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Salvi Rafael Folch Viadero and Groupo Televisa Scale New Heights

     Salvi Rafael Folch Viadero who is the CFO of Groupo Televisa has been responsible for taking it to ever new heights. Under Salvi, Rafael Viadero Groupo Televisa has become among the most prominent media companies, in so far as the production of Spanish audio visual content is concerned.

Salvi Rafael Folch Viadero has also ensured that Groupo becomes a major cable operator as well as satellite pay tv player. Other major players on the media scene include TV Azteca, Nexos and Proceso, the latter two being prominent Mexican magazines. Successful as these media houses might be, they are quite not in the league of Groupo Televisa for the simple reason that they don’t have a Salvi Rafael Folch Viadero guiding them.

In the cultural scene, it is Letras Libres, though they too could have done even better if they had a marketing brain like Salvi, Rafael Folch Viadero to guide them. Another magazine that is doing pretty well is Gatopardo whose specialty is hard hitting stories.

All the same, if Groupo Televisa is ruling the roost, it would be really remiss to not attribute the success to Salvi Rafael Folch Viadero, the chief financial officer. His vast experience as a corporate honcho would have surely helped. From Vice President of Financial Planning at Groupo and Executive Director and Director of Commerce Finance Mas, Sa de CV to Vice President of Banking Supervision of the Superintendency of Banks and the National Commission his profile carries a lot of heft.

His stewardship of Groupo Televisa is a textbook study of how a media company can be made to outperform expectations year after year. The coming years are certainly going to be even more fruitful for Groupo Televisa under the guidance of Viadero, if past performance is anything to go by.


Prison Reform is a Liberal Goal of Charles Koch

Charles Koch is half of the famous Koch brothers who are intimately involved in the Republican pay and expected to be major donors to various conservative candidates during the 2016 election cycle during which they are expected to contribute $90 million to candidates through their Super PACs. The Koch Brothers are two of the sons of Fred Koch who started Koch Industries which has grown into a large private business that has its hand in a variety of industries. Much of the political contributions the Koch brothers make go overwhelmingly to Republican candidates who fight for smaller and less intrusive government as opposed to liberal Democrats who are generally supportive of higher taxes and larger government, there is one issue where Koch is liberal; prison reform.

Charles Koch even came out in support of President Barack Obama’s plans to reduce the war on drugs and to lessen the mandatory sentencing associated with some drug laws which have led to a glut in our prison system. While Republicans tend to support tougher stances on crime, Koch believes that penalties on non-violent crimes should be lessened and designed to be reformative rather than to simply penalize those who do something wrong.

There is a lot at stake here as the cost of keeping individuals in prison is three or four times the cost of education costs and has a bill of $80 billion each and every year. Prison costs are a major budget item for the United States and finding ways to limit this cost and to improve the fairness and efficiency of the criminal justice system should be the overall goal, per a spokesman for Koch. Further, this is wasted money that destroys lives and doesn’t result in the societal benefits that it could.

The criminal justice system punishes those who are uneducated and poor in significantly higher than numbers and seems to have a separate set of rules for those who are wealthy, who get special treatment under a court structure that favors those with high priced attorneys. To alleviate this injustice an increased investment in education can help to reduce the need to imprison people and when imprisonment is undertaken, the penalty for non-violent crimes should work to reduce their time in prison and allow them to be functioning members in society by providing them with job skills and treatment for drug addiction.

Amazingly Koch’s ideas on prison reform are liberal and contrary to Republican party stances which shows the depth of his world vision as well as his flexibility to some issues.

Keith Mann Boosts The Moral of New York Police Officers

The New York Police Department has recently been plagued by violence and protests. Businessman Keith Mann and spouse Keely provided lunch in January and February to the precinct at 54th Street as a thank you for their services. They felt the officers needed a moral boost in light of all the negative publicity.

Keely’s uncle is a Staten Island detective so the recent attacks on the police force have become personal for the Manns. He prefers not to have any of his family hurt due to people acting out carelessly against officers in any type of situation. Police should be thanked for the job they do instead of being assaulted. Citizens should try to help these officers whenever possible instead of obstructing their efforts. More than 150 New Yorkers have also showed their support for the city’s police department by attending a rally in January in honor of the officers.

Keith Mann began his career in New York as the Managing Director for Dynamic Executive Search in the alternative investment department. In 2002, he began to fill the staffing needs of hedge fund firms with his Alternative Investment Practice program. In 2006, his began offering his services to private equity firms. Even though he was Senior Vice President of the company at the time, he left Dynamic Executive Search in 2009 to co-establish a new company called Dynamic Search Partners. Acting as the CEO, this company offers staffing for investment companies especially those involved in hedge funds. He assists businesses in the United States, Asia and Europe.

