Stephen Murray – A Legend in His Field

Stephen Murray was a well known equity investor who was truly a legend in his field.

His impressive career allowed him to have a seat on the board of some of America’s most influential companies to include: Generac Power Systems, The Vitamin Shoppe, Aramark, Pinnacle Foods, AMC Entertainment, and Legacy Hospital Partners.

Additionally, Stephen Murray CCMP Capital was known for his incredible philanthropic work with his dedication to the Make A Wish Foundation, which he later ended up being a serving member of their board.

Stephen Murray started out his career by attending Boston College and graduating with a degree in Economics.

He then later on went to attend Columbia Business School where he completed a Master’s of Business Administration. Stephen Murray started out his career in the financial unit of Manufacturers Hanover Corporation. Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital:

Manufacturers Hanover Corporation later merged with Chemical Bank and took Stephen Murray with them. Then, Chemical Bank merged with Chase Manhattan, which is where Stephen Murray truly was able to make a name for himself in their private equity division.

In fact, in 2005, Stephen Murray became the head of business buyouts at JP Morgan Chase.

Due to his contacts at JP Morgan Chase, he was able to co-found CCMP Capital, which was a company designed to handle the buyout division of JP Morgan Chase in depth. Consequently, Stephen Murray became CEO of CCMP Capital in 2007.

What is impressive about an individual such as Stephen Murray is that he not only was bold in the business board room, but he was also dedicated to meaningful charities.

He utilized his position and high net worth contacts to make a sizable difference in the local community, which truly made him a cut above the rest.

Stephen Murray passed away on March 12, 2015; however, he will always be respectfully remembered for his meaningful contributions to the business world and charity world as well.

Sanjay Shah Shows How To Win In The End With Solo Captial

After a very successful career with the big finance houses, working for Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, and Merrill Lynch, Sanjay Shah found himself downsized in 2007. Wall Street was in free fall and dropping the nation into a deep recession because of rampant corruption. Sanjay Shah did not let it keep him down. He did a most ambitious and gutsy move, he started his own company: Solo Capital Holdings. This grew out of his original small company, Aesa S.a.r.l. Some critics panned his effort then. They have nothing bad to say now. Shah’s gamble paid off quite handsomely.

Shah’s company owns the brands Solo Capital UK and Solo Capital Limited, both headquartered in London, England. Along the way, he has acquired other companies and started still others, located in Dubai, Malta, the Cayman Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Luxembourg. Altogether, his early efforts to recover his career landed him in the upper stratosphere of the wealthy; earning him over £19 million pounds at that time. He even got back into investment banking, buying Old Park Lane Capital. Now he lives in Dubai as a wealthy retired philanthropist and is estimated to have a total net worth of $280 million USD.

These days Sanjay Shah is very busy, even though he claims to be completely retired from business. He founded Autism Rocks, his charity to help fund autism research through high-ticket private music concerts. He got the idea from his friend, recording artist and hip hop superstar Snoop Dogg. On a visit to Shah’s family home in Dubai, Snoop was told that Shah’s son had recently been diagnosed as being autistic. Snoop immediately saw a way for Shah to really help that situation. He suggested that Shah launch his own venue into the music business by holding private concerts to pay for autism treatment and basic causes research. Shah took Snoop’s suggestion to heart and started Autism Rocks, which has hosted many private concerts that has raised over $15 million. All the proceeds go to Cambridge University study’s trust: Autism Research Trust. Concerts have been put on in both Dubai and London with great world-class DJs and big name stars, such as Snoop Dogg, Prince, Drake, Michael Bublè, and Lenny Kravitz.

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Learning About the Billionaire Philanthropist George Soros

George Soros is one of the richest individuals in the entire world on, but he was not born into the immense wealth he would have later in life. George Soros paved his own path to success, and he was indeed very successful. Today, George Soros is 85 years old and still seems to be going strong. He will always be known as one of the best businessmen in the world and a very giving philanthropist throughout his life as well.

Biography of George Soros

Soros was born in Budapest, Hungary. His date of birth was the 12th of August in 1930. At the age of 17, he was forced to flee his native home. This was because at 17, the year was 1947, and the remains of war torn Europe were still a problem on To get away from it all, he went to England, and there he began what would become a great career of making business and making money.

Everything began at the London School of Economics. George Soros on nytimes began studying at the London School of Economics in 1948 when he was just 18 years old. Once he had completed his work there in 1952, he graduated and began working straight away. In fact, he began working directly in the field of investment banking.

