Alexandre Gama has made a name for himself in Brazil through his great work. Gama was born in Rio de Janeiro on June 1, 1958. He is one of Brazil’s most successful entrepreneurs thanks to his advertising company. Gama’s advertising company has allowed him the opportunity to be the first Brazilian at the forefront of global communication agencies. He began his career in 1982 after he graduated with a degree in advertising. He was a writer for Standard Ogilvy. He accumulated a significant amount of experience and began to share his knowledge by hosting master classes for people that were trying to grow in the advertising field. Alexandre Gama ha had much success with his advertising knowledge. He has won 26 Lions, and his company Neogama won a Lion after being in operation for only one year. He continues to make an enormous impact on Brazil through his advertising.
Michael Hagele, a prominent lawyer, was recently interviewed by IdeaMensch. Michael serves as outside counsel for several companies in the aerospace, defense, biotechnology, and internet industries. He has extensive experience with drafting and closing technology, negotiating, license distribution and development agreements in both software and hardware.
Previously, Michael worked with several internet companies backed by venture capital. During his time working for these companies, he handled legal affairs for them including intellectual property strategy, merger, and acquisition strategy, and employment issues. He is also a founder and investor in several firms in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
According to Mr. Hagele, the single most effective thing he does to increase his productivity is to put the customer first as an entrepreneur. Michael considers it to be critical for attorneys to put their client’s first because their businesses or even lives are often on the line. Making it essential as an attorney to make sure that you are always thinking about what is in the client’s best interest.
During the interview, he discussed one thing he thinks every individual should do, Michael recommending that everyone make time for exercise in their busy schedules to recharge and stimulate their creativity. According to Michael, anything is good as long as it gets you moving. Concerning entrepreneurship, Mr. Hagele discussed the use of social media to help build businesses.
In response to a question about what trends he finds exciting in the technology industry. Hagele spoke about the intrigue of Artificial Intelligence, and it’s applications. He is excited to be an investor and adviser to a new company that works with nonprofits to find the most efficient use of their funding. They are using machine learning algorithms to explore available data to find relationships and patterns. These relationships and patterns can generate new crucial insights into the program. These insights can lead to ways to reduce costs, optimize program results. Moreover, they can also serve as evidence to justify expanding programs.
Without a doubt, it can take a lot of courage to be who you really are. This is especially true if you have a tendency to be profoundly impacted by the opinions of others. Unfortunately, this is a world that has a tendency to judge other people based on how they look and act without giving them a chance to see what they are all about. This happens to virtually every person at one point or another and in many cases, it gives them the courage they need to discover that they really don’t care what other people think as long as they are happy with who they are. In other instances, it requires having someone else that a person can look up to in order to arrive at that particular conclusion.
Most people are familiar with Doe Deere. She is the person that started the company Lime Crime and thanks to her, people can utilize cosmetics, fashion, and nail color to reflect their own personality through the way they look. The best part about this company is that it gives individuals who don’t want to look like everybody else an opportunity to create their own special look and then perfect that image because the products that are offered are not exactly your typical everyday products. In other words, you can either go to the local drugstore and buy products that allow you to look like everyone else or you can reflect your personality in your appearance and use products from Lime Crime. Learn more: http://guestofaguest.com/los-angeles/interview/interview-lime-crimes-doe-deere-on-how-to-make-your-dreams-come-true
Some people might think that she is merely an individual that started a company with bright colors. The truth of the matter is that Doe Deere has created a movement. She wanted to express herself through her appearance. To put it more eloquently, she wanted her appearance to reflect the very spirit of her soul. She has single-handedly made it possible for other people to have the same desire to do exactly that. She has also provided people with the courage to do it who might not have otherwise made that decision.
Thanks to her efforts, there are a lot of people that can now more easily express who they really are as opposed to actively trying to hide it. She has proven that there is nothing wrong with wearing neon green lip color or pink hair. By the same token, she has made vibrant nail color commonplace. Several years ago, you could never dream of walking into hardly any store and finding colors such as bright blue or neon green but today, you can find them almost everywhere. She has proven that the only person you really have to be true to is yourself.
