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Kushy Punch COntinues To Expand Across The U.S.

Based in Southern California, the Kushy Punch brand has been growing quickly and efficiently over the last few years with some of the highest-quality CBD products on the market. The brand has been pushing for moves into new markets over the last few years with 2019 being a stellar year for the company. Bringing its range of CBD gummies and infused products to new areas of the U.S. has been a key factor in the growth of this iconic Californian business over 2019. The first move made by Kushy Punch was to bring its products to Michigan where they have proven an instant success for the brand.

The term overnight success hardly does justice to the sales of the brand in Michigan with its initial offerings selling out in less than four hours and changing the CBD market in the state forever. The question is why do so many people want to get their hands on the premium CBD products being sold by the brand? The answer is that Kushy Punch brings together a range of natural products with a premium form of CBD extract that is available in many forms. The focus for the brand has consistently been on its gummies that have proven a major success along with its powerful oil that has become known as “nature’s remedy.”

The California-based brand has also pushed on with plans to create pet products and a range of other options to aid with sleep and various areas of pain. The move into Michigan was not the only step taken by Kushy Punch in 2019 with further expansion designed to open up new markets for the future. Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated expansion is into Nevada where the Las Vegas market is expected to bring a host of international customers to the brand. The brand is also moving into Arizona to continue its bid to continue dominating the CBD sector over the next few years. Read More.

TJ Maloney a Key Figure at Lincolnshire Management

Lincolnshire Management seeks to invest in middle-market businesses across unique industries while working with others to use private equity investment with valuable experience and detailed research. Lincolnshire Management comes up with a customized plan with detailed projects to initiate changes that will improve a companies processes and internal systems. A prominent figure in the company has been TJ Maloney, who knows the companies goal of spotting potential business growth.

TJ Maloney has been a part of Lincolnshire Management since 1993. Maloney is on Lincolnshire Management’s investment committee and has a hand in managing portfolio companies. TJ Maloney has served on over a dozen boards for the company including Polaris Pool Systems, Wabash, and Credentials Services International.

Before working at Lincolnshire Management Maloney was the interim CEO of Credentials and worked in M&A and securities law in New York City. Maloney has a Bachelors’s degree from Boston College and in 1979 graduated from Fordham Law School, J.D. He is on the current Board of Trustees of Boston College and an experienced lecturer at many distinguished universities including Columbia University’s M.B.A Program.

TJ Maloney attributes his success to being continuously curious, being humble and staying open to learning. Maloney knows there is always more to learn in various places, from the people he meets and personal experiences making him self-aware in the industry.

Maloney also values communicating with coworkers he trusts. His approach to private equity is evaluating management running his portfolio, truly understanding management’s goals, intentions, who they are, and what drives them to success. When it comes to investments he trusts his gut reaction, he doesn’t believe in rushing to make decisions with the idea that if something is too good to be true then it probably is.

Maloney values a fresh perspective, balancing his own experience and seeing the changes happening in the market when it comes to investing. He follows a step by step process, Lincolnshire Management has a collective team discussion and does extensive research and Maloney spends a lot of time with management. Sometimes a consultant will be hired who knows more about a certain industry.

See more about TJ Maloney here https://www.bloomberg.com/profile/person/2009927

North Face VP of Marketing Steve Lesnard Launches Futurelight Outerwear

If you’re out in the elements, the goal is to stay warm and dry. North Face, undoubtedly, the most popular outerwear company on the plane, recently introduced the revolutionary Futurelight material. This breathable, waterproof fabric is considered the “Holy Grail” of protection. The one of a kind material is designed to keep wearers warm and dry while not interfering with the body’s ability to regulate temperature. The evaporation of sweat off the skin is what helps the body cool off. Unlike most outerwear, Futurelight is breathable and allows air to circulate so the body stays dry and cool.

