Sustainable Materials Company CEO Says Brexit Was a Mistake

 

According to Flavio Maluf “Brexit,” the UK citizens’ decision to leave the European Union (EU), will prove to be a bad mistake. Maluf is the Founder and CEO of Eucatex, a pioneering company in the area of construction and other manufacturing materials that are Eco-friendly and completely sustainable. What is more, Maluf has been working to save the environment now for over 20 years. He is a well educated, smart new type of entrepreneur who has often made sage observations about conditions and events in the worlds various markets. He say the signs in the current market trends are clear: the world’s markets are sensitive to major changes in the EU.

 

Maluf notes on Facebook, that Brexit supposedly happened because of the double whammy of having to pay the biggest share of the support of the EU, and at the same time, no longer being able to charge tariffs in their business with other EU countries. This, combined with an increasing inflation rate in Britain, led to the historic vote for the UK to leave the Union. It is true that the UK supported the EU with the biggest monetary load of all countries in the EU. In 2014, the UK paid over € 11 billion Euros, or approximately $12 billion in U.S. dollars. According to Maluf, it is the rising rate of inflation that was the ‘straw that broke the camel’s back.’

 

Whatever the motivation for Brexit, Flavio Maluf believes the result will be growing problems in all the world’s markets. Ironically, the only country Maluf thinks will be virtually unaffected, directly at least, is his home of Brazil. That is because Brazil does less than 2 percent of their exports to the UK. Besides that, many of the current woes in Europe are connected with the Syrian war and having to take on so many refugees from Syria. Brazil has had very few refugees applying for help. However, there are many countries, including the United States, that will be deeply negatively affected in the economy. He has used his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from New York University to great advantage.  Flavio also stresses the importance of investing in Brazil’s entrepreneurs.  Read more about Flavio himself on Wikipedia here: https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fl%C3%A1vio_Maluf

Interviewing Betsy DeVos: A rare glimpse into the DeVos family initiatives

I recently had the chance to interview Betsy DeVos and had a long talk about the philanthropic initiatives she and her family have been involved with through the years, and it certainly provided a rare glimpse to all the hard work the family has put through for the community. The DeVos family was instrumental in building the nation’s first private school program in Milwaukee which has gone on to grow all around the country in tremendous numbers. The idea to help low-income parents in supporting education for their children came when Richard (Dick) and Betsy saw their own children go to school and met parents who were doing their best to provide quality education to their children but could not do so properly. I was curious to know as to how her simple initiative turned into a nationwide movement. Betsy was more than willing to share the story. Dick and Betsy got involved with growing the initiative in a better manner. Dick ran for the State Election Board and got selected in 1990 while Betsy started a foundation that helped children from lower income groups choose a school of their liking. Her hard work in this field has led to further evolution and development of the American Federation for Children (AFC) which Betsy now chairs and operates. The AFC is involved in promoting education reforms through the expansion of charter schools in the state of Michigan with the program expanding to other states like Louisiana, Indiana, and Florida. The tax-credit scholarship program was very successful in Florida with more than 50,000 students attending a school of their choice thanks to the initiative of AFC. Betsy’s organization also faced some opposition in states like Louisiana which was against the AFC’s initiative but Betsy’s tenacity and hard work paid off to reform the state’s educational mandate. On being asked about the effect of technology and how it’s creating new avenues for school going students, Betsy is of an opinion that digital learning is still in its infancy and has a long way to go but it can certainly be used to boost learning and education.

Dick DeVos is a second-generation entrepreneur. He is the son of the late Richard DeVos who was the co-founder of Amway. He began work in the Amway Corporation in 1974 and has been instrumental in taking the network sales company to great heights. Dick and his Betsy are also involved in the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation which started in the year 1989. The foundation is involved in giving back to the community with various initiatives like education, community outreach programs and leadership programs.

 

Links:

http://www.newnetherlandinstitute.org/history-and-heritage/dutch_americans/richard-dick-devos-jr

Homepage

http://www.dbdvfoundation.org

This Bank & How It’s Revolutionizing The Home Ownership Process

Getting a loan in today’s poor economy might not be a good investment for a benefactor or beneficiary. Unfortunately, many people live below the poverty line or just don’t quality for a loan if that person is trying to buy a house. Even though the economy isn’t the best, people still need and have the right to live under much better circumstances and the Southern Region of Dallas, Texas is no exception. Luckily there is a blessing in disguise for some of the residents and there is one financial center that’s looking to change the game.

