The Amazing Success of Stephen Murray

There are individuals in the world of business who not only create a great deal of success for themselves but who also raise the bar for their entire industry. Stephen Murray is an individual who had an amazing impact on the world of finance during his time with us.

Since 1989, Murray has blessed the world of private equity with his skills that come from a deep seeded passion for helping others. On March 12, 2015, Murray passed away due to health related issues. His legacy will live on as one of the founding members of Stephen Murray CCMP Capital, a brilliant investor, and a loving father and husband.

Murray helped to build one of the most successful middle-market leveraged buyout and growth-equity firms in the world. CCMP raised well over 3 billion dollars in their latest fund year alone. This shows the intense impact that Murray had over the financial industry with the firm in which he helped to create.

CCMP was the type of firm that really made waves in the market. CCMP would typically invest $100 million to $500 million of equity per transaction. CCMP worked with many large corporations including Cabela’s Inc., Quiznos Corp. and more.

Starting with a bachelor’s of art from Boston College, Murray earned a great education that helped him thrive in life. Murray then went on to earn an MBA from Columbia University. This education is what built the foundation for Murray’s success in his professional and personal life.

Stephen Murray had a special way of bringing his own personal touch to all of the buyout transactions under his administration. In 2005, Murray was named as head of CCMP’s bank buyout division.

This new leadership position created a massive shift in CCMP for the better. The lasting effect of Murray’s contribution will be felt for decades not only in CCMP but throughout the financial industry as well. Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital:

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Soros Invests in Gold

Billionaire investor, George Soros, took a break from the investment world for a while. Soros Fund Management, which manages 30 billion, has started making moves again. Due to the volatile stock market, they began selling off stocks and buying gold. Soros said he was worried about the negative outlook on the global market. He cited the problems in China and Greece among the reasons for the gold buying move.

George Soros is the founder of Soros Fund Management. As a survivor of World War II, Soros brought that same determination to his education and career. He left Nazi-occupied Hungary to attend London School of Economics in 1947. He came to the US where he accumulated a large amount of money. He has invested in his wealth, but he has also invested back in his community. Soros is most famous for his 1992 trade where he invested in the British pound and made almost 1-2 billion in one day. He earned himself the name of “the man who broke the Bank of England.”

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His company is well known for the Quantam Fund, which yields an annual return of 30%. George Soros is also known as a short term speculator, making bets for the directions of certain international market. He bet against the Thai market, which caused people to speculate if he was the cause of the Asian financial crisis in 1997. He has published several books on investing and finances. He also has earned an honorary degree from Oxford University.

In 1979, he began to fund Black students to attend college in racially segregated South Africa. His Open Society Foundations operates in over 100 countries. Their focus is to promote human values and rights. In 2011, they reached 835 million in expenses. Soros retired from the investing world in 2000, but he has returned to make some moves.

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Venezuela has Talks with US

The crisis in Venezuela has gotten the attention of their neighbors in the United States. The US is sending a senior diplomat to Venezuela to discuss easing tension among the countries crisis. US secretary of state John Kerry said the talks would begin as soon as possible. He stated the talks would be led by Thomas Shannon, one of the state department’s leading officials and a veteran diplomat in Latin America.
The relationship between the two countries has been somewhat strained dating back to the days of President George W Bush, says expert Adrian Jose Velasquez Figueroa. The US and Kerry are trying to change this fact, as Venezuela is facing a major crisis. The Venezuelan regime really has its back to the wall. It is trying to hang on to what it still has, added Jose Velasquez. As riots and violence now continue in the area, it will be imperative that the two countries have quality conversation.

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Duda Melzer Raced to His Success, and On the Sideline


Those more commonly known by their nicknames play a crucial role in their communities and are clearly well known. Eduardo Sirotsky Melzer, more commonly known as Duda Melzer, is a businessman as well as a friend to many. The Chairman and President of RBS Group demonstrates a vast knowledge of the business industry, and is a proud member of the third generation of his family to operate this company.

