Barbara Stokes is the CEO of GSH of Alabama, LLC. She has been in this role since 2011. Green Structured Homes Delivered (GSH) has its headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama. The company was established in 2008. The Chief Operating Officer of her company is Scott Stokes. Stokes’s executive team has more than three decades of combined experience in Disaster Relief. Prior to her GSH career, Stokes worked at Pisces and Boeing for a long time. She has worked in the four U.S. military branches. Barbara has been president and founder of the Biomedical Engineering Club. Learn more about Barbara Stokes at Crunchbase.
Barbara Stokes company has created manufacturing jobs in eight states: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia. Steel and modular wood frame homes are being constructed in these states. The creation of the jobs has been possible thanks to the $28.5M contract award from FEMA. Barbara and her husband helped the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas find relief. The couple used to live in Cullman, Alabama. They chose Cullman as the location for building a manufacturing plant. The reason behind this decision was the friendliness of the people.
GSH is a leader in the Disaster Relief Construction Industry. The company uses modern techniques of design, manufacturing, and engineering. As a result of these techniques, houses can be constructed quickly and with greater accuracy. The manufacturing technique has been recognized for its cost effectiveness and safety. GSH has erected 82 security gates for the Navy. The firm has built student housing in Mississippi. The structures built the company are high quality due to their sustainability and resistance to high winds. Quality assurance procedures are performed during the construction of the houses. The clients of GSH come from the private and public sectors. Follow Barbara Stokes on Linkedin.com.
From 1996 to 2000, Stokes attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. She got her Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering and Physics. At Mercer, Ms. Stokes also took courses in Manufacturing and Management, Technical Communication, Structures and Properties of Materials, and Thermodynamics. She has endorsements in project management, project engineering, and government contracting.
Barbara volunteers actively in her community. She is a mother of three children.
Highland Capital Management is an Investment Firm which is based out of Dallas Texas. The firm has been in business for over twenty years and offers a variety of investment alternatives for clients. The organization is privately owned as well as operated.
The company specializes in Hedge Funds as well as Structured type investments. In addition, Highland Capital Management also does a great deal of work with Distressed Investment type funds. Currently, Highland Capital has over 10 Billion dollars in assets. Visit highland.com to know more.
James Dondero is currently the President of Highland Capital Management. Mr. Dondero has extensive experience within the field of investment as well as equity based markets. James Dondero has worked with both Hedge and Mutual Funds for over three decades. James Dondero has also served as President of Nex-Point Residential Trust. He graduated from Southern University of Virginia with a degree in Business Management. James Dondero graduated with top honors.
Highland Capital also has offices in London and Singapore. The company is currently listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Highland increased its client base significantly since it started offering Public Pension Plans as well as Endowments. Financial donations as well as volunteering their professional services has become part of what makes the organization so very strong. Read more at Biz Journals about Highland Capital.
Highland has done a great deal of work within the health care industry. Highland Capital offers seniors investment alternatives which are directly related to the Affordable Care Act. Health care can act as a powerful component for seniors due to its “absolute return rate” in comparison to other health care investment alternatives.
Finally, Highland Capital has become one of the top investment firms within the nation. The company offers a host of investment options and alternatives for just about any age group. The company web site is informational and it is updated regularly. Please view www.highlandcapital.com for more information. The web site has a media center that is quite useful for other investment professionals.
Sheldon Lavin’s career began in a diverse field. Before he embarked on the journey of working closely with the former partners of OSI Industries LLC, previously known as Otto and Sons, Sheldon was a thriving financial expert. He was specialized in providing investment advice to the bank’s clients and drafting financial plans. His first encounter with Otto and Sons came when the firm contracted his bank for investment services.
Sheldon Lavin worked as the personnel involved in the dealing and provided information that rapidly grew Otto and Sons in revenue and assets. His performance in the contract prompted Otto and Sons to extend an offer to him, as a partner in the company. Sheldon declined the offer as he did not anticipate to shift his career path. However, after a consultation with the bank, Lavin became Otto and Son’s, primary financial advisor.
