On the evening of October 18th, 2007 Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were arrested by order of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona. The two reporters, who co-owned the Village Voice, were charged with revealing the details of a Grand Jury investigation. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
They had published a story in the Phoenix New Times that revealed that Arpaio had formed a secret Grand Jury. Unknown to Larkin and Lacey was the fact that the Grand Jury was investigating them.
Larkin and Lacey spent 24 days in prison before a judge threw the charges against them out and determined that the Grand Jury was formed illegally. After their release Larkin and Lacey sued the County and won $3.7 million. They used this money to start the Frontera Fund which helps protects the civil rights of Arizona citizens, particularly in the Latin community which was so adversely affected by the Arpaio Sheriffs Office.
The Grand Jury story was not the first negative story about Arpaio that Larkin and Lacey put out. They had been publishing stories for some time about the various violations and crimes of Arpaio’s department. This was why Arpaio formed a secret Grand Jury to investigate them in the first place: He wanted them in prison where they couldn’t report on him anymore.
The accusations against Arpaio gained national attention with the arrest of Larkin and Lacey. National outrage helped to free them and resulted in people wanting to know more about Arpaio’s crimes.
The Sheriff and his entire department were accused of racism, sexism, racial profiling, mistreatment of prisoners and inhumane treatment of prisoners. They were also found to have illegally detained and searched many inmates accused of being illegal immigrants, some of them actual U.S. citizens. Arpaio denied all of these allegations no matter the proof put forward. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/
In 2016 Arpaio failed his bid for re-election as Sheriff. It would have been his seventh term, but after serving since 1992 the voters of Maricopa County were done. He then went on trial himself and was found guilty.
President Trump pardoned Arpaio, who had previously endorsed Trump early in the 2016 Republican Presidential Primaries. Since the pardon Arpaio has announced his desire for the candidacy of a U.S. Senate seat from Arizona. Trump has endorsed Arapio.
Larkin and Lacey continue to campaign against Arpaio at a national level and stay vigilant in their reporting about Arpaio’s various false claims.
The founder of Carrollton, Texas-based MB2 Dental Solutions, Dr. Chris Steven Villanueva, says that he wanted to shake up the dental office support industry when he created this firm. He says that it has always been a very formal and staid industry with about as much life as a doorknob. He introduced a company where the management and employees can actually have a personality and enjoy their day while helping dentist’s treat patients. This has proven to be a winning concept and his company now has affiliated locations in six states and counting.
Dr. Chris Villanueva was pleased to recently introduce MB2 Dental Solution’s new Chief Financial Officer Jackson Hildebrand. This company needed to bring someone in who could handle the growth this company has seen over the past several years. Dr. Chris Villanueva, who is also the chief executive officer, said that MB2 Dental Solutions offers a unique platform. The dentists and this company partner together where they invest in each other both financially and professionally. They needed to hire someone for the CFO position who was both great at finance as well as understanding the particular challenges that dental practices have.
Jackson Hildebrand had been working for a private equity firm for the past several years. He had been looking to transition over to working directly for a portfolio company like MB2 Dental Solutions because he would then be involved in the day-to-day happenings. He says he was also drawn to the culture of this company which is one that is fun and tight-knit. MB2 Dental Solutions and a group of 16 of their affiliated dentists traveled to Jamaica in the fall of 2017. The reason for this trip was to provide dental services to the people who live in a number of remote villages. Most of these people had never been to a dentist in their lives and as a result had all sorts of issues with their teeth. In addition to doing dental work for free on both children and adults they provided education in order to help prevent future issues. Altogether they treated over 400 people during this trip.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have not forgotten the night Sheriff Joe Arpaio had them arrested. That night was the culmination of their long-standing feud with the Sheriff, going to bat for the Latino community and exposing his unfair treatment for the sake of immigration.
Their smear campaign had cost the Sheriff much, his name was besmirched nationally with a great many people, whatever legacy he wanted to leave would forever be jaded. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Speak Out on Trump Pardon of Arpaio | Phoenix New Times
His responding investigation into the paper was held as the highest contempt of the first amendment by the newsmen. This is why they decided to print a confidential subpoena under their byline. An act they knew would get them arrested.
Now years later, in the wake of Arpaio’s pardon by President Donald Trump, the two find themselves in a unique position. They have just launched their alternative news website Front Page Confidential, and Arpaio will once again be in their crosshairs.
