Bruce Levenson Is Still Busy In Atlanta After Selling Team

The former group of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks Ownership, AHBE formerly known as Atlanta Spirit, LLC are suing their insurance company for insurance bad faith. The insurance company, AIG was obligated to honor a claim that was filed by the team’s former General Manager Danny Ferry. The claim had to do with a workplace dispute that under AHBE’s current policy would have been covered by the insurance company. And AHBE under Bruce Levenson‘s guidance had opted to buyout Ferry’s contract at the end of all this. But so far AIG is not acknowledging AHBE’s right to the claim, and it’s promising to become a contentious case in court.

In a report by Forbes.com, Bruce Levenson recently sold his shares of the Atlanta Hawks to Tony Ressler’s group after owning the team for about 12 years. He purchased the Hawks in 2004 and also served on the NBA’s Board of Governors during his time as owner. Levenson is also known founding United Communications Group (UCG – http://www.ucg.com/AboutUs/Ownership.aspx), a company he and his friend Ed Peskowitz founded in 1977. He had formerly written for the now defunct Washington Star and had become interested in publishing journals for various industries, so UCG started out with Oil Express and soon acquired many other journals. Levenson also became a board member of Tech Target and BIA Digital Partners.

As a philanthropist, Bruce Levenson helped start several foundations based in Washington D.C. including Hoop Dreams, the “I Have a Dream” Foundation, and the Center for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership at the University of Maryland. Levenson is also active with the Holocaust Memorial Museum, an event that’s important to him because of his family heritage. Levenson also supports several Jewish non-profit groups and public policy organizations including SEED Foundation, Birthright Israel and BBYO. He was also part of the Anti-Defamation League’s committee that launched the “Concert Against Hate” event in 2015.

 

Workville has brought Coworking Spaces to the masses

Work is a vital part of human life. Every day people wake up and head to work. They are able to earn their keep and make a difference in society. People will keep working forever, but the way they are working is changing forever. There is an increased move towards coworking spaces throughout the world. These coworking space offer a unique experience for people. This may seem like a new idea, but it actually hearkens back to an old tradition.

During the Renaissance, shared work spaces were incredibly popular. People from all trades worked together in the same spaces. Craftsmen, artists, painters, sculptors, and other talented people all worked together in the same space. They formed powerful communities that proved extremely beneficial for people throughout society. New and exciting ways of creating products emerged from this new way of working.

In Florence, these shared workplaces made all the difference. They allowed craftsmen and artists to make huge connections with one another. They also were able to share knowledge between fields, forever changing the way that work is done. One great example is Andrea del Verrocchio. He became a talented scuptor, painter, and goldsmith. He took in many different students, but he did not limit them to just his knowledge. His willingness to work with other craftsmen produced the brightest men that our world has ever seen. Da Vinci, Botticelli, and Perugino all spent time working with Andrea del Verrocchio.

Coworking spaces made a huge impact on the world during the Renaissance, but they have since been abandoned. The factory mentality allowed great production gains, but ability to talk with other workers was lost. Now the technology sphere is bringing coworking back. Several companies have presented new coworking spaces. Google has started “Campus” in London, and Nextspace has launched in California. These companies offer a huge opportunity for those that want to work together with other professionals.

One great coworking space is Workville in New York City. Workville wants to be an extremely creative and collaborative community, so they offer several amenities for those that work their. Coffee, telephone lines, dry cleaning, and printers are all readily available. Workville is an extremely inspiring environment allowing young start-ups to work together and become brighter due to this collaboration.

Coworking spaces should become incredibly popular for years to come, but there are already several important companies in the coworking space. Workville is one amazing option for those that want to experience this new trend.

Owning Gold Is As Important Now As It Has Ever Been According To U.S. Money Reserve President Philip Diehl

Gold, silver and platinum have a long history of protecting wealth when economies take a turn for the worse. Philip Diehl, the President of the U.S. Money Reserve, made that point perfectly clear in an interview with ePodcastNetwork.com recently. Gold, as well as silver, have been increasing in value since the turn of the 21st century, according to Diehl. But Mr. Diehl did say prices dropped in 2012 and again in 2015, but all the signs point to a major jump in gold, silver and platinum prices in 2016.

The U.S. economy is still growing, but that grow is slowing down every month. The health of the global economy is on life support, according to a recap of the Diehl podcast interview published by PRNewswire.com. The European Union has major issues to address. It appears EuropeÕs economy will continue to show signs that a serious recession is in the works. Even though the dollar is still strong, Diehl thinks the condition of ChinaÕs economy, as well as the unrest in the European Union, will throw the world into a global recession, and that could happen in 2016.