The truly great thing about Doe Deere and her company Lime Crime is that she wants to send a message to the rest of the world. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what profession you are in, she wants you to be able to express your personality in the way you dress, specifically through the use of cosmetics, fashion and color. Thanks to her, many people are doing exactly that because she paved the way and did it first.
The United States government is not functioning as it should and it has been that way for nearly a decade. We can go back to 2010 to when the Supreme Court hosted James Bopp, a lawyer representing Citizens United. Bopp and his conservative propaganda group, Citizens United, argued before the SCOTUS that corporations should be considered as people and that their donations should be considered an extension of their freedom of speech. This argument was fundamentally just a way for Bopp to argue for more lobbyists and special interests in American politics. The argument worked and now, seven years later, End Citizens United is fighting to bring financial transparency back to American politics.
End Citizens United was formed in an effort to make their name a reality. End Citizens United is a political action committee that relies upon grassroot support to get their message out with the goal of putting legislators into office that are willing to champion campaign finance reform. End Citizens United has stayed laser focused on their goal and that has expanded over the past six months to include the protection of the Johnson Amendment. The Johnson Amendment has come under intense fire and scrutiny ever since Donald Trump was inexplicably elected to the White House. The Johnson Amendment was introduced in 1954 and it serves as a piece of legislation to keep religious organizations from flooding politics with their finances. In exchange, these organizations are granted tax exemption to help alleviate the burden of their expenses.
President Trump issued an executive order in May that put the IRS on notice that he planned to repeal the Johnson Amendment in some capacity. He essentially told the IRS not to prosecute any religious organizations that decided to break the law. Now, months later, the GOP is proposing a tax reform plan that will be undoing the Johnson Amendment almost in its entirety. If the Johnson Amendment were to fall by the wayside then the expectation would be more dark money to flood into the political scene. According to Tiffany Muller, president at End Citizens United, churches and other religious institutions would turn into “tools for secret campaign spending.” The problem only gets deeper with the realization that these mega-donors would be able to funnel their donations through religious institutions while also scoring a hefty tax write off at the end of the year. In essence, the GOP plans to give corporate donors an even easier way to influence politics.
The Johnson Amendment was brought forth by Lyndon B Johnson in July of 1954. The legislation was backed in a bipartisan effort and has largely stood the test of time over the past 50+ years. However, as Republicans shift even further to the fringe right, it appears that no legislation is safe. Read more:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_Ci tizens_United
Over the past year and a half the United States of America has seen its institutions at the federal level attacked by the reckless leadership of President Donald Trump. Donald Trump’s most recent target has been the Johnson Amendment which was established by two great political leaders back in 1954, Lyndon B Johnson and Dwight Eisenhower. The Johnson Amendment was a bipartisan effort to continue separating matters of religion from matters of the state. Since 1954 the amendment has been one of the cornerstones of our country, giving religious services a tax-exempt status in exchange for their parting from political partisanship. Now, Trump is setting his sights on attacking the amendment and groups like End Citizens United are being relied upon to fight back.
End Citizens United has been trying to make their name a reality for several years now. The name End Citizens United is based off of the 2010 Supreme Court case revolving around the propaganda arm of the GOP, Citizens United. Citizens United inexplicably and successfully argued before the Supreme Court in order to allow more dark money and lobbyists in to the government. These lobbyists, billionaires and millionaires alike, have fundamentally broken the United States government. The Johnson Amendment is actually a law that helps to keep at least a portion of these same lobbyists at bay by keeping religious services from funneling money into Washington D.C. By attacking the Johnson Amendment, Trump is continuing the conservative tradition of handing over the country to the billionaires and millionaires in the elite class. End Citizens United has obviously taken umbridge with this angle and has been dedicated to fighting against it with all that they have.
