Month: July 2018

Private Equity Investor And Brightline Train Service Owner Wes Edens

Wes Edens began his career in financial management in 1987 when he joined Lehman Brothers and later became its Managing Director and Partner before his departure from the company in 1993. He went on from there to become the Managing Partner at the BlackRock Financial Management firm, where he stayed until 1997. By the next year, he co-founded a private equity and hedge fund company called Fortress, which is headquartered in New York City and has offices all around the world.

Being an avid sports fan, Wes Edens became interested in acquiring sports teams so he could help them become more successful. He ended up purchasing a National Basketball Association team called the Milwaukee Bucks for $550 million in 2014, and he made a promise to its fans that he would keep the team’s base in Wisconsin. Along with Egyptian billionaire Nassef Sawiris, he also acquired a soccer team called Aston Villa, and he vowed to help move the team forward so they could regain the kind of success they had experienced in previous years.

His excellent business vision and strategic thinking led him to pursue another endeavor that involves state-of-the-art transportation in South Florida. The Brightline train service was an idea he came up with in order to provide a better way for people to get around that area of the state. The high-speed train made its first run from Miami to Fort Lauderdale in May of this year, clocking in at 80 mph. The ride only took 30 minutes one way, and it costs considerably less than what an Uber ride would cost for the same trip.

The Brightline train has comfortable seating, made of leather, as well as food service and free Wi-Fi for its passengers. It’s an ideal and affordable solution for commuters who have destinations that are too far to drive to but too short to fly to, and Wes Edens feels that this type of transportation service would work well in many other major U.S. cities as well.

Wes Edens received his business and finance training at Oregon State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1984.

The Aloha Experience: Aloha Construction Serves All

Aloha Construction is a family operated general contracting company. It was established in 2008. Their business services the entire Midwest region. With well over 150 employees it’s large array of services makes it the elite company in the home improvement industry. In 2007 Aloha Construction was acknowledged by the Better Business Bureau and was awarded the BBB Torch Award for Ethics.

Aloha Construction had a recent interview with Realty Times and elaborated on mistakes that homeowners commonly make. Some of these frequently occurring homeowner mishaps include neglecting gutters and drainage systems, not having their property inspected in regular intervals, and making upgrades and repairs to the interior of their home instead of the outside. They mentioned that when it comes to selling your home the exterior should be kept up and inspected thoroughly. Failing to do so can result in major damages to not only the outside of your house but the inside as well. As potential home buyers look at houses the first thing they notice is the exterior, so maintaining it is a great selling point. During spring of this year , Aloha Construction remodeled it’s first multi million dollar home. The house is located in North Barrington, Illinois. This renovation included kitchen, bath and basement work. They worked vigorously and communicated with the homeowners to get the project done ahead of schedule. CEO of Aloha Construction David A. Farbaky stated that “it was a privilege and a blessing to work on a property such as this”. He expressed how proud he was of his team for their diligent work. Aloha Construction offers a free home remodeling assessment. anywhere in their region. The company will also be sponsoring 162 radio broadcasted baseball games for the Chicago Cubs. In addition to performing elite services through their construction and remodeling, AC is known for sponsoring minor league and collegiate teams all over the state of Illinois. Their work in and out of homes throughout the Midwest illustrates their dedication to serve and provide efficient service. The rapport they build with their client base results in return customers as well as an abundance of referrals.

NV foundation and bronzer continues posting strong sales for Jeunesse Global

Jeunesse Global has been one of the most astonishing stories to have emerged from the global health and beauty industry over the last few years. The company was founded in 2009 by industry stalwarts Randy Ray and Wendy Lewis out of their Florida home’s garage. Now, just nine years later, the company has grown into one of the most powerful brands on the global scene, selling hundreds of millions of dollars in products each year to more than a million dedicated customers worldwide.


Ray and Lewis were only able to pull off this incredible growth by tapping into decades of experience in direct selling and product development. The couple had been involved in the North American direct-selling industry since they were in their 20s. For more than 40 years, Ray and Lewis had dedicated themselves to creating some of the top products that the industry had ever seen. And they were rewarded handsomely for it. By their early 30s, the couple had enough money that they would never have had to work another day in their lives. However, they continued creating great companies and fantastic products out of a passion for their life’s work.


With Jeunesse Global, they brought to bear every lesson that their long and successful careers had taught them. One of those lessons is the simple fact that great products virtually sell themselves. For this reason, Ray and Lewis spent a great deal of time, money and care developing products that would meet real market niches that had gone unanswered by some of the biggest names in the industry. This has resulted in one of the most innovative and original product lineups that any company in the health and beauty industry has ever been able to create.


