Wes Edens Adds a Soccer Team to His Collection

Wes Edens has added to the sporting teams he has an interest in. Edens is already the co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA, and now he is the 55% majority co-owner of the English soccer team Aston Villa. Wes Edens made his name as the founder of Fortress Investment Group. It is an asset management company that has a wide portfolio of assets that includes healthcare and media interests.

Wes Edens has partnered with Egyptian billionaire Nassef Sawiris to take control of Aston Villa. The club has a long history in English soccer, and it had great success in the 1970s and 1980s. Up until recently it was a member of the Premier league, but for two years it has been in the league below that one. It is called the championship. The top teams at the end of each season go back to the Premier league and that is where Edens sees the club in the near future. Aston Villa was one game away from a return last year.

For more information about Wes Edens, visit his crunchbase profile

The club was only bought in 2016 by Tony Xia, but he has now sold the majority share to Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris for 30 million pounds ($39 million). Xia will retain a position on the board of the club. It is a move not uncommon to English soccer clubs, and teams like Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been bought by foreign billionaire investors in the last few years.

Edens not only brings his knowledge of pro sports to the deal, but he also has his long and successful career in business to help. He knows that the money that the Premier league brings means that it is the rightful place for a club like Aston Villa to occupy. Wes Edens knows that this will take a substantial financial contribution, but he hopes it will happen as early as next year.

Learn more: https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=372235&privcapId=3554707&previousCapId=666715&previousTitle=Fortress%20Investment%20Group%20LLC


Meet Flavio Maluf: the President and the Chief Executive Officer of the Eucatex Group

Flavio Maluf, the son of one of the most famous politicians in Brazil, was born in 1961. He graduated from one of the best Universities in Brazil with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Later, he attended New York University where he specialized in business administration. Currently, he works as the President as well as the Chief Executive Officer of the Eucatex Group.

You know what? The Eucatex Group, a company based in Brazil, was started in the year 1951. The business has been family-owned since it was started. It supplies building materials such as skirting boards, panels, vinyl floors, partitions, and paints. It also builds beautiful furniture as well as toys. These products are usually made using eucalyptus wood fibers, a unique kind of wood located in Brazil. Items such as the laminate flooring manufactured using eucalyptus come in a huge range of styles like Classic, Prime, Rustic, and Elegance.

Visit their website flaviomalufoficial.com to learn more.

The Eucatex Group’s products are used for both residential and commercial purposes in different corners of the world. In Brazil, the products are considered as indicators of improvement of an individual’s economic position. The company uses environmentally friendly methods when producing its products. Since it was first started, the Eucatex Group has been doing everything possible to avoid engaging in activities that can have a negative impact on the environment.

Before taking the role of the Chief Executive Officer at the Eucatex Group, Flavio Maluf felt he should start at smaller companies like Citicorp to improve his managerial skills. He began working at the family-owned business in 1987. He mainly provided services in industrial and commercial areas. After some time, his uncle helped him get to the administrative team after excellent performance while at industrial and commercial areas.

In the year 1997, the family chose Flavio Maluf to become the company’s president. Since he took office, the company has been performing excellently. He built it to become a multi-million dollar company. He started modernizing the company immediately he took office. This helped the firm produce products of high quality at a relatively low price.

Currently, the Eucatex Group exports some of its products to countries such as the United States, Mexico, Germany, Holland, United Kingdom and many other countries in different corners of the world. The company’s products were used to build a stadium in Brazil that hosted the recent World Cup Games.

Read more: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/flavio-maluf


Peter Briger Stays With Fortress After Purchase

Peter Briger is one of the founding principals of Fortress Investment Group and also serves as the Co-Chairman of the company’s board of directors. The company has been setting trends in the financial world since they were formed as a private equity firm. The company has grown into a global investment management firm with a very diverse portfolio since they first were founded in 1998. They handle the assets of more than 1,750 invests that are worth more than $43 billion. These investments are in hedge funds, private equity, and permanent capital vehicles. The decisions that the company makes for their portfolio getting returns for their investors that will be around long term.

Learn more about Peter Briger at Crunchbase.

