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Susan McGalla And Other Influential Business Women

Margaret Thatcher is known for having said that men talk but women act. Although the truth of this statement is up to debate, neuroscientists have reported significant differences between the thought patterns of men and women. These findings do not mean men are better leaders than women, despite the fact that there are more men than women in leadership positions. The world is slowly embracing the need to have more women leaders. Currently, there are about 22 female prime ministers or presidents in the world. There are also around a dozen women who serve as executives of Fortune 500 firms. The following is a list of three renowned women CEOs:

Irene Rosenfeld

She is the chief executive officer and chairperson of Kraft foods. This is the second biggest food company in the world. Before being appointed to Kraft Foods in 2006, Rosenfeld served as CEO of Frito-Lay- a firm where she made her mark in the campaign for healthy food choices. It is under her tenure that Kraft Foods purchased the British brand Cadbury for a whopping 10 billion pounds.

In 2008, Rosenfeld was ranked sixth on the “50 Women Watch list” of Wall Street’s Journal and in 2011; she came in at 10th place on Forbes’ list of the “Most Powerful Women”.

Ursula M. Burns

Ursula M. Burns has a touching story of rising from rags to riches. Burns grew up in the projects of New York under the care of a single mother. She was appointed as an engineering intern at Xerox in 1980 and from there started climbing the ranks. In 2001, Burns saved the company from declaring bankruptcy and it was not until 2009 that she became CEO of the company. Burns became the first Black American woman to serve as a CEO for a high profile company. Burns’ most notable achievement is her acquisition of Affiliated Computer Services together with 77,000 of its employees.

Susan McGalla

McGalla was raised in a family of two elder brothers. Growing up, McGalla was encouraged by her parents to work hard and express her ideas confidently without paying attention to the audience. She was also taught that gender was not a limiting factor, and this is what helped her according to bizjournals profile come from being a teen retailer to managing a revenue of 3 billion dollars, an e-commerce site and four brands. McGalla has never justified herself as a woman to get preferential treatment or get out of a tricky situation. In fact, she discusses sports the same way she does shopping, one of the factors that allows her to converse with anyone.

Susan McGalla is a 41-year-old businesswoman who serves as the president and chief merchandising officer of the renowned American Eagle Outfitters brand. McGalla also serves on the boards of Magee Women’s Hospital Research Institute and Foundation and HFF Inc. HFF Inc is traded publicly and offers real estate services. McGalla was formerly a director of Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

The Visionary Omar Boraie has Seen The Potential Of New Brunswick for four decades

 

New Brunswick has spent the last decade in meeting the same challenges as other American cities: neglect, declining values of property and the growing number of immigrants. But, Omar Boraie now has a different vision for New Brunswick.
As his latest project is almost done ( a deluxe high-rise residential in the heart of the city known as ‘The Aspire’), Omar Boraie’s vision for New Brunswick is finally taking shape, and many people support him.
Omar Boraie is the patriarch and president of Boraie Development LLC, a privately held company in New Brunswick that has been doing business for 39 years. His dream was to rebuild New Bruncwick in the similar way he witnessed when he was traveling from Egypt to Europe as a scholar of chemistry.
New Brunswick was in an awful state in 1972. People were not allowed to go out and walk on the streets after 4 p.m. Many had also left the city for different reasons, and this is why Mr. Boraie wanted to do something really big for this city.
Since there were more than 20 dilapidated and vacant buildings, he decided to buy them all and do something about them. For instance, Albany Street Plaza Tower One building brought 250,000 square feet and a famous Class A office space. This happened in the 1980s and 1990s. Then in 2003 Tower One building added even more Class A office space. But , according to Omar Boraie, this was not enough. He thought that New Brunswick needed top-flight residential units ,so he envisioned something that would be in a New York style ( One Spring Street Condominium building ). The building is incredible . With 25 stories, 10, 000 square feet of retail, 40,000 square feet of office space, more than 120 residential units and 400-space garage , together with the space for barbequing, it represents the tallest building in New Brunswick.
People were very suspicious about this, they didn’t think Mr. Boraie would do this, since it was impossible to build such building at that time. However, the building was finished in 2007, and sold out in just two months. This was when people started to believe. Mr.Boraies said that other names were also important for this project : Johnson & Johnson, John Lynch, Mayor James Cahill, David Crabiel and many others.
All in all, this luxury building will bring its population back to the city. Furthermore, the culture offered here has attracted many doctors, teachers, lawyers and other professionals, and all this will help New Brunswick grow even more.

