Donor Pays Off Mortgage for Landslide Victim

Tim Ward and his wife Brandy were victims of a deadly mudslide that happened at their home in Oso, Washington last year. The couple’s farmhouse where they raised chickens and turkeys was demolished by the mudslide that came roaring through. Tim said all he remembers is hearing his wife shouting his name, then her voice being cut out as the wall of debris and earth hit them. Tim ran towards his wife until the wall of earth hit him as well. He was buried under nearly 25 feet of mud; however he was left an opening through which he could breathe and shout to rescuers. Unfortunately, Brandy was not so lucky. Eleicoes2014 said that tim lost his wife of 38 years that day. Rescuers found Tim and he was transported to the hospital where it was found that he had a crushed pelvis. Not only did Tim lose his wife that day, he also lost four out of their five dogs. The fifth was found trapped under some rubble. He lost a leg but survived.

According to the story on NBCnews.com, not only was Tim working to heal from his severe injuries but he was also dealing with his mortgage company regarding his demolished house. He was having a tough time until an anonymous donor read about his troubles in the newspaper. The person, who wishes to remain anonymous, donated $360,000 to help Tim pay off his mortgage. Thanks to the donor, Tim will be able to stop renting and find another home to settle into.

QNet-The Health and Wellness Experts

QNet, is affiliated with QI Group. This dynamic sales force was discovered in the Chinese city of Hong Kong. Vijay Eswaran was the master mind behind the inception of this company back in 1998. At its inception, the company was dubbed GoldQuest. Their goal was to make numismatic coins. Though it found that they could be profitable by the production of these coins, they diversified their brand in 2002.

With growth came the opportunity to offer their customers more products. They began with vacation and travel accommodations, typical to that of a travel agent. They forged a partnership with QVI Club brand holiday to offer these services. When the company continued its growth, they decided to branch out even further. The health and fitness market seemed to be where the real opportunities were. They began selling everything from nutritional supplements to health and energy products. Also, just to keep things interesting, they began carrying Bernhard H. Mayer watches.

Feeling confident in their growth, they purchased Prana Resorts and Spa. To go along with the health and fitness representation, they acquired this vegetarian resort. The resort was located in Koh Samui. Things continued to progress and they knew that the health industry was where they wanted to focus their strengths. They added to their empire in 2007 with the purchase of a Hawaiian based health food store chain. By going into US territories, this would not only give them great opportunities, but it would give brand recognition and make them a global phenomenon.

Their luck was on the upswing. They saw an increase in their profit margins by up to 70% from their new ventures. From the years 2007-2012 it was very profitable. Recently, they decided to halt their manufacturing operations in India and move the corporate office to Russia. Today they stand as a united company serving with JR Mayer, their managing director, Dave Osh the CEO and Vijay Eswaran as president. The company continues to grow and is doing well.

The products seem to sell themselves, as they are quality. The venture in Hawaii changed everything for this company. Though it has not always been an easy ride and there have been some negative press to overcome, they have succeeded and remain a major force in the health and wellness market.

Marc Sparks of Timber Creek Capitol Has Moved To An Optimized Setting

For the last ten years, Marc Sparks of Timber Creek Capital, LP has worked out of one location. The company recently moved to a new location where the setting is optimized to serve entrepreneurs better and to produce and develop new business. A private equity firm, Marc Sparks takes a business and develops it into a revenue generating company.

Marc Sparks explained that the process of starting any business begins with the resources and a successful business model. By designing a new Timber Creek Capital building, it allows them to host three companies in the facility, offering an extensive incubation period. By not cutting corners where the teams work and spend a great deal of time together will ensure and enhance the success of any business. Quality work environments are crucial and necessary to succeed. With the new building, Timber Creek Capital can collaborate in a work environment that is more likely to be a success.

Marc Sparks has started dozens of successful companies and knows what is required to succeed. If a company wants output that will maximize success, the special flow within is required and Marc Sparks knows how to make it happen. His experience has spanned over 35 years of failure and success. In his book entitled, They Can’t Eat You, he takes you on his own journey of learning entrepreneurship.

As the owner of Timber Creek Capital, he takes on several companies, offering them the means to launch a sustainable business. As a mentor, the resources he can help them with like banking, marketing, capital and office space will teach a company the challenges and circumstances of running a business. He understands what it takes, how much passion needs to be put in to building a company from his own experiences and why it takes faith, passion, focus and a savvy attitude for success. It’s why Timber Creek Capital is so qualified to help, because they have seen it all and can turn any idea in to a prosperous business.

