There is an established tradition within the US whereby artistes crisscross the country for sightseeing purposes. This is often done with the aim of understanding the history of the American subcontinent, and the inhabitants of different regions. This is a tradition that often comes into play whenever America is facing a national crisis. During such situations, all Americans are often bond together but a common crisis irrespective of their location or background.
Doug Levitt decided to explore America in a different way altogether. When he embarked on a project known as “The Greyhound Diaries”, his aim was to highlight inherent poverty, which affects all parts of the US. He captured his expedition through photography, authorship and music. Levitt’s decision to take a different course was inspired by the fact that those who have ventured out have consistently failed to address real problems that face local communities. Through the Greyhound Diaries, Levitt has successfully managed to capture the attention and imagination of the entire nation.
Despite the fact that Levitt took a totally different path to carry out his exploration, his message resonates well with millions of Americans. He has been steadfast in encouraging the masses to unshackle themselves from the chains of poverty. Being a musician, he has also become synonymous for penning inspirational songs. Some of his songs talk about the experiences that he had while traversing the US on the Greyhound buses.
A Synopsis of Doug Levitt
The Washington native studied at the London School of Economics and Cornell University. During his childhood, his mother was a local politician and activist. The lessons that he received from her have helped mold him into the man that he is today. At Woodrow High School, Doug’s music and photography talent was discovered and nurtured.
Living in London while working as a CNN reporter, opened his eyes to social injustices. He decided to quit his job in 2001, when he took up singing full time. During his singing career Doug has had the opportunity of working with David Henry, a celebrated producer. Along the success that he has had on the musical arena, Doug has made a name for himself as a consummate activist.
Hedge fund managers often struggle with important choices when they allocate their funds’ money among several categories of investments. Many hedge funds are investing a lot of money in information technology. In fact, information technology companies are sought after commodities in the hedge fund world. But there are several different kinds of information technologies companies in the industry these days. Finding one that can produce consistent profits in an industry that is changing at warp speed is the challenge. James Dondero, the President and manager of Highland Capital Management’s hedge fund, does a lot of research before he invests in information technology companies. But Dondero recently pulled the trigger in the IT sector, and he invested in Pendrell Corporation.
Kirkland, Washington-based Pendrell Corporation is an active intellectual property license. Pendrell represents more than 1,200 patents in the information technology sector. Those patent are mainly focused on electronic devices like smartphones, tablets, and other retail products. Pendrell is primarily a research and development company that buys other businesses that have interesting and unique technologies, and then offers their protected intellectual rights to the global marketplace. Dondero saw the potential in Pendrell, so Highland Capital Management bought a 6.5 percent stake in the company. Dondero bought another 11 percent stake in Pendrell, so the combined number of shares owned by Highland Capital and Dondero is more than 37 million.
The investment in Pendrell is a typical investment for Highland Capital. Dondero invested more than $4 billion in Argentina when he decided to buy debt bonds. Many of Dondero’s peers thought he was crazy when he made the first purchase of Argentina’s bonds in 2014, but the investment paid off for his partners. Dondero bought another sizable amount of Argentina bonds in 2016 when the new president of the country got the green light from the international bond market to sell them. Dondero believes the investment in Argentina and the investment in Pendrell Corporation will produce decent returns in 2016. That’s not an easy thing to do these days. The hedge fund market is only producing average returns of 3.8 percent in 2016.
The Internet has disrupted many different industries and changed the ways that businesses operate. One of the main benefits for workers and businesses is the ability to communicate with one another from virtually anywhere. While telephones and emails have always made this process somewhat possible, a new generation of computer programs have greatly expanded on the options for communicating for those in the workplace.
This means that workers can increasingly work from home or in different states yet still retain interactions that make for one company culture and community without having key employees leave the company. International communication options as well as training sessions with both customers and vendors can both improve efficiency and revenues.
One program that is blazing a new path is Talk Fusion. Talk Fusion is a video communication company that allows businesses to communicate via teleconferencing, broadcasting conferences, and even connecting to various social media websites. With Talk Fusion Emails with videos embedded in them become a real thing and greatly improve on the quality and effectiveness of communications. Branded videos can be sent through emails that are personalized or general depending on the desired recipient of the message.
These video services are not expensive either with the typical fee ranging for less than $30 per month and a small set up fee. For businesses looking to add video capability and professionalism to their internal and external communications this is a small price to pay and one that reaps the aforementioned benefits. In addition to those benefits are reporting analytics that can provide valuable information to a company using Talk Fusion to understand the benefits that the service imparts to them.
Kenneth Goodgame is a sales and retail, merchandising expert. He employs smart business strategy combined with streamlined financial oversight to help create OEM excellence worth millions and billions of dollars. Kenneth Goodgame delivers a balance of quality assurance systems, key performance indicators, employee engagement and corporate alignment to enable profitability and improved performance. Goodgame’s extensive experience gave him the unique ability to identify market trends and retail shifts and make the necessary adjustments and avoid mistakes that could be costly.
Goodgame’s educational background included earning a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Tennessee. He began his career in retail as a purchasing manager for indoor garden inventory and managed a 20% growth in sales. He oversaw annual store openings while training store managers and sales associates for the new stores. He negotiated with vendors securing contracts for merchandise, as well as product placement in stores. He also developed very successful product branding and management programs that led to the capture of significant market shares.
