On New Year’s Eve, many on the east coast stood outside, soaking in the rain and waiting for fireworks. One of them was Mr. New Year’s Eve himself, Ryan Seacrest, ringing in the new year with a couple thousand of his closest friends and Jenny McCarthy. Ever the professional, Ryan Seacrest stood outside in New York City for hours while the city collected over an inch of rain that evening. Now the host of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, Ryan Seacrest bore the elements like a badge of honor. Taking over for the icon, Seacrest himself has filled the shoes impeccably, rolling with the punches as they inevitably come.
Showcasing clothing from his own clothing line, Ryan stayed as warm as possible while still looking fashionable. Ryan launched his own clothing brand, Distinction, with the idea that red carpet fashion doesn’t need to come with a hefty price-tag. With ample experience living in New York City himself, Distinction features items that are fashionable yet functional, keeping customers both warm and stylish. Now the co-host of popular morning show Live with Kelly and Ryan, Ryan has been splitting his time between Los Angeles and New York City, becoming familiar with the cold winters and tough conditions for several years now.
Far from being his only job, Ryan also stays incredibly busy with hosting American Idol as well as his long-running radio show, On Air with Ryan. Ryan discovered his love of media through radio and it has been an avenue that he has steadfastly pursued no matter how busy he gets. He is so passionate about the benefits of radio that his charity work, The Ryan Seacrest Foundation, is dedicated to bringing media centers to children’s hospitals. The idea behind The Ryan Seacrest Foundation is that these centers open up a creative outlet for children battling illnesses who otherwise would not have had this opportunity. Ryan’s work has gained the attention of many celebrities who have lent their time and support.
JD.com is a retail company that is the largest in China. JD.com has always wanted to open a plant factory but didn’t have the means that’s why they partnered with Mitsubishi Chemical. They partnered together in quest of launching a hydroponic plant factory that is largest now in China. The good thing about the plant is that it will gain from the strategic partnership that the two companies bring. The other thing is that it will benefit from the cutting edge technologies and local infrastructure from the JD’s state-of-the-art. The factory is located on an 11,040 square meter area, and the culture that it incorporates is that of hydroponic culture that has the solar lights and using the artificial lights in the closed seedling production environment.
The things that the company is producing at the moment are cabbage, coriander, spinach, red and green lettuce and more. The benefit that Jingdong will benefit from this new plant is that their customers will have new option to choose from that are fresh, environment-friendly and nutritious. JD.com new plant production will be tracked from the time they are planted to the time they will be delivered to the customer. The reason for this is because of the future that is expected in food production that they will be more transparency. Mainly is China for consumers they will be more concerned about food safety. The consumers at China are more interested with companies that don’t overdo with the fertilizers.
JD.com ensures that the new facility all things are controlled by them, they will have control on the humidity, light, liquid fertilizers and temperature. That will be of help to the company because they will produce high-quality productions and they won’t face seasonal changes. Like the folate that will be contained in spinach is 80%, vitamin C is 32% and 37% of potassium which is more compared to the one that is grown at the field. The technology used in the new facility will reduce any chance of pesticides and agrochemicals so there won’t be any need to wash. The other good thing about the facility is that the production rate is higher doubling the profit in a short period.
OSI Group has been experiencing remarkable growth since the coming of the millennium. Most of these achievements have been spearheaded by the company’s president, David McDonald. David has been with the organization for the last 30 years, something that gives him great experience when it comes to the meat processing industry. He has grown in his career of 30 years with the company being that he started his career at OSI Group. He started his career as a project manager and has developed since to become the company’s chief operating officer as well as the president. OSI Group is an organization that is leading in the industry of food processing.
OSI Group began as a small butchery shop supply meat to the local people in Chicago Suburb which was under a German immigrant. The company started growing to become a major supplier of beef to the first restaurant for McDonald. Over the years, the company grew to become a trendsetter in the industry. Currently, the company has over 65 branches across the world.
David McDonald has been working in the food processing industry right after graduating from the Iowa State University. He studied animal science in the university. Because of his outstanding performance, he was awarded the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award.
Currently, David McDonald is the COO and president of OSI Group, one of the most prestigious privately owned organizations in the United States. He still contributes to the Iowa State community by taking part in the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative in the University. In addition to this, he supports the Alpha Gamma Rho scholarship fund as well as taking part in a significant role in developing internship properties for OSI Group ISU students. He received an award in 2004 called the ISU Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Award for his role in the alumni association. Moreover, he received another award in 2014 called the Iowa State University Foundation’s Emerging Philanthropist Award for his support for the University. David McDonald stays with his wife, Melinda with their six children two of these children are students at ISU.
