Bruce Levenson Supports The University Of Maryland’s Do Good Institute

Bruce Levenson, a renowned businessman and former owner of Atlanta Hawks, delved into the non-profit industry after selling the NBA franchise. He contributed the initial funds in support of the Do Good Institute at the University of Maryland. The mission of this program is to reach out to students who are pursuing their undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland and introduce them to the world of volunteering and non-profit business. The institute seeks to establish the next generation of non-profit business heads and make them competitive against their colleagues in the private sector. So far, the initiative has had remarkable success.

Speaking to PR Newswire, Levenson said that over the years, they established that different organizations were under the leadership of outstanding individuals who could not accomplish the set mission. This is because the leaders lacked crucial business skills to make such companies successful. To this end, Levenson and his wife, Karen, presented their idea to the University of Maryland. The two seeded $75 million while the state of Maryland donated $20 million towards the noble initiative. The first class was taught Philanthropy 101. The program included a lab component where students were provided $10,000 to give to a charity of their choice. The class became an instant hit in the school.

Inaugurated in 2010, the program has been gaining considerable traction. The objective of this program is to attract students who are passionate about giving back to the society. Moreover, the initiative has been successful in developing the next wave of non-profit entrepreneurs. For instance, a former student, Ben Simon, co-established the Food Recovery Network. Notably, the student-managed waste prevention movement runs under the Do Good Institute’s umbrella. In addition, Ben established Imperfect Produce, a program that offers consumers access to various products at a discount.

About Bruce Levenson

Bruce Levenson is the co-founder of United Communications Group (UCG). Levenson incorporated UCG with his friend, Ed Peskowitz. Moreover, he is the owner of Atlanta Spirit, the former management group of the Atlanta Hawks basketball team. Bruce was also heavily involved in writing for the Observer Publishing and the Washington Star.


Jason Halpern and His JMH Development Contribute to Nature in an Innovative Way

Jason Halpern: Property Developer

Jason Halpern is known as the Founder and the Principal of JMH Development, a major real estate firm based in New York. He is predominantly known for his innovative ways to renovate buildings in historic places without losing its value. Halpern and JMH contribute to nature by protecting the existing ones and reducing the harnessing of natural resources or polluting the environment. Since his family is into real estate development for decades, he has a greater understanding of growing needs and the importance of preserving the existing ones without losing its uniqueness. Halpern and his team have renovated a number of projects, in which, some of them are more than a century old.

Jason Halpern Real Estate Partner at Aloft Property

The prominent one is 184 Kent, a waterfront warehouse originally constructed in 1913. JMH Development converted this building located in Brooklyn to a 340 unit luxury apartment for rental. Halpern was very specific to retain the historical integrity of the building, and his efforts have paid well as the building is currently on the National Register maintained for Historic Places. Interestingly, the building received Building Brooklyn Award – 2011 under the category of adaptive reuse. There are also many more projects similar to 184 Kent that give optimal use and reuse. Starwood Aloft hotel developed by JMH Development was a historic motel in Ankara, Florida; Halpern and his team renovated the motel and built a new eight-story building to convert it into an impressive beachside hotel. There are also renovation and development stories like The Townhouses of Cobble, LIC Hilton Hotels, Hill Three Hundred Collins, 70 Henry, and more.

Jason Halpern with Crunchbase Production

The development model of Halpern has appreciated by many industry experts, and he is recognized by various industrial bodies. The Starwood Aloft hotel received Lodging Investment Summit Award – 2015 for limited service development. Jason is focused on both residential and commercial developments which are driven by high-quality and customization considering the expectation of the customers. As a leader in constructing distinctive properties, JMH has grown across the U.S. under the leadership of Halpern. His insights have significantly helped the firm to identify the values of various properties, and Halpern had developed a niche over the years of renovating historically important buildings.

Jason Halpern with his Working Mates

Jason has also involved in philanthropic activities apart from sustainable development projects. He is the primary contributor of Joel A. Halpern Trauma Center under Westchester Medical Center. The Trauma Center is capable of handling open heart surgeries, orthopedic surgeries, fixing of severed limbs, and emergency neurosurgery. Additionally, the center is equipped with treating burn patients, critical internal injuries, children, and pregnant women. Halpern initiated philanthropic activities as part of JMH Development as well and contributes to global clean water charity called “water.” The firm made a commitment that it would donate $20,000 per each successful contract to the non-profit organization to provide clean and safe water to Nepalese and Ethiopian locals.


Arthur Becker, A Man With A Vision!