Servicing in both the United States and Brazil, this investment company greatly coincides with the technology industry, making the staff knowledgeable about both fields. Melzer graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul in 1998 as a proud member of the Bussiness Administration. He also graduated from Harvard University with an MBA. His multiple degrees ensure his intelligence; his family history in such a difficult field ensures his experience and swiftness each day.

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Of course, a successful life is only validated by awards, and Melzer has plenty of them, including a Cabore Award as a vehicle professional and a Coletiva Award for marketing management. His enthusiasm for a multitude of fields has generated such positive success, and the public’s ability to take notice. Of course, all work and no play is never a good thing, so Duda makes plenty of time for his real passion.

The businessman as a profound passion for sports, and though he has participated in almost all of them a time or two, his devotion belongs to racing, hence his Cabore Award. In fact, Duda has admitted to ensuring that his schedule always leaves room for his passion, and that is fairly admirable.

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Time to Wen

If your hair is losing it’s energy it may be the time for WEN. Wen Cleansing Conditioner is a combination of a shampoo and conditioner product that has been studied to show that it increases shine, volume and hair moisture. Wen Cleansing Conditioner was made by the Los Angeles hair stylist and hair expert Chaz Dean.
Wen Cleansing Conditioner comes in many wonderfully natural scents. The three main scents are lavender, sweet almond mint and pomegranate. The company has much more than those three. Chaz Dean has also released certain scents to be made available temporarily during a certain season.

One reviewer of the Wen Cleansing Conditioner wrote a complimentary Bustle article about her opinions of using the Fig Wen Cleansing Conditioner. The applauding remarks she made about Wen Cleansing Conditioner were essentially confirming the studies that back the product. It does make hair shine, have more volume and have improved moisture within in.

The other part of her article reviewing the Wen Cleansing Conditioner was analyzing how to use the product according to the bottle. She seemed to be only really apprehensive about the amount of product recommended to use the Wen Cleansing Conditioner, but Chaz Dean has told customers that he recommends a larger number of pumps of the product because the product must be massaged on the hair and the scalp. He additionally stated he recommends more product to be used each wash since the Wen Cleansing Conditioner is both a shampoo and a condition in one go. It’s important to note that the number of pumps depends on how long the hair is as well. Short hair needs ten to sixteen pumps of the Wen product. Medium or long hair needs between sixteen to thirty-two pumps of the Wen Cleansing Conditioner.

If you feel the time is right for you to try Wen you can purchase a bottle of it today from the Wen website, the Chaz Dean Salon, QVC or Sephora.

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How QNET And SHARP Are Changing The World

SHARP is known for its innovations in technology. Specifically, technological innovations concerning developments which facilitate buyers’ health and wellness. Increasing one of either increases the other. I think the phrase “laughter is the best medicine” has become a proverb transcending language, because its truth is universal: a positive outlook will allow a person to hang onto life better than almost anything else. Meanwhile, having a strong constitution ensures a more positive outlook. But in countries where things like pollution have saturated the streets so seriously masks must be worn to and from work, health and wellness become difficult to come by. This is increasingly the case in Hong Kong. Though economically the city has become a roiling juggernaut of increase, part of that increase comes at the expense of industrial fallout: namely, smog. As a result, companies like SHARP of Japan have developed products designed to purify air, and inculcate health. Their new product is the Plasma Cluster Air Purifier.

SHARP has partnered with QNET in releasing this device, because QNET has an exceptionally large market to whom it caters. The cobranding of SHARP’s Plasma Cluster Air Purifier stands to make it instantly recognizable and appealing. Furthermore, QNET’s central location in Hong Kong puts it smack-dab in the middle of a market for which air-purification is in high demand. Finally, QNET has a long history of successfully purveying health and wellness products internationally.

