Stephen Murray helps grow CCMP Capital from the ground up

Stephen Murray was the former CEO and Co-Founder of CCMP Capital,an investment firm on wall street that specializes in buyout and growth equity. He had been with the company for 16 years before retiring in February 2015 due to health concerns. He later died in March of 2015 in the comfort of his West Village Town home. Stephen Murray started his career with MH Corporation when he got accepted into the credit analyst training program. Once he completed the training program he joined MH Equity Corporation which later merged with JP Morgan Partners. He helped close major equity funds that lead to him being promoted to head of the buyout business. In 2006 CCMP Capital was established and became a spin-out of JP Morgan. The company became very successful, with a closing of a $3.4 billion buyout and growth equity fund only one year later. After, the deal was closed they named Stephen Murray CEO of CCMP Capital.

A majority of their buyouts and growth equity funds are located in North America and Europe. The company has four main types of industries they invest in, which include consumer/retail, industrial, healthcare, and chemicals/energy. Consumer and retail is the leading investment compared to the other three industries with an estimate of $7.6 billion. CCMP Capital is ranked #17 among the world’s largest private equity funds. In late 2014 CCMP Capital closed a $3.6 billion buyout and growth equity fund with the help of Stephen Murray CCMP Capital and Greg Brennerman. Greg Brennerman has taken over as CEO and president of CCMP. As of today, there is rumors of CCMP Capital considering selling their stake in the major European Health Chain Pure Gym. No one has confirmed this statement yet.

Former CEO, Stephen Murray served on numerous boards for major companies that they are in business with such as AMC Entertainment, Cabela’s, and The Vitamin Shoppe. He was also a supporter of Make-a-Wish (he was a member of the Chairman’s Council), Boston College (which he was the Vice Chairman of the board of trustees), the Food Bank, Stamford Museum, and Columbia Business School. Stephen Murray started with the company back before it was even a billion dollar company, and helped close several major equity funds. He helped create what is now known as CCMP Capital, a multi-billion dollar company.

20 Kinds Of Beneful Chopped Blends Premium Foods To Choose From

Dogs are smart animals, but they can’t make it without an informed pet owner that buys the right foods that they need. Stay informed on what pet food companies put in their ingredients by reading the packaging and doing your own independent research on their practices. There’s an article that I found just recently from the Daily Herald’s website. I found it while conducting my own independent research on pet food companies, and I would like to bring it to your attention because most dog owners are concerned about what companies do to make their dog foods.

The article chiefly addressed the premium dog food companies out there, like Beneful. Apparently, the premium companies have much higher standards and practices, so they purchase high quality ingredients, which cost them more to find. This is a good reason that it is worth paying a little more for your pet food. Beneful pays more for their high quality ingredients, so I am willing to pay a little more for their food because my dog’s health is my main concern. I made the choice to buy my dog and bring him home, so I am also choosing to provide for him like a responsible pet owner by buying Beneful.

I bring Beneful home whenever I come back from the pet store. I give my dog a few different options each week. I’ve been trying out some of Beneful‘s Chopped Blends with my dog, and he likes them a lot so far. He has tried about a dozen of their Chopped Blends types, and Beneful has 20 kinds of Chopped Blends altogether, so there are plenty more options to choose from. I think that he responded best to the Chopped Blends that is made with real beef out of all the ones we have tried so far. I’m interested to see how he likes the Chopped Blends made with salmon because he has never had fish before. Beneful Dry Food Original also comes in a variety made with salmon. The article from the Daily Herald on premium dog food companies can be found here.

 

No Tax on Women’s Feminine Hygiene Products

 

Women’s feminine hygiene products, such as tampons and pads, have been taxed for years, and women all over the United States are tired of it. The anger is based on the fact that sales tax is calculated on supposed “nonessential items”, and women’s feminine hygiene products are not something that they can go without. The sales tax revenue that states earn from women who have to buy the products on a monthly basis is in the millions. The question arises whether this taxation has occurred because of the vast majority of male lawmakers through the years who have no understanding of a woman’s period essential.

The movement to stop the taxation of feminine hygiene products has also brought up the struggles of women and girls in poverty in nations like Brazil where Sergio Cortes is from who often cannot afford these basic necessities, which are not covered by government benefits. The emotional effects of not having basic hygiene products can be devastating due to the embarrassment arising from blood leaking through a woman’s clothing when she cannot afford pads or tampons. Now, many women’s organizations have come together to help give poor women back their dignity by handing out pads and tampons to homeless women in need.