CrunchBase reported it that Hedge fund managers are already planning for a drop in stock prices. Investors like Soros, Buffet and other hedge fund gurus are dumping huge amounts of stocks and reinvesting in gold and silver, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article. Investors are turning to the U.S. Money Reserve for help, according to Mr. Diehl. And Diehl knows how to help them.

Philip Diehl is the former Director of the U.S. Mint and chief of staff of the United States Treasury. Diehl also served as staff director for the Senate Finance Committee, so he has an inside track on whatÕs happening in government circles.

No can predict what is going to happen next in the global market, but one thing is sure. The price of gold is on the move again, and Philip Diehl thinks itÕs not going to stop increasing.

But as Diehl said, buying gold has always been a sound investment move. Diehl recommends gold and silver coins for investors that are just starting to invest in precious metals of the US Money Reserve. Government issued coins always hold their value, and they have a history of better than average returns.

The Art Of The Invitation

 

It is extremely difficult for the average person to simply sit down at the computer and compose an original invitations with software. Invitations composed are basically generic, and like thousands of other invitations that are mailed out millions of times across the country. However, Fashion Week invitations were very inspiring and demonstrate that true creativity still exists, especially in the fashion world. Designers like Saint Laurent and Tommy Hilfiger, actually kicked it up a notch.

Fashion Week Invitations
The Fashion Week Invites that really packed a punch was Tommy Hilfiger. He sent out an invitation that resembled a passport. Perhaps, a passport to great fashion. Kate Spade’s invitations looked like the old 45 records. Inviting people to rock to the beat of the sweet designs on the runway. Saint Laurent sent out super cool over-sized cards in black and white. The invitations were very elegant, announcing an affair for the fashion ages.

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A Prediction for Another Crash by George Soros

When George Soros speaks on Bloomberg, those who follow the financial markets listen. Soros is widely acclaimed in his industry because of his incredible knowledge and insight as well as his ability to time the markets for financial gain. One of his many notable accomplishments was his ability to turn a one-day profit of $1 billion from a currency exchange trade a few years ago, and he has many other similar accomplishments in his personal and professional life. Recently, Soros made an incredible prediction that has people talking. His statement was made in a TheStreet.com article, “When I look at the financial markets there is a serious challenge which reminds me of the crisis we had in 2008.”

A Worse Crisis Than 2008
In fact, in a subsequent article that was published by Bloomberg, he stated that he believes the upcoming crash will be worse than 2008. He cited evidence that ranges from deteriorating market conditions to China’s economic turmoil, the government debt in the United States and other countries, oil prices and several other conditions. As the markets have been on a downward spiral for most of 2016, some may say that Soros’ predictions may be correct.

What This Means for You
Soros will be the first to admit that he cannot predict markets. In fact, in a piece published by The Fool, he mentioned, “ http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2016/01/10/1-george-soros-quote-to-keep-in-mind-in-2016.aspx “The financial markets generally are unpredictable. So that one has to have different scenarios. … The idea that you can actually predict what’s going to happen contradicts my way of looking at the market.” However, this statement must be taken in context. He believes that you must look at the market from different angles in order to come to a better realization about what may happen in the future rather than to move forward with information from one source. There are so many different factors that are leading him to make a crash prediction for the near future that it seems likely that he may be on the right track.

If you are a savvy investor, you will certainly research all of the market conditions on your own, and you make come to a similar conclusion as George Soros. He did not predict a time for a future crash, but keep in mind that it could come at any time. With this thought, you may begin preparing your financial house for a crash

On Big Companies – CCMP Capital

Stephen Murray CCMP Capital is a private equity invested company that focuses on growth capital transactions and leveraged buyout. It is divided into specific sectors.

The Consumer sector, under the lead of Thomas Walker and Richard Zammin, specifies in mass channel supply, multi-channel marketing, and specialty retailing. The Industrial sector is under the leadership of Timothy Walsh. The Healthcare sector is in charge of allocation of medical products and its provision through managed care organizations. The Energy sector is under the leadership of Christopher Behrens, and it focuses on providing power and midstream services.

The company has been known by several names throughout its existence.

First founded as Chemical Venture partners in 1984, it started growing rapidly. In its first years, it served as the venture capital arm of Chemical Bank. In 1996, after the acquisition of Chase Manhattan bank, the firm changed its name for the first time, incorporating the name of the bank with its own, thus becoming known as Chase Capital Partners. Later, in the year of 2000, after another acquisition of J.P. Morgan & Co., the group changed the name again, now to JP Morgan Partners.