Keith Mann and his company support many charitable organizations like Hope and Heroes Foundation for research of childhood cancer and for supplies for classroom projects. He is also involved in programs for Uncommon Schools graduates to find employment after college and the Animal Liberation Front for animal rights.

Stocks Recover Slightly after a Shaky Start in 2016

The fourth week of the year saw US Stocks and the oil prices make a positive turn after a depressed start to the year. According to a CNBC report by Evelyn Cheng, at the close of the week on Friday 22, S&P 500 was 2% higher, a mark that above the psychological 1900 level. The energy sector witnessed the biggest gains at 4.3%, with oil closing at its highest level since Jan 8, at $32. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the week at 16,210, with Apple and Goldman Sachs leading the march. The 5.3% jump in Apple stock prices is largely attributed to the sentiments by Piper Jaffray investment firm for investors to buy Apple stock in anticipation of a 50% jump in stock prices, once Apple 7 is released in September.

American Express was the biggest loser in Dow; Amex stock price fell 12.1 percent during the week. The Nasdaq Composite Index closed up 2.5% with shares of iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology gaining 3.3% to close the week 1.35% higher. The president of EverBank World Markets attributed the positive return in the markets to the recovery in oil. In Asia, the Nikkei 225 surged 5.88%, while the Shanghai Composite closed 1.25% higher. In Europe, STOXX 600 closed 3% higher, while the German DAX ended the week 2% higher. Some of the gains witnessed on Friday are attributed to the ECB stimulus package. Although ECB did not make any changes to the rates on Thursday January 21, the remarks by ECB Chief, Mario Draghi raised hope of more stimulus in March.

On the overall, all major US averages closed the week at least 0.5% higher. The NASDAQ composite led the way with a gain of 2.3%. According to CNBC, the head of global equity trading at Highland Capital Management (HCM) Joe Sowin, the recovery was mainly as a result of short covering. Sowin observed that the bottoming of stocks on Jan 20, gave leeway to beat down sectors such as energy and materials to lead the recovery. Highland Capital Management manages hedge funds, distressed investments fund and structured investment. The Co-founder, President and CFA of the Dallas based firm is James Dondero.

Jim Co-founded HCM in 1993 with Mark Okada. He has over 30 years experience working in the credit markets. The SEC registered investment firm together with its affiliates controls about $20 billion under its asset management portfolio. Jim is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA). He serves as board member in several institutions, including American Banknote and MGM Studios. He is currently the Board Chairman for CCS Medical Corporation, NexBank and Cornerstone Healthcare.

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Dick DeVos Shows Commitment to Education Through Generous Donations

I was excited to find out that of the $90.0 million dollars devoted to helping our society by Dick DeVos and his family, through their 5 foundations in 2013, about half was directed to support efforts in education. Both public and private K-12 schools, Christian schools, and universities received much needed funding from the DeVos family, and included gifts to educational service organizations. I was impressed that most of the family’s donations fell into 4 general categories: education, health and community, church and faith-based organizations, and the arts. None of these donations at all involved political contributions. The majority of the donations, which numbered nearly 600, went to organizations in the Grand Rapids area and several other areas of their home state of Michigan. As a percentage, a full 48% was spent on education.

There are those who say they have done it all. And then there are those who actually have. I believe DeVos can say it honestly and also add that his faith, his family support, and his activated intelligence have made him into a philanthropic success story.

I am incredibly grateful to my parents for initiating and encouraging by example the tradition of philanthropy within our family. We are happy to be a part of this great community!

Posted by Dick DeVos on Monday, January 4, 2016

Whether it was with basketball’s Orlando Magic, at Amway, or The Windquest Group where he now serves as President, Dick has proved to be an icon of strength and integrity. His career has been long and impressive with big titles at companies with familiar names, but he hasn’t let all that get to his head.

Fortunately, DeVos has proved to not be a stingy miser keeping his light under a basket. He seems to personify the concept that, ‘with great reward, comes great responsibility,’ with his activism in education, especially. The Education Freedom Fund has awarded to 4,000+ children in need, full scholarships to the West Michigan Aviation Academy. Dick DeVos founded this wonderful education organization that challenges students with a rigorous full education with a focus on aviation.

Longtime Republican Financial Supporter Worried About the Influence of Ted Cruz and Donald Trump

There are very few names that equate to wealth and power like Charles Koch. He and his brother own the majority shares of Koch Industries. Born in 1935, Charles Koch has been active in the political realm for the majority of his life. He has been content to be a behind the scenes player, providing financial support as well as logistical support to many candidates in the Republican party. However, with the 2016 election, Charles Koch has felt the need to become more vocal in addressing what he feels are concerns with the two leading Republican candidates, namely Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.

