In the fields of brand perception and commodity formulation, Kenneth Goodgame is perceived as a man of many attributes. Ken attained a bachelor’s degree in Finance and marketing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville after which his career journey began. He was first employed as a senior global product merchant by the Home Depot Company in Atlanta from 1994 to 2002. He later on worked for Newell Rubbermaid, Huntersville, North Carolina as the senior Vice President of marketing, where he instituted national campaigns and facilitated the company’s growth. During his time in Newell Rubbermaid he discovered the modified technology for patented floor mop products which was the greatest achievement of that time.
Kenneth Goodgame was accorded an opportunity to work as the president of direct tools factory outlets for the Tetronic Industries in Anderson where he propelled a new retail sector and escalated sales. As a general merchandising manager at Ace Hardware in Oak Brook, he was in charge of monitoring both profits and losses in global purchasing. It was in 2013 that Goodgame was assigned to the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising officer with the True Value Hardware Corporation in Chicago. His vast experience and knowledge in the field has enabled him to select a competent team that assists him in the completion of the company’s duties.
Ken has elevated the True Value Brands to the global level through his exclusive dependence on the customers’ principles, expertise and demands. Notable achievements of his success at True Value include the increased sales from $9 million to $180 million and the increased revenue by $150 million. The number of stores has also increased by a margin of 300% since he started working at the company. In the field of commodity formulation, Goodgame is very resourceful and inventive.
The primary reason for the prevalent success of True Value is Kenneth Goodgame. His determination to overcome every difficulty that the company may face has been resourceful to the company he works for.
Xprize is a foundation that is working to change the future by harnessing ideas put forth by new, young innovators. Heading up the leaders of Xprize are notable individuals like Ariana Huffington, James Cameron, and also Eric Pulier, a man who’s built a lot of IT companies over the years and has helped foster programs for young people. Pulier has been doing this work both in for-profit and non-profit capacities, and he’s helped build some fun social activities for young children who’ve battled illnesses, such as his Starbright World and the Painted Turtle summer camp. But Pulier has done so much more.
Pulier first started becoming interested in computer technology when he was still in middle school, and developed his first computer program when he was only in high school. Pulier also loved to write, and he went to Harvard and studied American and English literature, while at the same time authoring a column in the Harvard Crimson, and taking other classes at MIT. But he went straight into the IT world upon graduating Harvard, and moved to Los Angeles where he first got involved with People Doing Things (PDT), a company that used technology to tackle various social problems.
The first major company he founded was Digital Evolution in 1994, an interactive media software company that changed its name to US Interactive, LLC later on. But he founded several other companies whose products made their way over to cloud computing, and those include Media Platform, Akana, Desktone, and ServiceMesh, which is now owned by the Computer Sciences Corporation.
In addition to the companies he’s founded, he’s been a long time friend of former president Bill Clinton, and serves on Clinton’s Global Initiative. He’s also spoken at some of Al Gore’s Vice Presidential Forums, and was the designer of the Presidential Technology Exhibition’s Bridge to the 21st Century.
It is a proven fact that Minority Owned Business Enterprises have a harder time becoming profitable. The climb to the top for such businesses seem as steep as they come. Yet, still there are many minority owned businesses making it happen. One of the first businesses that come to mind is Diversant, LLC.
For those not familiar with Diversant; Diversant at it’s core is the leading black owned IT staffing firm in America. An enterprise that prides itself on its originality and diversity. They’re dedication to being as diverse as possible really shows in their diversity programs. The programs inspire creative thinking and innovation, while also establishing strong connections with local markets. A seemingly small detail that gives Diversant a huge boost.
Gaining high praise and recognition along the way. Recently, the New Jersey based enterprise earned the #116 spot on Staffing Industry Analyst’s (SIA) list of largest staffing firms in the United States. Diversant earned over a $100 million in revenue the year before.
Another characteristic of Diversant that helps them separate themselves from the competition is their leadership. The people in leadership positions at Diversant are well deserving and knowledgeable. Whether it be their visionary CEO Gene Waddy, Chief of Operations Jim Yoshimura, or outstanding company Principal John Goullet, the business seems to be in good hands.
John Goullet was a well established entrepreneur before his time at Diversant. After trying his hand at computer consulting and as an IT staffing account executive, Goullet decide to start his own IT staffing company called Info Technologies, Inc. in 1994.
