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Dick DeVos Continues to Make His Mark On The Aviation Industry

When Dick DeVos was named to the FAA’s new special counsel, it didn’t come as a shock to anyone in the aviation business. DeVos had been helping for years in his hometown, and he was credited with putting the Grand Rapids airport on the map. It all started back in the 1990s for the son of Richard DeVos, Sr, who was the co-owner and co-founder of Amway Arenas.

 

The sports arena brand continued to do well throughout the United States, but DeVos expanded sales globally throughout the 1980s. By early 1991, he was ready to make a change. He started to notice that parts of his hometown were falling into the bad economy trap that had consumed the state. He wanted to prevent that by helping with city planning and philanthropy.

 

Through the group called Grand Action, DeVos began to take a personal interest in the way that city leaders planned to address some of the major issues of abandoned business districts, loss of employment, and little to no commerce activity. DeVos saw that if there were new interest in the key parts of downtown Grand Rapids, the city could become a major metropolis.

 

He started to work closely with these business leaders, and together, they developed the DeVos Place Convention Center, DeVos Performance Hall, and Andel Arena. In addition, DeVos began to work with the local airport, as he wanted to direct business travelers to the area and pick up more international business connection flights.

 

The airport was renamed in 1999 to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, and it became a bustling transportation epicenter for west Michigan. In fact, it grew to be so popular that it exceeded the original projection of 3 million passengers by 2020. The airport had 3.26 million passengers in 2018. This only came after a few years of new ticket sales, thanks to a move by Dick DeVos.

 

In the early 2000s, DeVos saw an opportunity to bring new travelers to the Grand Rapids airport. He talked to the executive team at AirTran Airways and convinced the CEO to open up new flights. These flights would go to Las Vegas, St. Louis, Orlando, and Denver. These were all towns in which businesses went to for conventions and conferences. DeVos saw a great opportunity to bring Grand Rapids into the fold.

 

As he worked on his plan, he also helped with raising funds for a major renovation project. The Gateway Transformation Project would expand the airport considerably, adding on a new technology center for business travelers as well as an upgraded food court and curbside services for passengers.

 

DeVos is meeting with the FAA once a quarter to discuss budgets and plans for growth in the industry.

 

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Gulf Coast Western: Matt Fleeger Leads Expansion of the Oil and Gas Venture

Since their establishment in 1970, Gulf Coast Western LLC has been utilizing the top talent and resources in the industry to explore, develop and acquire domestic oil and gas reserves, primarily located in the gulf coast region of the United States. By prioritizing properties that have geological and geophysical advantages along with well-developed structures, Gulf Coast Western has been able to deliver significant return potential and quantified downside risk to its partners. This family-owned business is based out of Dallas and has locations in the states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Colorado.

Expansion in Southwestern Louisiana has been propelled primarily by two partnerships. The first was with Orbit Gulf Coast Exploration which has allowed Gulf Coast Western to develop hundreds of prospects covering nearly 1,000 square miles in Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline and St. Landry Parishes. In their transaction is an agreement between Warhorse Oil and Gas that allows Gulf Coast Western to operate many of the development wells in Louisiana. The second major partnership that has allowed Gulf Coast Western to expand their footprint in Southeast Louisiana is with Dallas-based Northcote Energy Ltd.

By acquiring a 50% working interest and assets in their partnership with Northcote, Gulf Coast Western has been able to accelerate and expand their operations in Shoats Creek field in Louisiana’s Beauregard Parish. They have produced more than 4 millions barrels of oil equivalents from multiple Wilcox formation sands. Of further interest was Gulf Coast Western’s procurement of 50% of the working interest in specific salt water disposal (SWD) assets, 25% working interest in any wells drilled in the Wilcox formation, and 50% working interest in 4 wells that were drilled in the Frio and Cockfield Formations.

Leading the organization during all of these developments is President and CEO of Gulf Coast Western, Matt Fleeger. Fleeger has a track record of entrepreneurial success, having founded Medsolutions Inc., and two separate tanning companies whose combined revenue approached $100 million. In his current role, he is known for building winning teams, developing business strategies, and negotiating contracts in addition to his wealth of experience in the oil and gas industry.

Hedge Fund Specialist Mark Holyoake Focuses On Private Equity Investments

British entrepreneur Mark Holyoake methodically built Oakvest Holdings into an international real estate and food sector investment company. Mark sees investment opportunities other high-power investors overlook. In 2010, Mark’s acquisition company, International Seafood Holdings bought Iceland Seafood International. Iceland Seafood International (ISI) is one of Iceland’s top seafood companies.

