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Goettl Air Conditioning; A Trusted Name Returns To Las Vegas

 

The economy may not be as robust as it was before the economic collapse of 2007, but one individual is doing his part to bring jobs back to Las Vegas, and it’s a familiar name too!
Entrepreneur Ken Goodrich purchased the Goettl Air Conditioning Company, a name long-time Las Vegas resident are familiar with. Goettl Air Conditioning Company opened in 1939 and is a name that consumers for decades trusted. It closed its doors in the first decade of the new millennium but is now open again, with new management, and an expanded workforce.
With an expanded service area offering routine service, required maintenance, and necessary repair, Goettl Air Conditioning Company needs additional HVAC technicians for residential and commercial customers. Commenting on the need for more personnel, Goodrich commented, “We plan on hiring 50 new employees in 2016 and expanding to 250 new jobs within the next three years.” “One of our main initiatives is to hire veterans as well. We really are focused not just on creating jobs, but on creating successful careers. Education and training matter as much as hiring!”

He is a staunch believer in education for all of his HVAC technicians, and stands behind the corporate motto ‘get it done right the first time.’ All technicians receive continuous training while employed at Goettl Air Conditioning Company. Ken established the J. Duncan Goodrich Air Conditioning Technology Program endowment fund to support continuing education. He also created the Kenneth D. Goodrich CSN Post-9/11 Veteran HVAC scholarship fund as a resource to give veterans that graduate the needed tools for their HVAC careers.

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Alexei Beltyukov and His Commitment to Russian Business and Education

Alexei Beltyukov is the founder of Endemic Capital. He founded this company in 2013. The goal if his company is to target start-up companies in Russia. He is passionate about helping others in Russia develop ventures and go into business. He also wants to seek out those who are interested in going to business school.

Alexei also created a financial company called A-Ventures Ltd. The goal of the company is to help companies in Russia that are financially struggling. His goal is to inject funds into their operations.

He has worked with the Russian Administration to provide reputable economic leadership and support. Much of his impact is done through the Skolkovo Foundation, where he is the vice president. The organization he works for offers grants and investment opportunities for IT businesses who are starting up in Russia. This organization also works with entrepreneurs who have a desire to expand their business across Russia.

Alexei began his career working in the medical industry. He later decided to change careers and pursue a career in business. He earned his MBA from a school called INSEAD Business School.

Also being passionate about education, he created a program called SOLVY in the beginning of 2014. SOLVY is an online system that gives high school students and teachers the opportunity to interact with each other when they are at home. The system also helps teachers check student progress and to find out what information should be taught.

He came up with SOLVY so that he could broaden the aspects of learning in a high school setting. This holds especially true when it comes to solving math problems. One great thing about this program is that students are not given multiple choices when it comes to answering math questions. Instead, they have to show how they solved the problems, step by step. This encourages the students to problem solve and gives them more confidence when solving math problems.

QNet and the Direct Connection to Customers

I have had many jobs during my lifetime, and I have found that direct-selling can be one of the most challenging jobs in the world. There is no benefit of a department store that allows the product to sit on shelves for months until people come along and buy out of need. Direct-selling is something that is linked to a presentation to potential customers that may often spend out of desire. That is the difficult part. Getting people to desire your products enough to make them spend their hard earned money is a miracle. Fortunately, QNet seems to be in the miracle business because this is a company that has produced massive revenue streams through direct-selling.

Much of this may have to do with the unique approach that this company is taking for the concept of getting customers. The CEO, Vijay Eswaran, is a very positive man. He believes that good things come to those that do the hard work. His perspective on things has given the QNet group a completely different viewpoint on life and the way that QNet representatives respond to customers. That is an amazing thing that has allows the company to thrive even during those times when it seems like they are going to have an uphill battle with promoting new products.

QNet has been said to take a unique approach to selling by staying a step – in many instances a couple of steps – ahead of the competition. I have taken a couple of marketing classes, and I know that there is something to say for those that stay ahead of the competition. These are the people that will lead because they will always be thinking of ways to promote their products better.

The company has a big focus on giving back to the community. QNet may still be breaking ground in America, but in Asia QNet is a household name. There is a good reason for that. This has much to do with the fact that this company has been present in helping out flood victims. The amount of aid that has been given by QNet through disaster relief has a two-fold purpose. The first thing that it does is allow leaders like QNet CEO Vijay Eswaran to show compassionate to those that are in need. The next thing that this has done is give the company the opportunity to gain more exposure.

Fabletics Launches Swimwear Line

Elite Daily just reported that Fabletics is launching a brand new swimwear line, which features ladies’ sizes XXS to XXL. The new swimwear line was set to debut on April 12 and is available online through Fabletics’ site. Kate Hudson, one of the co-founders of Fabletics, announced that she is so excited to see the new swimwear line hit the site and is thrilled with how the designs came out for the line.

