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How would the business world survive without the contribution and the brains of the great private equity investor Steve Murray? This question was lingering in the minds of businesspersons that recognized Murray and his contributions in the investment industry when they received the news about his death.

Steve Murray is the immediate former president and chief executive office of the CCMP Capital. He had been occupying this position since 2007. He stepped into the shoes of the former president Jeff Walker. Before he became the president of CCMP Capital, he had been working with the previous CCMP Capital companies for over eighteen years. One of the companies that he was working for the JP Morgan Partners before it spun out to form CCMP Capital.

In addition, Steve’s contribution in the CCMP Capital as the president will continue to be felt forever. Just before his exit from the company, he managed to raise over $3.6 billion for the Corporation on Crunchbase. The move catapulted him to international recognition, and he was listed in the coveted SEC Filings courtesy of this accomplishments.

Moreover, Murray has been a committed investor in the private equity firms as he has been serving as a chair and a member of various boards of different companies. Some of the boards that will miss the contributions and the wisdom of this great investor include the Jetro JMDH Holdings, Octagon, Infogroup, Aramark, Warner Chilcott, and Crestcom International among others. The legacy he left in these companies will live forever, and the other members will really feel his absence.

Read more: CCMP’s Murray dead at 52

Murray had a strong value for the family set up. He was a family man as he had a wife and children. According to his colleagues, his wife and children meant the world to him, and he would do anything in his power to protect them.

You cannot talk about Steve Murray and fail to mention the friendship he shared with his colleagues. The current chairperson of the CCMP Capital says that he has lost a dear friend. Moreover, the ability to form relationships with people in the line of his business made him a great salesperson and a dealmaker.

Despite his great success in the investment world, it is unfortunate that Steve Murray had to leave without notice at his tender age of 52 years. His demise has caused so much pain and anguish to not only his wife and children but to the entire world. He has left a legacy that would influence generations after generations.

Learn more about Steve Murray: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephen-murray-ba834346

David J. Osio is a reputable businessperson, he tries to impact the world positively through his consistent philanthropic efforts. His reputation primarily lies in his support for art, medical research, music as well as the community. For the last two decades, David Osio, a reputable financial counsel expert, has consistently been collaborating with several non-profit agencies whose cause betters people’s life, art, culture, and music in the communities where he establishes a business.

David J. Osio continues to expand his profound support for charitable causes on an international scale. Noticeably, Osio has been supporting the Miami Symphony Orchestra (MSO) where he has been serving as a board member. Osio, who is the Davos Financial Group CEO, acknowledges how rewarding it is for such iconic foundations to remain operational on his funds to bring joy to the community. Internationally, Osio has been supporting The Children’s Orthopedic Foundation for a long time where he has traditionally been sponsoring EPK events, year after year. Learn more: http://www.ktvn.com/story/32593570/financial-advisor-david-j-osio-increases-philanthropic-support-on-a-global-scale

Osio believes that even the smallest bit of help counts in regards to children’s medical research. According to him, it would be great if someday those who are fortunate enough will make the financial difference count positively. Osio is well known as the CEO of a firm, which he founded, Davos Financial Group advisory group. Osio, with his excellent leadership skills, has led the company and positioned it strategically in both domestic and global markets.

Osio has also significantly made donations to other organizations such as UMA Foundation, Wayuu Taya Foundation as well as the Fundana Foundation. Osio plays a significant role in supporting the arts by giving funds to the Miami’s Saludarte Foundation of Art. With all these donations and charity activities, Osio has been internationally awarded and recognized.

David J. Osio is the financier who founded the Davos Financial Group (DFG). As the CEO of his firm, David Osio is primarily responsible for both local and global strategies. Over the past two decades, Osio has managed to transform the DFG into a global firm, which has existing offices in the primary financial centers throughout the world. Osio graduated magna cum laude as a lawyer in 1988 with honors from the Caracas’ Catholic University Andres Bello.

Osio made his debut in the career in Venezuela at Legal Desk MGO, as a Director. He strived to provide the multinational clients such as Consolidated Bank and Ferro with reliable legal advice. Around ten years later, between 1996 and 1998, Osio completed a specialization at IESA (Institute of Higher Administration Studies) in Caracas. In 2010, Osio attended the New York Institute of Finance to study Management Investment Portfolios.

