Dondero Helps Community-Focused Organizations Address Issues in Dallas

James Dondero, President and Co-founder of Highland Capital Management shows compassion to Dallas communities by committing to philanthropic efforts. He’s a long-term supporter of the initiatives in the city involving education, housing, healthcare, and family violence. On October 4th of this year, he announced the investment firm awarded $1 million in a challenge grant to help The Family Place Legacy Campaign raise $2.8 million. Mr. Dondero made the announcement during the 21st Annual Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon held in Dallas, TX at the Hilton Anatole.

The Family Place has successfully raised $13.7 million of the campaign’s goal of $16.5 million. James Dondero and Highland Capital is ensuring the non-profit raises the remaining balance of $2.8 million to complete the campaign challenge. Highland Dallas Foundation administers all of the firm’s financial contributions and obligations to many community focused organizations, including The Family Place. The foundation has already committed to donating $100,000 that match a $200,000 contribution provided by a donor. Highland Dallas is responsible for administering the $1 million grant and to match funds at 50 percent of each donation given between October 2016 and April of next year.

The $16.5 million is funding the construction and operations of the Ann Moody Place, which will include emergency bedrooms, counselling rooms, clinic, hotline center, and job training rooms. Its facility is expected to serve over 2,000 victims each year and contain an onsite child development center and animal shelter. The Family Place Campaign is thankful to have Highland Capital Management and Mr. Dondero support the new Central Dallas Counseling Center. Highland is overjoyed and enthusiastic about the great success of legacy campaign’s initiatives to help families rebuild their lives.

James Dondero has years of expertise as an investment advisor, a businessman, hedge fund manager, capitalist, and philanthropist. Highland Capital donates more than $3 million on an annual basis to multiple charitable organizations in Dallas communities through the Dallas Foundation. Highland Dallas Foundation Inc. was established while Mr. Dondero was working with Dallas Foundation’s CEO and President, Mary Jalonick. The official announcement of Highland Capital Management awarding the $1 million challenge grant was released in October 2016, in a PR Newswire press release.

The New Sapphire Engagement Rings Trend

Sapphire rings and sapphire jewelry have been making a huge comeback in recent years. For hundreds of years, they were the most popular gemstone but they fell out of style and were overshadowed by the diamond and other gemstones. In the last few years, however, sapphires can be seen on some of the world’s most famous people. For example, Kate Middleton is wearing an incredible sapphire engagement ring. She is one of the driving forces behind the reemerging trend.

Sapphires are incredible fine gemstones and have a fire and sparkle that is sure to turn heads. Sapphires come in a rainbow of colors which may come as a surprise many that may assume that sapphires just come in the popular blue color. If you like to express yourself with color but want the quality and beauty of the finest gemstones that will sparkle and shine then you need natural sapphire jewelry. The Natural Sapphire Company has been providing beautiful one of a kind piece of sapphire jewelry for generations. They have everything you could ask for including custom natural sapphire engagement rings.

The Natural Sapphire Company provides only the highest quality natural gemstones that feature incredible cuts and clarity. They offer a wide selection of pre-made collection pieces as well as custom requests. They painstakingly create every creation by hand and take pride in providing the very best and most beautiful sapphire jewelry pieces available. If you have been looking for a unique sapphire engagement ring or another piece of fine jewelry you should check out The Natural Sapphire Company.

Jason Halpern Bringing Tradition to Success

Jason Halpern is a proud real estate developer who cares about tradition. He assumed control of the family business in 2010 and has since invested $500 million in projects around New York. He recently turned a warehouse on 184 Kent Avenue into a luxurious 340 unit luxury apartment complex to the rave reviews of the locals.

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Halpern’s desire to bring a sense of the traditional mixed with luxurious touches has set his firm, JMH Development, apart from other real estate development companies. His efforts with the 185 Kent Avenue project earned him the prestigious 2011 Building Brooklyn Award.
Halpern and his firm are currently involved in multiple projects in New York and have recently expanded into the lucrative and popular Miami real estate market. He proudly states that his firm has completed more that $500 million in projects since 2007. He recently completed the 200 plus room Aloft South Beach hotel project. He also has a condo project under way that is bound to inspire bourbon drinkers everywhere.