Marc Sparks is the owner and founder of Timber Creek, LP. Add to that an author, philanthropist with Habitat for Humanity and an entrepreneur that turns new ideas into a business model most want to emulate. He also started a non-profit called Sparkey’s Kids, where he donates laptops to at-risk kids through the American Can Academy. He even has been involved in a homeless shelter called the Samaritan Inn, a Texas based shelter.

Strikes Impact People and Pets in Iceland

A strike by the Association of Academics (the “BHM”) in Iceland has disrupted many services, from hospital operations to the importation of family pets. The striking organization encompasses many occupations in that island nation, including midwives, X-ray technicians and veterinarians.

Since the strike, an estimated 180 medical operations have been postponed at Landspitali National University Hospital, including 15 involving angioplasty procedures. Some 700 patients have also had outpatient appointments postponed. Hospital officials reported that only the most pressing types of medical procedures are being performed, leaving many patients without services.

This week, Dan told me that Thelma Rut Magnusdottir told the news media that the strike has also adversely impacted her efforts to return her pet Chihuahau, “Tutzy,” back home. She moved with her dog to Norway two years ago, but decided to return Tutzy to her mother’s home in Iceland. After obtaining the necessary permits and arranging for the dog to enter quarantine upon arrival, she sent Tutzy on a flight to Keflavik International Airport. But when he arrived, the veterinarian who would normally have inspected him was unavailable due to the strike. Airport officials contacted Ms. Magnusdottir and gave her two choices: either send Tutzy back to Norway or have the little dog destroyed.

Tutzy’s owner opted to have him returned to her in Norway. But she indicated that now she must begin the entire, expensive shipment and permitting process all over from the beginning.

George Lucas Is Planning A Large Affordable Housing Project In Marin County

George Lucas says there are too many rich people in Marin County, and he wants to do something about that inequality. Lucas wants to bring working people to the county, and he’s willing to put his money where his mouth is. George is planning a massive affordable housing project near Novato, California. His neighbors didn’t want him to expand his Skywalker studio on the same property back in 2012, so in a way, some people are calling this new project “payback time.”

Mashable said that the Lucas affordable housing project will be another battle for the creator of Star Wars. But Lucas is not worried about his neighbors anymore.

Marin County has the fifth highest income-per-capita in the country. Marin is the home of wealthy tech companies and affluent business people. The average household income in Marin is $91,480, but that figure may change once Lucas completes his housing project. The 253,000 residents of the county may not like what Lucas is doing, but it is his property and his money.

A Unique Collection of Excellence

In 1986, the Sultan of Brunei purchased the acclaimed London hotel, the Dorchester.  The company, owned by the Brunei Agency, which is an arm of the Ministry of France, Brunei, seeks to be the “ultimate hotel management company” of the world. It currently boasts nearly five thousand employees and has won multiple awards, including four at the HR Excellence Awards in London, July 2014. The Dorchester Collection walked away with the HR Director of the Year award, the Best HR Team, an Outstanding Employee Engagement Strategy award and the coveted Gold Award.

The Dorchester Collection either fully owns or operates for third parties ten of the world’s most famous hotels, from the UK to Europe and the US. Each of these hotels painstakingly retains its unique characteristics, right down to being renovated and refurbished so that historic buildings and cabanas blend well with modern state-of-the-art facilities, five-star restaurants, spas and other top of the line amenities.

The hotels of the Collection were well-known in their own right prior to acquisition by the company between 1986 and 2013. There has been some talk of purchasing a hotel in New York, but that deal has not yet been finalized.

Three of these fine hotels are in the UK, two in London: The Dorchester (1986), 45 Park Lane (2011), and one in Berkshire, Coworth Park. Two fine hotels in Paris are part of the Collection: Le Meurice and The Plaza Athene, both purchased in 1997. In Switzerland, Le Richemond of Genevea (2011) joins the family. Two exquisite hotels of Italy are part of the Collection, the Hotel Principe de Savoia of Milan and the Hotel Eden in Rome, acquired in 2003 and 2013, respectively. In the United States, The Beverly Hills Hotel of Beverly Hills, California, purchased in 1995 is often affectionately referred to as “the Pink Palace.” A second California hotel, the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, became part of the Collection in 2008.

Coworth Park and the Hotel Bel-Air were both renovated in 2008. 

