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Dr. Jennifer Walden and her empathetic side

Posted on 13 June, 2018 in Doctors, Plastic Surgeon

After having worked in the New York City area for over 7 years, Dr. Jennifer Walden moved back to her home in Austin, Texas primarily because she wanted her children to be closer to the family. After having been so successful in the New York area, she had her own apprehensions about able to scale her business in the ‘music capital of the world’. To her surprise, she already had two people book her by the time she landed. That’s when she felt that Austin had a great potential for the plastic surgery field and also for a fact that there were not a lot of options in the area like other major cities in Texas.

A lot of people aren’t aware of the fact that Dr. Walden has studied psychology during her undergrad and it motivated her to understand and help people, especially women. She felt that plastic surgery is one of the ways women could feel more confident about themselves and if she could make a difference in their lives, she would be doing great service to her profession. She mentions that instead of having low self-esteem, surgery paved way for their happiness. It made them better than before and that, according to her, is one of the prime responsibilities of a practitioner. To know more about her click here.

Dr. Walden is very empathetic towards her patients have been through a set of personal experiences where she saw a difference in her body during her post-pregnancy phase. She is very outspoken about the fact that she has undergone Botox and laser surgery to her face to tighten some areas in her skin. She understands the exact mental state of her patients as she is able to connect with them in a very professional way. These are some of the many reasons why she is the most preferred plastic surgeon in the Austin, Texas area.


Wes Edens, Fortress Investment Group Founder

Posted on 11 June, 2018 in Financial Advice, Investment Advisor

Wesley Robert Edens is the founder of Fortress Investment Group, owner of FlyQuest – a League of Legends team established in January 2017, and co-owner of NBA franchise, Milwaukee Bucks.He is commonly referred to as Wes Edens. He was born on October 30, 1961, and has four children born to him by his wife, Lynn Edens. In 1984, Wes Edens received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Business Administration from Oregon State University.Three years later, he kickstarted his career at Lehman Brothers, where he served as a partner and managing director. In 1993, he moved onto BlackRock Asset Investors as a partner and managing director.He served at BlackRock’s private equity division till 1997. In 1998, in association with four other principal partners, he founded Fortress Investments. In 2009, he became Co-Chairman of Fortress Investment Group’s Board of Directors. When the company’s stock price fell to below a dollar, he steered the company’s resurgence plans.

Between 2015 to 2016, he served as Chairman of Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC. Nomura Holdings, a Japanese company, acquired 15% of Fortress Investments at a cost of $888 million in 2006. The following year, Fortress Investment Group became a public company.By 2009, the company had sold 8% of its shares to the public. As a result of these transactions, his financial worth ballooned. He, together with the rest of Fortress Investments principals, became billionaires.Such is the wealth of Wes Edens that he was named as the 962nd richest man on the Forbes World’s Billionaires 2008 list. His take-home pay is $54.4 million per year. This is a total calculated from shareholder dividends of $41 million he receives from Fortress Investment Group and compensation worth $13.4 million.

How is it like to work at Fortress Investments? Many employees generally give positive reviews of the working conditions at Fortress Investments. There are lots of smart people around from whom you can learn something new.This is especially true for interns and new recruits, who are also afforded lots of opportunities to gain working experience. Hard work and dedication is recognized, hence motivating the employees. The pay is also quite good.Due to his interest in sports, Wes Edens acquired Milwaukee Bucks, an NBA franchise, for $550 million in 2014. In 2017, Fortress Investments established FlyQuest, an eSports team participating in the North American League of Legends Championship Series.

