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James Dondero; a Prolific Credit Manager and Philanthropist

In 2016, The Family Place, a leading organization in Texas that supports family violence victims, received $1 million grant award from Highland Capital Management through its philanthropic arm, Highland Dallas Foundation. The grant was contributing towards the organization’s Legacy Campaign that aimed at raising $16.5 million by April 2017. The campaign supported the construction of Ann Moody Place, a counseling center in Central Dallas for victims of family Violence.


James Dondero, the co-founder, and president of Highland Capital Management said that their contribution was in response to a call to action by Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas Police chief, David Brown. He also said that his company appreciated how the Family Place had used the philanthropic support it received to carry its campaign to the end in just a year. Mr. Dondero’s grant ensured that the Family Place finished their campaign strong.


An addition to being a highly active philanthropist, James Dondero is a successful businessman and a prolific manager. His experience in equity and credit markets spans over 30 years. His company, Highland Capital Management is among the largest and most experienced alternative credit managers globally. Under Mr. Dondero’s leadership, the company received numerous prestigious awards in 2014.


James Dondero began his career in the Morgan Guaranty training program in 1984 as an analyst. In 1985 he joined American Express as a bond analyst before becoming its portfolio manager where he managed fixed income funds worth approximately $ 1 billion. In 1989, Mr. Dondero became the chief investment officer at GIC, a subsidiary of Protecting Life. He guided the business from startup to $2 billion in only five years before leaving in 1993 to start Highland Capital Management with his partner Mark Okada.


Mr. Dondero is an alumnus of the University of Virginia where he graduated with highest honors majoring in accounting and finance. In Addition to managing Highland Capital Management, the certified management accountant (CMA) also serves as the chairman of the board for Cornerstone Healthcare, Nexbank, and CCS Medical Corporation. His excellent work history has earned him the right to use the CFA (Certified Financial Analyst) designation.

Vinny Parascandola’s career as a global financial expert

Vinny Parascandola is the senior executive vice president of AXA Advisors. He is responsible for recruiting, sales, productivity, management development, and development of experienced and new financial professionals. The executive vice president has over 25 years experience in the financial industry. His career started in 1987 with Prudential as an agent. In that year, he was named the National Rookie of the Year. Later in 1990, he joined MONY Life Insurance Company and held various regional and local field managerial positions. In 2004, he joined AXA Advisors starting as a divisional president.


Mr. Vinny Parascandola held the position of president of Advantage Group, which is a unit in AXA Equitable, and his role was to attract financial professionals. Before becoming the vice president, he served as the co-manager of the Metro Branch in New York AXA Advisors offices. He managed about 400 financial professionals within the tri-state area. Mr. Vinny has received recognition for his outstanding leadership and won several awards including GAMA’s Master Agency and Career Development Awards. Currently, he is one of the most sought-after speakers and frequently, speaks at numerous Industry and Company conferences such as the LAMP Meeting and various distribution meetings.


Mr. Vinny was the former president of the GAMA Florida chapter and former chair of field officers Committee in LIMRA. Vinny Parascandola holds a degree in Bachelor of Science from Pace University in New York. Recently, he enrolled for his Alma matter and gave a commencement speech to the 2014 graduating class.


AXA Advisors LLC is a brokerage and dealer firm that engages in the retail distribution of AXA Equitable Life Insurance. The company is a leading financial protection provider and one of the first providers of Annuity products and life insurance. The company boasts of a network of over 6,000 financial professionals’ who give products, financial protection, investment, and asset allocation. Moreover, it deals with business, college, retirement, and estate planning and assists clients with financial needs. AXA Equitable is a subsidiary of the AXA Financial Inc, which is part of the global AXA Group, a world leader in both wealth management and financial protection strategies.


A Devoted Heart in the Medical Fraternity – Avi Wisfogel

Various generic medical disorders have continuously surfaced throughout the world which includes sleep disorders, cleft lips, and cleft palates. Various medical practitioners have been in the forefront to research, address and provide a solution to curing the ailments. Avi Weisfogel has been among them doing an eminent job. Born in New Jersey, he became one of the best in marketing and in providing a business platform for dentist through joining the best dentistry market clubs available. Born in 1972, the general dentist, centralized in marketing implants and full mouth rehabs.

