Two Great IT Staffing Companies Combine Forces

Now that they have merged to become the new DIVERSANT LLC, the sky is the limit to their expansion plans. Gene Waddy started and ran DIVERSANT, Inc. John Goullet Founded Info Technologies and was also the CEO driving his own company’s growth. Together the two top minority entrepreneurs will grow their combined companies to much greater markets than possible as competitors. Goullet will stay in the CEO position. Both men are excited about the new opportunities this company will bring for them, individually, and corporately.

Goullet’s Info Technologies was listed in the Fortune 500 by Forbes magazine. This should not surprise anyone, as he had raised $30 million in revenues by 2010. And, he has plans to grow the new business far beyond that. They will do more with their technique of preparing their top, most-promising job candidates to become perfect matches for each position the company represents them for. The company plans to become the go-to company for all tech staffing needs and may even become an international staffing firm.

Major corporations across the U.S. rely on DIVERSANT to provide the professionals they need to keep their big data infrastructures functioning smoothly. DIVERSANT LLC is guided by a great board of directors, which include William J. Grubbs, a leading executive and CEO of Global CIO at Goldman Sachs, and Steven M. Scopellite, from Cross Country Healthcare.

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James Dondero Helping North Texas

Highland Capital Management is an investment advisory firm based in Dallas, Texas. James Dondero is the co-founder and current president of the firm. He is recognized as an industry leader in alternative investment strategies and his approach to charitable giving is based on his experience and success in this field. While Highland Capital Management is a worldwide company, Jim concentrates his charitable giving activities to his local area.

The Dallas Foundation serves donors as well as non-profit organizations throughout north Texas and is the oldest community foundation in the state and has a proven track record of success in the non-profit community. The President and CEO Mary Jalonick, working with her team of philanthropic experts, was selected to help manage the over $3 million annual charitable giving budget of Highland Capital Management.

Working together, James Dondero and Mary Jalonick, started looking into different charitable giving strategies that would be bold, effective, and desireable. Ultimately they decided to form the Highland Dallas Foundation as a support organization to The Dallas Foundation.

Jim Dondero is well known in the Dallas area for his support of charitable organizations and has been a long-time supporter of the veterans organization, health care initiatives, and education. Over the years he has expanded his philanthropic engagement to include several civic organizations such as The Dallas Zoo, The Perot Museum, and The Bush Presidential Library.

Multi-year grants, while very rare, are extremely important to nonprofit organizations as they guarantee a source of funds over the long term. Mary Jalonick feels that James Dondero’s business experience and reputation fits well with his philanthropic strategy making it possible to secure additional long-term grants for nonprofit charitable organizations in the community.

Recently The Dallas Foundation made the decision to employ Linda Owen. She will focus her attention exclusively on the efforts of the Highland Dallas Foundation. Her expertise will help connect Jim Dondero’s vision with nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of life in North Texas.

Jim Dondero’s continuing efforts to help improve the lives of people living in North Texas are to be admired.

Geoffrey Cone’s Insight on New Zealand’s Tax Transparency

While responding to a feature on foreign trusts, Geoffrey Cone was very categorical, stating that New Zealand is not a tax haven. Contrary to how the media depict the country, the truth is New Zealand is very transparent on tax related issues and is very unlikely to join the league of tax havens.

Some of the main characteristics of tax havens include the lack of transparency, failure to impose nominal taxes, as well as laws and procedures that prevent the exchange of information between different nations. New Zealand on the other hand neither has a highly secretive private banking sector nor does it have any of the above characteristics.

New Zealand not only implemented the internationally agreed tax standards but was also among the very first countries to be placed on the OECD’s white list. The 2002 OECD Model Agreement regarding the exchange of Information on tax related issues is the gold standard for transparency.

New Zealand’s ways of handling foreign trusts, as well as the conditions placed on trustees have demonstrated the country’s leadership in tax transparency.

