Deserving Better vs. Working for Something

In the workforce, there are many types of people. However, the main types of people that occupy the workforce are those who whine about how they deserve more than what they have, and those that understand that they have to start somewhere and work hard to get to where they want to be. They want to make sure that they earn what they get. They understand their requirements and focus on meeting them as opposed to getting “what they deserve”. In a way, they are grateful to have a position. Susan McGalla is one of those that show a will to work as opposed to an entitlement mentality.

Working for something is a lot harder than just demanding special treatment. At the same time, it is more than worth it for the individual who achieves her goals. Susan McGalla knows the value of actually working for something. She has taken the time to learn from different sources the value of hard work. She has also taken the time to learn from people that have went before her in the business that she pursued. Thanks to the information that she has gained, she was able to effectively apply what she has learned and create a successful enterprise for people.

She has always held management positions for companies such as American Eagle Outfitters and Joseph Horne Company. She eventually branched off and started her own company which is known as P3 Executive Consulting. Her company is founded with the purpose of helping with the planning and growth of the Pitsburg Steelers. Of course, she was met with some obstacles and setbacks. Many people who set out to pursue big goals often find themselves faced with an obstacle in their way. The only difference between Susan McGalla and people that fail is that she does not let an obstacle stop her from going after what she wants.

Persistence and a good attitude is the important key to achieving huge goals. Susan McGalla is a great example of someone who is of a sound mind. Other activities and jobs include being a trustee of the University of Pittsburgh. She has a lot of experience and examples that she could teach others. She is also taking people a step towards true equality in that they don’t address each other according to any group that they are a part of. Instead, the individual is looked at on individual terms.

James Dondero the Finance and Investment Fund Genius

James Donero is highly knowledgeable of credit markets as he has over 30 years of experience working in them. Jim Dondero received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. It was here that he received a Bachelor of Science degree in commerce that included majors in accounting and finance. James’ career in the industry began in 1985. From 1985 until 1989 James handled managing roughly 1 billion dollars in funds for the credit card giant American Express.

Before the Credit Card Giant
Before working at American Express, James Dondero completed a financial training program through JP Morgan. James also a certified managerial accountant who has the right to use the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst. From 1989 until 1993 James was the chief investment officer at protective life GIC subsidiary. During his time here he helped cultivates of business from an idea to a company worth over 2 billion dollars.

Then Came Highland Capital Management
In 1993, James co-founded Highland Capital Management. Since 1993, he has served as a co-founder and president of the company. His portfolio management resume includes working with investment grade corporate, high yield bonds, preferred stocks, common stocks, mortgage-backed derivatives as well as emerging market debt. The client base at Highland Capital Management includes governments, financial institutions, foundations, corporations and public pension plans to name a few. Their specialties include credit strategies distressed and special situations collateralized loan obligations and private equity. Currently between Highland Capital Management and their affiliates they managed roughly 21 billion dollars of assets. Their main headquarters are in Dallas Texas, which is where Mr.Dondero now resides. They however also have offices around the globe in Singapore, New York, and Seoul.

Not Just the President of Highland Capital Management
On top of being the president of the company he also serves on many different boards. He is currently the chairperson of Cornerstone Healthcare Group, the chairperson for NexBank and the chairperson for CCS Medical. James also serves on the board of directors for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as well as the Board of Directors for the American Banknote Corporation.

Unparalleled Knowledge and Dedication
James dedication to the finance and credit markets is unparalleled. Looking at his portfolio it is easy to see how he has become the successful business person that he is today. James was an original pioneer that worked with CLO also known as Collateralized Loan Obligation. At Highland, he now oversees operations for retail and institutional products as well as Highland’s investment strategies.

Award Winning Investment Funds
Many of the investment funds that James has worked with throughout his career have received awards and accolades. In 2014, they won several including the Morningstar’s 5-star designation for Global Allocation. The same year they also won the Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities as well as the Morningstar’s #1 ranked Healthcare Long/Short Equity fund.

