The appointment of James Dondero was the highlight of the day on May 12, 2015. James Dondero had been appointed as the Chairman of the Boards of Directors of NexPoint Residential Trust company. NexPoint Residential Trust company is a public trading Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT).
About James Dondero:
Currently, James Dondero serves as the NexPoint Residential Trust President. His impact is evident in several companies where he is the founder of several financial firms such as Highland Capital Management, NexPoint Advisors as well as NexBank; a bank that he fully owns and it is an affiliated bank. With James Dondero founding the Highland Capital Management together with Mark Okada, in 1993, it is indicate that recently, Highland as well as all its affiliates have recorded to manage an average of assets worth $21 billion in March 31, 2015.
Why was James Dondero appointed as a chairperson?
James Dondero appointment as a chair of the board of directors of the NexPoint Residential Trust Company was as a result of several reasons as indicated below.
- Mr.Dondero has a wide range of experience in the industry. James Dondero records an experience of more than 30 years investing both in credit as well as equity markets. Did I mention that Mr. Dondero has had aided in helping establish as well as initiate new credit asset classes?
- Mr. Dondero has a reputable past within the field. Even with the concept that Mr. Dondero had founded numerous financial firms, between 1989-1993, when Mr.Dondero worked as a chief investment officer at the Protective Life’s GIC, he had substantial impact on the business; he assisted the business gain more than $2 billion during the period.
- He has a wide range of management skills and knowledge. Mr.Dondero has a wide range of experienced management skills in areas such as emerging-mortgage backed securities, preferred and common stocks as well as leveraged bank loans.
Ireland is one of those countries that has been anti-gay for years. The Church has a lot to do with how the people view homosexuality. The church says gay and lesbians are sinners. But the Irish have been going through a religious metamorphosis, and that change has opened the eyes of the people. Gay and lesbians are no different than the rest of the Irish and that fact may come to the surface if a referendum is passed that approves same-sex marriages.
The Catholic Church is opposed to the referendum, but with all the scandals the Church has had lately that opposition is not as strong as it once was. The majority of Catholic voters are ready to defy the church and vote to give gay and lesbian couples the right to marry in Ireland.
Sam Tabar (thumbtack.com) agrees that after a long and bloody religious war, Ireland has become a more tolerant nation. The war taught the new generation that unity rather than separation brings peace and a sense of well-being to the nation. That’s a lesson the United States still needs to learn.
Anyone who has tried a 21-day sugar-free diet can tell you that it is an excruciating ordeal if you aren’t up for the challenge. Especially if you love sweets and eat a lot of complex carbohydrates and bread Flavio Maluf seems to think.
Sugars are an addictive substance, and with any addiction, certain withdrawal symptoms might follow reducing or eliminating the intake. Sugar withdrawal symptoms can include any and all of the following:
* Anger & Anxiety
* Severe Cravings
* Migraine Headaches
* Uncontrolled Shaking
In today’s processed and enhanced grocery menus, sugars are king. Sugars are often hidden in a variety of foods you might not have even considered. Knowing what’s on your plate is the first step in battling this debilitating addiction.
The second phase in controlling sugar addiction is to take proactive steps to help counter the cravings. As outlined in a recent article by About Foot, assuming control can be achieved by a variety of actions. Among them are:
Removing Temptation – Help yourself succeed by removing hidden candy stockpiles from your house. Go one step further by researching how sugars are hidden in a multitude of foods you might not expect (link found above) and can be labeled as a variety of different names on ingredient lists.
Exercising – Physical exertion is a great way to temper emotions and help keep anger or irritability under control when your body is deprived of the sugar it once enjoyed and depended on.
Balancing Your Diet With Healthy Fats – Foods such as olive oil and avocados contain healthy fats that help your body feel satisfied.
Getting More Sleep – When our body is tired, often sugars are used as substitute energy sources. By getting more sleep, you can eliminate this dependence.
Occidental College has been in an enviable position in terms of the number of students being attracted to the liberal arts institution in the wake of President Obama including his two years at the college on his Presidential resume. Arriving at the college in 2009 President Jonathan Veitch found an institution being torn apart by the choices of adding more students at the expense of the relationship the college enjoyed with the Los Angeles and Eagle Rock communities. Residents of Eagle Rock and the educational community of Los Angeles have all seen their fears reduced as President Veitch made a series of decisions designed to make the college a valuable part of the educational landscape of California.
Veitch found plans were already in place to expand the college campus by huge amounts in an area overlooking the small coastal community of Eagle Rock, which had seen little to no consultation prior to the arrival of President Veitch. The incoming President immediately shelved the expansion plans and looked to improve the level of involvement for the community with the college, which included bringing back members of the alumni to aid in community programs. Veitch and the college have worked hard to rebuild the relationship between the community and the college in a way that will stand the test of time.
