Venezuela Nominates Ali Roderiguez to Newly Vacant OPEC Seat Venezuela is a member of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) and has been almost since the organization’s inception. On May 25th, Venezuela nominated Ali Rodriguez to become the next secretary-general of the oil producer group, OPEC. This isn’t surprising as Ali Rodriguez was Venezuela’s former energy minister for some time and has strong connections with the country and OPEC. The oil producer group has been looking for a new secretary general since Abdullah al-Badri will be finishing their last full term in July after being elected in December. This wouldn’t be the first time Ali Rodriguez held the position of secretary general of OPEC. In fact, he held the position as recently as 2001 to June 30th of 2002. Other nominations besides Venezuela includes Mohammed Barkindo who was a former head of oil firm NNPC which was state-owned within Nigeria. Other country nominations include Indonesia with two candidates, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia, Ira, and Iraq all pushing forward their own individuals to take the top seat within OPEC. If Ali Rodriguez takes the secretary general seat it could mean big changes to the way OPEC operates as South American countries and Middle Eastern countries have different policies on the export of their oil and with the recent downturn in price they have had repeated votes on the matter within OPEC which the secretary general can influence. Write a brief article based on Venezuela news Order-ID: 15318617 Venezuela’s Deteriorating Economy Results in Sell of Gold Reserves The recent economic crisis overtaking Venezuela has resulted in the sell off of 1.7 billion dollars worth of its gold reserves. This move comes as persistent conditions of food shortages, economic collapse, and political conflict continue to plague the nation. As the value of Venezuela’s gold reserves recently plummeted to an all time low, the nation sold its gold reserves to better accommodate repayment of the nation’s increasing debt. Last week Venezuela’s gold reserves dropped to only 12.1 billion. As it accounts for 70 percent of its entire reserves, the decline in oil exports in recent months has also heavily impacted Venezuela’s financial standings. There is an evident big problem with cash flow for Venezuela as selling their gold reserves is a desperate attempt at reconciliation for the economy in some respect. The rate of inflation in Venezuela is predicted to rise over 1000 percent in the next coming years and its economic forecast looks more than grim. We can only hope that something happens soon and that the money generated through the sell of their gold reserves helps Venezuela to overcome the hurdles of the crisis that is causing the nation so much strife.

Venezuela is a member of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) and has been almost since the organization’s inception. On May 25th, Venezuela nominated Ali Rodriguez to become the next secretary-general of the oil producer group, OPEC. This isn’t surprising as Ali Rodriguez was Venezuela’s former energy minister for some time and has strong connections with the country and OPEC. The oil producer group has been looking for a new secretary general since Abdullah al-Badri will be finishing their last full term in July after being elected in December.
This wouldn’t be the first time Ali Rodriguez held the position of secretary general of OPEC. In fact according to Norka Luque, he held the position as recently as 2001 to June 30th of 2002. Other nominations besides Venezuela includes Mohammed Barkindo who was a former head of oil firm NNPC which was state-owned within Nigeria. Other country nominations include Indonesia with two candidates, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia, Ira, and Iraq all pushing forward their own individuals to take the top seat within OPEC.

If Ali Rodriguez takes the secretary general seat it could mean big changes says Norka, to the way OPEC operates as South American countries and Middle Eastern countries have different policies on the export of their oil and with the recent downturn in price they have had repeated votes on the matter within OPEC which the secretary general can influence.

 

George Soros and the Work of Open Society Foundations

Billionaire George Soros and his company Open Society Foundations nearly got taken. Activist James O’Keefe made a recent attempt to convince the foundation he was someone else and to influence their decision making. A simple mistake however, prevented his sneaky plan affecting Soros and his big time company Open Society Foundations.

