Brazil’s famous entrepreneur and tourism superstar, Guilherme Paulus, was recently featured in the Chronicle of the Week article “Prizes are My Rewards, Obstacles are my Challenges’: The story of Brazilian Entrepreneur Guilherme Paulus.” The article reveals how important vision is when creating a business, particularly in a country known around the world for not being friendly to entrepreneurs.
Brazil has become synonymous with difficulty for entrepreneurs. It is ranked 125th out of 190 countries for the ease of starting a business. It is known for having high taxes, difficult to get business permits and for having difficulty registering a property. However, the difficulties did not stop the tourism and travel agency magnate, Guilherme Paulus. Guilherme Paulus believed that every obstacle is an opportunity. Visit his facebook to learn more about his platforms.
He created his first business when he was only 24. He met with a state official to get funding for the travel company CVC. He started with a single location outside of a movie theater where he knew people were primed for adventures and travel. He advises new entrepreneurs to ask for more advice, especially from people who have already accomplished what they want to do. Listening to these people will provide invaluable insight into the industry. CVC now has more than 1,200 stores around the country with international locations as well. It regularly has more than $5.2 billion in sales each year. CVC is the largest tourism company in Brazil. When Paulus decided it was time for a change, he sold 63% of his shares for $750 million. He went on to invest $600 million of his personal fortune in another Brazilian tourism opportunity. He created GJP Hotels and Resorts which currently owns fourteen different hotels and resorts. They employ five thousand people around the country.
Paulus believes the key to success is staying close to the day to day activities of the business. He currently travels to the different locations to speak with the customers and the employees to understand the needs of both better. He believes in constantly learning and traveling to the different locations allows him to do that. His vision of investing in Brazilian tourism comes from his belief in people. He has seen so many employees succeed through his company and he believes it is the best possible investment.
Guilherme Paulus’ belief in people allowed him to establish deep connections with other organizations. He has more than 30,00 partnerships with organizations around the world from hotels, cruise ships, airlines, and other specialty tourism groups around the world.
Ashley Lightspeed dreamed of becoming an architect just like her father. However, she abandoned that dream and ventured into the world of business. She started her career while still a student at Stanford GSB having worked as a category manager at Thumbtack and also at Bain consultant. Ashley Brasier would later venture into private business as she was convinced that she needed to do a lot more for startups ventures.
By 1999 Ashley had already made up her mind and she founded the Lightspeed Venture Partners which aimed at identifying, supporting and funding startup ventures. The firm was a partnership business which included Alex Taussig, Andrew Moley, Aaron battalion, Chris Schaepe and Ashley Brasier as partners. Follow Ashley Lightspeed on Twitter.
Ashley’s responsibility at the firm involves identification of potential startups that their company can invest in and work with them. They provide an advisory role, support as well as funding to these startups ventures.
She is talented to work with the prototype which she learnt from her dad. Ashley Lightspeed often uses the prototype as a primary tool for gathering information about a product as well as finding ideas for improving products. She believes that prototyping is the fundamental tool for entrepreneurial investment because it helps risk takes to see into the future.
At Lightspeed Venture Partners, Ashley works closely with entrepreneurs and maintains a keen eye for unique craftsmanship along with the business operations. Ashley Lightspeed works with great passion and believes that her line of business requires artistic vision to make it successful.
Currently, Lightspeed Venture has helped more than 300 startups businesses to take off. The firm enjoys the privilege of playing a role in more than enough of what the startups required. Some of the prominent companies that receive direct support from Lightspeed Ventures include Mulesoft, GirlBoss, Affirm, Goop, Rubrix, Natunix, Elementum and the Honest Company started by Jessica Alba (Famous actress) among others.
Have you seen the news in Washington lately? Dick DeVos has recently gotten a new position on Capitol Hill. He joins his wife, Betsy DeVos, who is the 11th US Secretary of Education. She has been working hard to help education reform across America since 2016, but her husband has remained out of the spotlight until now. While still relatively unknown in politics, DeVos has been working with the FAA for the past year. Initially nominated to the role in September 2017, DeVos has joined the Management Advisory Council for the FAA and will be providing a number of business ideas to the federal agency in the next few years.