According to North Face VP of Global Marketing Steve Lesnard, there is a huge push behind the “nanospinning” process that creates Futurlight. “Everything is going well ahead of expectations. The future is looking bright and we are excited about turning the entire outerwear industry on its head,” says Lesnard. North Face is also working on environmental advertising. Lesnard says the company’s focus will be at a global level which gives them more a platform to tell North Face’s story.

In an interview with “Drum,” Lesnard stressed that all companies must have a clear point of view and a means to keep their product sustainable. In addition, the environmental approach only boosts the company’s marketing credentials. North Face VP of Marketing Steve Lesnard has helped the company achieve holdings of $5.3 billion. He has led a number of highly-successful marketing campaigns and billion-dollar marketing business models for women. He currently makes his home in Denver with his wife and three children.

Maarten De Jeu Outlines the Many Benefits to Commercial Real Estate Investment

Maarten De Jeu is a renowned corporate development specialist and strategic advisor. He offers knowledge insight in both long and short term reality investment opportunities. In fact, Maarten De Jeu describes the many benefits of utilizing commercial real estate as a mainstay of your investments. In addition, he explains how easy it is to launch real estate investments that can potentially be a profitable hard asset. Likewise, previous investments reserved for the wealthy are now accessible to individual investors. 

Investment Overview

Commercial reality is a wide category that’s utilized for profit including office buildings, warehouses, multi-use developments, industrial parks, manufacturing structures, apartment buildings and retail space. 

The big difference between commercial and residential properties is that commercial property is generally more expensive to buy. As well, commercial property costs more money to build and maintain. Because of the higher cost it makes it harder to take advantage of investment opportunities. However, current changes to property laws have increased the benefits of equity ownership. 

Changes in Reality Investment

One of the major changes in reality investment is the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act in 2012. The passage reduced various restrictions on permitted crowdfunding and small businesses. Now investors are able to have sufficient capital. In effect, investors who are not credited can invest in pre-selected commercial reality for as small as $5,000. In addition, crowdfunded investors can now collect on monthly interest payments that borrowers make on secured loans. Both options allow investors the opportunity to reinvest their gains and to have tax advantages. 

Investing in Commercial Reality

Commercial reality investments are not the same as traditional investments like stocks and bonds. This is because it is based on specific assets and doesn’t involve selling due to market fluctuations. Moreover, commercial reality investments are typically insulated from the standard market risk. 

Some of the main reasons why practical and successful investors are including commercial reality investments are as follows: 

Investment Fees are Minimal – management fees are minimal plus monitoring and tracking asset performance is a lot more economical and efficient. 

Protected from Inflation – due to commercial reality property values generally appreciate at a rate higher than inflation. In result, the real estate property is at low risk because it generally sells at a price that calculates the inflation rate alongside the total investment time. 

Diversification and Risk Management – commercial reality investments have diversification options. However, traditional investments do not have diversification choices due to the fluctuation of the stock market. In result, monthly returns for commercial reality investments remain stable. 

Potential for Short Term Cash Flow – commercial reality investments are not dependent on just long term returns. In fact, monthly tenets will provide short-term cash flow. Equally, short term gain balances the long term investment plan. 

A Hard Asset – commercial reality investments is a hard asset that maximizes value and gives a return on your initial investment. In addition, a hard asset can be insured which in turn protects your investment

Volatility is Minimal – a commercial rental lease for a year offers security and a hedge against volatility. This is an extra buffer that you don’t have with regular short or long term investments. Likewise, a five year lease with tenant incentives is even better. Learn more: https://medium.com/@maartendejeu

Tax Advantages – commercial reality investments offer potential tax deductions. For instance, investors are able to deduct the property value for every tax year. The tax break helps with repairs and maintenance costs for the property. Moreover, there is a 20% allowance for a pass-through deduction for investors with a limited liability corporation. In order to take advantage of all the tax deductions, it is best to consult with a tax specialist. 