It all began when O’Keefe called Open Society Foundations lying and identifying himself as Victor Kesh. A recording of the call shows O’Keefe leaving a message to Dana Geraghty. During the voicemail O’Keefe states that he would like to get involved with and aid in fighting for European values. Again O’Keefe appears to be Hungarian-American Victor Kesh. O’Keefe goes on to end the call but makes a very big mistake. He never hangs up the call. He continued on with a nearly ten minute conversation that was still being recorded. He goes on to basically confess that he made the entire scenario up. “It was a little chilling to hear this group of men talking about me as a ‘point of entry,’” Geraghty said. She ultimately forwarded the voicemail to the foundation’s president, Chris Stone. Source: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2016/03/10/billionaire-smackdown-george-soros-funds-effort-to-stop-trump-mobilize-latinos/

George Soros serves as the founder and chairman of Open Society. His group works in over 100 countries. He is known globally for his philanthropic efforts. He is also very well known for his support supporter of liberal political causes. He was born in Hungary, where he was raised by a traditional Jewish family. His business and political knowledge come mainly from his studies at London School of Economics. It was there that he would later earn a Bachelor of Science in philosophy. After struggling to find employment, he eventually began working with Singer & Friedlander of London. In 1970 George Soros went on to create Soros Fund Management where he became chairman.

Soros is very well known for his philanthropic work. He has worked for years with the University of Cape Town in South Africa where he has given lots of money. In 2007 George Soros was recognized by Time magazine for his work in Russia. Soros gave nearly $100 million to help Internet infrastructure there.

Other projects that are note worthy include his help to universities throughout Europe. Soros also given as much as $420 million to schools such as Central European University. Soros has a resume that is worthy of high praise. His work continues to have an impact on the political world.
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Anthony Marsala, Chief Operating Officer Madison Street Capital

Madison Street Capital’s Anthony Marsala was named the winner of the M&A Advisor’s Seventh Annual Emerging Leaders Award. Marsala is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of the firm.

Marsala award came from his vast experience and hard word in the industry from which he has had numerous achievements. He has a fifteen years’ experience in investment banking. His experience comes hand in hand with extensive deal work in finance, buy side and sell side M&A advisory. He is a certified CVA with the recognition of the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts.

This award is a replica of the 40 under 40 awards done in 2010 in the U.S of which its primary goal is to appreciate and celebrate the Financing and Turnaround geeks and the young M&A, who had attained an adorable grade of success in conjunction with an enormous contribution to their community and industry.

The Emerging Leaders program is now Europe and the United Kingdom. It makes Marsala become a member of the worldwide network of young leaders. It instills moral to the young leaders to work for the growth of the industry.

Before the coming of this award, Marsala had an honoree from NAVCA in the 40 under Forty recognition program held in 2015. He also got a spot in the Crain’s Leadership Program held in 2016.

Madison Street Capital is a global investment banking company premiere. Its primary goal is offering financial advisory services, expertise in the merging and selling of firms, financial tips, and valuation of properties for both government sectors and private businesses. Their work is to help their clients to be able to reach the international market. It comes with the offering of financial advisory to the customers and also M&A transactions like the transferring of ownership of firms.

Madison Street Capital is also involved in community services as its primary goal is to work with everybody. It is a passionate supporter of the United Ways Organization which offers disaster management efforts through reliefs. It is through the provision of food and shelter finance and better health facilities to people faced with catastrophe.

For clients who would like any advice in investment banking may it be an acquisition, selling of firms or any other relevant need they should involve Madison Street Capital? It is because the company has a tremendous experience in the field of investment banking.

This article about Madison Street Capital is available in Benzinga.

Learn more:

http://madisonstreetcapital.org

Life History and Success of Eric Pulier

Born and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey, Eric Pulier is an American entrepreneur, philanthropist and an author currently based in California. At the high school, Eric started his own database company due to his knowledge in computer programming during his four grade era. Being relentless and his love for education made him enroll at Harvard University in 1984 where he majored in English and American Literature. During his Harvard era, Eric also served as an editor and columnist for the Harvard Crimson. Eric passion for knowledge made him also enroll in MIT and in 1988 graduated magma cum laude.

Eric Pulier is and his perseverance has made him one of the most revered and successful entrepreneur when it comes to governance and enterprise technology.

Being human-centered and his aim to promote good health care and education, Eric founded People Doing Things which was address healthcare and technology through technology. He also founded Digital Evolution which later merged with LLC in 1998. Eric as an entrepreneur with others built Starbright World for chronically ill children through which they could interact with each other and meet other people.

