Mr. Andrew Wirth, also known as Andy, is the elected Chairman of RASC- The Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Corp. Andy is the CEO and President of Squaw Valley Ski. Squaw Valley Ski (SVS) is the parent company of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski resorts in Northern CA, northwest of Tahoe City. In the past, Andy Wirth is influential and played a major role to facilitate connections between the Reno-Tahoe International Airport air service with JetBlue Airlines from JFK airport. Recently, additional connections have been established including Alaska Airlines and other locations. Wirth has been in the mountain resort and hoteling industry for over 20 years.
Andy is featured in CBS’s UNDERCOVER Boss in Season 4, Episode 11. This Emmy- award reality TV show talks about corporate execs that secretly take on entry-level or lower level jobs to find out how things really work in the corporation and more importantly, what their employees think of them.
Andy is truly a remarkable man, that doesn’t give up easily. He is an avid cyclist, an avid skydiver, runner and a long time triathlete despite having an injured arm from a skydiving incident and staying in the hospital for three months for his injured arm. During this three-month period, he spent nearly 50 days in the hospital and had 21 surgeries—with over 30 hours in the operating room. When one thinks of Andy Wirth, inspiration is the word that comes to mind.
Mr. Wirth is a recipient to multiple awards both on the personal and professional level. In 2014, he was awarded the City of the Year by Disabled Sports USA Far West as City of the Year. he is also the recipient of the Community Five award (www.highfivesfoundation.org).
It’s not often that you run into a financial wizard like Raj Fernando. Starting his career in 1991, he has spent the last 25 years working his way up to the top of his field and creating an empire out of Chopper Trading, the company he founded in 2002, and working for the good of the public as a philanthropist. Currently working as the chief executive officer of Scoutahead, Fernando continues to prove himself to be a champion of the financial arts. There simply aren’t many stories out there are vibrant and inspiring as his story has proven to be.
Starting out as a volunteer at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Raj Fernando worked his way up the ladder at that company and at the Chicago Board of Trade. Using the experience and skill he gained there, he founded Chopper Trading in 2002. Under his leadership the company staff grew to include 250 employees and traded on the likes of Nasdaq, Eurex, and Cantor Fitzgerald-espeed. While working at Chopper Trading, Fernando was also busy working for the US Commodity Trading Futures Commission promoting ethical business practices within the American commodities market. Last year Raj Fernando sold Chopper Trading to DRW Trading Group.
This year Fernando founded a new internet startup he deemed Scoutahead. Focusing on improving professional growth and productivity through better, secure communication, the company looks to be yet another smashing success for Fernando. With his track record of determination and financial talent Scoutahead is certain to surge ahead of its competition.
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Eric Pulier is an entrepreneur, author, technologist, public speaker, philanthropist, and columnist. He is credited with the success of more than 15 companies. He has similarly helped raise millions of dollars on behalf of firms that he has either founded or co-founded. Despite his busy schedule, Eric has managed to excel in all his roles. As a result of his success, the Los Angeles resident has managed to become a force to reckon with in the corporate world.
US Interactive, Media Platform, Digital Evolution, ServiceMesh, and Akana are some of the technology firms that Eric has founded or helped co-found. In recent years, he has been making forays into the financial services industry with ventures such as Trident Capital and Monitor Ventures. In addition, Eric Pulier has been making significant investments in a number of seed level startups, more so in technology and media. What stands out from his business endeavors is their ability to attract financial backing.
Eric had the opportunity to be part of Bill Clinton and Al Gore’s “Bridge to the 21st Century” campaign, which was used to commemorate their second inauguration. Eric helped organize a multi-day event, which was held in Washington, D.C. He was similarly tasked with the role of explaining the importance of the event. He managed to showcase the significance of exponential technologies to healthcare, space exploration, and education. Upon completing these roles successfully, Eric was appointed to the Center for Telecommunications Management’s board where he served for four years. Due to his extensive experience in the field of technology, he helped CTM to build a vibrant telecoms community.
Eric has distinguished himself as one of the most prolific members of America’s philanthropic community. His charitable endeavors mainly focus on how emergent technologies can be used to address problems that bedevil underprivileged communities. He has benefitted hundreds of physically impaired children across the world. In the past, he was involved in efforts aimed at raising awareness about Multiple Sclerosis. The US Doctors for Africa honored him in 2010 due to the role that he has been playing in incorporating technological innovation in the provision of healthcare to local communities in Africa.
James Dondero has recently become the topic of media attention because of his decision to partner with the Dallas Foundation in Dallas, Texas. The businessman, who is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Highland Capital Management, briefly discussed his new partnership with the non-profit organization during an interview with a prominent business magazine. During his interview, Dondero discussed his desire to partner with the Dallas Foundation in an effort to further the philanthropic goals of Highland Capital Management. Dondero expressed his sincere pleasure that he was in a position to assist the Dallas Foundation with their published financial goals.
