2016 was a good year overall for Wall Street, but few equity funds can top the performance of Highland Capital’s Small Cap Equity Fund. That small-cap stock fund focus on energy stocks gave it a return of nearly three times the return of the S&P 500 Index. While the Small Cap fund is just a small part of the $15.4 billion managed by the Dallas-based Highland Capital Management, it’s a high-profile fund that is a good indicator of how the company’s other funds may fare.
There are two ways a capital management firm can respond to having a great performing year. It can sit back on its laurels and hope things will continue for another year. Or it can look for the next wave to ride, the next under-performing sector to focus on in the upcoming year.
Highland Capital’s Small Cap Equity Fund is managed by James Dondero, president and co-founder of Highland Capital, and Michael Gregory, a chief investment officer at the firm. They’ve opted to seek out the next under-performing sector likely to explode in the next several years. And according to Gregory, they believe that sector in health care.
In a recent interview, Gregory pointed to the ongoing opoid epidemic and the push to quickly approve drugs that are less addictive than opoids. There are also several pharmaceutical firms bringing new drugs to the market to help with opoid addiction. He says insurance companies are more willing to approve the use of these drugs than in recent years and this increase in the market will bring a big upside to a number of under-valued health companies.
Omar Yunes emerged top in a 2015 competition in the franchise world. This contest was held in Florence, Italy on the 5th of December. Omar Yunes is a franchisee of Sushi Itto a Japanese chain of restaurants and won because of his contribution to the Sushi Itto brand. The completion attracted representatives from 34 countries that included France, Hungary, Mexico, and Portugal.
Starting out at the age of 21 he now owns 13 units that are located in Mexico City, Veracruz, and Puebla. Omar feels that his success at the competition is owed to the 400 people he employs at his 13 units and the room that the brand allows for innovation. The competitors were appraised on things like the extent to which they had impacted the network, their input as regards knowledge, savings they had made, employee motivation and improvements they may have suggested to their respective models.
The Sushi Itto CEO showed appreciation for the awards pointing out that the awards showed the mutual efforts to ensure customers receive the best possible service. An organizer of the competition pointed out that Omar received the top award because of his contribution in the Franchiser- Franchisee relationship. He also pointed out the awards had proved that Mexico had taken its rightful place on the international stage.
The second place in the Mexican chapter was won by Ivan tamer who came up with marketing that is used in the Prendamex chain of pawnshops. Representatives from the Universidad Anhuac, sector entrepreneurs, the Mexican Association of Franchises and Entrepreneur made up the jury for the Mexican chapter of the competition.
About Omar Yunes
Omar Yunes is an entrepreneur in his 30’s that has managed to make a success of himself through franchising. He attended IPADE the Universidad Panamericana Business School. He was the general Director at Planta De Ideas as of 20008 and has been Franchisee at Sushi Itto since the year 2000. He enjoys football and supports Pumas de la UNAM and FC Barcelona. He is the son of the Governor of Veracruz Miguel Yunes Linares. He is married to Angela Ruiz.
When you look for a NuoDB service provider you should be looking at one specific element. How does the NuoDB service provider treat you? You should enter into a contract with a NuoDB provider who treats you as more than just a number.
In this day and age, it is easy to fall into the trap of “it is just business”. While this is okay in some ways, it can hinder how you are treated by the provider.
“Never let the provider treat you as a pawn in the chess game they are playing with you right now”.
1) Find someone who treats with respect. Find someone who cares about establishing something long-term with you, not some fly-by-night deal. The support staff needs to support you in everything you do.
2) Talk to the staff before you hire someone. Find out how they treat you in the beginning. Pay attention to the red flags when they appear. Sometimes the first impression of a service provider can tell you everything you need to know.
3) Are you finding some inconstancies when you speak with the provider? Call them out on their actions. Do this before you sign a deal with them. It may be too late for those who chose to wait.
4) Some service providers like to believe you owe them something. Some of them feel you work for them. It is the other way around. Calling them out on their inconstancies lets them know you are not blind.
In a world that is becoming more corporate, it becomes increasingly necessary to put on your “business bonnet”. Sometimes you have to be smarter than the games they play to find a good NuoDB service provider.
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Cancer Treatment Centers in America (CTCA) in partnership with Nanthealth and Allscripts are implementing a technical solution that will be evti enabled. The NantHealth clinical pathway will utilize the latest technology that will involve the integration of Allscripts Sunrise Electronic Health Record (EHR). The clinical pathway programs will be capable of providing seamless, uninterrupted, and efficient clinical workflows. Additionally, the incorporation of direct interface of the clinical operating systems (NAntOS) that is capable of collecting and holding comprehensive cancer care data, will ensure a perfect workflow.
