Thor Halvorssen Championing for Human Rights

Thor Halvorssen is a Human rights advocate. He is also a film producer. Thor is often referred to as the champion of the powerless and the underdog. Thor Halvorssen started advocating for human rights as a teenager in London in 1989 when he organized opposition to the apartheid in South Africa. Thor has his native origins in Venezuela and Norway. He became actively involved in the fight for human rights when his father was imprisoned in Venezuela. His father was a political prisoner. Thor contributed to the release of his father by asking Amnesty International for help. He mobilized people and organization and made a protest towards the release of his father. Thor’s father was later released.

Thor’s mother was shot and wounded while attending a political protest in 2004. This made him start a Human Rights Foundation in New York. The foundation is aimed at getting political prisoners out of jail and enhancing democracy and tolerance in Latin America. The foundation has contributed to the release of seven conscience prisoners, published two books on state responsibilities and individual rights, presented evidence to Truth commissions, and given amicus briefs in key international cases of human rights Since its inception.

Thor Halvorssen is the CEO and the founder of Oslo Freedom Forum. This is an annual global meeting termed as a spectacular festival for human rights. The forum is growing to be on the same status as the Davos Economic Forum. Thor is the patron of ON Own Feet which is a children peace movement based in Prague.

Thor is known all over the world for his courageousness when it comes to fighting for human rights. He inspires people from every part of the world to stand up and fight for their rights. He believes that everybody should enjoy the freedom of speech and they should not be scared regardless of their origin and background. Thor graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Political Science and History.

Thor specializes in areas of human trafficking, slavery, a dictatorship, and threats to democracy. He also gives lectures on the human rights subjects in places like the Harvard Law School, the New York City Junto, among others. His knowledge of the law and the human rights has made him a great activist. Thor has also been a guest speaker at the British parliament where he spoke on issues regarding human rights and the need for them to be implemented for purposes of having a free society.

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Mullen Lowe Scaling the Heights in Global Marketing

Formerly located in Brasilia, Mullen Lowe Brasil was relocated to Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro with an aim of capitalizing on the business-friendly environment that the cities present. Pin-pointed as the most robust in entrepreneurial activities under its newly refurbished management, the agency has been able to nurture a positive drive among its competent workers who unanimously share a common vision.

The Mullen Lowe Group, unlike any other, takes pride in being the leading global advertising network. It has stretched its services to many other commercial hubs in other prominent countries with Brasil as the South American hub.

Working Culture

The Advertising agency’s success is based on the undying vision of partnering with the most innovative marketers. As a matter of fact, clients find the creativity with which promotional ads are done as impeccable; turns tables on the traditional promotional strategies. Nourished by a good business culture, the network has drastically transformed Brazilian Advertising industry. Therefore, the network continues to adhere to the positive prospects on endless available opportunities, and a brewing belief that the future holds a great potential for improvement. It is through this culture that the group has expanded beyond imaginable limits ever since its inception.

Its integrated digital communications enables the company reach out to over 60 markets all over the world. Clients are renowned brands that take pride in being associated with the agency. Further, they are not afraid to venture into risky business waters. This, to Mullen Lowe, is a driving force to make them better and apply pressure on the firm’s capabilities to creatively formulate new business tactics.

Management and Staff

The CEO, Jose Henrique Borgi, has played a vital role developing and bolstering the innovative and creative promotion mix with which the company expends it services to their long chain of clients. His undying ambition is focused on strengthening the foundation on which their success stands: Creativity. He also heads a managerial team of competent and innovative staffs who have vast knowledge of marketing. Their years of experience provide them with a tinge of liberty to conjure up competitive advertisement strategies that stand unmatched by other global competitors.

Talk Fusion Wins Prestigious Award

Talk Fusion is a company that is transforming the digital communication space in the modern times. Just recently, the company was given the 2016 Communication Solution Product of the year award. This is the second time the communication company is getting a prestigious award. The product of the year award was founded by the well-known Technology Marketing Corporation, and it honors institutions that have excelled in data, video and voice communication.

According to a report by the Technology Marketing Corporation, Talk Fusion was given the award for introducing their industry changing video chat service. The service allows consumers in different parts of the world to communicate seamlessly with their friends and family, regardless of the type of device they are using. The location of the users doesn’t matter too. The service is available to consumers through Google Play and iTunes.

The video chat service was introduced by the company several years ago, and it is part of the company’s all in one video marketing solution. These products allow businesses to market themselves efficiently and stand out from the rest in the competitive industry. Enterprises that have used the video chat service to market themselves are already doing very well in their sales and profits.