Based out of San Francisco, Peter Briger was honored when his company received the “Credit-Focused Fund of the Year” award by Institutional Investor magazine not only in 2010 but in 2011 as well. In 2012, Fortress Investment Group was recognized by the magazine as having the “Discretionary Macro-Focused Fund of the Year” as well. They continue to make headlines and receive even more recognition as the years go on. In 2007, the company really started making headlines when they decided to go public. This set a trend for businesses like theirs and many other big names followed their lead in the following years.

2 of the principals of Fortress Investment Group, Wes Edens and Randal Nardone, are based out of New York where their main headquarters is located. The headquarters based out of the hometown of Peter Briger, San Francisco, was opened up in 2011. As a whole, the company employs around 900 people. There is a strong focus on making sure that the company hires experts to work for their team that are able to use their knowledge to get the best results when it comes to investing.

Recently, it was announced that Fortress Investment Group was being purchased by the tech giant SoftBank. While they may be operating under the company, Peter Briger and the rest of the principals will remain with the team. They are expected to continue operating without many changes under the new ownership.

Read more: https://www.bizjournals.com/newyork/potmsearch/detail/submission/6455147/Peter_Briger


Carlos Alberto de Oliveira- The Founder of CAOA

Carlos Alberto de Oliveira launched CAOA in 1979. This was after he made an order for a Ford Landau via a Ford Dealership that was based in Campina Grande. Things took a different turn as the dealership got bankrupt even before they had delivered his vehicle. On seeing this, Carlos Alberto decided to take advantage of this situation and suggested for the ownership of the company transfer to him to compensate for his payment for the vehicle. This is the root origin of CAOA. Dr. Carlos earned great recognition as an entrepreneur right after the founding of CAOA. He took over the management of this business.

The company grew and started to import Renault cars in 1992. It experienced immense growth and development and became the absolute and official importer of Renault vehicle in Brazil. CAOA was featured in position five in the automotive industry and position one in imported vehicles. CAOA diversified to the importation of Subaru vehicles (Japanese brand) in 1998 via Dr. Carlos effort. The cars had multiplied thrice within one year of sale of Subaru cars. The representation of Hyundai South Korean Vehicles didn’t succeed. This made Dr. Carlos come up with a strategy when CAOA took over cars importation. His approach helped to make Hyundai the leading brand in the market.

The first Hyundai factory was inaugurated in 2007. It was Dr. Carlos lifetime dream to own an automobile manufacture factory. Carlos utilized his resources to create the firm which drove him towards winning an award as the best entrepreneur of the year. Besides, the fir inaugurated both its energy and Research Center. The primary objective of the center was research on engines and vehicles inclusive of fuels for the new models. CAOA has managed to win many other wards such as the Most Admired and the best distributor of the Year. Dr. Carlos recently signed an agreement with Chinese Chery. The partnership will help to make both companies combine their efforts. Advanced Technologies is among the most critical factors of CAOA as it will help the firm to attain high standards for sales and improve their sales experience.

The Indomitable Guilherme Paulus

Guilherme Paulus’ most notable quote “Prizes Are My Rewards, Obstacles Are My Challenges” offers a glimpse into his mindset. Most notably is that obstacles are his challenges. What may often be described by others as a brick wall preventing them from going forward is only seen as a challenge by Guilherme Paulus. He understands that a problem can be solved, minimized, or overcome rather than simply viewing it as something that cannot. This strong and positive mindset helps to explain Paulus’ success with CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A.

Initially, the entrepreneur sold his vision for tours in Brazil after getting someone who also believed in that vision to invest. Starting with a storefront near a movie theater where movie goers could easily see and learn more about various adventures and travel around Brazil, things took off from there. Showcasing the country’s beauty and culture, Guilherme Paulus soon expanded to large shopping malls, increasing the company’s reach and profits. Two decades later, the company was taken public for just over $750 million dollars. The company has not lost sight of how it built it’s success and employs about 3,000 people in approximately 1,200 stores around Brazil. The storefronts allow clients to easily get information and answers about taking various tours in an informative, pleasant and low pressure manner that has worked for CVC for decades.

In 2005, Guilherme Paulus created a new reality for another vision that he had, GJP Hotels & Resorts. This successful company employs more than 5,000 people and boasts 14 different hotels and resorts in the major cities of Brazil offering additional options and value to CVC customers. With a keen eye for opportunity, Paulus bought WebJet in 2006 and quickly expanded the fleet to 20 planes then later sold the company only after it had become the 3rd largest in Brazil. With all of his success and stressful schedule, Guilherme Paulus enthusiastically gives back in various ways such as supporting young Brazilians who want to also become leaders in the tourism industry. He is also a supporter of free medical care and literacy programs in Brazil helping to make a positive difference in the community.

