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CCMP Capital – CEO Steve Murray sadly passes away

Stephen Murray was the former CCMP Capital CEO who resigned for stated health reason, has recently and sadly passed away. He was the co-founder of CCMP Capital which was a spin off of JPMorgan Chase and Company. He co-founded the company in 2006 and became the CEO in 2007.
CCMP Capital is a very successful global private equity firm that has been in the investment industry since 1984. It is a branch off of many high end investment firms that branched together to form CCMP Capital. The company specializes in buyout and growth equity transactions and operates under four different categories of expertise.

They include consumer and retail, industrial services, healthcare companies and chemicals and energy. The consumer and retail industry has invested $7.6 billion in the companies and specialize in specialty retail, business services, mass channel supply, information services and marketing. The industrial sector includes a $4.1 billion dollar industry that incudes manufacturing, distribution and industrial services.

The third specialized practice that the investment firm exhibits is healthcare services. CCMP Capital has invested $1.6 billion in healthcare companies throughout the years and includes but is not limited to healthcare services, companies that specialize in specialty products, distributors who produce medical products and different payors.

Chemicals and Energy is that last investment sector included in CCMP Capital and it includes chemicals, exploration and production, oilfield service and power.

Stephen Murray was raised in New York City. He attended Boston College where he studies business and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree. He then went on the earn his Master degree in Business Administration from Columbia University.

His career in the investment industry stated in 1984 when he was hired as a credit trainee for a company called Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. From there, he worked for various investment firms that were all connected to one another, and eventually lead to the formation of CCMP Capital. Read more: The Exponential Growth of CCMP Capital Under Stephen Murray’s Leadership and CCMP Capital Resumes Business After Death of Stephen Murray

He was also a well known philanthropist that enjoyed giving back to the community and participated in events such as food drives and the Make A Wish Foundation.

He brought many years of expertise to the industry and took pride in what he did. He will most definitely be missed for many years to come, and the partners at CCMP Capital will value the education and techniques that were learned from Mr. Stephen Murray. CCMP Capital will continue to provide quality business to the global markets for many years to come.

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Wall Street (SEC) Whistleblower Advocates

If you knew your boss was engaging in illegal activities, you would want protection from retribution to report the wrongdoing. So too, do those on Wall St.

What Qualifies as a Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) Whistleblower?

The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act signed into law in 2010 by President Obama is the most far-reaching piece of financial legislation passed since the Great Depression. The drafters of this legislations realizing that actual change to financial practices must come from within wrote whistleblower incentives into the legislation and those incentives became law with the bill’s enactment. Since its inception, several awards have been made to whistleblowers, the largest in September 2014 was for $30 million and just as many have been denied. Therefore, it would be wise to “know before your whistle blow”. The following are instances that have been judged as violations or covered actions:

  • Fraudulent hedge funds
  • Money laundering
  • Securities fraud
  • “Security-based swap agreements”
  • Insider trading
  • Market manipulation
  • Retaliatory behavior

According to the Commissioner of the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program, Sean McKessy, “The Commission has paid more than $54 million to 22 whistleblowers since the Commission’s new whistleblower rules went into effect in August 2011.” Awards may be 10-30 percent of the sanctions enforced of more than $1 million. None of the award or incentive money ever comes from investors.
The purpose of the Whistleblower Program is to provide an atmosphere of transparency for investors and investment advisors. Although there has been some criticism of a program that provides rewards or incentives for whistleblowers, there have also been many compliments. The main goal of the program is to provide measures to protect investors and bring out into the open previous practices that robbed unwary investors and the American taxpayer.
Many believe that the longer the program is in effect and the more incentives are paid to informants for their tips, referrals, and complaints, the greater number of knowledgeable people will step forward and report improper deals, policies, and practices that do harm or have the potential to do harm to investors.

What to Do When You Suspect Wrongdoing or Misconduct

When you have information that you believe could be a violation the Consumer Protections Act, let a skilled evaluator investigate the merits of your information before divulging publicly any information you may hold. Whistleblowers are safeguarded against retaliation and lawyer/client confidentiality applies. You may remain anonymous and there is no requirement to name names during the initial consult. Case evaluations and initial consultations are free and without further obligation from the Labaton Sucharow SEC Whistleblower attorneys. To request an evaluation of your case contact us.

