Investment Guru

CCMP Equity Firm CEO Stephen Murray

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Stephen Murray was a well-known investor and philanthropist. He attended Boston College where from where he graduated in 1984 with a degree in economics. Later, Murray attended Columbia Business School and earned his master’s degree in business administration. Murray kicked off his career in 1984 at Manufacturers Hanover Cooperation where he became a member of the credit analyst training team. Later in 1989, he joined the MH Cooperation. In 2005, Stephen Murray was appointed as the head of buyout business at the JP Morgan Partners. Murray was a co-founder of the CCMP Capital, a global private equity firm that specializes in buyouts and growth equity investments. In his career, Murray has also served as a board member of major companies such as the General Power Systems, AMC Entertainment, and The Vitamin Shoppe among many others. As a philanthropist, Murray has served as a Vice Chairman of the board of trustees at Boston College. He was also a member of the Chairman’s Council of the Make a Wish Foundation that is located in Metro New York. In his life and career, Murray has supported many organizations among them, the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, Stamford Museum and Columbia Business School.

CCMP Capital is a global private equity firm. It majorly specializes the functions in buyout and growth equity investments in North America and Europe. The financial organization began operating as an independent company in 2006. The name CCMP is an acronym that reflects the organizations that involved in the formation of CCMP Capital, these groups include Chemical Ventures, Chase Capital, Manufacturers Hanover Capital/J.P Morgan, and Partners. The Stephen Murray CCMP Capital has invested in various companies whose size ranges from 250 million US dollars to two billion US dollars. The amount of equity financed by CCMP Capital in these firms range from 100 million US dollars to 500 million US dollars. The private equity firm invests in these companies with the objective of:
• Offering estate diversification solutions to the founder-owned business.
• Enabling corporate curve-outs and management buyouts.
• Converting public companies into privately owned institutions.
• Growing businesses that are going through the development stage.
• Equalizing over-levered capital structures.

Stephen Murray CCMP Capital advisers according to Linked In have invested more than 16 million US dollars in buyout and growth equity transactions since 1984. The equity firm invests in four major targeted sectors that include consumer/retail, industrial, healthcare, and chemicals/energy. It invests in these sectors by leveraging combined strengths of the firm’s proprietary operating resources and industry expertise. The private equity firm has built its reputation globally as a world-class investment partner. The company’s experienced management team and its powerful value creation model have made it famous globally. At the beginning of this year, it was announced by CCMP Capital Advisers that they had appointed a new managing director to the firm. Mr. Robert Toth was named to the position to be a full-time investment member whose responsibility will be to source new investment opportunities for the equity firm.

Business Leaders

A Review of the Xiaomi Smartphone and Its Impact in Brazilian Market

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The demand for Smartphone has risen significantly in the last decade. As the technology also advances, the Smartphone are competing to outdo each other to win the market. China is also a rising manufacturer of Smart phones with a reduced price as compared to other countries. The new Xiaomi Smartphone has hit the market with good sales with many consumers liking its quality and cheap technology.

Flavio Maluf reviews the Xiaomi Smartphone and its impact on the Brazilian market. According to information published on his website, the new smart model has gained significant sales owing to its low price and quality. The businesses are changing their focuses to internet marketing especially in social media. The reason for this is the migration of business to the online market platform. Xiaomi captures the change in its business model and its entry to Brazilian market combined two important aspects, price, and quality.

The Xiaomi Smartphone is more affordable to Brazilian than its competitors like Apple. The Chinese model has won the Brazilian market by winning the consumers by providing the features found in more expensive models with a low price. The Xiaomi smart phone is a product of Xiaomi Company founded by Lei Jun in may 2010. The first device to b e released into the market was on 2011.

In the third quarter of 2011, the Smartphone made over 17.3 million sales. The company also estimated to make over 60 million handsets at the end of the year to cater for the huge demand. The great success was due to the company’s swift response to consumer questions regarding the model. The company had an efficient customer care ensuring the customer complaints were solved in time. The company ranks second in Asia in both sales and quality.

