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Brazil’s Seventh Largest Paint Producer, Eucatex Grows With Manifold Growth of Brazil’s Economy

Eucatex was founded in November 1951 when no company had ever come up with an idea of using the eucalyptus as a raw material resource to manufacture panels and ceiling tiles. The company started manufacturing soft boards and later began producing panels and ceiling tiles. The initial panel factory commenced its operations in 1954 in Salto and majored in manufacturing and marketing insulating and linings from eucalyptus wood.

The company celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2011 as a top marketer and principal manufacturer of paints, hardboards, wall partitions and more in Brazil. The company has grown rapidly to meet the requisites of different companies such as furniture producers, provides significant industrial construction, and the external market as well including plates and doors. It currently accommodates 2,201 employees, exports to 37 countries and owns four state of the art factories in Salto and Botucatu. The company owns 44 hectares of forest, in the state of São Paulo and this assures the company’s sustainability.

Eucatex is acknowledged by the best activities of tenable growth and holds global certifications ISO 9001, ISO 14001. Its products were internationally recognized in 1996 and became the first company in the field to receive the certification ISO 9001. Apart from this , the company was awarded the Green Seal by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an organization that keeps track of forests to ascertain that companies like Eucatex follow the most stringent social, economic and environmental standards. LinkedIn writes that the company has received uncountable awards since 1997 to acknowledge its activities, the awards include PINI award – 1st place in the Doors and Flooring category in 1998, 10 Best Companies in Corporate Citizenship in Brazil 2009 (‘Gestão RH’ magazine) in 2009, POPAI Brazil award 2010 –Trade/ Semi-permanent Project Category in 2010 and many more.

Eucatex uses an efficient technique to improve its Corporate Governance program known as The Ethics Channel. Most large open organizations also use this technique, and it focuses on establishing the openness of the Eucatex Group. The system is easy, safeguarded and anonymous. Through this, the staff can report any form of misconduct contrary to the ethical principles of Eucatex via the company’s Contato Seguro.

Eucatex is currently the seventh largest paint manufacturer in Brazil and holds 3% market share thanks to Flavio Maluf, the president of Eucatex and GrandFood group. Mr. Flavio is the eldest son of the famous politician, Paulo Maluf. Flavio Maluf has been the Chief Executive Officer of Eucatex since April 2005. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Executive Officers and the Vice Chief Executive Officer of Eucatex.

Owner of a NBA Team

Throughout the history of the NBA, every team has been bought out and has gained new owners on more than one occasion. These new owners spend a great deal of money to acquire these teams in hopes of bettering the players and the franchise as a whole. Bruce Levenson and Antony Ressler are two well known people who have recently purchased and sold ownership of a team, spending quite a deal of money in the process. Here, you will learn just how these two powerful individuals came to own such a team as the Atlanta Hawks.

Mr. Bruce Levenson started off his career as a business man by attending Washington University, earning a Bachelor’s degree of Arts. He also graduated from American University, located in Washington, DC, obtaining a law degree from there. In the late 1970s, 1977 to be more specific, Levenson co-founded United Communications Group with a fellow colleague, Mr. Ed Peskowitz. He and Peskowitz have spent nearly three decades overseeing efforts of the company and they both continue to improve UCG’s business strategies. Before founding UCG, Levenson wrote pieces for both the Washington Star and Observer Publishing. Among many other things, Levenson cites himself as very philanthropic. He sits as President of the “I Have a Dream Foundation” that’s located in Washington and continues to pursue other charitable endeavors. His other achievements include being on the Board of Directors of the Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Association and Director at

Levenson obtained ownership of the Atlanta Hawks in 2004 for a grand total of $250 million when they were known as Atlanta Spirit LLC. Levenson then became the team’s managing partner and a member of the NBA’s Board of Governors since 2011. In 2014, he announced that he was planning on releasing his shares of the team by selling them off and Levenson hired Goldman Sachs and Inner Circle Sports to assist him in doing so. After being convinced of the team’s worth being around $1 billion, the team was actually sold for just a little bit less.

Antony Ressler, owner of the Grant Hill group, purchased the Atlanta Hawks for $850 million, releasing a statement saying that they were honored to have obtained the team and becoming stewards for it. Ressler, also a real estate developer, had been in the running as a finalist in becoming an owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, bidding over $1.2 billion, but the sale was not approved since the amount of money did not meet what Steve Ballmer thought the team was worth, which was listed at $2 billion.

It takes a great deal of finances and know how to buy an entire team of any sport, along with a good team of people to help you do it. Levenson and Ressler have proven to have all three and have been extremely successful in showing that they have the brains it takes to tackle purchasing and selling a team, as well as getting their money’s worth from both.