Houston is Given a High-end Retail Space with the Help of Haidar Barbouti

The business of real estate has been notoriously tough to navigate for some of the most impressive business people in the world, but Haidar Barbouti has made a success of his global real estate company since 1986. A global reach means Haidar’s name is known in commercial real estate circles across a variety of countries, within the US his companies have a reach from Houston, Texas to New York, New York. Perhaps the most impressive piece of business completed by Barbouti was acquiring the Highland Village complex in 1990, which has made the name of the man who is now known as one of the world’s top commercial real estate owners and managers.

 

Haidar Barbouti has been a major player in the commercial real estate industry since leaving college in 1986, which means he has around 30 years of experience working in this field. He and other members of his family now own and operate a wide variety of commercial real estate businesses throughout the world, which means the Barbouti family are now one of the world’s best known owners of office buildings, commercial buildings and shopping centers.


The prime location operated by Haidar Barbouti remains the Highland Shopping Center that is well known for stretching over 500,000 square feet of prime real estate on the historic Westheimer Road in Houston, Texas. Over the course of the last two decades the Highland Shopping Center has been developed to include more than $150 million worth of commercial real estate and shopping space. After purchasing and developing the property formerly known as Highland Village Barbouti remains responsible for the daily leasing and negotiations for the center in a bid to maintain the exclusive nature of the development.

Igor Cornelsen Knows Profit in Brazil

He was a hero of investing in his day and still offers advice, the iconic Igor Cornelsen. He helped build the number eight economic center in the world, Brazil. Some say he is the reason the agriculture sector has become a major exporter, and that his consultancy with Brazil’s leaders has grown the business culture of all South America.

“Be sure to connect with the natives,” Igor advised. The networking, developing working relationships, and knowledge of local finance and business operation modes, sort of mirror all of Brazilian culture. Most Brazilians are business owners, they will advice you happily, if you will spend a little time sharing your connections with them.”Be ready for some red tape,” Igor advised. The Brazilian market is regulated by the government, an obstacle course of taxes, rules, and some cultural barriers, all is well understood by Igor. “Those who make informed decisions and put the work in are the ones who will see the big payoffs in the end,” Igor Cornelsen once stated.

This is complicated by the arbitrary exchange rates, a problem Igor handles. “There’s no such thing as free money,” Igor reminds us, Brazil’s Central Bank can override any tax rate they please, but most in-country business transactions are taxed at steady, official commercial rates. Igor’s documented profile for investors is considered required reading for outside investors of Brazilian stock portfolios. Here are the top four tips in his profile document.

1. Banks in Brazil include the 10 major commercial and investment banks that have weathered all the economic waves of the last seventy years.

2. Fresh blood can create recovery, so Igor is encouraged by Joaquim Levy being appointed Brazil’s Finance Minister, because Levy is a friend of the private sector.

3.  He sees a strong China as a good customer of raw materials, something Brazil can supply. However, in some markets there is direct competition with China.

4. Problems with Brazil’s currency value have been weathered there for decades. Igor sees the problems with exporting goods and the Central Bank of Brazil dollar swaps as signs that the local currency is way overvalued. Igor expects the new government will interfere less, resulting in a lowered valuation to in turn encourage investment.

3 Tips for Finding Premium Quality New York City Real Estate

When people think of real estate in New York City the first thing that usually comes to mind is how expensive it is. To a degree this is true. The Big Apple is known as a place where things are upscale, high-class, and cost accordingly. However, it is still possible to find exceptional deals on the fanciest of fancy condos, apartments, and real estate in NYC that won’t place a huge strain on your budget. In fact, getting a great deal is as easy as following these powerful tips.

Word-of-Mouth

One great way to find your dream property in NYC is to talk to people you know who already own real estate in the area or who do business there. Great deals on real estate in any part of the country are like diamonds in the rough: you have to look for them if you want to find them. The good news is that people in your network may already have found them and can pass along that information to you, all you have to do is ask. Sometimes the best deals are only a phone call or lunch meeting away.

Classified Ads

The thing to remember when placing classified ads is that the medium you use will have a huge impact on the results you get. For example, if you’re looking for a multi-million dollar condo, placing a Craig’s List ad may not be as effective as using an online service dedicated to helping you find properties in that price range.

Using TOWN Real Estate

Speaking of using online services to find upscale properties, TOWN Real Estate is always happy to help. This site gathers information on all the best deals in NYC properties and allows you to brows through them quickly and easily. They have information on everything from $39 million condos to apartments costing only $1,300 monthly. Regardless of what you’re looking for, TOWN Real Estate has information on it. You can check out their website by going to www.townrealestate.com and take a look at the various offers they have available. Each property comes with extensive information on it and pictures so you can get an idea of what it looks like. If you have any questions, a licensed real estate representative is always just a phone call or email away.