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Samuel Strauch began is an undergraduate degree at Hofstra University in New York where he worked toward his business degree. He also completed some of the studies at Erasmus University and Harvard University. Originally Strauch began his career out in banking and in the finance world. But then decided to make a lifestyle switch to begin working for his families real estate company in South Florida.
In 2002, Strauch decided to break away from his families real estate company and begin his own real estate company in the Miami, Florida area called Affinity Realty Group Inc. Real estate in Miami, Florida is a booming market and Strauch has managed to secure himself a spot in the top 16% of agents who sell homes fast, as well as being in the top 12% of agents in Miami Beach for successfully selling homes. For a number of realtors in Miami, Florida, that is an extremely high success rate. Most of his sales are in Miami Beach, Florida; however, he also has sales in Hollywood, Miami, and Aventura.
Samuel Strauch does not just focus his attention on real estate, he is extremely successful; however, he spends some of his spare time being involved as an active investor in several other internet and restaurant businesses. Also, he is the founder of the website called ShareHappiness.com which uses science to help individuals gain experience, knowledge, and confidence to better themselves as individuals as well as business people. It is one of his side projects; however, he is very invested in the art of science playing a big role in how people interact with themselves and others.
And if that is not enough, Strauch is also involved in fine arts. He finds them particularly interestingly, which is not necessarily surprisingly considering he lives in Miami, which is one of the most colorful cities in the state of Florida.
Australian based lingerie company, Honey Birdette, has announced it will be launching a dedicated e-commerce site in the United States and open an estimated additional 37 retail locations in the UK by the end of 2018.
Brisbane entrepreneur Eloise Monaghan founded the premium brand in 2006. Since then Honey Birdette has seen a 374% increase in online sales in the United States, leading the company to launch an improved platform to improve customer experience, offer faster, more economic shipping, easier returns, and a wider range of products for US customers.
Honey Birdette opened its first international retail location last year in London’s Covent Garden and plans to expand to Westfield Stratford, Leeds, Newcastle and Liverpool by the end of 2018. Prices for bras start around £60 and £35 for briefs.
International buyers can feel confident in purchasing the correct size from Honey Birdette thanks to an easy to read size guide. Lingerie sets are available in multiple colors and materials, catering to the consumers desire to feel fabulous. Items can be purchased individually as well so each customer can achieve the look they want at the size that fits them best. Honey Birdette also offers adult toys, novelties, candles, lubricants, bondage and fetish ware. A variety of robes, chemises, stockings, teddies, knickers, suspenders and latex ensure there is something for everyone.
Honey Birdette offers a program called “Future Pay” to allow consumers to purchase up to $3000 and pay at a later date with approved credit. The fees for this service are very easy to understand so the consumer can easily budget purchases. By signing up for the newsletter as well customers can save both online and in-store. This privately held company is leading the way in sensual products both at home and abroad.
Mike Baur is a revered Swiss entrepreneur. He is the managing partner and co-founder of the Swiss Startup Factory. The organization was launched in 2014. It is based in Zurich. The Swiss Startup Factory is an accelerator that looks for thriving digital entrepreneurs to provide them with exciting opportunities. The organization offers premier opportunities to entrepreneurs via its network in Switzerland and across the world. It manages a three month start-up initiative where it offers a platform of unique services such as mentoring and coaching. They also have a large office space at the heart of Zurich. The Swiss Startup Factory has a broad entrepreneurial network.
Mike Baur’s company’s objective is to turn startups into global firms that disrupt prevailing products, norms, and business models. The company has a twofold vision. First, it seeks to manage a startup accelerator initiative, which will be the world’s gold standard for the rest of accelerator programs. Second, the entity would like to offer startups with various innovative services.
For more than 20 years, Mike Baur worked in the banking industry. He primarily served customers seeking for different ways of growing the businesses. Mike is affiliated with renowned institutions such as Clariden Leu and UBS. He quit this high-flying job to invest in startup firms. Mike found great success in helping small agencies to grow and become large corporations in various industries. He co-established the Swiss Startup Factory alongside Oliver Walzer and Max Meister. Mike participated as a jury in the University of St. Gallen’s START Summiteer, a start-up pitching competition.