A Brief look on CCMP Capital and Stephen Murray

The CCMP Capital, a private equity investment company, focuses on growth capital transaction and leveraged buyout. The company was formerly known as the JP Morgan Partners. The Stephen Murray CCMP Capital has made heavy investment of about $12 billion on the leveraged buyout as well as in the growth capital transactions ever since it was incepted. It the year 2007, the firm was ranked at number 17 among the leading private equity funds in the world. The CCMP has employed over 50 staffs and has its offices located in New York, Hong Kong, London and Tokyo.

Stephen Murray CCMP Capital has been identified by various names over the past 20 years. It was originally founded as the chemical venture partners at the year 1984. It was aimed at serving as a private equity and venture arm of the chemical bank. Following the acquisition of the Chase Manhattan Bank by the Chemical in 1996, chemical took the name Chase Capital Partners. In a similar manner, when the J.P Morgan and Co. was acquired in 2000, the group changed its name again into JP Morgan Partners. Through this time, its platform grew the integration of private equity establishments of Hambrecht & Quist, Chase Manhattan, Manufacturers Hannover, The Beacon Group, Robert Fleming and Co. and J.P Morgan and Co.

Prior to it spinning out from the JPMorgan Chase in the year 2006, partners of JP Morgan made some investments transactions in growth capital, leveraged buyout and venture capital. Following the spinout, the professionals on investment put more focus on the venture capital transactions that were disjoined from CCMP Capital to form new firm, the Panorama Capital. Located in Menlo Park, CA, Panorama goes on to focus on the early and the expansion-stage opportunities presented in both the life sciences and information technology sectors. The Panorama Capital started to raise its first independent capital in 2005 with a targeted size of about $500 million. Following more than a year of fundraising, the Panorama closed on an approximate $240 million of commitments made by investors.

On the investment focus, the CCMP Capital puts emphasis on making buyouts and growing equity investments in Europe and North America. The investment typically ranges from $100 million to $500 million equity on each transaction in firms that range from 0.25 to 2 billion dollars in size.

Stephen Murray was a philanthropist and a private equity investor. He held the position of president and CEO at the CCMP Capital. He is an alumnus of Boston College where he did a degree in Economics. He earned a graduate degree in Business Administration in the Columbia Business School. In 1984, Murray was part of credit analyst training session at the Manufacturers Hanover Corporation. He has worked under various positions and seen numerous transition of companies. Murray has supported the Metro New York’s Make-A-Wish Foundation, Stamford Museum, Food Bank of the Lower Fairfield County among other foundations.

Judge Makes Guerra Co-Lead Counsel in Syngenta Mass Action

Francisco “Frank” Guerra IV of law firm Watts Guerra has been appointed co-lead counsel in the case In Re: Syngenta Litigation, 27-CV-15-3785. The Minnesota judge overseeing the action signed an order on August 5 directing Guerra to coordinate the litigation. The Minnesota action will be coordinated with multidistrict litigation pending before the U.S. District Court for Kansas under file number MDL No. 2591.

Law Firm Watts Guerra Experienced in Mass Action Claims

According to LinkedIn and court documents, Watts Guerra represents more than 21,000 personal claims against Syngenta, amounting to more than 90 percent of the total claims asserted. The firm is not new to complex litigation. Indeed, Guerra’s partner at the firm, Mikal Watts, was the first in the country to file injury and death cases related to pharmaceutical drug Pradaxa. Watts was the catalyst behind the consolidation of the Pradaxa cases and he spearheaded the pursuit of recovery, resulting in an award of $650 million for the affected parties.

Watts Guerra has handled hundreds of thousands of claims in courts all over the United States, leading the coordination of many product liability cases. As originally reported on PR Newswire, more than 22,000 plaintiffs have asserted individual claims against Syngenta related to the impact of the mega-corporation’s genetically-modified corn on the national corn market.