Goullet quickly made Info Technologies a force to be reckoned with in the IT staffing community. Info Technologies earned the #8 spot on Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 fastest-growing privately-held firms in the U.S. in just five years since it was conceived. In 2010, Goullet and Waddy merged their two companies, forming Diversant LLC.
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American millennials do not take many risks when it comes to investing money. No one knows that better than Danilo Diaz-Granados, an investment advisor in Miami. Granados grew up in Venezuela and moved to the United States to study economics at Boston’s Babson College. Granados could have gone to any city after he graduated with a degree in economics, but Miami was his first choice. He always wanted to work in Miami and the investment industry. When he was offered a job with Fireman Capital Partners as an associate investment advisor, he knew he was on his way.
More than 70 percent of the population of Miami is Hispanic, and a large percentage of that population is Hispanic millennials that have made money in IT ventures and other industries. Part of Granados job was to research the Hispanic market and find out what wealthy millennials do with their money. It turns out that more than 49 percent of wealthy millennials are cautious when it comes to investing. Granados also discovered that Hispanic Millennials are knowledgeable about investing and “well informed” about banking practices.
Once he completed his research, Granados was ready to develop a client base from the pool of wealthy Hispanics in Miami. It didn’t take Granados long to build a strong client base. His investment advice was excellent since Granados had an intimate understanding of the Hispanic millennial mentality. Danilo made enough money from commissions to start a film company that focused on Hispanic life in the United States. Edge of Glory Films was a natural move for Danilo. He was an avid film lover, and he took several courses on filmmaking while he was in college.
Granados also wanted to get into the retail business, so he started Toys for Boys. Toys for Boys is a company that offers Hispanic men a place to buy expensive items like cars, clothes, shoes and jewelry in one location.
If you have not heard about Solo Capital or its founder, Sanjay Shah, you have not been keeping up with financial news and blogs. One of the most respected financial institutions in this day and age is Solo Capital Markets. It is a reputed company which is known for the services which they offer clients from all over the world. With its headquarters in the United Kingdom, the company also has branches in other areas, including Malta, Dubai and Luxembourg.
The story behind Solo Capital is very interesting. It starts with the story of Sanjay Shah. He started out as a student studying medicine to become a physician. Along the way, Sanjay’s passion changed to business. He decided to study accounting and even worked as an accountant for several banks. During the 2009 global financial crisis, Sanjay was one of the people who were rendered redundant and he lost his job.
In order to survive and fend for himself, he decided to start a brokerage company called Solo Capital. This was the only way in which he could stay in the industry and not go hungry. In 2011, he officially launched the company and has proceeded to achieve even greater strides in the years that followed.
Sanjay Shah has always had a passion for business and finance, but he has also gained his inspiration from his family. When his child was born, for instance, he had autism. Sanjay could afford to help his son get the help of therapists. However, he started thinking of those children who could not get the help they needed because of financial constraints. That is how he started the Autism Rocks Foundation to help such children.
Autism Rocks is run so as to help get funds that go into the study and research of autism. They organise events where by many celebrated music artists and DJs attend concerts and the money contributed is directed to the research and awareness.
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DIVERSANT LLC. Is the nation’s largest African-American owned IT staffing and solutions firm. The company has had massive growth even during the economic downturn. It has developed a reputation for quality and excellence. The company supports a wide range of industries, helping them with their IT staffing and diversity objectives. They connect companies with qualified IT professionals that possess the skills, integrity and industry experience to serve them well. They serve companies in the banking and financial services industry, energy sectors, government information technology, the insurance industry, healthcare, telecommunications, the retail sector, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries.
DIVERSANT strives to provide the highest level of service and satisfaction for their customers, employment candidates and partners. They believe in the value of diversity. Client satisfaction is their primary focus. They are dedicated to conducting their business with the utmost integrity following their core values of ethical business practices. .
John Goullet currently serves as chairman and principal at Diversant LLC. John was CEO at information technologies from 1994 to 2010. He is passionate about finding solutions in the IT marketplace that supports businesses in their efforts to function more effectively. He is well-known for his numerous ventures within the IT sector. John first served as a computer consultant then as an IT staffing executive before deciding to start his own company in 1994. He is focused on the IT staffing needs of his clients as well as making the right connection with the appropriate candidates to fill the staffing needs.