Arthur Becker has been a financial backer for many investors for years. Now he is “flying solo”, on a project of his own. According to the Real Deal, in Tribeca N.Y., he has acquired a five story building on 465 Washington Street. His plans are to expand it to 10 stories to create seven apartments and a penthouse duplex, with prices ranging from $5,000,000 to $14,000,000. He says it will an “artisanal, boutique building” with interiors designed by Paris Forino.

Mr. Becker has dabbled in numerous ventures, real estate, technology, digital magazines, fashion, reconstructing antique homes, and even a macadamia orchard. This man has had a wide, diverse career. He was CEO, of Navisite, and Zinio, and currently a managing member to Madison Partners. Madison partners invest in real estate and biotechnology startups. They deal with properties in New York City and Miami. Now that he is no longer a chairman, or CEO, he has a little more time to devote to his own interests.

Mr. Becker knew from an early age that he wanted to make something of himself. Starting out at 16, with a job in the parks department at $1.60 an hour, made him realize he did not want to do that for long. Shortly after leaving that job, he started his own company of taking apart very old homes and putting them on another lot, while still in high school. Upon graduating high school, he earned a bachelor’s degree at Bennington College. From there he went to Dartmouth to earn a degree at Amos Tuck Business School. From there it was on to Hawaii to make a macadamia orchard. Mr. Becker decided to go to work for Bear and Sterns in 1988, as an asset manager. He had found his niche for success, and went on to create all the previous company’s mentioned. Mr. Decker has had an exciting career life, and we hope to see more from him in the near future.

EOS: Driving Growth in the Oral Care Market

According to a recent article posted in the Fast Company website, the oral care market is projected to reach $2 billion by the year 2020. The EOS brand has positioned itself as a beauty care item, and considers women to be their target demographic. They are at the forefront of the organic / natural skin care movement, and are very well positioned as a leader in this growing market segment. EOS, established about a decade ago, has been growing steadily, and according to that same Fast Company article, shifts about one million units per week. This brand is poised for much greater growth and continued success.

The oral care market was once the purview of stodgy brands such as Blistex and Chapstick, and little to no innovation occurred in the century that Chapstick dominated this market segment. When EOS entered the market, they saw that this product segment had a void in innovation and change, and set about to fill that space. Women that EOS polled prior to their start reported that they considered lip balm as part of their beauty routine, rather than a utilitarian product. EOS used this information to target women and to present their product as a beautifier in addition to a chapped lips healer.

Organic and all natural beauty products have been steadily gaining in use and popularity, and this trend works very much in EOS’s favor. The Well-known brand prides itself for their use of all natural and organic ingredients, and is very well placed for the ongoing growth of the organic beauty product market segment. It will be exciting to watch EOS as it continues to grow and to lead its market segment in organic beauty. Founded less than a decade ago, EOS is now second only to the Burt’s Bees line of lip balm.

EOS products are available on Target and Walmart stores. Online stores Amazon and eBay have EOS lip balm products too.

Dick DeVos Reveals His Own Commitment To Education Reform

Although I was aware of the work of Betsy DeVos as an education reformer I was less aware of the fact her husband, the former AmWay President Dick DeVos was as committed to this cause as his now Secretary of Education wife. After reading an article from MLive I found myself becoming even more impressed with the philanthropic work of Dick DeVos and the family as a whole, who I was amazed to discover have given away around one quarter of the $5.2 billion fortune created through the AmWay Group Dick played a key role in aligning for the 21st century.


I understand Dick DeVos is one of the world’s leading business people who has taken his skills to the NBA, the DeVos family’s AmWay group, and the Windquest Group investment company he shares with wife Betsy; I was less aware of the fact Dick DeVos has given his own financial backing to a number of educational groups and schools in the Michigan area and across the U.S. Among the educational groups and schools Dick has provided his backing for are the Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids, Ferris State University in Big Rapids, and the Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Living; in 2015 I was pleased to read Dick and Betsy DeVos have donated almost $3 million to various schools and educational groups, including the West Michigan Aviation Academy that was inspired by Dick’s own love of flying.


The commitment to the educational causes that face the U.S. is to be commended by myself and those who explore the philanthropic works of Dick and his family as a whole, I believe the range of good causes backed by the family show just how committed he and his family are to creating a successful community at all levels. As many of us believe a successful community must include a range of interests for the people of any area of the world, which should also include a vibrant range of arts and culture opportunities and programs. As a lover of the arts I was pleased to read Dick and Betsy DeVos had provided over $2 million in 2015 alone to arts based charitable programs, which does not include the huge $22 million donation made to the University of Maryland to establish the DeVos institute of Arts Management.


Vijay Eswaran’s Involvement In Building Asian Economy Through QI Group.

