Success in business does not happen overnight and Mina Ebrahimi has proven that with hard work come the rewards so well deserved. At the tender age of 11, Mina began working with her parents at their bakery learning the necessary customer service skills and diligent work ethic that has served her so well to date.
As the Founder and CEO of Saint Germain Catering, Mina has brought together her knowledge, experience, and savvy business skills turning the business into an established, award-winning company. Her years of dedication to her craft have earned her numerous awards including the 2014 Enterprising Woman of the Year Award, an award given by Enterprising Women magazine. This award is “provided annually in recognition of women entrepreneurs/business owners who experience rapid growth in the business world and provide support or mentorship for other women entrepreneurs, and have become community leaders.”
Not only has her dedication to her catering clientele in Virginia and beyond proven to be exemplary, Mina’s dedication to others within the community is demonstrated with her desire to give back to those in need fulfilling her passion of philanthropic giving. Through local non-profits such as Operation Homefront DC, assisting military families and wounded veterans in need and The 25th Project, an organization dedicated to helping the community of homeless in the woods of Northern Virginia her desire to instill positive change continues.
Food and catering aren’t the only things that Mina holds dear. She continues to fund the Jack Miller-Ebrahimi Program for Interventional Endoscopic and Radiologic Diagnostics and Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania. This veterinary program provides assistance with minimally invasive soft tissue surgeries and other therapies for pets through progressive treatments.
Her tireless endeavors championing the cause for other women’s success are evident in her forming the Mina Ebrahimi Foundation. The foundations’ empowerment of women of all ages to build their future in the world of business through her leadership and continued support is something Mina takes seriously. She has proven that with hard work and dedication, skills learned at an early age will serve you through life.
Anit Chaturvedi is an old-school banker who has served various financial institutions over his four-plus decades in the industry. Born in India just a few years ago, Mr. Anil Chaturvedi has lived throughout the Indian mainland for most of his life, though he’s also lived in New York City and upstate New York when working for ANZ Grindlays Bank as the financial institution’s Country Head for the North American Continent.
Mr. Chaturvedi is unarguably an expert in international corporate and private banking and fully understands the demanding needs of high net worth individuals. Most of his focus today comes in the area of transactions between India and countries across the European Union, an area of knowledge that requires Anit Chaturvedi to know virtually everything about exchange rates, laws, regulations, and standard dealings in such countries’ cultures.
In 1971, Mr. Chaturvedi successfully completed the school’s bachelor’s degree program in economics at Meerut University, firmly setting his career up for success by graduating with honors. Immediately after completion of the rigorous Meerut University program, he went to the Delhi School of Economics at the University of New Delhi, accumulating full credit for the program’s economics specialization of the master’s in business administration, known widely as one of the best such schools in all of India – not just New Delhi.
Not too long ago – much more recently than his year of birth – he represented his current employer, the Hinduja Bank of Switzerland, at the 2016 rendition of the Asian E-Commerce Alliance (AECAL) in Munich, Germany. He led at least one presentation’s worth of discussion, informing the packed crowd of some of Europe and Asia’s greatest banking executives and government officials about the latest developments in his showing of “Investment Opportunities for European Businesses in India.”
Mr. Anit Chaturvedi is also responsible for the creation of the Kiran and Anil Chaturvedi Foundation, Inc., a philanthropic organization based in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, the United States of America. The charity was founded in 2006, though the good cause hasn’t been as nearly as active as Mr. Anit Chaturvedi has been throughout the rest of his working life.
Aloha Construction has just received the Better Business Bureau Torch Award and for good reason. The company has been recognized for all the good that they do for their community not to maintain the high standards that they uphold when it comes to delivering stellar service. They value their customers, as well as their employees and, are making a difference in the lives of many.
Aloha Construction is located in Lake Zurich, Illinois and its additional office is located in Bloomington. They are a company that provides many services including roofing, siding, and gutter installation and repairs. They are working on becoming certified and licensed in professional remodeling and disaster recovery as well and will be located in Lake Zurich as well.