Lacey and Larkin gained attention as the founders of once-fledgling alternative weekly Phoenix New Times. Lacey had started the paper in 1970, with Larkin joining a year later. Their transformation of the paper into a self-sustaining business with an expanding readership legitimized them as bonafide newsmen.
In the mid-80’s they would go on to form Village Voice Media, a multi-million dollar conglomerate with national span. Never would they forget their dedication to the first amendment or free speech, which is why when Arpaio’s deeds gained media attention, they turned it into a personal mission to take him down.
Arpaio’s tactics in regards to illegal immigration were always questionable. When they came to light he landed in some hot water. Throughout his massive tenure, he butted heads with the newsmen and the rest of the country on illegal immigration. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://frontpageconfidential.com/fbi-arrest-michael-lacey-jim-larkin/ and http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/
His scandalous policy finally getting him in the Melindres vs. Maricopa County preceding that led to his own arrest. Confined for criminal contempt of court Apraio’s pardon was fist mentioned by Trump in a speech. Many still wonder why the president pardoned him although Lacey believes it was to appeal his base. Now that Arpaio has a second wind he aims as the Senate.
Lacey and Larkin were able to turn their arrest in to profit, through a successful wrongful arrest lawsuit that earned them $3.75 million dollars. They used to form the Frontera Fund which allocates the money to the support of the Latino community.
The duo has never stopped fighting Arpaio’s rhetoric, and plan to fight him even further with Front Page. Indeed, the feud between the two will begin yet again.
Education technology has been a booming industry of late, drawing entrepreneurs and investors alike. In spite of the most recent downswing in the market, the education tech sector still stands to be a $1 billion dollar plus industry this year. Teachers, students, parents, and administrative professionals are all seeking out tools that help to make teaching easier and learning more fun. Apps such as ClassDojo have transformed the way teachers, students, and parents interact both inside and outside the classroom. ClassDojo uniquely integrates a social media styled interface for teachers and parents with a virtual achievement based game for students. This creates a one of a kind experience that keeps parents informed in real time while also empowering students toward good behavior by providing positive reinforcement.
Just as social media platforms bring friends and family closer together, ClassDojo fosters, if not creating from the ground up, the community of the classroom. Parents can interact with each other in addition to teachers. Parents also have a platform for discussion of classroom happenings with their children with ClassDojo. Tools like ClassDojo often start small, but tap into an unknown demand and grow quickly. ClassDojo for example was a narrowly known startup in 2015, but is now found in 2 of every 3 classrooms.
This type of widespread rapid growth is what drives entrepreneurs to this market. Professional educators are committed to enhancing the education experience as new generations require new methods to further advance the education standards in this country. This challenge is a serious one and educators are willing to think outside the box in order to achieve it. The opportunities for ground up change in education are plentiful and prolonged success in the education tools market can be just one good idea away.
Aloha construction has been in the business of home restoration for a number of years. During this period, they have witnessed some of the mistakes homeowners make when it comes to their homes, and it’s not only new homeowners but even those who have owned homes for longer. In their expert opinion, they have narrowed down these mistakes into four categories that they believe if avoided can help others enjoy the full experience of owning a home.
Trying to save on repairs
Most homeowners will either ignore minor repairs or opt to do it themselves. In most cases the process is meant to save money, but in most cases, ends up being more expensive compared to when it’s done by an expert. Aloha construction believes that even though it may seem cheap to ignore a repair or DIY, in the long run, it ends up being expensive as these minor repairs tend to grow over time. They give an example of a leaking pipe that eventually leads to mold.
Aloha construction began as a roofing company, and as such, they understand what it takes to keep water out of the house. People usually disregard the role gutters play in the well being of a house. They are responsible for keeping water from damaging homes and inspection of the same should regularly be conducted. Gutters if ignored during the summer can have a profound effect when the stormy weather hit.
Failing to conduct property inspections.
Over the years Aloha construction has offered free property inspections. They believe that every house deserves an annual inspection, which ensures that any damage brought to the house is detected early and repairs done on time. A property inspection also enables owners to value their houses and get tips on how they increase the value of the same. Insurance companies are also quite precise about when they make payments for damages, and this ensures that claims are made early enough to avoid incurring costs of repairs.
Making the wrong upgrades.
Upgrades can add value to the home, but at the same time can clutter the home so much that it stops feeling like the home it used to be.