QNET began being an industry leader in 1998, and has since expanded from its home locale of Hong Kong to Saudi Arabia, Iran, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Taiwan, The Philippines, Thailand, and Sri Lanka–just to name a few. QNET also has presence in many other countries. With such a spread as that across the Asian market, a market with some of the densest populations in all the world, it’s easy to see why SHARP would strategically choose to partner itself with QNET: there’s an established buyer base that will statistically yield sales over time. Additionally, QNET is known as one of the world’s most quickly expanding and largest online sales options.

Reasons like these are keeping investors closely monitoring the progress of QNET and SHARP, and I think it’s easy to see why: both groups are offering sustainable living solutions at affordable prices to communities with a high demand for just these kinds of innovations. Expect the SHARP-QNET Plasma Cluster Air Purifier to make a noteworthy impact across the region.

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Yeonmi Park’s Freedom from the North Korean Dictatorship.

Yeonmi Park is an activist, who was born in the North Korean city of Hyesan near the Chinese border. During her childhood, she experienced a harsh life including King Jong-il’s cruel dictatorship. Yeonmi’s father was a hard working employee of the ruling party. Living in North Korea was demanding, so he had to smuggle metal to get some extra income to support his family, but he was later arrested and sentenced to work in the labor camp for seventeen years. His family was also marginalized as part of his punishment, and life became unbearable for them.
At the age of thirteen, Yeonmi and her mother fled from their homeland to China at night through the frozen river of Yalu. Her elder sister had escaped first to the north since she could not endure the punitive state they that they lived. The two needed a lot of courage to dodge the border guards. They arrived China safely but did not apparently know what to do next. Their joy at that moment was that they had left the harsh environment.

The primary goal of Yeonmi and her mother was to find their way to freedom, which was far than they had imagined. After they had arrived China, they were kidnapped by human traffickers and suffered for two years. Yeonmi’s watched her mother being violated when she tried to stop the criminals from raping her. Their captures sold Yeonmi as a sex slave at 260 dollars, but her master later set her free and joined her parents. Her father had also fled North Korea to be with his family in China, but he then passed on due to untreated colon cancer.

Yeonmi and her mother were affected by this misfortune, but they carried on with their quest for freedom. They crossed the Gobi desert on foot to the Mongolian Border while using the stars as their only guidance and had to persevere the freezing temperatures. They later managed to get to South Korea by plane. Yeonmi wrote and released a book on called “In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom,” which gives her traumatic tale. She is currently an activist and studies criminal justice in South Korea. Yeonmi’s intelligence is remarkable for a 22 years old girl, and she has had an opportunity to address people in North Korea at the United Nations Human Rights Conference which will likely be trending on YouTube.

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Visual Search Engine Changing How Companies Interact with their Clients

The Facebook’s Chairman and CEO, Marc Zuckerberg has recently shown a keen interest in the image recognition technology during the recent annual developer conference. He outlined that the company is committed to developing social network’s artificial intelligence plans aimed at building systems that have a better perception than people. He then demonstrated the already complete image recognition technology which helped the blind to “see” what goes on in a picture and explain it loud.

Image recognition technology is making progress to programs that are meant to help the visually impaired, make safety features for cars and extracting business insights from socially shared photos. The upcoming LDV Vision Summit already in its third year will focus mainly on the impact of image recognition in our society even though the conference is primarily dedicated to content analysis, visual tech, VR and cameras and medical imaging.

The advancement in the computer vision technology nowadays has created new opportunities in analyzing images and impacting in every business vertical. The technology is cutting across different industries including automobile, advertising, and the augmented reality.

It is already being used on other forms of artificial intelligence such as gaming, natural language procession and bioinformatics. One of the reasons this field has progressed is the expansion of open-source, more affordable computing and user-friendly programming tools.

It is evident that artificial intelligence is changing the way we think about computers, and it is the next big thing. The range of uses and technology tools to be produced will depend on how exactly the different tools will work and ways the business will adopt them as a way to offer image tech to the world. Currently, the world is grappling with various image technology systems because difference companies make them and yet they can’t integrate. For instance, Google’s TensorFlow is different from Facebook’s DeepFace and Microsoft’s Project Oxford.