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His firm is converting a former Wild Turkey warehouse located in Williamsburg into condominiums.

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What is inspiring about Halpern beside his work ethic and dedication to his firm, is his regard for old world building traditions. He and his firm celebrate the topping out of a project. This is done when the last structural piece of lumber is put in place on a building under construction. This tradition is borrowed from the Scandinavian tradition of having a live tree planted at the top of a new structure. The history is that the tradition is to appease the spirits of the various trees that have been cut down in order to make way for the new building structure.

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Whether you believe in this time-honored traditions or not, Jason Halpern is a developer who is on his way to the top.

Why John Goullet’s Company Has Become Important For IT Professionals

Information technology jobs are starting to become the biggest employment sector in the US, and the IT field is very diverse both in job candidates and talent recruiters. Diversant, LLC is a company that’s helped IT job candidates find employment while saving the cost for various companies looking for those candidates. Currently, it is the largest African American owned IT Staffing firm and is certified as a Minority Business Enterprise. Diversant LLC is run by CEO Gene Waddy and Executive Principal John Goullet. Goullet has seen a lot of changing trends in the workforce, and he’s helped Diversant tackle the challenges of tomorrow’s workforce.

Goullet spent years as an IT consultant himself. He’s from New York and got his bachelor’s degree at Ursinus College, and went to work for several major IT companies including the Computer Sciences Corporation, 3D Information Services, TSR Consultants and Cap Gemini America. At his last place of employment, he was promoted from consultant to IT staffing account executive. In 1994, he decided to start his own IT staffing company, Info Technologies. The company became a big success pairing major clients with IT candidates, and it practically started from scratch and grew to $30 million in profits. Info Technologies even made Inc. Magazines list of fastest growing private companies twice.

In 2010, Goullet met up with Gene Waddy who also had started an IT staffing firm, and the two men found they both had similar goals in mind. They combined Info Technologies with Diversant, Inc. to form Diversant, LLC. The company started out in New Jersey, but it has since grown into many other cities in California, Texas, North Carolina, Missouri and still has plans to launch even more offices. Diversant has many initiatives, including helping former military veterans find work through its STAR program. Diversant also has given back to the community through the Harlem Business Alliance, and helped raise scholarships for college at the Marion P. Thomas charter school.

Capitol Anesthesiology Provides A Wide Variety Of Anesthesia Services

The world of medicine has many areas of focus. One of the most important areas is Anesthesiology, which concerns the administration of anesthesia by qualified providers. In the medical field, anesthesia is the method of choice for handling pain and anxiety before, during and after a surgical procedure. Usually at some point before a surgery, patients will be asked numerous questions concerning the use of anesthesia during the surgical procedure.

People should always be aware of the anesthesia aspect of any surgery that they will be having because it plays a vital role in the success of any surgery. Without proper anesthesia, the pain related to a surgery can be much more than people can deal with or excessive anesthesia can result in medical issues that can be very serious.

Capitol Anesthesiology has a team of professional who provide a wide variety of anesthesia services for people in need of surgery. Some of the various anesthesia areas that Capitol Anesthesiology provides services for include general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, local/Mac anesthesia.

These are the three main classification areas of anesthesia. However, Capitol Anesthesiology also provides anesthesia for specialty situations such as pediatric anesthesia, obstetric anesthesia, and cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesia.

Capitol Anesthesiology is a leader in the anesthesia field. All medical situations that require surgery ultimately will involve an anesthesia professional. This person should be well trained in the field of Anesthesiology. The individual should have a vast understanding of all areas of anesthesia. At Capital Anesthesiology, all professionals on their anesthesia team are trained to handle a wide variety of anesthesia needs.

Lovaganza Brings It’s Traveling Show To The World

The reputation of the Lovaganza foundation is growing as anticipation grows for the series of live events, movies, and animated series the group is looking to bring to the people of the world. Lovaganza hopes to become much more than just a provider of high quality entertainment, but also hopes the people of the world will be inspired by its positive message to become more understanding of the various cultures found in the world; Lovaganza also hopes to provide a basis for improving the standard of life enjoyed by everybody in the world by improving water quality, education, and promoting peace across the planet.

