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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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.”

 

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Shervin Pishevar points to large competitive advantage of China

Shervin Pishevar has become one of the most renowned venture capitalists of the last two decades. His firm, Investment company, has been behind the formation of some of the top names in the tech industry, including Virgin Hyperloop, Uber and Airbnb.

When Shervin Pishevar is not busy building and financing the most successful companies in the tech industry, he runs one of the most heavily followed Twitter feeds of any figure in Silicon Valley. His more than 100,000 followers look forward to his opinions on a wide range of topics.

In a recent tweet storm that lasted nearly 21 hours, Shervin Pishevar broached the topic of America’s failing relative competitiveness relative to other great powers like China. He said that some of the frictions that exist within the U.S. systems simply don’t exist at all in the Chinese economy. And this, he says, is likely to lead to the eventual permanent loss of global hegemony of the United States. In fact, argues Shervin Pishevar, it may eventually lead to the total ruination of the country and its descent into Third World status.

Shervin Pishevar says that the monocultural China, which is dominated almost exclusively by the highly intelligent and capable Han people, has none of the huge problems of diversity that the United States is currently grappling with. He says that this is evident in everything from manufacturing to the navies of both countries. Shervin Pishevar points to recent severe embarrassments caused by U.S. Navy capital ships running into other vessels and otherwise demonstrating shockingly incompetent seamanship. Pishevar says that these incidents were probably attributable largely to diversity among sailors and the ever-lowering standards for entrance into critical positions within the U.S. Armed Forces.

He says that global rivals like China and Russia are quietly belly laughing at these flubs, preparing for the day when U.S. carrier groups are simply unable to defend against the serious and highly competent militaries of the East, which still have enormously high and rigorous standards for their officer classes.

Pishevar says that the United States is increasingly becoming a vast global joke.

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It is all about health, environment, and charity with Waiakea Water

With many companies dealing with bottled water, it is becoming hard by the day to stick to a particular brand; unless the company which produces your favorite brand keeps improving their product. To beat thousands of other competitors, the company must have unique selling points. As for the Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Bottled Water Company, their unique selling points cover three main areas. Health, environmental conservation and charity work.

 

Health

 

Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Bottled Water does not just keep you hydrated. Started in 2012 by Ryan Emmons, the company uses a natural filtration process which prevents contamination by harmful chemicals. Waiakea water boasts of a nitrate level of as low as 0.59 mg per liter. Also, the Waiakea Water PH value stands at approximately 8.2 which gives it a “sweet” aftertaste.

 

Another health benefit of Waiakea Water is the mineral composition. Among other essential minerals, it contains silica which makes it have a silky smooth taste. It has a TDS of 110. Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Bottled Water is from the Mauna Loa Volcano in Hawaii. The volcano sits at 2,400 miles from the nearest industry. This makes the environment around the volcano one of the purest and most refreshing in the World. The water filters through porous rocks.

 

Environmental concern

 

Another unique selling proposition that makes Waiakea Water is the company’s effort to conserve the environment. Their bottles are 100 percent recyclable plastics. Additionally, they use fully degradable plastic bottles which will only take 15 years to decompose. For their efforts at conserving the environment and reducing pollution, the company holds Carbon Neutral certification.

 

Charitable activities

 

Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Bottled Water Company also gives back to the community. Knowing that a portion of the money you give to the company goes towards helping someone in need is satisfying. The company also provides clean water to many Malawian people that are in need. Waiakea Water also collaborates with other non-governmental organizations to help conserve the environment. They support planting of tree exercises in Hawaii. Also, they are vigorously involved in charity organizations that are working in the field of education. Another area that they support is the provision of clean water initiatives.

 

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Bought Elections and the End Citizens United.

Democracy is one of the gifts that the free world has given its citizens. The freedom to elect people that stand for their policies and represent them in the lawmaking process of the country. It is the only form of government that gives all, including the lowest members of the Caste, the right of choice and power in their countries. This freedom, democratic freedom, is only achieved in free, fair and transparent elections which is not the case when candidates are “paid” or “bought” by the wealthy in the society. When individual one percenters endorse a candidate to Congress, they maintain control of the office or position of the candidate. This mutes the voice of the rest 99 percent and drags public participation and progress in the mud. That’s why the End Citizens United committee was established in 2015. Visit their page on Facebook.

This founding of End Citizen United was triggered by a court ruling that deregulated the limits on independent fundings and spending for or against a candidate. The Citizens United Vs Federal election commission court ruling was in 2010 and the holding was that optical spending was a form of protected speech in the 1st amendment in the constitution and that the government should not keep corporations from funding or endorsing candidates, under the notion “corporations are people”.

The mission of End Citizens United is to end rigged elections and put an end to billionaires “big money” involvement in elections by electing campaign finance reform candidates to help them undermine and end citizens united and untraceable unlimited money in politics. Objectives of End Citizens United in pursuit of their mission are as follows, first is the election of pro-reform candidates to Congress, making the issues of political financing a national priority, using the grassroots membership to shift the political financing power from the wealthy and finally to work with ballot measures commission to pass pro-reform laws.

The End Citizen United has developed a very transparent website that allows viewers to see the progress of their funds, what the committee does and profiles on their pro-reform candidates. This is the level of voter participation that ensures that democracy is upheld and everyone enjoys their right as voters.

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Jacob Gottlieb Rises Again From the Ashes

Jacob Gottlieb Rises Again From the Ashes

Jacob Gottlieb, former chief investment officer of the infamous Visium Asset Management, has re-ignited his interest in putting up a hedge fund again. This is after in 016 he was snared into insider trading allegations that saw him shut down his firm after they were found to be employing malpractice in the firm. When everybody in the investment community thought that he was down and out, he has risen again from the ashes to take another swing at the business. Visium closed its doors after employees were found guilty of maliciously raising the value of assets, mismarking as well as taking part in insider trading.

Gottlieb survived the ordeal after being no evidence of his involvement in the scandal was discovered. In an interview, he expressed his love for investing and says he finds it second nature especially after doing it since his teenage years and even admits that he will still do it for the rest of his life. Currently, he has a family holdings company known as Altium Capital that is tasked with managing his wealth and has only six employees. The firm having the DNA of Visium is mostly tasked with investing in stocks and to narrow down those of the health sector.

In the two years after the collapse of Visium, he has not had the luxury of taking it easy as he was personally responsible for liquidating the portfolios that he had acquired. This saw him work two years without pay as he tried to do it as efficiently as he could. Mr. Gottlieb who is currently a medical doctor has revealed that now is the right time for him to get back in the game. His new plan of offering a healthcare hedge fund seems to be his good luck charm after his unfortunate encounter.