 More about Maarten De Jeu

 Maarten De Jeu received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Oxford University and graduated first in his class. He also founded SVM Business Advisory who advices high net worth individuals and renowned international companies on investment strategies and strategic corporate development. 

As well, Maarten De Jeu launched his own company and was the Director of Strategy & Corporate Development for Aviva, PLC. Moreover, De Jeu helped establish SpeakUp®, which offered a solution for reporting and compliance issues with Europe’s publicly traded companies. Maarten De Jeu also serves on the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Dean’s International Council and is a member of Economic Club of Chicago.


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Jimmy John Liautaud Sells the Majority of His Company to Roark Capital

Jimmy John Liautaud is the founder of Jimmy John’s, a company he founded in 1983, just a day after he turned nineteen years old.

However, he is no longer the boss at the company seeing that he sold a majority of it to Roark Capital, which is a private equity firm headquartered in Atlanta.

Read more: Start and Grow Your Business: Guest Speaker Jimmy John Liautaud

Liautaud heads and concentrates on the culture, food and brand of the company. He is the taster-in-chief of the company. He still retains about 35% of the company, and he is worth $1.7 billion that he got from the deal and other personal investments.

According to Jimmy Liautaud, he is content with his current position, and he feels blessed. He is no longer stressed with the running of the business; hence, he is experiencing a full-throttle lifestyle. He has amassed a collection of fifty vehicles since 2005, and he still continues to indulge.

He added a black Ferrari worth $2.2 million, La Ferrari Aperta which is one of just 2009, in his collection just recently in November 2017. He keeps all his cars in a warehouse at the headquarters of Jimmy John’s.

He also owns a 200-foot yacht named Rock.It (which travelled to Monaco and Ibiza recently). When he is not working in the test kitchen or gracing store openings, he could be found at one of his many homes.

He spent time in Canada with Brock Lesnar (a pro wrestler sponsored by Jimmy John’s), and the two went deer hunting. He also went to Italy in December for a salami tour. The tour focused on finding the greatest salami in the whole world.

Roark Capital is already doing a tremendous job in making changes to the business. It hired John Shea, who was an executive at Gatorade previously, as the first chief marketing officer of Jimmy John’s.

Roark Capital is also assisting Jimmy John’s to use data in order to track and monitor everything from the traffic inside all the restaurants, customer satisfaction, and the demand for the items on the menu.

Roark is at a 41-story skyscraper in Atlanta and its founder, Aronson, runs an empire that has acquired a significant number of businesses including Carvel Ice Cream, Hardee’s, Arby’s and Buffalo Wild Wings, Cinnabon, Jamba Juice, Carl’s Jr., and others. Roark Capital boasts of managing and running over ten billion dollars in assets.

Jimmy John’s started as a small sub shop in near the Eastern Illinois University. In just a year, the company had made a net profit of $40000 from $154000 in sales. In 1986, Jimmy Liautaud set up another store near Western Illinois University. The company expanded to Champaign in Illinois which then became its headquarters.

Related: Jimmy John Liautaud – Owner, Founder, Chairman @ Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches – Overview | Crunchbase

By 2014, Jimmy John’s had grown to have more than two thousand stores in different locations. The company’s growth is what prompted Jimmy Liautaud to look for a partner who was experienced enough to manage Jimmy John’s, and that’s when he chose Roark Capital’s founder, Aronson.

Roark Capital focuses on the data and analytics of Jimmy John’s while Liautaud’s work is to ensure that the culture and brand of the company are seamless.

Learn more about Jimmy John Liautaud:

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Iskandar Safa Leads Privinvest To Stardom In The Superyacht Industry


When one thinks of the largest shipbuilding conglomerates in the world, it’s natural to think of Privinvest. With an international portfolio of several companies that specialize in everything from research and design to ongoing maintenance services, Privinvest and its Chief Executive Officer Iskandar Safa are now both household names in the industry.