She said they are a stunning combination of comfortable, sturdy, athletic and sexy, which will appeal to a broad range of women and be a certain hit for this summer season. Hudson was also proud to announce that the swimwear is designed to flatter an entire range of different body types.

The patterns and fabric incorporated into the new swimwear line for Fabletics ranges from mesh to tropical print and features a lot of bright colors and prints. The Elite Daily article includes quite a few pictures of the new swimwear line so that readers can see just how cutting edge and creative the new items are.

Wikipedia says that Fabletics has been around since 2013 and mainly operates on a monthly subscription model. For only $49.95 a month, Fabletics VIP members can have their choice from newly released outfits and are even treated to free shipping and hassle free returns or exchanges.

The outfits are released monthly and come in a variety of different styles, so there are plenty of fun options available, no matter the personal style preference.

What helps set Fabletics apart from other fitness fashion retailers in the market is that it produces clothing at the same top quality as other retailers but charges only a fraction of the price.

This pricing model has been the same since Fabletics was founded and is poised to stay this way. Customers rave about the fun designs and great prices, which are not as readily available from other major fitness fashion retailers. New customers can find thousands of reviews available on Fabletics’ site so that they can get a sense of the fit and quality of the outfits before purchasing.

Additional information can be requested on http://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/news/a19566/kate-hudson-fabletics-interview/

BMG Bank President Ricardo Guimarães Thinks Brazilian Entrepreneurs Can Help The Economy Recover

Brazil has the largest economy in Latin America, and the country has more beautiful beaches than any other country in South America. The people of Brazil are a fun-loving group that enjoy football, a good laugh and lots of beer, according to an article published by Esporte.ig.com.br. But some of laughter is gone these days thanks to a recession that is turning the country into a shadow of its former self. Brazil’s economy has been shrinking for the last two years, and the government hasn’t been able to stop the contraction.

Two credit rating agencies have downgraded Brazil’s debt to “junk” status, and the president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff says the only way to pull out of this economic nightmare is to cut spending and raises taxes. But BMG Bank President Ricardo Guimarães disagrees with Rousseff, and he is not the only private citizen that does. Most Brazilian want to see Rousseff impeached, but that could take years because of the way the Brazilian parliament operates

Ricardo Guimarães recently told R7.com that he thinks Brazilian entrepreneurs can help pull the country out of a recession. Mr. Guimarães told R7.com that there are four types of entrepreneurs in Brazil and they all possess creativity, vision, and dreams but only a few of them have the proactive attitude to help the country beat the recession. Ricardo believes the country will begin to rebound from the recession in 2016 because of the entrepreneurs that will help kick start the economy by developing innovative products that can be exported.

Brazil has unlimited natural resources, and there is a technology boom is happening in Brazil, and that will pay off, according to Guimarães. But Ricardo also thinks Brazilian entrepreneurs step up and become more proactive in government as well as in business.

Guimarães is a well-known public figure in Brazil not only for his banking expertise and his social statements, but also for his participation in Brazilian soccer. BMG Bank sponsors seven football clubs and Ricardo was chairman of his home state club for five years. BMG Bank has a reputation for being the bank that has the best payroll loans rates in the country thanks to Ricardo’s advertising campaign that mixes football with payroll loans. Wiki says the total thing about him.

Mr. Guimarães has won numerous awards for his participation in the banking industry. But the award his is most proud of is the Belo Horizonte Diploma of Merit, according to CMBH.mg.gov.br. Belo Horizonte is Ricardo’s hometown, and he has helped the city become one of the most forward thinking cities in Brazil.

Highland Capital Management: Pioneering New Territory

In the early 1980s, James Dondero attended the University of Virginia. When he graduated with honors, Jim received a dual degree in accounting and finance. He then went on to have a more than 30 year career in investments. He first worked for Morgan Guaranty training program as an analyst. He then worked for American Express as both a portfolio manager and a corporate bond analyst. Jim Dondero was then asked to be the Chief Investment Officer at a Protective Life GIC subsidiary. After a decade of working for other companies, Jim decided to start his own. He bought out the GIC subsidiary and turned it into Highland Capital Management.

Highland Capital has quickly grown and now offers a variety of services to clients, including long-only credit funds, long and short equity funds, oil and gas funds, emerging markets credit funds, retail and institutional funds with diverse strategies, distressed for control private equity funds, ETFs and credit hedge funds. Jim has grown the fund to now have more than 180 employees in offices in Seoul, Dallas, Singapore, New York City and Sao Paulo.