CCMP Capital Co-Founder Stephen Murray Passes Away

The 1990s saw a number of mergers in the private equity industry involving blue-chip companies such as Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse First Boston. One merger involved Manufacturers Hanover Equity Corporation which merged with Chemical Venture Partners in 1991. In 1996, Chemical Venture Partners became Chase Capital Partners after it had acquired Chase Manhattan Bank. After acquiring J.P. Morgan and Company in 2000, Chase Capital Partners became JP Morgan Partners and in 2005, Stephen Murray became the head of its buyout business. Then in 2006, JP Morgan Partners split from the recently formed banking conglomerate JP Morgan Chase and CCMP Capital was created with its co-founder, Stephen Murray, as its CEO.

Mr. Murray was born in 1962 and received and degree in economics from Boston College and a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia University’s School of Business. He received training as a credit analyst through a program with the Manufacturers Hanover Corporation, and a few years later he went to work for Manufacturers Hanover Equity Corporation. He stayed with Manufacturers Hanover Equity Corporation through all of its mergers and name changes before become the co-founder and CEO of Stephen Murray CCMP Capital on linkedin. He served on the board of a number of major companies including Aramark, AMC Entertainment and The Vitamin Shoppe, and he was known for his philanthropy by donating his time and money to such organizations like the Make-A-Wish foundation of Metro New York and the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. In February of this year, Mr. Murray stepped down as CEO of Stephen Murray CCMP Capital due to health related reason and passed away a month later at the age of 52.

Mr. Murray was known for being an excellent investor and deal maker who co-founded a successful private equity firm. He spent most of his career in private equity and lasted through the numerous mergers, acquisitions and spinouts that were occurring in the industry during 1990s and into the 2000s. Mr. Murray is survived by his wife and four children.

Doe Deere: An Inspirational Businesswoman

Doe Deere, creator and owner of Lime Crime makeup, was recently interviewed about her vision by Stephanie Janetos. Doe Deere can be seen on Instagram, with her brand, Lime Crime showing its vibrant colors. Deere is a business woman and artist, named by Self-Made magazine as one of the Top Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs. She got there by creating Lime Crime on Here are some things Deere had to say about her company.

Deere notes she was an artistic child with a wild imagination which led to the discovery of her brand. She has always been very interested in color, wearing as much color as possible when she was a child. She also used to experiment with her mother’s makeup.

Deere first remembers trying makeup when she was 9. She began with dark pink eyeshadow, doing a cat eye style shadow. She has had both good and bad makeup moments. She claims she was not good at makeup until she was into her 20s. She experimented with different colors and textures even if it may not have turned out too well. She began posting her pictures online in 2006 and created a large following. Two years later, Deere founded her brand, Lime Crime, with already having a following on the internet.

Deere named her brand Lime Crime after her eBay store. She originally liked this name because it used both rhyming and her favorite color, lime. Deere enjoys the word “crime” to represent breaking the rules of makeup and fashion.

Deere claims that having an internet based company has its advantages and hardships. She loves the immediate feedback available on social media. She loves being connected to her customers in that way. The downside, however, is the rumors. Deere says people can anonymously write anything on the internet, whether it is true or not. Deere tries to grow and improve from any criticism she finds online about Lime Crime.

Deere chooses to ignore negative critics, especially when she knows any claim is false or inaccurate. Although she does address legitimate concerns, she ignores anonymous people online who are just being rude. Deere chooses to continue to be inspired by her supporters, whom she refers to as her Unicorns. She does this because she finds that unicorns are different and proud of themselves.

Deere says being named one of the Top Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs was surreal. She hopes to be able to be a role model for women business makers in the future.

Beneful Is Wholesome Goodness That My Dog Loves

It seems a lot easier to care for a dog than it really is, and I have learned the hard way that dogs are somewhat difficult to care for. I’ve never raised anyone or anything before, so having to raise a dog is somewhat of a challenge. My dog is always giving me a problem when I put him in a tub of water, and he gets the entire floor wet. He’s jumped out of the water on a few occasions, and he even turned on the hot water one time, which almost burnt him. The dog did get the hot water on himself, but he got away in time before he was injured.

I didn’t know what it would take for the dog to let me bathe him, but I decided to stop bathing him in the tub in my home, and I chose to get him a portable tub that I could use and bathe him outside. It seems as if when I switched up to bathe him outside, that’s when he decided that he likes taking baths. He would jump in and out of the water, run around the tub, and he was very playful. I started liking my dog more after he would let me bathe him, especially since he did smell bad sometimes.