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Dick DeVos has earned a lot of money over his lifetime, but his pride in owning that wealth is not merely manifested in what he owns. Rather, his pride is in how much he has given to local charities and non-profit organizations. Dick, along with the rest of the DeVos family, have run businesses very successfully, churning profits even in markets that have been relatively unfriendly. But they have taken the money they’ve made and given it to local organizations such as hospitals, museums, law enforcement agencies, and various political think tanks. While the exact money they’ve given out over the years is unknown, it was recently discovered that they gave out about $94 million in the year 2014.

 

 Dick DeVos was born in 1955, the son of Amway founder Richard DeVos. Amway was one of the first major direct selling companies to take off, and Dick learned a lot about the family business from his father growing up. After graduating from college, Dick went to work at the business, and soon became a vice president in the executive wing. Dick helped Amway tap into new markets and find open doors overseas, and when he became CEO in 1993, he had set up operations in over 50 countries worldwide. He ran Amway for 10 years till he stepped down in 2002 and joined the Windquest Group.

 

 Dick and his wife Betsy started their own foundation, the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation that has been the driver for local Grand Rapids Charities. Among the organizations that they’ve given to have been think tanks such as the American Family Council, the Education Freedom Fund, and other constitutional organizations. The cause that may be closest to their hearts is education, as they have fought hard for school of choice options, and have even helped establish a charter school in western Michigan.

 

 Both Dick and Betsy have served at the state’s Republican Party, with Betsy being the former chair at one time. Dick DeVos attempted to run for governor in 2006, only to be defeated by Jennifer Granholm, but he had become a known conservative figure following that race. Eventually he was able to get some conservative legislation passed including a right-to-work law in 2012. When he isn’t too busy, you might find Dick flying a plane, or possibly sailing a boat in the Chicago-Mackinac race.

According to an article in Galore Magazine, a prominent fashion and beauty publication, Doe Deere is making waves in the beauty industry—and there’s no slowdown in sight.

Russian-born and New York City-raised, Doe Deere is the CEO and founder of Lime Crime Cosmetics, the self-proclaimed “Makeup for Unicorns” brand that has become wildly popular amongst cosmetics connoisseurs since its inception in 2008.

In an interview with Doe, Galore Magazine delves into the entrepreneur’s journey from early eBay merchant to self-made business executive. As a creative and artistic child with an insatiable taste for color and self expression, Doe’s interest in bright, statement-making cosmetics began at an early age.

With the internet on her side, Doe gained almost instant recognition and popularity for her unconventional taste in makeup. What began as online postings of bright, colorful makeup looks quickly evolved into the birth of a universally adored cosmetics brand, known for its bright, vibrant, and completely cruelty-free beauty products.

That’s right: all of Lime Crime’s makeup is 100% vegan, free of animal products from the drawing board to the shelves. Overseeing all product development, Doe ensures that her own animal-loving values carry through in her brand, its products, and its consumers, setting standards for the beauty industry in a world where the demand for cruelty-free products is growing rapidly.

In her interview with Galore, Doe discusses the ups and downs of running a primarily internet-based company. She loves the advantage of the internet when it comes to customer feedback: the brand-consumer connection is a huge priority for Lime Crime, so receiving feedback on social media is invaluable.

And as for the drawbacks, Doe takes them in stride. She says that the biggest disadvantage of high internet involvement is the propensity for misinformation to spread by way of the web, but she acknowledges that any successful company has to deal with this obstacle. Doe says that she uses internet hate as fuel for the growth and improvement of herself, her company, and her products.

Named one of Self-Made Magazine’s Top Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs, Doe inspires makeup wearers everywhere to different, be proud, and defy expectations. She aims to be a role model for other ladies with dreams of building their own business around what they love.

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Marc Sparks is a renowned entrepreneur and venture capitalist based in Dallas, Texas. His career has not only influenced economic change, but has also touched the social life among many people. Marc is a philanthropist and an inspiring author who has sold thousands of copies of his book They Can’t Eat You.

He has owned a series of business and most of his energy has been invested in the telecommunications industry. Marc has championed the creation of programs that have helped to inspire emerging entrepreneurs to set bigger goals. Read more: Marc Sparks (Author of They Can’t Eat You) – Goodreads

In the spirit of encouraging financial growth and entrepreneurial culture, Marc Sparks has emerged as a successful venture capitalist. He has been giving startup capital to businesses that hold big prospects for the future. Although this is a highly speculative attempt, he has been quite successful and most of the businesses he has supported have grown into market leaders.

The path to success

In his book They Can’t Eat You, Marc Sparks describes his rugged journey to success and how clinging on to the never-say-die attitude has helped him to achieve his goals. His main goal in this publication is to motivate others to enter the business world if one has a solid idea that can be implemented.

