Laidlaw & Company Are Involved with an Intriguing Mystery

Posted by SS Admin on August 17, 2016 in Investing |

Like a lot of people I’ve always loved mysteries. The pages of fiction are where I usually get my latest fix of mystery and intrigue. But every now and then a real life mystery speaks to my inner detective. Though this might be the first instance I can think of where it was more about the economics of research funding procedure than anything more human interest. And the main reason is that economics and research are the main banner between the legal fight between Laidlaw & Company and Relmada Therapeutics. Laidlaw, the banking firm, had been financing Relmada’s medical research on new medications for chronic pain. As such they felt some measure of control was deserved. But what makes this really interesting is that the judge ordered a temporary restraining order and associated injunction against Laidlaw.

There’s few things more interesting than a case where information has been sealed away. So I jumped into the role of digital detective and began looking for more information online. The first stop was to investigate the party which was now least able to speak for itself. I loaded up Laidlaw’s website in an attempt to learn more about them. And I was immensely pleased by what I found. Laidlaw has a style and history which can’t be denied. Amazingly enough they fit right in with the writing of Doyle himself. The company actually existed and functioned within the Victorian period of Europe. Knowing they were around back then really lended them a certain gravitas for me.

But the human element is what really convinced me that the company was probably in the right. Or at least acting with positive intent. In particular, I was impressed by the representation the company’s executives had within the site. Matthew Eitner and James Ahern were particularly impressive in how open they were about their life. It was clear that the company wasn’t working to fund medical research for pure profit alone. Both men were involved with charity and medical works to the point where it was clear their hearts were in the right place. And given their leadership role within Laidlaw I think it’s safe to say that it’s the corporate viewpoint as well.


Susan McGalla: Women can make it in the business world

Posted by SS Admin on August 15, 2016 in Business News |

Despite many women rising on top of their careers in different fields, some women are still not aware of what they can do to achieve or be successful on ireport.cnn.com. In these modern times, unequal pay or even inequality and even few women in the boardroom is something that has been taken care of. Many governments, as well as non-governmental organizations, have take steps to tackle the problem of gender inequality in workplaces.

Despite the issue of gender discrimination and inequality, various women have shown that they can be leaders and can be up to the challenge on Bloomberg. Because of their ability to blend into various roles, women are doing well in the corporate world. Women have also gone ahead and established their companies and ventures. A good scenario where women have made a name for themselves is in the business world. In the past, this field was dominated by men.

A good example of a woman who has made her name in the business world is Susan McGalla. Women like Susan act as role models for any woman or young girls aspiring to make it in the business world. The innate skills that these women exude are very crucial for any success in the managerial world. These women are good at networking, an important skill to succeed in the corporate world.

Susan knows what it takes to rise to the top position and also maintain this position. Susan McGalla believes that hard work, passion as well as confidence and versatility are the traits that every woman aspiring to be successful should have. Susan knows that nothing comes easy and every woman aspiring to be successful should be down to earth.

Susan McGalla is the founder of a company known as P3 executive consulting. This firm is based in Pittsburgh. She is also the Director of Strategic planning and growth for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Her extensive expertise in clothing and retail sector has led her to collaborate with notable figures in the finance sector. These figures are in need of advice on issues relating to marketing, branding as well as product merchandising and talent management. McGalla first worked for the Joseph Horne Company between 1986 and 1994. She later moved to the American Eagles outfit. Since then, she has always stood on her principles about work and ethics. These principles saw her awarded the presidency and chief merchandising officer of the company. Previously, she had been promoted to the president and CMO of the American Eagle brand. McGalla left the company on her terms to establish her consulting firm, but she was convinced to stay. In the year 2011, Susan became the CEO of the company but left later on to pursue her dreams. See: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/09/18/steelers-overhaul-fan-gear-closet-introduce-new-fashion-campaign/


Using Evolution Of Smooth To Have Softer Lips

Posted by SS Admin on August 15, 2016 in Business of Beauty |

Everyone who is trying to take care of their lips needs to make sure that they have something in their pocket that they can use. They have to have something that will work no matter what the weather is like outside, and that is why Evolution of Smooth is such a good idea. It is a special formula that is used to help people add moisture to their lips so that they do not see their lips cracking.
People who have problems with dry and cracked lips have to do something that will make their lips feel better, and they need to use it as much as they can. They cannot sit there hoping that it will get better, and they cannot go with products that are only meant to be used here and there. Using the products often is the only way to keep lips from getting dry and cracking, and then the person that uses something like Evolution of Smooth has to keep it on them at all times.

