Wes Edens is an investment guru who co-founded Fortress Investment Group in 1998. He is also a sports enthusiast who owns an e-sport team called the FlyQuest and a basketball team in the NBA league called Milwaukee Bucks. He partnered with entrepreneur Marc Larcy in 2014 to acquire Milwaukee Bucks for more than $500 million from its previous owner Herb Kohl. The Fortress Investment Group chairman resides in New York.
Forbes Magazine lists Edens among the top 400 wealthiest people with an approximated net worth of $2.5 billion. He accumulated most of his wealth from Fortress Investment Group’s initial public offering in 2007. Edens studied finance and business administration at the Oregon State University. The billionaire enjoys mountain climbing and horse jumping.
At Fortress Investment Group, Wes Edens is a co-principal and the head of private equity. His role as the Chief Investment officer has immensely contributed to the growth of the firm to become one of the leading global private equity firms. He is credited with helping the company recover after facing the subprime mortgage setback. Edens also advocated for the acquisition of Springleaf Financial Services which turned out to be one of Fortress’ best investments.
Employees of Fortress investment Group attest that the organization is one of the best places to work at in the United States. They say that this is because of the conducive work environment and work culture that the management of Wes Edens and his co-principals have established. The organization also pays good salaries. Although SoftBank acquired Fortress Investment Group in 2017, it continues to operate as an independent entity with Wes Edens and his two co-principals providing leadership because SoftBank was keen on maintaining the winning culture and values that the trio have established at Fortress.
Wes Edens has diverse experience in investment and finance. The finance executive started out at California Savings and Loans. He later moved at Lehman Brothers where he rose through the ranks to become a partner and managing director. Edens also worked at BlackRock Financial Investment and USB in management positions. All these stints gave him the necessary experience to start his financial advisory business in 1998. Fortress’ Wes Edens on Brightline rail project
Heather Russell, the 20-year corporate veteran will become the new Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President on June 4th,2018 of TransUnion. Ms. Russell has been a leader throughout her impressive professional career and brings with her the wisdom that can only be achieved from years of experience in the field. Heather began her academic career earning her Bachelor of Arts in English and Biology from The College of William and Mary in 1993. In 1994 Heather earned her Doctor of Law (JD) from the American University, Washington College Law.
According to Wikipedia, after school, Heather began blazing her way through the corporate world starting in 1997 as a Law Clerk at The Honorable Claude M. Hilton, Chief Judge, US District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia. By 1998, Russell would spend almost eight years as a counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Associates. From Skadden, Heather Russell moved on to Bank of America where she was as Associate General Counsel for 5 years. In 2011, Heather would become the Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Fifth Third Bank for only a year. In 2016, Heather became a Partner at Buckley Sandler LLP. At Buckley, Russell was responsible for Financial Institutions Regulation, Supervisor and Technology (FIRST) before coming onboard TransUnion.
As the new CLO and Executive VP of TransUnion, Heather Russell will be responsible for the day to day business activities that ensure data privacy and security, all regulatory related issues and compliance, mergers and acquisition and FinTech as well as government regulations and other legal matters. Follow Heather on Twitter.
Jed McCaleb, the programmer, is making some bold predictions with regards to blockchain technology. The tech and finance entrepreneur helped create the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange. It was one of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world. McCaleb eventually sold off his share in the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange. After he left, the exchange suffered a massive hack, which had left it in bankruptcy and ruins.
Mr. McCaleb firmly believes that there will be a global online payments system sometime in the future. This system will be powered by blockchain technology he says. The blockchain technology will act as a sort of public ledger. This will assure people that the value in these exchanges and cryptocurrencies is real. A public ledger in accounting is a record of transactions that assure people that there is money or assets in a company.
In an article from the Global Coin Report, McCaleb says that the new online payments system will be compatible with the various currencies we use right now. A trader or investor should be able to see the value of a transaction in either euros, dollars or whatever currency they may use in their country.
The company that Jed McCaleb is now working for is trying to improve and develop such a novel idea. Its network is said to be able to complete transactions in about five seconds. This is a whole lot faster than Bitcoin transaction rates. Money can even be exchanged into major currencies such as US dollars and euros. Companies such as International Business Machines have already started using Stellar’s online payment network to deal with financial institutions.
Another bold prediction by Jed McCaleb is that he thinks that assets such as stocks and even bonds can become fully digitized like cryptocurrencies. Many stocks are already issued without certificates and so are bonds. It would no doubt be interesting if blockchain can be used to trade and sell stocks and bonds on the stock and bond markets in the future. Check out more facts about McCaleb on Bloomberg.
