Anthony ‘Tony’ Petrello: An American Success Story

Anthony ‘Tony’ Petrello is a mathematician, attorney and the highest paid CEO in the United States. His is a uniquely American success story. Born and raised in a working class neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey, he has worked and studied hard and has earned a bachelors degree and a masters degree in math from Yale and a juris doctor from Harvard Law School. He has also spent 5 years working at a prestigious New York law firm and is currently the CEO and chairman of the board of the largest land-based oil and gas drilling company in the world.

Those who have known Tony Petrello all his life say he was a math whiz that spent endless hours working on difficult theorems in high school. When he graduated he earned a scholarship to Yale to study mathematics. There he became a protégé of famed mathematician Professor Serge Lang. After graduating with his degrees in math he decided against an academic career doing groundbreaking work in math that almost everyone had anticipated. Instead he entered Harvard Law School and got his juris doctor.

Petrello then took a job with the New York law firm Baker & McKenzie. Within a few years he became managing director of the firm’s Mew York office. In 1991, after 5 years with the law firm Petrello accepted a job as chief operating officer at Nabors Industries, a prominent client of Baker & McKenzie. The Houston, Texas based oil and gas drilling giant promoted him to president the next year. In 2011 he was promoted again as CEO. The next year he was made board chairman of Nabors Industries. In 2015 the AP identified him as the highest paid CEO. He had gotten over $68.2 million in compensation.

After his premature infant daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Petrello donated $7 million to Texas Children’s Hospital. It was used to build a neurological research center. And Petrello continues to donate to the facility. He’s currently Texas Children’s Hospital’s director. He is also the director of Stewart & Stevenson, LLC as well as MediaOnDemand.com. Anthony ‘Tony’ Petrello has come a long way from his working-class roots in Newark, New Jersey to Nabors Industries headquarters in Houston, Texas. But he remains the same confident math whiz that constantly amazed his teacher and classmates all those years ago. Now he’s also a well-respected CEO and a committed philanthropist.

Read more about Anthony Petrello at http://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/topic/excellence_in_philanthropy/deep_in_the_heart_of_texas

Karl Heideck and Litigation

Karl Heideck explains the litigation process
Karl Heideck explains the litigation process

A litigator represents either side in a civil court case and oversees all phases of the process for their clients. The first step in the litigation process is a Writ of Summons and a Statement of Claim. These and other documents must be filed to initiate the formal legal process. After each party has had his/her chance to express his/her opinion and views in writing, the process of discovery begins. This is where both sides collect information to present in trial. The trial is held in front of a judge and possibly a jury. Finally, the judge or jury makes a legally binding decision.

A litigator must have a Bachelor’s degree in English, history, economics, government, or a subject closely related to the type of law to be practice. A litigator must pass the Law School Admission Test and then earn a Juris Doctor degree. After earning the degree, a litigator must pass the bar exam. Once the bar exam has been passed, the litigator can begin practicing law.

Karl Heideck, from Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, is a perfect example of a litigator. He graduated from Swarthmore College with a Bachelors of Arts in English Language and Literature/Letters. Karl Heideck continued his education at Temple University-Beasley School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor degree in law.

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Karl Heideck has been licensed for seven years. Heideck began his career in 2010 as a Project Attorney at Pepper Hamilton LLP where he specialized in fact investigation, trial, and discovery. In April of 2015, Karl Heideck accepted a job as a Contract Attorney at Hire Counsel. He has experience in litigation, compliance, risk management, corporate law, legal research, legal writing, commercial litigation, and employment law.

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Mike Baur Extends Support To Upcoming Entrepreneurs Through The Swiss Startup Factory

Mike Baur has been in the world of entrepreneurship for barely four years and the progress he has made with the Swiss Startup Factory is pretty notable. Launched in 2014, the Swiss Startup Factory has been working with entrepreneurs by offering them support to establish their businesses. When he launched the incubation facility, he came from banking, where he resigned to venture into entrepreneurship. He did not imagine the facility would grow to become the best incubator in the country, but just two years later, it became the biggest.

