Adam Milstein Announced As One Of The 50 Most Influential Jews In The World

Recently, Adam Milstein was recognized by the Jerusalem Post as part of the 50 most influential Jewish figures that have made an impact worldwide in the past year. The list also includes people that have the prospect to effect transformation in the future. On the list, Milstein was number 39. That is because of his leadership as the chairman and co-founder of the Israel-American Council. He was also recognized for his work as an activist, philanthropist, and leadership in several other Jewish organizations. The organizations include Hasbara Fellowships, StandWithUs, Birthright Israel, the Israel on Campus Coalition, AIPAC National Council, and Stand By Me.

Additionally, the list comprises of political leaders such as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu along with U.S senator Charles Schumer. It also includes Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Philanthropists Haim Saban, Sheldon Adelson, Lynn Schusterman, Ron Lauder, and Matthew Bronfman make the list. It also has Jewish leaders like Malcolm Hoenlein and Natan Sharansky as well as entertainers like Sarah Silverman and Gal Gadot.

Milstein noted that he was honored and humbled by his inclusion in the list alongside the Jewish people’s outstanding leaders. He added that he was grateful to his wife, Gila, the IAC as well as the Jewish organizations that they have had an opportunity to collaborate with to make a difference. According to him, the award is an indication of
the major achievements of the Israel- American Community.

The mission of the Milstein Family Foundation is based on two pillars, which include strengthening the Jewish people as well as their homeland. That is by enhancing cooperation between organizations. The foundation also embraces the principles of funding projects while focusing on their long term impact and active philanthropy. Milstein pointed out that the Milstein Family Foundation will continue with its mission.

About Adam Milstein
Adam Milstein is Hager Pacific Properties’ managing partner. He is philanthropist and a real estate investor. He co-founded the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation in 2000 alongside his wife, Gila. His family foundation works on igniting the Jewish pride in young Jewish people. It offers pro-Israel Americans with expertise to promote the state of Israel and support the important U.S. – Israel coalition.

Additional Sources:

http://www.adammilstein.org/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-milstein/its-not-just-about-israel_b_8861508.html

http://www.jewishjournal.com/giving/article/adam_milstein_leading_by_example

Why Kenneth Goodgame Believes in End Caps

When it comes to marketing, Kenneth Goodgame has managed to become the best. His prowess can be seen from the insane earnings that True Value makes and the prospects that the company has in making more profits. Regarding the retail industry, Kenneth Goodgame has the most impressive resume that any client would be looking for. Some of his skills include marketing products as well as displaying products to draw the attention of the buyers. Kenneth Goodgame is also very skilled in making people pay for the goods they have bought at various stores. Other than True Value, Goodgame has worked for other companies such as Newell Rubbermaid as well as Techtronic Industries where he also recorded increased sales and success.

Kenneth Goodgame has worked as the Chief Merchandizing Officer as well as the Senior Vice President of True Value Hardware Corporation since 2013. His success in this firm can be attributed to the way he places emphasis on the end cap. He believes that end caps are very crucial in sales. Goodgame acknowledges that end caps are usually the first thing a customer will likely notice about an aisle when they walk to a store. While working at True Value Hardware, he has been able to replace the lowest performing buyers into the best performing ones. He has also launched the New at True value program. This is an end program that has been supported by more than 2800 stores.

Over the years, Kenneth Goodgame has enjoyed success in the operation management field and has been able to participate in million and billion dollar projects. Goodgame focuses on developing innovative marketing strategies as well as promoting growth through the use innovative leadership. He also focusses on productivity enhancement as well as cost analysis and not forgetting composed negotiations. Goodgame believes that the experience that he has acquired over time helps him avoid the costly mistakes that make other people fail.

Before joining True Value Hardware, Goodgame worked for the Ace Hardware Corporation that is based in Oak Brook Illinois. He served as the General Merchandising Manager from 2010 to 2013 when he recorded notable success. Goodgame holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Tennessee.

63% Of US Retailers Unable To Accept New Microchip Credit & Debit Cards

Omaha, Nebraska-based management consulting firm The Strawhecker Group announced that 63% of United States retail organizations were not able to handle debit and credit cards with new embedded microchips. The inability to accept the new generation of cards positions retailers to be held liable for fraudulent use of the decades-old magnetic stripe debit and credit cards.

The Strawhecker Group presents clients with consultation services concerning electronic payment systems, payment strategies, transaction advisories and consumer spending data.