Highland Capital Management- Making Generous Donations a Reality

Posted on 04 June, 2018 in Investment Advisor

Located in Dallas, TX, Highland Capital Management is an investment advisory firm that works together with its affiliate. The firm’s assets are worth approximately $ 17.5 billion. Highland Capital Management is among the most experienced and largest alternative credit managers. It specializes in credit strategies like long-only funds, credit hedge funds, and separate accounts. Read more about Highland Capital at


In January this year, the firm announced that it would give a $10 million donation as endowment gift to George Bush Presidential Center. The firm announced its President and co-founder James Dondero. Also present during the announcement was CEO of George Bush Presidential Center, Kenneth Hersh. According to James Dondero, the purpose of the donation is to provide the center with sponsorship to enable it to run its public programs. This wasn’t the first endowment gift the firm was giving the center. It has awarded over $ 5 million to the center as financial aid. In fact, the Presidential Center has recognized the firm as its major donor. The firm also features prominent speakers when awarding its endowment gift to the firm. Previous speakers include Dr. Condoleeza Rice, the former Secretary of State, former director of CIA and NSA, General Michael Hayden. The first donation from the firm featured Christopher J. Scalia, an author, and co-editor of the Life Well Lived.


On his part, the CEO of the Presidential Center congratulated Highland Capital Management for their endowment gift, adding that the center looked forward to getting more financial support from the firm in future. The gift, according to the CEO, would ultimately facilitate the center implement its objectives and serve more people. He affirmed his gratitude for the firm gift, noting that despite serving its clients who are primarily corporations and other businesses, the firm has also given generously to support causes geared at improving lives for the public. Read more at




Highland Capital Management is pleased to help the public as evidenced in their recent endowment gift to George Bush Presidential Center. The Dallas-based firm is actually among the few firms that make such generous contribution. Considering its huge net worth that is increasing by leaps and bounds, then Capital Management will give more financial aid to the center and other organizations.


Sheldon Lavin Continues to Oversee OSI Group’s Growth

Posted on 02 June, 2018 in Business Leaders, OSI Group

Currently, OSI Group is among the oldest supplier of food products. However, its name never gets old. Over the past 100 years, the company has continued to beat all the odds when it comes to the supply of food products. OSI’s success is influenced by the likes of Sheldon Lavin who serves as the CEO. Sheldon Lavin has continued to drive the company towards incredible margins for over four decades. His contributions to the food industry can never go unnoticed.

OSI Group started as a butcher shop and meat market in Oak Park built by Otto Kolschowsky in 1909. Otto was among the German-immigrant living in Chicago and took the opportunity to try his new venture. Otto’s business started to experience significant growth in the early 50’s when McDonald’s opened its first franchise under Ray Kroc. Otto & Sons, as named then was tasked with supplying Ray’s business with hamburger patties.

In the early 70’s, Otto & Sons opened a specialized facility dedicated to McDonald’s. Despite a great deal with McDonald’s, Otto’s company was still supplying for the local restaurants and market. To seek growth, Otto & Sons changed into OSI Group in 1975. It went ahead to expand its market to Brazil, Taiwan, Austria, Germany and Spain.

Over and over again, OSI Group has made it to the headlines with strategic moves meant to influence its growth. One of the company’s top objective is to supply safe food products around the world, and Sheldon has remained truthful to the aim. In 2014, OSI got into a joint venture with Pickstock. The partnership was beneficial to Sheldon Lavin and his team because it opened channels to expand supplies in Europe.

In 2016, OSI acquired Tyson, a production plant in Chicago. The acquisition was timely and beneficial to OSI Group because it was close to another one of theirs. The plant is broad enough hence providing more space for OSI’s operations. According to the Chicago Tribune, the plants was acquired at $7.4 million and was worth. In the same year, OSI also acquired the Baho Food’s controlling stake, and this gave it a wider reach in Europe. Baho Food supplies a wide number of food hence a perfect choice for OSI Group.

Also, in 2016, OSI Group went ahead and acquired Flagship Europe. Flagship is known for its presence and continuous supply of frozen poultry and sauces throughout Europe as well as the UK. Flagship was looking for resources to grow and OSI provided a perfect opportunity. In the move to grab the German’s market, OSI Group acquired Hynek Schlachthof GmbH, a slaughterhouse based in Tauberbischofsheim. The slaughterhouse is close to Frankfurt hence perfect to meet OSI’s urge to grow its markets in Germany and Europe.Sheldon Lavin has also contributed much to its growth.