Highland Capital recently decided to grow its already established philanthropic program. As a result they have enlisted a well know Dallas figure to help manage the program. Linda Owen is well known for her work at The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation and well as her involvement with the Crystal Charity Ball. She has been involved in the Dallas her entire life and will be a solid addition to an already strong program established by Highland Capital.
Highland Capital contributes over $3 million on an annual basis to charitable causes and that money is managed through The Dallas Foundation. Linda Owen will be working side by side with the foundation to help form and strengthen the firm’s philanthropic program. The Dallas Fund is a well know organization that has been around since 1929, focusing on improving the lives of the residents in the Dallas area through various grant . Both Owen and the Dallas Foundation have a long history in strategic planning for charitable giving.
In past years, Highland Capital has been known to contribute to many local Dallas Charities including: Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the Center for Brain Health, the Dallas Zoo, Uplift Education, Snowball Express and the American Heart Association.
Highland Capital philanthropic program is not limited to its financial donations. The firms’ culture encourages its employees to also be engaged with the local causes and assist them with overcoming any challenges they face.
Much of Highland Capitals Philanthropic culture is created and driven by the Firm’s Founder and President James Dondero. James founded Highland Capital in 1993 and had always incorporated sense of giving in the firms culture. James is actively involved in many local charities especially causes involving veterans, education and public policy. Dondero often lends his expertise to local charities in an advisory position. Dondero focus on local charities is his belief that it is important to improve the lives of the people around you.
Keith Mann, the founder and chief executive officer of Dynamics Search Partners, has recently announced the Keith and Kelly Mann Scholarship for Professional Achievement that will be provided to a high school graduate each year that attends one of Uncommon Schools high schools in Brooklyn, Ny., award which will help hard working students of low-income to attend and graduate from college.
Uncommon Schools is an institution that manages over 40 urban charter public schools across the United States. The mission of Uncommon Schools is to close the achievement gap and to be able to prepare its pupils for four year universities so they can succeed professionally. Uncommon Schools also provides to its students with an unconventional and elite education, which even out competes private schools.
Each year one graduating senior of Uncommon Schools in Brooklyn will be nominated for the award, and students are required to write an essay of approximately 1,000 words. In the essay, they have to explain how obtaining a degree will helped them personally and professionally. Keith Mann, someone who dedicates his time in pairing executives with leading industry talent, is an advocate of education and wants to help Uncommon Schools’ students, the future leaders in the world of business. The scholarship is worth $5,000.
He has over a decade of experience in the executive recruitment industry and has sourced talented professionals across the world in the United States, Asia, and Europe. The mission of Dynamics Search Partners is to pair employers with talented professionals and to establish genuine and strong relationships with both clients and candidates. Currently, Dynamics Search Partners has served thousands of mandates, and it is also one of the leading firms in alternative investments and hedge funds in the world.
Many people have started successful companies in the tech industry. However, nobody has been able to do this as consistently as a man named Eric Pulier. He has carved out a sensational career that has seen him launch one successful tech company after another. His methods have been studied by other top entrepreneurs in the hopes of replicating his success. However, nobody to this point has shown the ability to create tech startups quite like Eric Pulier.
Eric did not have any aspirations of making a name for himself in the technology field when he was a young kid growing up in New Jersey. He was consistently one of the greatest students in his school as he was growing up. This academic excellence allowed him to have his pick of colleges to attend. He was offered entry into Harvard. He accepted Harvard’s offer and eventually completed a degree in English literature. It was originally Eric’s goal to become an English literature professor. However, his career path changed dramatically upon his graduation. It was at that point that he realized all of the opportunities that were waiting for him in the tech industry. He decided that creating a tech startup was what he wanted to do.
It was not long before Eric realized that he had made the right decision. He had a knack for assembling talented teams and figuring out a way to raise capital for his various tech ventures. His success made investors come to him. They wanted to get in on the ground floor of any project that Eric was working on because they realized the tremendous amount of money that could be made.
Eric’s reputation started to spread like wildfire throughout the entire tech world. This opened up another lucrative opportunity for him. He began to get offers to speak at various conferences. He started to command high fees for these speaking engagements where he would answer questions about his career and offer advice to entrepreneurs to help them get their own startups off the ground. Eric has continued to be a top draw for all of the speeches that he gives.