Anthony Petrello, chief manager of Nabors Industries Limited, has excelled both in academics and in career. His position at Nabors earns him a relatively hefty income, ranking him among the best-paid CEOs in the world. Last year alone, his total calculated compensation was more than $15 million. His wife, Cynthia Carrafa Petrello, was a soap opera actress in New York in the 90s. Generally speaking, the couple is affluent, to say the least.
Petrello’s Daughter, Carena Francesca
In 1997, when Cynthia was 24 weeks pregnant with their first child, something unfortunate happened. Her baby was delivered prematurely, underweight, and suffering from periventricular leukomalacia. The couple began their quest to find a solution to their daughter’s challenges. They had doctors at Houston Women’s Hospital try all they could to help. As wealthy as the couple would have been, however, all their efforts to save their daughter from the disorder proved futile. They were left with the option of supporting Carena Francesca Petrello face the challenging life ahead.
Anthony and Cynthia were frustrated by the lack of proper facilities that could heal their daughter. As a way of preventing other infants from suffering the same fate as Carena, the couple decided to help in setting up facilities that could address neurological problems in children. They joined hands with Dan & Jan Duncan, an equally philanthropic couple, in executing that noble course. The two couples have since supported many medical facilities in and around Houston to improve their medical equipment.
Anthony’s Education Background
Those who schooled with Anthony Petrello describes him as a genius. Lloyd Groove, Tony’s roommate and course mate at Yale University wrote an article about Tony sometimes in 2014. In the article, he described Tony as the most successful of all his classmates. Lloyd recalled how good Tony was in their mathematics class and was surprised that he opted for corporate jobs instead of pursuing a mathematically oriented career. Just as described by Lloyd, Tony’s academic background speaks for itself. Besides his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics, he also holds a degree in Law.
One of the companies that has recently made waves in not only the world of active wear but the online retail space is Fabletics. The company is a brainchild of actress and fitness enthusiast Kate Hudson and since its launch three years ago has had immediate success in generating an excited and loyal fan base across the globe.
In a CNBC article, Hudson was recently featured discussing some of the reasons her company has been so successful as well as her tips for other businesses that want to follow in the same footsteps. First, she outlined the need to look for marketing opportunities. Fabletics came into the market during a time when well-made active wear that was stylish was in high demand. However, the market was already inundated with companies serving up active wear at a particularly high price point, which clearly wasn’t feasible for many of us.
Fabletics offered stylish active apparel at a moderate price point, meaning it was available on a wider scale. By finding this marketing opportunity, the company saw huge success even in its earliest chapters. Hudson also went on to detail how important taking risks and believing in yourself are to any venture – a key lesson for anyone wanting to launch a new brand.
What was very interesting was her point that stated the importance of utilizing big data in today’s digital world. Fabletics stands out as a brand that is incredibly digitally advanced. In fact, the company uses a reverse showroom technique to put the focus on the digital “showroom” rather than focusing on opening a line of stores that have higher costs associated with a physical location.
The reverse showroom also helps create a more customized experience for the individual buyer. If you haven’t visited the website, I encourage you to check out their fun Lifestyle Quiz. Just a few questions generates a profile based on your tastes and athletic preferences that is completely unique to each user. So, instead of walking into a store that is set up for who each company thinks their user is, every outfit you receive from Fabletics is customized specifically to your user profile.
Today’s typical shopper browses stores and then goes to look for a discount online. With this reverse storeroom technique, everything is tailored right to you – giving the buyer the utmost benefit and lack of hassle in the buying process. This is one reason why Fabletics has soared to the top of the market and is beating out online wholesalers such as Amazon.
Doe Deere never thought that her unconventional way of thinking of colors would be a huge success and contribute to an amazing line of cosmetics. Deere says, her goal is to empower women with their makeup and leave them feeling completely unapologetic. You get rich colors that compliment any mood and attire. You can choose from radical colors like metallic and sorbet that are unheard of with their competitors. Deere was the first of her kind to use a super-foil and velvetine matte base for her cosmetics. Lime Crime has empowered thousands of girls and guys around the world to be unique.
She got her start as a young professional in Russia popularizing novelty tattoos. She began to popularize them by wearing them herself. She began to notice that she had a product that her friends loved and this was the beginning of marketing. Deere, later moved to New York City and played a role in a rock band. She learned to appreciate individuals that came out to her events. She joined design school and decided to brand her famous cosmetic products under the Lime Crime name. Her goal was to get rid of the dull boring colors of the late 90’s.
Deere has played her part in the expansion of unique colors by branding a Scandal line that offers an amazing violet-hue lipstick shade that gives a perfected mold to your lips and eyelids. Her 2.4 million Instagram customers are thrilled with an expansion of the LC colors under the Scandal name. Deere has also created a brand of hair dyes that don’t include ammonia or bleach. You get a full 700 ml jar that offers you one application or two touch-ups. You get the same unique colors under the Lime Crime name that you’re use to.
You can learn more about their products by visiting their exclusive website for more details and promotional offers. You get a list of all their products under one unique tab. You can also visit YouTube for amazing tutorials from thousands of women around the world. They offer exciting ways on how to mix, match, and blend LC products. Their sister company Dolls Kills, gives you accessories, shoes, and clothing items that compliment LC products. Lime Crime caters to young professionals and busy entrepreneurs. You can become a part of the LC cosmetics with the benefits of changing your mood instantly with intricate colors that are not offered by their competitors.
If you ate the same thing over and over you would probably grow tired of it pretty quickly. This is no different for your dog or puppy. Instead of going with the same dog food dish every day, owners are offered the option to buy Beneful Medleys. This is a variety pack of wet dog food to offset the possibility of your dog turning down dinner in the future. We’ve seen it all too many times before. Your dog stops eating for no apparent reason. Is he sick? Although that is a possibility, many times the only thing stopping your dog from eating is that they have become tired of eating the same thing. Beneful wet dog food medleys consist of 9 tuscan style cans, 9 romana style cans, and 9 mediterranean style cans. This is more than enough variety in short period of time to create a fresh and exciting new flavor pallet for your dog or puppy. This pack of 27 cans only costs $15 from certain outlets. Though it is wet dog food, it is also recommended that it be paired with dry dog food to further your efforts of providing your dog with something new and exciting to eat.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
The Traveling Vineyard is a company that sells wine through a national network of independent Wine Guides. Each Wine Guide is in control of their business and determines how often, when, and where they work.
The role of a Wine Guide is to arrange wine tastings in a client’s home which provide them and their guests with the opportunity to try out some of Traveling Vineyard’s wine selection. After the event, the client and guests can sign up to have their favorites shipped to their home on either a one-time or regular basis.
As an independent contractor, Wine Guides are free to set their schedule and work as much or as little as they desire. While some become Wine Guides just to pick up some extra money for gifts and vacations, others make it their full-time career. An ambitious Wine Guide can even develop their own network of Wine Guide’s working for them further propelling their professional success.
When becoming a Wine Guide, the applicant receives a Success Kit in the mail which includes everything they need to get started. The kit includes sign up forms, marketing material, wine accessories, traveling containers, wine tasting glasses, and enough bottles of wine for their first two wine tastings. The Success Kit also contains a cheat sheet to the wines in order to help the Wine Guide’s knowledge about them. Traveling Vineyard also operates an online training program which not only teaches Wine Guides more about wine but also tips and guidelines to running a successful business.
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.
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.
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.