The Torch Award is a way to recognize companies that uphold marketplace ethics and that operate in an ethical manner. Aloha Construction fits that description entirely, and they are excited to be the recipient of such an esteemed award.
Aloha Construction has done a lot of good in the community and is sponsoring the central Illinois Flying Aces hockey team, the Roselle Medinah’s baseball and softball organizations. They also donate a generous $5 for every assist the Illinois State University gets in their games. These donations help kids that have cancer by funding Camp One Step. They’ve also made it possible for a 12-year-old boy with congenital heart failure and his friends to attend a Bulls game.
Aloha Construction was founded by David Farbaky and is a family-owned company that cares about its employees, customers, and the well-being of the community. They back up their work by a 10-year craftsmanship warranty on all roofing jobs that they complete and all of their contractors are licensed and insured. Their contractors also have to complete extensive training in order to come on board as their trusted employees.
Aloha Construction is starting an interior remodeling and restoration division that will offer an array of services that includes mold removal, fire damage restoration0, carpet cleaning, water damage restoration, and various interior remodeling services in addition to their regular roofing and siding services.
Mark Twain once Said:
“The difference between using the right word and almost the right word is very different. It is the difference between a lightening-bug and lightening.”
There are just some things you do not say out loud at work. Do you know that your boss at Market America follows your every move? Words matter.
A great example of this is what happened to this one girl, over two years ago. She stated on social media that she got a new job. However, she went on to complain about the job she had not even started yet. She went on to say some pretty horrible things that I cannot repeat. The boss found out and promptly fired her. That is why you need to be careful about what you say and whom you say them too while working at Market America.
1) Injustices are going to happen while working with Market America. Someone else might get a promotion while you are denied. Whining about that is not going to help. Market America needs you to be a leader. You need to step up. You need to keep doing what you are doing. You will get there as long as you put in the work.
2) You do not tell someone that “it is not your job.” You need to think about how you might feel if someone did that to you. You would not like it very much, would you? Treat others with respect. Do something for someone else. No matter how inconvenient it is for you.
3) You do not tell someone you “think” the product might be a great fit. You need to show confidence. You cannot expect others to buy what you are selling when you do not believe it yourself.
4) Say “thank you” to the customer after they buy something from you. You do not tell them “no problem.” Saying the former shows a sign of professionalism and authority. Saying the later says the opposite.
David Zalik, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GreenSky, is not like other CEOs of a major company.
Zalik, a billionaire, does not talk to the media much. He does not accept invitations to conferences. He has not spent last ten years raising outside capital. His employees don’t get free food or play games.
The latest move by his company is definitely something that other Silicon Valley companies would do. The Wall Street Journal believes that Zalik’s company will do an IPO but it will do it confidentiality. This move is unconventional but it will raise his company $1 billion with a $5 billion valuation.
If Zalik does go public, he would not be doing the same as companies like Credit Karma, Stripe and Uber as they don’t plan to go public. Private companies don’t go public because when they do, they are heavily pressured by investors and quarterly earnings. They can keep the cash to keep the company operating and growing.
Zalik’s company could change its mind and it will not do an IPO. It will not fill out the paperwork with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This move would mean that it can prepare without the public spotlight on it.
Zalik, a 44-year-old, founded GreenSkyin 2006 and has, without fanfare, developed one of the biggest financial technology companies in America. Most companies like GreenSky would complain about banks and suggest to the public that they are a better way to do finance. Zalik has no problem with banks and actually has been working with banks for many years. n
One of the keys to GreenSky’s success that its bank partners are the ones who are taking the financial risk. Some of its bank partners are SunTrust, Regions and Fifth Third and they are the ones that GreenSky loans as part of their balance sheets. Zalik’s company will not be in trouble if any of these loans defaults. GreenSky does benefit from their relationship with their bank partners and they pay 1 percent of the balance from GreenSky loans.