In 1975 when Otto retired from the business, MacDonald joined in as a partner at the request of MacDonald. He stated that he had developed a deep appreciation for the enterprise’s intricacies and was enthralled to be part of its future growth. In the mid-80s, Otto and Sons rapidly expanded to open regional branches in Taiwan and South American under the directives of Sheldon Lavin. It was during that period that he gained half of the firm’s control when one partner sold out. Thirteen years later, he gained full voting rights in what is now known as OSI Industries after the last original partner retired. Sheldon Lavin stated the opportunity was a platform for him to expand the firm into launching in more nations in Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia.
During the 2000 Olympic in Asia, the OSI group played a significant role in catering to the attendees. They supplied millions of people with fresh meat products and did not receive any negative feedback throughout the period. The situation granted the firm a forum to build a business empire in the nation. Sheldon stated that Asia is a lucrative business location due to the growing economy. He revealed that his team has plans to open more manufacturing plants in the area to cater to the rising needs of the society.
Millions of tourists flock into Miami Beach, Florida every year and businesses around the city are partnering with different real estate developers to cater to the increasing number of visitors. They are working together to build hotels, restaurants, recreational areas and other amenities designed to accommodate and entertain their guests. Aloft South Beach is one of these new properties created between the partnership of local businesses men and real estate developers. Located right in the center of Miami Beach, the 250 room hotel opened its doors to the public back in 2015. The hotel boasts a number of world class amenities, including a moderately high observation deck about eight stories high, which offers a fantastic 360 view of the city, and a variety of spacious rooms which are considerably larger than its competitors.
Aloft South Beach also have access to Lake Pancoast and Collins Canal, and has a beautifully constructed waterfront which guests can see. There are also a number of activities that can be done inside the hotel complex: swimming at their outdoor pools, chilling out at their roof deck lounge, doing exercise inside their fitness centers, or just hanging out at their bar along with some budding artists.
JMH Development was the company behind the construction of Aloft South Beach. They are one of the largest and leading real estate companies in America, and it originated as a family business. The current principal, Jason Halpern, managed to take control of their family business in 2010, and he had placed the company’s funds into a number of investments. The projects they have in the state of New York sums up to $500 million, and among these are the luxury apartment properties along 184 Kent, developed from an old, dilapidated warehouse, and the Townhouses of Cobble Hill Project, which is a luxury townhouse development found in Brooklyn.
A number of projects from JHM Development are still under construction, with some being in the planning stage. Jason Halpern assures the public that their family business, JMH Development, will always stand by their commitment on construction new, innovative, environmental friendly and elegant buildings and properties across the United States of America, transforming the skylines of cities by adding residential and commercial skyscrapers that would symbolize economic growth in the years to come.
Mike Baur is the CEO of Swiss Start-Up Factory, SSUF, a Swiss-based startup accelerator that also offers business incubation services and co-working spaces. The company was founded in 2014 and focuses on innovative technology startups assisting them to execute their business plans properly. The SSUF offers the advantage of seamless access to business capital and integration with a mature entrepreneurial infrastructure including access to experienced talent and consulting services.
SSUF also empowers startups to focus on their core offerings by managing their professional services requirements during the incubation period, which usually runs for three months.
Mike Baur is a finance professional with over twenty years’ experience in the banking sector in Switzerland. He started his career as a commercial apprentice with UBS, one of the oldest banks in the world. He rose through the ranks working for several other companies to executive leadership positions in the industry.
Under his stellar leadership, SSUF is achieving rapid growth and turning startups into profitable businesses serving global markets. He is tasked with financial management and is in charge of the fundraising activities of the startup accelerator. SSUF is privately funded. It offers startups capital financing, business coaching and mentoring, and co-working spaces. It also provides professional business services including accounting, receivables management, payroll and financial review.
Mike Baur is passionate about supporting the youth to achieve business success. He not only contributes to their capital funding but also spends considerable amounts of time mentoring and guiding them on practical ideas to grow their bottom line. Mike Baur recognizes the importance of balancing internal processes of creativity and production with the relevant external elements such as service delivery, marketing, sales and customer care.
Mike Baur has a strong grip on the investor network. He is adept at leading negotiations between technology investors and startups to establish mutually profitable relationships. Recently, he led SSUF in negotiating a strategic partnership with Fintech Fusion enabling the two to join forces to become the top startup accelerator and business incubation service provider in Europe. The company enjoys these strategic and operational partnerships with strong industry brands.