The graduate of Rutgers University and a DDS from New York University College of Dentistry, after not finding a successful marketing strategy on oral appliances he took a swift change to another field in 2010. He formed various companies which include Healthy Heart Sleep, Owner Unlimited sleep Patient before forming Dental Sleep Master, in 2014. This is a company that is solely dedicated to sleep disorders or sleep apnea. Though it took two years and millions of dollars investment, it is a worthwhile operation. Through Dental Sleep Master’s program, created in partnership with Barry it has increased its reach to dentists, physicians, and patients and has improved the sleep health care.

Avi discovered sleep, and sleep-related disorders like breathing while attending medical school at NYU. In his in-depth research, he also established a close relationship between sleep apnea and other conditions like diabetes, stroke, and cardiovascular diseases. His philanthropic passion leads him to research, develop and find a method that can diagnose, and eventually treat sleep related ailments throughout the country. This would also release the patients from snoring, drowsiness, insomnia and headache discomforts.

In addition to his desire to help and give hope to the world, Avi launched GoFundMe campaign with an aim to fund the Operation Smile Organization charitable organization. This is an organization that provides free of charge surgery to children and has now encompassed all patients suffering from cleft lips and palates among other deformities. It also helps in importing medical expertise and equipment depending on the medical needs.

For Avi, his seven years dedication to his work and working alongside qualified, passionate and support staff also earned several accolades including the Best Dentist.

Patty Rocklage and Scott Rocklage are Celebrated at MIT’s Department of Chemistry

Recently, Patty and Scott Rocklage were celebrated for their donation to the MIT’s Department of Chemistry. The couple volunteered to fund the renovation of the department’s nanochemistry and nanotechnology lab space in Building 2. Lester Wolfe’s professor of chemistry, Moungi Bawendi, is in charge of the lab.

Patty Rocklage’s husband was a student at the department. He pursued his doctorate under the supervision of the Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, Prof. Richard R. Schrock. His time at the prestigious institution had a positive influence in his career.

Professor Bawendi guided the couple during their tour of the newly renovated lab. Whitney Hess and He Wei, his graduate students toured the institution together with the couple and the professor. The department displayed the Rocklages’ plaque at the lab’s vestibule. Some of the renowned personalities who honored the Rocklage’s are Timothy Jamison, the current department head, Sylvia Ceyer, the former department head, and Prof. Moungi Bawendi. Patty Rocklage on Twitter.

The department’s newsletter featured Dr. Rocklage. On the newsletter, he said that he is a survivalist and an accomplishment junkie. He notes that those skills were critical for his success at MIT. He also talked about his good luck of doing his postgraduate degree under the supervision of Richard R. Schrock. The scientist was part of the Nobel winner’s research group. While at the institution, he was able to make lasting friendships with several people. He also thanked Jere Fellman, Clayton Wood, and Howard Turner for the ‘chelate’ activities. Dr. Rocklage has also pledged his commitment to contributing to the needs of the department in the future. This commitment pleased Sylvia Ceyer, the former head of the department.

About Patty Rocklage

Patty Rocklage is a Sudbury-based marriage & family therapist. She spends her time helping individuals and families to overcome their life’s struggles. Patty has an expansive experience of over 20 years in the field. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Patty is licensed to practice in the state of Massachusetts. Patty is the wife of Dr. Scott Rocklage. She has made significant contribution in Scott’s life. Over the years, the couple has engaged in different philanthropic activities.

End Citizens United

Looking ahead to the future and posed to initiate much needed changes, End Citizens United has a list of endorsements for the House of Representatives concerning the 2018 election cycle. It is actually a significant number of names that spans nearly a dozen states. The purpose behind compiling these names is to get endorsees access to millions of grassroots members. It is an effort to boost advocacy and raise awareness on the subject of campaign financing reform.


Within this list of candidates, there are 4 names from California, 3 in Maryland and 2 from Nevada, Illinois and Washington. There are single candidates from the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Arizona and Oregon. This action is actually a reaction to the trend of big-money special interests groups and their leaders having positions in the Trump presidential administration. Executive Director of the ECU organization, Tiffany Muller, understands that United States citizens do not want to see their government turn into a lap dog for anyone who has a lot of cash to throw around.