DAMAC Owner, Hussain Sajwani has expanded landscape of the Middle East with statuesque skyrises and luxury towers via his venture DAMAC Properties. The innovative Emirati native resides as, Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer. Hussain Sajwani established the leader in real estate development in 2002 on the heels of a real estate opportunity in Dubai that he was able to seize and create profits fairly rapidly. From there, Mr. Sajwani took the reins of entrepreneurship and zoomed into another stratosphere.
The leader cultivated a business model that garnered positive success at every turn. He put together a shrewd sales plan, aggressive marketing, and luxury development to create a mega empire. The business is now worth upwards of $4 billion. Hussain Sajwani has a hotel, luxury apartment, and mixed-use development portfolio of over 19,000 apartment units in addition to over 44,000 units that are still in construction mode. Mr. Sajwani delivers a different level of opulence in every endeavor. He is deliberate in creating a distinguishable experience of luxury and grandeur. Key locations such as Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Qatar have been his backdrop to success. His developments are progressing to areas in Lebanon, Jordan, and the United Kingdom.
He is also reaching Create your own DAMAC owner Hussain Sajwani has established a reputation as a team businessman and a renowned investor and is creating opportunities to produce great Returns on investment and establish himself as a Pioneer within the industry. DAMAC owner Hussain Sajwani is continuing to expand his Empire and generate a reputation as a leader in the Middle East in the luxury property development industry. DAMAC owner Hussain Sajwani has an established a strong portfolio in the luxury industry property industry and is delivering high-quality hotels apartments condos that is creating an indelible Mark within the industry.
Whitney Wolfe is one of the biggest names in the tech industry that has mostly been dominated by men. She is the creator and the CEO of the dating app, Bumble, that has created quite a buzz in the online dating industry with its advanced features and high security. She has managed to use her own awful experiences of online dating and converted it into an excellent dating app that has more than 17.5 million active users within a three year period.
When one looks at the different dating apps out there, they can see a difference between the sexes. One can see that it is the men who most of the times initiate the conversations and take the first step. But, Whitney Wolfe tried to change it, and she knew that the world was ready for it. Bumble allow people to find a match using the app, but it is only the women who can message their matches first time around, and that too needs to be done within 24 hours after finding the match. Whitney Wolfe believes that there are very few places where women are not looked down upon to make the first move, and she wanted to provide a platform for women to do exactly that. Meet the Tinder Co-Founder Trying to Change Online Dating Forever
Bumble is one of the few dating apps that take online dating etiquettes seriously. The app has some basic rules that need to be followed by every user and found violating the rules are banned from using the app again. The company does not tolerate abusive behavior by users against other users. Having been in an abusive relationship before, Whitney Wolfe wants to provide a balanced and good platform for people to interact and find people to fall in love with. The company has been quite successful in matching people with similar interest and goals. Even the new headquarter of Bumble represents the ideology that the company stands for. The majority of the people working for Bumble are also women who enjoy many benefits and perks that no other company in the world offers to its employees. Bumble App Founder Whitney Wolfe’s Epic Wedding in Positano, Italy
National Steel Car is a company that has stood the test of time to emerge as one of the more notable players in the industry. The company was first founded in 1912 under the name Imperial Steel Car. and started solely as a company that produced rolling stock. The company had to undergo its share of ups and downs during the entire century, and witnessed the rise and fall of markets and countries more than any of us have ever seen. During the Great Depression of 1920, the company faced a number of challenges that altered the way the company worked. This was also when the leaders of National Steel Car had to step it up to ensure that the company could stay afloat and be a prominent player in the industry. During this time, National Steel Car extended their production to more than just railcar units, and broaden its horizons beyond what was already known to them.
The leaders of National Steel Car have been some of the biggest reasons why the company has managed to stay in operation for so long. Currently, the person leading the charge at National Steel Car is Gregory James Aziz, who leads the company from his position as the chief executive officer of the company. Greg has been an essential part of the growth and development that National Steel Car has witnessed. Having a brilliant amount of business knowledge in the past worked well to Aziz’ advantage as he tried to implement new projects and business ideas for the development of the company. He introduced several new plans and ideas for the company which helped them achieve the goals that he had set down for the company.
One of the biggest things that Aziz did for the growth of National Steel Car was the expansion that he helped them with. National Steel Car wanted to expand their reach to newer markets and new locations outside of Canada, which is where they mainly operated from. The company wanted to mainly set up base in America and work with clients there, which is what Aziz helped them achieve. Under his guidance, National Steel Car was able to achieve their initial goal of international expansion.
Gregory Aziz has big plans for the future of the company. Even though a lot is riding on the shoulders of him alone, he knows that he has what it takes to be a leader to a company with so much history and heritage. Refer to This Article for additional information.
