Bruce Levenson brings his business skills to NBA Sale

The sale of the Atlanta Haws NBA franchise is the latest in a long line of business successes Bruce Levenson, the public face of the Atlanta Spirit consortium that recently sold the franchise for a reported $850 million. Despite the Hawks enjoying one of their most successful seasons, Levenson and his fellow investors decided the time was right to sell the franchise for a vast profit on their initial $250 million purchase of the Hawks and NHL Thrashers franchise. The Thrashers were sold in 2011 for around $170 million and relocated to leave Levenson and his fellow investors with the Hawks franchise, which entered the playoffs for the 2014-15 season as the top seeded team in the nation. Levenson is no stranger to business success and has spent the majority of his career proving how successful he can be in a series of business and philanthropic enterprises. The business interests of Levenson are headed by the United Communications Group, UCG as it is now commonly known. The company began in a store room in Washington DC when Levenson was working as a journalist for the Washington Star and soon developed into the top supplier of news and statistics for the oil and gas industries. Over recent years UCG has diversified into different areas and now uses the latest technology to supply real time analytics to industries around the world. The growth of Levenson’s many businesses has seen the latest technology be used to create a series of business opportunities that have been developed from the technologies and skills created by UCG. The popular GasBuddy app uses the data and real time analytics UCG developed to provide consumers with the chance to locate the lowest gas prices in their area. Bruce Levenson has not simply rested on his laurels as a successful businessperson, instead he has used his growing wealth and status to complete a series of philanthropic programs. Amongst the most impressive is his commitment to the Center for Philanthropy and Non Profit Leadership at the University of Maryland. This school is developing the skills of the next generation of leaders in the not for profit sector, who have already begun to make an impact in the lives of people in the Maryland and Washington DC areas and around the world.

Mikal Watts Is Fighting For Farmers

Mikal Watts isn’t for letting anyone get away with selling a product that is not what it should be. The man, who is a part of a San Antonio legal team, is encouraging farmers to fight for what is right and to sue a Swiss company who sold them corn that was genetically modified. He thinks that the company, Sygenta, deserves to be sued for what they have done to the farmers. The seed that the farmers were sold was refused to be imported by China.

Mikal Watts wants the farmers to get what they deserve. He doesn’t think that they should allow the seed producer to take advantage of them, and that is why he is urging them to sue.

Billions of dollars of loses happened to the U.S. when China refused to buy corn from them in 2013 and 2014. It was a loss for farmers, and it was all due to the genetically modified corn. It was all due to the seeds that were sold to farmers by Sygenta.

Mikal Watts is encouraging farmers to sue the seed producer so that they can get back what they have lost. He wants them to get what they deserve, and he will fight hard for them to be able to get it.

Jeb Bush In Hot Water Over Economy Comments

The presidential elections are right around the corner. The economy is in a rut. The people are not making ends meet and they want to know, what it is that each candidate plans to do about it. After the candidates announce their ideas they find that not everyone is receptive to them.

Jeb Bush has found himself in hot water after a comment in which he stated, that people need to work more hours and be more productive in order to stimulate the economy. The people responded rather quickly to his idea. Many of them say they are working two jobs already. People are finding it harder and harder to get full time work that pays well. So instead they take on two part time jobs that pay as minimal as possible. Or one full time job at minimum wage. The problem, they say is simple; they need better wages, and not longer hours.

Many people believe that Jeb Bush is out of touch with the average person. He has lived his life in the top one percent. Dr Jennifer Walden understands that he has never known what it means to struggle to put food on the table for his family.

It is hard to tell yet how this will affect Bush on the campaign trail, but the prognosis is so far is not good.

Best and Worst Investment Tips in 2015

The financial investment trends in 2015 looks brighter and bigger, says a top financial adviser in our country. With new saving options and expanded investment niches, you can find varied options to build a better financial future for you and your family. Here is a brief summary on this topic.

Stocks and Bonds:

Compared to the previous year, many stock prices have thrived this year. It seems the U.S.A bond index is currently generating 5.19 percent return, which is most likely to increase. Similarly, the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index generated a good total return of 10.35 percent. While a number of companies have done exceptionally well in the stock market, some companies experienced a dip in their stock prices too. Those looking for some investment options this year shouldn’t miss the stock and bond investments in 2015 and be sure to check out any investment tips from financial expert Igor Cornelsen.


Despite of all changes and dips in the real estate market last year, the price of homes and apartments looks stable this year. Investment opportunities is real estate is already expanding. However, the future will be full of surprises. If you have decided to make a real estate investment, then check for vacation homes or timeshare for better return opportunities. Buying a new home can also be a good idea this year.