In 2016, Mike Baur became the deputy managing director of CTI after Swiss Startup Factory collaborated with CTI. He led the Swiss Startup Factory via its accelerator program with Goldback Group at the beginning of 2016. Within this period, he also led the Swiss Startup Factory’s partnership with Fintech Fusion. In December 2016, Baur’s successful career starting from banking to entrepreneurship as well as startup investments was profiled by the Wall Street Journal.
Mike Baur invests considerable time in the Swiss youth entrepreneurship. He also supports several Swiss Startups both as a mentor and financially. In addition, Baur is the director and co-founder of the Swiss Startup Association. He is an alumnus of the University of Rochester where he earned his MBA. Additionally, Mike Baur enrolled in the University of Berne where he earned an executive MBA. Baur continues to offer different opportunities to exceptional digital entrepreneurs through the Swiss Startup Factory.
Recently, Foresite Capital announced Molly He, PhD., as one of their venture partners. This way, the former senior director of Illumina will join the management team at the healthcare growth equity firm. Dr. Molly has over 15 years of experience in the competitive healthcare industry, especially in pharmaceutical and genomic research.
According to Ideamensch, Foresite Capital’s chief executive officer, Jim Tananbaum praised the scientists as a respected researcher and expert in next-generation sequencing. He added that the management of Foresite Capital was thrilled to have Dr. He be part of the leadership team. They are hopeful that she would provide the company with innovative strategies. In addition, Jim recommended Molly’s leadership record noting that such excellence is an invaluable resource for the enterprise. Her inclusion in the company’s leadership team will not only help Foresite Capital to expand its portfolio, but also enhance its growth. Given her past records of accomplishment, the management is optimistic about her contribution to the company.
At Illumina, Dr. He was responsible for global protein reagent innovation and improvements. Her visionary leadership helped the company grow into a leading biotech firm. Before joining Illumina, the scientist worked for Pacific BioSciences as the head of protein sciences. Dr. He has also worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over a decade. In the industry, she worked in firms that focus on structural-based design of antibody. She is also experienced in the development of small molecule drugs targeting immune diseases and cancer.
Dr. He’s professional success is attributed to her outstanding academic background. The researcher holds a degree in biochemistry from Nankai University and a doctorate in protein biophysics from the University of California. Dr. He has more than 20 publications and two dozen patent applications.
About Jim Tananbaum
Jim Tananbaum is the founder of Foresite Capital Management. He founded the healthcare investment company in 2010. Over the years, he has worked hard to bring in other like-minded partners who have played an integral role in the company’s growth. More details can be found on his LinkedIn account.
In addition, Jim has founded other corporations, including Theravance, GelTex, and Prospect Venture Partners. He is an alumnus of both the Harvard Business School and Harvard Medical School. Jim holds a master’s of science degree from the prestigious MIT.
Vijay Eswaran is the internationally known, highly successful, multilevel marketing company the Qi Group’s co-founder and chairman. But to countless people throughout Asia he is much more than that. To them he is a symbol of hope, an inspiration and a role model.
Through vision, hard work and effective planning he has risen from a working-class background to become one of the richest people in Asia. But more than that. Vijay Eswaran is a man that is known for his unwavering generosity. Through his charitable organizations, the RYTHM Foundation and the Vijayaratnam Foundation, he has helped to improve life for untold number of children and adults. Read more: Vijay Eswaran in Forbes Philanthropy Heroes list
Since co-founding the QI Group in 1998, Vijay Eswaran has helped to create economic opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people. Many of them were mired in poverty and now live prosperous lives. Learn more about Vijay Eswaran: https://www.facebook.com/public/Vijay-Eswaran
But Eswaran has done much more than that. Through the charitable work of his philanthropic foundations, he has positively impacted the quality of education, the environment, arts and culture and community development throughout the region. His charitable works have led many organizations to bestow awards and accolades on him. But Eswaran has humbly stated his parents taught him the importance of charity.
Helping others seems to come naturally to Vijay Eswaran. Whether it is providing school fees and scholarships for the disadvantaged or planting thousands of trees to protect the environment, he is always glad to do it.