The technology industry continues to open up with more opportunities available for innovative startups to achieve success. Mike Baur is strategically positioned right at the center of the action to foster startup growth through collaborative partnerships. SSUF is committed to empowering startups with disruptive business strategies that guarantee their success as global brands.
Todd Lubar graduated school with a degree in communications and speech. After college he began working his first job with Crestar Mortgage Corporation. It was here he learned the in’s and out’s of the mortgage industry. He began building the foundation for his future jobs. Lubar with stay with Crestar for about five years for moving on to more demanding roles. It was around this time he became a member of the Legacy Financial group. He helped lead this group’s e Maryland branch to production several 100 million dollars a year. Lubar was well on his way to great success.
Todd Lubar would continue in a number of other roles in the mortgage industry. He served as the Senior Vice President with Charter Funding in the early 2000’s. Here Todd was a member of one of the largest mortgage companies in the US. This collaboration allowed Todd to increase his business. He learned from a tremendous amount of overwhelming products and programs.
The mortgage industry would soon start to change. An unexpected turn caused Lubar to began to explore other options. Lubar began experimenting in other industries including the demolition industry, night club industry and recycling industry. Lubar again would experience great success. With the demolition industry he was able to lock in very large contracts with some of the largest general contractors in the country.
Todd Lubar has experienced great success over the years. He continues to find time for his great family and friends in the Maryland area. He continues to be open minded to other ventures. With his dedication and work ethic, he is certain to be around for many years to come.
Under the leadership of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sheldon Lavin OSI Group has grown into the 58th largest privately held company in the United States. OSI Group is a worldwide provider of food products with a specialization in processed meat products. Today they have facilities around the US as well as in Europe and operate in 16 countries.
OSI Group started in 1909 as a family meat market. In 1955 they became the supplier of beef to local McDonald’s restaurants. With the invention of cryogenic food processing in the late 60’s, McDonald’s was able to get rid of its network of local beef suppliers and rely on just 4 suppliers, one of which was OSI Group. OSI Group blew up in size and operations from there.
Under Lavin, OSI Group has acquired several companies, with the most recent companies being Flagship Europe and Baho Foods in Europe, greatly expanding their reach. Flagship Europe, based in the UK, was acquired in December 2016. Flagship Europe provides the UK market with poultry and sous vide products, sauces, dressings, mayonnaise, and dips. Baho Foods, based in the Netherlands, was acquired in August 2016. This company sells convenience foods, snacks, and deli meats throughout much of Europe and has processing plants in both Germany and the Netherlands. The company has gone from $3 billion in revenue in 2011 to $6.1 billion today. In recognition of his leadership, Sheldon Lavin was awarded a Global Vision Award by the Vision World Academy.
OSI Group is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. They have production facilities in North American, Europe, and Asia. They employ many people at their headquarters and at their facilities. They provide many jobs in America at their facilities including in Illinois, California, Utah, Iowa, and Wisconsin as well as their European and Asian locations. In all OSI Group employs over 20,000 people.
John Goullet is a prominent and successful IT tech staffing expert and businessman. He began his lifelong career as a consultant in the IT sector before making a transition to IT staffing in 1994. Working both in the staffing and consultant side of IT gave him a broad and extensive perspective on the industry. John Goullet applied this understanding of emerging market trends to establish his own firm called Info Technologies. This company offered amazing IT staffing solutions to diverse companies nationwide including Fortune 500 Companies. His leadership in the company proved effective and within a period of 5 years, Info Technologies was worth $30 million. Additionally, the firm was listed as one of the successful and fast growing privately held US companies on the Inc. Magazines list.
Step to Great Success
As a visionary leader, Mr. Goullet saw that he could bear more fruits by partnering with other firms, and so he decided to merge his company, Info Technologies with the well-known Diversant Inc. The merger therefore formed Diversant LLC. He was then appointed the principal of the firm and still serves the same position to date. John Goullet is an active member of Diversant LLC. He specializes in forming important strategies to assist the firm face and conquer different challenges within the evolving IT industry. Working as the principal at Diversant LLC, John ensures that all services are well delivered to clients. Under his direction and that of other executives, the firm has managed to build a good reputation and maintain its position on top of the curve.