Technology investments:

If you take a closer look at the strategic financial growth opportunities, then you should know the power of technology investments. With the growing need of technology, applications, and gadgets, the technology sector is growing better and bigger. That means you can expect a good return if you are looking forward for a steady and positive gain from your investments. Some of the best investment choices in this sector include buying tech stocks. As per the performance report in the last 12 months, there is about 11 percent of net gain in the technology stock market. This trend will certainly continue next year as well. Investors can choose innovative companies like Facebook or Zendesk for better return opportunities.
Worst investments:

Gold and Oil:

While most of the investment sectors are stable now with growing stock prices, oil and gold investment options are quite unstable even this year. The stock prices of oil companies are falling. Similarly, the value of the yellow metal is the lowest since 2011.

As half of the year has already passed, it is now clear about the best and worst investments that you can make in 2015. To check out more tips from Cornelsen, check out his website.

Nestlé Purina Petcare: The Best Products For Your Pets

Purina PetCare is a subsidiary of the Nestlé Company. They have been producing pet food and pet care products since 2001. From their headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, they provide pet owners worldwide with a wide range pet care products including dog food, cat food, pet snacks, animal health products, dog and cat litter, and many other products. The company generates in excess of $11.2 billion per year. Under their slogan ‘Your Pet, Our Passion’ they have grown to become the world’s second largest pet food company.

According to the Purina Newscenter bio on the company, Nestlé’s Purina Petcare was created in 2001 when Nestlé purchased Ralston Purina and combined it with their Friskies Petcare Company. The company produces and markets a variety of types of pet food, litter, and treats under several names and is the largest and most popular pet care brand in the United States. Some of the pet food brands the company owns include Beneful, Friskies, Purina Dog Chow, Purina ONE, and Purina Pro Plan. The products are favorites with both high end and low end consumers that simply want the best food and products for their beloved pets.

As consumer interest in and willingness to spend more money on their pets has grown, the Nestle Purina brand has continued to expand. The company now has manufacturing facilities in Australia, Germany, Hungary, Russia and Thailand and has acquired pet treats producer Waggin’ Train. Nestle Purina has also built Colorado’s largest privately owned system of solar panels to generate energy for its manufacturing plant in the state. The company’s Atlanta, Georgia facilities is home to its largest solar panel farm. Nestlé Purina Petcare also opened America’s first ‘cat cafe’ in 2014.

The company produces brands like Alpo for budget shoppers, Fancy Feast Appetizers for cats, Purina Pro Plan Sport for athletic dogs, and Purina Pro Plan for older dogs. Purina ONE is the company’s fastest-growing brand. Some of the other brands the company produces include Chef Michael’s, Deli-Cat, Fancy Feast, Mighty Dog, Purina Veterinary Diets, T Bonz, Tidy Cats, and Ravena pet food for the Brazilian market.

Nestlé Purina Petcare has long been a great corporate citizen. It sponsors numerous pet-related charitable activities and its sustainability practices used in its manufacturing plants has won it worldwide respect and acclaim. Nestlé Purina Petcare also works to advance veterinary research and donates tons of pet food and lots of money to help displaced pets and local animal shelters.

Purina PetCare: The Brand That Cares

Purina PetCare is a subsidiary of Nestle, it is the second largest pet food company in the world and the number one pet food company in the United States. This is due to its commitment to the highest quality food for the average pet. This commitment has been recognized through various awards for sustainable practices in manufacturing and has been a leading sponsor in pet-related charities. Purina PetCare was originally started by Ralston Purina in the late 1800’s and was acquired by Nestle in 2001 under its Friskies PetCare Company. The combination created Purina PetCare by 2002.

Some of the products sold under Purina are: Purina Dog Chow, Friskies, and Purina One. The type of products range to accommodate the budget pet shopper, such as the Alpo, or the pet shopper who is more health conscious like Purina One. Purina One, as of 2009 was the fastest growing brand under Purina PetCare.
Purina has also created cat appetizers, food for older dogs which help in digestion, a grain free brand, and a sports brand for the athletic dog. Since its introduction to the international market Purina has created pet food products that cater to global markets as well, including Ravena, a Brazilian brand that uses only locally available ingredients.

Besides pet food Purina creates accessories that include beds, leashes and training pads all under the Purina PetGear name.

Purina PetCare’s goal is promote community between people and pets which is evident in their Purina Newscenter media campaign to hold the largest Take Your Dog to Work Day in 2015. What started as a company encouraged day was expanded by Purina to other companies. This encouragement comes from the belief that better work comes from happier employees and what brings greater satisfaction than your dog? Nestle Purina partnered with Mississippi University College of Veterinary Medicine to conduct a survey that found employees that bring their dog to work show fewer signs of stress. With this new survey Purina PetCare has encouraged other companies to take the challenge while promoting its brand as the best for dog and cat care.

Get Help Finding A Home In New York City Real Estate

Those who have planned to move to New York City, they more than likely have found a real estate agent to help them with their move. Not everyone considers hiring a real estate agent to help them move into their perfect place, but it’s a wise decision, especially in New York City. Consider New York City like a jungle, unless you have the right guide, you’ll never be able to make your way through it. A real estate agent is the perfect guide to help you to find the best NYC apartments for sale, and Town Real Estate has the best listings in New York City.