Vijay Eswaran is the man behind the creation of QI Group, a company that has helped in shaping up the Asian Economy. He currently serves as the CEO of the business where he oversees the firm’s operations across the world. QI Group has always specialized in providing aid to people who aspire to start a business by offering marketing for the enterprise. It’s one thing to begin a business and its an entirely different case to market the business and let people know about the firm and what it offers.

QI group employs the usage of QNet, a company that sells cosmetic products, hand-held electronics, luxurious packages and beauty products, to sell their products. QI Group also manages QI Asset Management which is an arm of QI Group that has its own vacation resorts, offer credit and loan services for individuals and businesses and involves itself in the real estate business.

Ever since Vijay Eswaran founded the company, he has been spending most of his time to grow the company considering the unusual path he had to take when he wanted to start the firm. Vijay was born and raised in Malaysia, and he had an opportunity of attaining quality education from London School of Economics. After graduation, Vijay was sure that he was not going to be employed by anybody as he aimed at becoming his own boss.

He was not also sure of what career path he wanted to pursue and this led to him doing odd jobs to get some money to help in taking care of him. Some of these odd jobs include cab driving, binary marketing, and construction.

All these he did regardless of having a degree in Economics. He once worked in several IT firms as a consultant while doing multilevel marketing for side hustling. When he returned to Malaysia, he decided he was going to open up his own company, and indeed he opened up QI Group Ltd. Learn more about Vijay Eswaran:

The firm’s principal affiliate includes RHYTHM Foundation that is dedicated to taking care of the Asian Community through its support programs.

The foundation has offered numerous donations to charitable causes that aim at helping the less fortunate in the community. Vijay is known for appreciating his employees as he believes the company wouldn’t grow if the employees are not willing to work and he urges other employers to do the same.

Read more: Dato Vijay Eswaran: From taxi driver to worth over $500 million dollars

Mike Heiligenste Raises Voice For The Need Of Capacity Building To Address Williamson County’s Traffic Issues

The Williamson County Growth Summit held at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas hotel provided an opportunity to identify the needs and challenges in the transportation of suburban communities. The discussion at the conference focused on how exactly the technology can fix the phase of transportation need in the Austin Arena and across the globe.

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein Texas External Affairs Director Leandre Johns and ArgoDesign’s Jared Ficklin, RideScout LLC founder Joseph Kopser, Uber Technologies Inc., and a transportation-focused product designer included on the panel of discussion and proposed several solutions for Williamson County’s biggest issue – traffic.

According to Crunchbase, Mike Heiligenste, while addressing on the ideas of driverless vehicles and ridesharing apps, said “Austin area needs to invest in developing its transportation capacity by considering the rapidly growing suburban population, especially by constructing more and smarter roads.”

Though the concept of driverless cars came up several times in the discussion, Heiligenstein kept calm on the idea and cited he is not almost as optimistic about the autonomous vehicles and highlighted that the adoption rate would be slow in the initial stage, and it’s going to be tedious.

Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw, emphasized on the need of arriving a flexibility in building and land-use-codes while responding to a question on how policy making can bring changes in the transportation requirements of the future.

The panel came up with several other remarkable ideas like requisite for advanced parking garages, roads by considering the advancement of driverless cars, and ridesharing apps in future. Heiligenstein shared his thoughts on switching the prevailing modes of transportation that would reduce the traffic issues and also mentioned the future need for 12 lanes of traffic on U.S. Highway 183 and State Highway 290 in Austin.

Mike Heiligenstein is the former Round Rock City Council member and a Williamson County Commissioner. Currently, he serves as the Executive Director of CTRMA an independent government transportation agency based in Central Texas; U.S. Heligenstein played a tremendous role in building up CTRMA in developing several capacity transportation projects across U.S. Under his leadership and guidance, CTRMA developed its prestigious project 183A, a completely automated toll road with most modern technologies.

During his tenure as a civic official, Mike has executed capacity building projects such as the expansion of the Brushy Creek Regional Trail, Parkland Acquisitions etc.

Mike served as the chair of Clean Air Force and the Council of Austin-San Antonio. Heiligenstein is regularly invited across America to address various groups and organization about infrastructure including transportation.

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Real Estate in Brazil is Booming

There are many areas of the economy that are important for economic growth reported on YouTube. Over time, Construcap has benefited from Brazil growing rapidly. There are many countries that are growing quickly in South America relative to the rest of the world. However, few are growing at the rate that Brazil is right now. With so much demand for housing, construction companies like Construcap are in a great financial position to succeed. Over the years, it is vital to build a business to make sure you are able to sustain your sales over the long term.


