Nathaniel Ru Knows a Thing or Two About Success

Sweetgreen is a great example of how fast food companies should run their businesses and they have grown tremendously in popularity. It is a high-end salad chain that is backed by investors such as Daniel Boulud, Danny Meyer, and Steve Case. Sweetgreen has grown to 40 locations and their customers just can’t get enough of their healthy, fresh, organic, and local cuisine. Learn more: http://www.psfk.com/2016/04/psfk-2016-how-sweetgreen-brought-healthy-and-delicious-to-the-busy-psfk-2016.html

 

According to Ru, Sweetgreen is not just all about good food, but it is a brand that really stands for something much bigger. 30% of all their transactions are made through its website or form a mobile phone app and technology plays a very big part of Sweetgreen’s success. Learn more: http://observer.com/2016/04/jobs-report-sweetgreen-co-founder-jonathan-neman-lives-the-sweet-life/

 

In order to stay more grounded and closer to their customer base, Sweetgreen shuts down almost all of its corporate offices five times every year so that everyone has the chance to work directly in their restaurants. According to Ru, they do not believe in big corporate headquarters and want to operate without a main headquarters.

 

Ru, Jonathan Neman and Nicolas Jammet have a few things in common. Not only did they attend the same university together but they all have parents that are first-generation immigrants and who have started their own businesses. Learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnQ9aK4ZmFA

 

The trio knew that if they could survive the winter break on campus, then they would make it. They did survive and they are only growing in popularity.

 

Nathaniel Ru is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Sweetgreen, a casual kitchen that offers fresh, local and sustainable food. He is an entrepreneur, investor, and businessman. He was born and raised in the Pasadena, California area. He graduated and obtained his BS in Finance from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. It is also where he met his future Co-CEOs and Co-Founders, Nicolas Jammet and Jonathan Neman.

Nathaniel Ru has been recognized as Inc.’s “30 Under 30” and “40 Big Food Thinkers 40 and Under” as well as other accolades.

 

In 2007 Nathaniel Ru, Nicolas Jammet, and Jonathan Neman started Sweetgreen. They opened up their very first Sweetgreen restaurant in Georgetown and in 2010 they launched sweetlife, the biggest music and food festival in the East Coast. The festival features food presented by top chefs, well-known performers, local food trucks, as well as local farmers and purveyors. The festival attracts thousands of festival-goers every single year and it has grown to become the largest music event in Washington DC.

 

James Dondero and Highland Capital Reach Cooperation Agreement with RAIT Financial Trust

At long last, an agreement has been reached between Highland Capital Management and RAIT Financial Trust. The former, helmed by portfolio manager James Dondero, released information about its holdings in the company to the Securities and Exchange Commission in November of 2016. In the time since, attempts have been made to adjust the membership of RAIT’s Board of Trustees. In May 2017, Highland Capital and RAIT reached a cooperation agreement whereby Highland Capital and its affiliates will vote shares in support of RAIT’s recommended slate of trustees at its annual meeting. Following the vote at that meeting, RAIT will appoint one of two candidates that have been recommended by Highland Capital.

Without question, the situation involving RAIT and Highland Capital is complex. It is a lot easier to make sense of things when you have a decent understanding of the key players. In particular, attention should be paid to James Dondero, the co-founder and president of Highland Capital. The innovative portfolio manager has more than 30 years of experience in the equity and credit markets. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated again and again his ability to effectively manage and strategize. The recent cooperation agreement between his firm and RAIT is just the latest example.The first thing to understand is that in November, Highland Capital reported its holdings with RAIT to the SEC. According to the filing, Highland Capital owned 5,282,377 shares, which is equivalent to 5.9 percent. James Dondero and Highland Capital understandably wanted more representation on the Board of Trustees, and that is when the back-and-forth began. In the end, two candidates who have been recommended by Highland Capital will join the board. One will join right after the matter is voted on, and the other will within 120 days of the agreement being reached.