Problematic for retailers and forms that accepted credit and debit cards as a form of payment, magnetic strip cards have been prone to fraudulent use. To counter and eliminate such abuse, the United States adopted the EMV protocol is based on a contemporary technology that embedded a microchip into a credit or debit card and is a more foolproof method against misuse.

The EMV protocol aptly named after the developers of the card microchip technology, Europay, MasterCard and Visa. The roll out of the contemporary and cutting-edge technology mandated all credit and debit card accepting retailers to upgrade current Point of Sale systems, starting October 2015. Visa and MasterCard pressured merchants to make the switch or they would be held liable for any misuse of magnetic strip cards.

Not only was the push on by Visa, MasterCard, and Europay to have merchants make the conversion but was endorsed by the Obama administration, with the President signing the “Buy Secure” proclamation. With such high visibility to make the transformation, all three card issuers drop the ball and dragged their heels in educating small business owners as to the need and benefit of accepting the new technology.

Not just an issue for small business, even nationally recognized retails have issues developing a cost effective Point of Sale System that was compatible with the new chip technology as well. Slow to respond to the call for transformation were the debit and credit terminal manufacturers, citing that they were unable to adapt to such technology in a short period. To qualm any concerns until they are able to debut the new technology, many terminal manufacturers offered to provide liability protection to customers if any misuse occurred after the imposed compliance deadline of October 15, 2015.

Respected investment banking organization Madison Street Capital of Chicago, Illinois, offers clients financial consultation, opinion and advisory services which include mergers, procurement and gain, capital realignment, reorganization, default, buyout, and placement assistance. Their lineup of clients includes Bond Medial Group, Inc., Central Iowa Energy, LLC, and Fiber Science, Inc.

All You Need To know About Sanjay Shah And Solo Capital

A popular organization, Old Park Lane Capital, has been making losses of late, and due to this, it has decided to merge or sell its shares to other investors to save itself from collapsing. Reports say that Solo Capital Partners will be buying the institution. Solo Capital is a privately owned company, and it is based in London and Dubai. Solo capital is a re-owned company, and it is currently regulated by the United Kingdom rules.

The chief executive for solo capital, Anne Martin is also the former chief operating officer for Cantor Index, and she joined Old Park Lane to work as the director not long ago. The management of Old Lane Capital hopes that the acquisition by Solo Capital will make it secure especially in its finances. The deal was announced just recently, and from the look of it, things are already moving positively. From 2013, the institution had been making serious losses, and experts had said that a merger would be the only solution to the problem.

Solo capital is a very popular institution in the world. The company was incorporated in late 2011, and it is managed under the UK regulations. The company has only been operating for a short time, but it has managed to make a lot of revenue, surprising investors in the competitive market.

The solo Capital was founded by Sanjay Shah, a wealthy individual who is currently based in London and Dubai too. He was born in Kenya of very wealthy parents. When he was a few years old, his parents relocated and came into the United Kingdom where he went to school. At first, he studied medicine at the University. Later on, he felt that he was not good enough. He abandoned the medical profession, choosing to the finance industry.
In the finance industry, Shah becomes quite successful, and that’s how he has managed to create his enormous wealth. He has several companies located in different parts of the world. His companies are all over the world, and he has decided to retire early to take care of Autism Rocks, a foundation he started recently.

In 2011, the life of Sanjay Shah changed completely changed when his youngest son got ill. His child would vomit after taking any food, and this left him worried most of the time. One day, he accompanied his wife to the hospital to understand what was really happening to the child. After many tests, the son was diagnosed with the serious condition known as autism. The journey was tough trying to cure the condition, and this motivated him to start the charitable foundation, Autism rocks. Apart from supporting autism rocks, Shah supports children in India who are suffering from autism.

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James Dondero and the prediction for 2016 stock market

According to analysis, stock market is expected to be better in 2016 than the previous year. This is due to the fact that stock market maintained same position in 2015 and this has caused many investors to think of more advanced way of improving this. The sail in 2015, in as much as it was a smooth one, there was a mini-crash between the months of August and September. This has greatly influenced the investors to focus more on the uncertainties and risks involved following the experience during the crash.

Investors ushered in 2016 thriving to curb the risks and uncertainties that would by chance creep in and this promises a prosperous year in the stock market. So as to bring in a great deal of remittances, investors have been advised to focus on companies that hold good rewards and bare high standards. This is due to the fact that buyers tend to change their attitudes as we experience growth and they shift their interest to investors in big companies. This means that the small investments are left out and rendered unsuccessful and insignificant in the market.

As we came to the end year 2015, results shown in the market gave a wakeup call to investors. This is in terms of increasing the returns in the investments to bring in even better results in this year.