Town Real Estate is a company that has been around for several years, and they’ve been able to help an untold amount of people to find their new place to call home. New York City has many historical places, and there are some great places to call home in the city. Places such as Soho are available for rent, but in certain cases, you have to have the right real estate agent to show you the listings. Town Real Estate has a lot of listings that are very luxurious, but they are exclusive to Town Real Estate agency.

If you’re looking to move, but you already live in New York City, it’s still a wise decision to choose Town Real Estate to help you find your next home. Whether you’re looking for a loft, a penthouse, a condo, or a house, Town Real Estate can help. You can do a lot less work on your own, especially if you choose the hire a real estate agent to work for you. It can be very difficult to look for a new place to live, especially if you have a regular work schedule.

When you hire a Town Real Estate agent, you don’t have to worry about finding your next place because the real estate agent will find it for you. You can relax, and wait for the right listings that will be brought to you personally by your real estate agent. All you need to do is tell your agent where you want to live, how much you want to spend, and they’ll be able to accommodate your needs. You can find a great place in New York City with the perfect amenities, and you’ll be able to move in the time frame that you are looking for.

Brad Reifler’s Five Tips for Investing

In a recent press release made through Reuter’s, Brad Reifler gave five tips for investors. Reifler is the CEO of Forefront Management Group, a company he founded with the express purpose of bringing investment back to the 99 percent. After being asked by his father to manage his life savings from his RV repair business, and his own experience with a money losing education saving/investment program, Reifler came to realize that the investment options available to “unaccredited” investors were limited.

Through Forefront Management Group, Reifler wants to give middle-class investors a way to provide good returns on their investments and protect their liquidity. His first tip is that investors should understand the investment that they are making in terms of the risk, expenses and return. After taking inventory of your current assets, you should develop a set of investment goals to guide you.

Secondly, Reifler said that the investor should always be concerned with the safety of their money. Even knowing the risks involved, investments can lose value and the principle could be lost. Reifler also suggests that investors should not put all their money into the stock market, but diversify into other vehicles that will help them achieve their goals. Developing trust and a personal relationship with your investment managers is the fourth tip Reifler offers. By knowing the person investing your money, you will also help accomplish the goal of keeping your money safe.

Finally, the investor should know why they are investing. Is the money earned for retirement, education of children, asset acquisition, or for some other purpose. By knowing why you are investing, you can determine if certain strategies are suitable to meet those goals.

The Deadly Hike

Brutal hazings for college fraternities and sororities have been banned from college campuses all over the country. The hazing are notoriously dangerous and have taken the lives of numerous young people. One California family is feeling that pain after they lost a loved one to hazing. A California college student died after being a part of a brutal fraternity hike. The family has decided to sue the school after the loss of their loved one. Members of the family are claiming that the death was easily preventable and senseless to say the least. Armando Villa died after collapsing during a treacherous 18 mile hike that was organized by his fraternity. A school investigation found out that the hikers had little water, were hiking in hot temperatures, and did not have the proper shoes for hiking.


After the final autopsy was performed the school’s investigation concluded that the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and their hazing were to blame. The CEO of the national fraternity would not comment on the lawsuit at this time. The fraternity did however shut down the chapter in which Armando Villa lost his life to. The fraternity also gave generous remarks and condolences and extended their thoughts and prayers to the family. Knowing that the fraternity chapter is closed has given the family and their community some closure. Watts sees this as a pretty tough situation. They are truly hoping that no one else has to lose their lives to senseless acts of bravado.

Wisconsin Joins Connecticut in Microbead Ban

Plastic microbeads damage the environment. They have also been linked to animal and human health issues. Connecticut’s decision to ban microbeads on Tuesday has already had an impact on other states:

Although Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is not well-known for making good decisions that benefit all of the people in his state, it was announced late yesterday, July 1, that he has decided to ban microbeads. Only seven states in the United States, including Illinois, Ohio, New York and New Jersey, currently have official bans against the production, sales and non-secure disposal of microbeads.

Of course, unlike the officials in many other states, Governor Walker’s decision is mostly for show, at least from what Adam has seen. The ban on manufacturing of the beads will not start until 2018, which means that tons of non-biodegradable beads will be allowed into the market over the next two years.

The Personal Care Products Council and many health and beauty companies initially insisted that microbeads were not harmful to the environment, animals or humans even though a lot of scientific studies had proven that they are a blight on the face of the planet. They have since attempted to save face by supporting the bans. Around 90 percent of the plastic particles found in Lake Erie are supposedly from microbeads.

Many believe that the United State isn’t doing enough. The Netherlands has pledged to be “virtually free” of microbeads from products by 2016.