He utilized his education and successfully managed and directed major retail corporations resulting in growth and expansion. He developed multi-year comprehensive plans leading to long term growth while retaining a stable retail market place. Goodgame also built and re-built management and sales teams and sparked greater sales with his effort. Goodgame successfully implemented merchandise rebate programs that increased sales both financially and number of units sold.
Goodgame’s marketing flair and expertise led him to always seek new challenges through each move in his employment maneuvering. He turned around underachieving sales teams and brought greater exposure to retail programs. He developed and launched national trade campaigns for television and print media generating millions in sales. He identified appropriate companies and products for acquisition and integrated them into existing retail stores.
One of Goodgame’s greatest success stories is with True Value Hardware Stores. As senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer, Mr. Goodgame managed global purchasing and active inventory SKU’s. He is responsible for category management, merchandising investment, pricing management and visual inventory productivity. Mr. Goodgame is highly effective at turning around low performing buying teams and implemented a high energy buying style that boosted sales dramatically.
Eric Pulier is not only an extraordinary entrepreneur, but an excellent problem solver and strategist as well. One of the biggest reasons he serves on the innovation board for XPRIZE is because he wants to be able to inspire other people to create their own innovations and use their ideas to bring humanity to a brighter future. Eric has made plenty of innovations for himself, starting up many companies of his own, but he gained interest in XPRIZE due to the services they offer and what they are trying to accomplish.
XPRIZE is trying to use the power of competition to held inspire people to works towards goal that would benefit the overall good of all people. Since people are highly competitive by nature, this is quite an effective method. Many people just need a goal in their sites to be inspired to reach it. By giving people a target to reach and allowing them to come up with any solution they want, regardless of who they are or where the come from, many creative and innovative people will come together to join in. XPRIZE is always looking for new potential to participate.
As a solution oriented organization, Eric Pulier knows the good he is doing by being apart of their board of innovation. This allows him to further help individuals with improving their lives as well as others. He also set out to start up his own social network for children with illnesses, known as Starbright World, to help them connect better with others and share things with each other. Anyone with chronic illnesses, but especially children, want to know they are not all alone in things. Putting children together with similar experiences will help them adjust.
In the ever changing world of information technology (IT) staffing, it is rare to find professionals who consistently provide world class service to large enterprises. John Goullet is one such rare professional and his 22+ years of experience as a top information technology staffing professional prove it.
John began his career as an IT consultant. This early experience gave him valuable insight into the staffing needs of the IT community and he used this insight to transition his career to IT staffing. He did so by founding Info Technologies Inc. in 1994. Info Technologies Inc. became a breakout success-thanks to John’s visionary leadership, Info Technologies Inc. became a $30 million company within five years of its founding. This explosive growth earned Info Technologies Inc. a spot on the Inc. Magazine list of the 500 fastest growing privately held companies in the United States. John was able to successfully grown Info Technologies Inc. by taking a unique approach to IT staffing, emphasizing a “true match”-matching the needs of his clients with the skills and capabilities of his consulting professionals.
In 2010, wanting to continue this accelerated growth and embrace new markets and opportunities, John joined with another visionary within the IT staffing industry, Gene Waddy and the two leaders evolved Info Technologies Inc. and Diversant Inc. into Diversant LLC. With these experienced staffing professionals at the helm, Diversant LLC quickly became a significant force within the IT staffing community. Diversant LLC is the largest African-American owned staffing and solutions firm. With its certification as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Diversant LLC has the capability of serving enterprises of any size.
For businesses in industries such as the real estate industry or the insurance and financial industry that are looking to progress and to gain revenue, it has become a requirement for these industries to invest in the hiring of professionals that can be a part of the company with the job to not only spot a problem, but to also fix the problem immediately. After the financial crash of 2008, much mistrust and uncertainty became a repercussion in regards to the industries that were outed for corruption. As a way to fix this issue, companies have begun hiring compliance officers that keep a company transparent for the clients of the company to see.
Helane Morrison has extensive experience in both the private sector as well as in the public sector. Helane Morrison has wanted to make it clear that she is a compliance officer who took the job to work for the people. After the crisis, many individuals lost faith in investment opportunities. It is the goal of Ms. Morrison to bring back the faith and to bring back investment which is so important to keep the economy of the United States strong.
Ken Goodrich bought Goettl Air Conditioning when it was not in the best place to make money, and he said that he wanted to help the company find a better direction for the future. He wanted to help them give people better chances to make their air conditioning work well, and he wanted to show the people around Arizona that they can do this for less. His plan for the company is pretty simple, and it all revolves around making Goettl the only place to call.
There are a lot of people who need to get their AC serviced every summer because it gets so hot in the summer, and they have to have something done before they have to run the system all the time to stay cool. Ken Goodrich is trying to make it possible for people to get their AC to work when it is not working, or they will just do the service that needs to be done.
Everyone who gets the right kind of service will notice that the system runs a lot better, and they will be able to get the system to blow very cold air even when they are very hot inside the house. They can also get someone to look at their thermostat if it is not working right. There are a lot of problems that people will need to address with their thermostat and the way it communicates with the system, but they can get Goettl to handle all of that for them.
It is a lot easier for everyone in Arizona to get what they need for their AC because Ken Goodrich has done such a good job with Goettl Air Conditioning. They are the good guys that can help anyone with their AC, and they can make it a lot cooler inside a house in Arizona.