There is something special about the work that Stream Energy has been doing lately. That is because they are helping to take care of their fellow citizens. Hurricane Harvey caused a lot of havoc and heartache in the Houston area. Although Stream Energy is based in Dallas, they felt that they had to do something to help their fellow Texans. They decided to partner with Hope Supply Co. to work out some ways that they could give back to those who so obviously needed it.
The two formed a charity wing to what they were doing. It was now going to be possible to give back to others in a way that was helpful and positive for the company’s image at the same time. You just don’t always see things that work out quite so perfectly like that.
Stream Energy is following in the footsteps of others who have discovered that it is truthfully quite helpful to them to give away at least some of their money to causes that are deserving of it. There is no better sign of this than the fact that corporate America gave away $19 billion dollars to such causes both at home and overseas in 2016.
Much of the world looks on in awe of the amount that American businesses are willing to help out those in need. They are impressed and want to figure out the secret to getting their own companies to make the same proactive choices. Stream Energy is a great exampleof yet another American company that is more than happy to help out others when they are in their time of need.
There is still a lot of work that needs to be done in terms ofHurricane Harvey relief. Just because the storm has faded into the background memories of most of the rest of the nation does not mean that Stream Energy has forgotten what has happened. They fully understand that they are still needed and that those in the Houston area in particular are not going to forget the helping hand that they lent when it was most in need.
Peter Briger is the Principal and Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Fortress Investment Group. The Group is a global investment giant that operates assets worth over $65 billion for both institutional and private investors. Peter Briger was elected as the co-chairman in 2009 and has served as a member of the Management Committee since 2002 when he joined.
Mr. Briger is a graduate of Arts at Princeton University and has an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He has built his reputation as a respectable businessman and professional after serving at Goldman Sachs, where he was a partner since 1996. During his tenure at Goldman Sachs, Peter Briger acquired several titles such as the Co-Head of the Fixed Income Principal Investments group, Asian Distressed Debt Business, and the Whole Loan Sales and Trading business. He was also a member of several committees such as the Japan Executive Committee, Asian Management Committee and the Global Control and Compliance Committee.
Fortress Investment Group has been a trendsetter since its establishment and was the first large-scale private equity firm to go public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2007. Today, the firm is a diversified global investment management firm that operates assets for more than 1750 investors in hedge funds and private equity. The group’s strengths include operations management, asset-based investing, corporate mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets. Peter Briger currently oversees the credit fund and real estate business for the group. His team has more than 300 people and looks into underrated assets and liquid credit investments.
Besides his work, Peter Briger also participates in philanthropic efforts. He has generously but discreetly contributed to charitable organizations that support education, eradication of poverty and, women empowerment. He also pioneered a youth empowerment program that seeks to fund young graduates who would wish to venture into business. Peter also participates in community efforts such as the Alumni Entrepreneurs Fund at Princeton University and also serves on the Board of Directors at the Princeton University Investment Company. He is also a member of the Silicon Valley Council for the Global Fund for Children.
While the United States may love the freedom of having their own personal vehicle, people in Asian and European countries have embraced train lines for years. Brightline, owned by Fortress Investment Group, is hoping to change the minds of people in the United States with their passenger rail projects. Fortress Investment Group recently acquired another train company, XpressWest, that was founded in 2009.
People make 50 million trips between Southern California and Las Vegas each year, according to the Brightline studies. This makes this route one of the busiest in the United States and the high-speed train line is developing a project between the 2 regions. Before this project, travelers could only make this commute by driving the congested highways or flying by plane. Driving the 270-mile long trip takes around 4 hours.
Fortress Investment Group knows that people are looking for different traveling options and are excited about providing them. The plans that Brightline has in the works for this projects isn’t simply a couple train station stops, there is also a wide array of additional benefits that the project will have have to offer. Nevada’s governor, Brian Sandoval, is excited about what the project could bring to his state and is in full support of it.
It will take a bit of time for the long-term benefits of the project by Fortress Investment Group to become apparent to everyone, but their investors can see the future with the route. The route will eventually have a good impact on the environment as it will create less pollution than other more traditional modes of travel. In addition, the rail line will provide many employment opportunities in the area as well with added shopping, restaurants, and the positions Brightline itself will create in the areas.
Brightline is changing the way the United States sees traveling. While many people believe that trains are a thing of the past, Fortress Investment Group hopes to bring them back to the present and the future. The passenger cars themselves will include food options, free wifi, and electronics charging stations. The experience will combine relaxation with commutes, something a car can’t offer.
Alex Hern is a San Diego-based serial entrepreneur. For over 25 years he has been building early stage ventures in the technology sector. Among the companies he has co-founded are Inktomi and Yesmail, both of which he was the director of. He also co-founded a military commercial tech firm where he the chairman of the board of directors and the chief executive officer. This company was backed by L-3 and Lockheed.
He is now at Tsunami which is a firm he co-founded that creates virtual reality and augmented reality services. He says that the computer industry is transitioning from one that is driven by the central processing unit (CPU) to one that is based on the graphical processing unit (GPU). Alex Hern says that this transition means that new software needs to be developed to take full advantage of the GPU. His company’s software is available for personal computers, tablets, and smartphones.