Michael Cullen held extensive consultations, and in 2006 he introduced new rules. Part of these new rules requires a New Zealand resident trustee of a foreign trust to submit a Foreign Trust Disclosure form. They are also advised to keep financial records among other documentation for tax purposes. All records and documents should be kept in New Zealand and must be recorded in English. Failure to do so attracts heavy penalties. The world standard money laundering legislation enactment in 2011 enhanced these rules.

New Zealand has tax information exchange agreements with over 20 other countries. These agreements are instrumental in preventing tax avoidance and evasion. Additionally, the country has signed a multilateral Convention scheduled for Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. These among other actions do not depict a tax haven.

All in all, New Zealand has a high number of foreign trusts, and the number keeps growing. This growth is attributed to the regulatory environment that has been created over time by successive regimes. The country boasts of a well-regarded judiciary with substantial legal and professional infrastructure, adding to its popularity as a safe haven.

Geoffrey Cone graduated with LLB honors from the University of Otago, New Zealand. He also holds a post-graduate diploma in tax and trust law. He has been practicing since 1980 and has appeared in the courts at all levels. Geoffrey established his firm Cone Marshall Limited in 1999, and it is the only law firm in New Zealand that has specialized exclusively in international trust and tax planning.

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Marc Sparks Transforms Office in Order to Transform Startups

A recent article about Marc Sparks revealed that he is up to making some changes in his office. In fact, Sparks decided to leave his office after 14 years in the same location.

The owner of Timber Creek Capital, LP, has a big vision for this new office space and for the entrepreneurs that he plans to impact. This new office space is designed to make collaboration easier on projects for the startups that Sparks and his team work with.

The private equity firm is focused on helping startups to get off the ground and become revenue generating machines. The firm owner calls this the “incubation period”, in which the business model is formed and the ideas to make it come to fruition are birthed.

This all takes place in an environment which Sparks now refers to as “more collaborative”. Sparks is so confident about the work-space where these ideas are born, that he says it makes up 25% of everything that it takes for a startup to launch and build momentum.

The Texas office location for Timber Creek LP is often referred to as the “hub”, where nearly every aspect of the business can be assisted with accounting, legal, customer service, and many other facets of their business.

Sparks has vast experience in business and knows what it takes to become an entrepreneur, and he shares that in his book, They Can’t Eat You. Sparks knows that experience means a lot when starting a business, and he shares his struggles and how he got through them in his book to help these young startups.

Sparks is active in Habitat for Humanity, but he also has his own organization called Sparkey’s Kids, in which he donates one thousand laptops specifically for at-risk children through American Can! Academy.

NFL Betting For Everyone

Now that the NFL season is in full swing, fans all over the world are excited about every single possible aspect of the game. They are excited about seeing how their team performs and if they will win the Super Bowl. They are excited about seeing how their fantasy football team does. There is also the betting aspect of the NFL that really gets people going. Last night, there was an exciting game on Monday Night Football between the Saints and Falcons, which featured a lot of points scored. Many people were glued to the TV to see what the final point spread was going to be when the game came to an end.

Now, more than ever, people are watching every single game and getting involved in all the different aspects of NFL odds and betting. They are taking it to the next level and they are picking up as many magazines as they can and reading as many websites as possible to get a feel for what is going on and what is the best bet to place that is going to get them the most money out of a particular game or a series of games.

It is important to have things like this in people’s lives, as it gives them something to look forward to, something to care about, and something to have passion about in their day-to-day life. The real bettors, however, know that the place to go for the right information, expert analysis and the best coverage is They are the website that is doing it right and they give up to the minute information on everything and anything someone needs to know before they place a bet on any game.

This website is one hundred and ten percent legitimate and they have every single angle of sports betting covered. They even have videos on their website and they break down each and every single game, no matter if it is between two powerhouse teams or two losing teams. People are placing all sorts of bets these days. Sometimes, they can spend their whole Sunday just watching football and changing the station to game after game.

Goettl Air Conditioning Keeps A Local Focus

Goettl air conditioning started operating in Arizona in 1940. The company has a long history of happy customers and important innovations in the Air Conditioning industry. As technology has changed between 1940 and now, Goettl has been at the forefront of service and equipment enhancements. Up until For many years they have been locally owned. Up until just over a year ago the company even manufactured their own AC equipment. That branch of the business was dropped due to overseas competition.

