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Eucatex: A Company With History, Still Growing

Eucatex is a Brazilian company which began in 1951. It grew out of the family plywood business which was begun by Salim Maluf, a Lebanese immigrant. It began as the first company to produce unique fiber panels, liners and insulation made from eucalyptus. Since its inception, Eucatex has had a forward-thinking attitude toward expansion and sustainability. Before the end of the fifties, Eucatex had expanded from one factory in Salto, to having a presence in most of the Brazilian capitals and in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Over the following decades, the company expanded its production to include the manufacture of paints, metals, and mineral materials. By the turn of the century, Eucatex products could be found in countries all over the world. The company was even awarded the prestigious FSC and ISO 9001 certifications for their environmental stewardship and efficiency.

It was in 2005 that Eucatex came under the leadership of Flavio Maluf, currently the CEO and Vice President of the Board. Grandson of the company’s founder, Flavio had been with the company since 1987 before he took over as leader. Having studied abroad in New York, Flavio brought to Eucatex a natural business-savvy and keen executive prowess. He is, additionally, an engineer with a mind for the technical aspects of the business.

At the helm of the company, Flavio Maluf was able to expand further. In 2010, Eucatex began the creation of cutting edge, high-tech materials for doors and partitions, T-HDF and MDF (Thin High Density Fiberboard and Medium Density Fiberboard). Today, they export to 37 countries worldwide, and are a leader in laminate floors, wall partitions, doors, MDP and MDF panels, hardboards and paints and varnishes. They have four, fully modernized factories in Botucatu and Salto, and employ thousands of workers.

It just goes to show that innovation and sustainability are not opposed to tradition and expansion. This kind of well-rounded approach is only possible with leadership from executives like Flavio Maluf, who sits at the helm of two companies (Eucatex and GrandFoods). He continues to ply his entrepreneurial spirit, even from a place of stability. Thus, a company as storied as Eucatex follows its original mission, remains a family business, and yet can also continue to innovate and stay at the forefront of an ever-expanding industry.

Sam Tabar Invests in a Kickstarter Company, THINX Undergarments


Sam Tabar, who lists as a prominent attorney as well as a renowned capital strategist has added THINX to his investments portfolio. THINX is a startup company that is involved in helping women both in America and Africa. It specializes in the production of underwear that is fashionable to support women’s incontinence and menstruation. When one pair of the undergarments is purchased then sanitary pads made of cloth and are reusable are provided via AFRIpads. They are given to African women who would have otherwise missed going to school or work. This company started off as a result of a Kickstarter campaign and at the moment it offers fashionable but functional underwear in five styles.  Sam Tabar also created a charitable campaign to do his own work for the people of Africa.

Tabar makes it evident from his Instagram posts that he holds the belief that this company, THINX, is a special one in regards to the business model it follows and its financial support that persuades the community to think about the global issues as well as offer them with a way of giving back through the purchases they make. He stated that THINX is helping others through its unique design and product of that is making a huge difference in people’s lives. A single purchase guarantees a woman in Uganda of getting seven washable cloth pads that are reusable through the AFRIpads which allows such a woman to go on with her life when on her menses. Normally women in the African continent who do not have adequate resources to help them manage their menstruation are forced to stay at home until it is over. The women who started the THINX Company were introduced to Tabar through some mutual friends as he stated on Vimeo. He was not looking to invest back then but their business model captured his attention. His deep understanding of investment management will spur the company to more growth.

Sam Tabar is a high-flying attorney and also a capital strategist based in the city of New York. He started off his career in the post of an Associate with a firm named Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom LLP after graduating from the Columbia Law School and the Oxford University. While there he gave clients legal advice on the structures and formations of hedge fund, private placement memoranda, investment management contracts, employment issues, side letters and compliance and regulatory issues. He then joined SPARX Group and PMA Investment Advisors in the year 2004 and went on to rise up the ranks to the post of Managing Director and the Business Development co-head. He later joined the Bank of America Merrill Lynch as the Capital Strategy head and Director of its region in the Asia-Pacific. He later rejoined the legal field back in September 2013 when he joined Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP as the Senior Associate in charge of Hedge funds, compliance and regulatory issues, fund structure and formation. He then left this firm in the month of August 2014.

Importance of Investing in Property Management

Investment management is the key pillar in economic development of many countries. Well organized and developed countries have invested heavily in the investment firms. This has also provided opportunities for different types of businesses to emerge and compete in the capital market. As a result, many people have developed interest in investing in many different types of companies that provide investment services. Professional people have also emerged and taken the industry to another level by finding alternative ways of improving service delivery. James Dondero according to Bloomberg Research is one of the leading investment management personalities across the world. His services have been recognized through the good results that are realized from many companies he has worked for. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance, he proceeded to develop immense effort in developing a successful investment firm. The skills he had acquired made him land his first job at American Express. During the course of his duties, he demonstrated good entrepreneurial skills where he managed approximately over 1billion dollars in fixed income. This was the stepping stone towards initiating bigger projects that would see him hit the global limelight. During his leadership at the company, he ensured the company retained its global image among other notable companies. He later moved to Protective Life where he propelled the company as an investment officer to achieve extraordinary results. He was the force behind the establishment of the company and through its competitive nature grew the company to over 2billion dollars in income. With over 30years experience in the investment field, James Dondero moved to establish Highland Capital Management which is among the most notable companies in United States of America. The company provides a wide range of financial management services from hedge funds, private equity, collateralize loan obligations and long-only funds. These have been the pillars that have made the company to prosper over the years into a multi-billion company. The company was established in 1993 and has it’s headquarter in Dallas, Texas in USA. Good managerial and leadership initiative of James Dondero has made the company to grow in asset management and has approximately over 21 billion assets under its management. The company has also attracted a large number of customers like the public institutions, corporate institutions, pension schemes, foundations and governments. Many pension schemes have benefited greatly from the services offered by the company. Many have developed and acquired assets like residential houses for its members. Corporate institutions have also increased their investment management opportunities through seeking for guidance from the firm before investing in asset financing. The company has continued to grow over the years to open umbrella branches in Singapore, New York and Seoul. James Dondero is also a board member of many notable organizations in USA. For instance, he was recently appointed to the board of directors of the NextPoint Residential Trust and NexBank. This is a publicly traded company with interest in real estate having its shares traded on the New York Stock Exchange. The company deals in acquiring and owning middle-income multifamily properties across the entire USA.