OrganoGold: Widening the Use of Traditional Eastern Medicines

Developed by Bernardo Chua in the Philippines in the early 2000’s, the OrganoGold company grew from a small organization to a multinational success. Providing products infused with herbal ingredients known to promote longevity and healthful prosperity, OrganoGold now offers numerous gourmet beverages, nutraceuticals, and hygiene products that have users finding betterment in their physical and mental condition. Although OrganoGold products have many beneficial ingredients, the primary inclusion of ganoderma in their product offerings is what makes them uniquely advantageous.

Grown organically on the Wuyi mountain tops in the heart of the Fuzhou region of China, the Ganoderma mushroom boasts many health benefits not found in any other singular herbal ingredient. High in antioxidants, gandoderma protects against disease and aging; as well as other specific benefits. Able to promote immunity, the ingestion of ganoderma not only promotes the resistance of age induced disease and the common cold but also reduces cancer cell growth, a benefit that is heightened when combined with green teas. Also valuable in energy processes, this super mushroom is great for relieving fatigue, increasing stamina, and improving overall mental fitness. Holistically positive, the high concentration of antioxidants in the ganoderma mushroom also aid in toxin removal, urinary tract health, acne reduction, blood pressure regulation, allergy symptom decline, arthritis alleviation, viral degradation, heart health, weight loss, and much more.

Despite that gandoderma is the primary beneficial ingredient in OrganoGold coffees, teas, lattes, soaps, toothpastes, and supplements, the inclusion of other ingredients and the use of these products with other beneficial oils enhances the health benefits that these quality products provide. The addition of polysaccharides, triterpenes, selenium, and linoleic acid; along with other natural compounds; brings antimicrobial, antibacterial, and cholesterol reducing benefits that make OrganoGold products indispensable for a healthy lifestyle. Available through individual retailers and online, these impressive products, once only available to those in the Eastern continental areas, are now accessible to those all over the globe. Of course in caring about the human condition, efforts should aim toward helping people thrive on many levels. Twitter users stated this is why OrganoGold is also a large contributor to OG Cares, which is a non-profit foundation dedicated to enrich the lives of young people all over the globe with intention of creating more adept leaders for future generations. When it comes to contributing positively to the lives of others, OrganoGold definitely meets the gold standard.

Adam Sender Cashing in on Art Collection

There are many ways to invest. One such way to invest is with the purchase of art collectables. Original pieces of art that end up coming from a world famous painter or artist can potentially become priceless works of art and extremely valuable. Now, most of this art is not deemed extremely valuable until towards the end of someone’s career or after they have died. Due to this, buying art is a bit of understanding the artistic movement going on and also a bit of luck. Currently, Adam Sender, a famous art collector is set to sell off around 400 pieces of his art collection through Sotheby’s. The sale of this art is expected to bring in around $70 million.

Adam Sender worked with a full time curator of contemporary art when trading proved to be down a decade or go. Recently, Adam Sender has closed his hedge fund and is now looking to clear out how painting collection. With most of the paintings ready to move, Sotheby’s believes he should bring in around $70 million from the different paintings over the next 18 months, which is how the art collection is set to be auctioned off.

Different paintings are valued at different prices. There are some photographs included as well. There is one photograph done by Sherman that is expected to sell for around $2 to $3 million through the auction. There is another photograph from a Sherman series that is expected to go or nearly $100,000. There is a painting by John Baldessari that he bought back in 2001 and it is expected to go for between $2 and $3 million, as well as another painting done by Price that is valued at nearly $1.5 million.

Sender recently said in an interview that he wanted to purchase the very best paintings, and with the help of his full-time curator, he knew what to look for and how to determine what paintings might become the most valuable. As he stated, with the money he made from the stock market and other trading options, he couldn’t buy the top of the line paintings from world famous artists such as Andy Warhol, but he could still buy the best of the best paintings from individuals such as Richard Prince for a hundred grand or so. This painting has since increased in value 10 fold, making it an extremely beneficial investment. So, for anyone who is looking at possible investment opportunities and who are always searching for the next great investment, they need to look towards art. With the help of a quality eye for art, it is possible to catch a solid investment opportunity that is likely going to be extremely valuable.

Evacuation Orders and The People Who Do Not Obey Them

According to an article published by, many people do not heed hurricane evacuation orders. Unfortunately, this can result in more deaths and injuries as a result of hurricanes. It can complicate an already difficult situation for professional emergency responders at the scene. Even in New Jersey, which was recently impacted by hurricane Sandy, some people say that they may not always obey an evacuation order when a hurricane is forecasted to strike. 