The Management Advisory Council was set up by the FAA to answer some pretty big questions with great insights from transportation authorities and former airline executives. DeVos is among these few to be consulted by the FAA during their time of change and upgrades. Part of this change is revolved around the President’s challenge to improve the aviation industry and airports in America. DeVos knows all about that. He has been working to improve the airport in his hometown for some time.
It all started in 1999. The Grand Rapids local airport was always small and didn’t offer a whole lot of destinations to travelers. However, DeVos thought of a way to change all of that. He had just finished work on the DeVos Place Convention Center in downtown, and he was looking for a way to put Grand Rapids on the map. He decided that he should do that through the airport.
His first phone call was to the CEO of AirTran Airways, which had a terminal at the Grand Rapids location. He asked if the company would be willing to open up destinations to more areas, such as Denver, St. Louis, Orlando, and Vegas. The CEO agreed, and soon enough, ticket sales were booming at the airport. However, that wasn’t enough. It wasn’t until 2018 that the airport would undergo a full upgrade and become highly advanced.
When a company is doing well, it is no surprise that everyone would like to know the driving force behind it and in particular the leaders behind the wheel. We can have a look at the two super experienced people behind the success of InnovaCare Health that is Rick Shinto and Penelope Kokkinides. I call them super experienced since they both boast over 20 years of experience.
About Richard Shinto
Dr. Shinto is the CEO of InnovaCare Health. Rick Shinto started as an internist and Pulmonologist after which he joined MedPartners as their VP where he was in charge of medical management. He has worked with Cal Optimal Health Plan in California, Orange County, worked with Pathways Management Company as operations manager, worked as a senior officer at NAMM and in 2008 moved to Aveta Inc. where he later became CEO until 2012.
Dr. Rick Shinto has been recognized because of his managerial and vision when he was given Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award back in 2012 in the Service Category. He has not relented as we can see this year Modern Healthcare has recognized him as one of 2018’s Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare, this tells you how determined he is to make sure everyone especially the minority receive good healthcare for a healthier nation.
About Penelope Kokkinides
Penelope is a graduatefrom Binghampton University with Bachelor’s in Classical language and biological sciences and later did Masters in New York University. At InnovaCare Health, she is Chief Administrative Officer appointed in June 2015. Previously she had worked as a chief operating officer in the same company. In her more than 20 years’ experience, she has worked in government programs such as Medicaid and Medicare. In the private sector, she has worked with Centerlight HealthCare, Touchstone Health different capacity from operations head to corporate VP.
In her Interview on IdeaMensch, she highlights how good her team is proving how good a team player she is. She also talks about how organized she is by thinking about the next day every night which makes her more productive, a clear sign InnovaCare Health is at good hands with a very bright future.
About InnovaCare Health
Talk about quality healthcare, cost-effective and innovative in one sentence, and I tell you it is incomplete without adding InnovaCare Health as the provider. InnovaCare is the epitome of a perfect business model providing health services good for stakeholders and excellent for customers, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Puerto Rico recognized this as it is the only with4.5-star ratings.
Matt Badiali is a leading investor in the United States and one of the people who are ready to make the investment sector in the country open to as many people as possible. He is knowledgeable about investing in energy, mining and natural resources. As far as the mining of oil is concerned, he has done almost everything that is there to be done. He has engaged in the drilling work and has owned oil wells. He is a fully certified geologist who is using his expertise as a geologist to make a difference in the lives of the investors he is mentoring.
Matt Badiali has gained most of his experience from the things he has been doing in the mining sector. As a natural resources investor, he is one of the people who has done so well. He has visited many countries around the world examining oil wells and interviewing CEOs of different companies. He has also interviewed experts on precious metals and of the resources. The knowledge he has collected from all the work he is doing in the industry make him one of the best persons in the mining sector.
Matt Badiali is also well educated on this topic. Matt Badiali holds a masters in geology from Florida Atlantic University. He also holds a bachelors in Earth Science from Penn State University. The things he has done in making sure that he is profitable in this business to have paid off. He is now in a position to tell the difference in the industry before it happens. Matt Badiali understands how the market behaves since he has the necessary tools to help him understand the market. Matt Badiali’s Freedom Checks Are Real After All.