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Robert Ivy, The Master Of Accolades

Posted on 26 May, 2018 in architecture, CEO of AIA

The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters has named Robert Ivy, the CEO and EVP of the American Institute of Architects, as Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award champ. This is the the only instant an architect has won the award that is only given to the patrons and residents of Mississippi for their outstanding work. Ivy joins a small group of winners for being an author, writer, and analyst of architecture all over the world. He has been able to bring art closer to the community tagging him a earnest representative of his occupation. Also, the accolade is a pinnacle for his work and individual accomplishments as a native of Mississippi.

Before working at the AIA in 2011, Robert Ivy held the position of Editor in Chief of Architectural Record at McGraw Hill. Under his tenure, the Record was recognized globally for being the broadly distributed architectural journal and won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence among other. Ivy was also the overseer of the expansion and creation of McGraw Hill design in China. He assisted in the initiation of the Mandarin form of Architectural Record.

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His presence in the American Institute of Architects has to lead to its growth therefore, contributing to many members since its formation. The firm’s architects are found all over the world practicing with the assistance of the seven divisions of the institution some of them found in Canada and China.

Robert Ivy have also been esteemed by the community of Alpha Rho Chi for his excellent message of the worth of design. He is considered the nominated Master Architect and falls in the same icon group as I.M. Pei, Mies van der Rohe, and Richard Fuller. The community has given the award to more than half a dozen architects since its formation over 100 years ago, Ivy being the first in the 21st century. Moreover, Robert Ivy was given the Dean’s Medal by the University of Arkansas in 2017.

Before he was an architect, Robert Ivy was a Navy personnel. He attained his degree in Bachelor of Art English while at Sewanee and later proceeded to Tulane University and pursued a master’s degree in Architecture.

Robert Ivy will be awarded alongside stained glass stylish Andrew Cary of Pearl River glass studio at the ceremony that will be held on 2nd June this year by the Mississippi Institute of Art and Letters.


Robert Ivy to be Honored for His Excellence

Posted on 19 May, 2018 in Artificer, Robert Ivy

Robert Ivy, Chief Executive Officer and executive president of AIA (The American Institute of Architects) will be awarded by the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by MIAL (Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters), which is privately funded and nonprofit organization, on June 2. This award is for the people living in Mississippi whose artistic skills are unique, attractive and worth recognition. In AIA, they create reliable, secure and long-lasting buildings for the community and work in professional standards where members have work ethics when providing solutions to the community at large.

This award has been honored to actor Morgan Freeman, writer Shelby Foote, writer Eudora Welty, singer Leontyne Price and the late artist Walter Anderson. Robert Ivy will be the first architect to have ever received the Polk Award; he will be awarded together with stained-glass Artist Andrew Cary of Pearl River Glass Studio. The president of MIAL, Nancy LaForge has recognized Robert as an architect whose work is beneficial to the general public since it is easily accessible and Carl Elefante, president of AIA, added that he an ambassador of writing, editing, and architecture for the company.

Robert Ivy did his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of the South and later received his Masters in Architecture from Tulane University. He has been awarded when working in Architectural Record as editor-in-chief including National Magazine for General Excellence. He has also spearheaded in McGraw-Hill’s Design and construction media in China and in the Middle East where he set a Mandarin version of the architectural record. In his books, he has shown his compositional skills broadly, for example, Fay Jones: Architect which expresses high levels of art design produce and has received Deans Medal from the University of Arkansas school in the School of architecture. He is a performer, and his standards of expertise have grown AIA to global footprint which is recognized as the highest membership level it has made in history. He is titled as “Master Architect” which is given to known architects in the world by public architecture. Ludwig Rohe Mies Van Der Rohe, Leoh Ming Pei FAIA, and R. Buckminster Fuller are the only bearers of that title.