One example is the company’s NV foundation and bronzer. The product has proven to be a smash hit with women worldwide. So smooth and beauty-enhancing is the foundation’s effect that it can often be used without makeup at all. But the real secret behind the enormous popularity of NV is the fact that it contains the APT-200 molecule, the secret age-fighting formula that has been developed exclusively for use in Jeunesse Products and that is clinically proven to shave years of a user’s appearance.

Jeff Herman On Bill Cosby & How the #MeToo Movement Helped Convict Him


Bill Cosby was “America’s Dad” for decades.But at eighty years old Cosby has finally had his day in court for the sexual assault charges that have been brought against him and civil attorney Jeff Herman thinks its about time.


Jeff Herman has made a career advocating for victims of sexual assault in civil trials for some time now and is the founding partner of Herman Law. Herman Law represents victims of sexual assault of all ages and specializes in civil suits against institutions that failed to protect victims they were responsible for. The firm, which employs several attorneys, has represented over a thousand victims and fights to get them the financial justice they need to help them get medical care, therapy, recover lost wages and gain a sense of financial security while they go through the process of recovering from sexual assault. Jeff Herman is experienced in sexual assault trials and has much to say about the Cosby trials.


A year before Cosby was found guilty of sexual assault he had a trial that failed to convict. Andrea Costand was the plaintiff in both of these trials. In her first trial she stood somewhat alone as none of the other 60-odd of Cosby’s accusers stepped forward to testify at that trial. Herman points out that the major difference between the first and second trials was the #MeToo movement that has exploded in awareness since the first trial. In Andrea Costand’s second trial she was backed up by five other victims who accused Cosby. These witnesses came forward largely due to the #MeToo movement’s de-stigmatization of sexual assault. Get Related Information Here.


In the first trial Cosby’s lawyers were able to convolute the issue of sexual assault using old tropes like “she knew what she is doing” that have worked to convince juries and judges that the victim of sexual assault was somehow the party at fault. #MeToo has made claims of surviving sexual assault more believable and when Cosby used a different legal team to present this same defense in the second trial the jury wasn’t having it and held Cosby accountable for his own actions.


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Stream Energy And The Development Of The Stream Cares Foundation

Stream Energy, the 14 year old Dallas, Texas based company known for its innovative recruitment of wireless, electricity, gas, home and protective services customers through direct selling, has created a philanthropic arm called Stream Cares. Since its founding in 2004, the company has consistently provided support for people and communities in need. This was particularly true in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The company was deeply involved in a wide variety of efforts designed to help rebuild the community and provide food, clothing and shelter for the families displaced by the storm.

The creation of the Stream Cares Foundation will help the company to better be able to help individuals and communities in need. Currently, Stream Energy has long-term relationships with the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross and several other social service organizations. The company has also been making a significant impact in helping the homeless population in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas through their work with Hope Supply Company. For four years, Stream has been helping Hope Supply Company provide the homeless with school supplies, clothing, diapers and more.

Stream Energy has also worked in concert with Hope Supply Company at their Splash for Hope events to provide free admittance for over 1,000 homeless children to local water parks so they can have some fun. In addition to the work they do in communities throughout Texas, Steam Energy also provides support financially and otherwise to grassroots organizations and charities all across the country. A recent write-up on Patch explains that the company sees its role as more than a provider of affordably priced energy. They are also committed to making life better for people in the communities they serve by giving back.

When many people hear the name Stream Energy, innovative methods of direct-sales of high quality energy products is what comes to mind. With the creation of Stream Cares, more people will also begin to see the company as the caring entity it has long been. A company which places a high value on ensuring all its neighbors can enjoy a good quality of life.

Shervin Pishevar Details Why He Feels The U.S. Economy Is In Decline During Twitter Storm

The man who once led the impressive drive by Elon Musk to build the Hyperloop technology established by the SpaceX founder and now headed by the Virgin supremo Sir Richard Branson, Shervin Pishevar has recently detailed his belief in the failing of the U.S. economy. The experienced investor who led the rise of Uber spent much of his 21-hour Twitter storm detailing just why the U.S. economy is set for a nosedive it is unclear whether Pishevar feels it will recover from.