He has sufficient information that can make anyone get the whole idea about what is happening in a market. One thing about Matt Badiali is that he does not rely on anyone to help Badiali to analyze the markets. He has all the necessary tools to make him make a conclusion after studying raw data. Badiali has shown that he has the potential to make a difference in the lives of the people who follow him.
Adam Milstein is a well-known name in the business world not only as a Hager Pacific managing partner, but also for his extensive philanthropy work. His company owns more than 100 properties that are valued at more than $1 billion. His humble beginnings attribute a lot to his efforts to improve the lives of others as an immigrant from Israel.
One of the most impactful philanthropical works of Adam Milstein is the non-profit organization known as the Milstein Family Foundation. This foundation was founded by Adam Milstein and his wife Gila in 2000 and works to secure the ties between the United States and Israel. In addition, they assist Jews in the United States with developing a deeper connection to their roots in Israel.
As the president of the Milstein Foundation, he works to educate and train young adults and children in order to allow them to be inspired and advocate for Israel in a productive manner. Instead of just giving money to various causes, the organization stays actively involved to make a difference in the lives of those they are trying to impact. One of the most impactful efforts made by the organizations is assisting college students with social media activism, campaigns, events, and other culturally enriching efforts.
Adam Milstein was raised by a stay at home mother and a father who worked in real estate development. He has always had strong ties to his Jewish ancestryand is seen as an important leader in the community. His love for Israel even extended to joining the Israeli Defense Forces at the age of 19. His brigade leader during the Yom Kippur War would become the Prime Minister of Israel, something that Adam Milstein could have never predicted.
A native of Morocco, his wife Gila immigrated to Israel at 6 years old after moving from Morocco. The married after the conclusion of the Yom Kippur War. Gila Milstein is also a veteran of the Israeli army, something that the couple shares along with a deep love for Israel. The pair has been able to achieve great things as they both share similar goals and aspirations.
By creating a women’s empowerment dating app entrepreneur Whitney Wolfe Herd has completely changed how people date and work. In addition to being a dating app, Bumble was joined by Bumble Bizz in early 2018 which is a networking and mentoring extension. That same year saw over 29 million people using Bumble and the company’s valuation exceeding $1 billion. She says it hasn’t all been smooth selling but she’s happy with how things are turning out.
Whitney Wolfe Herd says that she chooses to use negative experiences to drive her forward rather than hold her back. She says that 2014 was especially challenging for her and she had a lot of adversity to overcome. She bounced back from the experience, though, determined to use the knowledge she gained to empower herself and other women. The result is Bumble which she has described as a “chicks make the first move app”. This proved to be a winning concept and not long after the app was available on the iTunes and Play Store it became very popular with both women and men. Related: Bumble Founder/CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd Joins Imagine Entertainment Board
She says that one of her biggest challenges has been overcoming her own gender stereotypes, something that gets ingrained in everyone by culture. Whitney Wolfe Herd said that she could see she was part of the problem herself because she was accepting really absurd gender norms with no real basis in reality. By gaining knowledge about how wrong all that was she was able to get back her confidence as well as her own sense of self-worth.
The success that Whitney Wolfe Herd has had with Bumble has led to her getting other new opportunities. One example of this is that she was offered a position on Imagine Entertainment’s board of directors which she accepted. The two chairman of this board are Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, two veterans of the entertainment industry. Brian Grazer said that she is a visionary and original thinker and she would make a great addition to the team. He said that they had been seeking someone who would bring a fresh perspective on things and Whitney Wolfe Herd fit the bill.
During this era of uncertainty and instability of the economy, it is always advisable to find safe ways to invest your capital in preparation for the future. That is why Igor Cornelsen took on a career as an investment advisor after many years working as an investment banker. His duty was to manage funds for various banks in the stock market. It was after working for several banks since 1971 that he decided to change his occupation. He majored in giving people insight on how one should invest safely.
He argued that many people play it safe and invest with the intent of gaining wealth. However, the wise choice according to Cornelsen was to diversify your investments by widening the span of your portfolio, which will give you a higher chance of increasing your income.