2016 New York Real Estate Predictions

The 2016 predictions for the New York, real estate market, were recently discussed in an article in the Daily News. Interest rates are predicted to increase which will result in lower sale prices for homes. Fewer potential homebuyers will purchase homes if interest rates rise. House negotiations will be more difficult and take longer because buyers will expect more concessions from the seller. There will also be more focus on homes in prime locations as homebuyers search to make the best deal. Homebuyers will require more than just one visit to the property and will take longer to sign contracts and may seek out the opinions of numerous advisors before moving forward with the purchase. Serious sellers will adapt to the new market changes, but unrealistic sellers will miss the market, and their homes will not sell until they make price cuts. Retirees and empty nesters will play a significant role in the housing market as they sell their family homes to downsize or relocate to be closer to grandchildren and their homes will add to the inventory available for sale, or purchase a second home reducing market inventory. Real estate experts predict potential buyers in Brooklyn will be drawn to the new rental buildings offering incentives such as reduced rent and no application fee so they will choose to rent rather than buy a home. Inventory for luxury condos in Manhattan will continue to develop saturating the market with new buildings and giving homebuyers more options to choose.

Town Residential was founded six years ago in 2010 by Andrew Heiberger and is one of New Yorks leading real estate firms. The company specializes in luxury residential sales, leasing, marketing and leasing of property commercial and retail. Town Residential is a New York-based firm with ten offices in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn.

Town Residential deals with housing, condos, penthouses and co-operative buildings. The have buildings available in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Hamptons, Long Island and Florida. The firm has a strong team of professionals with an extensive knowledge of all aspects of real estate.

Brad Reifler Opens Doors To New Investors

Investing has long been considered to be something only done by those with incredible amounts of money. This is an unfortunate way of thinking because in reality the middle class and others are the ones who need to start investing more than anyone else. On his Twitter account Brad Reifler said that he saw this reality and thought that he might actually do something about it.

A big part of the reason why people felt that they would need a lot of money to invest is because this is the way in which the investing companies made them feel. They were not willing to take on new investors if they were not what is considered accredited, then the investment houses did not want to bother with them.

What Does “Accredited” Mean?

Brad explains in his Reuters articles that the term accredited in investing refers to someone who has either an annual income greater than $200,000 or someone with a net worth above $1 million. That is not something that most people are able to reach, but it is what the investment houses wanted to see with their investors. As you can probably tell, this kept many people from bothering with investing at all.

How Reifler Is Changing Things

Reifler saw that there was an opportunity to change the way in which people invest. His own father-in-law was not able to get involved in the markets in the ways that he wanted to. There were barriers put up that his father-in-law was having trouble hurdling over. That is when Reifler himself decided to open a new route for middle income investors.

Forefront Capital Is Here To Help

The good news for those who are interested in investing at this time is that options are available to them. That is to say that Forefront Capital is allowing those who are not accredited to get their money invested with them. They even want to make sure that the people who are investing with them understand what it is that they are getting their money in.

While Forefront wants to offer its investors the flexibility that the wealthier investors already have, they want to make sure that those who do invest with them understand what it is that they are putting their money into. After all, there is not much point in holding investments in something that you do not really understand. Forefront is a great option for those who are ready to finally getting started with investing.  You can read more about Forefront on MarketWired.  Otherwise there’s more information on Brad himself at his website.

George Soros Shares His Opinion Of Donald Trump

As Americans jump into a new presidential cycle, many candidates have sought the Republican and Democratic nominations for president. On the Democratic side, many people think that Hillary Clinton, senator, Secretary of State and former First Lady is probably going to get the nomination. On the Republican side of the aisle, many people think that many possible contenders may have a say including Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. Trump is perhaps the most controversial figure running in either party. Unlike many others who are seeking the nations highest public office, he has held no formal elected position in the United States before.

Many both abroad and in the United States do not regard his candidacy with great respect. His positions have been often quite controversial on many issues. One of his issues has been the issue of possible Islamic immigration to the United States. As Syria has faced many kinds of crisis, many Syrians have fled the region to other parts of the world. Many European nations have been faced with unexpected migration of large numbers of Muslim migrants to their nation, actions they have been unprepared to face. Some leaders have spoken out in favor of such immigration while others have taken the opposite viewpoint.

One observer with a foot in both Europe and the United States is Hungarian American billionaire George Soros. Soros grew up in post-war Hungary and made his way to the markets. He has enjoyed a great deal of success in the field of the stock market, allowing him to earn an impressive income and retire as one of the world’s richest men. His advice has been much sought after after his retirement. In a recent interview via Bloomberg TV, George Soros spoke to an audience at the world Economic Forum. He sees Trump’s views as both dangerous and possibly even seriously damaging to the interests of both the United States and Europe. He thinks that Trump’s view that we must keep out Muslim immigrants may harm all concerned.