Talk Fusion has made marketing Much Easier


The process of direct selling has been made simple, thanks to the products produced by Talk Fusion into the market. Talk Fusion has been on a mission of improving how customers can interact with other service providers. Talk Fusion is the global leading company in the provision of video marketing solutions. It has the best solutions providing services in the market and its aimed at improving how business is conducted lately.

Technology is improving how marketing is done, and it has filled the gap that most marketers have been afraid of experiencing. Talk Fusion is involved in helping businesses grow, and it has changed lives through patent-pending video technology and proprietary. Marketing of the innovative products is done through individuals who have been appointed in more than 140 countries.

Talk Fusion is run by the best experts in the market who have experience in marketing and technological sphere. Bob Reina being at the helm of the leadership in the company, marketing will have a different face. In 2007, when it was launched, brought a difference regarding how it was received by most users of the product in the market. It is driven by high levels of standards of ethical practices, and it is a member of the prestigious Direct Selling Association (DSA).
Communication and presentation are vital in marketing products. The use of an email video makes the presentation of the goods to be easily accessed in real time by the prospective client. It is the niche that the innovative products from Talk Fusion are trying to fill. It will improve the performances of the marketing companies, and competition will be significantly improved. Talk Fusion is on the move in improving how individual are interacting when conducting their businesses.
Innovative products that are offered by Talk Fusion all revolve around the video marketing services. They include Video Email, Video newsletter, Live meetings among others. The innovative products have proven to be of much importance in improving the accessibility of goods by the customers. A video explanation of a given product plays a greater role in the market. Talk Fusion has also set up accounts where people can give back, and they will be donated to various charities.

Thor Halvorssen And His Fight For Human Freedom

Thor is 39 years old. He was born in Norway and brought up in Venezuela. He was born and grew up in Caracas. His grandfather was a strong oppose of the Nazi powers in the Second World War. His father was a political prisoner in1993 where he was tortured, beaten and imprisoned in Venezuela. He had exposed the government’s corruption and was working as a drug leader by then. Thor’s mother was brutally shot dead by the regime of Hugo Chávez during a live protest. Thor’s cousin held at Venezuela prison 2014 under Nicolas Maduro’s leadership. Thor views himself as a classical rebel, not a conservative freedom fighter. In his news career, he has interviewed many respondents among which Buddhist leaders despite his Catholic origin.

Thor Halvorssen is a video producer and also advocates for human rights. He schooled at The University of Pennsylvania and graduated with Political Science degree. Since his teenage life, he was a strong oppose to the South African Apartheid regime. He founded the Human Rights Foundation 2005 in New York after his mother was shot dead in a protest in 2004. HFR main aim was to give freedom to political prisoners and promoting democracy among Latin Americans. He has achieved success since then among which securing freedom of seven prisoners and also publishing of two books of personal rights of the state. Thor is the Chief Executive Officer and cofounder of the Oslo Freedom Forum. He is also the Patron of Children Peace Movement.

During an interview with Fox News, Thor wants America to be socialist. He claims it is a violation of human rights when socialism is used as a mask promising to help people but later steals their personal property. There are arguably many perspectives to look at socialism. For instance, in Venezuela, the government sets prices &; humanitarian crisis results. He made many contributions to many Democrats fighting for liberation. Democratic socialism can exist when there is the rule of law problem arises when that is wiped away, and the socialist decides to execute.

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Just in time for summer JustFab has what you need for a fantastic summer wardrobe

I don’t know about you, but I am ready to jump into summer. Bring on the heat, bring on the fun, bring on the style on

Are you ready to ditch your winter wardrobe for fun prints and light fabrics that are perfect for some fun in the sun? Then JustFab has just what you need. I have been scouring their Summer Shop and cannot wait till my new summer wardrobe is delivered.

There are options on their site to fit any style. I personally love to start any shopping experience on JustFab by checking out their dresses. I found the perfect dress almost right away when I saw the Goddess Side Slit Dress. It comes in three great colors. Caribbean, Dusty Mauve, and my favorite Blue Multi. It is simultaneously sexy and casual. perfect for a day when you want to be comfortable without feeling frumpy. Next I needed a dress that would work for date night with my man and found the Square Neck Perforated Dress an A-line dress perfect for when I want to look and feel sexy.
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Dresses are great but what I really needed to make this summer unforgettable was a new smoking hot swimsuit. And JustFab came through for me. In fact there were so many that I loved, that it took me a solid 30 minutes to make my final decision. I ended up with the Ruffle Monokini in Hot Coral (also available in Black).