 

To touch the entrepreneurs and to help them manage their ideas, Mike Baur offers a three months incubation program that is managed by highly experienced individuals. Offering support to young entrepreneurs offers Mike Baur the satisfaction he has for many years sought to achieve. His effort has helped to raise the bar for many businesses and he is looking to expand the reach of the Swiss Startup Factory so more can also benefit to launch their ideas after the three months incubation. He is optimistic about the growth of the company and is hoping to see more successful companies in the market that went through the incubation system.

 

Law and taxes

Young entrepreneurs often lack understanding beyond the product they are dealing with. They do not factor in some things like taxation and law that could possibly hinder their progress. While the idea could be perfect, lack of skills and know how about law and taxation could bring the business down, should there be a contravention of any section of law. This is why the Swiss Startup Factory offers support to entrepreneurs to ensure they understand about law and the impact it could have to the progress of the business.

 

Branding

Design and presentation is something that matters a lot in business. How the product is presented and designed determines the first impression that will be created and whether it will get as many sales as required. Through the Swiss Startup Factory, the ideas entrepreneurs present are shaped into products through creative design and presentation.

 

About Mike Baur

Mike Baur is a banker by profession who served in the Swiss private banking sector for more than 15 years before he exited to join entrepreneurship in 2014. He studied Finance and Banking but later went for an MBA at the University of Rochester. Mike Baur also received an Executive MBA from the Bern University.

 

Lip Care Brand Evolution of Smooth Is Making Lip Balm Fun Again

Sometimes it seems like lip balm is boring. When you were a kid you got to wear lip balm that tasted as sweet as a slice of your favorite cake on your birthday. There were even lip balms that reminded you of your favorite soft drink. Now that you’re an adult lip balm can feel like a rather boring affair. These days you might find yourself running over to the gas station to get a medicated tube of chapstick that is white and smells generic. Fortunately for you things do not have to be this way anymore.

Thanks to the emerging skincare brand Evolution of Smooth you can indulge in a lip care product that is more mature than lip balm that tastes like ice cream but that is playful enough that it is fun for you to use. What sets Evolution of Smooth apart from other lip balm brands is the time that it has put into designing its product. The spherical shape of the lip balm is unusual but it is also very utilitarian. The founders of the company that make the product took the time to figure out what female shoppers’ experience was like when they used lip balm. According to Fast Company more than a few of those shoppers found that when products were shaped like a short tube they became difficult to find. That product design often led to a perfectly good tube of lip balm getting lost underneath furniture or being hard to get a hold of when it was in a purse.

EOS lip balm’s unique shape means that the likelihood of you being able to find it when you want to use it is much higher. The company has also put a lot of thought into the flavors it has developed for its products. Customers that prefer flavors that are reminiscent of fruit might like the Strawberry Sorbet(http://www.target.com/p/eos-organic-lip-balm-sphere-strawberry-sorbet/-/A-13731791), Summer Fruit, Blueberry Acai, Honey Suckle Honey Dew and Passion Fruit flavors. Customers that prefer more muted scents and flavors will probably like the Vanilla Bean and Sweet Mint flavors. Shoppers that have used these products have noted that the scents feel natural which is an attribute that falls in line with the organic formulation of Evolution of Smooth’s lip balm.

EOS lip balm products are available on the shelves of stores such as Walmart, Target and Walgreens. The products are also available for online purchase via Ulta.com, eBay or Amazon.

 

Nathaniel Ru’s Strategy of Sustaining Sweetgreen

Nathaniel Ru graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in 2007. Soon after his graduation, he and two of his friends who had graduated from the same university co-founded Sweetgreen. Today, Sweetgreen is in 40 locations spread over various states.