Flavio provided regular reviews of technology devices in his website. He is a mechanical engineer by profession. Flavio is also the president of the Eucatex Company the family corporation. It’s the first and pioneer company in Brazil to invest in forest products. The company currently exports wood products in the world.  Something Flavio has been very proud of on his Twitter account.

Wikipedia shows that Maluf is also a graduate of New York University in administration. He serves as the president of Grand foods. The company specializes in providing farmers with technology to increase their yield and maximize profits. Flavio graduated from the prestigious FAAP institution in San Paulo. He joined Eucatex in 1987 and became president in 1997. He is reachable through his Facebook and linked in profiles.

Philanthropic Leadership

Russia Bans George Soros Funded Charities

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The Russian government has banned two charities founded by billionaire investor George Soros, Fortune.com report. The official reason given by Russia’s General Prosecutor’s Office is that the charities – the Open Society Foundation and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation – represent a threat to the “foundations of the constitutional system” of the Russian Federation and also the “security of the state.”

CNBC also reported that after the announcement more than 50 books related to the charities were burned in a college in northern Russia, according to Russian news reports. College libraries in the republic of Komi were raided and 53 books associated to the George Soros foundations were seized.

An additional 427 other books were also seized in order to be shredded, according to reports.

Some believe that this action is retribution against Soros because he urged leaders of the West to increase their aid to Ukraine, which has been subject to Russian aggression. Soros called for the West to contribute up to $50 billion to Ukraine in an effort to stop Russian inroads into the country.

Soros has been a target of the Russian government because his foundations actively finance opposition groups in the country. He is seen as a “puppet master” fostering revolutions of former Soviet states by the current Russian government.

The Open Society released a statement saying that despite the Russian government’s claims they have helped to protect the rights of all Russians and strengthen the Russian rule of law. They also regret that the current actions have hindered them in their support of “Russian civil society.”

In a separate statement Soros declared this action as a “temporary aberration” and that “the aspirations of the Russian people for a better future” will ultimately win out.

THe Open Society Foundations were founded by Soros in 1979 and are currently active in 70 countries around the world. In 2013 they closed their offices in Russia but has continued to fund many civil society organization in the country.

The Soros funded charities have been added to a list of “undesirable organizations” by the Russian government in an attempt to stop foreign governments for meddling in the affairs of Russia to secure their national security.

On its website The Open Society states that its mission is to “build vibrant and tolerant” societies around the world where the presiding government is open to the “participation of all people.” They also strive to create civil societies that “ keep government power in check.”

Business Leaders

Wall Street and Brad Reifler

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For many business executives, working with seasoned veterans from Wall Street can be a bit intimidating. However, for those who have spent years themselves consulting with Wall Street firms and developing strategies that have been used by companies around the world, it is anything but intimidating. That’s the case with Brad Reifler, who has not only built a reputation for excellence as an entrepreneur and investor in various areas of business, but has also gained the respect of Wall Street managers and other financial professionals around the world.

No matter which company Brad has started, success has always followed. Whether it’s Reifler Trading Company, Pali Capital, or in his present position as CEO of Forefront Capital, Brad has always demonstrated the skills needed to build a successful team that will work together and follow his direction. This has been demonstrated time and time again with his sales strategies, which have been used everywhere he has been to help his companies grow. In many cases, he has used strategies involving in-depth credit analysis and global research to get results that many thought were simply not possible. Even when others fear failure is on the horizon, Brad knows that with hard work and determination, it is not failure but instead success that is soon to follow.

Considered to be one of the business world’s best teachers and consultants, Brad’s services have been in very high demand in recent years. A regular consultant to many businesses in the Asia-Pacific region, he communicates on an almost daily basis with economists from China and nearby nations, helping them better understand how their economies and that of the United States can work together to make each stronger. A firm believer in a strong world economy, Brad has always felt that it is through the relationships developed with others in the business world that will ultimately lead to the levels of success all companies and individuals hope to achieve.