Presently, OSI Group is an international enterprise which has different operations across the world. The company has over 20,000 employees worldwide within its 65 facilities. In 2016, OSI Group was named by Forbes as the largest private companies in the United States. David McDonald has played a significant role when it comes to the company’s China expansion. In addition to this, he has taken part in the acquisition of Baho Foods.
In 2011, Sahm Adrangi garnered significant recognition for his role in shorting several prominent Chinese businesses, while simultaneously exposing them for fraudulent practices. Since that time, Mr. Adrangi’s name has been commonly associated with short-selling, and recently, his company, Kerrisdale Capital, released a report signifying their intentions regarding the Florida-based land development business, St. Joe Company. St. Joe Company was recently valued at $1 billion, with many excitement accruing concerning their plan to further commercialize the Panama Beach area, creating a retirement destination. Despite these prospects, Sahm Adrangi estimates that this over-hyped and over-valued company is, in fact, only worth about 60 percent of the publicized valuation. The gross misevaluation is coupled with a number of other concerns, including that status of their largest shareholder, as well as stagnation regarding the commercial development of the Panama Beach area. While the Panama Beach area has garnered significant hype in recent times, in all actuality, much of St. Joe Company’s real estate that has yet to be commercialized, is located in remote, and often, swampy areas. This significantly reduces the appeal of St. Joe Company for the foreseeable future.
According to Sahm Adrangi, St. Joe Company is also experiencing a number of issues with their largest shareholder, Fairholme Fund. Today, Fairholme Fund holds 22.7 million shares of St. Joe Company, but with the arrival of new regulations presented by the Securities and Exchange Commission, they could be forced to liquidate 10 million shares by the end of the year. In Sahm Adrangi’s estimation, this is a virtual impossibility, particularly considering that there are not enough trading days left in the year to allow this without negatively affecting the price of each share. Bruce Berkowitz, the chairman of the board at St. Joe Company, as well as the fund manager for Fairholme Fund, presents another problem, as his dual role in each company presents a conflict of interest. If he and the two other dual role board members decide to step down in order to forgo any sanctions, the stock price could face a sharp decline. http://www.worth.com/qa-short-seller-sahm-adrangi/
Stream Energy is an energy company that focuses on giving back to their workers as well as to the community. Stream Cares is their self-made philanthropic organization that works with other non-profit organizations to ensure that displaced residents in the Dallas, Texas area are getting the help that they need. The organization also partners with other non-profit business to reach more people and make a more significant difference. A company whose foundation is built on giving back to their community lets individuals know that they are important. Displacement, or losing your home due to natural disaster can be scary. For some, it can be devastating as they have children to take care of. Stream Energy understands that it can happen to anyone at any given time. Not to mention, since they service the area, some of the individuals facing this turmoil could have been a client. The clients are the force that funds the business. They are the reason that Stream Energy can give back to the community in the first place, which is why it is so important to take care of them the best way possible. When a natural disaster threatens to make life hard for people in the Dallas, Texas area, Stream Energy is there to support their community. One remarkable example of this is Hurricane Harvey. Hurricane Harvey is a storm that will never be forgotten. It flooded most of the Houston, Texas area. Neighborhoods were under water after close to 60 inches of rainfall was dumped at once. A stream will always be remembered as one of the first organizations to come forward and release funding to start the cleanup and recovery process for the area. Let’s not forget that they used their own money earned from energy sales to fund the reconstruction. Philanthropy is at the center of the Stream energy corporation. Generosity is the reason they have such a good reputation with their community. It is why their associates love working for them. Overall, they are changing philanthropy as we all know it today through long-lasting relationships and showing each family and business in the area that help exists.
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GreenSky Credit has been operating since 2006. It was in that year that David Zalik, a child prodigy and serial entrepreneur, had an idea that would potentially allow merchants to increase their sales on big-ticket items by billions of dollars each year. Zalik knew from operating a previous e-consulting businessthat merchants like Home Depot, Benjamin Moore and other sellers of high-end home remodeling, furniture and other items often lost sales due to the simple fact that customers were not competent at assessing the likely price tag on jobs they wanted to do.