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Lacey And Lakin Outline Reasons For Starting The Fronterra Fund

Posted on 18 May, 2018 in Activism

Organizations that are working to enforce the fundamental rights of people within a country are a necessity and are an essential part of the progress that a state sees.

In a country like America, one would think that the amount of social evils that people are subjected to is relatively limited, but this doesn’t hold true for everyone in the country.  Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: and

There are underlying social evils that people are exposed to on a daily basis, some, at the hands of their fellow countrymen, and others, at the hands of people in positions of power.

When someone in a governmental or authoritative post is the one inflicting the injustice, it sets back the country by an incredible amount.

One of the instances, where this has had a significant impact on the workings of the company, was at the hands of Joe Arpaio, who previously served as the Sheriff of Maricopa County for over twenty-five years.

Arpaio always possessed strong idealistic views about the country and the status of its people. To him, Americans were only those who had white skin, regardless of their citizenship standings. To him, everyone coming from other parts of the world were illegal immigrants, even if they had valid citizenship and green card. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Michael Lacey | Twitter

He used this view to cause a significant amount of distress to people, particularly to those belonging to the Latin American community living in America. Since he served as the Sheriff of Maricopa County, the area that had the most significant impact was the state of Arizona.

People belonging to the Latin American community within America had to continually face discrimination at the hands of people who associated with him and had to live in constant fear of imprisonment, even if they had done nothing wrong.

Because of the position that he held and the strong sway that Arpaio had on members of the Latin American community, it becomes harder to be able to convict him for his crimes.

Two people who were responsible for the light that was finally shed on Arpaio was Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, who are two individuals who had to face oppression at the hands of Arpaio for something that wasn’t illegal but was something that Arpaio did not like.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had written an article about Arpaio, outlining the various deeds that he had committed. This did not bode well with Arpaio who then proceeded to imprison Lacey and Larkin falsely.

Upon their release, Lacey and Larkin knew that they had to take matters into their own hands, which is what led to the lawsuit that was filed against him. It was only after five years that Lacey and Larkin were able to see any remedy, but just in the form of monetary compensation.

To further contribute towards the efforts to arrest Arpaio, Lacey and Larkin decided that they would start up an organization that worked to help them achieve their goals.

Within a short span of time, the organization started gaining nationwide support who all shared the views and opinions regarding the justice that should have already been granted to Joe Arpaio.

Eric Lefkofsky and the search for data driven healthcare solutions

Posted on 14 May, 2018 in Business Partnership, Investment Management

Tempus, the Chicago based cancer fighting data analytical company is now worth $ 1.1 billion after the latest investments from private investors. Eric Lefkofsky, the co-founder of Tempus recently shared details on the company’s latest round of investments during the Series C round. Tempus came in 3rd among startups during the Series C round, receiving $ 70 million from Revolution Growth and New Enterprise Associates. With the latest investments, Tempus now has secured $ 130 million so far this year. Since 2015, the data analytical company has been the recipient of $ 210 million in investments, and now can claim “unicorn” status among startups. Eric Lefkofsky, who is no stranger to starting companies, initially invested his own money, and was able to leverage that capital to garner more freedom to grow without the need for outside funding.
Uptake Technologies is another data analytical company co-founded by Eric Lefkofsky. Uptake leverages artificial intelligent algorithms to analyze financial data, to help identify investment opportunities and financial planning strategies. Uptake Technologies received $ 90 million in investments during the Series B round.
Tempus is a healthcare information technology company, which is taking a data driven approach to fight cancer. Tempus believes the cure for cancer will be found in healthcare data silos, and the use of artificial intelligence to organize and identify correlations in these healthcare data sets. Using artificial intelligence to analyze large amounts of healthcare data, Tempus is building a molecular clinical library. This molecular clinical library allows Tempus to build genetic sequential information healthcare professional can use to battle cancer.
Eric Lefkofsky is responsible for many charitable educational programs in Chicago, including the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), Afterschool Matters, Success Bound, and High School Bond. These programs along with programs focused on human rights, medical research and cultural initiatives is what makes up the Lefkofsy Family Foundation. The Lefkofsy Family Foundation is a private charitable organization founded in 2006 by Eric and Liz Lefkofsky.