The fund’s numbers were recently reviewed in an article published by Octa Finance. After the firm filed their 2015 third quarter 13F, Octa Finance did an analysis and found out some interesting changes that had been made to the company’s portfolio. The biggest change was the fund’s equity exposure. The fund’s equity exposure is about 22 percent of their assets and in the third quarter it lost value by 1.49 billion dollars. In the second quarter, the portfolio was valued at 4.91 billion dollars and by the end of the third quarter it had dropped to 3.42 billion dollars. The fund’s total value of assets it manages is roughly 15 billion dollars.

The fund also made some new purchases over the course of the third quarter. There were 69 new stocks purchased, including Amazon for 23 million dollars, Danaher Corp Del for 17 million dollars, Intra Cellular Therapies Inc for 15 million dollars, Spdr S&P 500 Etf Tr for 67 million dollars and Eagle Pharmaceuticals for 17 million dollars. The firm also bought additional shares to increase their position in 62 other stocks and sold out completely in 119 stocks, while reducing in 80 stocks.

If you would like to read further, you can find the full article here: http://www.octafinance.com/highland-capital-management-top-10-holdings-in-q3-2015/352793/?doing_wp_cron=1455736909.1216111183166503906250

Donald Trump vs. George Soros

Donald Trump continues to baffle critics, politicos, and even fellow Republicans with his ability to dominate the polls in the race for the Republican nomination. His supporters see his sometimes outrageous statements as acts of bravery. To them, he is a man speaking his mind and breaking through the wall of political correctness.

Trump refuses to admit to shame, even when making statements many feel are shameful. In a country where people are completely fed up with political phoniness, Trumps candor is admirable, even if his statements are despicable.

Trump has made outrageous claims about John McCain’s war record, he’s said that many Mexicans are rapists, and he has said that he wants to ban Muslims from coming into the country until the terrorism situation is brought under control. A good portion of his platform deals with illegal immigrants, despite the fact that he himself used Polish immigrants to build Trump Towers in New York.

It was probably only a matter of time before a billionaire on the other side of the political fence stepped forward to comment on Trumps wild campaign. George Soros is one of the most influential liberals in the country and he is the 16th richest man in the world, according to Forbes.

At the World Economic Forum, Soros spoke out against Trump during an interview with Bloomberg TV. Soros made the very serious claim that “Donald Trump is doing the work of ISIS”. Forbes billionaire Soros believes that Trump is fanning the flames of hatred, giving those who hate America ammunition and words to incite more to join their cause.

When Trump talks about keeping Muslims out of America, he not only offends ISIS, he offends all Muslims. He makes it easier for ISIS to make a case to recruit Muslims who otherwise would lead a peaceful life. After all, if America won’t allow Muslims into their country, then it certainly would appear that the country must have a problem with Muslims. It’s a huge help to ISIS, who want to paint a picture that the world is against them. George Soros claimed that Trump’s statement might “convince the Muslim community that there is no alternative but terrorism.”

Soros also had some statements that were more reassuring. He believes that ISIS is losing ground and that their days are numbered. He pointed out that Iraq and Syria have reclaimed territory that ISIS had once snatched from them. It could be that ISIS will have no safe haven in the middle east or anywhere in the world.

George Soros is a huge backer of Hillary Clinton, and it is his belief that Hillary would win a general election in a landslide against Trump or Ted Cruz. While that remains to be seen, it seems that this battle of the billionaires is just beginning.

OrganoGold Turns Healthy Coffee And Tea Into An Empire

The OrganoGold brand is a coffee and tea empire that is grown in the Philippines with beautiful soil, using organic methods and sold through independent contractors. The company has created a marketing plan that allows regular people to sell at a profit, and the company has come to America from Asia to sell its new energy drinks, teas and coffees. This article explains how OrganoGold has expanded its company with healthy drink alternatives.

#1: The Products Have Always Been Organic

Organic growing has been the hallmark of OrganoGold since its inception, and the growers in the Philippines are using the same techniques that they used when the company began. OrganoGold has been using local growers in the Philippines, and these growers are paid very good rates for their products. The company honors organic farming, and every user is getting a healthier drink.

#2: OrganoGold Has Come To America

Bernardo Chua brought OrganoGold to America to sell under the same plan he used in Asia. The company started a new energy drink brand when it came to America, and the company has been starting new small businesses across the country. Bernardo saw North America as a better breeding ground for expansion, and he has helped his company grow quite a bit since coming over from the Philippines.

#3: The Products Are More Attractive

Bernardo has chosen to play up the fact that the company produces only organic products, and they’re all about health. People who choose to live a healthy lifestyle around the world are gravitating to products that are made organically, and anyone who advocates for organic growing can respect what OrganoGold does. This brilliance of the way OrganoGold works is that the company was ahead of its time. Organic growing is now the most popular way to grow, and OrganoGold did it before everyone else in the industry.