Mr. Holyoake and his team bought ISI at the right time, according to the other investors who believed Holyoake could turn one of Iceland’s oldest seafood company into a profitable company. Iceland’s economy went through a difficult time at the turn of the 21st-century. In 2010, Iceland’s banking industry was a mess. Foreign investment in Icelandic companies was a risky venture.

Even though there were challenges to face in Iceland’s fragile economic atmosphere, the University of Reading graduate decided Iceland Seafood International deserved an injection of cash and new management so the 87-year-old company could expand across Europe. Under Mark’s leadership, Iceland Seafood International has generated exceptional growth and profits for the last nine years. The company net worth increased ten times thanks to Mark Holyoake’s business sense and financial support.

ISI CEO Benedikt Sveinsson shared Mark’s enthusiasm. Today, ISI operates two distinct divisions and there are eleven subsidiaries that handle business in Europe and Asia.

Sveinsson and Holyoake resigned from ISI’s board in 2019. Mark’s board resignation was due to internal restructuring and Mark’s desire to focus on British and Spanish investments going forward. Magnus Bjornson filled Sveinsson seat and Jakob Valgeir Flosason took Holyoake’s seat.

Mr. Holyoake currently resides in Ibiza. He recently bought the Herdade da Comporta property in Ibiza with Spain’s Carvalho family. That acquisition is Mark’s first business venture in Spain. Even though Holyoake resigned from ISI board, Mark is still a major investor in the expanding Iceland seafood industry.

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Yanni Hufnagel Is A Talented Basketball Recruiter Who Brings A Lot Of Energy To The Teams He Works With

Yanni Hufnagel has been a wildly successful basketball coach for a good portion of his life. His work with the Harvard Crimson basketball team has helped the club to win the Ivy League for the first time in history. Before becoming a basketball coach, he played lacrosse for Penn State for one season before calling it quits. Ed Cohen, a broadcast professional that Hufnagel once worked with predicted he would either become a solid coach one day or a commentator for sports games.

Earlier in his life, Yanni Hufnagel spent a summer and fall season with the New Jersey Nets during an internship. He later worked with Jeff Capel as a graduate assistant, and Capel referred to Hufnagel as a ball of energy. Hufnagel has mainly been known for his recruiting abilities. Capel has praised him for his ability as a salesman of sorts and has also commented on the likeability of Hufnagel. Many basketball players in high school hope to skip playing in college and look towards the NBA. Hufnagel has been able to convince some of the most talented high school basketball players to join college teams.

Yanni Hufnagel grew up in Scarsdale, New York and played lacrosse while attending Scarsdale High School. He studied at Pennsylvania State University and played on the lacrosse team as a defenseman while there. Yanni left the college after a year and went on to work towards his Bachelor of Science degree in industrial and labor relations while attending Cornell University. He continued his education at the University of Oklahoma and worked with the Sooners men’s basketball team as its graduate assistant coach. He received his master’s degree in adult and higher education at the university.

Yanni Hufnagel began to work with the Harvard Crimson men’s basketball team in 2009. He served as the team’s assistant coach and recruiter and was singled out by a survey done on CBS Sports that named him the assistant coach that was most likely to become a star because of his ability to recruit the right players. He was later recognized on multiple occasions for his abilities and went on to work with the Vanderbilt Commodores as an assistant coach. In 2016, he took on a position with the University of Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team. To know more about Hufnagel visit wikiquote.org

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Isabel dos Santos: Seeking a Bright Future for Women of Africa

Isabel dos Santos is a successful businesswoman and the first daughter of the previous president of Angola, Jose Eduardo. She garnered her investments from initial positions she held as a business professional at Sonangol, a prestigious oil company in Angola. She made her way into male-dominated sectors such as finance, energy, retail, and telecommunications. Over the years, she also delved into philanthropic work where she has been supporting the advancement of women’s careers in her continent. She encourages African business professionals to share knowledge among themselves and learn how to invest in technology as a mean of growing their careers and businesses. In most of her interviews, Isabel dos Santos insists that becoming successful in an industry full of men is challenging. In Africa, especially women employed in any sector understand the challenges involved in finding an executive position.

