The first thing that strikes you, and there are many to choose from, is the sheer level of education that Deirdre Baggot has achieved. She obtained a Doctor of Philosophy Degree at the University of Colorado along with a Business Administration Master’s Degree at Loyola University School of Business in Chicago. In addition to those impressive degrees Deirdre Baggot also completed her Nursing Bachelor of Science Degree.
Deirdre has put this stellar education to good use. Deidre Baggot is a strong advocate of bundled payments for healthcare services rather than the traditional fee-for-service payments. A bundled pay system can alleviate stress for patients who should be able to focus all of their attention to regaining their health and not be stressed about their payment system. The commonly used fee-for-services system meant that patients, who were already under immense stress, were also faced with a barrage of bills for various services. Many of the patients are also low income and that, coupled with the toll an illness can take, was causing unnecessary hardships at the exact time that patients could not cope with them. View Slideshare.com to learn more.
It was not just the patients that could benefit from the bundled payment system, as medical offices were also spending a great deal of time dealing with the various requests and forms that accompanied the fee-for-service plan. Between the savings of time for medical offices and patients the benefits were clear to Deirdre, and she has spent the last few months working on reforming the system and regularly blogs to explain the intricacies of the process.
The bundled payment system is not the only thing in the Healthcare field that Deirdre is working on. She was also one of the first proponents of a ‘checklist’. By implementing a system that would avoid ordering excessive tests for her patients she could streamline their care and avoid wasted time and money on tests that would not help. This system is now called ‘care protocol’, which has allowed both doctors and patients to focus their care with greater precision. Deirdre’s work is rooted in her passion to help patients and her work will surely do so.
Most all of us like to support the welfare of animals from time to time. We do not like to see animals in harms way. So when it comes to animals being put down in shelters because there are just too many of them or they are older and sickly, this really hits home to a lot of us. This is something that we do not want to see. All animals deserve a loving home no matter the age or issue. Marketing expert Victoria Doramus has strong views towards protecting the animals in shelters that are at risk for being put down.
Victoria Doramus is a recovering addict, and during the time of her recovery she has come to realize that helping people, or animals, helps her to feel better about herself. She has started supporting a group called Best Friends Animal Society. This group helps animals by working hard to end killing in shelters. They are trying to build community programs that will work to find animals the homes they deserve. The group started around the 1980s when animals were routinely killed in shelters as a way of keeping numbers down. Over 17 million were being killed each year.
When this was happening a group of friends decided they needed to do something to step in and save the animals. They started the nonprofit group, and since animal welfare has gotten much better. The goal of the group is that one day no animal will be killed because they are unwanted or sickly, all animals will find a forever loving home. Victoria Doramus agrees with this logic greatly, and wants to see all animals find their forever home.
During her recovery period from addiction, Victoria Doramus realized that everyone, or every animal in this case, needs help from time to time. There has to be someone out there willing to help. She has her heart set on saving the animals, and between her and the Best Friends Animal Society group they will continue to save animal after animal until most all animals are placed into loving homes.
OSI Group is ranked number 63 on the Forbes list for wealthiest private companies. They are a private holding company of all of their global and national corporations, making them the largest holding company for foods in the world as the main supplier for McDonald’s. As part of McDonald’s “Scale for Good” initiative in increasing forest conservation, gas emissions, water quality, and more, OSI Group McDonalds is also striving to do the very same within their own organization. OSI Group McDonalds has hired Nicole Johnson-Hoffman, the VP of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, as their new CSO or Chief Sustainability Officer. As part of this new push, she is helping OSI Group McDonalds to create a new set of operations for some of the 20,000 workers. These include better living conditions for chickens, better Animal Welfare training for officers, more recycling of wastewater, more planting of trees and forest conservation, and even other initiatives in order to keep the planet healthier and their business more sustainable. As a result of all the sustainability efforts, OSI is winning great sustainability awards across the world. In the UK, for example, they are winning (sometimes consecutively) the British Safety Council’s “Globe of Honour” award. In California, at the OSI Riverside plant, they have won the California Green Business Certificate. To know more click here.