#4: The Products Are Reasonable

The products are priced in a way that is fair to all customers. The growers are paid well for their beans and leaves, but the customer is not seeing a major markup. Customers may purchase from OrganoGold for a small amount of money, and everyone has a healthy coffee or tea to drink.

OrganoGold pioneered organic growing in the coffee and tea industries, and the company has helped create a network of millions of sellers who are allowed to sell at a profit. OrganoGold is helping people start their own businesses, drink better coffee or tea and live healthy lifestyles. Bernie can be found on both Facebook and Twitter, to follow the CEO and where he takes OrganoGold next.

Philanthropist and Businessman Dick DeVos Reveals The Breadth of His Charitable Donations

Dick DeVos’ success in the the world of business has enabled him to pursue philanthropic activities thanks to not only his funds, but also his strong influence. Dick DeVos, at an early age, has had a passion for business and helping others. Mr. DeVos has spent his entire career in executive positions at Amway, the NBA’s Orlando Magic, as well as the Windquest Group. His current position is as President at the Windquest Group. His success has even been noted by Forbes when he was placed on the list of the world’s richest individuals. Mr. DeVos was placed at number 67 and was reported to have the net worth of 5.1 billion dollars. He doesn’t just hoard this money away though. He is known throughout Michigan and the U.S. as the founder of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation and as a generous philanthropist.

He and his family have remained quiet when questioned about exact amounts of money donated in the past, but he and his family have recently revealed that they have given over $1.2 billion over their lifetimes. Their money has been given largely to education and arts institutions, but the various causes and charities they donated to are far reaching and can be seen detailed in another article by MLive. Dick was clearly humbled by the recognition he received from his community.

I am incredibly grateful to my parents for initiating and encouraging by example the tradition of philanthropy within our family. We are happy to be a part of this great community!

Posted by Dick DeVos on Monday, January 4, 2016

One of the first positions within the business industry that DeVos held in his career was with Amway. Though DeVos joined this company in 1974, he gained the high position as President in 1993 and held the position until 2002 when he decided to pursue other business ventures. The experience that he took away from Amway was immense as he was responsible for all the aspects of the country’s operations in 50 countries on six different continents. The leadership that he demonstrated at Amway opened the company to new markets and even tripled the company’s international sales. Learn more about Dick’s work experience here: http://www.newnetherlandinstitute.org/history-and-heritage/dutch_americans/richard-dick-devos-jr/

With his success in the business industry, Mr. DeVos became interested in sharing his success with those who are less fortunate. An example of his dedication to the community, Mr. DeVos started the Education Freedom Fund. This scholarship fund has awarded over 4,000 scholarships to underprivileged children in Michigan. He has geared his scholarships to those who are pursing a higher education and come from developing countries. 

An example of his dedication to education is also demonstrated through his contribution to create the West Michigan Aviation Academy. This academy is the first public charter aviation school in the nation. The goal behind creating this aviation academy is to offer free education that is of the highest quality. The goal is not deter excellent students from being blocked from an excellent education merely due to financial trouble. Dick is a talented pilot of both airplanes and helicopters as you can see in the video below, so it’s no wonder that he wanted to give others the opportunity to pursue careers in this field.

Dick DeVos and his wife are dedicated philanthropists that are constantly involved with their community in Michigan. They believe that change is done at the local level which as been shown to work through his many successful stories. Mr. DeVos and his wife have helped the artistic community, the religious community, the education community, as well as the civic community. 

Charles Koch And The “Good Profit”

Charles Koch is today a well-known businessman and philanthropist. Born in the 1930’s in Wichita, Kansas, Charles would grow up to inherit Koch Industries from his father. Frank Koch. Today he is the co-owner, chairman of the board and CEO of Koch Industries. His brother David is currently the executive vice president of the company. The brothers each own approx. 42% of the business.

Originally Koch Industries dealt primarily in oil refinery and chemicals. Due to the company’s incredible growth, the company now produces polymers, materials, pollution control technologies, and equipment as well as much more. Among their most popular items are Quilted Northern tissue, Dixie Cups, and Stainmaster Carpet. Charles is worth $40 billion dollars, making him one of the richest men in the US.

Recently Mr. Koch gave an interview to the Wichita Business Journal. In the interview Charles Koch states that he feels that there are guiding principles that have led him to his great success. As a result he has written a book based on those principles. His desire to share these principles with others caused him to back away, somewhat, during the writing process, but he feels it was important that he do so.

The book is called “Good Profit”, and it outlines his market-based business philosophy. Though Mr. Koch is unsure of how the critics feel about his offering, he claims he is still glad to have written it. He goes on to explain that he believes Aristotle was correct when he said that how a man feels about himself can lead him to find contentment and happiness in life. His biggest belief is that people need to find out what they are interested in or have a passion for, and build their lives around that passion. He feels that this is the road to success.