Goettl Air Conditioning sold to Tenn. contractor

However, according to a recent East Valley Tribune article,Gottel may be doing more than just servicing other brands of Air Conditioners in the near future. An ARS/Rescue Rooter spokesperson was quoted in the Tribune article as saying that they may be reinstating the manufacture of the Gottel air conditioning units. ARS/ Rescue Rooter purchased the company and added it to their expanding portfolio. They own locally run business across the United States and the District of Columbia.

Although the ownership has changed hands, the local management has not. The company is still being led in Tempe by Dan Burke, the former president, and ARS/Rescue Rooter southwest division vice president Ken Goodrich. The staff and crew will also remain the same. The same outstanding service and quality of work will be expected.

The new ownership means expanding opportunities for Gottel air conditioning. The possible revival of the manufacturing of Gottel units would be great for the company. There are benefits for the Memphis, Tenn, based ARS/Rescue Rooter owners.

Gottel Air Conditioning focuses on more than just Air Conditioning. They provide knowledge and service in areas such as Heating, Indoor Air Quality, Energy Efficiency, Commercial HVAC and Maintenance. They are experts at handling newer home installations due to the boom of housing in the valley over the last 75 years. Gottel is known for finding solutions for people who’s homes were built before central air was common. Swamp coolers and mini units are some solutions to keeping the heat at bay. The level of experience and expertise Gottel Air Conditioning has is exactly what drew ARS/Rescue Rooter to adding Gottel Air Conditioning to their portfolio.

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The local Tempe management team is looking forward to another 75 years of serving the Phoenix Valley.

George Soros May Be In His Eighties But There Is Nothing Old About His Investment Style

“If investing is entertaining, if you’re having fun, you’re probably not making any money,” “Good investing is boring.” Those thoughts came from one of the most successful investors on the planet, George Soros. Soros is the rock star investor that broke the Bank of England in 1992 when he made $1 billion and his hedge fund made $7 billion betting that the pound sterling would lose value against the American dollar and the German Mark. Soros hasn’t stopped making big commissions since then. The 86-year-old George Soros still travels around the world promoting democracy and an open society. He may call America his home, but he believes he belongs to the world, or at least his opinions do. George tells it like it is when it comes to presidential elections, and investing in the global market. Soros is not happy with the European Union, and he thinks the British have lost their marbles by voting to leave the EU.

Soros attends economic summits, and he warns the world that a global recession is in the works. And, it could be as devastating as the 2008 financial meltdown. George Soros offered a plan to solve the migration crisis, and he warned the Greeks to stop spending money they don’t have. But people really begin to take notice when Soros buys and sells assets. George Soros got out of the investment business in 2015, but he returned in the first quarter of 2016 to manage his family fund, The Soros Management Fund. Only family money is in that fund and the total assets under management is $4.6 billion this year. Soros has been very vocal about his investments in the gold market, but what surprised some investors was his second quarter sale of three solid biotech companies.

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Some investors follow Soros no matter what he does, but there are some hedge fund managers that think those three companies are moneymakers. The Soros Fund has 173 holdings, so dumping three biotech stocks doesn’t indicate that Soros is down on biotech companies. Liberty Broadband is Soros latest buy. The fund bought 8.9 million shares of that U.S. cable service provider. The Soros fund also bought 4.1 million shares of Rovi. Rovi is involved in the discovery, display, delivery, and monetization of digital entertainment. His investment in SPDR Gold and Barrick Gold were big news in 2016. Soros also bought shares in Communications Sales and Leasing, a real estate investment trust. And Soros got in on the new push to invest in Argentina when he bought 1.4 million shares of Grupo Supervielle.

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Stephen Murray’s Contribution to the Finance Industry

Stephen Murray is an individual who is a well respected legacy for not only being an innovative and caring CEO of CCMP Capital, but also for being a philanthropist who gave many generous donations to the community in order to help others live a better life.