Bob Reina, the current president and chairman of Talk Fusion promises his clients more services. According to him, this is just the beginning. Bon Reina says that he is positive that the company will provide more valuable assets to ensure that his clients remain on top. Reina also says that his team is dedicated to providing the best products using the latest technology.

Talk Fusion was established in the year 2007 by Reina and his colleague who felt that the communication and marketing industry lacked enough products. The innovative products from the company have done well, and they are used by many people in the world today. The products from the successful communication company are marketed from one person to the other. This is done by independent associates employed by the corporation. At the moment, approximately 140 nations are using products from the company. Clients are given a 30-day trial when they register to use the services.

 

Review Of PodcastOne’s Founder And Broadcasting Expert, Norman Pattiz

Norman Pattiz is the founder of PodcastOne, where he also serves as the executive chairman. Pattiz has more than 40 years of experience in matters of radio syndication. Additionally, he is the brain behind Westwood One’s. Through his visionary leadership, the company became the biggest provider of talk, sports, news, traffic, and entertainment programming in America’s broadcasting industry. The firm owned, distributed and managed the Mutual Broadcasting System, CDS News, NBC radio networks, NCAA Basketball CNN radio, NFL Football, March Madness, and The Super Bowl. The entity controlled the winter and summer Olympic Games in addition to numerous syndicated music and talk shows.

In 2010, Pattiz formed Courtside Entertainment Group. It major objective was to produce and distribute quality programming. Subsequently, he launched PodcastOne in 2012 after identifying untapped opportunities in the radio industry. Immediately, PodcastOne established itself as the premier producer and distributor of on-demand audio programming. Presently, some of the popular personalities and brands that are affiliated with PodcastOne are Shaquille O’Neal, Adam Carolla, Dan Patrick, Steve Austin, Heather Dubrow, and Chris Jericho. Others are Larry King, Laura Ingraham, Nicole Polizzi, TheChive, Dr. Drew, Freakonomics and over 200 of common podcasts.

In 2000, President Clinton appointed Pattiz to serve in the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) of the United States of America. In 2002, President Bush reappointed him to the BBG. The board manages the U.S. nonmilitary broadcasting services, which includes Radio Free Europe, The Voice of America, Middle East Broadcasting, and Radio Liberty. During his tenure, Pattiz was responsible for the inauguration of the Arabic language radio and television services in the Middle East countries. He is also mandated with the duty of launching broadcast services in Farsi language in Iran

About Norman Pattiz

Norman Pattiz has served as PodcastOne’s chairperson since June 2016. Pattiz believes that one should actualize ideas through implementation. Before embarking on any idea, he assesses the company’s capacity to execute it. He received the Giants of Broadcasting Award in 2009 from the Library of American Broadcasting. Pattiz was also inducted to the National Radio Hall of Fame in the same year. Over the years, Norman has managed to grow his business by being busy, engaged and staying happy. He has successfully guided his firms to be industry leaders. Besides broadcasting, Pattiz is the chairperson of Lawrence Livermore. He is also the chairman of Los Alamos National Security Laboratories. Pattiz is an active member of the renowned Council of Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Relations.

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Mike Baur: Helping People, Businesses, and the Economy

Describing Mike Baur in one word would be difficult; however, many who know him would insist above all he is a teacher. Witnessing the accomplishments Baur has displayed leads one to believe he is devoted to guiding people to ever higher levels of success.

Baur began his career in the private banking industry equipped with three things; a desire to make big things happen, and an MBA in each hand, one from the University of New York Rochester and one from the University of Bern. As expected by those who knew him, he climbed surefooted up the corporate ladder learning along the way. Eventually, he moved into positions of leadership and as his responsibilities increased so did his ability to make the right choices.

 

After 20 years in the private banking industry, Mike started feeling like it was time for a change. He felt pulled in the direction of becoming an entrepreneur and made a choice to create a company. Mike and his partners put their brains together and in 2014, launched the Swiss Start-Up Factory (SSUF).

 

Zurich, Switzerland is the home base of SSUF. Their mission is identifying and recruiting young, ambitious, and thriving digital entrepreneurs who are invited to take part in an accelerator program for three months. The program provides these young people with the type of services that will get them from startup to success. The services include coaching, mentoring, office space, and access to an extensive network created with the goal of helping each member achieve goals.

 

The SSUF has had an enormous influence on changing the outcome for many startups. Baur and company use their talents to spot people who have a good idea, are filled with the drive to succeed, and a willingness to listen to and follow advice. They find funding opportunities to provide newbies with a sustained flow of resources through each critical phase of growth and learning.