Donald Trump first set his sights on dismantling the Johnson Amendment back in May of 2017 when he signed an executive order urging the IRS to avoid prosecuting churches who broke the law. This EO is not legally binding and as such the IRS is under no obligation to comply. However, the mere signing of the executive order by Donald Trump shows a fundamental lack of understanding of the words ‘law and order’. The Johnson Amendment enjoyed bipartisan support for decades until far right groups began to systematically attack and dismantle it. In fact,nearly 34% of respondents to a Pew Research Center poll in 2017 said that they wanted to include religion in their politics. However, these respondents likely don’t realize just how dramatic of an impact this lobbying would have on the highest tiers of the United States government.
End Citizens United opposes repealing the Johnson Amendment for the simple reason that it gives away even more power to those with the most money. End Citizens United believes in fighting for the little people and has thus initiated a grassroots campaign aimed at raising awareness about the situation. Learn more:https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/end-citizens-united
Prior to his phenomenal coup de grace, the acquisition of HSBC Brazil, against arch rival Itau Unibanco, long-time Bradesco CEO Luiz Carlos Trabuco had fallen out of favor with both shareholders and the business press, as the firm lost ground to its competitors and the stock price slid to just 20 percent of its all time highs. But the poor performance of the early period in Trabuco’s rein was largely not of his making.
The CEO had inherited a bank that had maxed out its potential under its current structure. There was also the larger macroeconomic picture that he was forced to contend with. Brazil was in the grips of one of the worst recessions in its history, a fact that did nothing to help a major player in the banking sector.
A troublesome inheritance
Taking the reins from his predecessor, Mario Cypriano, in 2009, Luiz Carlos Trabuco seemed to ascend to the highest office at Grupo Bradesco just at the right time. The veteran banker took over at a time when the company’s stock was breaking record highs almost daily. Under Cypriano alone, the company had increased its market capitalization by more than 100 fold, an incredible feat that took less than ten years.
But as many analysts now freely acknowledge, everything was not as good as it seemed. As Trabuco took over, Brazil was just beginning to feel the terrible effects of the 2008 Brazilian economic downturn. The international ripples of the 2008 financial crises would ultimately be felt in Brazil more forcefully than just about any other country on Earth. In fact, by 2017, Brazil has still not completely recovered from the economic woes that started with the collapse of the U.S. housing market. This broad downturn in the economy was particularly bad for the banking sector, which has been traditionally quite sensitive to disruptions in the larger economy.
In addition to the macroeconomic problems that Trabuco was facing when he took office, shortly after he became CEO, arch rival banks Banco Itau and Unibanco merged. This instantly knocked Bradesco, which had been the number-one bank in Brazil under a number of measures, bank to a distant second place. While this would be bad news for any leading company in any industry, in a commodity industry like banking, it becomes highly problematic, especially where there is weak regulation and anti-monopoly controls.
Itau Unibanco, the newly formed merged entity, immediately began using its economies of scale and its market position to undercut Bradesco. The rival bank was able to start making serious incursions into Bradesco’s market strongholds, sending the stock price steadily lower. By the end of 2014, Bradesco’s stock had lost nearly 80 percent of its value. Investors were growing impatient with Trabuco and his overall strategic vision. There were rumors that his ouster was in the making.
But then, in 2015, Trabuco as president pulled off one of the biggest coups in the history of Brazilian finance. When HSBC, the second largest global banking conglomerate, began putting word out that it was seeking to dump all of its Brazilian assets, Trabuco moved quickly and certainly. How Trabuco pulled the deal off is anyone’s guess. But many insiders say that Trabuco pulled no punches in getting it done.
As observers watched stunned from the sidelines, Trabuco was able to raise the capital for the $5.2 billion deal, pulling off the largest acquisition in Brazilian history, right under the nose of Itau Unibanco. The latter was never even in serious contention to make a bid for HSBC Brazil’s assets.
Most believe that Trabuco alone was the only one who could have gotten such a deal done.
