportunity to receive the scholarship.

The school is thrilled to be receiving such significant support from Keith and Keely Mann. The scholarship will mean that at least one student who graduates will have the opportunity to attend a 4 year tertiary institution. This incentive will only encourage all of the students.

Uncommon Schools are urban charter public schools manager that are located in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. The goal of these schools is to allow low income students to have the same educational opportunities as middle and upper income students do. There are 44 charter schools that Uncommon Schools as started and currently manages. The program is a nonprofit and serves 14 thousands students from Kindergarten through twelfth grade.

For over a decade, Keith Mann has worked in the executive search industry. His specialties include hiring strategy, staffing and hedge fund compensation. Mann was actually the individual who created the market for hedge fund search industry. He saw that there was demand and he created the Alternative Investment Practice, within Dynamics Executive Search, to supply the demand. Keith then decided to venture into the private equity industry and open Dynamics Search Partners. The firm specializes in alternative investment firms and Mann serves as the chief executive officer. Dynamics Search Partners fulfills more than 200 client requests every single year in firms that are in Asia, Europe and the United States. Since their inception in 2001, the firm has managed to fulfill over 2 thousand client mandates.

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Avi Weisfogel and his GoFundMe Campaign

Posted by on April 28, 2016 | No comments

Dr. Weisfogel is an educated and highly qualified dentist from New Jersey. He believes in continued education so that he can provide each patient with solutions that leave them with a beautiful smile. He loves to notice beautiful smiles. He enjoys creating beautiful smiles with his cosmetic dentistry skills. It is his passion in life. He incorporates philanthropy into his life too. He was born and raised in New Jersey and practices dentistry at Old Bridge Dental Care in New Jersey. He has recently launched a GoFundMe campaign in order to request support for a global organization. This is called Operation Smile.

The GoFundMe campaign has a goal of raising 2000 dollars to benefit Operation Smile. This operation is a charity organization that is proud to provide quality dental care to children and young adults who do not have the access to quality dental care. These young individuals have been born with facial deformities. Without the help of Operation Smile, these young people would have to live with their deformities such as cleft palate or a cleft lip. This organization was actually started in the year 1982. It all began in the Philippines. This charity organization works with medical missions all around the globe. It was started by Bill and Kathy Magee. This charity has continued to spread around the world. There was a need for education, training, free medical procedures, and a need for long-term sufficiency all over the globe. Medical equipment can be included within this charity that takes pride in helping children and young adults.

Avi Weisfogel has always been fond of smiles. He believes everyone should have the confidence to flash a big smile. Quality dental care will lead to many more smiles around the world with a little more support of Operation Smile. Dr. Weisfogel does believe in smiles. He is more than qualified to offer his exceptional dentistry skills in order to continue to spread smiles throughout the entire world.

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Dick DeVos Hires A New Head of The Stow Company Inc.

Posted by on April 28, 2016 | No comments

The chairperson of The Stow Company Inc. Mr. Dick Devos has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer of the firm. The Stow Company Inc. is among the top companies in the organization products and custom home storage sectors. It was founded in 1984, and it is a private firm that does not reveal it profits. The company’s products are in four major brands, which include the ORG Home custom solutions, Distinctive Wine Cellars, Easy Track modular storage systems and the EasyCloset do-it-yourself.

Phil Dolci was made the CEO of the Grand Rapids-based company at the start of April 2016. He takes over from the 67 years old retired CEO, Mr. Frank Newman, who is taking a new role at the company as a member of the Board of Advisers. Mr. Dolci has brilliant leadership skills, and 23 years of experience in the consumer product development and marketing sector. Before joining The Stow Company Inc., Phil was the CEO of the Crosman Corporation, which is based in Cincinnati and is leading international designer, producer, and supplier of products for shooting sport. He also had senior positions at the U.S Playing Cards, a unit of the Jarden Corporation, and Sanford. Dolci studies at the University of Chicago where he was awarded a bachelor’s degree economics and later got his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. He has confidence that the new CEO’s proficiency and knowledge will help him drive The Stow Company’s progress and existence in the home organization market.

Dick DeVos has served in different executive positions in his career. He worked as the Vice President of Amway International and was responsible for eighteen countries out of North America. Dick then became the President of Amway from 1993 to 2002, where he was in charge of all company activities in fifty countries across the world. During his last year as the President, the company made sales worth 4.5 billion dollars. DeVos’ family acquired Orlando Magic, and he became its president and CEO for three years.

Apart from his business career, Dick DeVos is a philanthropist and has given a hand in numerous community development projects. He established the Education Freedom Fund and needy children in Michigan benefited from it through 4000 scholarships that have been awarded in the past. Mr. DeVos has also been a member of the State Board of Education through which he participated in improving te education sector. He contested for the governor’s seat in Michigan as a Republican candidate in 2006. In 1997, Dick published a book known as “Rediscovering American Values,” which was a New York Times bestseller and is available in seven different languages. He is married to Besty DeVos and has seven children.

Image Recognition Programs Change Online Shopping

Posted by on April 26, 2016 | No comments

People love to shop online. Internet commerce is well into the billions of dollars per year. Convenience and cost cutting are two of the reasons for the explosive growth of internet retail sales. With the arrival and growth of image recognition programming, online shopping is about to become even easier. Interestingly, this type of software could lead to internet purchasing becoming even cheaper.

Slyce is a perfect example of perfection in online visual search programming. Slyce is a startup based out of Toronto, Canada. The company launched an app that works in conjunction with a smartphone. With the app, a would-be consumer takes a picture of merchandise and then runs the picture through an online retail site affiliated with Slyce. The matching images will be merchandise that look very much like the photo. Fumbling around with typing text descriptions becomes unnecessary.

Slyce’s affiliations with various online retailers is growing. The company continues to raise funds to expand its product line and available apps. The public is embracing the technology the company offers. People simply do want an easier way to shop online.

Who can blame consumers for wanting an easier means of shopping? People live active and busy lives. An app that makes shopping a lot quicker is going to be appreciated.

And then there is the potential for visual search technology to find cheaper items. One major benefit to visual search programs is they will provide several matches that look like the original photo image. With more than one choice, the possibility exists to find items that are less expensive. The search could reveals merchandise that is on sale, overstocked, or massively discounted. Had a photo image not been used, these cheaper items may have been missed. Even if the shopper typed in scores of different search keywords, the merchandise still would have been missed.

Retailers are equally thrilled with the huge benefits visual recognition programs deliver. Customers who are able to look at second or third alternative choices end up being more likely to purchase. The discovery of another choice as a substitute for a sold out preferred item or a cheaper option makes a certain percentage of customers more likely to make a buy. So, image recognition software does contribute to the generation of better revenues for an affiliated retailer.

The future of image recognition programs does look bright. In time, this type of technology is going to be commonplace on virtually all online retail sites.

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