When discussing the Republican presidential candidate front runners, Charles Koch made it very clear that it was difficult for him to get enthused about these individuals. He said that a lot of the things that he personally was passionate about and things that he believes the country needs are being ignored by these two candidates.

One topic that was discussed in the interview with Charles Koch was Donald Trump’s plan to prevent foreign-born Muslims from coming to the United States. Mr. Koch’s response was that these policies are the antithesis of what American ideals represent. He went on to comment that if these policies were enacted, it would destroy our free society. He said that if a society is intent on defending liberty, they first need to defend the liberty of the people who they like the least.

Koch also responded to Ted Cruz’s plan to “carpet bomb” Islamic militants by asking if Cruz planned on going from country to country bombing Muslims. It was clear from Mr. Koch’s response that he did not believe that the policies of Ted Cruz or Donald Trump would create an atmosphere conducive to protecting American interests at home or abroad.

During the interview, Mr. Koch emphasized that he felt it was important for Americans to defend themselves and improve their intelligence, but at the same time steps needed to be taken to prevent the creation of an atmosphere that was conducive to encouraging more people to join Islamic terrorist groups like ISIS.

The world of politics is not something that is new to Koch. Last year the Koch brothers made it clear that they, along with other donors of a similar mindset, would be willing to spend almost $900 million helping conservative candidates and supporting conservative policies in the 2016 election.

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Will The Stock Market Come back To Life In 2016?

Forbes Magazine is known for reporting financial news and the trends that investors need to make educated decisions when they are investing their money. The fact that the stock market did not have a great year in 2015 is no secret. A recent article outlined the ups and downs of the market over the past twelve months. The article highlighted some of the reasons why investors didn’t get the returns they expected, and Forbes also pointed out that those investors are worried that 2016 will be a carbon copy of 2015.

No one can predict what will happen to stocks this year, but according to Forbes, the fact that investors are worried could mean the stock market may surprise everyone and have an excellent year. There’s no proof that will happen especially if the first ten days of 2016 are taken into account. China is still causing issues, and some investors believe China will continue to drag the U.S. Stock Market down in 2016. A recent report indicated that the Chinese government would have to invest trillions of dollars to fix their economic issues.

But investors like Jim Dondero know that China’s economic problems will not impact all stocks. Mr. Dondero is the Chief Executive Officer of the Dallas-based investment firm Highland Capital Management. Highland Capital is a very successful hedge fund management company, and Jim Dondero has played an important role in that success over the last 22 years.

Dondero is considered an expert when it comes to alternative credit solutions, so the stock market is just one investment vehicle he uses to produce returns for his limited partners. Dondero is also an expert in emerging market investments, so Jim is well aware of the China situation and how to invest profitably in spite of it. Highland Capital has offices in Sao Paulo, New York, Seoul and Singapore so the company and Dondero can react to global economic changes quickly. Watch Jim and the Highland Team ring the closing bell of the NYSE below.

Jim Dondero and other investors think is right about a decent year in the stock market this year. Forbes thinks smart investors will invest in proven growth stocks in 2016, and Highland Capital, under Jim Dondero’s guidance, did that at the end of 2015. Dondero increased his shares in healthcare stocks as well as shares in information technology stocks. In the article, said that skeptical worry produces better stock results. The investors that stay on course and play it safe in 2016 should have a decent year.

Bringing Traditional Ganoderma to the Rest of the World

Bernardo Chua is the chief executive and founder of Organo Gold, the gourmet coffee company that accommodates consumers’ active lifestyles.  He’s been praised in all sorts of different media, and you’ll find that it’s well worth it because his coffee is amazing.

He started Organo Gold, with headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia, to sell Certified Organic Ganoderma Lucidium through a variety of coffees, teas and personal care products.

Ganoderma Lucidium, commonly known as the lingzi mushroom, is frequently used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is a potent immune system regulator that Chua chose to bring to the rest of the world.

Chua, who uses the cost effective network distribution system to deliver the products, is known as one of the top names in the direct sales industry.

The products are intended to go well with any lifestyle and are improved with ancient Chinese herbal remedies that have been respected for hundred of years. Chua became one of the first to market the herb lucratively with coffees and teas.

Before Organo, the products remained for the most part unknown outside of Eastern herbal medicine. Chua, who spent a great deal of time educating people through his SlideShare presentations about the many benefits the herb can provide, decided to deliver the knowledge of these special ingredients to the global community.

The company, which began in 2008 in a small shop with only three employees, today is working in more than 38 countries and recently launched a branch in Turkey, celebrating the 39th country in which the global gourmet coffee company does business.

Within five years, Direct Selling News reported Organo Gold as the 55th largest direct selling company in the world.

Organo’s vision is to help people improve their lives by reaching new levels of prosperity, a healthy life and a sense of balance through its products.

