Bhanu Choudhrie is the founder and director of C&C Alpha Group Limited, an international private equity firm based in the UK. As a successful entrepreneur and businessman, Choudhrie believes that knowledge and education are the greatest keys to success. To further his education, he enrolled in the Owner/President Management (OPM) program offered by the Harvard School of Business.

The Owner/President Management program that consists of intensive three-week training sessions that span 24 months, over 3 calendar years. The program is designed for business owners/founders with at least 10 years of operating experience to help them enhance their leadership skills in a changing world. Bhanu Choudhrie sat down with the Harvard School of Business and to give his testimonial on the Owner/President Management program.

He chose to attend the OPM program because he believes that as a business owner, he should always be furthering his education. He believes that the global economy is always evolving, and learning new leadership skills will help him tackle the challenges brought on by an ever-changing world. Read more full interview of Bhanu Choudhrie at thisismoney.co.uk

 

Choudhrie’s had a couple of highlights of his OPM program experience. The first of these highlights was intellectual atmosphere that was present throughout the Harvard Campus. The second was he was impressed with the diversity and the high caliber class of entrepreneurs that made it through the rigorous selection process.

A few things during the OPM program surprised him, with the most surprising being the case study discussions. These discussions challenged his view on even the most basic business facts. He was also humbled during the program as prior to enrolling, he was always treated as the boss. However, neither his professor or classmates treated him as such. It helped him realize that there is a lot he doesn’t know about business.

Bhanu Choudhrie believes that business owners should change their mindset that learning stops after earning a bachelor’s degree or running their own business. He believes that programs like the OPM help business owners further their education, and help manage their businesses for the 21st century.

Bhanu Choudhrie is the executive director of C&C Alpha Group Limited an international private equity firm and holding company in the UK. He overseas the day to day operations and has been responsible for many investments mainly those in the Real Estate, Aviation and Utilities industries.

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Dick Devos started to work with the FAA in 2017 as part of the Management Advisory Council. Previously he hadn’t held any political office, but he had been well known by many in the airline and airport business world. Aviation was one of his main passions growing up, and he even has several pilot licenses for jets and helicopters.

 

Since Richard Devos Sr.’s passing in 2018, Dick Devos has been busy. He has been working on the new headquarters of the Devos Family Foundation in downtown Grand Rapids, and he has been meeting with the new FAA council. The committee was brought together for civilians to advise the FAA on important matters like policies, airport growth, budgets, regulations, and other issues facing America’s aviation industry.

 

Devos has plenty of reasons to work with the council as he has been working with the CEO of the local Grand Rapids airport for many years. In fact, it all started in the early 1990s. Devos had just come out of a stint at Amway. He was able to lead record-breaking sales at his father’s company, but he wanted more. He specifically wanted to help the businesses in his hometown be more successful.

 

He came up with a plan to bring in more business travelers. He started by building up the downtown areas. He formed a committee called Grand Action, and together they would build up areas like the Andel Arena, Devos Place Convention Center, and Devos Performance Hall.

 

The convention center would become a key part of the growth as Devos wanted travelers to the area to see Grand Rapids as a conference destination. He started by talking to the CEO of the local airport. He wanted to help the airport become part of the business traveler strategy. He talked to the CEO of AirTran Airways to open up new flights specifically to locations that were frequented by business travelers. These destinations would include Orlando, St. Louis, Denver, and Las Vegas.

 

The airport has experienced insane growth since the addition of these flights. In fact, in just a few years, the airport had seen more growth than it ever had before. The new ticket sales brought in so much funding that the airport was able to renovate with a $45 million fund. This would become known as the Gateway Transformation Project, and it’s something that the FAA would see as a way to help other airports across the United States.

 

The Gateway Transformation Project brought new interest to Grand Rapids as a travel destination, but it also changed the technology inside of the airport, adding a new business traveler center and an updated food court. The second phase of the project will add more technology to curbside areas and security.

 

Dick Devos will meet with the advisory council until 2020. The council gets together once per quarter to discuss new policies, regulations, and budgets.

 

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Blockchain patent holder and inventor of financial card chip technology Serge Belamant is as real as they get in the financial coding industry. He draws his inspiration from the successful behemoths before him, and co-founds a business with his son in the industry which has made him a living. “It’s easy to see far when one stands on the shoulders of giants.” This is his favorite quote because it acknowledges the modern greats, like Steve Jobs, while also acknowledging the potential greatness in all of us at the same time.