Zalik thinks out of the box and so far, has been rewarded for doing so.
One of the kindest things you can do in your life is to give help to a stranger. Extending a hand to your fellow man to lift him or her out of a difficult circumstance is shows a level of compassion that restores our faith in humanity. The smile that you get from someone after they have received a helping hand will warm your heart in ways that you cannot even imagine. These are part of the thoughts that inspired Stream Energy to begin their project: Stream Cares.
You and I will think of large corporations as money-grubbing entities that think of nothing but their bottom lines. They can care less about the people that spend their hard-earned money with them by buying their products and services. Large corporations only seem to value the almighty dollar and not the people who work their entire lives to help build these giant organizations. When tough times fall upon regular people where are the big corporate monstrosities then?
Listen, you and I both know that when thinking of utility companies, we think of them draining our paychecks with the high costs of heating and cooling to keep our families warm in the winter and cool in the hot summers. We don’t think of them as caring individuals with families of their own. We don’t see them as compassionate human beings with cares and concerns about the families in their communities just like ours. Well my friend, let me share with you about the utility company Stream Energy, and their philanthropic generosity. Stream Energy will give you a new outlook on big corporate companies.
Stream Energy is a Dallas, TX-based utility company that created Stream Cares, a philanthropic component of the corporation which assists communities with natural disaster recovery efforts. The Patch, a news agency also in Dallas reports on Stream Energy’s generous support for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in the summer of 2017. The Patch reports that Stream Cares is directly from the DNA of Stream Energy corporation. For the company that just began its utility business in 2005, it’s more than just about giving money; it is also about giving heart and a helping hand to neighbors in need.
There is a need to make good use of the consumer software applications today. However, many people aren’t aware of how they would go about it. In every aspect of life, it is good to know that digital services are taking charge of every sphere including in the business world. Advanced Tech Support (ATS) made an announcement that the industry is about to make a notable milestone. ATS is a call center that has been certified by AppEsteem Corporation. The main aim is to ensure the consumers are happy with the software applications they use. AppEsteem Corporation certifies all app-related services that were founded by the Microsoft cybersecurity veterans.
It is good to appreciate that ATS has been focal in providing technical support services to thousands and thousands of customers. ATS serves customers who use telephone services especially those in the remote places. Telephone services may be inefficient in remote areas unless you have some screen sharing technologies you can access. Robert Deignan says that their organization is highly focused on the consumer compliance, and he says this is the backbone or firm support of the firm. Robert is the Chief Executive Officer and also Co-founder of Inbound Call Experts, which is today known as ATS Digital Services. Robert says that the review process the firm had in January made them discover that the AppEsteem’s requirements had already been met.
From this point, Robert decided that the company had to get certified and have a committed team. He also affirmed that the firm resolved to send signals to the regulators, security companies, and software vendors. He says the company is committed to providing quality services to all its customers, and it ensures that the firm’s practices and operations are consumer-friendly. The requirements of the inbound call center are based on input from the consumer groups, call centers, software industry, security companies, law enforcement, and government regulators. According to Robert, these requirements are meant to build a software downloading industry that is healthy and more sustainable. ATS was founded in 2011 and its main offices are located in Boca Raton, Florida. Robert graduated with a degree in Organizational Leadership in 1992 from Purdue University.
Dr. Mark McKenna is a pioneer in his own right when it comes to the business of medicine. He grew up in a household where his dad was a practicing medical doctor. He wanted to make a difference for people the way his dad had done for so many years.
Dr. Mark McKenna did what was expected to become a doctor. He went to college and medical school. Then, while in medical school he continued to observe his dad’s practice and discovered that the medical industry was drastically changing. The new system of billing and reimbursements impacted the way doctors were being paid, which gave Dr. Mark McKenna the idea to do something different with his medical degree.