 

Mike coaches by drawing from his deep well of experience and rewards those willing to put in the time and effort to understand the critical factors that determine success. The rewards are personal and professional growth that often equals profit.

 

Business has recognized that SSUF provides budding entrepreneurs a platform to turn their idea into a lucrative venture. Instead of becoming one of the millions of small business startups that fail, these students learn how to meet the diverse array of challenges head on with the solutions that lead to a positive outcome. SSUF wins, their students win, and the economy wins.

Mike Baur, the Real Entrepreneur

History

 

Mike Baur, an established entrepreneur, founder of Swiss Startup Factory, was born in Fribourg, Switzerland in 1975. In his younger age, he had the passion for business, which propelled him to attain a master’s degree from the University of Rochester in New York in the same field.

 

Mike is an experienced banker having worked in the industry for a long duration. He has gradually made his way from apprentice to executive board member and deputy manager of Bank in Swiss.

 

After over 15 years in the bank industry, he finally stepped down and teamed up with Max Meister, and Olivier Walzer to start private organization by the name Swiss Startup Organization. The primary objective is nurturing, incubating and funding young digital entrepreneurs. It’s achieved by educating the young entrepreneurs on investing in reasonable goals that are achievable within a specified duration of time by providing the support required both financially and theoretical approaches. It’s important in installing the required skills to the entrepreneur.

 

Moreover, they help the new entrepreneur’s link with the organization that they can implement their discoveries to become a reality.

 

Factors behind his success

 

(a)Skills and Experience

 

Being a master’s graduate provides Mike with the required skills to nurture the young entrepreneurs globally of as he pockets a lot of knowledge in the industry. Furthermore, having worked in the banking sector for over 15 years in different capacities equipped him with the experience required in running the organization.

 

(b)Passion

 

His passion and willingness of giving back to the community have ensured that he helps the youths in fulfilling their dreams.

Partnership

 

Mike Baur is a keen believer in collaboration and has gone through several partnerships with like-minded organizations in his aim of achieving the best.

 

(c)Mission

 

Having a defined mission that shows the workforce the direction and ultimate goal has ensured the company propels to the next level.

 

(d)Sacrifice

 

Mike sacrifice of his time, skills, and finances has boasted the organization as all the leadership and management gaps gets filled.

 

(e)The ability for teamwork

 

Being a team player has ensured there is cohesion across the leadership hierarchy. It has made sure that there is maximum co-operation and hence the growth of the organization.

 

(f)Connections

 

Having been in bank business for a long time has ensured that he has enough connections. It is important as it ensures that the entrepreneurs get a sponsor who sees the innovation put into action.

 

Mike is a real entrepreneur to watch. His projects are awesome and score with the world’s need.

STEPHEN ‘STEVE’ MURRAY THE FATHER OF THE PHILANTHROPIST

Stephen ‘Steve’ P. Murray was born on 2nd of August 1962. He met his death later on 12th March 2015 at the age of 52. Murray, before his death invested mostly in the private equity. He will be remembered as one of the greatest philanthropists that lived. CCMP Capital received services from Murray as the president and the chief executive officer.

Murray diligently extended his philanthropy at Make-A-Wish Foundation found in Metro of New York, Boston College, and Columbia Business School. At Boston College board of trustees, Murray exercised his leadership skills on the board as the Vice Chairman. At Make-A-Wish Foundation coordinator’s council, he was a proactive and dedicated member.

EDUCATION BACKGROUND
Murray joined Boston College in his youth and graduated with a degree in economics in 1984. He then entered Columbia Business School to further his studies and earned himself a master’s degree in business administration in 1989.

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CAREER BACKGROUND
Murray’s career history started way back in 1984 at Manufacturers Hanover Corporation, where he participated in the training program of the credit analysts on Wikipedia. In 1988, Murray started working with MH Equity Corporation. The Corporation merged with Chemical Venture Partners in 1991 after Chemical Bank purchased Manufactures Hanover. JP Morgan Partners appointed him as the head of buyout business in 2005. Murray was named Chief Executive Officer of CCMP in 2007.

Aramark, AMC Entertainment, The Vitamin Shoppe, Generac Power Systems, Cabela’s Pinnacle Foods, Legacy Hospital Partners and Warner Chilcott are the major companies that Stephen P. Murray served on board.

HIS DEATH
Stephen ‘Steve’ P. Murray, resigned as the Chief Executive Officer of CCMP Capital Advisors in February 2015 for health reasons. Murray stepped down from his responsibility in the company that he served for approximately two and a half decades. Chairperson Greg Brenneman took over the mantle after his resignation. On 12 March 2015, a spokeswoman for the New York-based company by the name Alexandra LaManna confirmed his death in an e-mail. Murray died at the age of 52, leaving behind his bundles of joy and pride Tami A. Murray, his wife now a widower with the responsibility of bringing up their four sons.