This is not the first time that End Citizens United has made a real change in the political arena. The organization has a past record of shaking things up for the good in Georgia’s 6th district to the tune of 14 million USD (United States Dollars). When this organization attempts to make changes in House and Senate races, their efforts yield results. This would be 15 new members of congress who continue to do their jobs and represent the best interests of the people. They have the power to bring about change and they are not afraid to use it. It is all about grass-roots action with this organization. The plan for the 2018 election cycle is to have 35 million USD raised and put to good use. However, how they plan to get this done is the real news. Instead of having a single donor give an amazing amount of money as a campaign contribution, they want multiple smaller donations from community members. This way they are not just throwing money at a problem, but instead they seek to galvanize the voter base and get people excited about what is going on in Washington.


Sometimes, you have to fight fire with fire. And, that is exactly what End Citizens United intends to do. As a PAC (Political Action Committee) it is kind of their job to make sure that money does not play too big of a role in the Hose or Senate. It also means they have to practice what they preach and not accept more than 5,000 USD from any one contributor. That policy is just fine with them. It acts as a model of behavior when they have to get aggressive about calling out individuals who may be trying to muddy political waters through the guise of traditional party contributions.



Interior Design Advice from Richard Mishaan

It’s pretty unlikely that you’ll roll out of bed as good of a designer as the people we are about to talk about. For the past 45 years the city of New York’s design industry has played the part of host for some of the greatest interior designers in the world. These designers come to town to show off their work in a specially designed home. This year the excellent Richard Mishaan design firm will be working within a townhouse designed by the famous architect Charles Platt. The home is 35 feet wide and worth nearly $26.8 million.


In order to become a great interior decorator you have to know all of the things that you need to avoid. As it turns out — there are a great many errors that you can make while designing your own home. Neal Beckstedt, an architect as well as a designer in New York, advocates primarily for men with his advice — “Most men don’t use color, as they think masculine spaces need to be white, black, and gray.” Don’t let Beckstedt’s advice be spoken in vain and make sure to start incorporating color the next time you decorate your home. Beckstedt also gives more specific advice to wood loving designers: focus on contrast. He specifically advocates avoiding too much rough looking wood. Don’t look like you live in a lumber yard! Specialty architectural glass can also be fun to play around with stylistically and to upgrade a look. To begin the process of finding furniture pieces that work for you, it can be fun to browse online to get an idea of the style you are seeking.



Our next designer is Richard Mishaan and he runs his own design firm with his name on the front of the building. Mishaan’s advice is simple: don’t hide your personality away, even if you feel like there is a bit of a clash within the style. Mishaan’s room at the Platt townhouse showcased several layers of different fabrics as well as textiles even if it was slightly different than the rest of his modern flair. Platt doesn’t worry so much about matching as he does telling a good story. Allow your room to tell a story and give it the chance to breathe life into the people within it. You can read more about Mishaan’s design work in his latest book, “Artfully Modern” which just hit the shelves.


USHEALTH Group CEO Wins an Award for Excellence

The year of 2016 was a widely successful year for one of the largest health care companies in the United States of America. The company is USHEALTH Group, and it won yet another award for excellence in its line of work. More specifically. The chief executive director of the USHEALTH Group was awarded a coveted recognition at a ceremony which took place in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mr Troy McQuagge is the chief executive officer of the esteemed USHEALTH Group. He was recognized for his skills as a leader of the large corporation with One Planet Award. He won the Gold prize in 2016, and he also received the title of Best CEO of 2016.The company once won a Stevie award as well.

This recognition is given annually to people that have shown that they have excellent skills in the department of leading a team and a company. He delivered a speech at the award ceremony in Las Vegas and shared that the award he received is actually a recognition for the entire team of USHEALTH Group as the company is, in fact, a big family to him. Click here to know more.

USHEALTH Group has its headquarters set up in Fort Worth in the state of Texas. It has been operating for many years, and over the course of its operation, the services of USHEAH Group have become highly sought after. The company is one of the best-established ones in its line of work in the entirety of the United States of America. It service offer health care plans and plans distribution with is the responsibility of USHEALTH Advisors. CEO Troy McQuagge, in fact, used to be a part of USHEALTH Advisors. He moved up in the ranks of the company over the years and became the leader through his hard work and dedication to the enterprise.

CEO Troy McQuagge has had more than three decades of successful professional experience. He has been the chief executive officer of USHEALTH Group for about three years and before that, he had dedicated about a decade of USHEALTH Advisors.

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How Kenneth Goodrich Made Goettl Great Again

Kenneth Goodrich is the brilliant mind behind the success of Goettl Air Conditioning. The company was on the verge of insolvency when he bought it in 2013 but he quickly turned its fortunes around and less than 5 years later, the company is doing exceptionally well. Kenneth acknowledges that it was not a walk in the park. Despite having bought more than 10 struggling companies and reviving them, Goettl gave him a particularly difficult challenge.


