One of the most respected companies in the financial world of the United States is Highland Capital Management. The company was co-founded by James Dondero in the year 1993 and is today a firm that manages close to $20 billion. It is one of the most successful financial services corporations in the United States today and is SEC-registered. The company also has one of the most diverse ranges of financial products and services on offer, mainly specializing in credit strategies. Highland Capital Management is known for providing an expert financial advisor to many different companies. It provides collateralized loan obligations, institutional services, retirement planning products and services, annuities, and more. Such comprehensive range of products and services from one company is what makes Highland Capital Management so lucrative in the financial market today.
James Dondero has been associated with the financial industry for over three decades. It is his experience that he brings to the fore when devising business strategies for Highland Capital Management. The company has grown substantially over the years and continues to proliferate under the leadership of James Dondero. The company also has a huge list of international clientele and has offices in Seoul and Singapore as well. With offices spread across the globe, the company is expected to penetrate deep into the global financial markets soon. James Dondero aims to make Highland Capital Management a global player in the financial market. He also plays an active role in devising new financial products and is the President of the Institutional Products at Highland Capital Management.
James Dondero has served many different firms during his career span, including the famous JP Morgan and American Express. Working with some of the top financial executives at the best financial companies helped him gain the experience and expertise necessary to start his firm. It is how the Highland Capital Management started off. Today, it is one of the premier financial institutions globally and is growing substantially under the supervision of James Dondero. He aims to make it a preferred financial services provider the world over, and at the pace at which it is growing, the day is near when his vision would turn into a reality.
The Founder and managing director of Honey Birdette the Lingerie Brand has acknowledged that there is polarization of the much-discussed brand. She has however dismissed the criticism of the brand’s flash mob that supports equality in marriage. Recently, 60 employees and models of Honey Birdette took to the Sydney CBD streets to show their support for marriage equality which was ahead of the controversial postal plebiscite by the federal government. The workers of Honey Birdette and models who wore the brand’s lingerie walked from the Pitt Street Mall to Martin Place and carried signs that had messages “make love not Plebiscite” and also #freethenipple.
The event was live streamed by Honey Birdette and it drew messages of criticism and support from their customers. Some customers stated that they loved a company that has the ability to form an opinion and also hold itself accountable for the issues that affect its customers as well as affiliates. While speaking to SmartCompany, Eloise Monaghan who is the Managing Director and founder of Honey Birdette said that she was not shocked by the criticism about the flash mob.
Honey Birdette also became the talk of town after it put up a raunchy ad for their lingerie. The ad has been put up in Rundle Mall and it seems that not all people are welcoming the attention. The Honey Birdette lingerie store has put up 2 posters on the windows of its shop which features women wearing a new range of innerwear and the nipple of one of the models is visible. Some customers have agreed that posted advertisement could possibly offend some people. Other people said that they would wish to purchase such lingerie and put them on for their partners while other said that it would be inappropriate for small kids. The store manager of Honey Birdette however stated that the company had not gotten any complaints about the advertisement.
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The franchisee of Sushi Itto, Omar Yunes, emerged the winner in the 2015’s edition of the Best Franchise of the World, which took place in the city of Florence, Italy. The coveted price was granted to Yunes in recognition of his contribution to the Sushi Itto franchise.
When accepting the top price, Yunes was happy to reveal how proud he was to have emerged the overall winner. He emphasized that despite him being the representative of the brand, the reality was that the price belonged to the 400 employees working under the 13 units he managed, which constitute 10% of the total units owned by Sushi Itto. He also acknowledged the brand as a contributing factor to his win as it enabled him and his team to innovate.
Representatives from different countries participated in the competition, including France, Mexico, Argentina, Hungary, Portugal and the host country, Italy, among others. Mexico had two representatives, including Omar Yunis of Sushi Itto and Ivan Tamer, franchisee of Prendamex. To decide the winner, various aspects were evaluated based on each franchisee’s effect on their respective networks. They included:
• The franchisees’ contribution to their network in terms of knowledge
• The amount of influence they had on his network
• Amount of savings they had executed
• What strategies they used to motivate employees
• How much invoice they had
• The enhancements they had suggested to the model
Following Yunis’ win, the CEO of Sushi Itto, Benjamin Cancelmo, said that the brand considered such awards as a demonstration of the collaboration of the employees to offer their customers with exceptional service, outstanding hospitality and extraordinary flavor.