Learn more about Luiz Carlos Trabuco: https://g1.globo.com/economia/negocios/noticia/sucessao-no-conselho-do-bradesco-foi-um-ato-planejado-diz-trabuco.ghtml
Hussain Sajwani is a billionaire and a developer of DAMAC Properties. Sajwani started with food business in 1980 delivering catering services to energy regions in Abu Dhabi. Even though he got contracts from the US army, the food business was small with little margin because as he says he wanted to make billions while all the business was offering is millions. DAMAC Group still operates food business that serves as a reminder of Sajwani former business expertise and his capability to cultivate important associates in the high places on a global scale. Learn more: http://www.hussainsajwani.com/
He founded the real estate company in 2002 taking advantage when the Dubai government allowed foreigners to possess properties in the Emirates. Hussain purchased undeveloped part in town. He marketed his development aggressively with a key plan of selling. He succeeded in selling 38 story units of his residential building in not more than six months before starting constructions.
From then Hussain Sajwani family started to help make Dubai image shine as an impressive destination. In the beginning of 2013, Donald Trump teamed up with DAMAC to develop two Trump-branded golf sequences. In February 2017 Trump International Golf Curse Dubai was opened at DAMAC’s Akoya housing development. In the end of 2018 Trump World Course is intended to be opened being designed by Tiger Woods and is scheduled to be opened at a separate DAMAC development.
DAMAC owner has continuously supported the philanthropies efforts of Sheikh Mohammed to advance the lives of others mostly throughout the Blessed month of Ramadan. The UAE Red Crescent manager Mohammed Abdullah Zaroni said that they have been overwhelmed by the kindness of everyone and the money they received will be used to change the lives of children in the world and that Mr. Hussain Sajwani made a huge contribution to that goal. The donation given by DAMAC properties provides warmth and clothing to more than 55,000 children who are in need. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/HussainSajwaniOfficial/
DAMAC properties has accomplished to build 8,890 units covering 9,070,264 sq. ft. and further 19,136 units at several stages of development across Middle East area spanning 23,816,070 sq. ft. In 2011 DEMAC properties launched the largest Hotel Apartment developer and operator in the world.
While Betsy DeVos is most well known for being our country’s United States Secretary of Education (the 11th one), she has an incredible passion for philanthropy in the education sector. It is rare to find someone whose passion overlaps with their actual career but Betsy DeVos is one of those people.
Her passion of education reform was first sparked when she was in Calvin College. It was there that she became involved in politics on the campus. Her campus involvement showed her exactly how much could be achieved through political work and she knew it was her life’s path to put that amount of work into changing the country’s educational system.
She worked dilligently throughout her college career to bring change to her own college and to build her career. Her goal was to get to a place where she could exact real change and she pushed herself forward to do that ever since.
She and her husband are both very philanthropic people and the two became passionate about education after a single incident that changed the course of their lives. When their children were the age where they would need to find a school, Betsy and her husband Dick DeVos searched for the school that would best meet their children’s educational needs. They came upon Potter’s House Christian School and knew there was something special about the school. Potter’s House Christian School had been serving Grand Rapids for over 30 years and the school typically works with low income families. These low income families often don’t have a choice where they will send their children. Many children simply had to attend whichever school their parents lived in.
These schools were often sub par and these families were more focused on making sure their kids had enough to eat or that they were protected from violence than doing tangible work to get their children into a school outside of their district.
The DeVos’s met many incredible families during this time, ones that were filled with love for their communities and for their family. They were moved by the fact that they were blessed enough to be able to choose whichever school they wanted for their children and decided to help others have that choice.
Since then, the DeVos’s have sponsored children who wish to attend Potter’s House Christian School and paid their tuition. They have become some of the school’s largest donors and make a huge difference in lives of children in the Grand Rapids area.
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One of the leading companies in the field of inmate communications and crime prevention technology is Securus Technologies. The company has made tremendous progress in the past few years in the correctional industry and has grown not only in sizes but also the net turnover annually. Thanks to the company’s focus on research and development, there are many new products and services that the firm has added to its portfolio in recent years.