With his burning desire to achieve success for himself and others, Brad is poised in the years ahead to make that happen, and his About.me profile is more loaded than ever with all of his new projects and interests. With his reputation continuing to expand around the world, it’s expected that Brad’s services will be sought after even more so than they are now. While he continues to build Forefront Capital into a financial services powerhouse, he will also continue his commitment to help both large and small investors achieve the financial goals they seek.

Business Leaders/Compliance Officers

Helane Morrison Shows the Value of a Compliance Officer

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The Rapid Growing Profession

The compliance officer is one profession that is growing at a rapid pace. This is a newer job that has not been in place for a long period of time. In the last 20 years this profession has exploded from having zero jobs to now blooming into tens and thousands of jobs. This is certainly a profession that is needed.

The Role of a Compliance Officer

The compliance officer has the ability to prevent fraud in the workplace as well as having the role of fixing problems that arise or are beginning to arise. Compliance officers much meet fraud or unethical behavior head-on such as Helane Morrison, Hall Capital’s chief compliance officer’s assessment of Metropolitan.

The following are some of the roles that an officer of compliance will be responsible for. These include:

* risk assessments
* investigation
* education
* the fixing of ethical and regulatory problems
* the implementing of compliance programs

Prevention is incorporated in the role of the compliance officer. Preventing problems and preventing fraud. There is much to this overall role. The compliance officer will keep the employees from making mistakes, the goal of this would be to prevent any punitive actions.

The Necessary Skills

The compliance officer must possess some standard skills in order to be effective. These include the following:

* the ability to have an influence of the leaders of a company
* strong people skills
* solid technical skills

Leadership will play a big role in solving the problems in a company. If the leadership has not been influenced previously, the problems most likely will continue because they must be dealt with in order to be resolved. There are several universities that do offer a formal degree program for those who wish to pursue this career.

Helene Morrison and A New Era

Helene is part of this new era of compliance, marketing, and fundraising. Ms. Morrison holds the following positions at Hall Capital Partners LLC. These include:

* General Counsel
* Chief Compliance Officer

These are vital positions that do lead to high standards. There is absolutely no false advertising allowed. The prohibiting of misleading statements and puffery is enforced because it lacks ethics and high standards.

Helane Morrison Requests Corrections

Ms Morrison is a lawyer with many requests. The requests have been for the corrections in business practices. These requests have been a result of the last three years that include the requests along with deficiency letters under her direction. She has been the director of the enforcement program of the Securities and Exchange Commission. This has been in the San Franciso District Office.

Learn more about Helane’s career on her LinkedIn or her Crunchbase profile.

Real Estate

TOWN Residential Runs An Analysis Of Fourth Quarter Real Estate Numbers In New York

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TOWN Residential is a New York developer who participates in commercial projects, residential projects and helps sell private homes to its clients. The firm itself is committed to the New York market, and they release The Aggregate every quarter to share their analysis of real estate numbers in the city. The fourth quarter of 2015 was quite substantial, and the fourth quarter has something to say about the coming year in 2016. This article explains what TOWN Residential believes will happen in 2016.

#1: The Fourth Quarter Was Intense

The fourth quarter in New York real estate was so substantial that numbers were still on the rise in certain parts of the city. Volume was quite high, and buyers were still paying quite a lot of money for all their purchases. TOWN believes that prices in the city will begin to flatten out over time, but the prices will still remain quite high. Someone who has a building on the market will garner a high price, but that price is not likely to rise again.

#2: Buyers Are Not Losing

Buyers are not losing money while searching for the perfect building or home. Buyers had an honest fear in 2015 that prices would rise too much in a day to make waiting affordable. Buyers in 2016 may take their time to make a decision, and the prices on the market as a whole will not shoot up overnight. TOWN sees a much calmer year for its residential buyers, and its commercial buyers need not spend their money immediately in order to garner savings.

