Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was a highly controversial decision by the United States Supreme Court in 2010, in which it struck down limits on political campaign spending by corporations as a violation of the First Amendment. The result of the decision was that corporations can now contribute endless money to political campaigns and organizations, provided that the money is to political action committees as opposed to the candidates directly. The term “Citizens United” has now become synonymous with rampant corporate political influence in politics and the drowning out of the voice of individual voters. Read more about the group on Wikipedia.
End Citizens United was founded in 2015 with the aims of reforming the broken campaign finance system. The group has been active at the grassroots level in trying to elect pro-reform candidate and advance ballot measure campaigns at the state level to spark reform. End Citizens United attempts to level the playing field that is currently tilted in favor of large corporations by supporting candidates committed to its agenda.
Recently, End Citizens United made a group of endorsements for the 2018 midterm elections. The candidates endorsed by the group have demonstrated their support of campaign finance reform. One of the top endorsements made by End Citizens United was of Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who is running to replace Ted Cruz as United States Senator. O’Rourke has demonstrated his commitment to campaign finance reform by eschewing political action committee money and relying solely on individual donations. Even without taking corporate money, O’Rourke has dramatically outraised the incumbent senator and O’Rourke has received plaudits for this position. O’Rourke supports legislation that would overturn the judicial result of the Citizens United decision.
Another candidate endorsed by End Citizens United is Wisconsin Congressional candidate Randy Bryce, who is running to replace Paul Ryan. Bryce became a hero to the working class nationwide after one of his campaign advertisements touting his working class roots went viral. Voters have related well to the no-nonsense Bryce and his campaign has raised a large amount of money, an overwhelming majority of it from individual donations of $25 or less. Learn more about the group on Crunchbase.
.@SteveDettelbach spoke directly about the fact that we need to really pay attention to the role that money in politics currently plays in our democracy. Listen to what our endorsed candidate for Ohio AG has to say about it here: https://t.co/f6dScqoTjz
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) August 20, 2018
Sheldon Lavin is an easy guy to root for. He has been running a food supply company called OSI Group for the last few decades. He has overseen the expansion of this former meat supplier into a global food supply conglomerate. Now, that doesn’t sound too interesting but the story of OSI Group is pretty astonishing.
You can trace the origin of the company all the way back to a Chicago neighborhood in the early 20th century. A German immigrant by the name of Otto opened up the meager butcher shop in 1909. He worked hard and was eventually able to parlay his butcher shop into a meat supply company. And then he really lucked out when he met Ray Kroc.
Ray Kroc famously founded the McDonald’s chain. In the early 1950s, he reached out to hundreds of meat suppliers to supply the beef for his hamburgers. Otto and Sons were one of these meat suppliers. But it was a shrewd move by the Otto and Sons meat supply company that really vaulted them to the top.
The Midwestern meat supply company invested all sorts of time and money into cryogenic freezing technology. This breakthrough allowed them to deliver more meat over a larger geographical area. Eventually, Otto and Sons became the main meat supplier for the McDonald’s chain. The company’s expansion was meteoric.
Now the company is known as OSI Group and its CEO, Sheldon Lavin, is committed to sustainability. And that’s quite impressive coming from a global conglomerate that operates 65 different facilities across 17 countries. The company employs more than 20,000 people.
Sheldon Lavin directed his company to construct two different research facilities. One of them stands in the United States while the other performs research in China. These facilities search for innovative ways to lessen the company’s impact on the environment.
Sheldon Lavin and his respect for the environment grew out of the company’s roots in the Midwest. OSI Group still retains that Midwest earnestness. After all, the company’s headquarters is just a few miles down the road from the first McDonald’s restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois.
Mark McKenna M.D., has shaken-up the beauty industry once again. This man is well-educated in the field of medical aesthetics, and he uses this background to enrich people’s lives. Dr. Mark McKenna is a Tulane Medical School graduate. He is originally from the city of New Orleans, but he has resided in other areas like Atlanta, Georgia. Streamlining the process of elective surgery is one of his main goals, and he has definitely achieved this goal with OVME. OVME, pronounced “of me,” is an advanced medical aesthetics facility. The entire concept of the project has come directly from McKenna himself.
So, what exactly is OVME and how does the consumer benefit? Well, OVME is a medical aesthetics office that possesses a spa-like atmosphere. Dr. Mark McKenna is the founder and CEO of it all. This facility is located in the Buckhead community of Atlanta, and it’s loaded with technologically advanced features as well as luxury treatment rooms. The idea of OVME is to create a warm environment that makes the patient feel comfortable. In addition to that, Dr. Mark McKenna has designed the company to provide these minimally invasive services at your home. That’s right! OVME’s certified clinicians will travel to you if you don’t want to make the trip to the office. McKenna has also developed an innovative app that will allow consumers to make appointments. This advanced application also connects the consumer to specific medical practices in the immediate area.
You won’t find any other medical-aesthetics practice that is willing to push the envelope like this. OVME is basically an advanced version of ShapeMed. ShapeMed was Dr. Mark McKenna’s first successful practice that catered exclusively to this field, and it was a major hit. All in all, Dr. Mark McKenna has revolutionized the game in more ways than one, and that’s a guaranteed fact.