The CEO of OSI Group McDonalds is also doing his part locally to care for the community of Chicago: a community hard hit by gang violence. He donates regularly to the Rush University Medical Center, the Boys and Girls Club of America in Chicago, the United Negro College fund, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and is on the board of trustees for the Ronald McDonald House. He joined OSI Group McDonalds in 1975 to help spread their organization globally, changed the name from Otto and Sons to reflect a more professional demeanor. The company remains a family-oriented business, as each of the 20,000 global employees across 17 nations calls each other family.
The Copacabana Beach, Christ the Redeemer Statue, and the Carnaval do Brasil are some of Brazil’s most famous tourist attractions. In 2017, more than six million visitors traveled to the South American country, experiencing the country’s culture and tradition which is a mix of Native American and European influences. Despite the country’s rising murder rates and other similar crimes, people are still coming into Brazil because of the government’s campaign to increase awareness about their tourism industry. The police exerts extreme measures to protect the tourists, and positive reviews about the attractions offered by Brazil resulted in more people who wanted to visit the country. Many airlines and cruising companies are offering tour packages to interested individuals, and the government of Brazil is expecting that the aggressive marketing campaign regarding the country’s tourism will bring the number of foreign visitors to more than seven million by 2020.
Guilherme Paulus is a businessman who operates in tourism sector. He is the owner of a tour operator services company, and 15 hotels and resorts built strategically across the country. He commended the government’s efforts in transforming the tourism industry, and he stated that more people are benefiting from the influx of tourists. Businesses related to the tourism industry boomed, and there is an increase in the number of hotels and restaurants built across the country. Guilherme Paulus owns the GJP Hotels and Resorts, and he is also benefiting from the influx of tourists. Many of his visitors came from overseas, and they booked a stay inside his hotel because of its positive online reviews. He is doing his best to ensure that the guests will have a great stay inside his property, offering them a world-class service.
The CVC tour operator services, owned by Guilherme Paulus, also provide services to the tourists. The company arranges local tours for the visitors, giving them the best value for their money. The tour operator services firm has been around for more than four decades, and positive feedback from the tourists allowed it to operate for a long time. Guilherme Paulus stated that the rising number of tourists in the country significantly increased his net worth, which is now at $1 billion. Many people who wanted to take advantage of the rising tourism industry are currently applying for permits to open up their business establishments that would cater the visitors. Guilherme Paulus also highlighted the importance of the country’s publicity during the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the recently concluded 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
Marathon Pharmaceuticals has made its name in the healthcare sector as a firm which specializes in the development of medical solutions for rare treatments. Many patients are neglected by firms which only seek to manufacture easy solutions in a bid to capture a larger market size. However, this is not the case for this flagship company. It knows that these people need specialized medication and has thus invested a lot of time and money in conducting research and establishing a facility capable of meeting their unique needs. Marathon Pharmaceuticals explores new treatment solutions for cancer, central nervous systems, and rare neurological disorders. It has headquarters in Northbrook and has big offices in Chicago and New Jersey. That is not all. The firm has announced the launching of Marathon Bioscience Centre. The center will be located in Chicago’s River North District. The core purpose of this center is to act as a centre for research and regulatory staff tasked with the noble role of developing new solutions for rare cancer, movement disorders and endocrine deficiencies among other illnesses.
The opening of the center goes hand in hand with Marathon Pharmaceuticals’ goal of coming up with solutions for rare diseases for people with unmet medical needs. It is worth noting that this center will be located closer to MATTER. This is a biotechnology hub for startups. It is home to hundreds of start-ups seeking to come up with innovative ways of combating modern diseases. Thus, Marathon Pharmaceuticals will be strategically located in an area where it can easily partner with these professionals.
The firm is a giant in the manufacture of essential medicines which are challenging to manufacture. An excellent example of such medication is Amytal Sodium. This is a nonselective central nervous system depressant. When it depresses the sensory cortex, it assists in decreasing motor activity. As such, it produces drowsiness, sedation, and hypnosis. Amytal Sodium is best known for the short-term treatment of insomnia. It can also be used for patients who are expecting to go an operation procedure. Another flagship medicine manufactured by the firm is PEPCID®. This is an excellent medication for minimizing the quantity of acid in the stomach of patients.