 

The Inception of Sweetgreen

 

While studying at Georgetown University, Nathaniel Ru and some of his friends could not find food joints that offered healthy recipes in a fun and easy way. At semester to graduation, their urge to establish an eatery which integrated these aspects was so overwhelming that they began looking for business premises.

 

They started an eatery in a tavern on M street and named it sweetgreen. Today, sweetgreen has become a chain of restaurants with stores in the major cities and the suburbs of the Northeast such as New York, Boston, Washington, and Philadelphia. The restaurant provides healthy food, sourcing ingredients from local farmers and suppliers.

 

According to Theresa Dold, the head of digital marketing, sweetgreen’s marketing is social, smart and local. Nathaniel Ru adds that each of their stores has to uphold the company’s core values, and has to serve the society around.

 

The Core Values

 

Their first value is a win for all. The partners make business decisions which benefit the company, their customers, and the community. Second, they believe in sustainability. Therefore, they make long term resolutions.

 

The third principle is that of keeping it real. Everything has to be authentic, from the ingredients sources to the performance of the employees.

 

The fourth value is adding sweetness. Surpassing customer expectations means retaining clients and attracting new ones. Lastly, sweetgreen has to make an impact, and they work hard every day to achieve this.

 

Connecting With the Community

 

Sweetgreen has a clever way of connecting food to music. During their first two weeks at Dupont Circle, Washington, they could not get any customers. They bought some speakers, put them at the entrance, and played music every weekend. The music won the company new clients. Sweetgreen sponsors sweetlife, a music and food festival which attracts over 20,000 people including food purveyors.

 

Apart from paying with cash or credit cards, sweetgreen has an app which earns points when clients use it to pay. After spending $100, the company contributes a certain percentage to sweetgreen in school. This program teaches disadvantaged students about healthy eating habits.

 

Sweetgreen hires the best and encourages teamwork. They often reward their employees as a way of motivating them. For instance, they organized a wedding party for two employees who were engaged.

 

They also work in close collaboration with gyms and yoga clubs, where they refer potential clients to each other.

 

Joining Magnises with Billy McFarland

Research has shown that the most successful people in life are those that follow their passion. While most people have passions, not all have succeeded in life. It requires some persistence, hard work, and knowledge.

This is the life that Billy McFarland has lived since dropping out of college. After a short spell at Bucknell University, Billy realized that education was not for him and he decided to follow his passion of being a tech entrepreneur.

Earlier on, he had established a venture called the Spling, a venture that proved quite successful. This acted as a source of confidence and ventured out on his own.

According to Forbes, Billy McFarland is from Short Hills, New Jersey. He has spent some of his life in New York City where he was born. From a tender age, he showed passion for entrepreneurship when he founded his first company. This was at the age of 13 years.

This acted as a stepping stone for him as he mastered the art of coding. At Bucknell University, Billy McFarland was specializing in computer engineering. During his first year at the University, he acted as the chief executive officer of the Spling Company. Spling specialized in changing the appearance of URLs.

He is credited with the establishment of the Magnises after leaving college. Magnises should not be confused with a credit or a debit card. Instead, the Billy creation is a card that allows its users to enjoy discounts at various joints such as hotels and restaurants.

Prior to its establishment, it would require a millennial over $500 to access a co-working space in New York City. Billy slashed this to just $99 a month. Also, the cost of spending a night at a hotel in New York was reduced from $500 to just $74 a night. To understand how amazing Magnises is, you would require only $65 to access the most exclusive clubs in New York for a month.

Magnises is a referral only club, and a new member has to be vetted like fraternities do. You would have to part with $ 250 annually to become a member. However, its services are available in only two cities, New York and Washington DC.

 

Bruce Levenson Leads Lawsuit Against Former Insurer

Bruce Levenson, a philanthropist and the the former owner of the basketball team, Atlanta Hawks, is leading a lawsuit against the insurer of his ownership company. Mr. Levenson was the leading stakeholder in the Atlanta Hawks Basketball and Entertainment LLC. This company was in charge of managing the Hawks, the team’s stadium and also the Atlanta Thrashers NFL team.