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Angola é um país lindo, sem igual 🙏🏾 Pôr o pé na nossa terra e olhar em volta cada paisagem é sempre uma bênção. Hoje começa em Luanda o Fórum Mundial do Turismo. Esta é mais uma área com um potencial de crescimento enorme no nosso país. Nós no BFA apoiamos o Turismo em Angola. Este é o nosso empenho, de quem acredita que o Turismo é uma das soluções para o desenvolvimento das nossas regiões, comunidades, negócios e assim se criam empregos e se gera valor para Angola. Basta olhar aqui para a beleza da Fenda da Tundavala… 😍🇦🇴 #SharingbyIsabeldosSantos #Turismo #Angola #Futuro #BFA Angola is a beautiful country, unique 🙏🏾 Setting foot on our land and looking around each landscape is always a blessing. Today, the World Tourism Forum takes place in Luanda. This is another area with tremendous growth potential in our country. We at BFA support Tourism in Angola. This is our commitment, from those who believe that Tourism is one of the solutions for the development of our regions, communities, businesses and thus create jobs and generate value for Angola. Just take a look at the beauty of Tundavala Gap … 😍🇦🇴

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Discrimination is a real concern. Even at the height of her career, Isabel dos Santos noticed that her opinions were second-guessed. You’d think being a woman makes one incapable of landing deals and negotiating for better pay. People have often marred her success by prejudice. However, the hardships encouraged her to be better at everything she does. She has also been driven to invest in philanthropy by ensuring that female business professionals in her sector are motivated to pursue education. Her pursuits in this line have encouraged her colleagues and entrepreneurs from Africa to take up leadership positions in supporting young women to invest in small businesses while advancing their careers. Consequently, Isabel dos Santos holds various mentoring sessions attended by young African women, in her native land of Angola, to implore them to take executive roles in the industry. Isabel dos Santos thinks that they shouldn’t only pursue education but seek to have better lives by devoting to their work.

Isabel was raised in Baku, Azerbaijan. She attended King’s College and studied electrical engineering. She then joined her father in running a business at Luanda before establishing her first business. Isabel has always been fascinated by technology. Therefore, she adapted to the use of walkie-talkie in running one of her companies in Angola.

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JD.com Is Making One Of The Business World’s Necessities A Lot Easier:

The procurement of the basic supplies needed to run a business is one of the most important but also time consuming and inefficient processes that companies face today. This is due to the fact that it has generally been necessary to deal with a multitude of different vendors in order to acquire all of the different supplies that are needed in order to ensure that a business operation is running smoothly. This is typically quite inefficient and not really cost effective at all. There has recently been some good news for businesses in China that will help to change this and it is news that is being brought by JD.com, the countries number one retailing operation.

As a company that is known for helping out the business community of China, this latest move on the part of JD.com is no surprise. JD.com is seeking to eliminate the need for developing a long list of business relationships with different suppliers when it comes to the procurement process. The process will now be simplified by JD.com’s new initiative that will allow business customers to access all of the products that they need to procure through the platform that the company will make available. This new program is designed to add a new level of transparency to the procurement process in an effort to make it a much simpler and more cost-effective affair.

Offering these kinds of services to China’s business sector is nothing new for the team at JD.com. The leading retailer in China has been offering up a host of valuable services for some time and allowing the business community of China to take advantage of its impressive and highly advanced system of logistics and supply. Currently, the retailing giant is involved with a large number of businesses of all sizes. This new program is the latest benefit that the business community of China can take advantage of in order to run their operations better. Leveraging the immense capabilities of JD.com has proven to be of great benefit to businesses of all sizes across the entire country of China.

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Igor Cornelsen Tips On Taking Positive Risks

It is said that a wise person makes the change that they want to see in them and the envoroment around rather than wait for people or circumstances to change them. Even so, it is only the bold and the risk takers who take the bold step towards making the changes focusing on what they want to achieve.

Igor cornelsen is one man who is a risk taker. Having started as an engineer, Igor felt that there were some pieces that he could not bring together. That is when he resolved to change his career to economics; a risk that he says he never regret. Today, Mr. Igor is the most sort after an investor in the world.

Mr. Ignor’s success comes from the vast knowledge that he has gained from various professional roles that he held in different firms. He has worked as a manager in a bank and a representative of the most influential firms in America.

Besides, Igor Cornelsen is very careful about the information that he gets from any source. He says that what a person feed themselves with could either lead to the downfall of a company or its rise. For him, he opts to read the tabloids, which are unbiased when it comes to matters to do with investments.

Ignore Cornelsen advice to all investors that whenever anyone is about to venture into new entities, it is always wise to have a big picture regarding the venture. This he says, will help a person to know what to avoid and what they want at the end of it all. He goes further to add that it is always easier to make a sound judgment concerning a venture when you do the research yourself rather than on relying on people to give you information.

