Stephen P. Murray, Former CEO of CCMP Capital Partners

Stephen P. Murray was an American equity investor and former President and CEO of CCMP Capital, a private equity firm specializing in company buy-outs. CCMP Capital was founded in 1984 as Chemical Venture Partners, a private equity and venture capital division of Chemical Bank. Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital:

Following the Chemical Bank-Chase merger, Chemical Venture Partners became Chase Partners, and later became JP Morgan Partners, following the JP Morgan Chase merger in 2000. Stephen Murray, an analyst at MH Equity Corporation, joined the company when MH was aquired by Chemical Bank in 1991.

CCMP is a major player in the private equity and leveraged buy-out world, with average transactions in the $100 million to $500 million range. The company focuses on the industrial, medical, energy, and commercial sectors. Major ownerships stakes include Quiznos and Warner Chilcott. At one point, when CCMP was part of JPMorgan Chase, it was one of the largest private equity firms in the world.

In 2005, Murray was put in charge of all buy-out transactions at JP Morgan Partners and later became the CEO of CCMP when it was spun off from JP Morgan Partners in 2006-7. Murray was also an important member of the business and financial community, serving on the boards of directors of a number of companies, such as Octagon Credit Investors, Aramark, AMC Entertainment, Infogroup Inc., Jetro JMDH Holdings, LHP Hospital Group, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet and Strongwood Insurance Holdings. He also served on the board of trustees of Boston College.

Originally from North Tarrytown, New York, a suburb of New York City in Westchester County, he graduated from Boston College with a degree in Economics in 1984, later earning an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1989. In 1985, he married his college sweetheart Tami with whom he had four sons. The couple were married for 29 years and resided in Stamford, Connecticut.

Murray left CCMP in February, 2015, for health reasons. He passed away in March, 2015 at the age of 52, survived by his wife and children, as well as his sister and brother-in-law, who reside in London. News of his death was first made public by Fortune and later widely reported in the business media. He is remembered as a master deal-maker and investor in the private equity community.

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Your Online Reputation Matters To Employees Too, Not Just Customers

Online Reputation Defender review is often spoke–or written–about from the perspective of customer relations and the way your company looks to the world at large, but it is also incredibly important when you are looking for new hires. More and more in the modern day, prospective employees are being selective about where they will apply, and if you have a negative reputation as an employer–on sites like GlassDoor and LinkedIn–it can scare off prospective employees.
These websites collect not only reviews from employees both current and former, but they also collect data on your pay rates and benefits and other information that will be useful for a prospective employee to know. This means that they will be the first or second results when an employee searches “[company] pay” or “[company] benefits,” and while the negative reviews may not be what they were looking for, they will inevitably find them, and because of the employee-focused nature of these websites it can be much harder to manage these reviews than customer reviews.

However, “much harder” does not mean impossible. GlassDoor does allow emplyers to make accounts, and there are ways (outlined in this Tech.Co article) to help minimize the damage to your reputation from negative employee reviews. The first way will seem incredibly familiar to anyone acquainted with ORM: GlassDoor allows employers to respond to any employee review in as much detail as they want. Generally, the same rules apply for responding to these reviews as customer reviews. Stay calm and positive, and explain why things will change without acting like nothing happened.

The second, possibly more effective method is to encourage your current employees to write their own GlassDoor reviews. Don’t encourage them to lie or write reviews that may come across as “fake,” obviously, but just by virtue of being written by a current employee these reviews are likely to be much more positive than those by people no longer with your company.

Another thing to keep in mind as to the importance of monitoring these employee-facing review sites is that Google does not care what the website’s function is, and often they will end up on the front page of your company’s google results, where customers can see them as well. There are plenty of customers who will stop using a business if they think it mistreats its employees, so do your best to keep these sites positive just like customer-facing sites.


The Right Combination: Direct Sales, Bernardo Chua, And Organo Gold

Bernardo Chua, known as Bernie, believes that direct sales is the key to successful marketing. He utilizes that technique through his company Organo Gold. The company, during the 2015 holiday season, announced a special rewards program, known as Preferred Customer. This program is a “strategic business tool” that will expand business, and provide benefits to Organo Gold’s customer base.