James Dondero has always expressed an interest in partnerships with non-profit organizations. His agreement with the Dallas Foundation has been mutually beneficial for Highland Capital Management and the non-profit organization. For Dondero, partnership with the Dallas Foundation is the realization of several philanthropic goals the businessman had set for himself. During his interview with the business magazine, Dondero stated that he strongly desired to fund organizations and programs that helped American citizens achieve financial independence and economic freedom. Since the Dallas Foundation is known for the economic service it provides to the Dallas community, Dondero’s partnership with this organization was a great achievement for him.
After establishing a legitimate financial strategy with the Dallas Foundation, James Dondero began to focus on setting budgets for the allocation of funds in the partnership. Dondero aims to allocate a large portion of funds towards the prevention of homelessness in the Dallas community. An estimated one in eight families in the Dallas area will experience homelessness at some point in life. Through his philanthropic efforts, Dondero hopes to drastically reduce those affected by homelessness in Dallas and surrounding areas. By partnering with the Dallas Foundation, Dondero has access to families who are facing extreme circumstances and seek help from the non-profit foundation. Dondero hopes to assist the Dallas Foundation in its effort to eliminate most of the poverty in the Dallas area through the use of various programs and initiaves designed to assist the families in ending their current emergencies and establishing security in life. More information regarding James Dondero’s partnership with the Dallas Foundation can be found here.
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DIVERSANT LLC is one of the most accomplished African-American owned company offering exception IT staffing solutions. The New Jersey-headquartered firm has offices in other regions such as California, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Georgia, New York, as well as Texas. It has experienced a dramatic growth even during economic downturn. It has created an incredible reputation, particularly for the numerous Fortune 500 companies.
DIVERSANT LLC focuses on coming up with lasting solutions for the challenges it encounters in the information and technology sector. It uses a consultative approach that involves engaging the customers as business partners. It develops products and solutions geared towards meeting special needs of clients. Diversity and entrepreneurial culture are essential recipes to the company’s success. It promotes a culture of diversity in the American workplaces.
DIVERSANT LLC has created a dynamic portfolio of services and solutions that have transformed it into a technology giant. It offers services such as direct hire, IT staffing augmentation, and revolutionary diversity services. It adheres to high standards of the professional code of conduct.
John Goullet, the innovative leader
John Goullet is a brilliant and ambitious leader in the IT staffing sector. He started his career as an IT staffing executive and chose to establish his company called Info Technologies in 1994. He used his company to study and understand the corporate climate and IT staffing demands of his customers, then leveraging the work style and personalities of his consultants to meet the client needs. Goullet transformed Info Technologies into one of the greatest IT staffing and award-winning firm.
Education and early career
John Goullet attended the Ursinus College and earned an undergraduate and master’s degree in computer science. From 1981 to 1983, he was an employee of Lyndhurst, NJ-based Computer Science Corp. Between 1983 and 1986; he worked at The Constell Group headquartered in the Piscataway, NJ. He worked briefly with Bridgewater, NJ-based Information Services. From 1990 to 1994, Goullet was an employee of The Constell Gemini America based in Edison, NJ. Today, Goullet is the Principal Executive of DIVERSANT LLC., a prominent IT staffing company formed after the merger of Goullet’s info Technologies and Waddy’s Diversant Inc.
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Mike Baur is a Swiss entrepreneur with extensive experience and expertise in the banking industry. He has worked in the banking sector for around 20 years, and this has inevitably led his becoming one of the well-known entrepreneurs. While working in the banking industry, Mike Baur spearheaded several developments in various banks that enabled to grow and build their strong client base. He left the banking sector and ventured into the world of developing start-ups. His exit from the banking industry led to him co-founding Swiss Startup Factory with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer. This was in the year 2014. The factory as successfully made a name for itself in the world of start-ups.
The company was established with the sole purpose of developing young companies. It helps start-ups achieve their goals and objectives. The factory brings together managers and owners of start-ups to share and exchange business ideas. To build start-ups, the company has developed a three-month program. The program takes place in three stages and involves the offering of office equipment, mentorship from well-established entrepreneurs and financial services such as loans and financial management. As part of this program, the factory ensures that it partners with like-minded individuals.
It partners with companies and entrepreneurs who are willing to help start-up companies. Some of these businesses and mentors Goldbach Group, Y&R Group Switzerland, the CEO of Blueglass Raphael Bienz and the chief executive officer of PhytoNet, Dr. Cem Aydogan. These institutions and individuals have offered immense help to start-ups and have worked with them even after stabilizing and growing. Baur, recently partnered with CTI Invest through the factory. This partnership will help steer the company into expanding its services. He was made the deputy managing director of CTI Invest. Through this, start-ups will access coaching from these top entrepreneurs and also financial management services.
The factory will offer young entrepreneurs an opportunity to interact with the very best there are in the field and in the end they will be in a position to build themselves as successful entrepreneurs. The swissstartupfactory.com offers one a deep insight into the factory and what it offers. The website also offers one a quick look into the career life of its founders. Through Mindcast Episode Baur offers entrepreneurs business tips to ensure that their start-ups grow and develop to be successful. It is based on an interview that was conducted early in the year. Swiss Startup Factory is an excellent avenue and platform for developing any startup.