Read his full interview at Inspirery.com

The history of Serge Belamant is quite fascinating. He was born a Frenchman in the town of Tulle and was moved to South Africa by his father, whose tiling career saw greater opportunity in the budding South African state. While in South Africa, Serge Belamant created the software necessary to digitize the South African welfare system. From there, his confidence rose to a considerable degree and helped to better realize that anything in the world is possible. From there, he created Net1 UEPS Technologies in 1989 which is responsible for the chip technology in card processing licensed at first to VISA (and later, all other major processors).

His company with his son, Zilch Technologies is very cool because it improves the financial literacy of our youth by highlighting their spending and saving habits in order to improve their choices… and all of this done through a mobile device. Success didn’t always come easy for Serge, though. Self-doubt was a factor in his journey, and admittedly it is for everyone. “I believe that anyone who says they don’t experience at least some self-doubt is lying. We all have moments where we wonder, is what I’m doing actually worthwhile? And even beyond that, if we know it’s worthwhile, we wonder whether it will be successful.” So the next time that you have doubt about your path in life, just know that even the most successful businessmen on the planet like Serge Belamant once had their doubts too: it’s human nature.

Read more: https://news.bitcoin.com/tag/serge-belamant/

 

Specializations
HGGC, a private equity firm, specializes in corporate carve-outs, add-on acquisitions, growth equity, leveraged buyouts, recapitalization, restructuring in middle markets and platform investments. Its primary investments are in North America with diversification in International opportunities.
Executive Leadership
i) Steve Young
The founding father to and chair of the Forever Young Foundation is a co-founder and Managing director. He holds membership in various committees of the firm: The Executive Committee, Fund II Investment Committee, and Fund I policy and the Investment Committee. He was formerly a co-founder and managing director of Sorenson Capital, a firm located in the Western United States. Steve has had a flourishing career from professional football in the NFL and being a corporate spokesperson for various successful companies such as Nike.
ii) Bob Gay
With a vast experience in private equity, Bob is a co-founder and the Executive Director at HGGC. He was the Managing Director and senior partner at Bain Capital from 1989 straight through to 2004. He as well oversaw Bain Capital Europe, responsible for the London and Munich offices of the firm.
iii) Neil White
The former analyst in the Private Equity Group at Och-Ziff Capital Management is a managing director and an integral member of the firm’s investor relations. He joined the company in 2009, two years after its incorporation. He is a BA holder in Economics from Bingham Young University.
iv) Greg Hughes
He is an executive director at HGGC effective from January 10th, 2017. The holder of Masters in Business Administration is also the Chief Executive Officer at Veritas. Formerly, he was a CEO at Serena Software where he foresaw the successful sale of Micro Focus International Plc. He as well holds a bachelors and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts.
v) Pat Dugoni
Pat, a former Investment Banking Analyst in the Natural Resources Group at Goldman Sachs, is the Vice President. He is the firm’s Fund II investments in FPX active member as well as Fund I investment in Innovative.
vi) Hudson Smith
The former manager, consultant and Case Team Leader at Bain and Company joined the firm in 2009 and is a Managing Director. He holds a BSc, Business Administration from Washington and Lee University.
vii) Richard Lawson
The finance director at SGM Contracts is a co-founder, managing partner, and CEO at HGGC. He was a participant in the Mergermarket Technology Forum of May 22nd, 2018.
viii) Gregory M. Benson
He is a managing partner and co-founder at HGGC.
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Flavio Maluf was born in 1961. He is an individual who came from a rich family at well as politically influential but that influence did not limit him from pursuing what he aspired to do independently. He had to strive through determination and sheer hard work accompanied by business oriented skills that enabled him to be able to create his own successful business entity. Even though he had graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering, hi ambition and desire to be a successful entrepreneur led him to pursue business in totality. He is the head of Eucatex. Read more on Wikipedia.

Eucatex started its operations in 1951. It is involved in the production of quality building materials as well as other related products of timber made from Eucalyptus trees that are very abundant in the Amazon region where Brazil lies. Flavio Maluf joined the company in 1987 where he started working as a junior staff in the administrative ranks before he rose to be the chief executive officer of the company due to his continued exemplary performance throughout his time in the company up to date. After taking up the responsibilities of the leadership of Eucatex, Fabio Maluf’s leadership ensured that the operations of the company spread to over 30 countries where it set up its subsidiary offices as well as offer its services. The products of Eucatex have been trusted to A point of being used for construction of facilities that were used during the Olympics in Brazil under the leadership of Flavio Maluf.