I take my dog for a walk every day and depending on the weather outside, the dog may sweat and start to smell bad. I’ll bathe him every evening because of the fact that he is overheated, and maybe that’s why he enjoys the cool water so much. The warm weather won’t last very long, but at least in the meantime it makes for a good time when we walk outside. I always walk to the corner store whenever I need to buy dog food, and the food I always buy is Beneful. Beneful has been my favorite dog food since I purchased my dog, and it’s because I see results from it.

I’ll read the ingredients that’s in my own food before I eat it, and I know that protein and carbohydrates are what help to give me energy when I’m eating food. The same way I know what should go into my food is how I know what should go into my dog’s food. Beneful on twitter has wholesome foods that not only helps my dog to have the energy he needs, but my dog also enjoys eating Beneful as well. I’ve even chosen to get Beneful treats, and Beneful also has dental sticks that help to keep my dog’s teeth clean. My dog has had less bad breath since I’ve been giving him Beneful dental sticks, so I’m thankful that Beneful products are so great.

Highland Capital Management Thinks Korea Investors May Lose More Money In Brazil

Brazil has been one of the shinning stars of the investment industry for the last four years. James Dondero the financial expert, and founder of Highland Capital Management on has been involved with Brazilian investments for several years. Dondero thinks Brazil is still a good market, but right now things are a financial mess. Dondero is familiar with the mess that some foreign investments can create. He was the chief financial officer for Protective Life, and he was a fund manager for American Express for several years. During his tenure at American Express he was involved in foreign investments and not all of them produced high returns.

Jim Dondero and Highland Capital know that Brazil is still a good investment, but the recent Korean lost has made some investors very nervous. Korean investors that put money in high-yielding Brazilian bonds lost more than $4.9 billion because of the recent credit rating downgrade. Korean investors weren’t the only investors to lose money on Brazilian bonds, but Korea stands out because of the dollar amount that was wiped out, according to Highland Capital executives. Korean investors’ money has been cut in half since they made initial investments in 2011. Highland Capital fund managers think that Korean investors, as well as other foreign investors, will lose more money if the other agencies downgrade Brazil’s credit rating. That action could happen at any time according to the fund managers. And, if the Federal Reserve raises interest rates the sell-off in emerging markets will add to Brazil’s investment misery.

Highland Capital’s CEO says investment routs like this one aren’t new. Korea lost big in 1998 following the 1997 currency crisis, and hedge funds lost big-time after the 2008 Wall Street meltdown. But even though those financial blows were fresh in the minds of investors, Brazilian bonds were too good to pass up in terms of returns. Brazil was sitting on top of the world when oil prices were $115 a barrel. Brazilian bonds were producing more than 10 percent annual profit, and thanks to a bilateral agreement between Korea and Brazil individual investments in Brazil were tax-free. That’s why most of Brazilian bond holders are individuals from Korea.

Highland Capital executives say things began to change in Brazil in 2009. That’s when the government slapped a 2 percent tax on foreign investments. The tax increased to 6 percent the next year. After the World Cup Games foreign investors started to get out of the Brazilian market. Finally, in 2013, Brazil decided to drop the tax and Korean investors jumped into the market with both of their financial feet. But in 2014, Brazil’s economy started to breakdown, according to Highland Capital’s Dondero. Brazil was hit hard by U.S. shale prices and their number one trading partner, China was importing less from Brazil because of their internal fiasco, according to Dondero.

The Korean loss is not uncommon in the investment world, according to hedge fund managers. That is the nature of the investment game, but Highland Capital has a strategy to prevent those extraordinary losses.

Economists and Financial Planning with Christian Broda

Economists form an important part of the economy as they are obligated to come up with ways of improving efficiency in the handling of resources, predicting future market trends and finding solutions to incumbent economic problems. They employ mathematical and statistical analysis methods integrated with sophisticated programs to make recommendations geared towards economic development. Economists are applicable in a diverse field of career paths in finance, accountancy, marketing and business administration just to mention a few. They apply even in the public sector, for instance in situations where political leaders or the government consult with economists before implementing economic policies for the benefit of the society. Economists are equipped with special skills for measuring a country’s development following the annual GDP and, therefore, suggest ways to manage the situation professionally.

