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Stephen Murray’s Legacy Lives on at CCMP Capital

Stephen  Murray, who died on March 12, 2015 at 52, was a private equity investor and a great philanthropist. He was one of the co-founders and the president of CCMP Capital; a private equity firm focusing on growth equity and buyout transactions. Stephen joined CCMP in 1989 and stayed with it through its ownership changes until 2006 when it became a standalone company. Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital: https://www.pehub.com/2007/10/5-questions-with-stephen-murray/

Murray graduated with a degree in economics in 1984 from Boston College and from Columbia Business School with a master’s degree in Business Administration where he sharpened his knowledge in business and entrepreneurship. His career started immediately after graduating from college in 1984 at Manufacturers Hanover Corporation in the credit analyst training program.

In 1989, Murray began working with MH Equity Corporation, which was a combination of Manufactures Hanover’s private equity group and its leveraged finance unit. In 2005, he became head of the buyout business at JP Morgan Partners. A spin out of JP Morgan Partners led to the foundation of CCMP Capital in 2006. Murray was named the CEO of CCMP Capital in 2007.

Stephen Murray has been significantly associated with the success of CCMP Capital over the last three decades. There were reports that his death threatened to rob the firm the entire United States business community. Murray was a towering figure and greatly contributed to shaping the United States private investment finance.

Murray stepped down from his duties at CCMP a month before his death due to health related reasons. His position was taken over by Greg Brenneman, who was the chairman. You can click the links below to read more:

This Old Thing? Private Equity Honcho Drops Little Place Uptown for $11M
Ex-CCMP Capital CEO Steve Murray passes away

Murrays contributions were felt by many major companies for which he served on their boards like Aramark, AMC Entertainment, Generac Power Systems, Warner Chilcott, Cabelas Pinnacle Foods, Legacy Hospital Partners and The Vitamin Shoppe. Murray was also involved in philanthropic works and supported the Metro New York’s Make- a-Wish Foundation where he was also a member of the chairman’s council. Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital: http://patch.com/connecticut/stamford/stephen-p-murray-52-financial-executive-stamford-resident-vice-chair-boston-college-board-trustees

Murray also helped the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County and was the vice chairman of Boston College board of trustees. Due to his contributions, Murray has been described by many as a selfless being and a believer in education. He will be fondly remembered by his colleagues and business associates as a financial guru.

Murrays support for the less fortunate will also not be forgotten quickly. Murray left behind his wife, Tami. A. Murray and four sons. The couple lived in Stamford, Connecticut.

FreedomPop Continues to Expand

FreedomPop is a mobile carrier based out of Los Angeles. The company offers a 100% free plan with 200MB of data. Originally only available in the United States and the United Kingdom, FreedomPop now looks to the future. FreedomPop, freshly reinforced by 50 million dollars they’ve recently raised, intends to expand into more international markets. Targeting Asia and South America, as well as strengthening their grip on Europe, FreedomPop intends to offer their service to many more countries.

While 200MB data may be such a small amount that many readers are smirking right now, it is free. If 200MB isn’t enough for you, you can purchase an additional 500MB for 10 dollars, which when compared to other plans in the United States, is still quite the deal. FreedomPop platform does not seem to target the everyday user of smartphones and tablets, but the occasional user.

Steven Sesar, COO and co-founder spoke about the new financing. He says that the new money they’ve raised cements their spot in the field of mobile internet and is the groundwork for them to become a top 10 global service provider. Sesar goes on to say that they aim to give free access across the world and eliminate roaming charges, no matter where the consumer may live.

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New York Lawyer Helps Animals

After practicing law in the area of New York City for a number of years, Ross Abelow has decided to begin a fundraising campaign to help better the area that he has lived and worked in for many years. This past January, Abelow began a campaign that was designed to raise a minimum of five thousand dollars for various New York City animal shelters in need. Designed to assist with basic shelter needs like feeding the animals, housing them, providing basic medical assistance, etc. these funds are needed on a consistent basis. Throughout the year, and especially in the winter, these shelters take homeless animals off the street and place them in a safer facility where they can get healthy and then find forever homes.

There are a startling number of animals deaths that occur in New York City on a daily basis. In the cold weather months the temperature can play a large role in animal deaths, but the heat can also be an issue. Not to mention everyday dangers on the streets as well. A long time animal lover, Ross Abelow is trying to ensure that animals can receive medical attention they need while being provided with warm shelter and necessities. The demand for funds and resources is ongoing in all shelters across New York City. Abelow graduated from The State University Of New York prior to moving to NYC to attend Brooklyn Law School back in 1989. While Abelow has practiced in a number of different areas of law like commercial litigation, matrimonial law and family law, he has always had a passion for helping animals which is where his campaign stems from.

In his spare time, Abelow likes to write and is a contributor to the Crown Point New York blog as well as his own blog. For more information on Abelow’s GoFundMe campaign, you can visit his page, where you can also contact him directly if necessary. Spring is a busy season at local animal shelters and this is the perfect time to contribute to the wonderful work that these locations do. Every dollar counts and goes towards ensuring these animals get the love and care that they deserve. In the end the hope is that they will end up with a forever home where they can spend their days.