Omar Yunes is a Mexican investor, who serves as a franchisee in the Japanese food service network, Sushi Itto. He runs at least 13 franchises located in the Mexico City, Puebla and Veracruz. There are over 400 employees who work under him, and Yunes has persistently motivated them with better remuneration to ensure that the company accomplishes its goal. Due to his contribution in the food industry, Yunes has had the privilege of winning a number of awards in the annual Best Franchisee of the World competitions.
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Honey Birdette is an Australian based boutique that specializes in all things lingerie. This sultry brand, founded by stealthy entrepreneur and Creative Director Eloise Monaghan, was founded in 2006 in the most populated metropolitan city of Australia Brisbane. It all started simply with a glass of champagne and a conversation between two close friends. Differing from other popular lingerie boutiques Honey Birdette offers a deeper and naughtier escape into the bedroom. Behind their “Glossy Black Doors” lies a sexy and playful look into the Pleasure Parlour. Here you will find not only lingerie for every occasion but also a healthy variety of candles, cuffs, collars, harnesses among a range other playful toys. All served with a glass of champagne of course.
In the last 12 months, however, the sultry brand has increased their United States online sales by a whopping 374 percent. In lieu of the recent commendable success, Honey Birdette has disclosed their new goal to expand their United Kingdom retail portfolio from a mere 3 stores to an impressive 40 in just the next year alone! This new direction is also leading the brand to completely rejuvenate its platform by enhancing the consumer experience by producing faster delivery, easier returns and an even larger product range for its US consumers. Honey Birdette has already set eyes on US retail openings and has already revealed the 10 more stores set up for grand openings in the UK. These stores include the selected cities of Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool, and Westfield Stratford.
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When Cassio Audi was just young, he had to work very hard to make sure that he was doing things the right way. He was confident in his music skills and knew that he would one day be successful at music if he just continued working hard and doing his best while he was playing. For Cassio Audi to be able to do this, he had to rely on the band members that he also played with. He knew that this was something that would make a difference and that it was something that he could use to be able to grow later on in his life.
For Cassio Audi to try these things, he had to step outside of his comfort zone. One of the biggest things that he did was make sure that he was helping people out with the experiences that they could have for their own music listening enjoyment. For Cassio Audi to be able to do all of this, he had to try and show people what he was missing. It was something that made sense to Cassio Audi and something that made it easy for him to make all of the right choices no matter what.
Now that Cassio Audi is no longer in Viper and is not really doing anything with the music world, he thinks fondly of his days in music. He remembers how they won awards, had top songs and rose to international status through their music. He knows that Viper was a great experience for him to have and it was something that changed the way that he did things. He even thought that it was helpful for his career later in life while he was learning how to function in the adult world and doing different work or career things.
Omar Yunes is the pleased proprietor of 13 establishment units of Sushi Itto, one of the profoundly well known Japanese fast food chains in the nation. The fast food establishments claimed by Omar Yunes are situated crosswise over Mexico City, Puebla, and Veracruz. Omar Yunes is considered among the best business people in the eatery business in Mexico because of the huge achievement he has accomplished in a brief period. He began the principal establishment of Sushi Itto when he was only 21, and today he has extended his business to 13 establishment units and plans to grow his business facilitate by opening numerous more units sooner rather than later.
As of late, Omar Yunes was granted the Best Franchisee in the World in an opposition held in Florence, Italy. Omar Yunes was exceedingly eager to win the honor as it would put him over the eatery business in the nation, and furthermore convey prominence to his business. Notwithstanding, he kept in mind to give credit where its due and specified that he has gotten the honor because of the diligent work and assurance to serve his 400 representatives working at his 13 Sushi itto eateries. Omar Yunes has endeavored to keep up the most elevated standard of cleanliness, cleanliness, and conveying quality nourishment to the clients. He actually screens the different benchmarks and parts of keeping up the eatery at every last unit he possesses and continues setting out to oversee every unit.
The Best Franchisee in the World Competition’s coordinator, Diego Elizarrarras, said to the press that Omar Yunes turned out as a reasonable champ when his business was screened and investigated on different parameters. Not exclusively did he enhanced the brand, additionally figured out how to develop his business financially finished the years. He additionally included that Omar Yunes has outperformed every other contender by a long shot on every one of the parameters that were assessed, which incorporated clients’ criticism, financial development, business volume development, consumer loyalty, cleanliness and cleanliness, client benefit, nature of staff, inside administration, and then some.
Omar Yunes is exceedingly enthusiastic about what he does, and it plainly reflects in the establishment units he possesses and how it works.