Attorney Guerra Takes Syngenta Case Personally

When asked about the meaning of the case, Guerra said he was honored to advocate on behalf of American farmers. He said he understood the consequences to farmers and other American workers of the market drop “caused by Syngenta’s actions.” “I was raised working on my family’s land,” he said. “Our firm looks to bring justice and financial assistance to those financially damaged by Syngenta’s actions.”

Eucatex To Last As Successful For Another 60+ Years

Here is a company that values your opinion and suggestions. It has established a service on their website called Ethics Channel, which enables you to, in all discretion, leave your comment or complaint in regards with some action taken by company’s staff which is contrary to their document Eucatex Group Code of Ethics and Conduct.

Short History

What started as a small company in 1951, first one to use eucalyptus as a raw material for ceiling tiles and panels, is now, thanks to their long-term strategy and investments in new technologies and production lines, a sovereign leader in production of laminate floors, wall partitions, doors, hardboards and paints and varnishes on the Brazilian market. It is also present in 37 other markets around the globe.

Today’s president of the company, an engineer by vocation, Flavio Maluf, besides being responsible for the wellbeing and progress of Eucatex with its 2,201 employees, went a step beyond and is thinking about the welfare of the whole Brazilian society by attracting investors to his country. In regards with this, he was one of the representatives of the Brazilian government during a meeting with the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo.

Environmental Awareness

In addition, the company conducts a responsible and well developed socio-environment program that has a goal to provide a sustainable production of wood, used by company’s production lines. Waste of resources is simply not an option, as the company is well aware that there is no room for improvement, or production at all, for that matter, if you exploit all the available raw material without caring to raise new plantations. The Eucates Recycling Program treats wood residue as a source of energy and uses it as a biomass, without polluting the environment. In 2012, Eucatex sponsored the production of a documentary about environmental preservation in Santos, Brazil.

Social Policy

Similar to company’s vision of the global society and nature preservation, Eucatex is applying the same rules for the preservation of its employees, because they may not be numerous, but they are certainly the “guilty“ ones for the day-to-day operations of the company.

Endurance in a Tough Market

Needless to say what obstacles the company had to overcome, performing its bussines in a country with a difficult economic situation. With the expansion of laminate floors industry in Brazil, due to the country’s potential in wood material, Eucatex has put quality above quantity, with the aim to last at least another 60 years with the same longing to grow all its potential.

The Tenacious Squaw Valley CEO-Andrew Wirth

 

Andrew Wirth was born on 25th July 1963 in Neubrucke, West Germany. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado and attended the Edinburgh University in Scotland. Wirth is married to Karen De Ridder, who is a real estate lawyer and are blessed with three children. He served as a ranger for the rocky mountain national parks and a wilderness ranger at the park of San Pedro. He was also served as a member of the wild land fire crew based out of the northern part of New Mexico, which inspired him to serve as a volunteered fireman and board member of the North Routt fire protection district. Venturing into his occupation at Steamboat and Intrawest, in 1986, Wirth started as a trainee with the Resort Corporation and Steamboat ski.

Later in 2007, his struggles became fruitful when he joined the parent company Intrawest which in 2006 completed the acquisition of Steamboat. Besides that, Andy Wirth got promoted as the president of sales and marketing. While in Intrawest, he organized local and international marketing strategy, viewing at the finance of mountain and ski resorts. As the leader of the board of directors of the organization, he is the founder of mountain village Associates, which is a business promotion and market group supporting domestic business and sponsored by steamboat. Wirth was an active sportsman who understands the importance of work without play makes Jack a dull boy. Being the chairman of the group of steamboat springs winter sports club, an organization in charge of the growth of winter sports athletes and organization of winter competitive sporting activities.

When one talks about Squaw Valley, what comes to mind is Andrew Wirth. His high endeavors and determination to raise the company, involved struggle, and extra hard work. He was selected the president and CEO of Squaw Valley ski resort, where he succeeded, Nancy Cushing. Under his direction and management as CEO; the company underwent a tremendous million upgrade. This was due to the changes brought in by Wirth. In September 2011, alpine meadows ski resort and squaw valley were announced to be partner in order to provide ticket pass to clients, but with Wirth, he made transformed events acquiring the alpine meadows where he merged the two resorts and led it as its CEO. Wirth is a beneficiary of multiple community service and awards such as the chairman’s outstanding service award from the Reno-Tahoe airport authority board of trustees, who earned the steamboat springs business leader of the year award and made the HSMAI at the highest minds in hospitality and travel sales and marketing lists. Congratulations Andrew Wirth we are grateful for you.