He also points out some of the drawbacks that trigger failure among upcoming entrepreneurs and how to handle such challenges. Marc Sparks concludes that anyone can succeed if the right path is followed. Read more: Marc Sparks – Profile – Disqus

Extending a hand of love
Marc Sparks believes philanthropy is an action that supports the uplifting of others in the society so as to achieve overall growth in a community. He does not believe in keeping all wealth he earns for himself. Therefore, he is an active donor in Dallas and he supports a program that helps the needy to pursue diplomas. Marc Sparks not only donates money to these programs, but he also offers his time to mentor young individuals who he believes will be the future entrepreneurs.

About Spark Tank

Lynne, who has been working with Marc Sparks in many projects, brought up an idea to create a program that would harvest ‘out of the box’ suggestions from social service entrepreneurs. This idea was advanced to form Spark Tank, which has been seeking applicants in the social service industry to present their unique ideas that can trigger social success.

The program is open and the application window will close on July 15, 2016. The program is structured like a competition that will be looking for the strongest idea. There are several panelists who will review all applications to determine the finalists.

The finalists will get a chance to present their ideas before the Spark Tank panel on a date that will be communicated later.

Learn more about Marc Sparks:

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/marcsparks
http://sparktankdfw.com/

Investment banking is a special branch of banking that plays a very major role in the world of investment. Various entities that include governments, companies, financial institutions among others turn to investment banks when they need some form of capital investment. However, investment banks do not take customer deposits or provide their clients with commercial loans.

Apart from their role in providing capital, investment banks provide assistance and guidance in merger and acquisition transactions, the sale of securities, underwriting new debt and equity securities and the issue and placement of stock.

To work in the investment banking sector, one needs to have adequate training as an investment banker. An investment banker should be well versed with the latest on the current investment climate. They should be in a position to offer their clients the right kind of advice and provide them with recommendations that accurately fit the current state of economic affairs.

More people are training to become investment bankers as the career is considered very prestigious in today’s world. However, it is not as simple as many people think. The career is heavily dependent on various virtues such as patience, and skills that include observation, communication, problem-solving and interpersonal skills. These skills go a long way in ensuring the success of an investment banker.

Among the most successful bankers is Martin Lustgarten. Lustgarten is a Florida-based investment banker and entrepreneur. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of a successful investment banking firm, Lustgarten Martin. His leadership skills have helped propel the company to the top of the list of the best investment banking firms in the country.

Martin has a wealth of experience in the industry and has come to be one of the most trusted investment bankers. Apart from his role as a leader, Lustgarten is a lover and collector of vintage items. He collects items such as watches and cars, which he later sells.

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Coriant is a technology based company that specializes in developing networking solutions for the business world that is forever evolving, and has recently been making the transition into a cloud enabled business model. Coriant serves its clients by offering help in creating new revenue generating services that are specially tailored for the demands of business and consumer applications, to include cloud, mobile, and video. Together Coriant serves leading industry network operators in over 100 countries. They serve clients that range from government agencies to even financial institutions.

Coriant was founded in 2013 and has headquarters in both Munich and Naperville, Germany and in the United States. They are officially classified as being apart of the telecommunications industry. The company consist of about a total of 3,000 employees who serve their clients by offering intelligent network management, integrated optical planning solutions, packet optical transport solutions, MSSP solutions, edge routing solutions, and many more other services. They are organized under their parent company, Marlin Equity Partners. Coriant originally was part of the Transmission Technology department of Siemens which is also based in Munich, Germany. Coriant became independent of Nokia Siemens in 2013 under the ownership of Marlin Equity Partners. Sycamore which was also acquired by Marlin Equity in January of that same year will operate as Coriant America Inc, headquartered in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

The current CEO of Coriant, Shaygan Kheradpir, is a business and technology executive who was born in London, and grew up in Iran, but managed to receive a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University here in the United States. Before he became the CEO of Coriant, Kheradpir had previously held positions of executive power at GTE, Verizon, Barclays, and Juniper Networks.

His first job was GTE in 1987, and in 2000 GTE merged with Bell Atlantic to form what is now Verizon where he initially served as president of the e-business division, before becoming Verizon’s first Chief Technology Officer. In 2011 Kheradpir went on the join Barclay’s as Chief Operating Officer. Three years later in 2014 he left Barclay’s to join Juniper Networks as CEO. Following his tenure at Juniper Networks, Kheradpir became the CEO of Coriant, where he continues to develop the company into a leader in the telecommunications industry.

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