His first job was an entry-level position at a bank in London, England. Soon after holding this job in London, he decided to make a big move across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1956 when George was only 26, he sailed to the United States and got a position in New York. His first professional investment and analyst position was at the firm of F.M. Mayer. Soros worked at this firm from 1956 until 1959. Later, he moved to Wertheim & Co. He stayed Wertheim & Co. from 1959 to 1963, transitioning in 1963 to Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder. Soros stayed at Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder for 10 years from 1963 until 1973 when he was 43 years old. This is when he decided to go out by himself and found his own type of investing.

Soros started a hedge fund of his own on and called his new company Soros Fund Management in 1973 after he left his job at Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder. At first, things were difficult as they always are with new start ups, but he seemed to evolve very well, and soon, Soros Fund Management became extremely well-known. He was doing very well. His company changed names shortly after gaining success and became the respected Quantum Fund that most people know today.

George Soros Today

Once Quantum Fund had gained a large amount of success in the 1980s, George decided to stop the daily management of his fund and move on to something he was more passionate about. He became a well-known philanthropist and has donated a large amount of money to many of the causes he is passionate about. Today, George Soros is worth approximately $24.9 billion. He resides in Katonah, New York and has five children.


The Rising of Women in The Financial World

During the year 2007 the United States experienced one of the most devastating financial disasters since the Great Depression in the 1930’s. I personally believe that this recent disaster was far more terrifying and lengthy than what had occurred within the time period of the great depression. For me, it was because of the thousands of foreclosed houses and the extremely high rate of unemployment that lead me to believe that this could just possibly be the most negative impacting crisis to have ever occured in our country. When the financial world took a turn for the worst, it was people such as Helane Morrison that stood out and made an impact on the financial crisis that was taking place in America.

Helane Morrison graduated from not only Journalism school at Northwestern University, but also the University of California Berkley School of law. To me, that makes for an amazing woman and an even better financial advocate. After Helane had proven herself worthy with her hands on experience as a clerk for the US Court of Appeals, she moved onto private practices, business ligations, internal cooperate investigations, SEC matters and many other suits that I believe helped Helane bring out her professional natural abilities. In some of these practices Helane was even given full partnership with the firm.

Currently, Helane volunteers for the American Bar Association where she sits on the hedge fund committee. Helane’s position at the Association is to ensure that the managers of hedge fund are providing all the necessary information as all other investment managers would for their practices. A lot of managers used to take advantage of the laid back rules of the hedge fund, which I find to be rather appalling as anyone should want to protect their practice, not put it at risk for selfish decisions. Helane currently works at Hall Capital as their Chief Compliance Officer.

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Brian Torchin Fills the Need for New Medical Care Arena

Brian Torchin is the current president of HCRC (Health Care Recruitment Counselors) Staffing. He started out providing staffing for and managing medical offices in Pennsylvania, Florida and Delaware. He finds physicians, doctors of chiropractic, physician assistants and physical therapists for the offices. This activity over a number of years lead to the formation of HCRC Staffing. He now serves clients worldwide, offering full-service staffing and consulting for the health care industry.

Due to the growing need for health care by Baby Boomers, the demand for health care workers is expanding as well. The need for health care professionals is expected to grow for the next several years. Currently there is a shortage of health care workers, resulting in quite a few vacancies. This is why, health care staffing companies are in such demand as well. Brian has expanded his business to Europe and Asia, the demand is so great. told that Torchin became familiar with what was happening in the industry through his work as a physician of chiropractic practice. He understood the growing need for additional staffing in chiropractic practices and other medical facilities as well. His company offers staffing to chiropractic private practices and hospitals that need to fill chiropractic jobs, medical jobs and physical therapy staff positions. In addition to helping clients hire staff for various positions, HCRC Staffing also does background checks and staff training, cutting the workload of their clients.

The Affordable Care Act has created a larger pool of insured Americans. Most of these new insureds are younger and healthier people. These new insureds will more than likely seek health care services from primary care physicians, preventive care and outpatient care services. This increase in demand for health care providers will further push the demand for health care staffing services. The new Health Care Act provides reimbursement based on positive outcomes. Health care staffing companies like HCRC, now act more like holistic solution providers to health care organizations, providing them with a staff that gives better outcomes. Brian Torchin offers a health care staffing agency that works effectively in the new health care arena.  Brian has inspiring videos on his Vimeo about what staffing can mean, and about the future of the healthcare industry.

Investment Tips from Brad Reifler

The investment world is dominated by the 1 percenters in America as Brad Reifler notes from Twitter. The ones who strategize and invest in funds isn’t available for people with less capital like hedge and commodity funds. If you’re in the 99 percent of Americans who want to invest, but think you can’t—think again.