How has James Dondero been able to navigate his firm through so many complicated situations? It is easier to understand when you are familiar with his history. A native of Hoboken, New Jersey, James Dondero attended the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. He graduated from the school with high honors in 1984 with dual majors in accounting and finance. Directly out of college, he worked as an analyst on the Morgan Guaranty training program. In 1985, he began his role as a corporate bond analyst for American Express. He remained with American Express until 1989.In 1990, James Dondero and his partner Mark Okada became involved with a joint venture with Protective Life Insurance Corporation. This venture initially became Protective Asset Management Company, or PAMCO. It remained partly owned by Protective Life for a few years. In 1997, Okada and Dondero bought out the company’s stake. The following year, Highland Capital Management became official. The company became a successful, independently owned alternative investment management firm. In 2014, it had approximately $18.7 billion in assets under management. James Dondero lives in Texas because Highland Capital is headquartered in Dallas. The firm also has offices in New York City, Seoul, Sao Paolo and Singapore.

Highland Capital is now one of the largest and most experienced worldwide alternative credit managing firms in the world. It employs more than 180 people and specializes in complex debt deals, emerging trends and turnarounds. James Dondero and Highland Capital were instrumental in the early days of the collateral loan obligation, or CLO, market. Meanwhile, RAIT Financial Trust is a real estate investment trust, or REIT, that provides direct lending to owners of commercial real estate through a full-service lending platform. It makes sense that Highland Capital and James Dondero are interested in this particular REIT, and it will be interesting to see how the collaboration unfolds.The collaboration agreement between RAIT, Highland Capital Management and James Dondero is just the latest in a long line of successes not only for Highland Capital but for Dondero as well. While handling business for Highland Capital consumes much of Dondero’s time, he is also actively involved in many other funds and organizations. He is on the Boards of Directors of MGM Studios and American Banknote, and he serves as Chairman of the Board of Cornerstone Healthcare, NexBank and CCS Medical Corporation. With so much experience in this arena, he should have no trouble navigating things with RAIT. Learn More.

Nationwide Title Clearing Launches An Online Reports-Ordering Platform

Nationwide Title Clearing (NTC) has launched an online property report-ordering platform to eliminate title defects that have been common in the recent months. Such defects have negatively affected the real estate industry as they have lead to wrongful foreclosures and mistrust between buyers and sellers. They have also resulted in the stagnation of the otherwise smooth transition of assets between entities.

Property records are important documents, and their accuracy holds the key to clear title conveyance and elimination of wrongful foreclosures. As a leading research and document-processing services provider for the financial and mortgage industry, it is the responsibility of the NTC to ensure that the documents are accurate and that the titles do not have defects. The company’s updated website is aimed at achieving this goal.

Many factors cause title defects. The most common one is when an entity lays claim to a property that belongs to someone else. The wording of the document is also a common cause of defects, as some wordings may not comply with the real estate regulations of the particular area. Omission of the signature of an important signatory may also lead to a title defect. Other causes of title defects are the failure to follow the proper filing procedure and the inability to remove the previous owner of the property.

According to John Hillman, the CEO of NTC, the company will be providing four critical reports through online ordering. The reports are essential in avoiding title defects. They include tax Status report, Tax Status (plus) Report, Current Owner Report, and Assignment Verification Report Services. The online ordering process for these reports is simple and quick to ensure that every property owner or buyer can access valuable information on time and eliminate title defects. The company is proud of the accuracy of its reports and claims that the documents are based on research carried on actual land records. They have reports for any residential property nationwide. This information was originally mentioned on National Mortgage News as explained in this link http://www.nationalmortgagenews.com/press_releases/nationwide-title-clearing-revamps-website-online-ordering-available-1041942-1.html.

To provide its clients with accurate data, the company undertakes its research from multiple sources. The information is then passed through automated and human verification process to ensure that the data is consistent. Any report with inconsistent data is taken through a unique process that involves researching for the right information. This determination for excellence has seen the company establish itself as the ideal partner for some of the largest lenders in the country.

About Nationwide Title Clearing, Inc.

Nationwide Title Clearing was founded in 1991 to provide research and document-processing services to the residential mortgage sector. The services availed by the company have played a significant role in the industry and are used by eight of the top ten residential mortgage companies in the United States. The company has won several awards such as the Inc. Hire Power and the Fast 50 Award.

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Fabletics and Their Continued Growth

Fabletics is an activewear company and they have been in business since 2013. In that three year time, they have built themselves into and $250 million company and they are projected to grow even more. Even with huge competitors such as Amazon, who controls about 20% of the e-commerce fashion market, Fabletics seems to have found the right formula to make them stand out and be successful.