Economists are tasked with carrying out research to come up with facts about fiscal and monetary policy, and specific points of a given country’s economy on which to put more emphasis. From this knowledge, economists acquire the insight needed to find solutions to economic problems. Environments like the stock market that is largely based on the current and yet to come market trends make a great use of economists to know where and when to put a certain amount of investment to register positive returns. Therefore, research is heavily invested in to avoid cases of unnecessary loss.

Christian Broda is an active American economist whose voice has been prominent in the American stock market through his predictions and policies. Christian has a vast knowledge in economics earned over the years he’s been in practice. He got his education from Universidad de San Andres-based in Argentina with masters and Ph.D. in MIT. He is currently affiliated to Duquesne Capital Management where he has facilitated growth for several start-up companies through hedge fund. His contribution to the American economy is through a quarterly journal of Economics where he discusses in depth international finance and trade. In addition to that Christian on forbes has publications in the American Economic Review on his views for financial development. He has also worked at the University as an esteemed professor in Economics. He’s been sure to speak out his mind on matters featuring the economy and stock market and even providing strategies for growth.

Economists often represent their findings in models showing the trends and financial graphs in economic languages easily read by the economy builders like corporations and industries. These patterns are mostly influenced by the change in consumer tastes, the state of the consumers’ pockets and a number of available resources. From this, economists then find ways to deal with these factors to reduce their effect, mostly negative, on the economy of the country. The models, therefore, act as maps for the economic road destination being the country’s development. They are however only implemented if they are proven viable and in agreement with the others presented by similar economic stakeholders. Christian Broda’s as an economist is a motivation to the young aspiring economists globally.

Shaygan Kheradpir’s Main Contributions to Business and Technology Sectors

Shaygan Kheradpir is an expert in business and technology sectors. He has worked at many corporations including GTE Corporation, Barclays, Juniper, and Verizon. His expertise has helped these corporations to launch products that have greatly increased their revenues.

Kheradpir was born on December 19, 1960 and in London, UK. His family later moved to Iran where he grew up. Kheradpir started his education in Iran before joining Aiglon College in Switzerland for his high school education. He later joined Cornell University where he did all his three degrees in electrical engineering. His master’s and doctorate degrees are on system controls.

The first company Shaygan Kheradpir worked for was GTE Laboratories. At the corporation, his duty was to oversee network systems. His hard work and ability to deliver products on schedule made the company to promote him to the Chief Information Officer. As the CIO, he recruited and built the team that developed TONICS, a platform used to control telephone networks. The platform helped the corporation to consolidate and improve the efficiency of its operations. He was also part of the team that developed GTE’s wireless network.

When GTE and Bell Atlantic merged in 2000, Kheradpir was appointed to be the new company’s president of e-business division. The new company, named Verizon, was to combine the operations of the two initial corporations and come up with a powerful telecommunication provider. Kheradpir was again promoted to the position of CIO. At the position, he supervised the development of several products including the popular FiOS, a fiber optic network supporting Phone, Broadband Internet, and HD TV. This was a game changing product in the industy.
The products are attributed to his unique prototype development strategy aimed at developing and testing ideas within thirty days. His team, made up of over 7000 Verizon employees, usually worked till late hours to ensure the strategy succeeded. Another important product he helped develop at Verizon was iobi.

After 11 years at Verizon, Kheradpir was offered a chance to become the Chief Operating Officer of Barclays’ Global Retail & Business bank. At the Barclays, he continued spearheading development of new products. One of his products, mobile payment software called Pingit, saw him being promoted to Barclays’ executive team. In 2014, he left Barclays and joined Juniper Networks as the CEO.

Apart from holding executive positions in business and technology firms, Kheradpir has also been a board member in many organizations. These organizations include National Institute of Standards and Technology, YMCA of Greater New York, and Engineering Council of the Cornell University. Shaygan Kheradpir continues to use his experience and expertise to advise firms operating in media, technology, telecom, and finance fields.

Beneful Expands Their Products Internationally

Leading company, Beneful, is on a mission to share their amazing pet
care products with different individuals across the worldwide. Since their
inception in 2001, this prominent company is revered as the best dog
food provider who continually strives to develop new meals and treats
to appeal to a variety of canines. Their sustained interest in global
expansion is supported with their extensive selection of pet care
products which adhere to the needs of consumers across the region.
Moreover, their comprehensive portfolio of offerings strongly reflects
the company’s philosophy of enjoying a healthy and happy life with pet
owner’s best buddy. Currently, this well-known corporation maintains
offices worldwide and therefore, Beneful’s mission is to precedent
unprecedented dog food to individuals in many cities and countries.