According to Igor, it would be safer for all who wish to invest in the foreign exchange or those who would instead invest in commodities, to first find a more qualified firm that has specialized personnel working for them. This is because as a potential investor, you require advice from professionals on the safest way forward. It would also be to your benefit as the client to be given council on long-term investments in the stock market that are favorable and promising.
As one of the top investment advisors, Igor Cornelsen relies on his experience to make informed decisions. This is why he often urges people not to invest in damaged companies since the outcome is always not pleasant for the investor.
During his many years working for banks and his career as an advisor, he realized that most investors lack the proper knowledge of the set rules and regulations of the country, which are prone to breaking the law. It is, therefore, safe for all investors to accurately observe set rules to avoid infringements with the law.
When it comes to helping others, Stream has long used its success to harbor a beneficial philanthropist effort. The money that has come from their profitable energy sales has gone towards the ‘Stream Cares’ program. For over a decade, people in need have been receiving aid. Most recently, a lot of donations went to people in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. However, a lot of service was also provided in addition to needed funds.
Many companies wonder what the benefit is for them to really branch out and create a large philanthropy sector. The benefits are twofold. Primarily, it is important for a company to give back to the community in which it functions. Also important is gaining the respect of the community. People acknowledge a company that is not only interested in making money, but a company is valuable when it cares about people as well. Stream Energy and the Stream Cares Foundation has largely benefited from the high-profile attention that comes from corporate donating.
Stream Energy has created a successful business modelbased off of direct energy sales. The desire is a loyal network of clientele, and services are provided whether it be energy at a fixed-rate or something simpler like a mobile phone contract. Services are provided at a corporate and residential level. Associates earn commission for their work and sales efforts. The benefit of this process is that employees can work as their own entrepreneur. It is every professional’s dream to control their own work, their schedule, their efforts and their performance.
Moving forward, the community in the state of Texas will likely continue to be impressed by Stream Energy. Each year, the company tracks the current homelessness rate in the Dallas area, and surrounding areas. For many years, Stream has been providing assistance through the Hope Supply Company. This organization provides meals for more than 1,000 homeless children at a special event called the Splash for Hope. The future looks promising when it comes to Stream’s financial success. The future also looks bright for the community, thanks to the effort that Stream Energy has contributed.
David Zalik has accomplished a lot in his field so far. His achievements began when he was still extremely youthful, too. He’s a mathematical genius who skipped high school studies in favor of higher education. He went to Auburn University. That’s where Tim Cook went, too. Cook happens to be the Chief Executive Officer at Apple. Zalik was merely 14 years in age when he enrolled at Auburn. He emulated his dad by majoring in math. He established a company on his own right after beginning college. This was called “MicroTech Information Systems.” This firm put computers together. It managed computer sales as well. Zalik now resides in Atlanta, Georgia. He’s in charge of yet another business that has done a lot. It’s known as GreenSky Credit. GreenSky is a Fintech firm that’s making waves all throughout the United States. It gathered a whopping $50 million in September of 2016. Zalik is in his forties right now. He’s a Chief Executive Officer and co-founder who has significant ownership of GreenSky Credit. He owns 50 percent of thebusiness at the minimum. He’s classified as being a billionaire as well.
GreenSky Credit aims to strengthencommerce, credit and paymentwith the assistance of advanced technology. It strives to give all users sophisticated and streamlined journeys. GreenSky helps businesses of all kinds expand. It helps them give all of their customers happiness, too. The company collaborates with more than 12,000 merchantsright now. It has given its time to approaching two million smiling customers. It’s handled more than 12 billion loans. Zalik has been the head of GreenSky since back in 2006. That’s the year the company came into existence in the first place. He’s enjoyed mentions in many famed publications in the United States. These include Forbes, BusinessWeek and even the Wall Street Journal. He’s married to a lady who is named Helen. They have three wondrous daughters, too.
The GreenSky Credit executive teamincludes various other key figures. It includes Chief Administrative Officer Gerry Benjamin, Chief Risk Officer Tim Kaliban, Chief Technology Officer Jerry Bartlett and Chief Legal Officer Steve Fox.