The Atlanta Hawks Basketball and Entertainment LLC, led by Bruce Levenson, is suing the New Hampshire Insurance Company in Fulton County Superior Court. The lawsuit alleges that the insurer has failed pay Bruce Levenson and his ownership company compensation for the parting of Danny Ferry. According to the lawsuit, the New Hampshire Insurance Company had a policy with the Atlanta Hawks Basketball and Entertainment LLC., that would cover workplace laws and wrongful termination.

Danny Ferry was appointed to run the Atlanta Hawks basketball team and signed a multiple year contract worth tens of millions of dollars. Mr. Ferry got embroiled in a controversy where he supposedly said some racially insensitive things. He was later cleared of any and all wrongdoing that was alleged against him.

At the Time of the Ferry incident, the Atlanta Hawks was being offered up for sale. The new ownership company did not want to retain Danny Ferry as the manager. The Atlanta Hawks Basketball and Entertainment LLC. were thus forced to buy out Ferry’s contract and dismiss him, although he did nothing wrong. The insurance company never paid compensation nor acknowledged that a claim was made by Bruce Levenson. This is why they are being sued by the Atlanta Hawks Basketball and Entertainment LLC.

Bruce Levenson is the CEO and co-founder of United Communication Group. This is an information and analytic company that provides key data and real time analytics to companies in the finance, energey, mortgage banking and telecommunication industry. He also served as a board member at Tech Target, which spun out of UCG. Information on this article an be sourced from Wikipedia.

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/11493472/jason-whitlock-bruce-levenson-atlanta-hawks

George Soros to Stop Trump

George Soros is a Hungarian-American entrepreneur and political activist. He was born in the 1930s in Hungary during a pro-Nazi reign. He eventually moved to London to study then moved to America where he found wealth and political influence. In 1984, he founded the Open Society Foundation, which provided copy machines to libraries, universities, and other groups so the people can reprint books that were banned by the government. He had struggled with authorities in not only Europe but in America as well, especially in more recent years.

Soros has taken many stances against President-Elect Donald Trump throughout the 2016 election, starting in January of 2016 that Trump, along with Ted Cruz, is “doing the work of ISIS.” By this, it can be evident he is about the fear and hate they were spewing during the election on nybooks.com, more so from Trump. He had also stated that ISIS and Al Qaeda wanted Americans to be afraid; that if Trump and Cruz cause us to have fear towards Muslims, more and more Muslims would likely join ISIS and Al Qaeda. Soros had stated that not to let ISIS and Al Qaeda have their way; the public should not give in to Cruz and Trump’s tactics of fear-mongering, to not give in to their “siren song.” By ignoring the tactics Trump and Cruz used, the country could battle the two terrorist groups effectively and efficiently.

During the first half of the 2016 election, George Soros donated $8 billion USD to groups supporting Hillary Clinton. This is much less than what he spent in the 2004 election to help John Kerry defeat George W. Bush in the race for the Oval Office. As of July of 2016, George Soros returns to the political front as a “leading funder of Democratic politics.” He planned to attend a Democratic convention to watch Clinton accept the Democratic nominee as a presidential candidate, but had canceled due to a situation in Europe regarding the economy.

Soros, along with other wealthy liberals of the Democratic party, met in November to determine how they would fight back against Trump during his first 100 days in office. This three-day conference was sponsored by the Democracy Alliance donor club (DA) on nytimes.com. The meeting was called to protect Obamacare and prevent Trump from overturning policies enacted by President Obama throughout his eight years in office. The DA talked about how they could take back power during the Trump presidency. In this conference, Soros used his own life and experience while living in Nazi-controlled Hungary as an example to prepare for when Trump takes office on January 20th. Soros has devoted himself to protect countries from threats of Naziism and Communism that threatens the U.S. with a Trump presidency. Trump had promised to build a wall to prevent immigrants from entering illegally and to send back all illegal immigrants to their home country. This is almost like Naziism, the one thing Soros fights to prevent in the U.S. Another example that proves Soros’ point against Trump is Trump’s ban on Muslims, labeling them as terrorists. These are a few of the things that Democrats are striving to fight back against since this causes fear, hate, and division in the country.

