Mike Heiligenstein the Executive Director of CTRMA

Williamson County’s biggest problem is traffic and this is a known fact. This is the reason why the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority was established in the first place. The body has been trying to get solutions to solve the traffic issues in the area. In a conference that was held in the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center, the body members decided that the traffic problem in the area went beyond Austin City and it was time that they looked for solutions in the greater Central Texas area.

 

 

The meeting included CTRMA’s Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein, Uber Technologies Inc’s Joseph Kopser, Leandre Johns who is the Directors of Texas External Affairs and Jared Ficklin from ArgoDesigns. Their main agenda of the day was to discuss what technology was doing for transportation in the area and how they could take advantage of it and reduce traffic in the area.

 

 

During the meeting, the Executive Director of CTRMA cited that technologies such as driverless cars had done a lot to reduce traffic. However, these didn’t solve the problem to its entirety. They noted that more and more people continued to come into the area. They would need a long term solution and that would be building of better and smarter roads. Building more roads would increase the capacity of the roads. But in the meantime there is something that they could do with the roads that they already have. If the roads are advanced technologically, there is no saying that they could not carry a larger capacity.

 

 

About CTRMA

 

CTRMA is an independent body that was founded 14 years ago. The main goal of this government agency would be to look into the transportation issues in Central Texas, particularly Travis and Williamson Counties. It then would come up with solutions to make the transportation systems in the area are more effective. This body is a run by a board of directors that has seven members.

 

 

About Mike Heiligenstein

 

Mike Heiligenstein is the chairperson of CTRMA. He was appointed by the governor, in the year 2003, to lead the team. Before joining the body, he had over 3 decades of experience as a public official. 23 years of those years were in Williamson County where he advocated for quality of water, waste water and the improvement of transportation in the area.

Learn more:

http://www.dot.state.tx.us/ttf2009/People/MikeHeiligenstein.htm

 

 

On And Offline Retailing Aids The Growth Of Fabletics

The membership based fashion retailer, Fabletics has proven itself to be a major thorn in the side of retail giant Amazon, which has shown a large amount of concern about how the leisure and active wear specialist is encroaching on its business. In just three short years of business Fabletics has embraced the reverse showroom technique of retailing to create a brand worth an estimated $250 million and has been positioned as the clothing version of luxury brands like Apple and Warby Parker.

 

Basing much of its aspirational marketing on the persona and social media presence of investor and award winning actress Kate Hudson, Fabletics has always looked to create a new way of selling a range of clothing options that remain popular with millions of women across the U.S. Among the many different ways the brand has been seeking to develop into new areas of success, Fabletics has embraced the reverse showrooming technique that is often seen as a negative for traditional retailers. Showrooming has always been seen as a negative as individual customers browse through showrooms before seeking similar items for a lower price Online; Fabletics began as an Internet based retailer that quickly embraced popup stores and physical locations in six states where members can link their Online shopping cart to the clothes they embrace at a physical store.

 

Online customers use surveys and buying options to allow Fabletics to guide them through the best choices for their workout options and style decisions. Popup stores and physical locations provide another option for members and non-member customers who can browse through the full range of clothing offered by Fabletics before taking their time about making a decision and buying either Online or in a store. Fabletics has made it clear they have little interest in whether their customers purchase Online or in a store as the consumer is seen as the leader in the purchasing options for this brand where customer service is seen as the most important aspect of the business.

 

The Fabletics brand is now reviewed with its customer service and easy to use Website seen as major reasons for choosing to purchase the high quality active and leisure wear offered by the brand. Another popular aspect of the brand is the constantly updated range of design options available for a competitive price that rivals that of the major department stores yet offers a higher quality; being able to get high quality and expertly designed workout clothes without the hassle of attending a physical store seems to be among the major reasons the customers of Fabletics have turned this brand into one of the fastest growing Online retailers in the world.

Flavio Maluf: Why the Prevailing Conditions are Favorable for Entrepreneurs

The Brazilian industry has in recent months, been suffering from major setbacks. However, experts predict that this is normal occurrence, and that the industry is on a recovery path. Entrepreneur Flavio Maluf is one of the industrialists who hold onto this position. According to him, there will likely be an improvement, which will attract entrepreneurs once more. Despite this, a number of prospective entrepreneurs are still pessimistic about the chances of recovery.

The Industrial Confidence Index (ICI) recently stated that there has been a general increase in the level of business confidence. Since September 2016, the index has experienced an increase of 2.1. This is a major recovery considering that the previous month, there was a decrease of 1 point. It is from these figures that Mr. Falvio Maluf predicts there will be a further increase in October.

How the Data is Obtained

Normally, this data is obtained through an in-depth analysis of executives’ perspectives concerning monetary activities in the industry. There is always a general emphasis on the preceding six months. The Ibre / FGV (Brazilian Institute of Economics of the Getulio Vargas Foundation often conducts this survey on the manufacturing sector on segs.com. In September, the institution sampled the sentiments of over 1100 business leaders in the manufacturing industry.

Flavio Maluf points out that an improvement in the volume of stocks is a sign that players in the industry should brace themselves for better times. However, he advises entrepreneurs to exercise caution before making investments since the number of business executives who took part in the evaluation dropped on mundodomarketing.com. Though the drop was marginal, it is unadvisable to make blind investments before analyzing the existing investment climate first.

About Flavio Maluf

Flavio Maluf is a prominent Brazilian entrepreneur, corporate executive, and mechanical engineer. Currently, he serves as the President of Eucatex, a Brazilian corporation that has interests in the construction industry. Mr. Maluf studied at FAAP in Sao Paolo before proceeding to New York University. His competent and transformative leadership has helped Eucatex to become one of the most profitable corporations in Brazil at http://eleicoesepolitica.com/vereador2016/vereador/MG/41114/43123/. Since ascending to the helm, he has continuously endeavored to come promote innovations that are not only beneficial to Eucatex, but also to the entire industry.