 

Co-CEOs Don Ressler and Adam Goldenberg, along with spokesperson Kate Hudson, began Fabletics in October of 2013. The idea for the company came from personal experience. Don Ressler and his wife one and wear a lot of athletic wear. They noticed that there was not a lot of good quality items at decent prices. There was also not a lot of style variety with active wear clothing. By starting Fabletics, this was all about to change.

 

With so many activewear companies competing out in the market, Fabletics needed a way to stand out from the competition and have a way to be successful. Having a good quality product and a decent price was not longer all that was needed for a company to sell their inventory. Customers want more and are willing to shop around to places where they can get more.

 

From the beginning, Fabletics has always done their research. Being a company that functions mostly online, they need to know what their customers want and what their habits are. Fabletics is a subscription-based company and this allows them to customize the shopping experience that each customer has.

 

This tracking has also spilled over into the physical stores that Fabletics has set up. Physical stores are a more recent addition to the companies growth. Almost half of the customers shopping in the physical stores have already shopped online with Fabletics and are loyal to the brand. By knowing what their customers want, the stores can be set up in a way that will draw them in. The local areas also play into this. Having knowledge about the local area and what interests the customer base will also play into how the physical stores are set up.

 

Any company that is looking to sell their products knows what a huge competitor Amazon is. No company can survive without figuring out a way to set themselves apart, even a little, from the huge presence that Amazon has. Even though Fabletics has been in business only a few years, they seem to have found the right combination to sell their products, have a loyal customer base and continue to grow their company at huge rates. Fabletics has found their stride and their future looks very bright.

Adam Milstein Has Become Known As One Of The Most Influential Jews Of Our Time

Adam Milstein has won an honor that very few people can win. That honor is the Jerusalem Posts’s “50 Most Influential Jews of 2016,” one that includes major figures such as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and US Senator Chuck Schumer. Adam Milstein was selected to number 39 on this list thanks to his founding the Israeli-American Council, and for the charity work and contributions he’s made to the Jewish community at large. Milstein is very honored to be mentioned on this list and has thanked his wife and others who have supported him throughout the years. He’s also the founder of the Milstein Foundation, through which much of his philanthropy is conducted.

Milstein was born in Israel to two parents who had returned to the land from Latin American countries when it first became a recognized state in 1948. Adam grew up working with his father, who helped construct buildings, and later in life Adam would become a real estate developer himself. Adam Milstein is also an Israeli veteran who has served his country in the big Yom Kippur War of the 1970s, and he actually fought alongside former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Once the war was over, Milstein continued to pursue higher education, and once that was completed he started his real estate career. In 1981, he and his wife came to the United States where he does most of his work today.

Milstein believes in being heavily involved in all activities that his foundation supports, and he’s established three pillars that guide the foundation’s activities. The first is “active philanthropy,” the second is “Life Path Impact,” and then encompassing all of these is “philanthropic synergy.” The goal of these pillars is to not only show active support to Jewish humanitarian and welfare causes, but to bring oneness and common ground to the communities as well. In addition to founding the IAC, Milstein’s foundation has also founded Birthright Israel, Stand With Us, Project Interchange, and AEII.

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Shaygan Kheradpir: The Coriant engineering genius

Shaygan Kheradpir is of Iranian descent, but was born in London and raised in Iran. When his family moved to New York, Shaygan had already developed a winner’s mentality that he cultivated throughout his academics. He joined Cornell Engineering University with high hopes of becoming the best tech genius in the industry. He later graduated with honors, proceeded to do his masters and Ph.D. at the same university. He offered his services to the institutions until when he joined the corporate world.

He started as a network technician, but he kept on innovating and bringing in innovative products on a regular basis. He was destined for great things. Three years after joining GTE, he was promoted to president of the online commerce division. From there onwards, Shaygan maintained a high career profile. He left Verizon for Barclays bank. He worked as a Chief operating officer at Barclays. He joined Juniper Networks which gave him another executive position as President CEO of the network supplies vendor Juniper Networks. This impressive career stretches to 28 years.

Coriant announced the new CEO through the former CEO and President Pat Di Petro. His appointment came after he served as a managing partner at Marlin capital. Marlin Equity owns Coriant. On the other hand, Coriant is a technology transport vendor. Coriant has an ambitious plan. One that involves creating new solutions and new frontiers of possibilities. They expect to move from their current state to a state where they are industry leaders in the optical transport sector.