One of the latest services associated with inmate communication that Securus Technologies launched its video visitation. It would allow the family members to talk as well as see their loved one who is incarcerated through a smart gadget or device. It would make it much easier for the family members as they would be able to see their loved one in jail, but don’t have to travel to prison that frequently.
Securus Technologies is also a preferred partner of many law enforcement agencies when it comes to investigative solutions, parolee tracking system, and the crime prevention technology. There are many new upgrades that the company adds to its products and services on a regular basis, which ensures that the products and services of the company are always top notches. Securus Technologies has been in the industry for over three decades and is well-known for innovation and its focus on research and development. It is what allowed the company to come up with some of the most advanced crime prevention technology in the sector.
Many of the law enforcement officers write to the company often to give their feedback as well as show their appreciation. Some of these comments from the law enforcement personnel were shared by the firm in a press release recently, which helped Securus Technologies, come into the lime light again. It helped people realize the contributions of the company to ensuring that the law enforcement agencies are always one step ahead of criminals.
Banco Bradesco is a big bank in Brazil. In the first quarter of 2017, Bradesco had a record-breaking net profit of R$9.3 billion. The shareholders are happy, and foreign investors are coming back to take advantage of the opportunities that exist in Brazil. Brazil is a BRICS nation, and the country has one of the world’s richest deposits of natural resources. But a devastating recession was not kind in the largest country in Latin America over the last four years. Unemployment, inflation, political corruption, and high-interest rates hurt Brazilians and many of them live well below the poverty line. But Bradesco and the other banks managed to make money during the recession years. The insurance policies, government bonds, and bank investments gave most banks a healthy bottom line in spite of the economic conditions.
The Board of Directors of Banco Bradesco give their CEO Luiz Carlos Trabuco high marks for his contributions to the bank. Luiz is a 40-year veteran of the Brazilian banking industry. His banking career began in a small Brazilian town, so he is familiar with the trials and tribulations that his clients face every day. The 57-year-old Luiz Carlos Trabuco knows what it takes to make the bank money, and he also knows what his clients want from Bradesco. They want convenient banking hours, lots of ATM locations, and better interest rates. So Trabuco gives his customers what they want. Bradesco has 3,900 service points across the country, and there are more than 900 ATMs in bank branches, plus interest rates are coming down. The bank employs more than 100,000 people, and all of those people receive customer service training, thanks to the employee programs the bank has in place.
CEO Luiz Carlos Trabuco has a lot to smile about these days. But Trabuco is always smiling during his long work days. Bradesco is the second largest private bank in the country. But the recent addition of an HSBC subsidiary puts the bank in striking distance of Banco Itaú for the number one position. Trabuco has a grassroots approach to banking, and that approach is paying off. Luiz supports the social and environmental programs the bank offers the people of Brazil. Trabuco believes in giving back to the communities, so Bradesco bank branches support the local economies through various bank initiatives. And Trabuco also supports several national programs like the Carbon Disclosure Program, the Brazilian Green House Emissions Program, Companies for Climate Change, and Global Compact. For the last six decades, Bradesco has given students a chance to do better and feel better about the future through the bank’s educational program.
Bradesco is large enough and has enough assets, to coast through the banking world, but that’s not Trabuco’s style. Luiz knows how to get things done without creating a lot of turmoil in the process. His degree in philosophy from the University of São Paulo, and the fact that Luiz has the knowledge and the experience to make the right decisions gives him a solid grasp of the issues facing his bank and the banking industry. Trabuco knows how to manage people. When he was vice-president of Bradesco Seguros, the insurance arm of the bank, Trabuco was able to turn that division into a major profit center for the bank. The 2017 first quarter results prove Trabuco is doing the same thing on a larger scale as the CEO of all bank divisions.
There’s more to say and more to learn about Luiz Carlos Trabuco’s management abilities. Luiz is the type of person that focuses on the positive, and he faces challenges with confidence and resolve.
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