Hometown Journey

Madison Street Capital’s Co-Founder Anthony Marsala Is Honored By The National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts


National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts™ (NACVA®) has a program that honors people that have contributed to the advancement of financial forensics, mergers and acquisitions, expert witness testimony, business valuation and litigation consulting. According to an article published by the Chicago Tribune, the program is called the 40 Under Forty recognition program for 2015 and one of this year’s nominees is the co-founder of Madison Street Capital, Anthony Marsala. Mr. Marsala is the visionary leader of the investment firm, and his expertise has made Chicago-based Madison Street Capital a leader in the investment industry.

Marsala was selected from a group of 125 nominees that are considered the cream of the crop in the industry. The 40 Under Forty recognition program is designed to give men like Marsala a voice as well as the opportunity to shine in an industry filled with professional mavericks that have an abundance of talent.

Mr. Marsala is the not only one of the co-founders of Madison Street Capital he is also the Chief Operating Officer of the company. Marsala is a genius when it comes to mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and business valuation in the energy sector, food and agriculture industry, manufacturing and technology and wholesale and distribution.

After graduating from Loyola University of Chicago, he received a Master’s degree in Strategy from the University of Oxford. Marsala is a member of the American Society of Appraisers and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts. Marsala has a comprehensive understanding of finance and he is an important presence in Madison Street Capital’s European operation as well as operations in Asia and Africa.

When Marsala first started Madison Street Capital, the company had to prove its worth and thanks to Marsala’s commitment to excellence, integrity and service the company grew quickly especially in the field of mergers and acquisitions. Marsala’s opinions on finance and his astute knowledge of business valuations gave Madison Street Capital a firm position in the international investment world.

Madison Street Capital under Marsala and CEO Charles Botchway has developed a winning strategy when it comes to investing in emerging markets, and even though those markets are going through a major transition, Marsala and Madison Street Capital are maintaining and even experiencing growth in those markets. Madison Street Capital’s clients credit Marsala for their success. The recognition he received from the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts just confirms his dedication and his incredible work ethic in an industry that is extremely competitive.

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.

Journey to Freedom By Yeonmi Park

Yeonmi Park is a Human Right Activist who has been featured at the Oslo Freedom Forum and One Young World Summit in Dublin. Park was born to a family of civil servants in a Nor th Korean city of Hyesan in 1993. She grew in a society whose regime controls every step you take. This changed her view of the world and vowed to change her society no matter the challenges she gets on the way. When she watched a film that was pirated by James Cameron and was banned in North Korea, she felt more urge to fight for freedom. Everything changed when her father was arrested for smuggling silver, gold and nickel. He fell sick while he was arrested and was given a medical release that gave him an opportunity to help his family escape North Korea. That is where Park’s journey to freedom began.

The story on Park’s Facebook page states that her sister helped her to cross the frozen river to China, and her mother accompanied her. Her father stayed behind because he was ailing, and he thought that his illness would be a challenge to his family. They experienced terrible hardship and Park witnessed her mother being raped by the traffickers while her sister died of colon cancer. She felt like the world had finally forgotten her, but she had to be determined to make the world not forget North Korea. She has been a human activist since then.
She is set to deliver her powerful Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture at DePauw University on Monday, October 5. One of her main objectives on that day will be horrors of human trafficking, need to bring freedom to all the people of the world and the main reason she defected from North Korea. Her visit will take place a day after 22nd birthday and six days after her book, to live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom that has been published by Penguin publishers.

DePauw University is one of the private universities located in Greencastle, India. It mainly deals with arts and music. The school is a Methodist heritage. It was founded in 1837 and was named after Francis Asbury, the first Methodist bishop of Episcopal Church. When it was founded, it was established as an all men’s school but later began admitting women. That was in 1867. First was known as Indiana Asbury University but then changed to DePauw University, which was meant to honor Washington C. DePauw, who had made massive contributions towards its development. Today, the university has over 100 organizations that enable its students engage in voluntary activities and community services.