Less than two years ago, one of the conglomerate’s German subsidiary companies made waves in the yachting sector by delivering the Sailing Yacht A superyacht to Andrey Melnichenko, one of Russia’s wealthiest men.

The Sailing Yacht A features a gigantic length of more than 140 meters and a weight of more than 12,000 tons. Furthermore, the yacht boasts eight unique decks and its own miniature submarine vessel. Nobiskrug, the subsidiary which built the yacht, is one of Safa’s most prized subsidiaries, and it was shipbuilding engineer Philippe Starck who collaborated with Melnichenko on the design of the Sailing Yacht A. See Related Link for more information.

Superyachts In The Privinvest Portfolio

The Yas Superyacht – Similar to the Sailing Yacht A superyacht, the Yas also boasts a length of more than 140 meters. Iskandar Safa was intimately involved in the design of this superyacht, and he helped deliver the yacht in 2013 to an undisclosed owner.

The Tatoosh Superyacht – The Tatoosh is known around the world for its massive size and the unprecedented quality of its materials. This yacht is almost 100 meters long and features more than five decks for the owner to use.

The Siren Superyacht – Iskandar Safa has given several interviews and issued several public statements on how proud he is of this superyacht, and the team behind the Siren superyacht is comprised of some of the most innovative engineers in the entire shipbuilding vertical. This superyacht is more than 70 meters long and can reach speeds of up to 17 knots. Click Here for more information.

As the visionary behind the entire Privinvest family of subsidiaries, Iskandar Safa leaves no stone unturned when it comes to producing the world’s finest superyachts.

Visit him on https://www.privinvest.com/iskandar-safa/

Highland Capital Management an Innovator in Alternative Investment Realm


Managing assets of some $14 billion, Dallas-based Highland Capital Management is among the largest investment management firms in the United States. It has also established a world presence with offices in Sao Paula, Buenos Aires, Singapore and Seoul.

Highland Capital has garnered a unique reputation as an alternative investment operation that manages hedge funds, mutual funds and various structured investment vehicles.

The firm was established by two men, James Dondero and Mark Okada, in Los Angeles. The year was 1993. Shortly after, the partners opted to relocate to Dallas to take advantage of the robust and vibrant investment environment of that key Texas city.

Mark Okada recently announced his retirement from Highland Capital Management. James Dondero will take on the duties of Mr. Okada going forward. Much of the rapid growth and reputation of Highland comes by way of Jim Dondero’s knack for innovation. He is renowned as being a pioneer in the Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) market. He has also broken new ground in the realm of credit-oriented solutions for retail and institutional investors. Find Related Information Here.

Highland Capital Management handles the Highland Floating Rate Opportunities Fund, a closed-end fund. It also manages the BB Highland Floating Rate Fund, the latter of which represented the firm’s entry into the European market in 2014. The BB fund was established as an Irish Qualified Investor Fund. It was inspired by and seeks to replicate the Highland Floating Rate Opportunities Fund.

Highland Capital Management vehicles have won a number of awards over the years. A recent example is the “2014 Lipper Award for Highland’s Fund Class Z”. It was named the “Best Participation Fund” over a period of three years.

Highland Capital Management has been determined to be a good neighbor and outstanding member of the Dallas-area business community and social milieu. The firm engages in significant philanthropic giving to local civic and charitable causes. See This Article to learn more.

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Empiricus – Applying Specific Strategies


Sticking to a system of operations is often difficult due to unaccounted changes. One of the most varied areas of cash flow can be seen within any stock market. The prices of stocks fluctuate due to public interest, economic stability, and other factors.

Predicting these factors or preparing for them is something that Empiricus handles for you. Empiricus is an independent firm that works with the customer’s best interest in mind. Their research trails close to the latest news and sources coming from the world of stocks. See This Article to learn more.

Empiricus study many different markets and compare and contrast these research findings to ensure the best possible content releases. They never put the horse before the cart, ensuring that the value gained from their investment expertise is something you can lean on for future success.