Follow Abelow: https://www.facebook.com/ross.abelow1

Working With Wen By Chaz Hair Care Products

In many ways, a woman’s hair really is her crowning glory. Women pay close attention to their hair. Shiny hair that looks great can help any woman feel confident and ready to face the world each day. One person who set out to find out if she could improve the look of her own hair is the author of a recent article in Bustle Magazine. She decided to try WEN hair care items in place of her traditional hair care products. In the article, she details what happened to her hair once she decided to try out these new products.
Her Personal Experiences

The author of the article talks her readers through her own decision to temporarily use Wen By Chaz hair care products. She diligently got rid of all of her own personal old hair care items and decided instead that she would only use Wen By Chaz items instead each day. She also decided that she would use such products each day on her hair and take pictures documenting the exact shape, texture and color of her hair on a daily basis. Her conclusion is that product in question did indeed offer her the kind of results she liked.

Using Wen By Chaz

Wen is a line of hair care products that were created under the direction of one of the world’s foremost hairstylists, Chaz Dean. Each item has been specially formulated in order to help all users get fabulous hair that feels good and looks even better. Each product can be used by itself or in combination with other items to help women get hair that is right for their needs. Each product is made from the finest possible ingredients, ingredients that have been shown to get useful results for all women who use them. Wen products are sold on sephora beauty market and other drugstore that sell beauty products.

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Bob Reina and Talk Fusion Do the Unthinkable!

Talk Fusion, a leading international video solutions company, has recently announced a 30-day free trial of all their services. PR Newswire reported that, on April 12, the long expected 30-day free trial had begun. Simply go to www.TalkFusion.com, and enter your email address and name. Talk Fusion is doing the unthinkable by not requiring a credit card or any other personal information. They want you to try it and see for yourself how easy it is to use the high-quality technology of Talk Fusion. The use of videoss on the Internet is increasing every day, and researchers predict that by the year 2017, 90 percent of all communication on the Web will be with videos. Talk Fusion is way ahead of this prediction. They are producing crystal clear videos now for all your video needs, which includes a program of analytics that reports directly to the user. The future is here with Talk Fusion, and they want you to try it absolutely free. Talk Fusion began in 2007 by founder and CEO Bob Reina who couldn’t find a company in 2004 to send his 10-secound video. After three years of hard work, Mr. Reina announced the birth of Talk Fusion with email video. Within a year, the technology had gone around the globe and Talk Fusion was a global video company. New Technology for New Users The first thing the new user will see is the beautifully designed website where they can sign in. Next, a virtual library was created especially for new users to adjust to the new options and language. Bob Reina has a vision to get the video package into the hands of every computer owner around the world because he knows the excellent videos that Talk Fusion provides. Bob wants everyone to experience how easy it is to send videos with incredible detail and clarity. He is sure that everyone who experiences it, will want to have it. As soon as the new user signs up, they are immediately connected to the Video Solutions that include Video Email, Video Newsletters, Live Meetings, Sign-up Forms, and our Award-Winning Video Chat. Try it today.!

Avi Weisfogel Providing More Children With Hope

Avi Weisfogel has recently announced that he will be launching a GoFundMe campaign to support the charity Operation Smile. A charity that Avi Weisfogel has had a passion for since establishing his dental care practice in 1999. The target goal of the campaign is $2000 to provide children with free facial surgery. These children targeted by the organization are those suffering from facial deformities. Deformities such as cleft palate and cleft lip. Young adults suffering from these deformities will also be helped. The Operation Smile oganization wants to provide all the children that require these procedures with new hope and a brighter future. This was the vision of Kathy and Bill Magee in 1982. They started the organization as a means to provide children in the Philippines with a brighter future. Since 1982 the organization has taken giant leaps. there are now a network of thousands of medical professionals across more than 80 nations that volunteer their skills. The organization has since completed over 220 000 free surgical procedures since its inception.

Operation Smile collaborates with other governments, hospitals and medical professionals from around the globe. They provide both the expertize as well as the equipment to perform the necessary medical procedures. Avi Weisfogel told listeners in an interview that he believes that every child deserves surgical care as well as to be treated like our own. Children deserve a brighter future and the belief that there is hope to be found through the organization, Operation Smile.

Avi Weisfogel has a bachelors degree in both biology and psychology from the Rutgers University as well as acquiring his DDS from the New York University Collage of Dentistry. During Avi’s 15 years as a Dentist he began exploring the science behind sleep and has since created several business’s teaching others about sleep. Both dentists and physicians have the ability to help people suffering from sleep related problems. In the year 2010 Avi founded the Healthy Heart Sleep Company which advised physicians around the world on both the establishment and management of sleep labs.

Goettl Air Conditioning Commits Funds To Helping Veterans

The team at Goettl Air Conditioning led by Ken Goodrich are trying to help as many people as they can with their pursuit of the HVAC industry. There are a lot of people who are going to have a chance to move into the field, and some of the most common are veterans. Ken Goodrich created the Post 9/11 Veterans Tools Award to award a veteran every year who is about to go into business. The award gives $1000 to someone who needs it to buy tools for their new job, and it went to a Navy veteran who had just gotten out of school.