James Dondero is the president and co-founder of Highland Capital Management. Jim stands out as among those who pioneered Collateralized Loan obligation. Dondero has been in the credit markets for a period of three decades and it’s for this he has gained much of experience in these fields.

Jim Dondero attended Virginia University in which he studied finance and accounting. Currently, he works on the facilitation of operations on investments and strategies involved in the retail and institutional products at highland. The funds that he has steered so far have earned many awards and accolades and have been greatly recognized in the financial field.

Before he joined Highland Capital, Dondero worked in Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary. While working here, he led the organization to a $1 billion worthiness which he achieved within a duration of five years.

While he still works at Highland, James Dondero chairs the board of Nexbank, cornerstone healthcare and CCS Medical Corporation.

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Below is the link to the original release.

http://www.octafinance.com/highland-capital-management-top-10-holdings-in-q3-2015/352793/

BMG Bank President Ricardo Guimarães Believes All Countries Have A Duty To Control CO2 Emissions

There has been an ongoing argument about global warming and why it is taking place. There is no doubt that the earth is going through a cyclical change, and it is getting warmer, but many political figures in countries around the world don’t think humans are contributing to the speed of the warming. According to Brazilian bank president Ricardo Guimarães, the CO2 emissions from emerging markets as well as developed countries is speeding up the warming process. All nations have a duty to reduce CO2 emissions according to Mr.Guimarães.

Mr. Guimarães made his thoughts known at the international conference that was held in Paris, France at the end of 2015. Guimarães said developed countries like the United States and the UK have been emitting large amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere for years. Ever since the industrial revolution began, U.S. companies have freely sent tons of CO2 into the atmosphere and thought little about it until recently. The fact is, time is running out, according to Guimarães. If the earth warms by another 2 degrees the devastation that will occur around the world will be epic.

Ricardo Guimarães is a well-known banker and entrepreneur in Brazil. His family has been in the mining, cattle, and coffee business for years. Ricardo’s grandfather started the Land Credit Bank in the state of Minas Gerais in 1930. Ricardo was named president of the BMG Bank in 1998. BMG Bank is the former Land Credit Bank. Ricardo has built the bank into a national lending institution by sponsoring soccer clubs.

Brazil is one of the countries that has been guilty of emitting too much CO2 into the atmosphere, and Guimarães is on a mission to cut those emissions. Guimarães is very active in the political, social and sports scene in his country, so what he says has credibility with the people of Brazil. Even though he comes from a mining background, he is pushing the government to use renewable energy sources like solar energy, wind power, and biofuels. Ricardo believes Brazil should be completely “green” nation in 10 years, and he is doing everything in his power to make that happen.

It will take years for other nations around the world to become totally green, and some countries never will unless there are consequences. The mission at the conference in Paris was to make countries realize they have a duty and the responsibility to control the amount of carbon dioxide that is released into the atmosphere. No country, regardless of size or power, has the right to emit high levels of CO2 into the atmosphere, and countries that do should be fined by the United Nations, according to Guimarães and other leaders around the world.

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Majeed Ekbal Helping Victims in Nepal

Majeed Ekbal is a Chicago, Illinois based, real estate investor and entrepreneur, who has organized and is supporting a GoFundme campaign to raise money for the numerous victims of the Nepal Earthquake in 2015. This charity is very important to Ekbal as he has many friend living in the area of that devastating earthquake. The funds raised in this GoFundme campaign will go towards medical and disaster relief for those effected.
Ekbal hopes that the efforts to raise money for this charity are successful.
Majeed Ekbal is a recent graduate of American University in Washington D.C. He is president of Expresso, located at 2400 N. Lakeview Ave. Expresso operates in Lincoln Park, near downtown and as far west as Ashland Avenue. Ekbal plans to extend Expresso’s service to Evanston, Wilmette and other North Shore suburbs as soon as possible. Expresso is a full service shopping company that caters to affluent customers who want the ultimate in shopping convenience, but don’t want to be bothered by having to shop in a multitude of stores for their favorite products. While it seems far removed from helping earthquake victims, it is still providing a service to those in need.
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To donate to Ekbal’s GoFundme campaign access GoFundme on the internet.
Unfortunately, we are surrounded by misfortune wherever we look, but we must face these conditions and change them for the better, they will not improve without our strong efforts.
Chicago is a city with pressing problems with violence, gangs, drugs, and a deterioration of values. There is a near war between factions in Chicago, and the situation may become even worse before it gets better. People, like Majeed Ekbal, must strive to make a positive difference within that community, or become like the nomads and pull up stakes and disappear into the desert.