Dick Devos is one of the top businessman in the world. He is known for putting Amway Arena on the map globally in sales, and he is also known for his partnership with CEO of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. His passion for aviation continues to grow, as he joins the Federal Aviation Administration’s Management Advisory Council. The council will meet every three months to discuss policies, regulations, budgets, and future growth. There are members from all types of travel and transportation authority groups, as well as former airline executives.
Devos comes from a mixed background of global business sales, education, and aviation. He has co-founded his own aviation academy with his wife, US Education Secretary Betsy Devos, and he has worked alongside the CEO of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport for many years. In fact, he has been helping the CEO since 1999, when the airport re-launched.
The airport has been around since the early 1900s, but it was only recently remodeled and expanded thanks to the help of Devos. It was Devos who brought in new airlines and expanded destinations, allowing travelers to book flights to several new destinations. It was also Devos who worked with airlines to support the growth of the airport, leading to a $45 million renovation that will be completed at the end of 2018.
Devos has been working with his company The Windquest Group for some time. He has also run for governor and worked with several companies. There have been a number of airline CEOs who have complimented and even praised the appointment of Devos to the FAA’s new council because of his blend of business and aviation understanding. He can help with budgets, future growth, and business relations to promote the American industry.
That is the whole point, after all. The FAA has called together this council after experiencing serious dips in security, technology advances, and other issues that are facing the aviation industry in America. The council will meet every quarter to discuss and provide advice to the FAA. Devos has been a member since September 2017 and continues to work with the FAA as well as run his own business The Windquest Group.
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Ad fraud has become so rampant in the recent years but the good news is that many people have opened their eyes to these kind of fraud and activist are not getting tired of calling out these fraudsters either. One stern short activist, Sahm Adrangi , early this year had an amazing presentation on the same at the Kase Learning during a conference on short selling.
So how does ad fraud occur? Sam explains that hackers manipulate computers to click on your ad displays to create a substantial amount of clicks, impressions, and conversations instead of having actual humans who are the targeted customers click on your ads. This means that there is no actual ROI for a company investing in online ads. According to Sahm Adrangi,the more the ad frauds occur the less the advertising buyers are going to spend on online ads thus missing out on revenue from legitimate publishers.
So what is making it slow for all the interested parties to act? Sahm believes that all these parties that are supposed to be fighting against ad fraud do benefit and that is why they are slow. The ad agencies, ad exchanges, and the advertising companies all do benefit in a way, he insists.
This ad fraud takes so many forms, Sam adds, there is click fraud that occurs in paper click, there is click online ads and then there are fake websites with no content but have lots of traffic. All they do is use the same traffic for different ads. There is also ad tagging and stuffing where an ad is hidden behind a certain ad which the clients don’t see but see the video only but once they click, it reflects as an ad click.
In all these ad frauds, the ultimate loser is the ad buyer, concludes Sahm. Therefore it is high time that they work together with the activists to put all these frauds to an end. Otherwise, they will never really realize the economic value of online advertising.
About Sahm Adrangi
Sahm Adrangi is the Founder and CIO of Kerrisdale Capital Management which was launched in 2009. Sahm’s highest achievement has been exposing the fraudulent Chinese companies and has since been keen on short seller activism
GreenSky Credit is a leading financial technology company that helps connect customers with lenders. It gives customers a way to access funds to be used for home improvement projects. GreenSky Credit is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and it’s lead by David Zalik, CEO.
By dealing with local banks, merchants, and professionals, GreenSky Credit can reach a wide audience base around the country. Their success is due, in part, to the fact that today’s market consist of people who want convenience and mobility. Instead of requiring an individual to head out to the bank with a stack of papers in hand, much of the work can be done through a mobile device. Since today’s routines are governed by our phones, it makes sense that obtaining lines of credit for small projects can also be handled this way.
David Zalik has always been good with numbers. He skipped high school and went straight to Auburn University, starting his first business in his first year of college. This venture, MicroTech Information Systems, involved selling refurbished computers to fellow students and eventually to corporations. Zalik ended up dropping out of Auburn and going on to sell MicroTech, then later launching the Phoenix and Outweb companies. He found his way into the credit business in 2006, when he had a new idea to become a sort of hassle-free middleman.
Now, Zalik oversees an operation that allows people to instantaneously access credit so that funding home projects and medium-sized purchases can be made easier. GreenSky Credit speeds up the process so that customers can scan their driver’s licenses instead of typing in all of their information.
The whole process can take just a few minutes, so you can do all of this in the aisle of a Home Depot while shopping for materials for a new kitchen. What GreenSky Credit does primarily is to open up new options for everyday consumers. The credit that Zalik and GreenSky Credit can provide include loans up to $65,000.
Giving people options is what many businesses are all about, and GreenSky has certainly found a smart way to open up new pathways to making improvements.