OSI Group is a company that represents the potential for growth. Leaders of the organization have based its business practices on creating opportunity for the team, clients and the community that it operates in. OSI has been in the food manufacturing business for over a hundred years. The company began as a meat market in the early 1900s. It was founded by a German immigrant who had a vision for his organization. Otto Kolschowsky ran the business with his sons and became a well-respected supplier of product in the Chicago region. Before long they were the number one supplier of meat to local food businesses and restaurants throughout the area.
Otto and Sons developed a relationship with the McDonald’s Corporation in the 1950s. It was one of several hundred meat suppliers that McDonald’s was using at the time. However, Otto and Sons was able to separate themselves from their peers by bringing in new concepts to the process of manufacturing meat. They introduced to meat patty cutting machine. This tool gave them the ability to serve their number one client with a ready-made product that saved them a tremendous amount of man-hours at the restaurants. Otto and Sons also embraced the concept of cryogenic freezing chambers, which allowed them to store large quantities of product and deliver them freshly to the McDonald’s Corporation.
Leaders at McDonald’s decided to make Otto and Sons its one and only meat supplier. Otto and his family would need a new processing plant in order to fulfill the obligation. The company entered into a business relationship in order to build the facility and at that point became known as OSI Group. OSI Group went on to make international investments and spread its interest through the worldwide market. It now has working relationships with other major food organizations such as Pizza Hut, Papa John’s Pizza, Starbucks and Subway.
OSI Group is always pushing its model for growth. The company has made key acquisitions in order to strengthen its market share throughout the world. Baho Foods and Flagship food Group were two organizations acquired by OSI Group. The companies are expected to strengthen OSI’s presence in the European region and bring them a diverse group of clientele. OSI Group Buys Former Tyson Foods Plant in Chicago.
Tyson Foods was another acquisition made by the OSI Group. Tyson Foods is a long-running food manufacturer that operates out of the Chicago area. The company was looking to close and cut the employment of nearly 500 people. Leaders at OSI Group were able to block the closing and save the jobs of hundreds of workers. OSI Food Solutions UK Awarded 2016 Globe of Honour by the British Safety Council.
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Robert Thikoll is currently the Vice President of Operations for Beckman Coulter Inc. Beckman Coulter is an organization which produces medical type diagnostic equipment and supplies. The organization is directly affiliated with Danaher Corporation. Danaher Corporation is a science and technology based organization.
Prior to his position as VP of Operations with Beckman Coulter Inc, Robert Thikoll worked solely for Danaher Corporation. Mr. Thikoll held numerous positions while employed by Danaher Corporation. Danaher manufactures mainly consumer as well as industrial based products for a variety of organizations on a national level. Thikoll held upper level management positions as well as an position as associate VP of internal operations during his tenure with Danaher Corporation.
*Educational Background & Training:
Robert Thikoll graduated from the Arizona State University with a Bachelor Degree in Language in Literature. Thikoll studied the Japanese language as part of his foreign language college curriculum. Robert Thikoll was an aggressive student with a certain leadership quality which did not go unnoticed.
Within a year after graduation, Thikoll decided to return to school to at Nanzan University. The University is located in Japan and it is noted for its advanced curriculum in the field of foreign language studies.
Robert Thikoll has been responsible for the extensive growth and expansion of Beckman Coulter within the past three years. He has been quite successful in implementing expansion projects that have led to increased company visibility as well as a profit margin which exceeded all expectations within the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
The HEC Montreal graduate has a bachelor’s degree in Production Management. He started off his career at General Motors where he worked to become the production general manager. He later joined Pratt & Whitney in 1993. During his stay, the unit grew significantly, something that saw him appointed as its president within six years. His professional success scaled up from there as he was appointed the chairman and chief executive officer at UTC in 2006.
Upon his appointment, Chenevert contributed to the company’s growth and elevated it to a level it had never been. During his tenure, the share price shot up by nearly 200 percent from $37 to $117. Because of this financial performance, United Technologies Corporation became the most profitable conglomerate company in the United States. His other notable achievement early in his reign at UTC was the acquisition of Goodrich for $16.3 billion.
In addition to capitalizing on high-quality technology, Chenevert also invested in the future through the people. He gave employees access to quality education through a scholarship program. The program has seen a large number of employees further their knowledge in different areas of personal interest. The exposure to quality education has enhanced their innovation and productivity.
In a bid to contribute towards environmental conservation, he pushed UTC to manufacture user-friendly and eco-conscious products. The efforts reduced gas emission and water consumption by a significant margin.
Louis Chenevert’s outstanding professional success has earned him awards and acknowledgments from various quotas. In 2009, the National Building Museum awarded him the Honor Award. HEC Montreal awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2011. In the same year, Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine named him “Person of the Year”.
Chenevert left United Technologies Corporation in 2014. He now serves as an exclusive advisor to the Merchant Banking Division at Goldman Sachs in 2015. Currently, he is the chairman of the International Advisory Board of HEC Montreal.