Though there is significant public interest in his appointment, Shaygan is truly ideologically focused, and that is what the Coriant directors saw in him before hiring him. According to Pat, Shaygan is focused, and once he identifies the need and the rationale behind the proposed need, he goes for it. That decisiveness is by far an important determinant in his appointment.

Shaygan is expected to hit the ground running as soon as he can because the company’s ambitious plan is dependent on his new strategy to make Coriant a top company.

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http://www.fibre-systems.com/news/story/coriant-appoints-shaygan-kheradpir-new-ceo

http://www.lightwaveonline.com/articles/2015/09/shaygan-kheradpir-new-coriant-chairman-and-ceo.html

Brian Bonar: Climbing Up The Ladder

So often in today’s world, people become content or stagnant. Once they achieve success, they are content to stay that way and sit on their throne, so to speak. They have success and they have money, so why work hard?

However, Brian Bonar is not that type of person to sit and rest on his achievements. The way he sees it, it just gives him reason to work even harder to stay that way. He knows that in a second, it can be taken away from you and gone. Read more: All About Brian Bonar, Leader and Executive and Brian Bonar – Executive Bio, Compensation History, and Contacts

That is why you must maintain that success, keep growing, and achieve even more success. The possibilities in life are endless if you stay strong, have goals, and a clear understanding of what you want to do as a business.

With Brian Bonar, Chairman and CEO of Dalrada Financial Corporation, he recently received the Cambridge Who’s Who® Executive of the Year in Finance. It was an honor and he was very moved to receive it. He felt as though all of his hard work was worth it.

All of those long hours, the dedication, and commitment he put into the company was worth it. After all, only two men and two women receive it every year. It isn’t like this award is given to just anyone. It has to be earned. Learn more about Brian Bonar: http://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/trep/insiders?pid=79746390 and http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/brian-bonar-receives-professional-networking-communitys-highest-honor-98913914.html

Brian Bonar is a humble man, no question, but he sees this as a chance to grow the company even more. It gives them even more respectability. People already take them seriously, but this just gives them even more legitimacy. Let’s face it: we all want to be acknowledged for our accomplishments.

We don’t do it for that reason, of course, but it doesn’t hurt and it does feel good. It is just reassurance that you are doing the right thing and on the right path.

Brian Bonar is going to keep climbing the ladder, achieving success, and helping the company because he sees great potential with it. He has surrounded himself with a great group of young men and women. These are the future CEO’s of this company and other companies.

They can all make a difference and it is because they had a great leader in Brian Bonar. He takes pride in his leadership abilities.

It’s no surprise that is one of the qualifications for getting this award. Brian is climbing the ladder and learning, but at the same time, he is also a strong and proud leader with many life lessons to pass onto others from his years of experience.

How Social Media Can Ruin an Athletes Reputation

Stories Can Unfold on Social Media
Athlete have lost attention because of a story that has unfolded on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and many other platforms. Legal troubles may damage reputations because numerous curious eyes are viewing and watching social media stories. The college athlete or recruit faces many challenges in this day and age. There are a number of stories that unfold and have the ability to affect the reputation of any athlete. The harm that may have been caused from a story is hard to predict. Athletes and their behaviors can be easily viewed all over social media. There can be damaging consequences for an athlete if a story has unfolded on social media while many eyes are watching. These are occurrence’s that can be very dangerous for any athlete.

The Proactive Approach
There are many who have tried to be proactive. This has included the educating of athletes on various ways to use social medial responsibly. There has been education provided regarding behavior and public forums. This includes the public forum that has been created. Every athlete must be aware of the fact that their reputation is on the line continuously. These are beneficial reminders that include honesty.

A Transparent World
We are all living in a transparent world with social media platforms in our lives. Nightmares have happened on social media. Awareness of reputation is vital for every athlete.

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Compliance Officers of Growing Importance in Corporate World

Compliance officers are the new sheriffs of the corporate world. Their job is to craft, monitor, and enforce policies and procedures designed to ensure companies do not run afoul of local, regional, and national laws, or cause harm to consumers or the environment. They are of growing importance in today’s corporate world where litigation and government oversight work to keep companies in check. While CEOs and CFOs are the faces of the company, the CCO is the one charged with keeping the company working within the law and eliminating gaffs that would put them in the public eye for all the wrong reasons.