Alex Hern says that he spends four to five hours of each workday solely focused on one thing on his agenda that will advance his company. He says that a mistake far too many business people make is that they try to juggle multiple tasks at a time, known as multitasking. He says he has seen numerous studies that indicate the more you are trying to do at a time the worse you’re going to perform at each of them.
At Tsunami, Alex Hern is looking to incorporate machine learning and artificial intelligence into the world of AR and VR. He is also looking to use cloud-based computing in order to create artificial realities that are as close to the real thing as possible. What he won’t be adding into any of Tsunami’s services is social media as he regards it as a waste of time that distracts from real friends, family, and life.
The music industry has more artists struggling to make a name for themselves than they do fans who are listening. While it is hard to break into the business, it is just as hard to stay on top of the business. For one particular group, they have had the luxury of climbing the charts and staying on top of the charts. This is not an easy task however they have been able to do it.
For artists who are just starting out, it can take years for a group to sell out a show. It can take years to produce a top selling album. For the Chainsmokers, this was done rather quickly. Maybe it was because the electronic music industry had already had a top artist in the industry in that particular field, Avicii had already broke the mold and become a top selling artist.
For most of the bands and groups that are in the electronic mix field, they remain behind the music. They usually are not up front and center. They want to remain behind the music and just let the beats or music make the headlines. For the Chainsmokers, this is not what they wanted. They wanted to be more than just a simple beat to a song. They wanted to be known for who they are and not just for the music they produce.
Alex Pall was already living the life in NYC playing club after club and spending day after day spinning tracks. It wasn’t until he was introduced to Andrew Taggart that his ultimate dream came true. The pair’s manager introduced the two and from then out, the pair were always together and making great music together.
For the Chainsmokers, they reached for the sky when started making music and no one knew they would reach it in just a short amount of time, however they did. When they set their sights on the charts, they knew that one day they would want to be on top but they never expected it to happen as quick as it did let alone to keep them there for as long as they have been.
Matt Badiali is a financial advisor in the natural resources sector and a geologist. He is currently the author and editor of the newsletter called Real Wealth Strategist published by Banyan Tree. Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in Sciences from the Penn State University. Soon after he graduated from the Florida Atlantic University with a masters in Geology, he continued to pursue higher studies. He enrolled for the Ph.D. programme in the University of North Carolina. Mid-way through his Ph.D., Matt got introduced to the finance sector and then there was no looking back. His unique financial strategies and vast knowledge of the intricate processes involved in the natural resource companies have consistently generated double-digit returns for his clients.
Matt Badiali recently shared a video describing the working of the latest and lucrative investment scheme called freedom checks. Unlike scams which are too good to be true, freedom checks is a scheme, currently offered by 568 companies who work on transportation, acquisition, refining, processing, and storage of natural resources. Matt, with his in-depth understanding of the scheme, believes that it is the way for the American investors to become independent in the natural resources sector. The recent fall of imports from the Middle East has proved to be beneficial for the natural resource companies on U.S. soil. The companies are projected to make payments amounting to $34.6 billion to its investors through the scheme of freedom checks in just one year.
All the 568 companies are called Master Limited Partnerships (MLP) as they donate 90 cents for every dollar earned to the investors on a monthly or a quarterly basis which is the only eligibility criteria to become an MLP. In the video, Matt Badiali explains that the payments made by the company to the investors on regular intervals of time are called freedom checks and can be deposited through the mail or directly wired to the trading accounts. According to Matt Badiali, the best perk of this scheme is that the profits are tax-free as they are considered as a return on capital. In the case of selling your investment in an MLP, the taxes are charged on the profits at a low capital gains rate.
The decision of NexBank Capital, Inc. to acquire the College Savings Bank was the best that the company has ever done. This is because of the benefits that both companies expect to reap from each other following the transactions. The acquirer, NexBank Capital, Inc., hopes to take advantage of the enormous clientele base possessed by the College Savings Bank. This would have a myriad of positive effects on the company’s revenue collection and the profitability in general.
On the other hand, the College Savings Bank is expected to gain in plenty from the acquisition. One of the ways in which it is supposed to benefit is through the vast expertise of the acquirer in the management of investment strategies. As an investment management firm, NexBank Capital, Inc. manages multiple asset strategies on behalf of its clients. This puts it at a better position to choose the best investment strategies for the acquired company, depending on the needs of its clients.
The other way in which the college Savings Bank hopes to benefit from the acquisition by NexBank Capital, Inc. is through the vast capital base of the company. Due to the large size of the company, it possesses a considerable amount of capital that will allow the College Savings Bank the latitude to invest in more profitable investment strategies which involve a higher investment risk than the one it currently assumes. As a result, the bank will manage to yield better investment returns on the savings of their clients.
The College Savings Bank has been in operation since 1987. It has specialized its services in providing parents who have young kids anticipating joining colleges and universities to save for their future. The beauty of the College Savings Bank is that it provides the clients with a variety of savings programs that give them the freedom to select the best that suit the needs of their children. NexBank Capital, Inc., on the other hand, has been in operations for the past century, since 1922. The company provides a variety of financial services to its clients who are mainly institutions. However, individual investors also form a considerable part of the company’s client portfolio.