#3: Prospects For 2016

Virtual Strategy Marketing first reported these numbers, and their article states that 2016 will be a strong year for real estate in New York City. Prices are already quite high, but there is no reason for anyone to believe that prices will continue to rise. The high prices in the city have broken records recently, and the records will not fall again. The housing market in New York is bullish, but it is not out of control.

TOWN Residential created a stellar report on real estate in New York, and their magazine shows that prices have reached a plateau. Their analysis of the situation offers hope for buyers and sellers in the city. Sellers will make quite a lot of money, but buyers will not continue to spend more money every day they wait to buy.

Philanthropic Leadership

Impacting the World: Bruce Levenson

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Perhaps he’s best known for his ownership of a prominent NBA team, but Bruce Levenson also has some substantial acumen as a prominent philanthropist. In fact, Bruce Levenson and Karen Levenson provided donations which became the seed money for The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Maryland. They’ve donated subsequently, and the center has continued to grow. In fact, recently a dormitory was constructed so that students could pursue philanthropic aims and remain on campus as well. Also, twelve graduate students were sent to work for several NGOs in India. Those NGOs were focused on the disabled, on wildlife preservation, and on youth outreach. That’s all according to a recent PR Newswire article on the subject. Also according to that article, The Center has some aspects to it which make its impact exceptionally profound, and somewhat perpetual. Every semester, courses stemming from The Center raise some ten thousand dollars. That’s twenty thousand dollars a year. This money is then given to nonprofit organizations who deserve it. The Center has received national attention, and is considered among the top facilities educating students in philanthropy by the nation’s capital. In fact, several prominent philanthropic nonprofit organizations regularly recruit from The Center; among them the Marriott Foundation and the Smithsonian. Karen and Bruce are both very pleased with the program, and well they should be. It betters not just the local community, or the country, but the world itself. Perhaps this is a reason Karen Levenson said it was their “most profound” philanthropic project. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/undergrads-and-graduate-students-mastering-philanthropy-300038081.html

Business Leaders

Age-old Chinese Holistic Ingredient Used in Organo Gold Products

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Business men and women know that when they own a company, it will not realize success without the proper marketing techniques that help to push that business to the limits internationally.

There is a corporation first formed in 2008 that received special awards in 2015 for the outstanding work the business has done and grown over the last 30 plus years. It is the Dangal ng Bayan Awards, founded in 1981 that recognizes Philippino products and achievers throughout the world setting those companies as world-class. Organo Gold is a multilevel marketing company that has become one marketing company in the world, showing the fastest growing, successful track record for helping other entrepreneurs reach the pinnacle of success through global marketing techniques, meeting today’s high technological level.

Had it not been for the founding of Organo Gold by its founder, entrepreneur, CEO, Bernardo Chua many businesses would not have achieved the success they see today.

There is such a wide variety of entrepreneurial companies that have nothing in common except for award-winning marketing skills that bind these companies together.

Organo Gold, founded by Bernardo Chua, is one such company in which products and services do not correlate with other businesses, except for the marketing success this company and others have seen through the teachings and guidance of Bernardo Chua.  His Facebook has even more information.

Organo Gold uses ancient Chinese methods of healing, offering lifestyle changes through coffee and products that contain Ganoderma Lucidium. Ganoderma Lucidium is a mushroom product long known in Chinese culture for its antioxidant properties. Ganoderma Lucidium is an old holistic ingredient contained in ancient Chinese medicine. Because Mr. Chua believes in his product, he utilizes his unique marketing skills to bring this product to the eyes of the public.

Organo Gold received Two People’s Choice Awards in 2015. During this time Mr. Chau organized, some top ranking Star Achievers enabling them to attend this awards ceremony in the Philippines. Not only did Mr. Chua manage to gain this prestigious award for the Best Gourmet Organic Health Coffee, but was awarded for his efforts in a global network marketing company that sits at the top of the list of great achievers.

Organo Gold had one focus on the particular mushroom plant and included this holistic plant ingredient in their list of gourmet coffees, teas, personal care products and Nutraceuticals. Mr. Chua has been able to market his products in over 35 countries included the United States and Canada.