Other companies such as Slyce are focused on developing market oriented visual search technology to help brands and retailers to interact with their customers much better. Slyce has already made deals with different brands to develop the technology for their products as the visual search technology advances in the market. Slyce is being recognized as the leader in the visual search industry making tremendous gains in connecting companies with their consumers. The same technology is being pursued by large corporations such as Google and Microsoft making 2016 the year of breakthrough in the world for visual search and image recognition.

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George Soros Notes Similarities Between China’s Economy And The U.S. Economic Crisis

Recently, George Soros noted that China’s economy, which is fueled by debt, is similar to the United States economy prior to the 2007/2008 crisis. According to Soros, the country’s credit growth on registered in the month of March should be taken as warning sign. This situation portrays that the government is prioritizing growth over the management of debt. The surge in the new credit enabled China’s economy to register impressive growth in March, thus causing the rebound of the property sector. George Soros noted this situation was registered in the United States between 2005 an 2006.

Soros said that the money provided by the banks is required to keep loss-making businesses afloat. Lately, Soros has been caught in a war of words with the Chinese administration on owing to his views concerning China’s economy. Early this year, Soros pointed out that he has been betting against the Asian currencies. This is because the likeliness of a hard landing in China was extremely high. Xinhua, a state run news agency refuted this claim in an editorial noting that he had made similar predictions in the recent past.

Additionally, Soros asserted that the most banks in the country have more loans as opposed to deposits. The country is also facing challenges with both the asset side and the liabilities side. According to him, banks were lending to each other. According to George Soros, this situation was aggravating the instability and uncertainty concerns. He also added that the country was deferring the problem, thus increasing the risks of economic crisis.

Soros is not the only person who is concerned with China’s borrowing. Andrew Colquhoun, Fitch Ratings’ head of Asia Pacific sovereigns on, noted that what is driving the economy at present might end up derailing it in the future. He said this during an interview in New York where he also added that they were losing confidence in the Chinese government’s dedication to structural reforms. However, HSBC Holdings Plc’s, Qu Hongbin, thinks that concern about China’s economy are overblown. In a speech, Ma Jun, the central bank’s research bureau chief economist noted that recent growth in real estate investment, industrial value addition, and producer price indicate a better economic outlook.
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About George Soros
George Soros is the founder of the Soros Fund management as well as the Open Society Foundations. He was born in Hungary in 1930. George Soros fled to England in 1947 during World War II. In England, Soros went to the London School of Economics before settling in the U.S. where he made a big fortune through Soros Fund Management. Soros has been an active philanthropist since 1979. He has helped and supported different initiatives through his own funds. Soros is an author and has written over twelve books including 2014’s, The Tragedy of the European Union.

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Helane Morrison: An asset to the corporate world

You may have heard of the many struggles revolved around the corporate world. One of the largest issues is running a company that complies with rules and policies. Chief compliance officers are appointed all around the world, but finding one who makes sure the business is being run fairly is the true challenge. In a recent online article, it talked about the apprehension experienced by Compliance Officers concerning their liabilities, should they be guilty of corporate misconduct. Helane Morrison is a woman of many roles revolved around the guidelines within a company, who really makes a statement with the quality of her work.

Known for being associated with Hall Capital Partners LLC, Helane has made it a point to help manage the issues we see today in the corporate world. Not only is she a Chief Compliance Officer, but she is also is a Managing Director and General Counsel. Located in San Francisco, CA this investment firm is an established well known one. Ms. Morrison is also a member of the Board of Regional Parks Foundation, among other groups.

Helane Morrison also works as director to the SEC, serving Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Alaska, Idaho and northern Nevada. She has an agressive agenda to finding flaws within a CCO’s responsibilities and is the first woman to earn this role. Morrison works hard to fix any problems regarding policy with a company and has conducted several major investigations. Helane is known to be fair, tough and someone who is helping the corporate world immensely. She has worked enough positions to know the ins and outs of running a company and what is acceptable. She is a force to be reckoned with an an asset to the corporate world.

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