He has even written a series of best-selling books designed to help people develop the proper mindset to succeed. Eswaran provides mentorship programs and supports local arts and culture as well. These activities improve people’s confidence and gives them a new lease on life. He is also working to build a university and city to further improve the lives of the masses.
In this day and age where selfishness is running rampant, Vijay Eswaran is showing a different path. One where the prosperous take the time to enhance the quality of life for as many people as possible. It’s a lesson he learned as a child and today is sharing with many others.
UKV PLC is an independent company that deals with the sale and acquisition of wines and champagnes. UKV wines enterprise is not limited or tied to any particular supply chain. The wines company works in conjunction with an extensive network of merchants, brokers, and traders in sourcing and drawing stock of high-end wine and champagne. UKV PLC Wines usually holds wine tasting events for its clients so that they get to sample the wines and champagnes that they have in stock. UKV PLC is a licensed company with the alcohol licensing board in the UK.
The primary business of UKV PLC Wines is based on supply, acquisition, and sale of fine wine that is bonded. The company operates on behalf of trade customers and private individuals. UKV PLC Wines supply their wines or champagnes for either investment or consumption depending on the requirement of a client. The company also provides a brokerage service for people who want to sell investment grade wine that is held in a regulated bond in the UK. UKV PLC Wines has a small team of qualified fine wine consultants who are dedicated to their work. The consultants can assist clients in selecting the most appropriate champagne or wine depending on the occasion.
UKV PLC deals with many varieties of wines and champagnes. It sells some of the most sought-after wines in the world. Client satisfaction is their number one priority. Their wines are of the highest quality. Some of the wines that UKV PLC deals with include;
• Ausone 2005
• Cheval Blanc 1996
• Beychevelle 2008
• Carruades de Lafite 1996
• Ducru Beaucaillou 1985
• Haut Brion 1996
Bruce Levenson and his wife Karen started Do Good Institute in 2011, and now that he’s retired from owning an NBA team and the business world he’s devoting much of his time to this institute at the University of Maryland. Students have the opportunity to create a non-profit group and put together creative initiatives to make it successful. One student even started a food conservation program for food that would have otherwise been thrown out. The lab work allows students to give $10,000 to any charity they wish to support. According to PR News, Levenson sees a big opportunity to bring young business minds into the world of giving and keep non-profit groups running instead of failing.
Bruce Levenson grew up in Washington D.C. and has done most of his business and non-profit work there. He got his bachelor’s degree from Washington University and went to law school at American University. Not long after Levenson completed his education, he and Ed Peskowitz started a technology publication business known as Unified Communications Group (UCG). Oil Express was the first magazine published by UCG, but as the company evolved over the years it became more focused on technology research, mortgage banking and healthcare. Levenson was also a founding member of TechTarget and BIA Digital Partners.
Levenson and Peskowitz purchased the Atlanta Hawks along with Atlanta Spirit, LLC in 2004 and owned the team and its arena for 12 years (http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/11493472/jason-whitlock-bruce-levenson-atlanta-hawks). In 2015 Levenson and the other owners elected to sell their shares to Tony Ressler’s group. Just one year prior Levenson had taken the team to the Holocaust Memorial Museum where he’s been involved with programs for young people and also has had his wife come in to tell her story. Levenson once wrote a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to consult with then Secretary of State John Kerry about peace talk settlements regarding giving up some territories.
Nationwide Title Clearing, Inc. is a national wholesale document provider that is a leading force in the industry. They were established in 1991 as a small local title company and are today one of the largest in the industry. The are located in Palm Harbor, Florida and employ over 600 employees in three states.
Eight out of the of the top retail mortgage and title companies who are involved with property closings rely solely on Nationwide for their documentation needs, and rightly so. The mortgage industry is highly competitive, and the two most important factors are the speed of the delivery of the documents, such as lien releases and title verification are important. Also, the accuracy of these documents is extremely vital because the wrong documents can shut down a closing session on a piece of property.
Nationwide has a .78% rejection rate and a 99.89% rate of compliance. This means that the accuracy and the speed of delivery are nearly 100% on both counts, which leads the industry.