Eucatex is a company that continues to adhere to environmental concerns throughout its operations, thus standing out as the leading entity in Latin America. Through the leadership of Fabio Maluf, the company has been involved in charitable activities such as providing health equipment to underfunded health facilities. Website: https://flaviomalufoficial.com/

Brazil is considered to be one of the most beautiful places to visit in the world. Millions of tourists travel to Brazil to experience the hot weather and sandy beaches among other destinations. One thing is certain; the force behind the tourism industry has been remarkable. Guilherme Paulus is a well-renowned entrepreneur and hotelier, born, raised and accomplished in Brazil.

Paulus began working as an intern for IBM before starting his journey in the tourism sector. He is fond of narrating his story of uprising from a humble beginning when his then partner, Carlos Vicente approached him. Carlos revealed to Paulus that he was interested in starting a tours agency and saw great potential in the 24-year-old Paulus. Although he had little experience and exposure, Guilherme has been known to have a keen eye and dedicated himself to anything he loved. CVC was born in 1972. Four years later, Carlos left and Guilherme Paulus continued running the business on his own. CVC was distinguished from other tour agencies from the way they interacted with clients and operated out of the ordinary. This would soon see CVC Tours grow into one of the largest tour operators in Latin America. See more of Guilherme Paulus at mercadoeeventos.com

Guilherme Paulus, later on, discovered another untapped venture in Brazil. Tourists suffered from inadequate luxury hotel and resorts destinations. He took up the challenge and began the GJP Hotel and Resorts. Today, the company boasts of running over 20 luxury destinations.

While concentrating on GJP’s growth and development, CVC Tours suffered a financial turmoil. Guilherme Paulus sourced funds to keep the company running in 2009. In 2013, the tours company was publicly traded. He continues to participate actively in CVC’s management. Currently, CVC’s revenue accrues to more than $5 billion annually showing that its success remains relevant.

For more than four decades in the tourism industry, Guilherme Paulus has managed to transform the sector and brought it to worldwide recognition. He has received numerous accolades from both within Brazil and internationally. He inspires many entrepreneurs into embracing their strengths and weaknesses as well as working for what they think is possible.

Check out: https://interview.net/pt/guilherme-paulus/

 

Shervin Pishevar is not the type of person to hold back when he has an opinion. In February 2018, he spent 21 hours ranting on Twitter about a variety of economic and business topics. Here are a few of the highlights from those tweets.

You Don’t Need To Be In Silicon Valley Anymore

There is no need to base your company in Silicon Valley if you want to be a successful entrepreneur. Instead, all you need is the ability to create a product or service that meets the needs of your target market. Shervin Pishevar thinks that being a business owner has become a viral concept that knows no physical boundaries.

American Infrastructure Could Be At Risk

Shervin Pishevar is critical of the fact that the United States lacks a long-term vision when it comes to infrastructure. He said that the Chinese recently built a train station in nine days. However, the United States isn’t able to do that because they don’t have consistent protocols when it comes to building bridges, roads or bus terminals. If this problem isn’t corrected soon, it could mean the end of the United States as the sole superpower in the world.

The Stock Market Could Be Volatile in 2018

Both the stock and the bond market are likely to be volatile throughout 2018 for a variety of different reasons. The thing that investors should know is that there could be a significant correction of up to 6,000 points. If you are looking for a safe place to put your money, buy gold instead of bonds.

It may also be a good idea to sell equities to lock in profits before the correction takes place. Bitcoin investors should be ready for the price of the currency to fall to as low as $2,000 a coin in the near future. At this price point, Shervin Pishevar sees the currency once again increasing in value.

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For many in the world, the United States is a land where anything is possible, where if you work hard enough anything you want is yours. This image of America was no different for Doe Deere, at the time a teenager in Russia. Her daydreams of living in America would finally be realized at the age of 17 when she and her family moved to New York City. The land of opportunity was waiting for her and she was ready for it, unfortunately, that was not to be her experience in the first few years of her life across the Atlantic. Immediately her family began struggling when her mother’s educational credentials were non-existent in the U.S and had to resort to low paying jobs. Eventually, the family hit rock bottom and lived out of a homeless shelter on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. All Doe had was her family and her dreams of becoming a fashion designer.