Stephen ‘Steve’ P. Murray will forever be remembered for his great works and dedication in CCMP Capital Advisors on wsj.com. He contributed significantly in stabilizing of the company since 1989, as it underwent through ownership changes before it sustained in 2006. Dust to Dust, Ashes to Ashes. May His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.

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Son of Isarel, Brother to the World

Adam Milstein was born in Haifa, Israel. He was the son of Hillel Milshtein and Eva Milshetein. His mother was a homemaker who had left Mexico for Israel in 1940,his father a real estate developer from Argentina immigrated later. Hillel moved to Israel in 1948 shortly after the Stat of Israel was founded.

Adam Milstein joined the Israel Defense Forces in 1971 to complete his mandatory service. He served in the Yom Kippur War in 1973. After completing his military service, he enrolled in Technion graduating in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in economics and business. He joined his father as a real estate developer.

Adam married Gila Elgrbly in 1974 before moving to the United States in 1981. There he received a Master of Business Administration in 1983 from the University of Southern California. After college he worked as a real estate agent selling commercial real estate with his father. Eventually forming the Israeli-American Council to help others.

In 2016 Adam Milstein was added to the list of The Top 50 Most Influential Jews. This honor was given to him as a result of his tireless work as a philanthropist and leader in many important Jewish organizations. Milstein has worked to bring positive changes in the world for people of Jewish ancestry. Among the organizations are the StandWithUs, Birthright Israel, Hasbara, the Israel on Campus Coalition, and many others. Milstein, co-founder and chairman of the Israeli-American Counsel was named
#39 on the list of Influential Jews because of his efforts to bring real change around the world.

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Andy Wirth on Simple Environmental Changes at Squaw Valley

Andy Wirth first came to the Tahoe region as a small kid following through the snow in the big steps of his grandfather. He soon realized that the Tahoe region is a very special place that needs to be protected. As the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, he realized that he can have a large environmental impact on the mountain for eternity. Therefore, he has made some changes at Squaw Valley to help protect the environment.

One of those changes is that Squaw Valley will no longer sell single use water bottles. Those enjoying Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are encouraged to buy a refillable water bottle that can be refilled at many locations around both parks. These water bottles are also a great souvenir to take home.

Andy Wirth says that he realizes that his company sold 28,000 single use water bottles every year. Over 80 percent of those bottles ended up in landfills. A plastic bottle in a landfill can take over 100 years to degrade. In a decade this change will save the production of over eight tons of CO2. Visitors will be able to refill their bottles with Mountain Tap water at various locations around both parks.

Andy says that after he lost his right arm in a skydiving accident, that he realized that the mountain was very precious to him. He wants to make sure that it is taken care of for eternity. Therefore, he embraces this change as a way to take care of the land.

Andy was recently appointed to the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board. He hopes to use his position on the board to encourage it and other businesses to take small steps to protect the environment. He says that if each business in the region will commit to making one small change, then the consequences can be huge.

Kenneth Goodgame Brings 20 Years of Experience to an Experienced Corporation

Kenneth Goodgame is the Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Merchandising Officer (CMO) of True Value Corporation. True Value is a family of retailers with a proud heritage that supports the growth of independent retailers.

They strive to be the best hardware store in every town. True Value builds on their brand by raising the bar for retail experience, focusing on expert advice and customer service, supplying customers with top of the line merchandise, increasing brand recognition through national marketing and actively involving themselves in the communities their serve.

True Value founded the True Value Foundation, which focuses its efforts on underserved youths, improving children’s lives by emphasizing education and community strength. Funds raised by this foundation support the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Painting a Brighter Future and Habitat for Humanity.

Kenneth Goodgame graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a degree in Marketing Finance. He started out working for Black & Decker and then moved on to The Home Depot. After a few years between Newell Rubbermaid and TTI, he finally found his home at Ace Hardware, owned by the True Value Corporation.

He was GMM at Ace for a little over 3 years. He oversaw a team of 94 employees and over 1200 vendor and manufacturing partners. While in that position he negotiated a supply contract with KCD, creating a 5-year growth plan. He also led a program designed to drive business and create more profit for Ace retailers.

In 2013, Kenneth Goodgame was made SVP and CMO of the True Value Corporation. He develops and leads retail growth strategies that have a large impact wholesale and retail sales throughout the company. He is known for his consistent track record of dynamic performance with a focus on consumers. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Kenneth Goodgame is an expert at strategic planning, GM management, cost management and in building high performance teams.

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