Lovaganza is headed by filmmakers J.F. and Genevieve Gagnon who have recently made their way to London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios to begin working on the musical score for the animated series that will accompany the trilogy of movies known as “The Lovaganza Convoy”. Abbey Road Studios were chosen for their iconic status because of the fact the best technicians and ground breaking equipment have been used on the movies and planned global event from Lovaganza.

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Over the course of recent years Lovaganza have been building up to the release of the trilogy of movies that will form the basis of the work the foundation hopes to complete. “The Lovaganza Convoy” has been created to take in a global approach to movie making that has taken the crew around the world, and allowed a range of well known technicians to work on the three feature films being filmed simultaneously; “Follow Your Sunshine” will be the first release from the trilogy telling the story of a traveling show battling a group of people determined to keep the people of the world from achieving future happiness.

The traveling show theme has been carried on to the work of Lovaganza as the foundation will exhibit the work they have completed via a traditional release and form part of a screening festival that will criss cross the globe. Known as the “Lovaganza Caravan” the group will exhibit the movies and promote the many different cultures of the world through “The Marvelous 12” animated series that will be seen by people across the planet.

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Co-working Spaces Compared To Other Environments

When it comes to pursuing goals, it is important for people to have the space that they need in order to be able to focus on their goals. There are plenty of other environments that people could use in order to pursue their goals of financial independence. However, they are not as effective or conducive to productivity like co-working spaces. Other areas are prone to a lot of problems with people. This is one of the reasons that many people are moving towards shared office spaces. They are more able to focus on what they have to do as opposed to having to deal with many distractions.

 

However, not all shared office spaces are created equally. There are some that are a lot larger and more productive than others. Among the larger shared office spaces with a lot more features is Workville. This company makes sure that there is a lot for people that are interested in getting their business off the ground. With WorkvilleNYC.com, people are able to work from anywhere in the building. People are also able to form partnerships with others as they continue to take the time to build something that is beneficial for both parties.

 

Some of the entities that benefit the most from shared office spaces are small businesses and freelancers. Freelancers are especially helped by the features of shared office spaces. For one thing they have more time to focus on what they are doing so that they can make a living from their work. It takes a lot of work for a freelancer to make the amount of money needed to support himself. For one thing, if the freelancer is able to bring in a lot of focus on what he is doing, then he will be able to replace his full time job.

James Dondero Joins The Board At SMU’s Business School

The Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University is one of the premiere business schools in America, and it welcomes a new board member in James Dondero. This article explains why James’ appointment the school’s board improves education for every student. He is a brilliant businessman committed to the Dallas area, and James wishes to share his expertise with as many young people as possible.

#1: What Does The School Offer?

SMU is a beautiful university with thousands of students who come there for a fine education in their chosen field. Nearly every college under the university’s umbrella is known around the country for its brilliance, and the business school is no exception. Joining the board of directors of the business school is an honor for James Dondero as it is for the school.

#2: What Does James Bring To The School?

James is a modern businessman running a modern company in an industry that will never go out of style. He understands the investment industry better than most, and his firm at Highland Capital Management manages billions of dollars in assets. He may offer students a look at what it means to operate in the 21st Century stock market, and he is quite progressive in his investment practices. Having a man like him on the board makes the university more appealing to savvy business students.

#3: James Wishes To Support The School As Much As Possible

James is known for his philanthropy in the Dallas area, and he give to the school when funds are needed. He may aid the school in more than one way with every new board meeting, write a check to help improve opportunities students and ensure the school raises money well for its business college. He is a versatile man who puts the students first in his role as a board member.

James Dondero’s appointment to the board of directors of the Cox School is an important step in the improvement of Southern Methodist University. He is a committed Dallas resident, hedge fund director and giver to a university dedicated to the enrichment of students.

Additional Sources:

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Jason Halpern’s JMH Development Announces the Topping Off At Aloft South Beach

Jason Halpern is a property developer based in New York. He takes control of the family-run business JMH Development. In 2010, the company made more than $500 million of investments in properties around New York City. They included a 340-luxury apartment and the development of the 184 Kent. The company is responsible for Town Houses in Cobble Hill region in Brooklyn. It has added townhouses to the area. JMH Development and Jason Halpern remain committed to creating innovative and new structures for commercial business space, rental, and luxury throughout Brooklyn area.