It was not until the spring of 1999 when she and her family caught a break in the form of a woman name Dorchen Leidholdt, a social worker bent on aiding struggling immigrant families. Leidholdt would find Doe’s mother an accounting job, her sister a college education and Doe herself would be guided by Ledihoidt to the Fashion Institute of Technology after seeing her sketches. Her family was once again back on their feet, and even though she states that she never wishes that type of struggle on anyone, she would not exchange it for anything as it taught her so many valuable lessons.

In 2008, Doe Deere would finally realize her dream and founded “Lime Crime”. The company became a huge success with high sales and a team of 35 employees ready to inspire women from all over the world to be themselves. Doe Deere thanks America for everything she has, only in America can someone start off as homeless and become a CEO. She urges people to think that maybe, those immigrants who have not taken the pledge yet will be one of the ones to make America great.

https://www.limecrime.com/pages/our-founder-doe-deere

Guilherme Paulus has had an exceptional and enviable career. It started with him having his degree in Business Administration and joining Casa Faro Turismo in 1971. While working, his experience with a small group of French tourists would create a spark that Guilherme would turn into a raging fire. The French tourists were bored with not knowing what to do, Guilherme would step in and suggest a way to spend their vacation. His service was so well received that at the time of leaving, the tourists had already booked their next trip with him. View Guilherme Paulus profile at Forbes.

This ignited the drive in him which would end up with him owning what is now the largest tour operator in Latin America – CVC. Founded in 1972, Guilherme Paulus started CVC with a partner, a Brazilian politician who would eventually take his leave from the partnership.


Guilherme, alone at the helm of CVC would take the predicament as an opportunity and spend the next forty years taking CVC to unimaginable highs.

In 2009, Guilherme would part with 63.6% of CVC in a sale to global private equity company – Carlyle Group. The sale would net Guilherme Paulus $420 million, yet allow him to stay on as the chairman of CVC. He would demonstrate his ability to turn any situation into a positive when he took control of struggling aviator – WebJet, which only had a fleet size of one aeroplane and turned it into the 3rd largest domestic aviation company in Brazil, with a fleet size of 20 aeroplanes at the time of its sale to Gol.

His mind has always been active, in spite of CVC’s incredible growth, Guilherme Paulus continued to look into what his beloved country required as the times changed. He noticed how the tourism sector in Brazil needed a boost and founded the GJP Group of Hotels and Resorts which now owns sought after tourist spots across the nation and employs upwards of 2,000 people. With his involvement in the tourism sector, he quickly realized that Brazil was changing, and it’s people were demanding a higher standard of living. It was no longer a case of necessities. This realization made GJP start the construction wing of the company, aimed at building condominiums and villas, something that was being demanded by the people of his country.

His career has seen him win countless awards and honors, including a place in the Brazilian Board of Tourism, an arm of the government to which he was invited by the President, recognizing that Guilherme Paulus was the perfect expert on tourism. Read more: https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/GJP_Hotels_%26_Resorts

 

Robert Deignan is the co-founder and the current Chief Executive Officer of ATS Digital Service. The exemplary leader has aided the company towards series of success which puts it at the top of the list in the Digital and Software market.

 

Robert Deignan professional background

Robert Deignan joined Purdue University in 1992 where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership. Before founding ATS digital, he served as the Business Development Director at STOP Zilla, a software development company which serves over 20 million users in 60 different countries. Robert Deignan later worked at iS3 as the executive vice president. Here, he was responsible for the company’s overall marketing and sales strategy. Robert Deignan led his team in analyzing sales data to assess the trends of the digital market and make recommendations for guiding the future action steps of the company.

 

Robert Deignan achievements at ATS Digital

After years of experience in the software world, Robert Deignan led the ATS Digital team with all his vigor and competent skills to ensure that the clientele base of the company is satisfied. Through his leadership, ATS Digital became the first software company to get certified by the App Esteem Corporation for excellent support services. Robert Deignan remains the reason behind the company’s success in all phases of the business as he maximizes on every opportunity available.

 

About Inbound Call Experts, LLC

ATS Digital Services is one of the recognized providers of digital support services across the globe. It was founded by Robert Deignan in 2011 and has its headquarters in Florida, Boca Raton. The company has remained dedicated to enhancing its clients’ satisfaction by offering high levels of products and services which keep the customers satisfied. ATS Digital Services offers technical computer assistance by use of the best software breeds. The current software utilized by the company not only aids in fixing computer troubles but also provides prevention measures which protect the consumers’ computers in future. ATS Digital also offers its services to consumers with physical needs; the company provides truck roll services to businesses and homes including setting up of different systems and mounting television.

 

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