Soros thinks that by suggesting that Muslims are unwanted in Europe and the United States, many Muslims may be tempted to join ISIS, a Muslim movement determined to establish a majority Muslim state in the Middle East. Muslims may think that moving to the United States or Europe is not an option for them, according to Soros. This may lead them to decide to join forces with ISIS because they feel this is the only way their voices will be heard and their interests represented in the world. Soros thinks that Trump needs to dial back his statements and reconsider his viewpoint on the matter of such immigration, especially if he is going to run for president.

Bernardo Chua- The Success behind Organo Gold

Bernardo Chua is a Philippine-born executive who has solid credentials when it comes to multi-level marketing. He has worked for a company known as Gano Excel as an executive. Chua was the co-founder of this company and took over the position of general manager in the year 1999-2003. He became a huge influence on this firm by expanding its branches overseas. The Gano Excel Company now has offices in Hong Kong, Canada and the United States. From this point, he relocated to California and took charge of the Gano Excel in U.S.A. Here, he became the president for five years (2003-2008).

This company majored in products that contained Ganoderma. In the year 2008, he came up with a group of companies known as Organo Gold. These organizations came up with the idea of selling healthy bioactive products that are rich in Ganoderma lucidium. The company, later on, changed its name to Organo in 2015. It has now become a household name in the sale of consumables.

Organo has now expanded and now serves customers in over 35 countries. Bernardo Chua is solely responsible for the success of this company. His recent venture of opening a branch in Turkey has brought him massive success. It has led to the unity of the operations in Asia, Europe, and Africa; hence, serving a wider range of customers. He has several skills in this field that make him stand out as a multi-level marketing executive. These skills include networking, marketing, management, strategy, and leadership.

Benefits of Organo Gold Products

Organo Gold Products are said to have very fruitful benefits to an individual after consumption. First of all, they help in the detection of hidden diseases. Apart from that, the products also help in the removal of excessive cholesterol and other toxins from an individual’s body. The products are derived from a product known as Ganoderma, which is regarded in China as the highest ranked herb. It is responsible for the formation of a strong and healthy body. This coffee is considered as the healthiest form by health experts since it does not contain unhealthy ingredients that may put an individual at risk.

Awards received

Bernardo Chua has received accolades in his career. These awards have crowned him as an established businessman with impressive credentials to match it. He received the Dangal ng Bayan Award, which is a very prestigious and renowned award. In addition to this honor, People’s Choice Awards nominated his company for two awards. It has also been ranked as the 55th biggest network company in the world.  Bernardo Chua is also responsible for expanding into Turkey recently.

‘’Merkel is key to solving the European Migrant Crisis’’ Billionaire George Soros

George Soros, a critic of the way German Chancellor Angel Merkel handled the euro crisis, has said that Merkel is key to solving the current migrant crisis. He says that Merkel had foreseen the problem that the migration crisis could create; breaking down the Schengen system of open borders and undermining the common market. Though she managed to convince and change the attitude of the public towards the refugees, her plan of resolving the issue was not properly prepared and has not resolved the issue. Instead it led to her loosing popularity even in her own party. Soros agrees that Merkel decision at that time could have been the right thing to do. But that does not change the fact that the whole Schengen agreement is under threat.

Though Merkel changed her decision on the issue and said that Germany has reached its limits in accepting refugees, she has defended her policy. According to Merkel, the decision to accept migrants had been “humanitarian imperative” when the crisis was at its peak. The change of heart was pushed by her party rebels who have been demanding that she close the borders or impose a regulation that will limit the number of refuges allowed into the country. Merkel has also been blamed for the tendency to delay decision making and only doing the bare minimum at the last minute.

According to Soros, with a better plan, movement of migrants can continue to take place in a safe and orderly manner and also at a pace that Europe can well be able to handle. The plan can also be extended beyond Europe’s borders hence it will be less disruptive and less expensive for the asylum seekers. Finances can be raised through the issue of Long-term bonds using the untapped AAA borrowing. The responsibility of repaying can then be divided among the member states that accept refugees.

He also spoke about the Greece crisis which he believes was mishandled. On the onset of the crisis towards end of 2009, Germany led the EU in trying to rescue Greece by providing loans. The problem was the interest charged was too high and it made the Greek National Debt unsustainable. The mistake has been made yet again in 2015 after the EU imposed on Greece conditions that will not help in sorting out its crisis but push it further into depression. This has made Greece appear to be unattractive to investors.

