Hussain Sajwani; the Brains behind DAMAC Properties

DAMAC Properties is a well-known company in the UAE that specializes in the development of high-end properties. It is known for some expensive stunts such as offering a free Bentley for every luxury apartment purchase. Besides that, the company is into designing golf courses. It is the company behind the development of golf courses for Trump’s company in the Middle East. Read more: Hussain Sajwani Interview  | Crunchbase

Hussain Sajwani Still Remembers His Roots

Hussain Sajwani’s career began in the food industry. He even has a plaque that commemorates the good work that he did for the US armed forces during the first Iraq war. During operation Desert Strom, he was in charge of supplying food to personnel serving in the US military. Learn more about Hussain Sajwani:

Besides Iraq, he has helped the Americans in many other places such as Bosnia, the Gulf, and Somalia. Hussain Sajwani’s food business is still in existence today. However, it has been cut down to allow DAMAC Properties to concentrate mainly on real estate.

Hussain Sajwani’s Talent

Hussain Sajwani’s talent is his ability to make friends with almost anyone. It is a skill that has been acquired throughout the course of his career. It has given him access to some of the most astute businessmen on earth such as Donald Trump.

Hussain Sajwani has combined his good people skills with his great business skills to take advantage of the property market in the UAE. Besides that, he plans to take DAMAC public through an IPO at the London Stock Exchange. With the IPO in its initial stages, he cannot divulge too much.

About DAMAC Going Public

However, Hussain Sajwani has said that DAMAC is not in a hurry to offer the IPO. One reason for this is that they still have quite a lot of cash. Their debt/equity ratio stands at only 10 percent.

However, the DAMAC owner does acknowledge that an IPO would provide his company with some cash for expansion. Although he has refused to speculate about the value of the IPO, some experts put DAMAC’s capitalization to be in the single digits billions area.

DAMAC Properties began to emerge in 2002 to take advantage of the real estate opportunities in the UAE. Since then, it has expanded into much of the Middle East.

Securus: The Prison Telephone Company Keeping The Outside World Safe

As you can imagine, lifelong criminals will spend time in and out of jail. It is a lifelong yo-yo effect. Many of these criminals will stop committing crimes and get off the merry-go-round. But a certain percentage of them will perpetually commit crimes and those are the inmates Securus is targeting with its new software.


Just because you are incarcerated does not mean you stop committing crimes. Many gang members and other individuals involved with organized crime continue to plan and order crimes from the inside of prisons. The easiest way for these people to express their plans is through the telephone.


Securus Technologies is the company providing those telephone services. They take advantage of the situation by recording each communication transmitting through their lines. Of course, they put all of this information into a digital database that is separated by inmate number, time and date.


But many prisoners talk in a sort of code to evade law enforcement. With Securus’s new innovation, that code does not help them very much. The new software innovation allows searches of the entire database for particular phrases or someone’s voice. A recorded voice is deconstructed into its most basic compliments for analysis by the software. Once the software has walked onto the voice it can search the database for every phone call where that voice is heard.


This allows law enforcement to connect the dots on the outside of the prison. Perhaps a certain phrase continues to pop up on the same day banks are robbed in the area. They can then show a lawyer and a judge the connection between these phrases in order to secure search warrants and arrest warrants. Oftentimes, this valuable information is used to prevent crimes happening on the outside of prisons which keeps all of the safer.


Jason Halpern: Restoring Historic Architectural Works

Jason Halpern and his firm, JMH Development, announced that they were building a hotel on the Aloft South Beach, Miami. The hotel’s architecture borrows its design from the famous Motel Ankara.

Jason Halpern with His Team

The building will be eight floors high, having a total of 235 rooms. JMH Development, in collaboration with Madden Real Estate Ventures, were in charge of the projects. ADD architects designed the blueprints, while Plaza Construction did the standard construction.

Jason Halpern with His Wife

Jason could not hide his enthusiasm after landing the project. He showed off his firm’s proud history of reincarnating old designs. He added that the inauguration of the projection was a significant step towards the opening of Aloft South Beach.

The new beach resort is located at the ideal place, with numerous amenities in its vicinity. Surrounding the resort are the magnificent Collins Canal and Lake Pan coast. The world-class Miami Convention Centre is just a stone throw away. Furthermore, the hotel offers a picturesque view of the Miami Beach.