Eric’s hard work and dedication gave him the node to implement the Technology Exhibition “The Bridge to the 21st Century” which took place in Washington in 1997. After the good work at the exhibition, he partook in a health care and technology forum of Vice President Al Gore which he served as an advisor on health care, Interactive Video Technology, and Technology Initiatives. He is a Co-founder of ServiceMesh Inc. where he serves as a Chairman and CEO. Some of the companies he has founded and co-founded include Desktone, Media Platform, US Interactive, and SOA Software. He has also served on different positions at companies like Santa Monica Media Corporation where he served as a Secretary, Computer Sciences Corporation as General Manager of Cloud, Director of ARTIST direct Inc, Director of Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council and many others.

He is one of the popular speakers at the premier technology conferences and a member of Clintons Global Initiative and also Executive Director of Enterprise Leadership Council.

Eric has also engaged in several philanthropic arts as a donor to non-profit organizations and a board member of X-PRIZE Foundation, The Painted Turtle, and several others.

Additional Links:

https://angel.co/pulier

John Goullet and DIVERSANT LLC Shape IT Leaders of Tomorrow

DIVERSANT LLC grew from two other companies, and John Goullet along with Gene C. Waddy helped form it. This corporation is now the United State’s largest African-American owned IT employment agency.

DIVERSANT not only places Information Technology staff in suitable positions, but they also prepare these workers. For instance, many job applicants need help fashioning their CVs (resumes). In the process, they are usually taught how to highlight their most valuable professional skills. This, along with proper training, is normally how DIVERSANT helps each candidate find the position that best suits them.

John Goullet, Waddy and other financiers have also set up a system of diversity advocacy. Each employee is coached on how to handle people of different races and socioeconomic backgrounds. In doing so, this seems to have brought even more innovation to the workplace. It also has appeared to increase productivity because everyone has learned how to cooperate with people different from them.

One of the focuses DIVERSANT has in addition to working with various minority racial groups is helping veterans. This company prepares people in active duty for re-entry into the work world. These expertise might have been acquired in the military, at college or elsewhere. Furthermore, they are more than likely personal resources they need for dealing with any kind of post-traumatic stress or disability they might have.

Before DIVERSANT, this company was two separate ones – Goullet’s start up Info Technologies and the former Diversant, Inc. Gene Waddy now owns DIVERSANT LLC, and Goullet is the Chairman. This company has been named one of the fastest-growing companies by Inc. magazine twice.

Additional Links on John Goullet:

John Goullet and Diversant are Leading With Solutions

How John Goullet Improves IT Services through DIVERSANT LLC

Keith Mann, the Co-Founder of Dynamic Search Partners

Dynamic Search Partners is a firm that is committed to searching talents for private industries and hedge funds. This great firm has more than 10 years of successful working history. They always try to maintain the partnerships and relationships with their candidates and clients throughout the years. They stated that the strong relationship between them, and their clients is the foundation of the whole business that enables them to have a broad network of professionals. One of the founders of this firm is Keith Mann.

Mann is an investment banker. He specialized in hedge fund management. As a matter of fact, he started his career through the Dynamics Associates At that time he was assigned as the Manager of the Alternative Investment Division. Because the manager, he was in charge of making investment decisions as well as team researching.

By the time, Keith managed to rise through ranks in the Dynamics Associates. At first, he was promoted to be the Managing Director of the company. Afterward, he was selected as a Senior VP.

The Dynamic Search Partners was founded back in 2000. It was after his successful time at Dynamic Associates that he co-found his current venture, which is known as the Dynamic Search Partners. The Dynamic Search Partners is a firm that specializes in finding opportunities for their clients who are qualified investment professionals. Nevertheless, the firm works with top hedge funds that are looking for qualified executives in the nation too. Keith is currently the Managing Director of the Dynamic Search partners.