Read more on Abramark.com.br

Matthew Fleeger and his Efforts as an Entrepreneur

Fleeger and his Efforts

Matthew Fleeger is the CEO of MedSolutions. Fleeger attended Southern Methodist University in 1985. He received a Bachelors degree in business. His background is in finance and marketing. He has years of experience in the gas and oil industry. From the year 1985 to 1990, he was in the position of President for Gulf Coast Western. Gulf Coast Western was established by Matthew Fleeger’s father. From the year 1990 to 1993, Fleeger served as VP of Kinlaw Oil, a company based out of Dallas/ Fort Worth, Texas. The company is a Texas-based petroleum company.

Fleeger’s has experience in corporate structuring, as well as experience with mergers and acquisitions. He has been involved with a number of debt private placement vehicles. These endeavors were for the expansion of capital needed in the development of business. Fleeger has been an influence for the gas and waste management industries. During 1993, Fleeger established MedSolutions. MedSolutions is a holding company that specialized in transportation and disposal, as well as the treatment of medical waste. The company was purchased by Stericycle for $59 million.

Following the sale of MedSolutions, Fleeger continued in the oil and gas industry as CEO of Gulf Coast Western. As a result of his experience with finance and other business skills, he was well equipped to oversee the business decisions of the company. The company hopes to become more successful and be a reputable gas and oil producer.

Fleeger has also been involved in businesses within the tanning industry. Combined revenues of the companies are estimated to be $100 million. He helped to found the tanning company Palm Beach Tan. The company expanded from six stores to a nationwide brand. He also helped to found another tanning company called Mystic Tan, which is also nationwide.

NET1 Creates First Blockchain Smart Card

Serge Belamant was born in France in 1953 but moved to South Africa with his family at the age of fourteen where he had to overcome the challenge of learning English while attending Highlands North High School. Serge Belamant learned English and excelled both in academics and athletics while in high school. After graduating high school Belamant attended Witwatersrand University and studied engineering before changing his focus of study to computer science and applied mathematics.

Though he attended Witwatersrand University for two years Belamant did not graduate from the university. Instead, Belamant chose to take online courses in Information Systems for a year from the University of South Africa. Before founding company, NET1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. in 1989 Serge Belamant worked in an engineering firm, learned linear and non-linear programming, created the VIB Network, developed a ten-step risk assessment program, and was head hunted to work on the SASWITCH system.

Serge Belamant has applied for several patents some of which have been granted and others remain pending. NET1 UEPS has used patented technology to create the first smart card that uses blockchain technology. The smart cards have several favorable key features. The NET1 UEPS smart cards have solved security issues by using patented technology that verifies a users identity and facilitates a transaction by generating a PIN for a biometric identifier that is correct. Users fingerprints will be stored digitally on the smart cards chip. The smart cards will work while offline. The recorded information will update and the transactions will confirm once the card interacts with a centralized point of sale device or an ATM. All recorded transactions are stored on NET1’s central database. The NET1 UEPS Technologies smart card works just like a bank and targeted South Africa’s illiterate poor.

Serge Belamant created the blockchain smart card to be easy to use by South Africa’s rural poor. The biometric verification security feature allows illiterate users to use a fingerprint and not worry about passwords.

To Know More Click This Link : bhekisisa.org/tag/serge-belamant

Yanni Hufnagel Fires Up The Audience At Krossover

Yanni Hufnagel used to be a basketball coach in the NCAA. Among the teams, he was a coach for where the University of Oklahoma, Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, and UC Berkeley. He has spoken at several events over the years about coaching and the game of basketball in general. This included Krossover where he spoke when he was the Vanderbilt assistant coach.

During his speech for Krossover, Yanni Hufnagel said to have been very passionate about the game of basketball, recruiting players, and coaching them up. He showed why he was considered one of the best recruiters in the game. He impressed upon the audience the need to “win the day” by which he meant to control what you can and always bring enthusiasm and energy to whatever you do for a living.

He said that everyone should build a personal brand and then always be true to yourself. Yanni Hufnagel also talked about Krossover products and how they could be improved to achieve higher success. The audience said he provided a lot of inspiration that day and made a big change for them.