Jason Halpern with Milana

Apart from being an architectural masterpiece, the hotel incorporates excellent inbuilt features to provide a warm and cozy experience to its clients. A fully equipped gymnasium, roof deck lounge, and a spacious conference hall are available to customers. Also, swimming fanatics can enjoy the outdoor pool.

Jason with his Family

The Aloft group runs an extensive network of hotels, with over 100 businesses in 14 different nations worldwide. An affiliate of the Starwood consortium, aloft hotels objective is to provide rich and unforgettable experience to guests, with the use of modern infrastructure.

About Jason Halpern

Jason is the leader of JMH Development, a top property development firm. He became head of the company in 2010, after which the enterprise grew exponentially.

Jason Halpern with Model

Since its inception, JMH has invested billions of dollar in real estate. They specialize in offering guidance in the whole process of property development, from planning to marketing. Moreover, JMH has an exemplary record of restoring historic structures.

Kevin Seawright’s Passion To Help First-Time Homebuyers

Kevin Seawright has spent his career in both public service and in the private market. He spent 10 years working for the city of Baltimore in a variety of supervisory roles including as the Chief Financial Officer and the Vice President/Deputy Chief Operating Officer.

He has developed into a financial and administrative expert who has a keen sense of strategic vision. Seawright is now leading RPS Solutions, LLC (Real Property Solutions) as the company’s Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer.

The Goal of RPS Solutions is to revitalize communities in and around Baltimore by assisting first-time homebuyers to purchase their first home. In order to achieve this mission, RPS Solutions constructs and renovates residential properties that provide affordable housing to area residents.

According to Market Wired, Kevin Seawright oversees the day-to-day operations of the company. He also works with RPS Solutions network of 20 contractors who perform the work on the homes that the company buys and sells. His other duties at the company include ensuring organizational stability, property management, and overseeing the staff of RPS Solutions and its volunteers.

Seawright’s goal since arriving at RPS Solutions in 2015 is to increase the homeownership rate of Baltimore from its present rate of about 48% to 66%. A big step towards that goal was attained in May 2016 when they were able to fill the Belvedere Square neighborhood in Baltimore with first-time homeowners.

When asked about this accomplishment, Kevin Seawright said that it was rewarding to both him and the staff at RPS Solutions to help make this happen. He also said that home ownership is a big part of stable neighborhoods and sustainable neighborhoods.

Another recent accomplishment was when Seawright was able to assist the son of a long-time government colleague purchase his first home.

Jerel Brown’s mother worked with Seawright for several years in the Baltimore city government, and Jerel Brown now works for Baltimore as well. He didn’t think he would be able to afford a home but Seawright pointed him towards a home he had just renovated. Brown’s purchase of the home is another success for both Seawright and RPS Solutions.

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OSI Group – The Leading Partner In Global Food Service

With the reputation of being one of the foremost supplier of custom-made and quality products to leading international retail food chains, the OSI Group is listed among America’s top 100 food companies.

Partnering with prominent food service brands, the organization consistently delivers an extensive range of superior quality products ranging from poultry, seafood, beef, pork and other processed food products across the globe.

Capitalizing on the strength of its global outreach and extensive competency, the OSI Group has a wide range of capability across various segments of the food processing industry, right from sourcing to processing and distribution. With the wealth and experience of nearly 20,000 trained, qualified human resources across 17 countries, the Group can cater to large scale requirements with unfailing quality.

The OSI Group continues to up its production capabilities through recent acquisitions such as the former Tyson’s Food plant, an impressive 200,000 square foot facility in close proximity to the Group’s other Chicago plants. To ensure sustained impetus to continuous business growth and provide a further boost to its existing capabilities, the OSI Group also acquired Flagship Europe, known for its Oliver James pies and sauces, thereby opening additional opportunities for the multi-million dollar Group.

In a bid to further strengthen its presence across Europe, the OSI Group also added Baho Food, a well-established Dutch manufacturer of deli meats and convenience foods. The addition complements the company’s key capabilities and offers a broader customer base in Europe.

The OSI Group also has the rare distinction of being the recipient of the significant ‘Globe of Honour Award‘ at a function held on 25th November 2016 given by the British Safety Council. The award was presented in recognition of the excellent administration of environmental risks and demonstration of superior environmental management.

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.





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.

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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 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 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 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.

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