There are various reasons why someone might not heed an evacuation order. A clinical psychologist was interviewed, for the article on people who disobey hurricane evacuation orders. People can be very connected to their homes. For these people, the desire to stay in their home is extremely strong. This can remain true, in spite of serious danger. This can be caused by things other than financial reasons. Also, if someone has successfully ridden out a hurricane in their home, they may be more likely to disobey an evacuation order. Some people may even downplay the seriousness of the storm that they are choosing to face.

According to an expert, concerns about one’s home being vandalized can influence the decision to obey or disobey orders to evacuate. He also says that there are people who see themselves as somehow not likely to experience the dangers of disobeying an evacuation order. Additionally, he believes that people sometimes wait until it is too late to obey orders of evacuation. Also, areas without mandatory evacuation orders tend to have fewer people obeying the recommendation to evacuate. When evacuation becomes mandatory, obeying the order becomes more common. 

The most dangerous thing about a hurricane is not generally the wind. Typically, the storm surge is more dangerous. The storm surge can impact areas further inland than you may expect. This can cause residents who live somewhat inland to face serious dangers from the storm.

Plymouth Rock Assurance is an insurance company that insures homes against hurricane damage. This CEO of this company is a man named James Stone. According to his Wikipedia, the executive James Stone actually created Plymouth Rock Assurance. He is a Harvard graduate in economics. Before founding Plymouth Rock Assurance, he was insurance commissioner of Massachusetts. Then, he was appointed as the chairman of the CFTC by President Carter. Some time after this, he founded Plymouth Rock Assurance in 1982.

Alexei Beltyukov Cares About The Little Companies

When a successful entrepreneur cares about all of the little companies, you can know that they are a good person. Alexei Beltyukov has dedicated himself to helping out Russian companies that are just starting off. He has done a lot of work for the small, new companies, and he continues to do so through his new organization. Alexei Beltyukov is someone who cares about the people who are just getting started off in their careers, and he shows that through all of the work that he has done.

Alexei Beltyukov is making a big impact on the business world with all of the philanthropic work that he is doing. He is changing the lives of many Russian businessmen through the work that he has done to help them set up their companies. He is a man who works hard to make the lives of others better. He cares about the little man, and he has shown that time and time again.

You and I can look up to him as our hero when we are trying to do big things with our lives. He leaves an example that we would all benefit from following. His charity work and his thoughtfulness toward others is inspiring. He hasn’t taken his career and used it only for his own advantage, but instead, he has used it to help others. He has done a lot of good through his work, and he has given others the chance to have just as much success as he has had.

Alexei Beltyukov is someone who has a clear vision of what he would like to do with his life, and he has carried it out. He has spent a lot of time helping others to live out their dreams, and I don’t think that he’ll stop doing that anytime soon. I think that he is going to continue to help others out all that he can, because that’s just what kind of a guy he is. He cares, and I think that is great.

Brad Reifler Continues to Change the Financial Industry

In the financial services industry, there are many movers and shakes, but one name stands apart from the rest. Brad Reifler is a highly skilled and accomplished entrepreneur who has made a name for himself in the financial services industry through his continued efforts to change the landscape in the industry, and he is a professional that you may want to watch in the coming years. He is what some may refer to as a serial entrepreneur because he has founded numerous financial services companies, and this include Reifler Trading Company, Refco and Pali Capital. In addition, he has served as a director in other notable ventures, including European American Investment Bank, Foresight Research Solutions and Genesis Securities.

The most recent venture that Brad Reifler has been a part of is Forefront Capital, and he is the founder and CEO of this company. Forefront Capital is affiliated with Forefront Management Group, LLC, which is also founded by Reifler. This is a boutique investment banking firm that also specializes in providing wealth management services for its clients. Some of its many clients include individual investors, financial advisors, global institutions and others. The efforts of Forefront Capital have enabled financial growth for banking professionals, portfolio managers, distribution specialists, business leaders and others. Founded in 2009, this is a rapidly growing firm that is positioned to be just as successful as other ventures that were founded or managed by Brad Reifler.

Brad Reifler may be many years away from retirement, and if his past predicts his future, it is likely that Forefront Capital will not be Reifler’s last venture. He has incredible experience and success in developing and building investment capital and financial advising firms. With his many industry connections and his track record for success, it is clear that Brad Reifler is a financial investment professional that others want to watch in the coming years.

McDonald’s Sales Down But Expecting A Boost

Fast food restaurant mogul McDonald’s is expecting an improvement in sales for the next fiscal year. After facing a year of financial decline, McDonald’s executives are predicting a year on the rise. They have created a strategic plan that they are hoping modernizes the historic burger and french fries food chain. According to McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook, the new plan for McDonald’s will turn the restaurant into “a modern, progressive burger company.”