During his career, Chua has been recognized with different awards and in February last year, Chua and two of his Organo Gold team were given the esteemed Dangal ng Bayan Awards.

The award acknowledges outstanding Filipino products and self-starters. Chua was credited with the Outstanding Global Entrepreneur award for his role as chief executive and founder of Organo Gold.

Freedom and Fun Await You in Assistive Living

What do we think about when we begin to get old? The first thing that pops in our head is leaving our homes to go live in an assisted living facility or nursing home. We all think this is going to be the worse thing our children could ever do to us. Why would we want to give up our freedom to go live in an assisted living facility? Well, It is not what you think! Assisted Living is not jail! You can be free and have assistance if you need it. It is a winning combination. The Manse on the Marsh facility in San Luis Obispo California gives you the ability to make decisions, meet new people, form friendships, eat good food, and live in a clean and safe environment.

Manse on Marsh is a facility for people that may want to have some assistance with bathing. Maybe you can bathe yourself but stepping into the shower is hard for you. The assistance is there at the Marsh. Maybe you need someone to help you with your medications. The words on the bottles are beginning to confuse you or be hard to read. Assistance at the Marsh will remind you to take your medications but will pass them out to you if you request.

The Manse on the Marsh is a beautiful home for people that just need that extra someone close by them, and the activities that they provide are one of their most renown features. Assistive living does not mean you are giving up living. You can choose to participate in group activities or you can do your own thing. Roll up on the bed with a good book and a blanket or go play shuffleboard on the patio. Bingo is a favorite of most individuals because we all like that tiny hint of gambling. There may be arts and crafts, painting classes, music, and dance, or even exercise classes for you to attend.

Gourmet picnics, wine tasting or wine tours, shopping trips, and the theatre are just a few of the outside activities you can attend. The community is very happy to indulge us with fun things to do. Students from the college love visiting and participating in activities with everyone at the Marsh. Fun is around every corner, which is what the reviews really praise.

If medical monitoring is necessary, the staff will make sure to follow up with you and your physician. Assistance is available 24 hours a day in case you need them. They pass your medications, test your blood sugar, and even check your weight for you. Dietary makes sure you are receiving foods you will love. They help with ensuring a good nutritional diet but they also make sure your food is tasty.
Visit or call Manse on Marsh in California. We will be happy to inform you of all the parties that are planned.  Follow the blog for continued updates, and they have a company Twitter as well.

Appreciating Sam Tabar’s Impeccable Career Life

Who is Sam Tabar?

Sam Tabar is an accomplished capital strategist and law guru based in New York. Tabar speaks fluent French and English with functional knowledge of Japanese. He loves rowing and dancing and he’s also a big fan of photography as evidenced by social media like his Instagram.

Education and Accolades

Tabar is a graduate of Oxford University with Honors in Bachelor of Arts. He also holds a degree in Law from Columbia University.

Following his successful educational background, Tabar has accrued numerous skills in the area of legal writing, corporate law, legal research, mergers and acquisitions, civil and commercial litigation and management among other things.

Major Career Achievements

Tabar while taking his degree at Columbia University, he was made the Associate Editor and columnist for Columbia Business Law review. Upon graduation, he began practicing law at Skadden, Arps, Slater and Meagher & Flom LLP where he was an associate. While at Skadden, Tabar was charged with offering counsel to clients on hedge fund formation among other key responsibilities.

He however left the company in 2004 to join the SPARX Group Company/ PMA investment where he became the company’s Managing Director and Head of Business Development. While at the company, Tabar succeeded in providing a personal Rolodex of over two thousand potential investors and an extra four hundred introductions. Likewise, he managed to create and implement a marketing plan for high family offices and high net worth clients. He raised the company’s assets to about 1.2 Billion dollars.

In February 2010, outlines that Tabar left SPARX to join Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Hong Kong/ New York as the Director and Head of Capital Strategy for Asia-Pacific Region. While at the bank, Tabar was able to build a Rolodex of over 1250 investors thanks to his amazing foresight that enabled the bank to avoid many poorly managed funds.

Come September of 2012, Sam went to Adanac LLC, BVI and became its Director and while there, he put his money into start-ups and investments. Among his topmost ventures is THINX that helps women in Africa and America by providing sanitary solutions women in developing countries. The business specializes in underwear designed for incontinence and mensuration.  This also led to the formation of his own GoFundMe page, in order to further help the people of Africa.

In 2013, Sam joined Schulte Roth and Zabel LLP, New York. He became the senior associate but left the firm in March, 2014 and is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Fully Cycle dealing with tax matters.

In conclusion, Tabar’s interest in business and legal field has seen him become one of the most sought after professionals. In nearly all the places he has worked, he provided a huge number of rolodex that brought in highly experienced investors.