While in medical school, Dr. Mark McKenna began a real estate business. He began buying properties in his home state of Louisiana. The money he used to fund the business came from his part-time work of doing physical exams for inmates at the prisons for $50 an hour. Also, he worked for his dad’s general practice for five years. Before long, he had built a multi-million dollar enterprise with real estate.
Unfortunately, the riches he discovered in real estate were somewhat short-lived. After graduating from Tulane Medical School in 1999, the real estate business he had started while in school began to flourish but in 2005 disaster struck. Hurricane Katrina wrecked many of his properties and caused him to lose millions of dollars. Yet, he was incredibly resilient and took on the newest opportunity at hand: buying flooded properties for next to nothing, rehabbing, and flipping them for a profit. He did this until he recouped close to a million dollars and sold off the business thereafter.
Finally, after experiencing continued success in business, this doctor-turned-entrepreneur, found a way to help more people on demand with his expertise. Hence, OVME (‘of me’), an Uber-like business model that does house calls for minimally invasive procedures, like Botox, among others. It has grown in popularity in the city of Atlanta, helping residents to positively increase how they look and feel about themselves.
One of the issues with marketing is that it can be very easy to turn away customers as opposed to attracting them. There are tons of things that people should not do when they are trying to market their company. This can render their efforts useless even when they are working with Market America. After all, people are considering many factors when they are deciding on what to buy. One of the factors that are considered is how a company is marketing itself. One thing that is certain is that the method of advertising is changing and so are what people will tolerate.
One thing that can turn customers off is the pushy and intrusive way of advertising. When people just advertise what products they are trying to sell, this can cause them to lose the customers they are trying to gain. After all, people already do not like advertisements. Market America users have to put in effort in order to make sure that the advertisement is worth the space they are taking up on the webpage. One of the best things to do is make sure that it is out of the way so that people are able to read the content they came to read. The best way for Market America unfranchise owners to get clicks is to make sure that the advertisement is relevant to the content on the page.
One thing that can help is making sure that the page that Market America marketers are using are so related to the page that the advertisement can pass as one piece of the content. In other words, one thing that the marketer does not want to do is advertise electronics on a page that is dedicated to fashion. While some people that are interested in fashion are also interested in electronics, people are going to get much better results if they keep up with the relevance of the content.
Obsidian energy is a company based in Canada that specializes in the production of oil and gas. The company which was formerly known as Penn West Petroleum Ltd rebranded in June 2017 as part of its growth strategy. This was after a major restructuring that led to its reinvention in all aspects of the business that gave it a fresh start. The critical areas that Obsidian Energy adopted after rebranding included three principles where it incorporated discipline, being transparent to shareholders, and continuous innovations.
Obsidian Energy Company’s Operations
The oil and gas producing company is a medium sized firm that produces an approximate of 30,000 boe daily. It leverages its accountability to its partners, shareholders, and to communities in the region they run the company. Further, Obsidian Company has its oil and gas fields situated along the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin in Alberta, Canada. The petroleum reserves in that region are said to be among the largest in the world where production is done from three areas known as Alberta Viking, Pembina Cardium, and Peace River Oil Sands.
Moreover, Obsidian Company had previously been hit by a financial and operational crisis in 2014 when the crude oil prices went down. As a result, the company encountered a series of restructuring where it sold most of its assets in the two subsequent years to offset the high debt it had incurred. What’s more, the debt which was almost $3 billion was significantly reduced after the sale of its assets to $384million as at March 2017. Also, with the rebranding of the company saw the stock symbol in both the New York Stock Exchange and Toronto Stock Exchange substituted with the “OBE” symbol.
Nonetheless, with Obsidian reinventing itself saw the brand become more proficient and stronger in its operations. Better still, the company’s president and chief executive officer known as David French stated that Obsidian had a strong balance sheet and was integrating a hedging plan that would see them lower prices. Additionally, with the downsizing of the Penn West Company through the sale of its assets reduced company production from 135,000 in 2013 to 28,000 barrels after it scaled down. See This Page to learn more.