Following the acquisition of Bank One, JP Morgan Partners announced their spinout from JP Morgan Chase. This new firm adopted CCMP acronym in reference to all predecessors. (Chemical, Chase, and JP Morgan).

The firm continued to grow and be one of the most successful businesses, with over $12 billion in leveraged buyout and growth capital transactions since its founding.

A lot of this success is due to one man – Stephen P. Murray.

He was born on August 2, 1962, in Brooklyn, New York City, and raised in North Tarrytown. After completing his high school education in Sleepy Hollow High School, he left for Boston, where he graduated with a degree in Economics in 1984. One of the things that helped him along the way is entering the credit analyst training program at manufactures Hannover. In 1989, he earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration at Columbia Business School. He married his college sweetheart Tami Anne Morti and had four sons, Ryan, Sean, James, and Nolan. He was in charge of his firm, CCMP Capital, since its founding and followed it through its many changes, developments, and growths.

Murray was also a great philanthropist. He supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York, Stamford Museum, the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, Columbia Business School, and Boston College. He was Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Boston College. He is best known for his membership on the Chairman’s Council of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York.

Unfortunately, his health began to fail, and his condition became serious in February this year. He passed away in his home in Stamford, on March 12, at the early age of 52.

Spirituality In The Workplace

There are a lot of ways to help with getting a business going. Many may not know what they can do in order to get the business they need. One great option for helping is using spirituality.

How It worksIt’s a fairly easy concept, but many people miss it. The way it works is the person working the business stays positive through the business venture and they are able to increase the success of the business. This positive thinking allows things that are good to flow into their business and bring things they need to them.

Why Try it

The best thing about this kind of thinking is it can never go wrong. According to Joseph Bismark, positive thinking and having a good attitude can help people achieve great things. He believes people are capable of extraordinary things. It sounds great and with the right attitude can be done.

What Can You Do

Anyone can start thinking this way with some effort. It’s hard to think in a positive way when many think negative because of things going on in their lives. The first step is to realize this and change it. There will be the occasional negative thought that creeps in, but many times it can be helped with a little effort.

There are a lot of thoughts that go through people’s heads everyday. The best thing anyone can do is to try and think about the positive things and add them to the workplace. People may also be able to change their lives at home as well as at work if they change the way they see the world and themselves. People spend a lot of time at work and making it positive and fun is a great way to start changing lives. Maybe even changing their own while they are at it.

The success of a business is anchored around the beliefs of the owners. It is what they believe in; that pushes them to do things as they do. Spirituality is the strongest bond that can exist between a person and his beliefs. Therefore, the role of spirituality in business cannot be ignored.
Climbing the corporate ladder is something that everyone desires, but many fail to achieve. It is a stressful and demanding experience. Starting, and running a multinational company is a wish in the lips of every individual. The stress that comes with it gives no room for peace, spirituality and harmony in the workplace. Therefore, only the strong can survive and still be successful.
However, Joseph Bismark has proven that spirituality can work in the business environment. By teaching his staff brotherhood and perseverance, QNET has risen in the market ranking. Though the enduring spirit and innovation, he has driven QNET to new heights of success. In fact, many that do not understand Joseph’s beliefs still wonder how the man did it. Through his convictions and a million dollar ideas, Joseph continues to captivate many in the business world.
At nine years, Joseph a life of luxury to go and become a monk in the Philippines. Until 17 years, he spent time in the ashrams, and learnt fundamental lessons that would later prove to be vital to his success in business. He returned, and went into the company world. The ideas and lessons he learnt in the mountains were embodied in him. It became vital to his getting prestigious promotions in the industry even at a tender age.
QI Group named him Managing Director in 2008. Together with business partner, Vijay Eswaran, they lead the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of QI Group. The RHYTHM Foundation is instrumental in working closely with the less fortunate in society. Their objective is to give dreams and formulas of success to the less privileged. Actually, through their work, many have seen their dreams come back to life. Joseph shares with the world role of spiritual beliefs in business.
Joseph’s beliefs revolve around the strengths of teams. It is common knowledge that all firms encourage and champion for teamwork in their organizations. It is even better if the desire to have teams is spiritual.
Joseph Bismark’s simple life and core beliefs have made him taste success wherever he went. His humility makes him rise through the corporate ladder without changing his fundamental beliefs. To Joseph, success is a state that is temporary and only helps someone think positively, and move forward.