When the company was started, a lot of people were worried that Construcap would not last. The economy at the time was terrible, and few people were looking to build in their area on Facebook. However, the leaders of the company stayed persistent and kept looking for opportunities. Construcap found that smaller housing was a great opportunity during an economic down turn. With so many people looking to save money, it made sense on a lot of levels to try and help people in this area. If you want to learn how to invest for the future, working with Construcap is the way to go.


One of the things that separates Construcap from other companies is the fact that they help out with financing. Not only does this help them grow sales with their clients, but it is also a great way for them to differentiate themselves from the competition. If you are a home buyer who needs help with financing your home, working with Construcap is a great way to accomplish that goal. This is the case in a lot of areas of the country. As poor people start to come towards the middle class, there will be an entire generation who are new to borrowing money to buy a new home. If this trend continues, companies like Construcap are going to be in a great position to succeed over the long term at

Lori Senecal Knows how To Increase A Corporation’s Productivity.

In service as the esteemed Global CEO of CP+B, Lori Senecal owns a vast amount of information that was gained during her employment as the respected Global Executive Chairperson during her employment by the KBS company. She has long held the lead on constructing MDC’s distinctive and unique staff policies. According to Huffington Post, while employed at MDC, Lori seized advantage of her duties by working alongside with the interconnected departments, with the anticipated goal of ensuring that staff kept a forward drive while laboring with each other to form a united outcome. Lori makes use of many her strengths to recognize how staff could best labor together to move forward as productive staff to attain their preferred goals.

Lori Senecal has a lasting impression on staff’s aptitude to attain a reachable goal for business, and can manufacture a viewpoint for employees to take advantage of to move beyond such hyperboles the likes of “innovation” and as an alternative to create true affluence. Loris Senecal’s techniques are treasured, for they have pressed KBS forward to become the company name that most people feel they can respect. Lori’s ability to articulate honestly, without the requirement to mince her words, is used to create an advantageous formation of an enterprise’s name. The name of an enterprise is essential for be noticeable among the other companies. Lori has lead and influenced the course of KBS’s enterprise by training employees how to create the greatest use of up to date equipment and how to make use of capital to effectively manage grow.

Loris Senecal has an exceptional manner of supporting faculty to determine their own professional direction. She has supported staff with their own ideas for programs inside of the company by utilizing interrelated departments of the business to create a sincere desire between staff to work cohesively and find their combined genius. Through Lori’s leadership at KBS, the business grew from a 250 faculty business to 800 members, with bureaus that are in every country. KBS is recognized as the foremost businesses that individuals want to be employed at in the NYC area. KBS has been featured for three years running in Ad Age’s well respected Standout Businesses listing.

Before her activities at KBS, Lori Senecal was at McCann Erickson where she labored as company President. She has the title of Global Leading Advancement Leader while at McCann Worldgroup.



Central Texas Regional Mobility and Mike Heiligenstein

Mike Heiligenstein is the first Executive Director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. He served around 23 years as a central Texas Public Official in the highly growing communities of Williamson and Round Rock. As both a county commissioner and city councilman, he highly initiated as well as helped in supervising more than $500 million in capital improvement projects Texas. In the year 2000 lead a $350 million transportation initiative that was able to change the dynamics of mobility throughout the entire central Texas hence improving the mobility sector at large. He was also actively involved in all areas of implementing the program that is contract management, public presentations, pricing, rating agency performance as well as personal engagement in matters to do with land acquisition for the Central Texas Turnpike Project. He has been a leader in the environment, and public infrastructure causes throughout his entire public career.


Mike has been working with the agency since its inception and has also been able to oversee development of their first project that is, 183A in Williamson County. The project was among the first projects to transition to cashless toll, all electronic collection hence making a significant impact. Mike Heiligenstein is currently serving as the president of International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. He is also on the board of advisory of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute as well as other working groups and committees that deal with transportation issues.


The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority was created in the year 2002 as an independent government agency so as to improve the transportation system in Travis and Williamson counties. The company’s aim is to design new and regional transportation network for the entire central Texas. The agency mission is to ensure it implements innovative and super, multi-modal transportation solutions that will reduce congestion as well as create transportation choices that will enhance economic vitality and quality of life. The agency was created and usually operates under Texas Transportation Code Chapter 370 and is also authorized under state law to ensure implementation of a wide range of transportation system which includes seaport, airports roadways, and transit services.


Also, the agency is well authorized to fund projects by the issue of revenue bonds and also utilize user taxes or fees to repay bonds and fund operations. The Mobility Authority makes use of private sector contractors who have specialized expertise to provide quality staffing support for the individual projects.