Monthly Archives: August 2016

Dr. Jennifer Walden is Coming Home

Everyone loves a great success story, especially when it comes from a hometown girl or guy. Dr. Jennifer Walden is coming home to Austin, and they could not be more proud of that fact. Her accomplishments are quite lengthy in a good way and they stand out. First, there is the fact she was named one of the top twenty four beauty surgeons in the United States. One must stop and think about how many beauty surgeons are out there to truly appreciate that number. If you ask Austin, they would say she is number one and if you ask others that have worked with her in the Manhattan area, where she used to have her practice, they would probably say she is number one as well.

In her line of work, people see her as a leader and someone they can look up to and learn from. Walden is always willing and able to help someone out. She remembers when she was starting out and trained with the best cosmetic surgeons in New York City. If she didn’t receive a helping hand, she would not be in the spot she is in today. She is well aware of that. Although, some would argue she would have found her way as someone with her talent, charm, and skill is not going to go unnoticed. Nevertheless, she is respectful of those that came before her and paved the way for her.

Many have probably read about her in many magazines or seen her on TV. She is world known, yet, at heart, she has always been fond of Austin and the lessons she learned while living there from her family and her friends. When someone comes home, it is almost as if they have never left. Her two sons will be right by her side along the way and she is only going to continue to grow and be an inspiration to anyone in Texas. Even though someone might leave, they are always able to come back and give back. Home will always be waiting for that person with open arms.

JustFab Online Subscription Fashion Retailer Ready for IPO

Some e-commerce start-ups begin with an explosion and keep turning on the fireworks, while others become duds and slowly burn out. Add to that a subscription membership, and the challenges are even greater to maintain.

JustFab is one of those smart, lucky and successful fashion brands that feature a VIP membership. At the moment, the brand is sitting pretty with more than 4 million subscription members around the globe, according to an article in the latimes. Not bad for a young online retailer that offers trendy shoes, handbags, clothing and accessories.

Co-founders Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler are not new at this game. They are known for being genius branding people for online stores with subscription programs, and the model is really working. In the first quarter of 2016, JustFab turned a profit for the first time. This year, the women’s fashion brand is expected to draw in revenue of $650 million, up from $505 million last year.

That’s not all; Just Fab is ready to go public with an IPO or initial public offering. The company has recently hired an IPO expert in the name of Todd Tappin, adding him as their chief financial officer.

According to Bloomberg, JustFab is created and produced in their large Los Angeles headquarters, and the brand has its own design team. They are constantly turning out lots of new, on-trend styles for shoppers each month. VIP members get cool perks and great value, saving up to 30% off regular pricing and earning points towards free loyalty items.

The shopper is always king. In other words, it is up to the shopper to buy or not buy each month. If a member has decided not to purchase, then all they need to do is click the “Skip The Month” button in their boutique by the 5th of each month. That way, they won’t be charged $39.95. Plus, if a VIP member is dissatisfied with the JustFab experience, they can cancel membership at any time.

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.