Customers will, of course, reap savings, but they will also have access to special sales. They will also have the ability to tap into the excellent customer service provided by Bernie’s company, Organo Gold, and the support system that makes it all happen.

Preferred customers join the auto-ship program. They receive 25 percent discounts and save on all orders placed during any given month. The preferred customers also can order special items available only to them. Sign up can be done online, and after signup the entire customer service staff at Organo Gold is there to help the customer.

Bernardo Chua is of Chinese heritage, and grew up in the Philippines. He realized that direct sales was the way to bring his exclusive products to North American customers. Those products include ganoderma, coffees, and teas from his native country.

Ganoderma is a species of mushrooms long used in Asian countries for medicinal purposes. Organo Gold is now marketing the product in coffee and tea, and will continue to expand the market and uses of ganoderma.

Bernie has been a successful businessman in his home country and throughout the Pacific area. He is now using direct sales to bring his products to a larger customer base in over 40 countries. He also continues research into the uses of ganoderma. Chua believes in providing a quality product at a reasonable price, and all of his efforts in business have gone towards that goal.

Bernardo Chua has shown, and continues to show, that direct sales with incentive programs is the way of the future in marketing products throughout the world.  Follow his career on ZoomInfo, as new developments continue.

IAP Worldwide Is Specializing In Making The Impossible A Reality

There is a strong sense of men and women that represent everything IAP stands. A strong team of professionals with experience in global scale logistics is making the impossible possible. Their tailored ingenuity serves the customers, employees, and communities everywhere. They have over 2,000+ employees in over 25 countries. They meet the challenging demands of the public and private sector. They have the high level of skills to challenge the unexpected around the world. When you have a need for qualified professionals with experience in real world issues call IAP Worldwide for details on their superior flexibility.

IAP has built a reputation for over 60 years as a responsible and reliable market leader with expertise in disaster relief, overseas battlefields, and program management. Their objective is to exceed customer expectations. They adopt the clients mission as their own and are able to perform extremely well in the field. They operate from small cities, civilian facilities, remote laboratories, and more. More importantly, you get reliable tactical service at a moments notice. IAP Worldwide is set apart from the rest by meeting challenging demands. The issues that keep their customers on edge is the reason IAP team members are up every morning.

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They have a strong corporate responsibility to their customers. Success is not just how they treat their clients, but also how they meet their demands. The important people that have contributed to their story get the up-most gratitude. They have a conviction and passion about life events and causes that are unmatched by anyone in the world. When you need a small army or a power structure IAP is on the job. Their clients goals are their own and every mission is completed by the desired outcome of their clients needs. Visit the official IAP website for more details and information on their programs.

IAP has partnered with a diverse range of businesses across the country. This helps them add value to their services. A group of pioneering companies is the reason IAP exists today. They have been building a solid future since the beginning. If you decide to partner with IAP rest assured you’ll get the results that you need. They utilize government contract vehicles that allow them to share their experience with dedication to government defense, national defense, and global security. Visit IAP so you can become a part of their rich history and technologically advanced future for all mankind.

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Andy Wirth Elected President of Reno-Tahoe Air Service Board

Andy Wirth, President and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, has been elected to be Chairman and President of Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Corporation. This corporation is responsible for promoting air service into the Reno-Tahoe airport.

Andy Wirth has interest in a vacation resort so this position is a natural for him. Wirth feels that continued growth in the air service industry will help the economy and tourism continue to thrive. He is experienced for this new position, developing airports and air services in cities from Colorado to Quebec.

Two other businessmen experienced in tourism has been elected to positions within RASC. The goal of the RASC is to bring different organizations, private and public, together to draw business to the Reno-Lake Tahoe-Northern Nevada region. They work to increase flights into the area and out of the area to make it a more attractive tourist destination.