Mr. Goullet has shown a lot of professionalism and dedication in steering the firm, and this is evident following the drastic growth the company has had even in times of economic downturns. Being a committed and enthusiastic IT expert, John encourages his staff on daily basis to be creative thinkers and maintain high level of ethical behavior, discipline and respect. He strongly believes that team work is one of the factors that has enabled him build the IT staffing firm. Through Goullet’s exemplary work, Diversant LLC is one of the largest African-American owned firms located in the United States. This company has certification as a market leader and a successful Minority Owned business enterprise.
Quite recently in 2016, Soros sold his holds on iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology Index Fund, Gilead Sciences, and Novavax. Other investors took a strong interest in these transactions. There was a setback in the pharmaceutical market in 2015 due to drug price increase. However, it is expected to have a rebound in 2017, after the presidential election. George Budwell explains Soros’ decision to sell out of the pharmaceutical market on August 28th, 2016 in his Motley Fool Article on Soros.
So why did Soros do this? That is something for your inner investor to consider, but Soros surely did not do this not without reason. The hedge fund business is, well, a risky business. Soros’ fund started as a family office investment group. Later, it turned into a hedge fund; which by definition means to take risky chances of investments with (hopefully) a large capital gain. This means for a man that is worth 24.9 billion dollars and returns 30% excess a year, he is a professional risk taker.
Soros graduated at the London School of Economics in 1952. Shortly after, he obtained a job at Wall Street brokerage firm F.M. Mayer. Finally, in 1973 he set up his own hedge fund known as the Soros’ Hedge Fund, Quantum Fund, or Quantum Fund Endowment. George Soros has lived and breathed economics for all of his adult life. His legacy of money management is not only impressive but also runs parallel with his humanitarian ambitions. His many humanitarian organization wins the hearts of many individuals. The complete biography of Soros can be found at Biography.com.
Soros’ Open Society Foundation
Since George Soros has an exorbitant amount of money he has the power to take a stand against controversial topics, which may be difficult or career threatening for others. He also feels a personal obligation to take a stand and help those who can’t help themselves. One action, Soros’ Open Society Foundation offers are scholarships to minorities whom can’t afford university. Soros truly is a monumental man.
Beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers know about the Anheuser-Bush Company. In St. Louis, Anheuser-Bush is bigger than life. It almost seems like the King of Beer built the city. The Anheuser-Bush presence is felt over town. It’s hard to find a person that doesn’t think the giant beer brewer can do no wrong in that Middle America gateway to the West metropolis. But investors have been disappointed over the last couple of years. Not because of a major drop in the stock price, but because there’s a market share shrinkage in progress and the company can’t seem to stop it.
Anheuser-Bush has a new strategy in place that puts more emphasis on InBev’s premium brands. Imports and craft beer are the two categories that have produced the most growth over the last three years. Distributors around the country are carrying and promoting more independent breweries, and Anheuser-Bush wants that to stop. AB wants distributors to promote their craft beers and if they do, distributors will be handsomely rewarded, according to Brazilian Banker and beer investor, Ricardo Guimarães.
Ricardo Guimarães is the president of BMG Bank in Brazil. He is also a soccer executive and environmentalist that has substantial investments in cattle, coffee, mining, soccer and beer. When Guimarães heard about the new Anheuser-Bush incentive plan, he thought he was hearing about a Brazilian company that wants to stack the deck against competitors. The plan that Anheuser-Bush is pushing gives distributors a payback if they promote AB InBev brands. The payback comes in the form of a 50 percent reimbursement for marketing and retail display costs. The savings to a distributor could be more than $200,000 a year.
Brazil is famous for deal like this one. It’s commonplace to pay companies for playing favorites, and this new AB incentive plan is all about favorites. Independent breweries think so too. The Justice Department was notified, and they are in the process of investigating the plan. Some industry insiders say the plan won’t be approved by the DOJ, but Anheuser-Bush says the plan breaks no laws, and it is not a kickback for favors type agreement.
Industry insiders say executives at Anheuser-Bush are nervous about the plan as well as the mega-merger that is process. If the Justice Department allows Anheuser-Bush to buy British beer maker SABMiller PLC for more than $108 billion, investors think most of the InBev’s problems will be solved. But new beer drinkers aren’t going to let their independent craft beer makers be forced out of business by the King of Beer that easily, according to Guimarães. The baby boomer generation is not buying beer like the old days. There’s a new beer drinking generation, and they want to drink beer that has a different taste, with different ingredients from innovative breweries.