The bottom line for Goettl Air Conditioning is that they want to help as many people as they possibly can. They are trying to make sure that people can change jobs if they want to, and these people will be able to change to the HVAC field without a thought. They can apply for the award, and they will have a chance to get all the tools they need brand new so that they can do the best work of their lives. Check out this video on YouTube to see how the bring their business to life1

Goettl Air Conditioning and Ken Goodrich are also helping customers all over Phoenix by making sure that they get the best AC service possible. They are trying to keep everyone’s air going, and they are looking for ways to help these people when they are in the middle of a heat wave. They know that helping just one person could spawn a whole new business. They have a deep belief in people, and they know that helping veterans is the right thing to do. They give a scholarship to people who have family in HVAC, and they work with as many people as they can to further the health of the HVAC industry.

FreedomPop Continues to Grow with WhatsApp’s Help

FreedomPop is a company that amazed people in the mobile phone industry. Budget phones and plans are hardly new. FreedomPop did take things to the next level with its concept of serving up a phone and SIM card with a specific and reasonable amount of free phone, text, and data. A hit in the United States and the United Kingdom, FreedomPop is looking to use $50 million in new funding to conquer a variety of global territories. Spain is the next country on the agenda and, per an article in Venture Beat, FreedomPop is wisely going to use WhatsApp to help establish itself in the market.

WhatsApp is incredibly popular in Spain as a tremendous number of people in the country use it to send messages. WhatsApp allows for the free sending of messages and FreedomPop is going to allow the app to be used by subscribers even when available data is non-existent. FreedomPop understands it has to be more than a bit flexible when launching a new product in a new market. After all, consumers are not yet familiar with how the service works. That is the one hurdle any new product in a new market has to deal with.

FreedomPop did extremely well when it debuted in the United Kingdom since there was a massive demand for such a budget phone service. Europe, as a whole, would greatly welcome a mobile service without massive roaming charges. The growth of FreedomPop on a global basis shows the company positively has what it takes to deliver desirable results.

Check out this review: http://www.androidcentral.com/freedompop-offers-unlimited-access-its-wifi-network-5-month

JustFab: The Fabulous Plus Size Store

Finally! A plus size store that listens to us plus size ladies, and actually wants to hear from us. They want to know what we are looking for in the perfect fitting plus size clothing and what fashion and styles we want them to make available for us. They are actually encouraging us to contribute ideas. Believe it or not, your opinion matters. Here is what they posted on their page:

“Tag us on your Insta selfies when you’re rocking your favorite styles, message us on Facebook and Twitter, and let us know: What are you loving? What could we do better? How can we make our Plus Collection the best around, and keep you looking fabulous 24/7? “
Read more: Did You Know that Just Fab Introduced a Plus Size Collection?

Wow, so no more improper fitting clothes made for you by someone who has no idea what type of clothing and material feels comfortable on you. At this new store, JustFab, you are the center of everything and when you speak they listen. And when you wear their clothing not only do you know you look good in it, it makes you feels good and you also feel like a million bucks. They don’t just sell the clothing, they go all the way with the shoes! And the bag too! This online store is called “JustFab Plus.”

Based on many feedbacks after launching their new clothing line in 2015, what came to their attention is a big need for plus size clothing up to 3x. So is JustFab Plus getting this done?

1. The in-house team meticulously design every look. “Designer Leticia Banuelos shares, “My main objective is to make the person feel special and good about themselves when wearing our clothes. It must be flattering. Comfortable to wear, and fit well”

2. A fitting party is held at the office were plus size employees and customers are invited to try the sample clothes on and give feedback.

3. Once the final product is inventoried, it is put on the website and becomes available for the customers.

This new brand of clothing with just 35 pieces of garments available is working to increase their line.

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Reputation Management Can Help If You’re Under Attack

Haters are gonna hate. No truer words have ever been spoken. People are often resentful of other people’s achievements. The effects of petty jealousy and envy is outright astonishing. If you are a celebrity or an individual with a whole lot of money, amplify that hatred by 1,000.

Social sites like Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and others are a breeding ground for people who want to meddle and gossip. Sadly, this doesn’t just happen to famous people. It can happen to ordinary Americans just trying to live their lives. There are many sad and pathetic people who would like nothing more than to ruin your life. Why? No particular reason other than they don’t have one of their own. They will spread lies, rumors and gossip because they simply have nothing better to do with their time.

The biggest way to battle haters is to simply ignore them. Getting a rise out of you is worth its weight in gold. Thankfully, there are ways to really battle people who are out to damage your reputation. searchcleanup.com is a site that can clean up online reputations. They value your privacy and will help you battle people who are out to harm you.

Individuals who post things about you on your business or social site can do more damage than you think. Regardless of how angry you get, never go after the attacker. Thi will only embolden them and escalate things. Concentrate on you. Explain to your clients who you are and what you have to offer. Let reputation management sites like Search Cleanup do the work for you.