Finally I decided that I needed some new shoes and accessories to round out my JustFab shopping spree. It was love at first sight when I saw the Maile Sandals which are available in Cognac, White, and Black. I went with white and I cannot wait to pair them with both of my new dresses. Finally I decided that it was time for me to get a new tote for summer outings. I went with the Ace Tote in Blush/Ivory. I love that there were ten color options to chose from for the tote.

Now I feel prepared and excited for the summer season. All thanks to JustFab. As always the selections were top notch, the prices affordable, and the shopping experience fun. You can never go wrong when you turn to JustFab for all our wardrobe needs. 

President Nicholas Maduro and Prime Minister Keith Rowley Strike Deal

A historic deal has been struck between Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Trinidadian Prime Minister Keith Rowley. The heads of state announced energy initiatives that will boost natural gas exportation.
The two heads of state came to terms during a meeting held in St. Ann’s Trinidad and Tobago, on Monday.

“The historic nature the agreement will greatly benefit both countries,” according to Maduro’s twitter post. “Our peoples have a mutual interest in the gas fields and plan to utilize it to the fullest.”

Both countries should receive fast results, according to Maduro. Rowley also acknowledged that the venture would be beneficial to both countries. The deal, extremely lucrative by all accounts, will be sold on the international market.

The deal, if promoted right, has been predicted by expert Diaz Granados to have the potential to create a rotating $50 billion fund.

Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela are both hurting economically. “We are hoping that the supply of goods will provide some much needed relief for our residents,” said Rowley.

Although details have not been made available, both countries are hoping that the deal will help with the supply of staple foods. All of the badly-needed priority items will be shipped to the countries as soon as possible, according to Trinidad & Tobago Trade Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon.

In addition to energy initiatives, security and commerce were also addressed. “Gangs are out of control in both countries,” said Maduro.

Anthony Marsala, Achieving Madison Street Capital Chief Operating Officer

Anthony Marsala is the current Chief Operating Officer of the leading investment bank Madison Street Capital. He was named the winner of the M&A Advisor’s Seventh Annual Emerging Leaders Award in 2016. It Is after being selected among many other nominees by a panel of business leaders who were the judges.

The award dates back to 2010 when it came as the 40 under 40 awards whose primary goal was to recognize the young professional in finance and young M&A in U.S.

Lately, in 2016, the program has expanded to Europe and the United Kingdom making the young leaders be part of the worldwide network of excellent performance.

Anthony Marsala is one of the Co-founders and the COO of the Madison Street Capital. He has an overwhelming experience of over 15 years in the field of investment banking. He has worked in leveraged finance and also in both buy and sell-side M&A advisory. Marsala is a certified Valuator and Analyst through accreditation by National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts. He also has an honoree name from NACVA, which he got as part of its 2015 program of 40 under forty. He has also had an opportunity of participating in the Crain’s leadership academy Program in 2016.

M&A Advisors are also preparing for other awards to be given out in June with the aim of connecting the new leaders with the old leaders.

Madison Street Capital; It is worldwide investment banking company. It works by giving out financial advice to its clients and also works as an agent during the merging of firms and valuations of businesses for buying and selling. Its customers range from government sectors to private companies around the world.

The company supports humanitarian programs like the United Ways of the Midwest and South Disaster Fund to make a difference in the society.

The article can be available in Benzinga

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Say No to Corporate Welfare, Charles Koch

Charles Koch is one of most politically prominent billionaire based in the United States. Born in November 1st 1935 at Wichita, Kansas. He is known to compares his political movement for economic liberty and prosperity and small government to the civil right campaign held by his fellow non-conservative politicians.

Charles Koch has never backed a GOP presidential nominee but for the first time in a February Conference for the Koch Network held at Indian wells, Calif, Charles and his network consider spending huge amount of donation to try and defeat Donald Trump. This is according to an official from Freedom Power Action Fund. Funding will come from his influence in Koch Industries where he commands 40% ownership with the company being worth more than $60 billion. It is actually the second largest private-owned company in United States according to Bloomberg Billionaire Index.

In his article, Charles depicts that the fundamental concept of respect, dignity and equality were earlier exposed to threat by the nation’s own government. Charles disagree with the Obama administration insisting the utter truth and the factual knowledge is that people are incapable of running their own lives. That is what he calls the notion of collectivism and “big government”. Charles highlights the example of the current health debacle associating with the disastrous government control. He even complain of being a victim of “character assassination” not once but severally. This is what kills liberty and prosperity.