The plan, which was on the table for a while was put into quick action after the company found the second quarter earnings much lower than they anticipated. Executive members of the company including Christian Broda focused on the challenge ahead, as they are losing many of the customers to restaurants like Chipotle Mexican Grill and Chick-fil-A. In an effort to bring back lost costumers, McDonald’s has begun experimenting with their menu and adding different and unusual toppings to preexisting menu items.

Executives have also analyzed restaurants by location to determine each stores operating capability. Any stores that have proved to be under performing have been closed and jobs have been cut. While this may not be the most positive outcome Eastbrook believes these steps are necessary to stay relevant with the increasing competition.

McDonald’s net income decreased to $1.20 billion from $1.39 billion last quarter. In total, revenue fell nearly 10 percent. Even McDonald’s global restaurants faced a sharp decrease in sales and profits. Analysts are continuing to create alternative ways to boost the companies profits and stay relevant with the competition.

The Impact of Qnet Products and Its Steady Growth

Qnet is a direct selling Asian company that has been in operation for the last 17 years. The company has relied on the e-commerce platform that has fuelled its growth over the years. It started in Singapore then India which became its production and distribution base. Over time it has expanded from mainly South East Asia to over a hundred countries in North African, Middle East, East Africa, West Africa, Central Asia and more recently to Europe and Russia.
It has not been Easy for Qnet specifically for Operating in an industry dominated by bigger multinationals. But through resilience, timely planning and quality service, the company has been able to make inroads and at the same time expand its market within a short time they have been in operation. These challenges are highlighted by the slow growth pattern Qnet experienced in India in 2013. It bounced back through its innovations and a competent leadership.
Qnet has a full legal structure that enables it to comply with all regulations. It has been in the forefront in advocating for regulation on online sales. This is in a bid to ensure that companies that run genuine business do so without being accused of running schemes that are against the law. This has been the main the main force that has enabled Qnet to navigate through the challenges over the years without wavering in its commitment to various distributors.
The company has also been successful due to investments that it has made in new facilities and product developments. Currently Qnet offers over 30 products categorized into 9 that promote healthy lifestyles and enhance lives of its clients. These products range from skin care products, wellness, nutrition, Swiss watches and jewellery. Apart from that, other packages are also offered and they include online learning courses and vacation packages.
There has been a shift in Qnet’s strategy; currently the main focus is on life enhancement products. This is basically a shift to life enhancement from lifestyle products. Through this change, education services, weight management, water purification and air purification services have been offered. Much emphasis also has been put in producing vegetarian products. There is no non-vegetarian ingredients allowed in Qnet Consumable products especially in India. Qnet has also been involved to a greater extent in the fight against diabetes, obesity and other diseases by reducing artificial sweeteners, sugar and chemicals in its products.
Qnet has a company cares so much about its consumers that is why so much focus is given to enhancing their lives. The product range given is of high standards. This is aimed at having growth in business fuelled by healthy consumers.

Mobile Wireless Services Can Help You Remain in Touch

People often find that they need to stay in touch with others as much as possible in today’s busy world. A mother may need to make sure that her child has arrived at an afternoon football game and then figure out what to serve for dinner before he gets home. People who are on vacation may need to keep track of all members of their party at any given time and find out if there is a central place where they can meet together in order to have lunch at the same time. It is not uncommon for multiple family members to be in varied places during the course of a single day. Parents need to keep track to make sure that a child can get to an important test and then to a birthday party before bringing them home.

One of the very best ways to help all family members remain in touch with each other no matter where they are is with the use of mobile wireless services. A mobile phone can be purchased for a small sum. The mobile phone can then allow people to stay in touch during the day as they travel from place to place. A parent can choose to give a child a mobile phone that will allow the parent to track the child’s location at all times during the day. A parent who knows exactly where her child is at any given moment during the day is a mother who can relax and not worry as much.

Those who are looking for the best possible mobile wireless services may want to consider working with a company such as FreedomPop. FreedomPop is a company that is devoted to meeting the needs of clients all across the country who want to have easy access to wireless services that allow them to stay in touch with family members and others who are important to them during the day. The company has specially designed phone plans that are ideal for the needs of families who may be quite busy during the day and on weekends as well.

Working with FreedomPop allows the user to enjoy access to phone plans that are available at little cost or even for free. This can be important for families that may have a temporary cash flow problems and yet still wish to have the means to remain in touch with others directly via a low cost phone service. Many such plans are quite reliable even when the user is nowhere near a wireless network. This kind of widespread access can be important for those families that travel a lot each year. A family that is engaged in activities such as soccer matches may need to travel each weekend for meets. Using a mobile wireless service is one of the best ways to keep track of each family member when they are at a match and need to know where to be at any given moment during this time.