The Dynamic Search Partners is very successful as it has succeeded in building broad network and relationships; they are known as experts in the fund industry too. The journey of Keith Mann, who climbed from the bottom and is currently near the top is very inspiring. If you are interested in the Dynamic Search Partners, you can visit their website: dynamicsearchpartners.com

 

Additional Links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Mann

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/keith-mann-and-dynamics-search-partners-raise-over-22k-for-uncommon-schools-of-new-york-300044729.html

 

Its Already Spring, Lets Be Clean

Spring cleaning is symbolically thoroughly cleaning a house during springtime. Spring cleaning dates earlier back in the 20s when prehistoric Jews and Hebrews thoroughly performed cleansing of their home in preparation for Spring-time biblical feast of the Passover as they remembered their captivity in Egypt.

Today, in Northern Europe and America the practice found a distinctive practical value to the region’s continental and wet climates. In the 19th century before the discovery of the vacuum cleaners, March was usually the ultimate time for dusting as it could get warmer enough to open doors and windows and the high current windows could carry the dust outside the house. This was also the time of the year when coal furnaces wouldn’t be used and everyone would wash all sorts of soot from the kitchen walls and furniture left by the furnace. It was also for the same reason that most urban households usually used the month of March to clean projects using chemicals which generate fumes.

Vacuum cleaners and chemical today are being used to wipe walls and ceilings, reseal grout lines, dust books and shelves, clean upholstered furnishings, wax wooden furniture’s, polish metal doors and window panes as well as ensure fire safety.

Handy, formerly known as Handybook is the largest spring cleaning platform that link individuals looking for household services with certified independent and top quality professionals. The company was founded in 2012 as a technical solution to a long lasting problem of finding trustworthy individuals and professionals for household cleaning.

Handy is a reliable company matching thousands of customers every day with its thousands if not hundreds of professional situated all over the world. The cleaning platform ensures an easy 1-minute booking procedure, securing of payment and a 100% money-back guarantee, making it the most convenient and easiest way to book home services.

The company was founded by Oisin Hanrahan who while attending Harvard University in the United States, met a classmate, Umang Dua who together developed Handy to isolate a group of professionals who they could trust to renovate a series of apartments that they had bought.

Additional Links on Handy:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.handy.handy.prod&hl=en

https://www.handy.com/apply

Efforts Made By James Dondero In Enhancing Highland Capital Management’s Operations

Highland Capital Management is based in Texas, Dallas. The Securities Exchange Commission has duly registered the company. In order to enhance its operations, Highland Capital Management has opened additional offices in Seoul, New York, Singapore and Sao Paulo. The firm offers credit strategy services to corporations, government, individuals, funds of funds, financial institutions and public pensions. The organization offers various credit strategies that consist of private equity, collateralized loan obligations and hedge funds.

The firm dates back to 1990 when two partners, James Dondero and Mark Okada, and Protective Life Insurance Corporation joined forces to establish a partnership. The aim of the entity was to specialize in fixed income strategies. By 1993, the partnership had increased its scope of operations to include asset management. The partners owned 40 percent stake in the company while Protective Life owned the remaining 60 percent.

In May 1997, the two partners, James and Mark, were able to buy the remaining 60 percent stake from Protective Life. They created an independent advisor that was named as Ranger Asset management L.P. A year later, the company changed its name to Highland Capital Management. The firm increased its ventures to floating rate funds and mutual funds. Currently, the firm has about $18 billion of assets under its management. In the recent past, firm has started to offer alternative investments in natural resources, long and short-term equities and emerging markets.

James is an American businessman who serves as the President of Highland Capital Management firm. He is an alumnus of the University of Virginia where he graduated with a Beta Sigma Honor. Dondero is commonly referred to as Jim. He has more than 20 years of experience in financial management. Jim’s career kicked off at Morgan Guaranty. Here, James was trained on different facets of investment before serving as a credit analyst.

Later, he moved to American Express where he worked as a Corporate Bond Analyst. Owing to his exemplary efforts and successes, he was promoted to being a Portfolio Manager. He served American Express for four years. James joined GIC where he was a Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Dondero is a Certified Management Accountant. He has been serving in the position of a board member for MGM Studios and American Banknote. James is also a board chairman for NexBank, CCS Medical and Cornerstone Healthcare.

Additional Links:

http://dallasinspections.net/james-dondero-his-company-and-achievements/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/donderojames

Charles Koch Seek Liberty and Prosperity

Charles Koch was born in Wichita, Kansas, being one of the four son of Fred Chase Koch. According to what he coined an interview earlier this year, his career began while he was a child as their father wanted them to work as though they were the poorest people in the world.