Beneful’s wide range of products are attracting a variety of consumers
across the globe. Although the marketplace is oversaturated with
enticing dog food brands, the corporation’s uniqueness lies in their
extremely knowledgeable ingredient specialists who ensure quality and
safety in every package. Moreover, this strategic corporation proudly
maintains a sophisticated tracking system to monitor the entire meal
formation process. Essentially, the rigorous quality control procedure
involves product safety, sanitation, ingredient specifications, and
manufacturing practices. Similarly, Beneful’s dog foods are highly
regulated by the Federal Drug Association (FDA) , United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA), and many state laws. Notably, these
beneficial strategies are targeted toward consumers who would like to
ensure healthy and beneficial components in every bite.

In addition to providing safe and reliable manufacturing practices,
Beneful also presents an extensive array of appetizing products.
Currently, the company delivers wet and dry dog food as well as
scrumptious treats. As a seasoned company, the ingredient specialist
team is skilled in creating a diverse selection of pet meals to
satisfy every canine’s taste buds. Moreover, the dry dog food
encompasses crunchy kibbles with real accents of vegetables (parsley,
carrots, apples), whole grains (rice), protein (red salmon, red beef,
eggs, red chicken), and omega fatty acids to support overall good
health. Conversely, the wet pet meals include similar ingredients yet
a slightly different texture for a delightful taste. Beneful also
offers delicious treats such as “Healthy Smile Dental Twists,” which
aid in mitigating plaque and tarter build. Similarly, these meal
supplements also strengthen teeth and bones as well as freshens
breath. Remarkably, Beneful’s meticulously formulated dog food
products have greatly contributed to the company’s recognition as the
best pet care brand.

Today, Beneful remains the leader in the canine meal industry and, as
a result, the corporation looks forward to expanding their offerings
more internationally. Unlike their competitors, this renowned company
strives to balance deliciousness with healthy components in all of
their dog food products. Ultimately, Beneful’s mission is to outsmart
mediocre pet care corporations with proven practices supporting a
wellness philosophy: health, nutrition, variety, and happiness. Most
prominently, this unprecedented motto will encourage dogs and owners
to enjoy a happy, productive, and extremely fulfilling life together.

What is social media?

Social media is a means of communication and interaction among people where they share ideas and information in virtual communities and networks. It can also be defined as computer-mediated tools that permit creation and exchange of user-generated content. Since the advent of computers and mobile phones, social media has experienced significant transformations. A good example is the Flipora.

About Flipora

Flipora is a new service that allows users to discover and share online content. It was developed to accommodate new features that enhanced social surfing suggestions and users can now enjoy new sites and content. Formerly referred to as InfoAxe, the service helped users to trace websites they already visited. It is common to find that you earlier found a very interesting site but cannot trace it again. InfoAxe helped users to trace such information and search history.


Facebook is a social network that allows users to create personal and group profiles, upload videos and images, share ideas, and send personalized messages to relatives and friends. Registered users use this service free of charge. Business users might pay some amount to expand their customer base.


Twitter is a microblogging service that permits registered users to share, post and broadcast tweets. Registered members can broadcast their tweets or follow other users using different platforms.


Google Plus is a social network that is designed to facilitate offline interaction as opposed to other media networks. It is a simple platform where registered users can enjoy free services and interaction.


Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia that was collectively created through the efforts of Wikipedians. Registered users are free to create and publish an article on the network. Registration is not mandatory for anyone to edit the articles.


This is a networking site that is designed for business community. Registered users, business guys for this matter, can create and establish a network for individuals they trust.


Reddit is a social news site where stories are curated and promoted by registered users. The site is composed of sub-communities that are commonly referred to as sub Reddits. Sub Reddits consist of topics such as politics, technology and music. Redditors submit stories that are then voted upon by other members of the community. The voting is aimed at developing stories with a higher ranking in the society.


Pinterest is a social website that allows categorizing as well as sharing of images online. If a user clicks on a picture, he or she will be redirected to the primary source.