Recently, they worked with Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines with more flights. Wirth will bring his experience to the position and his dedication to the tourism industry to ensure the community’s continued economic growth.  Learn more about Andy Wirth:

Wirth has a family tradition of working in the nature and tourism industry and over 25 years of experience in the ski resort industry. He is the grandson of former US National Park Service Director Conrad Wirth, so he understands the importance of conserving nature. He began his career in the resort industry in 1986 with Steamboat Springs Resort.

He supports many environmental and community organizations. He supports the local Humane Society and Girls on the Run, as well as, he has served on the board of a number of community organizations.

Andy Wirth continues to work towards advancing the local economy and improving his community and conserving the environment. He recently gave the commencement speech at the University of Colorado.

Brian Torchin and His Recruitment Business

Brian Torchin is the owner of Healthcare Recruitment Counselors. Healthcare Recruitment Counselors offers a service that all started in in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, and this is a service that many individuals need. This service is able to provide medical healthcare industry staffing jobs. There are thousands of people in the United States that are looking for jobs that are medically based. Brian Torchin is owner of one of the largest organizations that does healthcare recruitment staffing in the United States. Healthcare Recruitment Counselors are able to provide their recruitment services for every state in the USA. Brian Torchin was able to start Healthcare Recruitment Counselors after he received his degree in sports medicine and physical therapy. He soon be became a licensed chiropractor and from then he opened up the recruitment staffing business.

Brian Torchin is an individual that made his career in coaching and counseling; he is a job coach, a chiropractor, and a marketing manager manager. Brian Torchin has worked in many different fields, and he has been able to come up with ideas that are able to help different individuals or companies with staffing needs for when one of their healthcare professionals is not able to work, or they can temporarily take over the job if a professional is no longer suited for that establishment. The offices are in Pennsylvania, Delaware, in Florida. Brian started off Healthcare Recruitment Counselors staffing with physicians, chiropractors, doctors, physicians assistants and physical therapist. Torchin is dedicated to making sure that all of his clients around the country are able to get the best results possible and he always is reachable and available to his clients and to his staff.  Check out his job listings on

Just Fab Inc. Makes Timely Decision to Bring IPO CFO On Board

To keep a business thriving in a competitive environment, you need a market savvy leader with IPO experience at the financial helm. That’s why Just Fab, Inc. the startup that gave the fashion world companies like Fabletics and Shoe Dazzle, hired Todd Tappin, former CFO at Rubicon Project, as their new CFO, according to Tatyana Shumsky for The Wall Street Journal, Fashion Unicorn Startup JustFab Inc. Taps CFO With IPO Experience.

JustFab Inc. earned the business title of “Unicorn”, which means it is a privately held company worth more than 1 billion dollars. The company is in a great position to go public, but is in no hurry to be listed.

They can afford to take their time, as Just Fab is “in a strong position,” and the company’s “bottom line is strong as well,” according to Mr. Tappin. The WSJ blog goes on to note that “U.S. stock markets have been unusually cold to companies looking to list their shares.” so timing is important for going public.

Just Fab is a brand associated with gorgeous, affordable clothes, as well as celebrity spokeswomen. Actress Kate Hudson has helped make Fabletics a household word and the go- to line for active wear,and women everywhere await the delivery truck daily to get their designer shoe fix.

Last December, Kendra Wilkinson of the “Kendra” reality show attended the JustFab and ShoeDazzle Get Glam event. You never know which fashion trend setter will be wearing clothing and shoes offered by JustFab.

JustFab believes in giving back through charity through their JustFab Cares campaigns that support many charities including Race for the Cure, Dress for Success and Triple Step, according to the JustFab charity website.

TThe customer pays a monthly membership fee and gets something new delivered each month. Subscription fashion e-commerce is a hit with women who want to feel like a million dollars without spending more than their clothes budget.

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The Career of Ken Goodgame

Ken Goodgame began his career by earning a B.A. in Marketing from the University of Tennessee. He was employed by Home Depot from 1994 to 2002. During these years he really made a name for himself as a business leader by making it one of the most financially profitable businesses in the world. From 1999 to 2001 he was also director of Proprietary Brands. He worked with Newell Rubbermaid from 2002 to 2007 as its president and General Manager. His tenure with them was marked by booming success as it shot to the top.