How Roberto Santiago’s Real Estate Ventures have benefited the People of Joao Pessoa.

Posted on 11 May, 2018 in Business, Business Leaders

Roberto Santiago was born and bred in Joao Pessoa, the capital city of Paraiba State in Brazil. He was lucky to acquire a decent high school education and later joined Pio X-Marist College. After graduating from college, he wanted more and thus enrolled for an undergraduate degree in business administration at the University Centre of Joao Pessoa. After getting his degree, Roberto entered the corporate world getting his first job at Café Santa Rosa, a renowned manufacturing company. He worked for a while but felt the need to challenge himself even more. He called it quit and started Cartonnage, a firm that created cartons from cardboards.


After much success in his first taste in business, Roberto Santiago made a bold move and decided to venture into real estate. He purchased a prime piece of land in the city center, and the idea to build a shopping facility came to mind. He immediately commenced construction, and after two years, Manaira Shopping Mall opened its doors to the public. Since then, the mall has been expanded several times and is today one of the attraction sites of the city. It hosts over 280 shopping stores with a theater area, gym, food court, a college, and an area with financial institutions.


The Mall has one of the busiest public rooms in the city of Joao Pessoa, the Domus Hall situated on the rooftop. The open space is ample enough to host conferences, graduation ceremonies, weddings, and exhibitions. The hall has a capability of accommodating four thousand seated guests, and if the event does not require seats, it can hold more than ten thousand standing individuals. Due to demand Roberto has ensured space is fitted with air-conditioners, high tech music systems, and soundproof walls to attract a broader clientele.


Manaira Shopping Mall has been improved over the years to reach the standards of other upcoming centers. It has added a gaming area that is suitable for both children and adults. The gaming area covers over 18000 feet with around two hundred slots and betting machines that meet all the standards. The area also hosts eateries favorable for all customers’ preferences and tastes. With the enormous numbers of customers visiting the mall every day, it has a large parking lot that can hold more than 3000 cars at a time. When Roberto Santiago was choosing the location of the mall, he considered the great view of the beach that is in the vicinity.


Roberto Santiago is also the proprietor of the Mangabeira Shopping Center. The center is just a continuation of Manaira as it also brings the same substantial and diverse financial effects to the communities surrounding it. With the two malls, Roberto has greatly benefited the people of Joao Pessoa. They have created numerous jobs and he remains a role model to many upcoming entrepreneurs.


Alexandre Gama More Than Meets The Eye

Posted on 04 May, 2018 in Advertising Agency, Entrepreneur

Alexandre Gama has spent the last 20 years as the CEO of one of Brazil’s top advertising agencies, Neogama. That was preceded by nearly two decades as a copywriter and creative director at a number of agencies including DM9 and Standard Ogilvy & Mather. His experience as a low-level employee makes him one of the most relatable CEOs in today’s advertising industry.

Gama has been awarded a number of distinctions for his work with Neogama and as an artist in Brazil. He received a nomination in 2006 as one of Brazil’s top 7 publicity professionals and received the distinction of being the 2006 Agency Director of the Year by the Propaganda Professionals Association. He has also been named Entrepreneur of the Year, a one of Brazil’s top 3 advertisers, and one of the most important leaders in the communications industry by various organizations. Gama and his agency have won 23 Golden Lions at Cannes over the years.

Alexandre is not just involved in the advertising industry. His work was featured in an 2014 exhibit at the Brazilian Art Museum and was displayed for 60 days. This was the only exhibit of its kind in the history of the museum. Gama has invested in a number of ventures including the British luxury sports carmaker, Briggs, as well as in his own music company, VIOLAB.