Reviving Goettl Air Conditioning


One of the biggest issues was that the company had a poor reputation due the misdeeds of the previous owners, and this was something Goodrich had never had to deal with before. He used a customer-focused approach to deal with this, and it worked wonders as his employees were motivated and clients were impressed with the services they received. He also got the company involved in various charitable initiatives to try and salvage its reputation. They prioritized the needs of customers and not profit generation as most other HVAC companies do. After fixing the company’s reputation, everything else fell back in place and from there, it was success after success after success. Goettl has grown tremendously in the last few years.


About Goettl Air Conditioning


Goettl is a leading HVAC company that has been in operation since 1926. As expected, it has changed leadership several times since it was founded, and this means that is has had a few rough patches along the way. It is well known for its high-quality and customer-oriented services. The company’s leadership and the winning strategies they set play a big part in Goettl’s excellent performance. Today, the company serves Las Vegas, Tucson, Southern California, and Arizona and its annual revenue is more than $50 million.




Kenneth Goodrich’s extensive experience reviving broken businesses makes him well suited for the leadership of the company. His secret to success is simply focusing on what the customer wants or needs and keeping his employees motivated as they are very instrumental in determining the clients’ perception of the company. Goettl is clearly going places with Goodrich at the helm.

Life Line Screening- Prevention is Better than Cure

Life Line Screening is a private owned community focused company. It specializes in prevention and wellness, providing direct-to-consumer preventive community-based health screenings. The company’s based in Austin, Texas and operates across the USA. Life Line Screening is firmly committed to offering reliable and affordable preventive screenings by imparting health knowledge that will help people to lead wholesome and healthier lives.

Life Line Screening firmly believes that partnering with doctors is a successful way of significantly improving the quality of life by detecting health problems early. The employees of the company are well trained and licensed healthcare providers to offer quality services during screening events. These screenings take place in neighborhoods all over the USA, in corporations, community centers, senior centers, and places of worship.

Their screening services are not only affordable but also easy, painless, and convenient. Life Line Screening has three types of preventative screening; Ultrasound screening, Finger-stick blood screenings, and Limited electrocardiograph. Ultrasound/Sonography is a refined technique in which sound waves are used to image body structure. High-frequency sound waves are transmitted to a particular point in the body. The echoes that return are then recorded. Finger-stick blood screenings point out major risk factors linked to diabetes and heart disease. This is a simple procedure that involves taking a few blood droplets by pricking the soft pad of the finger. Tests are done by state of the art technology, and results are provided within ten minutes. Limited electrocardiograph detects the irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation). The screening is quick and non-invasive and doesn’t need prior preparation.

Apart from screenings, Life Line Screening offers supplementary resources. An example is the Life Line Screening Health E-Newsletter. It helps one to center their focal point on individual wellness. This could involve making lifestyle choices that will help better manage a chronic disease or help avoid certain diseases by leading a lifestyle that will help prevent them.

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Talk Fusion

HuffPost And Talk Fusion CEO: Both Rely On Growth And Change



The Huffington Post is around no longer. Say hello to the future – HuffPost, with an eye on change. HuffPost took on a new style and attitude the day after one of Bob Reina’s articles appeared live on April 24, 2017. Reina, a long time contributor to HuffPost, is also founder and CEO of Talk Fusion, the first company ever known to offer businesses an “all-in-one Video Marketing Solution.”


On the one hand, Reina contributes to HuffPost and leads Talk Fusion with the same goal: for companies to innovate. On the other hand, HuffPost is looking to become brand new, which is what Reina believes that organizations should do. He states that “a brand’s growth is never complete.” Impressively, while HuffPost worked diligently to re-brand, the trending platform also allowed Reina to publish two articles.


Talk Fusion is all about change. The video marketing outfit has empowered people all over the world to “pursue their dreams.” Talk Fusion gives companies the competitive edge with such products as Video Email, Video Newsletters, and Live Meetings. Businesses can have fun with creating fantastic videos. With a drag-and-drop system, companies can put forth newsletters that pop. Organizations can get together utilizing live chat and can stream videos, watch PowerPoint slides, and share files. Talk Fusion markets itself through talk – something people do every day. Independent Associates, those who use and love the products, reach out to find those who will also use and care about the products. Learn more now about Talk Fusion.