Programs at Occidental College are now designed to limit the impact on local communities and assist in improving the lives of members of these nearby areas. A good example of this is the solar array introduced at Occidental under the guidance of Jonathan Veitch, which will provide power savings of around $250,000 per year for the college and is created at ground level to limit the effect on the beauty of the Californian landscape. Veitch and the solar panel providers have created a deal that will allow local people to purchase solar arrays for homes and businesses at a discounted price to lower power bills and create greener energy supplies.
The Atlanta Hawks basketball team has a high likelihood of being sold to the Anthony Ressler, owner of the private equity firm Ares. This comes as the Atlanta Hawks work in the NBA playoffs toward a championship for the 2015 season. Much of the success is thanks to the leadership of the team’s principal owner, Bruce Levenson.
Bruce Levenson is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and holds a law degree from American University. After he attained his degree, Levenson wrote for the Washington Star and Observer. Levenson spent his free time working with his friend, Ed Peskowitz, publishing newsletters describing oil industry trends. This free time work helped Peskowitz and Levenson create United Communications Group (UCG) in 1977, a data analysis company.
Since the founding of UCG, Levenson has served as a member on the board of several philanthropic foundations. He has even worked as the president of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation. One of his major contributions has been to the U.S. Holocaust Museum in which he is a founding donor. Levenson has also served as a board member to TechTarget and associations like the Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Association. In 1997, Levenson became an inductee in the Software and Information Industry Association’s Hall of Fame for UCG.
In 2004, Levenson formed the Atlanta Spirit LLC with Ed Peskowitz, Todd Foreman, and several others to purchase the Atlanta Hawks and the Philips Arena. Since the purchase in 2004, the Atlanta Hawks have reached the NBA playoffs every season starting in 2007. In September 2014, Levenson sold his shares in the team and Leveson and his partners hired Goldman Sachs and Inner Circle Sports to begin selling the Atlanta Hawks. As of April 23rd, 2015, Anthony Ressler has placed a $730 million bid to purchase the team.
Although Levenson’s era with the Atlanta Hawks is over, his investment in the team arguably has helped the Atlanta Hawks become a dominating basketball team in the NBA. There is no doubt that Levenson will continue to be a major financial giant in the U.S. economy.
The Dorchester Collection group of hotels is looking to grow inside of the United States. Currently it is located in Europe and in the United States, but it only has two hotels and both are located in the metro Los Angeles area. However, there are other options out there for the hotel to expand with and right now the collection firm is looking to expand its total number of hotels from 10 to 15 in the next several years.
By the end of 2015, the hotel chain wants to include five more hotels, and they discussed it on YouTube. To do this, it sold one of its largest hotels only a few years earlier, which was located in New York. It is an extremely large hotel, boasting 899 rooms as the New York Palace Hotel. With the money it made from the sale the company was able to invest in other hotels. However, it is also looking at other possible locations to expand to.
Currently, the chain is looking to move back into New York. As the largest city in the United States and with millions of visitors each and every year, it makes sense for the hotel chain to move back to the city. Right now though, it is looking at a smaller hotel than the Palace. Beyond just New York though, the hotel collection does want to spread its wings into other markets as well. Regarding the United States, Washington D.C. is potentially on the docket and the high-end luxury hotel collection would fit right in here.
As for international locations, the hotel collection is eying Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore when it comes to Asian locations. It is also looking at Sydney and Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi for Middle Eastern cities that have a growing market and money as well.
The hotel chain has been around since the Sultan of Brunei purchased the Dorchester hotel in 1986. Since then the hotel chain has brought in several different hotels around the world, and while the chain is down to 10 currently, it has the sizable amount it brought in from the previous New York hotel that it can expand into many other demographics. The chain enjoys the smaller, almost boutique style of hotel, which is why it sold the larger, nearly 900 room New York hotel. While the chain has a long way to go to add five more hotels by the end of the year, there are many options available.
It is no accident that BRL Trust is where it is now. This company is focused on healing money problems of individuals and corporates ensuring them safety and reliability. People are learning to distinguish relaity from hype, and probing deeper to understand the ups and downs of finance. BRL Trust is a one-stop for all your financial needs – be it investment, loans or advice.
Founded in 2005, BRL Trust earned accolades from a number of investors for its innovative services. The company began to operate its business providing trust services to clients for their personal and business loans. By the end of 2014, this company had more than thousand loyal customers. The company now specializes in other areas of businesses as well, such as capital markets, investment fund management, mergers and acquisitions. Currently, BRL Trust is the biggest sole administrator for Brazil’s investment funds.