The clinical pathways provide accurate, real-time, and efficient treatment method by eliminating potential errors that might be created by doctors. Designed with the patient welfare in mind, the clinical pathways were made with the latest treatment regimes and contemporary therapies. With the help of sophisticated equipments, oncologists and clinicians will be able to provide a curated list of treatment protocols in real-time. In addition, the integration of evti solutions with Allscripts will allow physicians to obtain information from an un-biased point of view
About Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) are a national network comprising of different hospitals that treats cancer in the US. The centers provide integrated health care to its clients using the modern equipments. The leading cancer treatment centers in Georgia and Florida use up-to-date clinical treatment protocols to educate and provide service in an efficient and reliable way.
CTCA engages with the community in a more diverse way whereby they also give advice on healthy living through some of their programs. The highly trained clinicians offer accurate and quality services. The welfare of their clients is their most important aspect; for this reason, they encourage their patients to take care of their health through organized forums.
While some people may know Cassio Audi for other things, the most dedicated Brazillian metal fans know him as one of the leads of Viper. He worked hard with that group and tried to put out as many songs as possible in the short time that the band was together. He did everything that he could to make things easier for people to listen to the music and always made sure that he was doing what he could to help people have a better understanding of what he was trying to communicate through the music that he was working on.
One of the things that helped Cassio Audi to stand apart from other musicians at that time was the fact that he was doing everything that he could to make Brazillian metal a more popular option. He was not as interested in metal as a whole but was more interested in helping his fellow metal heads get the music that they wanted in Brazil. It was something that set him apart and the band, Viper, apart from the other bands that were playing similar music in different areas of the world. It helped him to have a more successful musical career.
While Cassio Audi and Viper were mostly based out of Brazil, they did begin to do an international tour. This came at a time when the band was ready to stop playing music together but it was something that, essentially, made them international artists. Cassio Audi wanted to continue making music and still plays casually. The other musicians in the band have gone on to other bands and have practiced their music in a variety of different ways. Most of the members have not stayed in touch because of different things but they all remain on good terms with each other.
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The oil and gas exploration business is about to experience a potential game-changing development, as a result of a near 80 year old Mexican ban on offshore drilling in their waters by foreign companies having been recently lifted. In a joint venture, Houston-based Talos Energy and Mexico’s Sierra Oil and Gas began drilling operations in the Sureste Basin, off the State of Tabasco, with potential reserves estimated at 100 to 500 million barrels of crude.
Talos Energy, LLC, is a privately held oil and gas company formed from the fallout of the last financial meltdown. In the best “silver-lining” tradition, president and CEO Tim Duncan has expertly parlayed various acquisitions and research data since that time to ultimately position his company as a leader in a very competitive field. The company is backed by funds affiliated with the private equity giants Apollo Global Management,LLC and Riverstone Holdings, LLC. Most of the company’s exploration and drilling experience has been in the Lower Gulf coast and Gulf of Mexico regions, so they are eminently qualified to expand into the unexplored Mexican waters.
According to various employees at Talos Energy, the corporate atmosphere is very dynamic and invigorating. There is a healthy entrepreneurial spirit that compels even happily retired geoscientists to get back in the game, since the overall goal is to ultimately add value to the company. Somewhat unique in today’s start-up culture, the workplace rewards aren’t perks like Friday happy hour, or on-site day care, but the real,tangible satisfaction of contributing to a growing company where talent at all levels is rewarded, and all ideas are on the table.
With Mexico now motivated by recent economic setbacks in their state-run oil industry, the the subsequent opening of their waters to foreign exploration and drilling puts Talos Energy at the forefront to reap the vast potential rewards.
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Yanni Hufnagel is the assistant basketball coach at the University of Nevada in the men’s category. He developed an interest in basketball since he was young where he often read books about basketball coaching. Yanni Hufnagel attended Cornwell University where he became a basketball manager during his first year.
Yanni Hufnagel also worked as a broadcaster for his local public television where he used to call for games. He has so far gained a lot of reputation in basketball because of his skills and work rate which speaks for itself. Yanni Hufnagel studied at Cornwell University and attained a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a major in Industrial & Labor Relations. He also furthered his education whereby he majored in the field of Adult Higher Education and was awarded a Master’s Degree from Oklahoma.
Yanni Hufnagel has worked in many reputable schools and universities across the United States, thus, acquiring a lot of experience. He has been the Assistant Coach for Harvard Crimson where he worked under Tonny Amaker. He was also an Assistant coach for Alma Mater and Cornwell University. He also he has worked as a Graduate Assistant Coach in Oklahoma for the Sooners men’s basketball team.
He also has served in Vanderbilt Commodores under Coach Kevin Stallings. He currently serves at Nevada Wolf Pack Men’s basketball team where he is the assistant coach to Eric Musselman. One of his great success in coaching career was at Harvard where he saw them rise from position 90 to 30. He also gets the credit for nurturing Blake Griffin.
On top of being a world-class basketball coach, Yanni Hufnagel is also a reputable person when it comes to recruiting new and promising talents. He has experience when it comes to convincing upcoming basketball youngsters as well as nurturing them.
