When establishing MB2 Dental Solutions, Dr. Chris Steven Villanueva had the goal of improving the lives of his fellow dentists and their patients. His company offers a full range of outsourcing services to dental practices so that they can concentrate their efforts on their patients. He based the company on melding together the best qualities of operating a sole practice with that of being a corporate dentist. Dr. Villanueva has spent time in both sides of dentistry so he knew what it would take to create this type of company.
Before opening MB2 Dental Solutions, Dr. Chris Villanueva worked as a dentist himself. He spent time owning and operating his own practice. He also worked for a company that was a corporate dentistry. During his career he served as a mentor for other dentists, many of whom had just come out of dental school. He knew when he started thinking about opening a dental services company that he wanted to do so with no strings attached for the dentists he would work with. The dentists that use MB2 Dental maintain full autonomy over the dentist/patient relationship which is highly respected by Dr. Villanueva and his team.
Dr. Chris Villanueva has built a highly successful company. It now has 70 affiliated dental offices associated with it and MB2 Dental Solutions employs over 500 people. Looking at other dental service companies, Dr. Villanueva regarded them as rather stodgy. He built his company’s culture to be more lively and youth-oriented. They fully support the dentists they work with, and always conduct themselves in a professional manner, but at the same time they enjoy working together and having fun while doing it.
As a night owl, Dr. Chris Villanueva says that he often comes up with the best ideas for his business late at night once his young children are asleep. He also remembers that early on in his own career someone whose opinion he really respected said to him, “Never be the smartest person in the room”. He built his management team at MB2 Dental Solutions with this philosophy in mind. He has said that he hired a group of highly talented people who are very capable in their positions. He has said that his job is to stay out of their way and let them go about doing their jobs. He avoids micromanaging and instead focuses on the broader vision of his company.
James Dondero is one of the leading finance company owners in the United States. He currently runs the investment firm known as Highland Capital Management. Over a span of nearly thirty years, James has been able to build the firm into one of the best in the financial services sector. What has allowed the firm to become one of the top firms in the industry is its specialization in debt backed securities. Since James has a number of years managing credit backed securities, he made his firm one of the most dependable in overseeing securities that are backed by credit and debt. Along with making this one of the top firms in terms of managing debt securities, Dondero has expanded the firm to offer a wide range of financial services.
Dondero is the President and co founder of Highland Capital Management. He started this investment firm in 1990 and has built it into a firm that provides a number of important financial services. When he first started this firm with co founder Mark Okada, he established it as a life insurance company. After a few years, James realized that it would be more beneficial to offer more services to clients. As a result, he began to expand the offerings to things such as financial advisory, asset management and the management of hedge funds. In 1996, he began offering collateralized loan obligations to investors.
When James first began his career, he worked for an investment firm as a credit analyst. At this position, he would analyze a number of credit backed securities in order to make sure that they are benefiting the firm. Within a few years, James moved on to other positions and then became a chief investment officer. When he occupied this position, Dondero helped oversee over a billion dollars in assets for large companies. This allowed him to get valuable experience in overseeing larges sums of money for investors. With this experience, he would be in position to start up his own firm. By the year 1990, James decided to move on to entrepreneurship and begin the next phase of his career.
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.
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.
Lauren Conrad, a former reality star, is truly trying to turn herself into a jack of all trades. She originally became famous in the early 2000’s when she was featured as the star of the hit MTV reality show Laguna Beach which focused around her and her group of friends during their high school year. Lauren grew such a strong fan base on Laguna Beach, that following her graduation from high school, MTV gave her her own spin-off show, The Hills which featured her attending college, and her internship with Teen Vogue Magazine. It was during that internship that she gained a wealth of valuable knowledge, including how to plan a really great party.
Since the conclusion of her reality television career, Lauren Conrad has branched out into launching her own businesses. She has written books for teens, designed her own clothing line, and now she is planning parties on the professional level and teaching other how to do it too! In a recent article for Redbook Magazine, Lauren sat down with Lori Berger to give her the inside scoop out of her new book Celebrate. In the article, Lauren says “Now that I’m throwing parties with my husband, William, I have to keep in mind that he prefers—how do I say this—easier themes than what I’ve done in the past. He doesn’t like to feel that he’s asking friends to go out of their way. So now we do a birthday hoedown because everyone owns a pair of cutoffs and a plaid shirt. I’m learning how to compromise”.
Throughout the book, Lauren gives readers loads of tips for throwing a successful party, no matter what the occasion. The most important tip she can offer, according to her, is to always remember to have fun. Often, the stress of planning the perfect party can mean that we forget to enjoy ourselves during the planning or even the party itself. Lauren wants readers to remember that it is not worth driving yourself crazy by obsessing over minute details.
If you would like to read the entire article that was featured in Redbook you can visit: http://www.redbookmag.com/food-recipes/entertaining/news/a44678/lauren-conrad-party-planning-entertaining/
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