Jeffery Aronin, CEO of Chicago-based Paragon Biosciences, LLC, and founder of MATTER, a platform to help support the Chicago biotechnology industry, aims to help move medicine forward. The main focus of Paragon is to create medicines and to invest in pharmaceutical startups that tackle health problems unaddressed by current medications. Over the past 10 years Paragon has helped bring more medicines from its main therapeutically areas to the market than any other drug company. Meeting with similar success, MATTER, has helped to make Chicago a major biotechnology hub, creating companies and relationships that aim to bring more innovation to medicine and to help patients.
Jeffery Aronin’s initial interest in medicine started years ago when he was shadowing a doctor. One of the patients he encountered was a child who was suffering from seizures. Treatment included surgical removal of part of the child’s brain. But there was an new, experimental medication that could help. The family was devastated by the prospect of having their child endure the surgical treatment. So the untried experimental treatment was used, and it worked. The family’s profound happiness at the treatment’s success and the child’s improved health led Aronin to work in pharmaceuticals.
Paragon Sciences has invested over $450 million in drug creation, with an additional $445 million to be invested as of October 2018. Paragon and its portfolio companies have created over 32 novel medicines and new drug applications. Such portfolio companies include Castle Creek Pharma and Harmony Bioscience, among others. Aronin credits the employees for some of Paragon’s success, noting that many have been with the company for years and were chosen because they share Aronin’s vision.
Aronin’s second endeavor, MATTER was created in 2015 and brings together diverse healthcare professionals to help create better medicines and treatments. The organization hosts classes and collaboration spaces in which healthcare workers, pharmaceutical executives, and others can work together to deal with various issues in healthcare and drug development. For example, the large 25,000 square feet space that houses MATTER includes an area called The Shop where inventors and entrepreneurs can meet to create new medical technologies.
The transport and infrastructure arm of the Fortress Investment Group has been looking at various areas to invest in. They are aware of the numerous opportunities presenting themselves, but given their expertise, they are able to sieve through them to only invest in the most viable and once that promise long-term success. One of these areas has been in the private rail business. Brightline which runs private passenger trains was acquired by the Fortress Investment Group and has gone on to become one of the most lucrative investments for the group. The company has invested quite a lot in the Miami to West Palm Beach route. The company focused on too short to fly yet too long to drive routes in the area. They recently opened the Miami to Fort Lauderdale route which would reduce the journey to approximately 35 minutes all for a price of ten dollars. This route is usually a nightmare for travellers, especially at rush hour where traffic can turn the otherwise short drive into a two-hour nightmare. It is especially bad when there is an accident or some eventuality that tampers with the normal flow of traffic.
The Fortress Investment Group through Brightline hopes to continue with these kinds of investments going forward even after their acquisition by SoftBank. The investment bank was looking for an investment vehicle that was able to support their expansion into the United States. The 3.3 billion deal saw the group which was formerly listed on the NYSE become a private company once more. They are determined now more than ever to grow their operations in virtually all areas that they had before while at the same time looking for more opportunities elsewhere. This includes in real estate as indicate by their deal to acquire 20 Times Square in New York. In technology, they recently announced a 20 million dollar credit facility for iPass a company that provides WIFI via hotspots. They are one of the biggest providers of hotspot technology and other related connectivity tech. The Fortress Investment Group are also enjoying the backing of a well-financed new owner.
Ted Bauman is a financial newsletter editor for Banyan Hill Publishing. He is a graduate of South Africa’s University of Cape Town where he earned history and economics postgraduate degrees. He spent 25 years in South Africa’ nonprofit sector, mainly filling executive roles at charities that had low-cost housing projects. He returned to the United States and started writing about investment opportunities from an economics standpoint. His goal is to help people make money off their investments by following low-risk strategies that will protect their assets.
He says he spent a number of years when younger working at fast food joints like Burger King and McDonald’s. He also spent time at a gas station. Ted Bauman says that he doesn’t begrudge those years because it taught him things like working hard, being in a working-class place, making ends meet, and dealing with managers complaining about the job he was doing. He says this taught him that in order to have a thriving economy it means paying as attention to the welfare of people in the working-class.