Empiricus wants to change the way you invest. Most people tend to place their money and savings into funds and bonds. These secure offerings hold some of the lowest return rates on the market. The real opportunity comes through the market. While the Brazilian market is ever-changing, it is home to where the Empiricus research difference can shine through.

Empiricus has studied this market because this is the region that the founders call home. Applying their gained knowledge pulled from other successful markets is the way that the company hopes to put Brazil back on the map. This country was just short of 10 million investors a few decades ago, so renewing this interest is at the forefront of the discussion. Find Related Information Here

The market currently holds just north of 1 million users, a promising advance when compared to just a few years ago. This steady increase shows a high association to people who are signing on for the weekly newsletter released through Empiricus. Applying specific strategies will only help both of these numbers grow over time.

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Robert Redick Announces Retirement From His Legal Firm Kisling, Nestico & Redick

Recently, Robert Redick of Kisling, Nestico & Redick announced his retirement from this firm which he co-founded in 2005. He plans to move to Florida with his wife and enjoy spending time with his children and grandchildren. Mr. Redick’s first career choice wasn’t the legal field. He graduated from Miami University of Ohio after majoring in both history and political science. After graduation, Robert Redick went to work in the insurance industry where he worked as a claims adjuster. He would go on to become the national claims director for a major car rental company.

While working in the insurance business, Mr. Redick gained valuable first-hand knowledge of the way that insurance companies work. He saw the tactics that some insurance companies will use in order to keep people from getting the just compensation that they are entitled to. Robert Redick decided that he wanted to help people in his community, and he decided to enter the legal field. He worked as a case manager for a law firm while he attended law school at night. He would go on to graduate from the University of Akron School of Law.

In 2005, Robert Redick joined with Gary Kisling and Rob Nestico to found the firm that bears their names. The partners decided to set up a personal injury firm in order to help people in their battles against the insurance companies. Over the years, Robert Redick and the firm have worked to give back to the state of Ohio. Kisling, Nestico and Redick have been involved in a number of community projects including the firm’s annual turkey giveaway when 1,000 turkeys are given out in the community. Kisling, Nestico & Redick is one of the premier personal injury law firms in the state of Ohio. The firm now has 11 locations throughout the state. There are over 180 attorneys and staff members at the firm. Attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick are consistently ranked among the best attorneys in Ohio and in the nation at large.

GPB Global Resources Finds Success with International Focus

Africa is an increasingly important destination for oil exploration and extraction. In 2011, Managing Director Boris Ivanov formed GPB Global Resources with the aim of locating new oil and gas reserves around the world. The company had just gone through a restructuring, and under Ivanov’s leadership, it was able to successfully find new oil and natural gas resources in Africa and Latin America.

For GPB Global Resources, the challenge of working in Africa is the sheer size and diversity of the continent. It is not uncommon to refer to Africa as if it were a country and not a continent. However, when people refer to the continent of Africa as if it were a single jurisdiction, they are actually lumping together 54 separate countries, spanning 11 million square miles. Of course, the reality is that it is impossible to generalize. On one hand, some countries, such as South Africa, have extensive legislation when it comes to discovery and extraction. On the other hand, there are other nations that yet to regulate the industry.

Doing business abroad is challenging, and taking note of these cultural differences is at the heart of the success of GPB Global Resources. Understanding the local culture can make the difference between profit or loss. Thanks to the company’s expertise in this area, the firm has been able to secure a number of contracts and navigate the relevant legislation in several African countries.

It isn’t just geopolitics and culture that make oil extraction a difficult business. Another challenge is that oil resources are often found in places where there is minimal or even no infrastructure whatsoever. However, these difficulties can be overcome through technological innovations in computer modeling, geological surveying, and physical inspections. It is this mix of technical and business know-how that has made GPB Global Resources successful in the challenging African market.

Contact GPB Global Resources: gpb-gr.com