Much of the credit goes to the employees and the training that they receive. New employees have an intensive three-week training period where they cover every detail of what they will be doing when they are on the job. Then when they are in their first few months of working, they are monitored very closely until they master the tasks at hand.
Employees also have over 150 training and educational modules that are available to them. Employees can take advantage of these extra learning courses to advance withing the company. Time is set aside for anyone who wishes to participate. At any given time approximately 50% to 70% of the workforce is found to be involved in these extra pursuits.
Nationwide enjoys and enthusiastic workforce, and it is a company that people enjoy working for. This is brought out in the Top 100 workplace to work recognition, which Nationwide has been a part of for the past five out of six years, as noted by the Tampa Bay Times.
As John Hillman, the company CEO puts it, compliance is something that companies in our industry talk about a lot, but some don’t live it. To have high marks in the compliance area, you have to train for it and then publically monitor it so that it becomes a part of the corporate culture. Then and only then, will it finally become a fact of life.
We often think of the role of a lobbyist as an unscrupulous and dishonest one. There are some lobbyists out there that are just in it for the money and would represent just about anyone if they paid enough. What we do not consider, however, are the lobbyists like Andrea McWilliams. These are the people that represent good clients and give back to their communities.
Andrea McWilliams is a lobbyist located in Austin, Texas. She has been in politics in the public and private spheres ever since she gained a Chief of Staff position at the young age of 21. She now is the co-founder of McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants with her husband, Dean. Together, her and dean have been instrumental in getting legislation passed that helps the people and State of Texas. In fact, one of her recent victories was getting $100 million in incentives and credits for her State to become the first location in the world to get a truly advanced clean coal power plant that captures the carbon emissions it produces. This is a win for both the energy sector and conservationists.
Andrea McWilliams is also extremely involved in her community. She is a member of several non-profit boards, including Texas Lyceum, Mexi–Arte Museum, Arthouse, Rise Across Texas Challenge, HeartGift, and the Elizabeth Ann Seton Hospital. Preserving Austin, Texas is also extremely important to her, which is why she is also the past President of Inherit Austin and currently the Board member of Preservation Austin and the Pease Park Conservancy.
McWilliams has been awarded several times for her great work, both in her career field and in her philanthropic endeavors. She has won a Woman of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of America, the Austin Under 40 Award, A Style Setter Award for her work with non-profits from Austin Fashion Week, and a feature in “Profiles in Power” form the Austin Business Journal. She truly is one of the good ones.
The Human Rights Foundation could be described as the baby of respected activist and news commentator Thor Halvorssen after he established the activism group in 2005 in a bid to make sure the needs of those living under the rule of tyrants were being addressed. Thor has been involved in campaigns with some of the world’s largest and best known human rights activism groups, including Amnesty International and the Foundation for Human Rights in education, but often feels too much emphasis is now placed on fighting small human rights abuses seen in countries with a long tradition of democracy.
The Human Rights Foundation was founded with a mission to tackle the problems of some of those living and working under the harshest human rights restrictions, which has seen the group look to curate major events addressing these issues. Among the major events orchestrated by Thor Halvorssen for the Human Rights Foundation was the creation of the organization’s International Council in 2006, which saw the Czech writer and political dissident Vaclav Havel to the position of chairperson that he held until his 2011 death; the strong position and events focused on the human rights abuses in Russia have resulted in the appointment of Russian political activist Gary Kasparov as the latest Chair of the HRF International Council. Both Halvorssen and Kasparov have appeared on a range of news networks pushing forward the work of the Human Rights Foundation to audiences from across the political spectrum.
The centerpiece of the human rights community calendar is now the HRF curated Oslo Freedom Forum that is dedicated to bringing together the most important people in the human rights activism community with potential sponsors and supporters from technology backgrounds and the entertainment industry. Held in the same Norwegian hotel as the Nobel Peace Prize, this important annual event also looks to bring new people to the human rights community by using live streaming of speeches and discussions to the Internet to allow as many people as possible to build awareness of an issue not often reported in the mainstream news.