Koch also argues against government regulations insisting he expects employees to cooperate entirely with laws regardless of their personal understanding. He expects them to comply fully with 100% of the time with complex and dynamic government mandates. This does not imply agreeing with each and every law but rather complying with laws that we might perceive ourselves as counter-productive. It is only then that employees will enter into dialogue with regulatory agencies to come up with alternatives that are more constructive.

Being an American businessman, political donor and a philanthropist, Charles believes that his experience in market-based management has provided him with an understanding of how the world works. He insist that he supports a political leader who will advance his ideas, take the country away from this tiered system and lament the activities of the Federal Reserve out of control government spending, in what he likes to call “unjustifiable corporate welfare”. This is the path to liberty and economic freedom.

Richard Blair: A Financial Giant’s Insurance Advice To Airbnb Hosts

The share-economy is revolutionizing the way money is made, especially if you have real estate. Air-BnB, for example, is giving property owners an opportunity to rent out their homes to visiting strangers for a few days. Many are considering this as an extra stream of income that can be helpful, especially in this economy. But Richard Dwayne Blair has some words of caution for Air-Bnb hosts regarding home insurance.

Who Is Richard Dwayne Blair?

Richard Dwayne Blair is the sole owner of Wealth Solutions, Inc. Blair is also an executive in the RIA. Blair has brought his expertise and innovative approach to finances to several companies throughout his 22-year long career. A career that has seen immense success through companies like United Global Securities, Inc.

Blair’s focus for 22 years has been on securities. But his RIA or Wealth Solutions, Inc. has been the highlight of his career. It is based in Austin, Texas and is worth 55M though that number seems to be growing. This is the kind of experience that has caused him to urge caution regarding Air-BnB.

What Does Blair Think About Insurance and Air-Bnb

Blair started to notice just how intricate this sprawling new business could be and how much homeowners are unaware of certain issues that could arise from their small side business. Blair warns that most homeowner’s insurance policies simply will not cover any claim made because of a paid guest or may even cancel a policy if they were not informed.

One of the most important steps that should be taken is informing the homeowner’s insurance company about your dealings with Air-BnB. Perhaps, there is something that could be tweaked or added to your insurance policy to cover any mishaps. This conversation should take place before one starts the Air-BnB business because most homeowner’s insurance policies consider the activity a commercial activity. Commercial activities are mostly excluded from most insurance policy.

Sure, Air-BnB and other similar companies offer some insurance, but Blair warns that it might not be enough.

He pointed out some of the dangers that a homeowner faces when renting his or her property out, which are the following:

  • Injuries that you or your guest may have
  • Damage that can be made to the property
  • Illegal activity that might occur
  • Guest might refuse to pay

Of course, these do not cover all the possible costs, but it is wise to ensure that the homeowner’s insurance reevaluates the policy to accommodate this new stream of income.

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Holistic Retirement Wealth Management by Richard Blair

Richard Blair has been helping clients plan for retirement since 1994. Since he comes from a family of educators and is married to an educator, he believes that education lies at the heart of having a successful retirement plan. He says that too often when people seek out the services of an investment consultant, the consultant is only focused on what they can make in commissions off the client. Instead, he helps clients achieve a holistic approach to retirement because retirement looks different for each individual.

Some people choose to spend their retirement traveling to exotic locations like the Arashimaya Bamboo Forest in Japan or Anghor in Cambodia while others are content to putter around in the backyard at their own paid for home. Some willingly cannot picture a day where they will not at least earn a little bit while others choose to willingly never work another day in their lives. Understanding what a person thinks they want to do during retirement is the first important step in holistic retirement planning.

The next step is to consider all the assets that a person has to help fund their retirement. Just a few of the variables that Richard Blair may consider are estate planning, cash flow statements, net worth statements, savings, asset allocation statements, insurance and the amount of social security and pensions the person expects to receive.

Then, Richard takes time to consider how a person’s dream of retirement compares to their projected available wealth. If the person is a few years from retirement, then he identifies opportunities for building wealth by using conservative investment strategies such as 401ks and IRAs. If a person is close to retirement, then Richard can help a person decide when exactly to retire and help them plan for long-term care if needed. Finally, if the person is already in retirement, Richard can help the individual with estate planning.

Regardless of a person’s age, it is important to start planning for retirement with the right wealth manager. Too many managers simply try to sell the products that will make them the most commissions. Instead, sit down with Richard Blair and let him show you the holistic retirement wealth management approach.

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