In a recent Reuters article, Brad Reifler, the Founder and CEO of Forefront Capital, offered advice for the 99 percenters who want to invest. Reifler understands the desire to grow money investing. In fact he’s seen both sides. He began his investment career in 1982 when he started Reifler Trading Corporation. Later, in 1995 he founded Pali Capital. Currently, he founded Forefront Management Group, LLC, a small boutique investing firm.

With all his success, he’s seen the other side of investing. Years ago he invested in a 529 college plan for his children. By the time they reached college age, the investment was worthless. He actually lost money on the investment. Another life lesson he learned was when his father-in-law wanted him to invest his entire life savings. Reifler soon discovered how limited the investment options were for people in the 99 percent.

CrunchBase indicates how Reifler has worked hard to change how the majority of people in America invest their money. For years his focus was on the accredited investor making $200,000 a year and a net worth of at least $1 million—excluding their house. He’s now focused on non-accredited investors by specifically planning an investment plan designed for them.

Any investor looking for a safe returning with a good investment should follow these tips:

• Be careful about how you invest your money. It’s important to think about expenses, risks and charges associated with each investment. In fact, take inventory of your assets, then create goals.
• Focus on the safety of your money.

• Never put all of your money in the stock market. Diversify is the key to growing and maintaining your investments.

• Know and trust your investment manager. You have to know who is taking care of your investments to actually know how well they are doing.

• Know why you’re investing in the first place. This means you must consider you investment objective. Always be careful with how much money you invest. Be on the lookout too. If something is working, add to it. However, continue to diversify.

Unfortunately for those in the 99 percent who want to invest, they are often overlooked. They are considered too high risk to help. Reifler knows that’s wrong. The investment world has room for everyone—regardless of income level. The tips he gives majority of the 99 percenters will help jumpstart their investments and grow them in the long- and short-term. The company website has more about what Brad is doing to change the market.

SEC Officials Prepare for More Scrutiny

SEC officials state that their view of chief compliance officers of money management firms is the same as it always of. However, they can’t help but feel a since of vulnerability as they are trying to prepare for more scrutiny. Among the results that this could bring are changes for investors of institutions. Compliance experts say that they need to pay closer attention to their due diligence and make some improvements to their work. Even though there is no change in the compliance officer’s role on account of the regulators, they are becoming more eager to make their expectations known. They are also eager to enforce any action against failures of expectations. 

One of the compliance officers that are growing in importance and showing more strict adherence to standards is Helane Morrison. She is a Managing Director, and Chief Compliance Officer of Hall Capital Partners LLC. She also works in the Executive Committee. Before her current position, she has practiced at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin for 10 years starting in 1986. During that time, she focused on the litigation of business. She was also involved in investigations of corporations. She has later entered into private practice.

Helane has received a B.S. in Journalism when she studied in Northwestern University. She also went to University of California and earned a J.D. She was also the Editor-in Chief of a publication called California Law Review. She clearly showed a lot of competence and passion in matters of the law. She is also working real hard to make sure issues in corporations are settled. She has also worked as the head of enforcement for certain firms in San Francisco. She is of course going to be one of those entities that are going to be looking deep into the issues with those companies and trying to get them on track. 

Among the charges that SFX Financial Advisory Management Enterprises Inc is facing is the failure to put into effect policies that have been formulated with the purpose of protecting against the misappropriation of the assets of clients. Another charge that the firm is facing is the failure to conduct annual reviews and false statements being made and filed. These cases has gotten Daniel Gallagher troubled to the point of voicing his concern of how agencies seem to be holding chief compliance officers in liability. One thing that he is worried about is scaring certain workers off with concerns of liability. 

Autism Rocks Reaches Out to the Masses for Donations

British philanthropist Sanjay Shah never had more of a challenge in raising donations and awareness to any particular charity until his son, Nikhil, was diagnosed with autism in 2011. After being told Nikhil would be on Dubai Autism Centre’s waiting list for five years before being able to begin applied behavior analysis therapy, he knew he had to do something. After all, the faster a child can begin therapy, the quicker they can develop. He had the ability to pay for his child’s personal therapy at home, however there were families who weren’t the same position. Shah wanted to help and bought two minibuses for the Centre. But in order to get at the root of understanding the cause and effects of autism, he focused his efforts on the research.