He was at Harvard University from 2009 to 2013 as a coaching assistant and recruiter. He said at the time that one of his biggest changes that greatly affected him as a recruiter was the change in financial aid that players receive. This change impacted everyone in the sport playing at the college level, not just players at Harvard he said at the time.

College Basketball Analyst Jon Rothstein, who works for CBS, once said that Yanni Hufnagel was the most energetic and relentless people he had come across. He called him the Energizer Bunny because he never stops moving. It can be any time of the day and he’ll be hard at work trying to make his team even better.

He said that working as a college basketball assistant coach and recruiter really didn’t feel like work for him because he enjoys it so much. He had Starting Lineup action figures when he was a child and started working as a color analyst for basketball games when he was just 16 years old.






Krishen Iyer Is Giving People A Better Way To Look At Health Insurance

Krishen Iyer has earned a lot of recognition for his accomplishments in the industry for health insurance. Just last year, Krishen Iyer was the recipient for the Insurance Excellence award. Krishen was born in California, which is where he focused on his education. He earned his bachelors degree from San Diego State University. When Kirshen Iyer was just starting out, he had to start at the bottom as a simple insurance agent. It took him many years working his way up and building his knowledge in insurance, management, marketing, and more before he was the business owner and health insurance specialist that he is today.


Since the beginning of his career, Krishen has worked hard to start up several of his own companies, including Managed Benefit Services, which he currently manages as the Chief Executive Officer. SInce 2015, Krishen Iyer’s businesses have been included in the top 5000 list of excellent producers. Managed Benefit Services is a firm focused on helping people with health insurance as well as dental insurance on top of their marketing campaigns.


Since 2008 when he was first licensed, Krishen Iyer has been creating new call centers for his insurance career, many of which have been sold off at this point. It comes as no surprise that Krishen is dedicated to philanthropy as a man focused on providing people with health insurance. Ever since he became a success in his field, Krishen has contributed to projects throughout the community to make it a better place for everyone.


Managed Benefit Services has gone through some upgrades thanks to a new development by Krishen which he calls a multi-level platform. This new platform that is in place will hopefully allow Krishen to provide his clients with better leads and opportunities online. As Krishen Iyer leads the way, Managed Benefit Services continues to grow every year in size and its customer base.

Betsy Devos: the New Education Secretary

When President Trump rescinded President Obama’s federal law regarding transgender students and bathroom choice, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos met privately with a transgender representative to give them the heads up.


While DeVos resisted the move, she gave no appearance that she had engaged in a behind-the-scenes battle with the Trump Administration. She instead, joined the president when the announcement was made.


There are some people who would take DeVos for granted because she seemingly caved. But the people who know her best would tell you that is not the case.


DeVos is known as a “tiger” in Michigan politics. Before her appointment as Education Secretary, she held the position of Michigan Republican Party President for ten years.


Mike Roe, former Michigan attorney general warns, “She’s not one to be trifled with. There are many reasons to fear her and it’s not because of money. She’s strong and determined.


But even her critics say people should expect her to learn the ropes in short order. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, says “she shouldn’t be underestimated, because she’s dangerous.”


DeVos grew up in the super-wealthy Dutch conclave of Holland, MI. While the former Betsy Prince grew up in a billionaire family, she married into an even wealthier family. Her husband, Dick DeVos, is the son of billionaire Amway co-founder Richard DeVos.


Her husband also made an unsuccessful run to unseat Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2006.


DeVos was a serious player in Michigan politics. She served as chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party for 10 years. Many felt that she used her influence to help steer money away from public schools and into the coffers of charter schools.


Her critics says she it has always been her goal to do away with public schools and make sure there is a charter school on every corner.


DeVos claims her only goal was to ensure children, regardless of socioeconomic background have the same educational opportunities.


Another knock against DeVos is that the charter schools in Michigan are not performing academically. Most believe it is due to the lack oversight. And while both sides squabble, public schools are being ignored — and continue to deteriorate.


Now that DeVos has been confirmed, she wants her critics to know that she’s not anti-public education. She also plans to schedule meetings with Weingarten and National Teachers Association president Lily Eskelsen Garcia.


Republican operative Dan McNally says “She will do find. Opposition only emboldens her.”


For updates, follow Betsy DeVos on Facebook.