“Dr. Mark McKenna’s is Impressive Business Ventures”

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Dr. Mark Mckenna is a Louisiana native hailing from New Orleans. Tulane University Medical School was the start of his pursuit for furthering himself in education. After Dr. Mckenna’s graduation from Tulane University Medical School, he went on to receive his licensure in Medicine and Surgery by the following State Boards of Medical Examiners: Florida and Georgia. Dr. Mckenna’s graduation was the beginning of his professional advancements, as he went on to launch a franchised real estate developmental firm named McKenna Venture Investments. The company started off small, but it opened doors; allowing Mr. Mckenna the opportunity to expand his brand and open up companies such as Uptown Title, Inc and Universal Mortgage Lending, employing over 50 people.

As a real estate businessman, Dr. Mark Mckenna began making a name for himself. He launched a successful business in New Orleans and as it grew, but devastation soon followed. Hurricane Katrina struck causing Mr. Mckenna to lose millions and rethink his business ventures. Mr. Mckenna used his knowledge in real estate as he indeed helped with the rebuilding and redevelopment of the lower socioeconomic income housing in New Orleans. Upon completion of the new housing, Dr. Mark Mckenna knew it was time to relocate and start over. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he created the successful company, ShapeMed. ShapeMed is a medical practice based around aesthetic and wellness. Life Time Fitness Inc. caught wind of the company and purchased it from Dr. Mark Mckenna. This purchase allowed Mr. Mckenna to serve on the board of his newly sold company as a National Medical Director.

Dr. Mark Mckenna has used his ideas at ShapeMed and advanced them for the startup of a new company. Mark Mckenna’s newest venture is called OVME. OVME is an app that connects freelance practitioners with customers. The idea of OVME is having freelance practitioners making house calls, doing cosmetic medical procedures whenever they receive a request. This app will be similar to that of Uber, because it will connect providers across the country with customers that need certain cosmetic procedures. A medical provider will have clients at the push of a button and customers will be able to access cosmetic physicians without having to worry about the paperwork and scheduling conflicts that comes with doctor visits. OVME is the future of cosmetic procedures and it’s captain, Mark Mckenna, is ready to see how far this ship can go.

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Sweetgreen: As Told by Nathaniel Ru

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Every time society embraces a new trend, hundreds of new companies pop up overnight. Lately, the country’s been on a health craze, meaning a lot of new healthy restaurants have popped up overnight. Most of them barely survive, usually because of celebrity press, but some survive on their own merit.

Sweetgreen is one of those new restaurants. The high-end salad chain opened its first store in 2007. Since then, co-CEO Nathaniel Ru’s been present at all of 40 locations’ openings. In Ru’s words, Sweetgreen is unlike any other restaurant because they stand for something more than profit.

There’s a lot that other legacy restaurants could learn from Sweetgreen. While most people wait for trends to take over, Sweetgreen starts them. Before the world caught on to the technology craze, Sweetgreen already implemented several features that allowed customers to use technology to place and receive orders via a website or mobile app. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://fortune.com/2016/02/18/sweetgreen-entrepreneurs/ and https://www.bizjournals.com/losangeles/potmsearch/detail/submission/6435405/Nathaniel_Ru

With technology as part of the company’s DNA, it ensured Sweetgreen’s spot on the map. Once they were on the map, they needed to figure out a new way to lead their company. The co-founders didn’t want to go the traditional corporate headquarters route. Instead, they created their own bicoastal management strategies.

They’ve come a long way since their first restaurant in Georgetown. Shortly after graduating, they wanted to start their entrepreneurial careers. The first step: identifying marketing opportunities that they could afford to pursue. Upon close inspection, they found that Georgetown lacked any healthy eating options, particularly, near campus.

Their first store was on campus and tailored directly to students. Thanks to their use of technology, the younger generation picked up on Sweetgreen’s vibe early on. The company did well until winter break when most of the students leave on vacation. Yet, Sweetgreen found a way to survive the dry spell. Read more: Nathaniel Ru | Crunchbase and Nathaniel Ru Blazes a Trail in The Height Food Industry | Affiliate Dork

It’s also extremely important that restaurant owners determine why people should visit their store. Most food chains cluster around corporate offices, hoping to attract lunch-time diners. That method works well as long as the number of restaurants stays low and competitive. Too much competition and no one makes money.

Sweetgreen thought it’d better if they focused on becoming a part of the community. They look for affluent neighborhoods that are more likely to welcome a healthy restaurant.