As a BBB award winner, Aloha construction believes that they have the interest of homeowners at heart when making these recommendations.
GreenSky Credit gives fast financing solutions specifically designed for homeowners looking to make capital improvements or major renovations to their homes. Mostly targeted for renovation contractors, these loans are also available for health care, retail and e-commerce businesses. GreenSky prides itself on its fast loan approval process, all of which can be done online or through a mobile app. In fact, contractors can take homeowners through the process themselves. All that is needed is a mobile app as well as a bit of key information, such as a social security number and driver’s license number. Around 95 percent of applicants receive an answer within five minutes. This allows them to move forward quickly.
The CEO of GreenSky Credit is David Zalik, the company founder back in 2006. This 44-year-old mastermind of loans has had both downfalls as well as major growth over his life. Instead of going to high school, at the age of 13, he opted to go to Auburn University. He had already passed the ACT and felt bored by his upcoming high school classes. Instead of finishing college, he again chose to opt out but this time started his first business. He had already had success in college in learning how to provide individuals with a necessary product while making profits.
However, a couple of his first business ideas went bust. Not to be deterred, Zalik started GreenSky Credit in 2006. By marketing his idea to a new business group that had previously been unreached, he quickly discovered great success. Suddenly, home renovation contractors could have a quality loan that did not require a great deal of paperwork or time to present to clients.
David Zalik continues to capitalize on this idea, outsourcing his loans to large banking institutions, such as Fifth Third. This frees his company up to work with the customers and to collect the loan money without having to be the one to process and maintain the loans fully. GreenSky Credit is poised to continue growing and is currently the third largest fintech company.
Hurricane Harvey was among the most distressing calamities in the US. The storm led to the destruction of property and homes, and many people were left stranded. One company, however, Stream Energy used the profits it had made from its energy sales to fund the recovery and help its customers financially. The company, which handles energy sales is known for its charitable acts within Texas and throughout the country. It recently launched ‘Stream Cares,’ a charity foundation to make their ongoing philanthropy formal.
For Stream Energy, creating a separate arm for philanthropy offers it dual advantages. It gets to help the community, while also earning loyalty and respect of the public and potential clients. Statistics show that most firms in America are incredibly generous. Back in 2016, corporate firms donated approximately $19 billion to various charities within the country and abroad. This amount excludes cause marketing, corporate sponsorships, the donation in the form of time, effort and money by individual employees to various causes. In 2016, Stream Energy together with Salvation Army raised money to help victims of the tornado in North Texas.
The Dallas based company has a simple business model. Its successful energy sales help it to pay its employee, maintain loyal clients, and deliver various products and services. The company offers both corporate and residential services. They do all these and still choose and support multiple causes. One primary cause the company profoundly associates itself with, however, is homelessness. Stream Energy regularly tracks the number of homeless people in Dallas. It is for this reason that it partnered with Hope Supply Co. to provide school supplies, clothing, diapers and more to homeless people.
Operation Once in a Lifetime also allowed Stream to offer financial and moral support to veterans in Dallas and their families. Besides giving financial aid to the veterans and their families, the company gave them free transportation to help them enjoy the holidays at a restaurant in Texas. Soon after, Stream paid an all-expense dinner for ten kids of military members at the ‘American Girl Doll Experience.’ For Stream, corporate philanthropy is part of their duty at the company.
Dr. Mark McKenna is an entrepreneur in the medical field. He is licensed in both medicine and surgery in the states of Florida and Georgia. When he first started he worked in his father’s practice in New Orleans while also running a real estate firm on the side. In time he started to work on his real estate company, McKenna Venture Investments, on a full-time basis.
He started a new company called OVME which is headquartered in Atlanta. This new company provides elective and aesthetic services. He has one clinic open in Atlanta with more planned over time. At his clinic, he focuses on using the latest technology in order to provide minimally-invasive services such as BOTOX, laser hair removal, fillers, Kybella, and more.
What he calls OVME is a “cosmetic services boutique”. Dr. Mark McKenna says his clinic is designed to be very comfortable for his patients. A lot of people are turned off by the sterile, staid environment that most hospitals and clinics feature. He says that everything is very uniform and there is no luxury or personality to any of it. He says his clinic is very different because it’s a relaxing, warm, and welcoming environment.
