Monthly Archives: May 2018

Fortress Investment Group Growth Oriented Private Equity Firm

Making the right investments at the right time can make a lot of difference in the long-term. The financial markets are volatile, and it is essential to make investments before the time runs out. When it comes to managing millions and billions for large institutional clients, there is a need for investment managers with financial expertise and knowledge of asset and investment management. In the United States, one of the most prominent investment management firms is Fortress Investment Group. Established in 1998, the Fortress Investment Group manages assets and investments for nearly 1,750 institutional clients and private investors amounting to over $70 billion. The assets under management of Fortress Investment Group have been consistently increasing as it continues to expand its horizon and base in different countries. In 2007, Fortress Investment Group launched itself in NYSE, and at the time of its launch, Fortress Investment Group was the only equity firm to be publicly traded in the United States.

Fortress Investment Group believes in performance and results and has a team of qualified and experienced finance professionals who ensure that the clients get what they are looking for. With the increasing presence in the financial markets of Fortress Investment Group in the past few years, many other business giants were eyeing to take over the company. Recently, Softbank Group Corp of Japan purchased Fortress Investment Group for $3.3 Billion, and as per the deal, all the shares of Fortress Investment Group are now owned by Softbank Group Corp. The acquisition of Fortress Investment Group by Softbank would also allow the company to provide its services in many other countries in the Asia Pacific region, where it didn’t have presence till yet. One of the services for which Fortress Investment Group is known for is its alternative assets management. The Fortress Investment Group does intensive research in the field of alternative assets to help the clients find new avenues of profitable investments before these investment options enter the mainstream financial markets.

Fortress Investment Group was also involved in the Winter 2010 Olympics in Canada and almost had to halt the games to retrieve the debt the state of Vancouver owed to the company indirectly. The Fortress Investment Group was funding the Millennium Development Group that was constructing Olympic Village and other associated infrastructure, but due to the budget and financial constraint led by 2008 economic recession, further financing was not possible for Fortress Investment Group. It led to Fortress Investment Group denying additional financing, which forced the City of Vancouver to take over a load of nearly $450 Million (CAD) to ensure that the Olympics continue as planned. Fortress Investment Group revived well from the economic recession and is now amongst the most profitable and high performing investment managers in the world. It is also one of the top private equity firms to work for as per the many reviews left by the employees online. The company provides the employees with many perks and incentives as well as the flexibility to stay creative and focused at the same time.

Re-telling The Successful Story of Roberto Santiago Owner of Manaira Mall

Roberto Santiago hails from Brazil. He is well known for developing Manaira Shopping Mall. However, his success did not come easily as he faced some challenges while growing up.

 

Growing Up

 

For the 58-year-old, growing up involved working hard between jobs to put himself through school. He, therefore, enrolled at Pio X-Marist College for a course in business before proceeding to the Center University of Pessoa Joao. While there, Santiago managed to learn people skills especially when it comes to business. He also ventured into team leadership and observed people’ interaction citing their strengths and weaknesses. That way, he was in a position to dispense his leadership skills in the business he joined in future.

 

Education and Career

 

After school, Roberto Santiago worked at Cafe Santa Rosa. This company dealt with the manufacture of cartons and panels for construction companies. His business succeeded. In fact, he managed to garner a lot of revenue and used the money to buy land in Brazil. Well, now that he had the money, he wondered what he could invest in. Because the real estate industry was experiencing massive demand from clients who needed property or social amenities, he decided to put his money in the business. That is how he bought land. After purchasing the land, there was the question of what to do with it. At that juncture, he decided to shift focus into the lives of Brazilians and how easy or difficult it was for them to access personal use items from the shops.

 

Establishing Manaira Shopping Mall

 

 

Santiago decided to build a shopping mall that was launched in two years. Manaira is now a huge contributor to the healthy economy of the retail industry of Brazil. Perhaps this is appended to the fact that it is not your typical mall that consists of shopping units only. Therefore, let us highlight some of the features that make this mall vastly pronounced;

 

The Domus Hall

This is the most visited room in Manaira Mall. The hall seats on the rooftop and has a vast space that can hold up to 10,000 people at the same time. For people who would like to know more about the culture of Brazil, here is the place to be as there are tutors who spend time sharing about the history of Brazil, its development and roots. Other than that, there are a lot of ongoing activities in this hall. From concerts, poetry, weddings, family meetings and music events by foreign celebrities, the Domus Hall has attracted many people in the past years.

 

More about Manaira Mall

 

Manaira has 3D cinema rooms that will undoubtedly entertain you. Alongside gaming areas, people have always camped in the mall with the hope of finding entertainment. Of course, they have not been disappointed as client reviews indicate that Manaira has professional customer service providers.

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ECU Endorses Brad Schneider For Re-Election

Every single election cycle the dark money groups circle like vultures overhead the Illinois 10th Congressional District — and it is because they know that Democratic Rep. Brad Schneider can’t be bought out like his Republican opponents. Schneider is an absolutely tireless worker for his suburban Chicago District, and in his re-election bid in 2018 he will be aided by the support of End Citizens United due to his steadfast refusal of dark PAC money that has infiltrated our electoral processes in recent cycles.

Illinois, like so many states, is trending bluer and bluer than ever — but that does not mean that Schneider and his campaign team are taking anything for granted. With powerful special interest groups out to try and defeat the Congressman, you can be certain he is thankful for the endorsement of a group like End Citizens United that has utilized their grassroots power to deliver some of the top upsets for Democrats in the 2018 election cycle thus far. As an incumbent, Schneider has a leg to stand on on this issue and he can make the honest case to voters that he has always been committed to putting the needs of the working-class above the greedy Corporate PACs who seek only to create more power for themselves. To put it succinctly: Brad Schneider is an honest reflection of his district, while his opponents are oftentimes no more than pawns for dark money groups.

End Citizens United, a powerful group created in March of 2015 with the goal of overturning the disastrous Supreme Court decision that allowed an influx of corporate money into our electoral system, knows they have a champion of their cause in Brad Schneider. With the power of ECU’s donor base and grassroots power combined with Schneider’s record of fighting for the working-class, all indications are that Schneider should walk away with a victory this November. Certainly, if the Democrats truly hope to utilize the purported Blue Wave to flip the House and the Senate, they will need to ensure that loyal and respected members like Brad Schneider sail to victory in a few months.

His effectiveness as a legislator and his undying support of ridding our system of dark money make ECU’s endorsement a seamless fit together. With these two groups together, even the most deep pocketed conservative groups have to be wondering if there will even be a path to victory in Illinois’ Tenth Congressional District.

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Alexandre Gama Refocusing Neogama

As one of Brazil’s most brilliant artistic minds, Alexandre Gama has enjoyed much success over the past four decades. The advertising man got his start back in 1982 as a copywriter for Standard Ogilvy & Mather. After nearly a decade at the firm, Gama had firmly established himself as one of the best copywriters in South America.

This distinction led him to become a creative director and copywriter at DM9 in 1990. In 1994, Gama was selected as the CEO of Young & Rubicam, a move that made him a household name to those in the industry. After five successful years leading the agency, Gama started his own agency called Neogama in 1999.

Neogama has become one of Brazil’s top advertising agencies over the past 20 years. Both Alexandre Gama and the company has won numerous awards including 23 Golden Lion Awards. Gama recently took back total control of the company after a few years of being owned by investors. He looks to refocus the company’s efforts on the Brazilian market rather than the worldwide market.

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