The solution Zalik came up with was to facilitate true instant loans at the point of sale. But unlike other forms of retail financing, like in-store financing or installment plans, the loans that Zalik envisioned would be able to be approved at the job site or on a sales call. With this idea in mind, he founded GreenSky Credit in 2006. The model quickly proved itself.
Unlike other fintech startups, GreenSky Credit does not keep any loans on its books. In fact, it doesn’t even really originate loans. The only thing that GreenSky Credit does is line up customers with its partner banks. This incredibly simple model might be easy to write off as being trivial, being an already saturated market or not having a large enough total available market. But Zalik’s genius lay in seeing the huge potential that still existed for high-end loans on niche retail products for customers with excellent credit.
The majority of GreenSky Credit’s customers have excellent FICO scores, usually above 700. This means that the risks that banks incur on these loans tends to be minimal. It also means that from the customer’s perspective, GreenSky can make highly enticing loan offers. Usually, the loan offer that the merchant makes to the customer through the GreenSky interface involved no money down, no payments for a year and zero interest for an introductory period. Zalik says that the vast majority of customers pay back their loans in full before the higher rates and payments kick in.
All told, GreenSky is currently valued at more than $4.5 billion and is murmurring about a possible IPO.
The “C” word (cancer) is one we all dread hearing, whether it be ourselves being diagnosed or a loved one. When people get diagnosed with cancer, the answer is usually fairly standardized. Chemotherapy and radiation are the go-to treatments. Eric Lefkofsky is determined to make a more individualized treatment that is more effective. Eric Lefkofsky is a co-founder and the CEO of Tempus Labs.
Tempus Labs is based in Chicago and was founded in 2015. Tempus Labs is utilizing technology to streamline patient information through digitization and consolidation. They also want to add patient’s molecular data, such as DNA and RNA sequencing, to the files. Each patient’s treatments and response to the treatments is included in these files. In doing this, they hope to find common threads which will help to better inform Doctor’s decisions when it comes to patient care. Doctor’s will be able to find patients with similar molecular data and make better medical decisions for them.
Tempus Labs has been named as one of Chicago’s top ten health technology companies. They have already partnered with almost every National Cancer Institute cancer center, as well as sever other academic institutions and healthcare organizations. Their partners send patients to them for genomic sequencing/ Tempus Labs then creates a personalized report for the patient and sends it back to their doctor. Doctor’s also have access to Tempus Labs operating system.
While Tempus Labs is doing groundbreaking work, Eric Lefkofsky is better known as the founder of Groupon. He has already donated millions to cancer research through the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. He has donated to Stanford University, the University of Michigan, Cornell, and more, all to fund further cancer research. Now Lefkofsky is doing even more to help us get to a cure for cancer.
Eric Lefkofsky was raised in Southfield, Michigan as part of a Jewish family. His dad was an engineer, and his mother was a teacher. Lefkofsky attended the University of Michigan and graduated in 1991 with honors. He then attended the University of Michigan Law School where he received his Juris Doctor.
José Auriemo Neto is a Brazilian businessman. He has served as chairman of the board of representatives for JHSF for a few years. He is also the CEO of JHSF. The man has been an inspiration to his community for many years because of his hard work and dedication to service. Jose Neto is an marvelous leader thanks to his intuition and natural ability to spot a good investment. His first investment was in a parking lot that he built into a parking garage. Later, he built an entire parking company around the parking garage. There were detractors at first, but he sought to prove them wrong. He did. By investing in the plot of land early he was able to raise the value and reap the benefits of increased interest.
JHSF is a real estate holding company. José Auriemo Neto inherited the company from his father and split it with his brother. It has been very successful in its years of operation. The company has landed very lucrative deals with big names in the fashion world. The deals that were crafted with names like Jimmy Choo and Pucci represent a new era for Brazilian shopping. José Auriemo Neto has built luxury retail stores to accommodate the new companies and cater to a crowd of people who enjoy a luxury lifestyle. The beautiful homes and apartments that he has built will serve as a headquarters for tourism and travelers. The luxury hotels and luxury retail stores create a new sense of higher living in Brazil. This is José Auriemo Neto’s goal. He wants to increase the value of his country and bring in new sources of wealth. It has been working.
Recently, José Auriemo Neto signed a deal with Valentino to open a Valentino RED store in Brazil. This will be the first Valentino RED store in the entire country. It has created a huge wave of excitement among residents and visitors. The shopping experience is something that has brought renewed wealth and beauty to the entire country. JHSF will continue to strive for greater developments and more popular retail outlets.