Equities First Holdings Provides Inventive Alternative Sources of Capital

Since its launch in 2002, Equities First Holdings (EFH) has been a leader in the provision of alternative financial service. It has supplied funds against public traded share to allow customers to achieve their goals. The firm prides itself on completing over 700 transactions and delivering over $1.4 billion in funding. It operates on an international scope and has offices in nine strategic countries.

EFH spots a rising trend among clients who use stock-based loans

EFH is detecting an increase in the usage of stock-based and margin laws in a challenging climate where banks and other notable lenders have introduced complex lending criteria. Investors who are in need of urgent capital and individuals who do not meet the requirements of convention credit-based loans can turn to Equities First Holding for assistance. However, such persons must be holders of publicly traded shares. They should be willing to use their shares as security for obtaining the loans.

What makes EFH’s share-based loans unique?

Equities First Holding adheres to high integrity standards and participates in sound business activities. The firm is always prepared to reimburse borrowers’ shares once the transaction matures. The policy remains intact even after the decline in the share value that may arise during the transaction. EFH sets fixed and affordable interest rates for its stock-based loans. The firm’s team of loan advisors guides the clients through the entire process of loan application.

Types of securities-based loans

  • Margin loan: While this loan uses stocks for collateral, it has some similarities with credit-based loans. For instance, the borrower ought to be pre-qualified, and usage of the funds is limited to the terms and conditions. The loan-to-value proportions may be between 10 and 50 percent. In the case of a margin call, the lender has the right to liquidate the client’s collateral without notice.
  • Stock-based loans: The fixed interest ranges from 3 to 4 percent and proportion of loan-to-value falls between 50 and 75 percent. The borrower has the right to use the money for any legal purpose. Most share-based loans operate under the non-recourse policy and, thus, the lender reimburses the borrower even after the collateral stock has depreciated.

Chris Burch’s Take on Technological and Fashion Advancements

Chris wrote an article discussing the various changes that have occurred in the fashion and technology industries over time. He argues that these two industries grow hand in hand, with technology becoming fashionable and fashion also becoming technologically trendy. He discusses the technological Genesis from the Boom Boxes of the ‘70s to the Walkman of the ‘90s, and eventually to the iPods of the 21st century.

 

He notes that in the recent past, fashion designers are increasingly embracing technology. Their primary goal is to come up with products that deliver. As these fashion designers delve deeper and deeper into technology, technology guides them in identifying endless possibilities, making them more innovative in their work. Two designers, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, created airbags for cyclists that are worn around the neck and pops up to protect a cyclist from possible head injuries. These airbags replaced the large helmets. Another designer named SegraSegra recycles bicycle tubes to make shirts and jackets. Designers are also working on producing shoes that will have the ability to convert kinetic energy to electrical energy. Athletes can use this power to charge their phones as they run. All these are fashion changes brought about by technological innovations.

 

On the other hand, technology benefits from fashion in that; it takes fashion designers to introduce technological advancements to the people. For example, when Google Glasses were introduced to the market, most people could not accept them due to the stigma that comes with wearing glasses. However, this changed when a fashion designer, Diane Von Furstenberg, had her models catwalk wearing these glasses. Since then, Google Glasses have gained global acceptance.

 

An overview on Mr. Christopher Burch

 

Mr. Christopher Burch is a Miami-based entrepreneur with investments in real estate, technology, and fashion. He is currently the managing director of Burch Creative Capital, an investment company he founded. He was born on March 28, 1953. Chris attended Ithaca College, but even before graduating, he ventured into what was later to become a successful investment career. His first investment was in The Eagle’s Eye apparel, a business he started in 1976 in partnership with his brother, Bob. Chris’ initial investment in the company was about $2000, but by the time they sold the business to The Swire Group, they had made over $165 million in sales.

 

Since then, Mr. Burch has invested in many industries in Europe, South America, and the U.S. He has developed real estates in Florida, Southampton, Nantucket, and New York. He also established The Faena Hotel in Argentina and renovated Nihiwatu Luxury Resort in the Indonesian island of Sumba. Besides real estate, Chris has invested in technology and fashion. In 2011, he launched an apparel, accessories, and home décor retailer, but later sold it to Excel Brands. In 2014, he collaborated with Ellen DeGeneres in establishing a lifestyle brand named ED by Ellen DeGeneres.

Read more about Chris Burch:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2013-02-15/chris-burch-becomes-a-billionaire-as-fashion-stock-surge

 

Who is Josh Verne?

Josh Verne is an entrepreneur who has over 20 years of experience as a CEO of successful companies. In June of 1995, he became the President of Home Line Furniture based out of Philadelphia, PA. In 2011, he left Home Line to create Workpays.me with two of his friends where was CEO and President. Workpays.me is an employee voluntary benefit that offers zero-percent financing. When this company sold, Verne became a founder of FlockU.com.

 

Josh Verne is currently CEO of FlockU which was started in April of 2015. This site is a network for college students to engage and interact with other college students. Due to Verne’s success, he was asked by Andrew Ferebee to participate in a podcast at Knowledgeformen.com entitled “How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Succeed in Life and Business”.

 

The podcast begins with Verne giving Ferebee his most favorite success quote. Over the course of the podcast, Verne provides five important ideas about how to be successful. The first idea is to be a leader and not a boss when in a management position. Verne also encourages the listener to only agree to deals/situations where both parties come out feeling as winners. The third idea is for the listener to talk less and listen more which is a key component to success. Finally, Verne encourages the listener to figure out his/her passionate but to keep a balance in life.