 

OrganoGold Is Loved By The People Who Distribute It

The companies that can be most trusted are the ones that have passionate people working for them. It is when a company feels that their product is better than anything else that is available that a company can be trusted. When the founder and CEO of a company has a great love for it and all that it is doing, one can know that that company is one that is going to be sticking around for some time. All of that is true of OrganoGold, and because of it, many people have given the product that they are promoting a try.

Bernardo Chua started up this company in the hopes that people would come to love the Chinese herb that the company is distributing just as much as he does. He wanted to be able to share it with people all of the world so that they can feel the benefits of it as much as he has been able to. He loves Ganoderma, and he knows that others will love it, too, once they have the opportunity to try it out.

It is because of the way that Bernardo Chua feels about the company that he started, and because of the smarts that he has when dealing with business, that OrganoGold has been able to do as well as it has. A company does not succeed without a lot of hard work being put into it, and without a lot of passion begin shown toward the products that they are selling, and one can know by looking at OrganoGold that this company has both of those things.

It is distributing a product that people can feel good about purchasing and trying out for themselves, because the people who are promoting it love it, themselves. They wanted to share it with the world, and that is why the company was started.

Successful Yet Humble: Joseph Bismark Is Changing The Face Of The Business Industry

 

The things that I have been able to read and learn about Joseph Bismark have left me feeling inspired. This man is someone who has worked hard to show people that what he believes in is the right way of doing things. He has been an unconventional businessman, and he has served as an inspiration to many people. He has been encouraging and kind in the things that he has done, and he has given people hope of having a better work environment than they’ve ever had before.
Joseph Bismark believes in the power of spirituality. He believes that it should be a part of everyone’s lives, and of every aspect of everyone’s lives. He believes that there is a place for spirituality in every business, and that is the big thing that he has gone to prove by starting up his own business. He wanted to show people that acting kind toward one another and respecting one another can greatly benefit a business. He wanted to be able to show people that giving one another the benefit of the doubt is the right away to do things. And he has been able to get a lot of people to see that through the way that he has run his business.
Joseph Bismark grew up with monks, and they are the people who have taught him to live the way that he has. Without growing up in the way that he did, Joseph Bismark would most likely not be the man that he is today. And that would be a shame.
There are few business people who I feel truly inspired by, and who I would like to be similar to, but Joseph Bismark is one of them.

Joseph Bismark is the Managing Director of QI Group, a group of companies whose biggest subsidiary is the direct-selling company Qnet. Bismark co-founded QI Group in 1998 with partner Vijay Eswaran and joined the Group as a member of the board in 2008. His other endeavors include The V, a network development company, and the RYTHM foundation, (“Raise Yourself to Help Mankind”), which practices philanthropy to the masses. Joseph’s progressive business style has increased the revenue and notoriety of his companies, expanding his influence across the world to operation within various countries. He lives and works in Singapore, conducting his newest business ventures and spreading his spiritual philosophy.

Much of Bismark’s success in the business industry can be attributed to a strong belief in positivity, which allows him to open his mind to new ideas that have proved advantageous to his company. After spending his teenage years as a monk in the Philippines, he joined the business industry, endeavoring for worldly success while maintaining a peaceful inner self. His Vedic beliefs are integrated into his workplace as he promotes life enhancement products and inspires his employees to become better people as well as a better team.  This outlook has cultivated an encouraging, creative atmosphere within his company that continues to inspire his employees to dream bigger and then carry out those dreams.

Besides his successful career as a businessman, Joseph Bismark is a thriving spiritual adviser to a wide range of people inside and outside of his workplace. Bismark maintains a personal blog entitled “Gems of Wisdom…with Joseph Bismark”. Each post is an inspirational reflection on life, containing prudent advice on how to cultivate a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle. He also updates his Twitter under the username “@TheDailyGem” with regular posts concerning the health of the spiritual self as well as the physical self. His Facebook page is another outlet for his spiritual counseling and influence. Overall, Joseph Bismark is a humble, dynamic leader whose harmonious business style continues to flourish in spite of the dog-eat-dog world of business.