The Evolution of Smooth packaging can go in anyone’s pocket or bag, and then they can use it any time they want. This is the power of just one product that will keep lips healthy, and it is important for people to remember that they have to choose things that work for them on all levels. There is no reason to use anything other than the Evolution of Smooth balm. Evolution of Smooth products are available on Walmart.

Lip balm helps people have healthier mouths and lips. The moisture that is added to someone’s lips when they use this product makes them feel better, and it helps them feel better about their smile. They need to keep using it so that they will always feel more comfortable when they smile or when their lips get dry during the day. Fore more information about EOS, visit evolutionofsmooth.com or evolutionofsmooth.com/lip-balm.

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Duda Melzer Efforts to Turn Visions to Reality

Posted by SS Admin on August 12, 2016 in Brazilians |

Recently, Eduardo Sirotsky Melzer popularly identified by his nickname Duda Melzer was chosen as the chief executive officer of RBS group. He is also the chief founder of e.Bricks an investment firm in Brazil. Duda is one of the grandsons of Mauricio Sirotsky Sobrinho who is the founder of RBS Group. For over 12 years, Duda has been working for this firm under different areas. He began his involvement in the family’s business in 2004, where he served as the general manager of the company in the Sao Paulo branch. In 2008, he took over to a higher position which is the vice president position and here he played a critical role in expanding RBS Group national dimension.

His Contribution to RBS Group

Being one of the look at and savvy businessmen, Duda Melzer is dedicated to take this media company to greater and new heights. He believes strongly that passion and abilities of employees in RBS Group will help reap success. With his professional expertise, Duda manages over 6500 employees by overseeing the kind of work they deliver. With the help of Mr. Melzer, RBS Group has achieved impressive results by meeting the needs raised in the Brazilian media market. Despite economic downturns, this firm has continued to grow and provide better media options.

His Early Life

Apart from good leadership skills, Duda has amazing credentials. He managed to earn himself an MBA from famously known Harvard University. He went ahead to spend much of his time working in a media group in New York before going back to Brazil. In addition, he has wide expertise in franchising and so he is well versed with knowledge on retail industry as well as marketing. Through proper management skills and cooperation of employees, RBS has been recognized as one of the top digital companies in Brazil.




Philanthropist Dick DeVos, a Man who Truly Loves Children

Posted by SS Admin on August 10, 2016 in Philanthropic Leaders |

For many Americans, Dick DeVos is not a stranger. He has ventured in many fields with tremendous success, which makes him a bit of a public figure. A graduate of Northwood University, DeVos began his career in 1974 as lower cadre employee of Amway rising to become the vice president of the company in 1984.

Later, in 1991, he became president of a basketball franchise in Orlando before returning to Amway as president in 1993. Moreover, he has held various high profile posts in different institutions. It worth mentioning that in addition to his enviable accomplishments, he is a family man married to Betsy DeVos with whom he has four children and two grandchildren.

What amazes me is the generous heart of DeVos. Together with his wife, they started a family foundation of which he serves as the president. Through it, he has donated a lot of money to religious, civic, educational and artistic causes since 1990. Over twenty institutions have benefited from his foundations’ grants.

Of particular importance is his passion for children. In addition to supporting children from less privileged backgrounds access quality education, he has started an aviation academy in West Michigan. The idea was motivated by his combined love for children and aviation. DeVos is a qualified aircraft pilot. To ensure as many children as possible attend the school, he made sure that it got registered as a public school. He says that he would like children to fly and feel as good as he does when he flies, an experience that will broaden their view of the world.

In addition to starting a school and even mentoring kids in various other schools, DeVos recognizes that there are many more who may not be reached by his support. He, however, would love to see all children get a quality education just as his own. To realize this vision, he started a movement dubbed All Children Matter which advocated for the need to enable parents choose schools for their children.

The initiative was in recognition of the fact that public schools offer poor quality education making kids from low-income families whose parents cannot afford private tuition fees to fail in their exams and live a life below their potential. The movement has since borne fruits with some states including Florida, Louisiana, and Indiana adopting programs that enable poor parents to choose schools for their kids, just like their affluent counterparts. As a result, millions of children have benefited, and millions more are set to take advantage as the program spreads to more states.