Stephen Murray has always had a passion for not only economics, but also for investment and dedicated his career to helping other individuals find the best possible investment opportunities.

As a young leader and CEO of the investment industry, Mr. Murray’s legacy will continue to be remembered by those looking to follow in his large footsteps.

As an investor, Mr. Murray was able to make his mark in the world at an early age. For college, Mr. Murray attended Boston College and eventually graduated from college with a degree in economics as well as a drive to join the investment industry. Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital:

After earning his master’s degree in business administration, Mr. Murray continues on to join an analyst training program that was particularly geared for those individuals who were looking for a career in becoming or learning the skills of a credit analyst.

Ever since this first opportunity within the investment industry, Mr. Murray has been able to climb his way up to eventually become a CEO of an investment firm that specifically handles buyout and growth equity transactions.

By 1989, five years after graduating from college, Mr. Murray joined MH Corporation, a private equity group that was prominent within the finance industry. By 1991, Chemical Banks bought out MH Corporation and eventually continued on to become Chase Capital Partners by 1996.

After slowly climbing up the ladder to success, Mr. Murray eventually proved himself to be worthy enough for a leadership position and to lead a buyout business at JP Morgan Partners. By 2006, Murray was officially named to be the CEO of CCMP Capital, a firm that grew immensely under the wing of Stephen Murray.

In addition to his success in the business and the finance industry, Mr. Murray was also an avid donator within the New York City Community.

One of the organizations that received some of his most generous donations was the Make-A-Wish Foundation which is a foundation that grants children with chronic illnesses some of their childhood wishes.

Duda Melzer Comes To RBS For The Long Haul


At a meeting with a group of 20 journalists the latest member of the Sirotsky family to head the RBS Group as President, Eduardo Sirotsky Meltzer, answered a series of questions about his life, the RBS Group, and the future of the media industry as a whole. Better known as Duda Melzer, the new RBS President has been looking to create a more transparent leadership for the company in the mold of the world’s leading technology companies, such as Google.

The founder of the RBS Group had not permitted any of his descendants to simply embark on a career at RBS without gathering some form of life experiences; in the interview of Duda Meltzer the new RBS President revealed his grandfather had insisted any child in the family study and work outside Brazil if they wished to one day hold a major position with the RBS Group.

One area of great interest for Duda Meltzer has been the issues the media industry around the world has been facing as the new media options of social media and Websites has made it difficult for traditional media companies to continue to be a success. The problems facing the media industry in Brazil and around the world are not unknown by Duda Meltzer, but the Harvard School of Business graduate believes the new technologies available in the world offer an opportunity for success to be brought to the RBS Group in the future.

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Why Does Duda Melzer And Family Invest In Startups?

Duda Melzer and family invest in startups with their side company known as e.Bricks Ventures. There are new companies in Brazil that need money to operate, and Duda Melzer’s family owns one off the largest communications companies in South America. They clearly have the money needed to help these companies, and that is why they started e.Bricks Ventures.

RBS Group is unique in that it is owned by a large family that already has a business. These venture capital firms are usually started by people who are out of the public eye, but Duda Melzer has been right in the public eye because he just became the CEO of RBS Group. RBS Group is one of the larger communications companies on the continent, and it connects people all over Brazil.

Someone who uses a phone, cell phone or the Internet in Brazil is familiar with the Melzer family because they are using products the Melzers created. Duda Melzer has made some public appearances to talk about how he plans to make his company more modern. He has been asked time and again about how the communications business is changing, and he is taking a more relaxed approach to the industry. He is confident in the investments his family will make with e.Bricks Ventures, and he knows that more customers will appear as Brazil modernizes.

The beauty of e.Bricks Ventures and RBS Group as partners is that one creates customer for the other. There are technology products that could be created by startups, and e.Bricks can help pay for these companies to work. RBS Group will keep people talking to each other while they are working on their ideas, and Duda Melzer will keep both companies afloat. He has prepared his whole life for this moment, and now he takes over the pride of the Melzer family.

Duda Melzer assume posição de Nelson Sirotsky na direção do Grupo RBS