In his first two years alone the company opened 30 new stores. During some of these same years (2006 to 2007), Goodgame was Senior Vice President of Irwin PTA & Shur-Line Products (2006 to 2007) and president and general manager of Bernzomatic (2004 to 2006). He was the president of Baja Motorsport and Directory Tools Factory Outlets from 2008 to 2010. While there he turned Baja Motorsport into a highly driven company and helped found and develop Directory Tools Factory Outlets. He was the General Merchandising Manager for Ace Hardware Corporation from 2010 to 2013.

While with Ace Hardware, he instituted and developed the groundbreaking Craftman program. He also increased the opening of new stores and provided the updating of existing stores dramatically. He has been the Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer of True Value since 2013. He has a number of big roles with True Value including marketing, merchandising, category management, print advertising, pricing, private label, and global sourcing. All of this plus supervision of the day to day operations and steering the general direction of the company.

Prior to his taking leadership of the company, True Value was only a decently well performing business with a staff with a slow pace mentality. Kenneth Goodgame drastically changed all of that. His leadership style inspired the staff to become one of the most driven in the country. It became such a great, high-profile company under his leadership that in 2014 it was featured as a model business on T.V.

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Talk Fusion: The Wave of the Future

Whenever you win an award, you know you are doing something right, without a shadow of a doubt. Recently, Talk Fusion won the 2016 WebRTC Product of The Year Award. That is quite an honor, to say the least. It means they have built a product that stands out from the rest. It is an innovative product and one that a lot of people get a lot of use out of in their day-to-day lives, especially with video emails and video conferences. There is nothing like seeing someone’s face that really allows you to get to know them, understand them, and relate to them.

The award was handed out by Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) and they talked about how the judges were so impressed by their video chat and all of the features that it offers. When it comes to video email, it is great for those who want to send a personalized video email to someone and they have a lot to say. They don’t have to type it, because sometimes, when you type something, it can be misunderstood or the tone can be misread. Those days are long gone. With video email, you can see someone’s expression and get the feel for the voice and exactly how they are feeling. If you are in a long distance relationship, it really allows you to connect with someone.

That is what Talk Fusion is all about: connection. They have created a wonderful product and everyone is started to take notice. You can get the video chat app at both the Google App store and the iTunes store. Bob Reina, CEO of the company, gave the credit to the his IT team that works all the time to make sure the product is working at its optimal level. I have a feeling this is the first of many, many awards for Talk Fusion. The future is bright, and they are getting more and more praise each and every day. They are doing something special and they have a unique product that no one can take away from them as they created it and watched it grow.

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Avi Weisfogel Stays Busy

Avi Weisfogel is a dentist based out of New Jersey who graduated from New York University’s College of Dentistry. In addition to his duties in private practice, Weisfogel is involved with various charities and hobbies.

Among the most well-publicized of Weisfogel’s endeavors is his work for Operation Smile. He has supported Go Fund Me campaigns to help direct money to this global enterprise. Operation Smile directs the money it receives to cover costs associated with dental and related surgeries for young children in need. Without the continual support of people like Avi Weisfogel, Operation Smile would never be able to perform numerous good deeds around the world. As a father and family man, Weisfogel know children need care. He is doing his part to help with such a cause.

Weisfogel is also a huge lover of music. He did not study any music until later in life, but he has become quite talented at producing hip-hop music. The sound he is capable of mixing is very seasoned and professional. As the saying goes, he hits all the right notes. Soundcloud and Instagram are two venues in which he releases his music. A host of followers keep up to date on what he uploads. In time, he may become somewhat of a celebrity thanks to his musical accomplishments.

And speaking of social media, Avi Weisfogel is someone who likes to post interesting things on Twitter. In addition to tweets about his music and Operation Smile, Weisfogel may post about news of the day or health-related items. One tweet leads followers to a New York Times article that discusses the benefits of lifting lighter weights.

Yes, Avi Weisfogel is an interesting person. All his many activities are proof of this to be sure.