Learn more about George Soros:
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/george-soros-democratic-convention-226267
https://www.project-syndicate.org/columnist/george-soros

Nathaniel Ru – article recap

Sweetgreen is offering a healthy alternative for men and women who eat out every day and want food that tastes good, is healthy and reasonably priced. Sweetgreen customers have found that for about the same price they pay for a hamburger and fries they can enjoy a healthy, and nutrition filled meal.

 

Nathaniel Ru, the co-founder of Sweetgreen, believes that how and when the company enters a new market is just as important as the number of locations they open. After the general demographic studies, Nathaniel feels the timing is critical to the companies real estate strategy. As an example, he cites the timing and location of their first restaurant in New York. They opened the first Sweetgreen in a chic neighborhood close to where several tech and media companies had already located, not in the usual strip of fast food chains, making Sweetgreen stand out among its competitors. Not necessarily only looking for convenience and hoping to build a dinner and weekend trade the company opened three more stores in affluent and upbeat neighborhoods in the New York area.

 

Sweetgreen uses only farm fresh produce and will often meet with local farmers, to make sure they can establish a reliable supply chain, before opening a cluster of new locations. Nathaniel Ru states that by relying on the farmers to deliver what they are growing, rather than asking them to produce certain items assures their customers of a wider variety of vegetables, including some they might not try usually. Nathaniel hopes the first thing patron’s notice is the open kitchen; he wants customers to see the ingredients used, and the cooking process. He feels it is better for a client to see the kitchen process rather than trying to explain it to them. The atmosphere is friendly and helpful; an associate will guide you through the ordering process this should take no more than two or three minutes for the walk-in customers. The company has developed an app, that roughly 30% of its customers use, that will cut the wait time dramatically.

 

Nathaniel Ru is a 2007 graduate of the Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Less than three months after graduation Nathaniel and two college friends founded Sweetgreen. Since opening its first location in Washington, DC in 2007, the new restaurant chain is now operating in forty locations in New York and California and plans on expanding into Boston and Chicago. Their idea of a new concept in fast-casual dining, focusing on sustainability and local produce has created an environment where the company wins; the customer wins, and the community wins.

 

Keith Mann Fights for What is Right

Keith Mann is someone that knows when something is not right and when something is not right, he does something about it as soon as possible. He believes that time is of the essence and the sooner someone acts, the sooner they can have results that are positive. Right now, he is completely behind the police. He knows there have been some unkind things said about them in the media and all over various outlets. He does not believe them for one second. Keith Mann is of the belief that one or two bad cops should not speak for the whole entire lot. There is a bigger picture here, and he is fully aware of it.

He knows that cops are putting their lives on the line, each and every day, so that all of us can be safe and live our lives to the fullest. Without the police out there, the world would be mass chaos, that is for sure. They are truly here to serve and protect and they stand by that, each and every day they do their job. It must be incredibly difficult on them to face all of this heat right now and feel underappreciated and undervalued. It is draining, one would imagine.

Yes, cops are built to be strong and tough, but at the end of the day, they are human beings too, and that oftentimes gets overlooked. People only see them as robots. There is a lot more to them than meets the eye. That is why Keith Mann of Dynamics Search Partners went out of his way to treat them to lunch not once but twice. This was for the NYPD 54th precinct. He is all about being positive and doing positive things. He knows that is the way that things change in world.

He knows because he has an uncle that is a detective. He also knows because he looks at the eye test and their history. There are far more good stories about the police as opposed to bad stories. However, the media loves to focus on the one bad story and really run with it.