At the start of the Twitter rant, Shervin Pishevar set out why he feels the U.S. markets can expect a drop of around 6,000 points in the coming months and fall far behind China in the race for technological advancement. During the Twitter storm, Pishevar detailed the fact he felt the financial markets would be falling in the coming months because of a number of factors including the crumbling infrastructure of the nation.

A decline was a theme of the Twitter rant of Pishevar as he also stated his belief in the fact the days of Silicon Valley’s dominance were over due to the ongoing growth in technological advancement in other parts of the both the U.S. and the world. As an angel investor and entrepreneur, Shervin Pishevar understands the problems facing startups and tech companies from across the nation in the face of the five most powerful technology companies in the U.S. Pishevar believes the giants of Amazon, Apple, Alphabet, Facebook, and Microsoft have too much power and are responsible for the slow rate of growth recently seen in Silicon Valley.

There are many other problems facing the U.S. economy but Shervin Pishevar restated his belief in the success which can be achieved when visionaries willing to put the hard work in over the coming years. Pishevar reserved his praise for SpaceX founder Elon Musk and Virgin Hyperloop One owner, Sir Richard Branson who he believes are working in the face of the derision of their more traditional rivals.

Kerrisdale Capital’s Negative Report on The St. Joe Company’s Development Plan “Mired in Swamp”

Mired in Swamp

On April 24th, Sahm Adrangi issued another warning to investors, urging them to reconsider the current market valuation of one particular Floridian land development company, currently valued at around $1 billion. Adrangi’s Kerrisdale Capital, a private investment firm known for its critical reports on companies that it is shorting, released a negative report on The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE), a real-estate company specializing in retail centers, residential communities, mixed-use, and industrial projects.

Challenging the company’s promise to transform 400k square feet of wasteland swamps into a destination for retirees, Sahm Adrangi points to lack of any kind of observable progress desired by investors in the last 15 years. The firm asserts that they have found minimal activity that would indicate significant progress in the form of land reclamation or construction. In their full report, subtitled “Mired in Swamp,” Sahm Adrangi argues that the location in question is too remote to possibly make good on St. Joe’s promise to develop in a timely manner.

The Fairholme Fund

Furthermore, the forced liquidation and imminent demise of St. Joe’s largest investor does not bode well at all for shareholders. Bruce Berkowitz’s Fairholme Fund, is a company whose holdings in St. Joe were greatly affected by the SEC’s newly instituted rules regarding illiquid holdings. In short, the new rules, put in place earlier in the year, limit holdings to 15% of the company’s net assets. Sahm Adrangi estimates Fairholme to have over 27% of its shares in St. Joe alone. Therefore, the new SEC regulation will cause an inevitable drop in St. Joe’s total invested capital, and negatively affect the company’s already troubled promise to investors.

Kerrisdale’s full report can be found here.

Sahm Adrangi founded Kerrisdale Capital in 2009 as a leader in the soft activism investment strategy, assuming that much of a stock’s valuation rests in that company’s ability (or inability) to satisfy clients/investors in ways that are honest and relatively transparent.

OSI Food Solutions’ Recent Expansion Explained

OSI Food Solutions is one of the world’s largest producers of meat products. They have operations in Holland, Spain, Australia, the United States, and many more places in Europe.

One of the big acquisition of the last two years was Baho Foods.

The announcement of the acquisition came on August 8th 2017, and was one of many purchases in 2017. The President of OSI Group David McDonald called the purchase an opportunity to further expand their operations in Europe. Baho Foods is based in Holland and produces deli meats, snacks, and other convenience foods.

Baho foods has been around for a long time: 60 years. Baho Foods also has subsidiaries in Germany and the Netherlands, meaning it is a huge purchase of OSI Food Solutions. Five companies come with the purchase including Gelderlad Frischwaren, Vital Convenience, Henri van de Bilt, and Bakx Foods.

The managing partner at Baho foods called the purchase a transaction that will accelerate their growth strategy and will help both sides reach their goals.

OSI Food Solutions UK was awarded the Globe of Honour in 2016. The Glove of Honour is given to environmentally minded companies all over the world. Alongside OSI Food Solutions, 17 other companies were given the award that year. Only companies that

The ceremony was held at Drapers’ Hall in London at the end of the year. The award is sanctioned by the British Safety Council.

The award was presented by Mike Robinson, a Chief Executive of the British Safety Council. Kelly Grimwood, the Environmental Manager at the European division of OSI, accepted the award on behalf of the entire company.

OSI Food Solutions also won the Glove of Honour in 2013 and 2015.

David McDonald is the current President and COO of the company. He received a degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University.

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