It all began when Snoop Dog came to visit Shah at his home in Dubai. The visit sparked Shah’s love for music again and gave him the idea that he could hold private music gigs to raise large sums of money. Autism Rocks, a charity where the donations go to the Autism Research Trust, or ART, was born. ART supports Cambridge University’s Autism Research Centre which researches the cause and effects of autism. Shah has hosted world renowned Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Joss Stone, and Elvis Costello and has raised 15 million United Arab Emirates Dirhams. The ARC has 15 long-term research projects working on methods of identifying autism as early as possible.

Earlier this month, Shah created a GoFundMe account for anyone to donate to the ARC’s research. His goal is 6610 British pounds. The goal of Autism Rocks is not to find a cure, but to better understand autism at its core. He states on the GoFundMe page, “….so I can better understand Nikhil and how he maybe thinking; the only way I can do that is via research.” Parents who live with autism can certainly appreciate Shah’s effort, but not able to help on a large dollar amount scale.

Coriant Telecommunications

Coriant, which was founded in 2013, is an independent telecommunications company that provides several types of telecom services which gets its technology from Sycamore Networks, Tellabs, and Siemens Optical. It was in 2013 that Coriant became independent of Nokia and became under new ownership with Marlin Equity Partners. Coriant sells software and hardware designed for optical transmissions which is the backbone network of mobile, voice, and data. Coriant sells such products as optical LAN and broadband access, edge routing solutions, intelligent network management, packet optical transport solutions, cross-connect and TDM solutions, and MSPP solutions. Coriant’s board of directors include several partners of Marlin Equity, Nick Kaiser, Robert Leggett, Doug Bayerd, Pat DiPietro, and one Coriant Member, Herbert Merz.

Shaygan Kheradpir, the CEO of Coriant, has a Ph.D in electrical engineering from Cornell University. Before he became the CEO of Coriant, he also held executive positions at Juniper Networks, GTE, Barclays, and Verizon, all of which he’s contributed an extensive talent in the development of products and cost-cutting initiatives. In regards to Coriant, before he got his CEO position, he was a part of Marlin Equity Partners, the optical-networking vendor. He successfully restructured and executed a cost-cutting plan IOP, integrated Operating Plan, as an answer to the pressure they were receiving from the investors at Elliot Management and cut costs by $160 million for Juniper Networks; A plan that Elliot Management was pleased with.

When Shaygan worked for GTE, where he ultimately became chief information officer, the Wall Street Journal commented on how he was gaining respect for his ability and dedication of delivering products on schedule. At Verizon, he was one of the contributors that diversified the company into a much broader range of telecommunication services in addition to the automation of operations. He was Verizon’s E-business division president and then ultimately Verizon’s very first CIO/CTO. In 2011, he was Barclays Chief Operating Officer for the company’s Global Retail and Business Bank, where he helped create customers products such as the Pingit mobile payment. In 2013, he became Barclays Technology officer and was the first from that department to hold a spot on the executive team.

Chicago Real Estate Investor Starts A GoFundMe Fund For Nepal Earthquake Victims

According to the United Nations, more than 8,600 people were killed by the earthquake that devastated Nepal. More than 16,800 people were injured, and 2.8 million people were displaced from their homes. The total number of people that felt the damage done by the earthquake is more than 5.6 million, and more than a million people still need food. Even though the earthquake occurred months ago, and millions of dollars have been raised to help the people of Nepal more has to be done.
A Chicago real estate investor has accepted that challenge. Majeed Ekbal, the well-known North Side entrepreneur, and real estate investors has been donating money to help the victims of the Nepal earthquake for months. Ekbal knows more money must be raised to help people rebuild after this traumatic event. Mr. Ekbal recently started a GoFundMe account to help raise more money. The money raised from that fund will be given to a Nepal CrowdRise Fund that wants to raise at least a million dollars for the survivors. Ekbal wants to add $10,000 to that fund through his GoFundMe account.
Majeed Ekbal is a well-known businessman in Chicago. His grocery delivery service on the North Side of Chicago is very successful, and his other real estate investments continue to help the city grow. The fact that Majeed is dedicated to the Nepal situation is no surprise. He plays a role in many charitable causes in Chicago.

Clay Sculptures by Majeed Ekbal from Majeed Ekbal on Vimeo.

A recent article published by the Chicago Tribune said Ekbal is a recent graduate of American University. He filled a void when he opened Expresso Inc. on the North Side. Expresso Inc. not only delivers groceries but also delivers specialty items from other shops in the area. The article also said Ekbal plans to open another location on the South Side of Chicago because his North Side Location is so successful.
Ekbal has many friends that live in Nepal and is active on social media. Majeed knows that the current situation in Nepal is getting better, but more has to be done so the people can begin to live a normal life again. But that normal life will be filled with traumatic memories.