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Jason Halpern, the Managing Director of JMH Development, has announced the Aloft South Beach topping off. This is one of the greatest achievements for this world-class renovation. Three companies were involved in the restoration process. The 235-room hotel was scheduled to be opened in Miami Beach in 2015.

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The development, led by JMH Development Company in collaboration with Madden Property Ventures, is one of the ways in which the historic Ankara Motel was reused. The project will also include an eight-story tower. Plaza Construction Company is in charge of the construction process on the project. On the other hand, ADD Company was given the task to ensure the architectural development of the project meets the modern standards. South Aloft Beach was the first newly-constructed hotel to open in South Beach since 2009. The Motel offers larger rooms than its competitors in the Miami Beach.

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Jason Halpern, the Principal Director of JMH Development, said that the company is excited to achieve the topping off of the South Aloft Beach. According to Jason Halpern, the company has a track record of successful events in restoring and restructuring old buildings. For the company, topping off of the building is a significant milestone. For this reason, this is the signal of another project in the same building. The next phase of development has begun. The completion of the Hotel is the ultimate solution.

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The South Aloft Beach offers a prime location that gives you access to the Collins Canal and the Lake Pancoast. This is the water confluences that wrap up the property. It is located in Miami Beach. It is one-hour-drive from the Miami Center for Convention. The hotel has numerous boutiques, restaurants, nightclubs, and the Art Museum.

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Visitants will enjoy the 24-hour fitness center, roof deck lounge, and an outdoor pool. The hotel has more than 3,400-square-feet. For this reason, this is an ideal place to hold social gatherings and business meetings. Moreover, the hotel offers free access to emerging and local artists and their live bands that feature in the XYZ shows. Aloft Hotels have more than 100 hotels under construction. Its presence is felt in more than 14 countries in the world.

Success Of True Value Under Kenneth Goodgame’s Leadership

Kenneth Goodgame has been a senior VP and chief marketing officer at the renowned True Value Hardware Company since 2013. Due to his wide experience in the marketing sector, Kenneth has stood out in the management of profit and loss. His vast knowledge in marketing and management saw him improve the company’s savings from 2 percent to over 10 percent annually by turning around the culture of laid back pace in the company. In addition, he replaced 40 percent of lowest performing buyers and built a high-energy team culture by embracing deep product professionalism.

Kenneth Goodgame initiated an annual advertising investment program called ‘pay for play’ where the company raised over $8M in 2014 and $13M in the following year. This vendor supported strategy allowed suppliers to buy ad space while funding half of the company’s cost of national television program. This was True Value’s first appearance on national TV in 10 years. To this end, the company registered an increase of 8 percent in the number of their clients and marked improvement in retail comps and average ticket amount. In 2015, the company’s average basket ring increased by 9 percent. This was after Kenneth launched 250 SKU EDLP program to retailers where a full margin percent was delivered while prices on the most price sensitive SKUs were lowered.

Other accomplishments made at True Value are hiring POG/JDA management, category rules, full category full management team that included pricing, merchandising SKU investment and visual inventory productivity. The ‘New at True Value’ end cap program that Kenneth created was supported by more than 2800 stores. It became the most successful program based on store participation. Besides managing full P&L successfully, Goodgame oversaw various cross-functional teams create and implement corporate strategies for long-term growth. His role at the company involves marketing, category management, merchandising, pricing, print advertising, global sourcing and private label.

Kenneth Goodgame is an alumnus of the University of Tennessee where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. Previously, he worked for Newell Rubbermaid where he rose through the ranks to become the president and general manager of the company. He also assumed top leadership roles in different companies, including Ace Hardware Corporation, Oak Brook, Techtronic Industries North America, Anderson, and the Home Depot, Atlanta.

Additional Links:

http://xrepublic.net/2016/11/01/the-marketing-expert-kenneth-goodgame/

http://www.cmt.com/artists/kenneth-goodgame/biography/