Business Leaders

Jaime Garcia Dias Has Changed Brazilian Education Expectations

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Jaime Garcia Dias is a Brazilian author who rose to great fame when his first book was published at the turn of the 21st Century. Found here on Facebook, it’s clear that his legacy has been continued with more books that have brought him success in South America, and Jaime has turned his attention to education. This article explains how Jaime has made education in Brazil a priority using his fame as a basis for helping kids.

#1: The Carioca Literature Academy

The Carioca Literature Academy named Jaime as its leader, and Jaime immediately took to helping the students at the academy become the best writers they could be. An education in literature is one of the best things a child can have, and Jaime believes that he can help kids more with an education in writing and literature. Jaime takes his role as leader of the school quite seriously, and he helps kids learn what he did to become a successful author. He wants kids to believe they can do anything.

#2: Brazil Has Become A Cultural Hub

Brazil has become a hub for 21st Century because of Jaime’s books, all of which are listed on Wikipedia. Jaime’s first book shot him to international acclaim, and other Brazilian authors where able to take up his mantle by writing their own books. Jaime was able to create a new artistic community in Brazil, and he has supported that community with his new books and leadership at the academy.

#3: Jaime Is A National Figure

Jaime has shown pretty clearly on his blog that the people of Brazil can do anything they want. Jaime had a dream to become an author, and he has created work that inspires new generations of Brazilians. Jaime is a relatively young man, and he is speaking out about what Brazil needs to progress. The country is inviting the world for the Olympics, and Jaime wants Brazil to look much better than it ever has.

The success of Jaime Garcia Dias has shown that Brazil is emerging as a world power. The literature created by Jaime is just one part of an educational initiative that he is leading for the people of the country.  Check out his official website for a longer bio, or more information about his career.

Business Leaders/Cosmetics Industry

Doe Deere Breaks Rules and Reaps Rewards

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In industries where the standard has already been established it becomes quite difficult to break out. Sometimes you have to break some rules to really stand out as a trailblazer. This is what Doe Deere has managed to do over the years. She has broken the rules, and she has propelled her way into a business were few people succeed.

Lime Crime is the brand that has become one of the most recognizable new brands for the young adolescent crowd. This is not a fluke. Her success has been carefully orchestrated, and her plans for growth are well devised methods that show off her marketing talent. What Doe Deere represents is a young adult that is wise enough to build a cosmetics line but still young enough to realize the value of staying connected with her fan base.

Doe Deere has started blogs and built a world of fans on Twitter and Facebook. She has been seen online applying makeup and introducing the world through her new products. In many cases she is trying these products on herself. That is what makes Doe Deere different. She is breaking the unspoken rule of promoting hers own products. In most cases the cosmetic companies acquire celebrities to make their brands known. Doe Deere took the unorthodox path and somehow managed to build a success without celebrity status.
Fortunately, Doe Deere lives in the age of the reality star. People can become famous without any acting or musical abilities. They can become popular online and this is usually enough to provide a following that can fuel sales for enterprising organizations like Lime Crime.

The Lime Crime brand has managed to become one of the most intriguing brands because it actually presents hot colors that just are standardized in the cosmetics world. This is another moment where Doe Deere has broken the rules and reaped the rewards of doing so. She certainly took a risk with this type of makeup. It is not traditional, but it has worked for this very reason. Doe Deere was someone that went against the grain with Lime Crime and won. She could have played it safe, but no one would be talking about her and her online presence if she did. Doe Deere is a young person that realized what she had to do in order to make a difference in cosmetics. She pierced the veil of the sacred cosmetics world and provided consumers with something new.

Lime Crime sparkles as a brand for young adults, but the popularity of it has also given away to another crowd: middle aged women. The mothers of many teenagers are becoming familiar with this type of makeup. The Unicorn Makeup and Lime Crime are Doe Deere signatures. She has become a marketing genius that has saturated her presence with an expanding fan base of consumers. This is all something that makes her a powerhouse that continues to grow. She has evolved and become one to watch in the cosmetics world today.