Cassio Audi is a company experienced company executive whose vast experience, solid academic background and multiple skills and talents have fine-tuned him for professional success. He is not only a bilingual with proficiency in Spanish and English; he is also an excellent project planner and strategic planner. His open leadership style and cross-functional team leadership skills make him an excellent corporate leader. He is also an excellent change manager and financial planner with a keen eye for company valuation, valuation and carrying out due diligence.
These skills have enabled him excel as a specialist in startups. His specialization in startups saw him lead the process the restructuring and reorganization of a startup in Brazil. The move saw the company value rise exponentially during his tenure at the company’s financial docket. Cassio Audi’s efforts also saw Gillette (Brazil) increase in value during his tenure at the company, which attracted the attention of P&G. P&G bought the company as a result. He also excelled in his role as a senior financial analyst at Dow Chemical and across various companies where he worked in the financial docket including Brookfield Brasil Real Estate Partners Inc. and JP Morgan Chase where his decades of experience began in 1992.
Academic Background and Interest in Music
Cassio Audi holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Universidade Católica de São Paulo where he graduated in 1994. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Universidade de São Paulo where he graduated from in 2000.
Other than corporate management and financial services advisory, Cassio Audi also has a strong passion for music having played the drums for Vipers. He performed with the pop and rock band for close to four years before from 1985 before leaving in 1989. He not only played the drums; he was a song writer and arranger. He joined the band in 2016 in a live performance of one of the songs he helped write, arrange and perform.
One hundred and forty-seven million dollars may sound astronomical, but that is the figure that Highland Capital has injected into its new healthcare fund albeit with some backing from South Korea NPS.
Founded in 1990 by James Dondero and Mark Okada, in a joint venture with Proactive Life Insurance, the two directors have continued to steer the company’s growth and expansion. Such huge leaps in expansion have been fueled by the burning desire to conquering fixed income markets. Today the company which has its headquarters in Dallas, Texas, is also present in New York City, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Seoul with an employee base of over 180 men and women.
Highland Capital offers services that include pension plans and endowments but not limited to these, and is continuously seeking new opportunities while safeguarding client interests and investments. The new health fund, Highland’s Capital latest investment, aims at North America’s and Asia’s middle market. Matt Jameson, The managing director and the co-head of private equity at the firm, said: “The healthcare industry in the U.S. faces a number of disruptive forces that acutely affect companies in the middle market.” This fund will certainly come in handy here.
While Highland Capital specializes in credit strategies as well as alternative investments, probably it is the company’s philanthropic projects that the directors are most proud of with an annual budget of over Three Million Dollars! These funds are managed by Mary Jalonick, President, and CEO of Dallas Foundation. Some of the charities supported by Highland Capital include American Heart Foundation, Museum of Nature and Science and Capital for Kids.
Highland Capital is “Experienced, Disciplined and Bold.”
Bruce Bent II is the current Vice Chairperson of Double Rock Corporation. His entrepreneurial drive motivated Bruce Bent’s idea to invent Double Rock. Bruce developed some of the most relevant and influential products in technological development. Some of the products include an enhanced cash sweep system and improved FDIC insured programs. Bruce Bent’s invention has helped develop the FDIC insured management of funds. Currently, the cash management landscape of FDIC is one of the most successful in the business industry. The cash management receives over $1 trillion.
Bruce Bent II has other leadership positions in Double Rock Corporation. Bruce is the senior executive to each of the subsidiary companies of Double Rock. The subsidiary companies include Access Control Advantage and the Island Intellectual Property. Access Control Advantage group has brought several innovative developments to the retirement market. Island Intellectual Property LLC is a financial service industry that engages in patent licensing. Under the leadership of Bruce Bent II, the two firms have been widely recognized in their specific markets as innovators.
Before establishing Double Rock Corporation, Bruce Bent II was the President of The Reserve. The Reserve’s headquarter in New York. The Reserve was one of the most productive companies in New York. It employed over 300 people including professionals in sales nationwide. Bruce Bent’s management skills provided The Reserve with a platform to improve its product and distribution channels.
Bruce Bent has participated in various entrepreneurial ventures. Bruce has taken part in asset management, financial technologies, business consulting, intellectual property and consumer goods. Bent values working with young people. Bent is a member of a peer networking group known as Young President’s Organization. This organization connects almost 10,000 young business leaders globally. Bruce Bent’s intention is to pass down his entrepreneurial knowledge and skills to young people who will keep the business industry running.
Bruce Bent’s day at work is fantastic. Bruce states that he can be productive from any place as long as he has his phone and computer. Bruce also values teamwork. Bruce is most excited by the communication trend. Bent believes that communication will evolve and be productive over the years.
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