Not long ago compliance officers were an afterthought. Today, no major company worth its salt would dare set up shop without one. Compliance officers are the new counterbalance to aggressive commercial action by companies. These professionals are growing in importance because there is often a thin line between aggressively seeking profits for a corporation and violating the letter or spirit of the law. The compliance officer acts as a governor that keeps the company from inadvertently veering off its rails and doing damage to people, property, and the environment. Often the role of the corporate compliance officer is subtle, but it is vitally important.

Helane Morrison is one of the new breed of compliance officers. She is supremely qualified, experienced, and totally committed to justice and fair play. Morrison’s background made her perfect for the position. After earning her law degree from UC Berkley, Helane worked with Appellate Court judge Richard A. Posner for a year. She followed that by clerking for a year for Harry Blackmun, a judge on the U.S. Supreme Court.

After practicing law for 10 years, Morrison decided to take a position with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Her job was to investigate fraud, insider trading, and other corporate crimes. Morrison earned a reputation as a champion of the people. Someone willing to go to the mat with even the best known corporate entities if there was even a hint of wrong doing or malfeasance on their part. After 11 years with the SEC, Morrison was uniquely qualified to take over as Chief Compliance Officer for Hall Capital Partners LLC and make her mark.

U.S. Money Reserve Has A New Website And Online Coin Catalogue

In the recent past, U.S. Money Reserve launched its new and advanced online portal, USMoneyReserve.com. The new look on the site exhibits their status as the leading entity in the precious metals industry. The new features highlight the core values of the company, which are trust and dedication to providing excellent consumer services.

The online redesign captures the new photography of Philip N. Diehl and photo gallery of a new coin. It is imperative to note that Diehl is the distinguished leader of the brand. He is the former director of U.S. Mint and the current president in charge of the U.S. Money Reserve.

The purpose of redesigning the website is to educate consumers on the existing benefits of being in possession of government-issued bullion. The vice president of brand and creative at the U.S. Money Reserve, Ryan Buchanan, asserted that the website has a responsive tool.

This tool enables the company to produce quality contents on all platforms. In addition, the tool facilitates interaction with the company’s clients and offers superlative precious metal products through the secure online storefront. Ryan was in charge of the total design of the website inclusive of implementing different new applications.

These new features are aimed at empowering consumers in addition to easing the process of purchasing bullion. Consumers will find live pricing on bars, silver bullion and gold on The growing online shop. It is imperative to note that U.S. Money Reserve offers coins and special products for the discerning purchasers of precious metals. The company’s products are certified by PCGS.

Clients can also visit the Knowledge Center where they will be furnished with the latest information concerning precious metals. One will also find the terms and conditions of minting coins, purchasing and grading. If a consumer is interested in locating the latest news on the precious metal markets, he or she should visit The Full Headline Gold News Room. U.S. Money Reserve has the Client-Connect Advantage.

This way, the company can contact clients for consultations, special releases, providing assistance on purchasing the products and securing offline transactions. Learn more about U.S. Money Reserve: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/u-s-money-reserve and https://www.ispot.tv/brands/Iyt/us-money-reserve

The company’s buy back guarantee has one of the sound return policies in the industry. This is because it has a full refund clause on certified coin orders, which should be refunded at the existing market value within a period of 1 month (30 days).

These features are making customers excited about the new U.S. Money Reserve. This information was originally reported on CBS 19 as shown in the link below http://www.cbs19.tv/story/31302020/us-money-reserve-encourages-visitors-to-explore-its-new-website-and-e-commerce-coin-catalogue

About U.S. Money Reserve

Gold market veterans are credited for founding the U.S. Money Reserve in 2001. The veterans recognized the need to incorporate excellent customer service, expert knowledge and trust in order to facilitate the purchase of precious metals.

The company is the largest distributor of U.S. government-issued platinum coins, gold and silver. U.S. Money Reserve has employed the services of well-trained professionals to offer clients with products that satisfy their utilities.

Read more: In Recognition Of The 75th Anniversary, The U.S. Money Reserve And The U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Combine Efforts To Raise A Bronze Lone Sailor Statue At Pearl Harbor