Yanni Hufnagel was born on August 26, 1982, in New York City, and has a Jewish background. His parents were Joni and Thierry Hufnagel. He later attended Scarsdale High School where he played Lacrosse for the school team and was the captain. Before he moved to Cornwell University, Yanni Hufnagel had also attended Pennsylvanian State University for one year. Due to his great experience and track record in the world of basketball, Yanni Hufnagel is certainly one of the best coaches.
As an experienced entrepreneur, Bruce Bent II has been well noted for creating solutions for bankers, dealers, and the retail markets. He has helped to expand FDIC-insured programs with his drive and vision. He currently holds over 60 patents, and he has transformed the cash management landscape of the FDIC into a $1 trillion-dollar industry. It is easy to see why so many hold this man in high regard.
Over the past 17 years, he has proven himself as a CEO and a manager. He managed the spectacular growth of The Reserve, which is one of the FDIC’s cash management businesses. Following the financial crisis of 2008. He organized a liquidation to sell off some of the firm’s subsidiaries. Currently, he serves as vice chairman and president of Double Rock Corporation and Access Control Advantage LLC. These firms are both innovative and known in their markets as pioneers.
Before the financial crisis in 2008, Bent served as the President over the Reserve, which at that time, was one of the largest money-market institutions globally. This organization has more than 300 people on staff, and it is in New York, NY. He managed the assets of the company, which grew from a $4 billion to over $130 million during the 17-year period.
The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and New York Times are just a few of the numerous publications that have featured his work. He has been highlighted in many books about leadership as well. His vast involvement in entrepreneurial ventures has allowed him to gather a peer network of more than 10,000 business leaders. His Bachelor’s of Science degree from Northeastern University was only a stepping stone into his destiny. Though he majored in Philosophy, it was apparent early on that his true calling was in finance and money management.
His father, a Great Neck, New York native, was the inventor of the Reserve Fund back in 1970. It was the brainchild of he and friend Henry B. Brown. With a long line of money management skills in his family, it is no wonder that Bent’s calling would be with finance.
Avaz was founded in 2007, and has since become what The Guardian has called “the globe’s largest and most powerful online activist network”. This network of over 44 million individuals has created a wave of positive change across the globe. How does Avaaz work? How do individuals contribute to this network of activism?
How Does Avaaz Work?
Avaaz is a member-funded nonprofit that unites people across the globe to fight for causes that are important to them. The values guiding Avaaz include an inherent belief in equality as humans, or in the organization’s words, “We are all human beings first”. This value guides each and every campaign. With this value as a foundation, the organization leaves the finer details to the members. Each year, a member poll decides which issues are most important to the Avaaz community. These issues establish a yearly list of priorities. The Avaaz leadership then continues to check in with each and every member through out the year on a weekly basis, to establish what is the most important issue in the moment. Because our world changes so constantly, pressing issues can come up quickly and call for quick action. Through email and response Avaaz headquarters can connect groups, set up campaigns, and funnel protesters into one physical location or direct their calls to politicians in a powerful way.
How Do Individuals Contribute to Avaaz?
Avaaz is completely member-supported. They do not take money from political organizations or large companies, but instead operate in a grassroots way through donations given by many, many individuals across the globe. Individuals contribute funds as well as information. Members can write in about causes that they feel should be funded. Avaaz can then poll the collective to see if there is energy and passion behind that cause. Many of the causes that they work for on a day to day basis are brought up by members. By taking part in campaigns with millions of other people, an individual’s voice can be amplified to the point that it is heard in a powerful way.
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Have you ever felt weighed down by the sheer amount of clutter surrounding you?
Getting rid of our clutter can be difficult, but keeping it around can cause anxiety and affect our daily lives negatively. How do you get rid of the rubbish without too much trouble? The best course of action could be to call in a rubbish clearance service.
While selecting a company to remove your trash you should do a little bit of research into what you need removed, and from where. Is the service required for your home or for your office? What kind of rubbish do you need clearaed? Does the company you’re looking into have the ability to remove it? Then you need to consider the price. It is important to know if the price is calculated by the weight of the load or by the number of trips made to the landfill.
Clearabee Rubbish Clearance has multiple ways to accommodate both home and business removals. Man & Van is exactly what it sounds like: a man arrives with a van and takes away the rubbish. Most types of waste can be removed this way and it is an excellent choice if you have the funds but not the time. If you are limited on funds but have the time to gather the rubbish yourself, Beebags is your best option. Clearabee sends the bags, you fill them with your rubbish, and book a day and time for pick-up. This service is priced by the size of the bags and the type of waste.
Clearabee Rubbish Clearance allows booking online or by phone at your convenience. The pricing for each service is fair, with options for most budgets. The majority of the trash collected is recycled and does not see a landfill, reducing the carbon foot-print. Clearabee offers prompt service to both home owners and business owners, with options ranging from same-day removal to removal up to 12 months later.