Currently, if you want to avail yourself of Dr. Mark McKenna’s services you have to schedule an appointment and go to his clinic to receive your treatment. Before long some customers will have an alternative to this traditional way of having cosmetic surgery. He says he is developing an app that will let people order cosmetic surgery just like they would order an Uber car or some food delivery. Before you can schedule a procedure most states require an initial consultation with the doctor. He says that his app will allow this consultation to be done through it, where allowed by the law. Patients can schedule any procedure that can be carried out in a home rather than a clinical setting.
Sahm Adrangi is the founder of a company, Kerrisdale Capital Management LLC as well as its Chief Investment Officer. He graduated from the University of Yale with a Bachelors Degree of Arts in Economics. Adrangi began his financial career at Deutsche Bank. Adrangi also worked at Chanin Capital Partners. Since Kerrisdale was founded in 2001, Sahm has been actively involved in all the aspects of its development. When Sahm launched the firm, it was under $1 million, and after about eight years, he boosted its capital to $ 150 million. Sahm Adrangi is renowned for publishing and short selling research. Adrangi the view of his firm on stocks including overhyped shorts and under-followed longs that are misunderstood much by the market. Kerrisdale’s study sought to correct misconceptions that are broadly held about the companies’ essential business prospects. Kerrisdale shares its research findings on Twitter, website and third-party investing-related sites.
Sahm Adrangi made himself a name in 2010 and 2011 by shorting and exposing Chinese companies involved in fraud, for example, China-Biotics, Lihua International, China Education Alliance and others. Even though Kerrisdale shares research with a wide range of companies and industries, Adrangi has recently focused its efforts on other many specific sectors in which Kerrisdale has developed expertise. One of the key areas has been biotechnology with Kerrisdale publishing research on the development stage companies which include Zafgen, Sage Therapeutics, Nordic and numerous others. Another industry of focus is mining with Adrangi questioning the prospects of mining and market valuations of Northern Dynasty Minerals, First Majestic Silver, and others. Besides, telecommunication sector reports have been published by Kerrisdale, sharing views on Globalstar, Straight Path Communication, Dish Network and Vista Inc. Sahm Adrangi exposed Globalstar’s weaknesses in its proposed TLPS in a webcast and lived presentation in 2014. Apart from publishing research, Sahm Adrangi has taken the role of an activist in several investments. In 2013, Adrangi collaborated with Lindsay Corporation management in 2013 to optimize the company’s capital allocations policies and cash deployment.
Adrangi has been a guest speaker at many conferences including the Activist Investor Conference, the Sohn Conference, and Debt Investing Conference. Adrangi has featured in publications such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Although it is likely that Barclays will retain Tom King as its Head of Investment, the bank has however made some notable appointments. Top of these appointments includes the appointment of Mike Bagguley. Before getting appointed as the COO at Barclays PLC, Mike previously headed the investment bank’s macro markets business. Mike was tasked with enhancing the delivery of the bank’s investment strategy that is currently underway. Since his appointment last November, he has effectively helped the investment bank improve significantly on its profitability and reduce operational costs.
His role as COO includes aligning the investment bank’s infrastructural functions with its delivery strategy. Mike Bagguley is further responsible for coordinating and delivering projects. Already, he has successfully reshaped the macro business. The macro business includes foreign exchange, interest rates, and commodity products. He has accomplished this important mission in the wake of declining trading revenues, which have made the macro business largely unprofitable. Mike also works closely with Tom King, the head of Barclays PLC who is expected to retain his seat although a formal announcement is yet to be made. Both Mike and King know the industry pretty well and thus they will keep the investment bank at its top performance.
Mike Bagguley graduated from the University of Warwick in 1988 with a B.S in Mathematics. Besides serving as the COO of Barclays PLC’s Investment Bank, Mike is also the managing director in charge of trading at the Barclays Capital. Mike, as he is popularly known, has been working with Barclays PLC from 2013, where he was entrusted with foreign exchange and commodities. As the head of this department, he handled all aspects involving risks and strategic positioning. He has helped the franchise position itself globally. Mike has also previously held many other senior positions including Vice President of Merrill Lynch and Director of LCH. More can be learned about Mike Bagguley from Crunchbase.
Mike Bagguley has absolutely led to the positive growth of Barclays PLC. He deserves to be appointed to serve the global franchise at a bigger position such as that of COO. Under his undisputed and able leadership, Mike with truly work along with the Barclays PLC team to propel the franchise to greater success.