Ted Bauman recently posted an article about how to keep liquid cash safe from things such as thieves and a fire. His first recommendation is to get a home safe that is both waterproof and fireproof. You should store your cash there as well as jewelry. He also recommends getting a safe-deposit box at your bank or credit union so that the stuff you store there is out of sight and yet can be accessed relatively easily.
The Total Wealth Symposium is held on an annual basis. At this event, the financial experts from Banyan Hill Publishing, like Ted Bauman, speak to an audience of attendees about the wealth-building opportunities they currently see as the most lucrative. Last year one of the subjects was cybersecurity and how it pays to invest in the companies that provide this service. Companies are getting hacked all the time anymore and they need to bring in expert cybersecurity companies to lock their systems down and to constantly be on the guard in regards to detecting intrusions as they happen.
Tim Duncan is 45-year-old CEO of Talos Energy, a top oil and gas drilling company in the United States. Recently, he entered into an agreement with Stone Talos Energy, a publicly traded company that had filed for bankruptcy. The decision had been made by the management of Stone Energy to cushion it from collapse due to the global oil prices hitting very low levels in 2015. Despite the company facing bankruptcy, Tim Duncan was ready to face to take the risk and but the company. He is a brilliant business leader who believes to have the capacity to bring the operations of the company back up again. One thing that many people do not know is that Tim Duncan had to go through a hard time striking this $2.5 billion deal as a result of the challenges caused by Hurricane Harvey that was being witnessed at that time. In fact, he says that he struck the deal while in his mother’s house due to the floods that were being experience in Houston. Tim Duncan was committed to do anything it took to have the deal finalized.
One of the benefits that Talos Energy gained from this deal is that it became a publicly traded company without going through an IPO stage. Since Stone Energy was publicly traded, that was enough to have the new business entered into the NY Stock Market Exchange. The company is operating under the ticker “TALO” and Tim Duncan has maintained his position as the CEO of the company. Talos is now making over $900 million returns annually under the management of Tim Duncan. It is great start and in future, the company is expected to see a significant increase in revenue as more and more businesses become live.
With the new combination, Talos is going to expand its operations not only in the United States but also in Mexico. The company is also expected to employ new technique of drilling that will increase production of oil. Under the new setup, it is expected that the company will be producing 48,000 barrels in a day. In the future, this volume is expected to go up further.
Waiakea, a Hawaiian volcanic bottled water company started in 2012 by CEO and founder Ryan Emmons, separates itself from other bottled water companies. Waiakea’s water is originally sourced from the purest environment on earth, the snow-capped peak on the active volcano Mauna Loa that is filtered through 14,000 feet of porous volcanic rock. One volcano water benefit is that this process infuses the water with electrolytes. Electrolytes are charged molecules that aid to the balance of fluids in the body these include; sodium, potassium, magnesium, and chloride. Along with these electrolytes the water also contains a variety of minerals which makes the water have a natural pH level of 8.8. Considering that Waiakea water pH level is so high this ensures that the water stays out of the acidic range which, in turn provides the body with numerous proposed benefits such as immune support, weight loss, cancer resistance, and many more. Not only does the high pH level provide several health benefits but it also provides a sweeter taste to the water because of its alkalinity.
Not only is Waiakea concerned about the health of its consumers but they also practice sustainability when it comes to the environmental aspect of their products. Waiakea’s water is packaged responsibly only in 100% RPET plastic which creates a 90% smaller carbon footprint, uses 95% less water, and uses 85% less energy to manufacture. Using only 100% RPET plastic is one of the several sustainable actions along with reforestation projects and having a 1.38 billion gallons per day recharge rate that Waiakea has made to certify them as a CarbonNeutral company. Waiakea is making a positive difference not only environmentally but also ethically. For every liter that is bought Waiakea donates 650 liters of water for those around the world who do not have access to clean, accessible, drinking water through their partnership with Pump Aid. Waiakea is unlike any other. Drink healthy, drink sustainably, drink ethically,drink Waiakea.