In the world of art, motherhood has held a human importance. The images show the love and sacrifice only a mother can give to their children. Artists use the sketches to pass a message about the bond between a mother and her offspring. Käthe Kollwitz uses a piece, Frau mit Totem Kind, to show the pain of loss. Today most of the mother images represent love and responsibilities of a woman due to the changing roles in a family setting. Motherhood portrays are so emotional and vivid.
New from Pew Research: Moderates in Congress go local on Facebook more than the most ideological members https://t.co/vYqxCmWFKC
— Ann Scango (@AnnScango) July 25, 2018
Ann Scango Biography
Ann Scango is an American sculptor and visual artist. She creates 3D creations and textural complex. Her artwork is recognized across Texas. She works with numerous materials like polyurethane foam and industrial components. Scango recently launched Scango Collection to fulfill her dreams of opening a gallery to promote female artists. She completed her fellowship in 2015. Her work was featured in MoMuseum, the Nature Gallery, and This Woman’s Life Magazine.
Ann Scango revealed that she started practicing art since her childhood. She stated that the gallery was a result of her passions ranging from motherhood, art, environmentalism, and female empowerment. Her friends, family, and donors supported her financially. She never doubted her art business from the start as it had reliable workers. Scango promotes her art on social media accounts and referrals. Cutting back time at the collection gallery has been the toughest decision the artist has had to make. She needs some time off to satisfy her creativity outside the studio.
Ann Scango believes that her keenness and evocative pieces set differentiate her work from others. She is always after finding the next art paradigm the public want. The most satisfying moment for Scango while in business is her being stable to invest in riskier pieces and acquire better tools. She recently acquired hand moisturized gloves to avoid knuckles from cracking. Ann Scango encourages new artists to take risks and never stifle their voice.
Dr. Saad Saad is of the world’s most renowned doctors. He started at the very bottom of society, having grown up in Kuwait among 7 siblings. Dr. Saad Saad obtained his first degree at Cario University, and from there he studied in England and the United States. He soon became certified by the board in the U.S. and established his practice in New Jersey. In the 1980s, his background and skills would land him the ultimate job as the personal practitioner for the royal family in Saudi Arabia. The international recognition of Dr. Saad Saad was on a level few doctors ever achieve. In a recent article on the website Blog Webpedia, Dr. Saad Saad discuses the lessons he learned over his career.
The first lesson is simple: Don’t Accept Anything But the Success You Seek. Dr. Saad Saad grew up in a turbulent era for the middle east. This was a time when Palestinians were forced to relocate to the West Bank. His dad’s drive to work hard in the booming oil economy taught Dr. Saad Saad the power of a higher education. A second incident where he became exhausted in the heat was the nail in the coffin for his future. He wanted to work in a place with air conditioning, and the only place that would always have one was the operation room. His personal passion, combined with his dad’s advice set Dr. Saad Saad on a path for success.
The second piece of advice is something everyone should keep in mind: Don’t Wait Until Tomorrow to do a Task That Can be Done Today. A strong work ethic with time management skills is the only way a business will be successful. His swiftness to acquire his US Board Certification was the key to making him the perfect candidate for the royal family in Saudi Arabia. In the later years of his career, Dr. Saad Saad created two new inventions that would make surgery produces more efficient for all parties.
Numerous Doctors have achieved great things, but few can say they worked privately and for a foreign government during their career. Dr. Saad Saad even left a lasting legacy on the industry through groundbreaking inventions. His career was awe inspiring and will no doubt influence individuals for years to come.
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Lori Senecal is the former CEO of CP+B who retired in 2017, December. While she was working at the company, Lori influenced CP+B both culturally, and businesswise. Lori Senecal made the company witness tremendous growth, becoming partners with recognized companies such as American Airlines. Her presence at the company was undoubtedly worth it because she ensured that it became profitable.
Her recent departure
The CEO stepped down from her CEO role at CP+B by the end of 2017. She had noted that together with the company chairman, Chuck Porter, they had already sketched out a plan on how she would depart immediately she arrived at the company. The company has praised her for having a “global mindset” as she has managed to retain all clients of CP+B since she joined the company. She also increased the company’s global presence with big airline groups including American Airlines. For more details visit Bloomberg.
During her departure statement, the CEO stated that the company has always been managed by entrepreneurs who love building CP+B and who are passionate about their jobs. Because of this, she believed that extending the role to Daniella Aldrich who had been promoted as the CP+B West president was the best action to take because she was competent in addressing the company’s needs.
About Lori Senecal
Since 2015, Lori Senecal has been the Chief Executive Officer of Crispin Porter & Bogusky (CP+B). She also holds additional roles as the CEO and President of Partner Network. Before joining CP+B, Lori was the executive chairman of KBS, which is a sister agency of CP+B. Lori had joined KBS in 2009 after she left McCann New York where she was also the President.
Since she joined the company, Lori Senecal has elevated CP+B’s business culture and standing. That has made the company to be named one of the top Creative Innovators by Advertising Age in 2016. Lori is a role model for many people, which explains why she had also been ranked by Advertising Age in 2013 as one of the Women to Watch. AWNY also awarded her the Game Changer Awards.
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