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The Career Profile AXA Advisors’ Vincent Parascandola’s

Vincent Parascandola is currently the senior vice president of the US-based branch of the world’s leading insurance company, AXA. The French based multinational firm specializes in financial services such as global insurance and investment management. The company’s US-based branch, AXA Advisors, is one of its international subsidiaries. Other sub branches operate in Africa, Middle East, Australia, and Canada.

Work at AXA Advisors

Vincent Parascandola is in charge of the overall operations, productivity and profitability of the company. Under his leadership, AXA advisors attained an average 14% annual growth from 2008 to 2016. He also developed AXA foundation to function as the philanthropic arm of the AXA organization. It provides educational scholarships and supports research on environmental problems. The organization has taken part in more 250 projects since it began its operations in 2008.

Work Experience

The work experience of Vincent Parascandola in the financial industry covers a period of more than 30 years. He started his career as a broker agent at Prudential in 1987. At this early stage in his career, he earned the national Rookie of the Year Award. In 1990, he joined MONY as an insurance strategist. During his 14 year career at the company, Mr. Parascandola held various leadership positions. At one time, he led the sales department as a manager before eventually rising through the ranks to become the company’s field operations’ vice president. He has also served at the Advantage Group as the president.


Besides the National Rookie of the Year award which he won at the onset of his career, Vincent Parascandola has earned many prestigious professional accolades. The most recent award was the GAMA Awards. The award is the most prestigious in the industry. Mr. Parascandola received it in recognition of his spectacular leadership and contributions. He had also won the Masters Academy’s Career Development Award due to his strategic management policies and performance.

Education Background

Even though Vincent Parascandola has spent all his career life in the financial industry, he has a strong educational background in IT. The financial expert has a bachelor’s degree from Pace University in computer science.

End Citizens United Hits Stride With Huge Quarterly Numbers

For nearly the past decade Washington D.C. has been beholden to a new level of dark money and special interests in the political machine. Thanks to a Supreme Court decision regarding campaign finance reform and a conservative group, special interests have essentially had free reign with which to buy politicians to push them toward their own special causes. Dark money is a gigantic issue that attacks the very foundation of democracy and that is why a political action committee called End Citizens United has been so successful as of late drawing in supporters, raising money, and creating a verified resistance.


End Citizens United is a PAC that was created by Tiffany Muller in order to combat the rising tide of dark money in politics. Her efforts have not been alone and, in fact, she isn’t even the first person to create a PAC to combat Citizens United. However, many of these other political action committees have failed because they don’t have a concrete plan of action and a road map to success. Muller does and End Citizens United has been so much more successful as a result. End Citizens United plans to raise awareness of dark money in politics while also backing politicians who can help, one day, to bring about legislative change to the Supreme Court decision. Her ultimate goal is to get a constitutional amendment passed that completely wipes clean the Citizens United decision, thus making her PACs name a reality: End Citizens United.


In order to get to those successful levels, however, End Citizens United has needed to find a ton of money from fundraisers and contributors who are equally passionate about the cause. End Citizens United can thank, oddly enough, the election of Donald Trump for instigating much of their activity. Muller says that Democrats are “furious” that Trump won and they are ready to put everything out there in order to fight back against his swampy agenda. Since taking office President Trump has flooded the White house with special interests, corporate cronies, and lobbyists. Dark money is running amok and the country is at risk as a result.


The first quarter of 2017 saw End Citizens United raise nearly $4 million, almost doubling up their efforts from 2016 for the same time frame. End Citizens United has the goal of raising $35 million total in order to make a splash when 2018 rolls around. End Citizens United wants to be a position that they can help to fund the campaigns of politicians who are willing to go out and fight the Citizens United decision. Over 100,000 people have donated to the cause in the first quarter of 2017 and those numbers will only skyrocket going forward.


Eric Lefkofksy anticipates human genome sequencing will drive medical developments

Eric Lefkofsky is indisputably one of the most talented entrepreneurs in America. Having founded Groupon, a company that allows individuals to enjoy volume discounts on products and services they need, he has gone on to have a superlative career, starting half a dozen highly successful companies. Today, Lefkofsky has taken on a new challenge, radically overhauling the way in which cancer is treated.

The most important task of artificial intelligence

Lefkofsky’s wife was diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer in 2013. Throughout the rest of that year, he spent a great deal of time taking her to oncology appointments. Throughout this period, Lefkofksy was struck by how seemingly primitive the means oncologists used to gather and analyse information was. He decided that oncology needed a boost in the way it collates and presents data to its practitioners.

In 2016, Eric Lefkofsky founded Tempus, a company dedicated to collected vast amounts of data and presenting it in a user-friendly, digestible way to oncologists. Today, Lefkofsky sees an even bigger prize. The human genome itself is a trove of potentially ground-breaking information so vast that there currently does not exist a system of mining it. What Tempus seeks to do is to create a system that can use the entire human genome as a blueprint to design the most effective possible cancer treatments. Lefkofksy envisions this as eventually giving oncologists such as nuanced ability to create treatment regimens that every single cancer patient will have their own treatments designed specifically for them, right down to the molecules used in the drugs.

And if this all sounds a bit like science fiction, Lefkofsky is quick to point out that the majority of technological capability to do these things is already here. It just requires a little more tweaking and a specialty application, which is what Tempus is creating, to get that information into the hands of oncologists.

Lefkofsky believes that these innovations will lead to dramatic improvements in survivability of many types of cancer over the next decade. He thinks it is possible that, like with AIDS, cancer may one day soon have treatments that are so good that they are tantamount to a cure.

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A Brief Overview Of The Mexican Mass Media Industry

A brief overview of the Mexican mass media industry

Over the last few decades, the media landscape in Mexico has greatly changed and even welcomed new players. Some observers note that political influence has also contributed to various changes that have taken place, while other factors such as the entry of the digital era have further helped to dictate the direction of the media industry.

A discussion about the Mexican media industry would be incomplete without the mention of Grupo Televisa, S.A.B, and TV Azteca, the two national wide broadcasters.

Televisa, formed through a merger by three TV stations in 1955, stands out as one of the oldest and naturally most influential media station in Mexico and by extension in the Hispanic world. Since 2002, Salvi Rafael Folch Viadero has held the position of Director and Chief Financial Officer of Grupo Televisa, S.A.B. He was previously the group’s Vice President of Financial Planning. His extensive experience in management is key to the growth of the company. Viadero has also served in the capacity of General Manager and Financial Manager at Televisa’s subsidiary Comercio Mas.

TV Azteca which operates channels, 13, 7, and 40 in Mexico City is also a popular media player feeding the masses with news, reality and talk shows as well as sports and a host of popular programs.

Radio and magazines also share the mass media cake in Mexico. Magazines such as Nexos Gatopardo, Proceso, and Emeequis give an in-depth insight of local happenings. Major radio outlets include Radio Formula, Radio Centro, and Radio Acir.Televisa Group also runs Televisa Radio. Like on television, they are also major relied upon for news, entertainment and general information.

As a manager of the largest media conglomerate in the Spanish world, Salvi Rafael Folch Viadero is charged with the responsibility of maintaining the international ability of the company. Televisa soap operas are no doubt one of the most popular programs in several parts of the world.