Papa Johns CEO Steve Ritchie Says A Shaq Pizza In The Future Could Be Possible

With the NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neil as one of Papa John’s franchisees and board members, CEO Steve Ritchie does not rule out the possibility that he might get his own Shaqeroni pizza someday. According to the energetic CEO who has been tirelessly doing almost everything to revive papa John’s image, the NBA superstar’s favorite pizza is the extra-large one with extra cheese with sausage. The faster that the pizza chain could get their celebrity endorser to pose for an Instagrammable photo and share it on various social media sites, so much the better.

Steve Ritchie recently disclosed that after the close of trading the sales of their international and North America stores in the first quarter dropped by 0.1 percent and 6.9 percent respectively. While there is a decline, the sales in North America shows improvement from the last quarter’s 8.1 percent plummet. Over time, Papa John’s offered new pizza flavors and offered more $6 pizzas.

According to CEO Steve Ritchie, Papa John’s is making small progress on the turnaround. He added that it will take some time to improve brand perception. Despite the issues the company is currently facing, it still got some parties interested. Just recently, activist investor Jeff Smith added a $200 million investment to the company.

Recently, it utilized the alternative to purchase $50 million more worth of Papa John’s stock. At present, Smith is the chairman of Papa John’s who was joined by the NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neil after a new tie-up. In one of his interviews, Papa John CEO Steve Ritchie shared that the NBA Hall of Famer has been in the company’s commissary sharing his ideas.

The CEO added that the NBA superstar has also started his outreach activities to different communities in his desire to help repair the image of the company. According to Steve Ritchie, Shaquille O’Neil is all in for Papa John’s.

Nicolas Krafft and His Role at L’Oreal

Nicolas Krafft is an exceptional person when it comes to the fashion and beauty industry. He is the founder of the L’Oreal fashion and Beauty Company as well as the International general manager at Pulp Riot International as from January 2019 to date. Formerly, he was the vice president of global business development of the company, from the year 2014 to 2018. He is a graduate of the University of St Gallen where he took a course in business management. Moreover, he attended the INSEAD business school to study general corporative management.

On September 30, 2018, L’Oreal held a fashion and beauty remarkable event in the river Seine in France. At this time, Nicolas Krafft held a position of the Vice President of the Global business development. First, he wanted to showcase the latest products, fashion designs and styles of the industry to the entire world. He aimed at making a change.

The event was graced with famously known persons and great models in the industry. Celebrities that graced the runway included Eva Longoria, Elle Fanning, Louise Bourgoin, and many others. The event took place in the river of the Seine, found in Central Paris. At the event, Val Garland and Stephen Lancien the L’Oreal makeup artist and hairstyle artist respectively were also able to show their new products and services.

Nicolas Krafft and fellow members of the company made the event a triumph by integrating invention and creativity, which they showcased to the whole world. This was achieved by the models showcasing the latest fashion designs, makeup looks, latest jewelry and latest hairstyle to the world. Many artists and persons in the fashion and beauty industry were also in attendance. The event received a lot of help from different people both inside and outside of the industry. They included Marie Bochet, a Paralympic ski Games champion and Nikola Coster Waldau from throne games.

Nicolas Krafft and his team put in place large screens in the various parts of Paris, for people not in attendance in Seine River to follow.

MARK HOLYOAKE, THE PROMINENT INVESTOR

Mark Holyoake is a private equity investor expert. He is not only an international commercial investor but also a residential property investor. Mark’s field of expertise lays in the food sectors, where he holds significant shares in the global seafood industry. Oakvest Holdings, a company that specializes in real estate investments and private equity investments, belongs to Mark Holyoake. Mark has been around the Global seafood industry for years and is an experienced seafood investor. In the past, he has worked as the director of many seafood companies and has even gone as far as owning most of the companies. Mark has the aim of penetrating the European seafood industry through Oakvest Holdings. He holds a degree in business.

After the success of Iceland Seafood International, Mark Holyoake got the idea to open Oakvest Holdings. Iceland Seafood International was experiencing an economic crisis in 2010 after Iceland’s collapse in banking. Mark saw the opportunity to invest in Iceland at the time while it was still unstable economically, and prices were low. With his expertise and support from his team, Mark brought Iceland Seafood International back on its feet and in no time, it was a prominent seafood company again. With the current fluctuations in the economic and political scenes in Europe, Mark Holyoake sees another investment opportunity. He believes that he can build another powerhouse in Europe with the right business and growth strategies.

Mark works closely with his team to bring ideas to life. Ensuring that they are all on the same page and have the same goals in mind is a top priority for him as it ensures they work diligently and professionally. Getting to know more about people and discussing different ideas with them is what makes Mark Holyoake remain relevant in business. He loves listening to other people’s point of view and asking for their opinions on different matters.

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