Recognizing what customers want in all its forms and sorting their priorities is a lifelong skill that very few companies are well-versed in. BRL Trust is one such company that stands out when it comes to investment. It has participated in a number of transactions – both innovative and structured – and has many awards on its side. The company’s investment strategies and solutions are tailored to its customers’ financial requirements. BRL Trust is also popular in underwriting securities services. This way customers are sure to get best options in local as well as global market.
BRL Trust handles finances in a safe and transparent manner. If you have been in a financial fog or money come for a serious time, you might be afraid of emerging from it successfully. To bring you out of this misery, BRL Trust has plans carved out of years and years of professional experience. Modern technology has made it even more easier to drift out of this fog. What’s more, the company has been able to preserve its ethics since its inception and is dedicated to serving its customers in times of economic recession as well. It has been able to keep the interests of its customers above its own. The professionals working here are well-trained and experienced in their field. They possess knowledge to produce the best results in the stock market. BRL Trust is built on the motto that has been able to bridge the gap between internal and external business relationship. Its success has been far more obvious than anything you could depict in words.
The use of complimentary medicines and preventative care is being pushed forward in maintaining a healthy back and spine by members of Dallas, Texas medical center North American Spine. The medical group recently celebrated six years of offering patients the unique and innovative AccuraScope procedure that is a minimally invasive technique designed to eliminate lower back pain in a wide variety of patients with a reduced period in surgery and rehabilitation. North American Spine has also been at the forefront of pushing forward the use of a number of complimentary techniques designed to limit the damage done to the spine and core while improving the all around health of patients.
Yoga is a form of therapy that most individuals have heard of as a good way of maintaining good health and limiting the problems that can affect the body as we age. However, this is also a good option for those who are suffering with the symptoms associated with back pain who wish to try as many options as possible to relieve their problems without resorting to surgical treatments. Back pain affects a growing number of the population who are affected by the sedimentary lifestyle many people lead in this digital age where sitting in uncomfortable positions hunched over a keyboard is often the norm.
Keeping the body fit and healthy is one of the major benefits the professionals at North American Spine have recently been discussing as they took part in a national yoga campaign and community event. North American Spine members held a beginners yoga class for groups of kindergarten students from the Dallas, Texas area and gave away free yoga mats to try and encourage continued participation in the practice long into the future. Building a strong core and maintaining good posture and health are just two of the keys to reducing the risk of damaging the spine and requiring AccuraScope surgery in the future. By encouraging participation in exercise and promoting periods of daily activity the professionals at North American Spine hope to reduce the number of back injuries they see affecting future generations.
When great people die suddenly it brings a sense of shock or of sadness to us all. Andrew Lesnie was the cinematographer for ‘Lord of the Rings’ and other movies and he was great at doing his job. He recently passed away at the age of 59, and it is hard to see that kind of thing happen. No matter who the person is it doesn’t seem fair to see them die so young, but it is especially hard when they are a celebrity and you know all of the great things that they have accomplished.
I guess the thing that we can draw comfort from, though, is to know all of the things that he has done in the amount of time that he had. And we can use that as inspiration. If you have a dream in life there is no waiting around for it. Ivan Ong, CPA and Marketing Coach is a poster-child for the go-getter attitude. There is no reason to sit at home and do nothing all day when you could be accomplishing something great. If your dream is to be the next Andrew Lesnie and to accomplish all that he has, then you need to get out there and start working hard toward your goal. Your dream won’t make it without some effort on your part, and some effort sooner rather than later.
America may lead the world in many aspects, unfortunately, education is not one of them. Specifically, American students have typically done poorly in math. However, there is light at the end of this tunnel. SOLVY has recently brought on one of the most innovative minds in the educational field, Alexei Beltyukov.
Alexei Beltyukov happens to be an entrepreneur with an MBA and a medical degree, according the the PR Newswire. He also happens to be a huge proponent for a proper education. By pairing with Solvy, an online educational system whose goal is to bring high school students and educators the tools they need in regards to a quality education in mathematics.
The biggest hurdle most students face now is the inability to grasp the materials. Solvy hopes to make it more accessible and easier to understand. Their goal is to raise high school students test scores, and I.Q.’s nationwide by customizing the learning experience.
Students are not the only ones who will benefit from this merger. Educators will be able to access automatically generated homework and quizzes tailored to their students needs. Progress made will be easily tracked, and areas where each student is falling behind can be pinpointed and focused on more easily.