Under Merkel’s leadership, the European Union can offer the financial assistance needed by Ukraine. He says that with financial assistance, the country can become a lucrative destination for investors. According to him Ukraine is one of the most valuable assets that Europe currently has. The country can help Europe resist Russian aggression and also revive the spirit of solidarity that defined European Union in its early days. He also says that Britain’s exit from the EU will hurt both the EU’s and UK’s interest and especially the benefits gained from the common market.

Reference

Tyler Durden (21 Jan, 2016), George Soros:”Europe Is On the Verge of Collapse”. Zero hedge. Retrieved from: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-01-20/george-soros-europe-verge-collapse

How Can You Get More Exposure from Creating a Wikipedia page?

Wikipedia pages are one of the best kept secrets of business and company owners. A Wikipedia page is an entry or page that has in-depth information about a topic, person, organization, or business. These pages are highly respected because they contain information from reliable sources. I know one must be asking, how a Wikipedia page can benefit my company. By making a Wikipedia page your company can gain publicity, boosts its online reputation, as well as create trust amongst clients and customers. 

Exposure

Wikipedia was launched in 2001 and has since become a website that many visit in order to gain knowledge on a list of subjects and topics. Millions of eyeballs read through various published articles on the site. These many eyeballs could be potential customers or clients. The heavy traffic that the site receives everyday can increase the chances that someone will come across your page. In the event that a person learns about your company or business through the site then he or should could turn into a customer. A new customer means more revenue for you and your company. 

Reputation

Gaining new customers is only a portion of the benefits that a Wikipedia page can provide. This site can help to increase your brand and reputation. The internet is a place that people can make negative remarks about people or businesses. Unfortunately, these negative remarks can damage the reputation of the person or business because many people can view such remarks and possibly believe them. If your company has fallen victim to negative remarks being posted online, then a Wikipedia page can help to counter these remarks. If a person does a search for your company or business online, then that search can direct traffic to your Wikipedia page instead of the negative comments. This can help to prevent potential or loyal customers from viewing the negative remarks made about your company or business.

Increase Trust

Scams and untrustworthy businesses are created everyday online. These entities can cause the trust of potential customers to dwindle or even come nonexistent. When trust is lost in a potential customer then he or she will be least likely to make a purchase from your online business or company. Instead of allowing this to occur, create a Wikipedia page that will provide information about your company that will help to once more instill trust in customers. 

A Wikipedia page has many benefits that it provides to a company or business but they can be frustrating to create. For companies that would like assistance with the task of creating a Wikipedia page, http://www.getyourwiki.com/ can help. This organization has many available Wikipedia writers for hire that are experienced in Wikipedia page creations. Their expertise can help you to gain exposure, have a positive online image, and increase trust amongst potential customers. 

More Pet Food Companies Giving Owners What They Want in a Dog Food

The days of picking up a bag of whichever dry dog food happens to be on sale is over. These days dog owners want foods that are as good as what they eat. They want it to be nutritious, tasty, and chock full of the ingredients that a dog needs. Proteins, and vegetables are what pet owners crave. Meat byproducts, and grains are on their way out, and this is a good thing. Learning more about healthier eating options lets owners provide better care for their beloved pets. Pets are members of the family, they deserve the best. Specialty foods are also growing in popularity. You can now choose foods to meet an individual dog’s specific needs. For example, Beneful’s Weight Management dog food. Purina Beneful food is made up of ingredients such as chicken, apples, carrots, and green beans. Dogs can eat delicious food,and still maintain their weight. As dogs age and become less active, this is important. There are even foods that mimic human food. Dog lasagna, or stroganoff are two examples. Though, they are made to look, and taste similar to the dishes that the dog’s human family would eat, it’s made up of dog safe ingredients. This makes it preferable to simply feeding pets from the table. Table food can contain harmful ingredients such as raisins, or onions. Open up a tub of Beneful dog food, pour the food on a plate and you’d think that it was a meal prepared for the family. Yet, a quick glance at the ingredient list will show that everything in the tub is suitable for dogs. Refrigerated dog foods are also on the rise. These foods are kept cold until it’s time to feed the dog. These foods are made to be served at optimal freshness, and taste. This means more trips to the pet store, but, for pets who love the taste it’s worth it. The new, healthier lines of pet foods make it easy to feed your pet foods to help him or her thrive. Give them a try and see the difference the right food makes.