Professional investor Paul Mampilly carefully follows the latest technology news for opportunities to make money. He is very interested in artificial intelligence, robotics, and the Internet of Things. Artificial intelligence is being used just about everywhere anymore. The ads you see online were selected for your viewing by an AI based on what you have recently shopped for online, such as at Amazon. Music apps will offer you suggestions based on what type of music you usually listen to. If you want to go on vacation there is AI that will suggest where to go and what to do once you’re there.
While some people think all of this artificial intelligence is a bit weird and scary, Paul Mampilly says that it’s actually pretty simple. He also regards it as harmless and very beneficial as it makes life easier. Businesses benefit from AI because it gives them a competitive edge against other companies in their industry. He says that companies that develop artificial intelligence or going to have their stocks skyrocket over the next decade and that is where investors should be looking for opportunities. At last year’s Total Wealth Symposium he let the audience in on three AI stock recommendations he had researched. That was 11 months ago and those three company’s stocks are now up 29 percent, 86 percent, and 145 percent.
Paul Mampilly says that the S&P 500 is about 16 percent during that time frame so investors could have made a lot more going with his recommendations instead of using an index fund following the S&P 500. He is also investing in companies that create robotics. He says that he has robotics in his own home such as the Nest Thermostat and a couple of drones. Robots are revolutionizing a number of industries including manufacturing, customer service, and hospitality. Paul Mampilly used to be a hedge fund manager before he decided to retire at age 42. Since he retired he still follows investments but now he does so for average people rather than the richest 1 percent. He writes Profits Unlimited which can be found through his publishing firm, Banyan Hill Publishing.
The release of The Chainsmokers latest single, “Side Effects” comes as the DJ duo has returned to their dance music roots after stepping far outside their comfort zone. In 2017, the release of “Closer” marked the start of a run of hits for the musical partners which saw new music released every six weeks from their debut album, “Memories… Do Not Open.”
Since this initial run of new music, The Chainsmokers have been working to define their image as they evolve into one of theworld’s most renowned dance music partnerships. The transition has seen them move from a DJ residency in a Las Vegas club to playing 20,000 seater arenas around the world. This has seen the duo divide their time between a live band and their DJ duties as they have explored exactly what their fans want from the duo for the future.
The Chainsmokers have never been shy of moving forward with their creativity after the current incarnation of the band was created from the ashes of a previous collaboration. Founding member, Alex Pall was involved in a collaboration with another DJ in New York City, which led to initial success before Andrew Taggart joined the duo to create the music he and Pall have taken to new heights for electronic dance music specialists.
To mark the release of “Side Effects” with long-time collaborator Emily Warren, The Chainsmokers played an intimate gig for friends and fans at the Hollywood Palladium. After spending so much time playing large arena’s, the duo explained they enjoyed the experience of a pressure-free environment filled with their biggest fans. The performance side of the duo is now more important than ever before with a drummer now a mainstay of their live shows and Taggart taking lead vocals on a regular basis. Both Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart have stepped out from behind the DJ booth to sing on their records which give the duo a major sense of ownership over their songs.
OSI Group has been a global powerhouse in the food industry for many years; having more than 20,000 employees across 17 countries, it’s easy to see that the company’s management has striven to keep their growing momentum since day one. Their global prowess has been attributed to its strong leadership, culture of excellence, and its long history of strategic business partnerships.
OSI Group’s modern chapter has continued to experience steady growth under the leadership of chief operating officer (COO) David McDonald, making them one of the world’s largest multi-billion dollar companies. Much like OSI Group, David McDonald had to start from square one in order to develop himself as one of the most influential forces in the company’s success. For over three decades, David McDonald had been rising through the company’s ranks from project manager to president through his rigorous work, and his passion for keeping customers a priority. His commitment for excellence had been present even before his involvement as a project manager, receiving accolades for his academic achievements at Iowa State University.
The recipe for the privately owned company’s success didn’t stop at McDonald’s leadership and work ethic, but also incorporated the company’s hardwired goal to stick to its roots and keep the company identity as a food distributor. Founded by Otto Kolschowsky, the company emerged as a meat market to cater to the ever expanding German migrant population in early 1900’s Chicago. Within a decade, the meat market had expanded into a wholesale food distributor and in 1928 was eventually re-branded as Otto and Sons.
OSI Group didn’t stagnate and remained a local distributor for the Chicago area, as the second generation of company owners looked for better avenues to expand the business. During the post WWII economic boom, Otto and Sons came into a deal with the ever-expanding McDonald’s fast food chain and was immediately catapulted as one of the most profitable food distributors in the world. Otto and Sons was able to use the McDonald’s brand’s innovation in franchising to to become the primary beef distributor for their franchises. This smart move on behalf of Otto and Sons eventually led to the company’s transition into the OSI Group global brand which we now recognize today.
For more than 100 years, OSI Group has continued to develop as one of the world’s best examples of the American dream and the will to win through unshakable perseverance.