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.

Learn more about Helane’s background on LinkedIn or check out her Bloomberg page here: http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=38982933&privcapId=1746886&previousCapId=1746886&previousTitle=Hall%20Capital%20Partners%20LLC

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.

About.me 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.

Non Accredited Investor Portfolios

Brad Reifler is a respected and sought after entrepreneur with three decades of experience  all compiled on Wikipedia. He possesses all the qualities of a leader that justifies his stature in the community. He is affiliated with numerous investment outfits such as Pali Capital, Forefront Capital and initially Reifler Trading Corporation, and several others touched upon on CrunchBase.

Brad has a passion for entrepreneurship and social welfare, and has written tons of articles on the subject. Brad established all his companies from scratch and molded them into million dollar companies. Take Reifler Trading, for example, a company he put together while in college trading derivatives online. Years later, the company was acquired by the Refco group.

Brad Reifler went on to found and run Pali Capital, a company he put on international frontiers. He spearheaded its expansion drive into four continents including Australia, Europe, and Latin America. The company earned commissions from clients to the tune of over $1 billion during this tenure of thirteen years.

Every entrepreneur must look to the future to position themselves at a vantage point for success. Brad in his knowledge knew this too well, so he left the volatile and unpredictable financial markets following the global financial crisis. He identified a gap in the investment profile. The rich and upper class of society who usually make up the accredited investor category wallowed in massive losses. He focused his efforts on the 99% of the population never involved in investment affairs before.

Reifler knows the power and accuracy of extensive research, therefore, spent time studying the non-accredited investor. Recently, he unveiled the Forefront Income Trust, a public, non-traded fund tailored for the category as mentioned earlier. According to Brad, the middle income and low-income households have never been exposed to investment opportunities. The Forefront Income Trust seeks alternative investment avenues away from the volatile financial markets. It has inbuilt safety structures such as diversification to protect the investor from the losses. This single move brings in 99% of the non-accredited investors to the entrepreneurship table.

Also, the Forefront Income Trust makes no money till the non-accredited investor makes a return of not less than 8% on his investment of $2500 or more. The fund also donates 3% to war veterans and their families. It also buys back shares on a quarterly basis by allowing investors to make withdrawals.

Brad Reifler has always harbored a passion for empowering the community, which is why he opened up his company to the middle class. All the organizations he has established and worked with have relied on the good will and warm relationships with local communities. He has been appointed and serves on numerous advisory boards for corporations and other social institutions. For instance, he is a trustee of the Millbrook School and has also served as the Chairman of its finance committee earlier in his career as shown by Bloomberg.

Lime Crime’s CEO Breaks Fashion Rules

Lime Crime is a beauty and makeup company that is dedicated to its customers and the fact that they are all individuals. It was founded by fashion blogger Doe Deere, who shares the same ideals of makeup should be more about the individual and less about the rules that most people tend to gravitate toward when it comes to makeup. There are many rules that Doe Deere has chosen to break that include not only makeup, but also include the way that she dressed and the way that she does her hair.

Choosing to color her hair unnaturally is something that Doe Deere has done often. While her hair was colored, she used to move toward neutral clothing colors that focused mainly around black. She did this for fear that the colors she wore were going to clash with her brightly colored hair. She did this because it was all based around an old fashion rule that she used to follow. No longer does she follow the black rule and she knows that you shouldn’t have to follow it either. If you have unnaturally colored hair, you should be allowed to wear any color that you want whether it clashes or not.

It is easy to see that Doe Deere does not care about fashion rules and knows that you shouldn’t be concerned about colors clashing when it comes to the way that you dress and do your makeup. For this reason, she knows that it is alright to wear clothes that have different patterns. You shouldn’t be restricted from wearing an outfit you love just because the patterns are not the same or clash in a way that does not look visually appealing. You can make sure that you are wearing what you want by not worrying about the way your patterns look together.

With all of her beauty experience and her life as a beauty blogger, Doe Deere has learned a lot about the fashion world. One thing that she has learned is that it has a lot of rules. These rules come with nearly no basis and are set by some people that are dead or that most people will likely never meet. For this reason, Deere focuses on breaking all of the fashion rules. There are some that she likes to break more than others, but she is always sure to make a bold statement with the rules she has broken.

If someone tells you that you cannot wear a bright pink lipstick with a bright green eyeshadow, you should not listen to them. This is something that was previously thought to be a big issue in the beauty world, but is also something that Deere has worked to make false. She knows that it is alright to wear whatever you like no matter how it looks. The most important part of choosing bold makeup is not about whether it doesn’t fit together, but is about what colors you think look good on your own face.

Panattoni Development Co. Plans New Warehouse in Nashville

Growth in Nashville has resulted in a large number of changes, and one of these is a loss of warehouse and the city’s industrial base. Panattoni Development Co. plans to help remedy the situation by building a new warehouse park. The warehouse park, Skyline Distribution Park, will offer over 600,000 square feet of space in three buildings.

Construction is set to begin in late November and will be built on 44 acres of land that the company bought from the Oman family and includes 33 acres at 2011 Southerland Drive and 11 acres at 2811 Brick Church Pike. Both of these plots of land are visible from I-24, I-65 and residents of the park will have access to both of these interstates and I-40 via Briley Parkway.

According to Jeff Konieczny, a development manager for Panattoni’s southeast region, the project especially promising because growth in the region has resulted in a lack of warehouse space. Vacancies in the area were down to 5.5%, which is the lowest amount of vacancies since 2007. Most modern functional warehouse buildings within a 3-4 mile radius of downtown Nashville are currently being redeveloped into homes and apartments, which means that the timing is right for an accessible, modern warehouse park of this size in the area.

Developments like this are of great interest to people like Scott Lumley, who is a leading real estate professional and a principal member at Resolve Commercial, a leading real estate development company in the Nashville area. Lumley is an exceptional entrepreneur and real estate professional who has brought his years of experience in commercial development to the firm.

Before becoming a partner at Resolve Commercial, Lumley spent time working towards becoming one the largest wholesale liquidators of electronics. He used his skills and expertise to create and launch LargeLots.com, a wholesale business to business website that specialized in electronics. The website allowed businesses, and later consumers to find the best wholesale deals on electronics. Later the business expanded into retail stores, and the online site transitioned into bidflame.com which allowed consumers and businesses to find and bid on speciality and wholesale electronics.The skills he developed as president and founder of this large retail company allowed Lumley to transition to real estate development.