Surely DeVos love for poor children is clearly evident in his multidimensional initiatives that he champions, just to see them enjoy quality education. Further information about him can be accessed at: Wikipedia


Tarallucci e Vino; Catering A Taste of Italy in NYC

Posted by SS Admin on August 8, 2016 in italian restaurant NYC |

American Cut
Craving steak? Maybe you’d prefer oysters, crabcakes, blackened chicken or Caesar salad? American Cut has a great selection of mouth-watering dishes to choose from. The warm atmosphere of this beautifully traditional steakhouse is a modernized, throw-back to an earlier era of New York dining. Fox News round-up of ‘Top 5 Steakhouses in the U.S.’ ranked American Cut Tribeca as #1, in 2015 and in 2013, they were awarded as one of the ‘Best Steakhouses in the U.S.’ by Travel+ Leisure. It’s no wonder they’re so well loved with owner/chef Marc Forgione; a winner of Food Network’s ‘The Next Iron Chef’. So come relax, have a cocktail and if you didn’t bring your appetite…you’ll surely find it here!

Gramercy Tavern
Choose between The Tavern or the Dining Room. Walk-ins are welcome at The Tavern’s friendly, casual atmosphere. Unwind with a drink, choose from an a’-la-carte menu or for dinner enjoy a four course tasting menu of unique, new American cuisine. Reservations are recommended for the stylish Dining Room that also offers a’-la-carte at lunch and tasting menus with fixed prices. A Private Dining Room is available, seating up to 22 people. Executive Chef Michael Anthony exploits the local vegetables from Union Square Market to create original, unusual dishes; often incorporating edible flowers! What’s on the menu is usually what’s in season. Also, their unmatched sense of community support reaches to charities such as City Harvest, God’s love We Deliver, Grow NYC and many more. Pleasant atmosphere, great food and caring staff make it clear why patrons have enjoyed Gramercy Tavern since 1994.

Tarallucci e Vino
Terallucci e Vino serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner of traditional Italian retaurant cuisine with modern flare. Before coming to New York, Chef Riccardo Bilotta, from Trieste, Italy had cooked in places such as the 5-star Regina Baglioni Hotel in Rome, La Broche in Madrid and ll Pelicano Hotel in Tuscany. Utilizing nearby Union Square Market’s fresh vegetables, Chef Riccardo’s menu reflects what’s in season. And, Oh my… the pastries! Yes, so many kinds of delicious, decadent pastries baked fresh, daily.
If searching for a place to hold your special event, two different rooms are available to suite your group’s needs: The Mezzanine is a homey room where your guests will relax and enjoy the bar, custom brick tables, antique cabinets, mirrors, beautiful artwork and a comfortable lounge. Perfect for small gatherings of 30 to 80 people, it even boasts a wine cellar that would make any connoisseur envious! The more spacious 6th Floor Loft can be prepared for any kind of event while hosting up to 120 people. It features a bar, custom tables, antique mirrors and gorgeous chandeliers. Offsite catering is also available. Tarallucci e Vino’s team are THE specialist’s when it comes to hosting events. They’re meticulously efficient planners, leaving memorable impressions that exceed client expectations. Let them make your next gathering special.


Stephen Murray: An Impact That Won’t Soon Be Forgotten

Posted by SS Admin on August 8, 2016 in Business, Legacy |

We all hope to live long and healthy lives and make the world a better place that it was when we entered it. Stephen Murray is one of those cases of gone too soon, gone way too soon. His loss, to this day, is still felt by so many people.

That is the kind of man he was and the kind of impact he made on the world. I think we would all aspire to be someone like Stephen Murray.

His legacy, no one can take that away from him, and they certainly can’t take away his accomplishments, as they speak for themselves.

In his career, he was a private equity investor, president and chief executive officer of CCMP Capital, and a philanthropist. For right now, I’m going to focus on his work as a philanthropist, as for me, that is what is sticking with me in the moment and in my heart of hearts.

It takes a special kind of person to be a philanthropist. You have to be unselfish, caring, and you have to truly go the extra mile for people. Quite frankly, not a lot of people have it in them.

They are so focused on themselves and what they can do for themselves that they don’t take the time to even consider someone else or how they are feeling about a certain situation. That is the farthest thing from their mind. Stephen Murray, however, was different. He was a thoughtful man that spent many days and nights thinking about how he could help people and the difference he could make on their lives.

It was very important to him and something he discussed at length with his four children and his wife.

That is why he was so proud of the work he did for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York, Boston College, the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, Stamford Museum, and Columbia Business School. It should be noted that he never did any of this to get attention or feel good about himself.

That was never the reason behind his moves or his motives. His intentions were one hundred and ten percent pure. I truly believe people picked up on that and knew he was an authentic and real person. Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital: http://www.wsj.com/articles/ccmp-capital-advisors-gets-backing-to-resume-investing-from-fund-1430946145

There was nothing phony or artificial about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital. Everything he did, he did it from his heart and he did it the right way all the up until his untimely passing.


