Bernardo Chua: How His Company Is a Global Success

Organo Gold is a global gourmet coffee shop founded by Bernardo Chua, in 2008. His mission is to to spread his knowledge of Ganoderma to all four corners of the world, partnering with thousands during the process. Ganoderma is a mushroom that contains antioxidants, used in Chinese medicine for hundreds of years. Among coffee, other products offered include toothpaste, soap, tea, and vitamins. All of which are infused with the Ganoderma herb, resulting in scientifically developed products which are both healthy and tasty.

Bernardo Chua delivers his products using a distribution system which shares a portion of every dollar with the world-wide Organo Gold family. By recently opening a branch in Turkey, he marked the 39th country in which he has overseen opening of his company. With an estimation of the of the 2015 year at 1 million distributors and an 800 million dollar revenue, it is safe to say his company has been a major success. Bernardo uses a network-marketing approach. This means by promoting Organo Gold products and selling them on a regular basis, a domino effect occurs. When a distributor is successful, it affects the team and company both in the same positive way.

Bernardo Chua and two of his Organo Gold associates recently took a trip to the capital of the Philippines, Manila. It is here in which all three received a prestigious Dangal ng Bayan Award. The Philippines is Chua’s home country, and this award is given in recognition of achievers who motivate other Filipinos to succeed in business all over the world, as well as excellent Filipino products. Organo Gold received two People’s Choice Awards.

After seeing how successful his products were in the Asian market, Chau expanded to the Western world. He is lucky he did because Organo Gold is now the 55th biggest direct selling company around the globe! Another factor that has had a huge impact on his success is his value for educating both his distributors and consumers. Chua has based his company out of Canada because of their reputation of strict guidelines when pertaining to businesses and products. He believes this is good for his company’s image. For more information about Bernardo “Bernie” Chua, follow him on twitter!

Sultan Alhokair: A Driving Force Behind Angel Investments

One of the most important parts of any business start-up are Angel Investors. An Angel Investor provides the initial capital to get a start-up off the ground and can provide invaluable knowledge of business practices. However, they are not there to hold your hand or do your job for you.

Sultan Alhokair, a graduate of Northeastern University with a degree in Financial Accounting, Small Business Management and Family Business Management, is a Venture Partner with Valia Investments, otherwise known as an Angel Investor. He looks specifically for new businesses that meet the ideal requirements of a new start-up.

Alhokair believes that new business start-ups must have realistic potential. As an investor, Sultan Alhokair looks at five year plans because it shows the company has a clear cut idea for the future and a tangible model of success. Another important aspect he looks at is the competition. There is always going to be someone up and coming or someone already selling what you are proposing. For that reason, knowing everything about the competition determines how the seed company can respond as well as if the start-up is worth the investment.

Another vital part to any seed company, according to Sultan Alhokair, is the creativity behind the business or product. The company must be unique and there must be a clear cut reason why this new company’s product is the most ideal option. To Alhokair, being an Angel Investor means looking for profitability as well as sustainability.

Besides being a Venture Partner with Valia Investments, Sultan Alhokair uses his business savvy as the current Project Manager of Retail Group of America where he works in fashion retail. Alhokair believes that brand identity, network notoriety, and the available products are the most important factors when dealing with fashion retail. Therefore, he works with a myriad of department stores to increase earning potential, focusing on those three specific areas.

The driving force behind Sultan Alhokair is his vested interest in in the people behind the money. Alhokair is truly an Angel Investor, looking to help companies with a compelling story and solid return projections.

Haidar Barbouti: An Experienced Commercial Real Estate Developer

A Sophisticated Profession

Today, professional commercial real estate development sometimes requires property managers to develop expertise in several specialized fields. The career of the successful Houston real estate magnate Haidar Barbouti illustrates this trend.

Why must a capable manager of commercial property possess a broad knowledge base? Working in one of the most sophisticated areas of real estate practice, these individuals must acquire the skills and knowledge to enable them to handle a wide array of complex issues on a daily basis.

Wearing Many Hats

For example, Haidar Barbouti came to national attention as a result of his successful management of Highland Shopping Center in Houston, Texas. Educated at Columbia University, he purchased the mall some two decades ago and soon assumed personal responsibility for developing a thriving commercial environment for the retailers locating there. Today media articles refer to the shopping center as “venerable” and “one of the most coveted retail centers in Houston”. What types of skills must a property manager demonstrate to achieve that high level of performance in promoting a commercial center?

He classifies his responsibilities as involving several fields: lease negotiations, daily operations, redevelopment and portfolio management. Each area appears vital to the future prospects of a shopping center.