Full story here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nexbank-partners-with-dallas-neighborhood-homes-to-expand-affordable-home-ownership-in-southern-dallas-300324115.html

Habitat For Humanity is the brains of the operation while NexBank of Dallas is the muscle. Partnering up together, these two giants are changing the Dallas landscape one home at a time. Habitat For Humanity and Dallas Neighborhood Homes, a non-profit mortgage service provider, is looking to make changes in Southern Dallas. The area is filled with lower income families/individuals and these two philanthropic organizations are looking to help create a better life and lifestyle for the residents. NexBank may be playing the most crucial role of the process, but the role is in great hands for sure. This is one of Dallas’ most premier banking institutions and one of it’s wealthiest.

The banks leadership position is strong, are experts, and functions as a team. The success of NexBank is driven by it’s co-founder and president James Dondero. Dondero’s expertise in management is far from the status quo and his commitment has been vital for the bank’s success. NexBank hosts many services such as:

Commercial Lending
Correspondent Banking
Credit Services
Commercial Real Estate Lending
Corporate Finance
Indutsry Coverage
And many more

Dallas banking industry is setting the tone and should be looked at as an example on how to get things done. Sometimes straying off the beaten path is the best route worth taken.

Michael Zomber Is A Man Of Many Passions

 

In an interview with the iUniverse Podcast, author and screenwriter Michael Zomber talked about his passions and how they motivate him.

 

He has a love for the Japanese culture and has explored many aspects of it in his latest work Shogun Iemitsu. Zomber is a lover of history. One of his other passions is collecting antique weaponry (He has been a serious collector for 40 years).

 

He has collected quite a cache over the years. He has a number of Samurai swords and guns from all eras.

 

Such is his love for guns, his expertise has been featured on the History Channel’s documentary Tales of the Gun.

 

Michael Zomber’s riveting stories have received high praise. He has a gift for storytelling unlike most others. His expertise on swords and other weaponry during Japanese Fuedalism will have readers on the edge of their seat.

 

Bushido, Soul of the Samurai is an award-winning documentary that solidified his place as an expert

 

Michael Zomber and his wife own a production company that produced the Bushido documentary. He also has other works in progress.

 

He has also released other novels, all of which available on Amazon, including Park Avenue, Sweet Betsy, That’s Me and Son of Kentucky.

 

Michael Zomber is a man of peace. He has given generous donations to the United Way, Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF and many veterans organizations.

 

Zomber, a Philadelphia native, received degrees from UCLA and the University of Illinois.

 

 

Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa Helping Others Hike the Path

Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa is a business person who was born in Venezuela. He now loves the new life that he has created in Panama. Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa often spends his days wandering around attractions in Panama while operating his online businesses. He adores the high-speed internet connectivity found in most places in Panama.

One place that Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa loves to hang out is Soberina National Park which is located about an hour from Panama City. It is especially nice as the sun is starting its slow ascent into the morning sky. This 55,000 acre park contains more than 525 species of birds including some very highly endangered ones that are seen very few other places on earth. Adrian especially loves to watch the colorful macaws start their daily routines and listen to them chirp to each other.

As the day begins to warm, then Adrian loves to climb the observation tower and see how many species of mammals that he can spot. There are over 105 different ones on es-la.facebook.com that call this park home. He says that just a few minutes of watching the antics of the white-faced capuchin monkeys or the mantled howler monkeys is a great way to relax and helps to keep all things in perspective.

As the day starts to cool, you can often find Adrian hiking on the Las Cruces Trail. He especially likes to look at the historical stones that line the first mile of the path and think about how far Panama has come. As he hikes, he thinks about how hard those first settlers of Panama had to work. He recognizes that it is not unlike his own life’s history on withknown.com. Adrian was born in Venezuela and barely managed to escape the brutal regime there. Luckily, he did escape and was able to move to Panama. After arriving in the foreign county, he soon began his online career. Now, Figueroa wants to pass that knowledge along to others who would like to move to Panama. He realizes that just like the stones help him hike the path, he wants to be a stone that helps others hike their own paths.


Learn more about Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa: http://adrianjosevelasquezfigueroa.tumblr.com/