He received his education in a number of institutions including Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Austrian School of Economics where he gained insight on market-based management, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering as well as Bachelor of Science, General Engineering in the year 1957.

Charles Koch is a political donor and his ability to do is due to his co-ownership of Koch industries, a large conglomerate inherited from their father Fred Koch. Koch Industries is the second largest privately owned organization by revenue in the United States according to Fortune 500 survey. It has an estimated net worth of $34 billion according to Bloomberg Index.

Charles is a libertarian, funding and supporting free-enterprise policy and advocacy organizations. In 2004-2008, Koch donated $230 million, emphasizing on libertarian causes, funding public and academic policy welfare and research. Since 2011, Koch political activities have focused on educational programs, projects, research and policies meant to advance free market views, depicting this as “personal freedom”.

Charles believes that government spending accelerates and erode economic freedom. According to him, a lot of businesses in the country have efficaciously petitioned for treatment and special favors through seeking mandate for their products in what he term as subsidies (cash payments from the government), tariffs and regulations in order to fight against their competitors. Even though he feel such is easier than competing in an open market, Koch insist that such activities will threaten our living standards as well as suppress our entrepreneurs while rewarding politicians rather than rewarding those who provide consumers with what they want.

He is quoted saying that the first thing that business and political leaders ought to get rid of is business entitlements and welfare, despite his enterprise, Koch Industries enjoying ethanol subsidies as it is a major source of ethanol producer. This evidence how strongly Koch opposes corporate welfare. Regarding policies and regulations, Koch is quoted arguing that all employees are expected to adhere fully with law, regardless of their individual views. This is what he coins as the path toward liberalism and prosperity.

Additional Links:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2014/05/20/17-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-koch-brothers/

Alexei Beltyukov Exemplifies Excellence in Russia

Alexei Beltyukov, the man, making headlines across Russia for his revolutionary deeds in the education and corporate scenes. Alexei has become something of a household name and exemplifies the values of hard work, determination, and innovation.  XRepublic highlights some examples of what Alexei is doing differently.

The Russian government loves working together with Alexei Beltyukov and his ventures. These two parties have demonstrated the belief in the success public-private partnerships. Alexei has been around as an entrepreneur since completing his MBA at INSEAD in 1997. Before upgrading his studies, he practiced medicine for some years before making the giant leap into entrepreneurship.

The transition Alexei underwent he always had a passion for business and he believed in his innovative and expressive side. It also happens that enterprise promises the world full of possibilities and dreams as well as the key to financial freedom. Today, Alexei is a mentor to hundreds of startup entrepreneurs in Russia, especially in the information technology sector.

One of his flagship companies is A-ventures that facilitates the financial rescue of financially unstable firms. This company, therefore, saves thousands of jobs besides keeping essential service delivery in the market. In 2013, he led the formation of a hedge fund named Endemic Capital. This firm offers investment advisory and financing to promising startups in the country. It has made the dreams of many young entrepreneurs to come to completion.

Alexei Beltyukov has also become one of the top philanthropists in Russia. If bailing out a struggling company or assisting in the establishment of another is not charity, then his pioneering role in securing scholarships for students at INSEAD places him firmly in this category. He also leads the Skolkovo Foundation as the vice-chairperson in promoting IT solutions among government and the private sector.

Despite a busy schedule, Alexei always finds the time to manage all his corporate interests and investments around the world. He never misses a board meeting and be rest assure he attends multiple meetings on a weekly basis. It takes a different kind of leader to manage all these things and soak up the pressure that comes with the responsibility. Am certain he has many admirers across the country.

Two decades is more than enough time to leave a lasting legacy as Mr. Beltyukov’s story indicates. More importantly, it’s important always to seek to provide solutions and carry our responsibilities with diligence. Alexei Beltyukov deserves an Excellence award for all his noble work over the years.  Alexei is also especially well known for the creation of Solvy.com.  This website is an educational resource, meant to improve test scores, and a child’s ability to retain knowledge.  In fact, this work has proven that Alexei Beltyukov’s latest project is his finest.