The Nuts and Bolts of Success

By developing expertise in the real estate commercial rental process, Mr. Barbouti attracted key tenants to the shopping center, enterprises capable in turn of drawing significant numbers of visitors to their storefront. And shoppers who visits one retail establishment likely check out others in the vicinity, as well. This cascade of interest ultimately enhances the business opportunities available to Highland Shopping Center’s merchants.

Similarly, smooth day to day business operations in a mall greatly enhance customer satisfaction. As part of his effort to operate the Houston shopping center, Haidar Barbouti spent considerable time there, overseeing the administration of the facility.

He even went so far as to construct his own restaurant, Up, on a new upper level of the shopping center. His enterprise offers a venue for fine dining in Houston, a step exemplifying the importance of the third aspect of commercial property management, redevelopment.

Finally, Haidar Barbouti lists portfolio management as an important skill. He did not neglect this area.

What You Should Know About Vijay Eswaran

Vijay Eswaran is a businessman from Malaysia who has received numerous awards for his entrepreneurship and philanthropic activities. His success in the business world and the fact that he founded one of the most successful direct sales companies has made him a source of inspiration for many aspiring entrepreneurs, especially those in Asia.

Eswaran (Twitter) was born in Malaysia in 1960, the son of a teacher and government employee. During his childhood, his family lived in various parts of the country, which has built his desire to travel and see many places in the world. Vijay Eswaran (Facebook) later moved to Europe for his studies, obtaining a degree in socio-economics from the London School of Economics in 1984.

Unlike some other individuals in the business world, Eswaran didn’t get a prestigious job right after graduating university. Instead, he opted to stay in Europe and visit several countries while doing any type of job that he could find, such as being a taxi driver, agricultural worker and doing construction work. While he never considered the entry-level jobs he did to be “beneath him” and he is very proud of his humble beginnings, Vijay Eswaran decided that it would be better to start earning money for himself as opposed to working for someone else.

While pursuing his education and obtaining a professional certification from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and proceeding to the United States in 1986 to obtain an MBA from the Southern Illinois University, he became interested in multilevel marketing. He enjoyed the experience of being self-employed and started wondering whether he should start a multilevel marketing company of his own.

He discussed his project with several individuals that were interested in entrepreneurship and finally went on to found the QI Group in 1998 after returning to Asia. The group owns QNet, one of the most successful MLM companies in the region, which started out by selling collectible gold coins, before branching out into other industries, such as health and wellness, plus consumer products.

In addition to his business activities, Eswaran has written several books and regularly gives speeches that serve as an inspiration for those who want to become entrepreneurs. He is also noted for his charitable activities and is the founder of the Vijayaratnam Foundation, which seeks to improve local communities in Malaysia by reducing inequalities, helping to preserve the environment and increasing access to education.

Dr. Rod Rohrich; A Leading Expert in Rhinoplasty and More

Dr. Rod Rohrich is a leader in plastic surgery and specializes in rhinoplasty, but he has many other accolades besides being one of the top plastic surgeons in the US. He is also a leader in plastic surgery research, education, patient care, and publishing, and is heavily involved in charity work.

Dr. Rohrich has held many important positions at prestigious hospitals throughout Texas as an attending surgeon and as the chief of plastic surgery. He has raised the plastic surgery standards of all of the hospitals that he has served with a strong emphasis on education, patient care, and improving patient outcomes.

The educational achievements of Dr. Rohrich are recognized with numerous prestigious awards. He has served as editor for the leading plastic surgery and rhinoplasty journals. He is also a spokesman for plastic surgery and appeared on numerous radio, TV, and print publications, and is in high demand for speaking engagements at conferences all over the country. He has been instrumental at many teaching hospitals around Texas including UT Southwestern Medical Center, where he served as chief of plastic surgery for more than twenty years.

Dr. Rohrich has pioneered many new and innovative plastic surgery techniques, and holds a patent on a new breast implant. His research has improved plastic surgery effectiveness, safety and helped to improved outcomes. He has published hundreds of peer reviewed papers and authored five prominent plastic surgery text books.

Individualized patient care and equal treatment no matter what the patient’s background is Dr. Rohrich rule with no exceptions. He prides himself as having the best doctor-patient relationship possible and believes this is paramount to having the best surgical outcomes.

Dr. Rohrich’s charitable work focuses on children’s charities in the US and around the world. He has helped underprivileged children receive reconstructive surgeries and taught doctors plastic surgery techniques in third world countries and performed many reconstructive surgeries on severely deformed children.

Dr. Rod Rohrich is dedicated to all aspects of plastic surgery and has achieved the highest standards possible in his profession. Find more on Rohrich on his Linkedin page. 

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, 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. 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.

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.

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