NutriMost Results Are Unique to Their Products

Posted by SS Admin on July 25, 2016 in Weight Loss |

The recent use of the same materials used to promote the popular NutriMost health system by a competitor has been confusing for those interested in the brand. The theft of materials happened without immediate recognition by NutriMost, but it didn’t take long considering the material was not altered at all except to change product photos and names. Because of the patents and special technology that is used in the NutriMost products, individuals that saw the competitors video materials may have become confused about who actually created the unique formula.

NutriMost is known for the special formula that makes it possible for individuals to quickly and safely lose weight while maintaining their health. Every user has a unique metabolic system and it is that metabolic system that the products are able to aid nutritionists in determining exactly how the products can benefit each person.

While most users experience average results, there are some really incredible stories of user losing weight over the span of several months. For this reason it was really important to the brand that their competition stop using the same advertising materials because there was no way for them to know how alternate products worked.

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Better Reputation Helps Your Business Get Respect

Posted by SS Admin on July 20, 2016 in Social Media, Technology |

Reputation is of vital importance in the world of business. Social media sites like Yelp and Facebook have made it easier than ever for customers to review a business, which allows companies to establish a reputation rather quickly.

The extreme importance of reputation also applies to individuals. A questionable Facebook status or blog post can be easily accessed by employers. Tiny screw-ups like these can negate the years of hard work and preparation that a person puts into his or her career.

In light of this problem, online reputation management (ORM) services have developed. These companies monitor your websites to prevent any type of information that could damage your personal brand. Hiring one of these companies can help a person or business combat problems before they have a negative effect on earnings. In that sense, hiring an ORM service can be a very savvy way to increase profits.

Among the ORM’s that have developed in the past decade, the firm Better Reputation proves to be a quality choice.

On its website, the business lists its objectives very clearly. At Better Reputation, the company respects that your brand is your most valuable asset. They believe that one status, shared article or blog post does not comprise the entirety of a person’s value. Therefore, the company works hard to provide a service that lets customers and employers create a social media feed that best conveys their strengths.

All employees at Better Reputation are US-based, and the business provides its first quote absolutely free.

If you want to take the vital step of improving your brand’s reputation, Better Reputation is one of the premier Internet Reputation Management firms that can help you get recognized appropriately.

Source: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/7869-choosing-a-reputation-management-service.html


Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth Said The Impact of the California Drought in 2015 Was Challenging

Posted by SS Admin on July 19, 2016 in Press Play, Skydiving |

California ski resorts lost millions of dollars in 2015 thanks to the drought that has been hanging around the state for the last four years. The National Weather Service is always making fairly accurate predictions about rainfall and snowfall, but 2015 was one of those years that even surprised them.

California ski resorts like Badger Pass, Dodge Ridge, Donner Ski Ranch, Mountain High, Soda Springs, China Peak, Mount Shasta, Mt. Baldy and Tahoe Donner closed early in 2015 because the slopes were snowless. Even Squaw Valley, one of the 20 best ski resorts in the world, felt the pain of no snow in 2015.

CEO Andy Wirth has been in the ski resort business for more than 20 years, and he told Madeline Brand during a recent interview that 2015 was one of the worst years on record for the ski industry.
Andy Wirth was a guest on Brand’s KCRW radio show, Press Play with Madeline Brand. Andy had a lot to say about the ski resort industry and the impact of the four-year California drought. Wirth told Brand that Squaw Valley is large enough to survive several more drought years, but he’s not excited about that possibility.

Thanks to 70 years of excellent management by the Cushing family, Squaw Valley is financially sound and has the technology in place to ride out the drought. Wirth said his resort had more than 4,000 acres of snow in 2015. The resort kept snow on the slopes using their man-made version when they had to use it.

The interesting fact about the ski industry is most skiers like to travel to different slopes every year, so they always find a resort that has enough snow for them to enjoy.

Thanks to Squaw Valley’s reputation and the $70 million renovations that took place in 2010, people from all over the world come to the resort for a variety of reason during the season. The Lake Tahoe area is one of the most popular areas of California, so visitors have a lot to do if they don’t ski.

But as Andy Wirth points out, the resort is profitable when the slopes are full, and 2015 wasn’t a year for full slopes. Revenues were down by 20 percent, and the board of directors of the resort doesn’t like to hear numbers like that. But Wirth is a seasoned ski resort manager, and he knows how to be profitable. He spent 20 years with Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation.

He is a graduate of Colorado State University and Edinburgh University in Scotland. He knows how to run a ski resort in good times and in bad. He also knows how to donate his time and money to several non-profit organizations in the Lake Tahoe Area.

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