Old Man Winter Has Abandoned the Slopes

I admit it. I love to Ski. I have been lucky enough to ski at some of the best resorts in the country. However, this year was different. Slopes that I frequented closed earlier than usual.

The ones that were open, had far fewer people on them. Snow was thin and the days were warmer than usual. This drastic shift in weather definitely had an effect on the amount of time I spent on the slopes. As I was listening to Press Play with Madeleine Brand on KCWR, I realized that I was not the only one who was affected.

When I tuned in, Madeleine was doing an interview with Andy Wirth. Andy is the CEO of Squaw Vally Ski Holdings in Olympic Valley, CA. He is the man responsible for brokering the deal to connect Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Ski Resorts by gondola.

This gave Skiers access to both resorts and increased the space, safety, and enjoyment for all who’d love to ski both mountain ranges. Andy himself is an avid skydiver and thrill seeker. He has a love for all thing adventurous including skiing.

Andy Wirth discussed that Squaw has made changes to position itself for less snow. This past winter they only opened 4000 acres of skiing, compared to their normal 6000 acres. They have also have spent more than normal on learning the science of creating snow.

Andy Wirth is confident in his ability to sustain his ski resort even though admissions were down 20% last year. Although he is expecting more snow next year due to El Niño, he is preparing ways to remain profitable if weather patterns become increasingly more volatile.

There has recently been a greater push to in summer activities in order to increase revenue earnings for the year. He is also looking at ways to change the business so that it puts less strain on the environment.

He’s hoping that reductions in their carbon footprint may reduce the negative impact that can lead to the skewed weather patterns that we’ve been experiencing.  Learn more about Andy Wirth: https://about.me/andywirth and http://www.sierrasun.com/news/business/17254546-113/squaw-valleys-andy-wirth-appointed-chair-of-reno

I hope this year for a colder, snowier, winter. If that isn’t in the cards for me, I at least feel reassured that these mountains won’t go unvisited. There is someone making sure that ski resorts will survive, even if winters as we know them completely change.

The Midas Legacy

The Midas Legacy is a company in Winter Garden, FL that helps entrepreneurs in their search for success. They also work with investors, teaching them better ways to manage their money. The company seeks to coach people in all aspects of living, such as health, happiness, and financial management. They take a holistic approach to life coaching and wealth management.

They assist business owners with practical decisions to improve their finances and to make a way for more job openings. The Midas Legacy wants to help people enrich their lives. This is a different angle than most other institutions take. Midas teaches their clients how to develop discipline in various aspects of their lives. They do this through their mentorship program. Entrepreneurs who want to improve their business and their lives, in general, can benefit from this unique company.

Since its founding, Midas Legacy has found many investors who come to them for financial planning and life improvement. Many clients are interested in wealth management, because so many of them struggle with it. Midas has a diversity of experts who can help companies with anything from natural cures and medicine to retirement planning.

Clients benefit from the information they receive concerning the research Midas Legacy has done. This company has done a lot of research on passive income and retirement calculator planning. Company experts can show clients how to minimize their taxes by diversifying their investment portfolios. Midas Legacy has years of experience and can teach clients many crucial investment strategies.

Those who want to improve their lives and finances will benefit from this company. This includes entrepreneurs, people planning for retirement, and anyone who is looking for natural health and peace of mind. Whatever life clients wish for themselves, The Midas Legacy is there to help them realize their goals.

From day one, the company seeks to make their clients successful. As soon as prospective clients register as a member of the Midas Legacy, they get a free book called The Midas Code. Clients have a plethora of experts from which to choose for each aspect of their businesses and lives. Midas Legacy represents a new age of wealth management and total life enhancement.

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Clay Siegall is Seattle Genetics’ Talented CEO

Seattle Genetics is the name of an acclaimed biotechnology firm that’s located in Bothell, Washington. Bothell is less than half an hour away from Seattle. The primary focus at Seattle Genetics is on cancer treatments that revolve around monoclonal antibodies. It was incorporated in the summer of 1997. The management team at Seattle Genetics is composed of a selection of seasoned and knowledgeable executives. Clay B. Siegall, Ph.D. is the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and president. Eric L. Dobmeier is its Chief Operating Officer. Todd E. Simpson is its Chief Financial Officer. Some other significant executives who are part of the Seattle Genetics team include Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Drachman, Human Resources Executive Vice President Christopher Pawlowicz and General Counsel Jean I. Liu.

Clay Siegall is a Seattle Genetics co-founder. He helped establish the company toward the end of the 1990s. He’s a trained and seasoned scientist who prioritizes the world of targeted cancer therapies. When Siegall constructed Seattle Genetics, his top goal was to focus on extensive research and scientific advancements. He’s also an individual who has a strong dedication to assisting patients in need.
Siegall had an involved career prior to launching Seattle Genetics as well. He was an employee at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute between the years of 1991 and 1997. He was also an employee at the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute) between the years of 1988 and 1991. Siegall has an in-depth educational background. He attended the University of Maryland where he earned a bachelor of science degree in zoology. After that, he went to George Washington University where he earned a genetics Ph.D.

Writing is a big focus in Siegall’s illustrious and lengthy career. He has penned 70 plus publications in total so far. He’s also equipped with 15 patents. He’s a Board of Directors member for a selection of prominent organizations. These organizations include Washington Roundtable, Mirna Therapeutics, Alder BioPharmaceuticals and Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical. Siegall has even been honored with various coveted awards. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013 for Ernst & Young’s Pacific Northwest category.



Talk Fusion Hits It Out of the Park with New WebRTC Recorder

Talk Fusion, developers of the world’s first all-in-one Video Marketing Solution just introduced its new WebRTC Recorder. It gives users a faster way to communicate new ideas to their customers.

WebRTC is a browser-based real time communication device that allows for high quality Video Email and Newsletters using both Chrome and Firefox. It allows users to instantly record and playback video. Talk Fusion is ahead of the game in providing customers the tools to connect real-time to those they need to stay in touch with.

Talk Fusion is incorporating WebRTC technology into all their products. Communications will now be crystal clear. Talk Fusion is staying on the cutting edge of technology by listening to what customers want and need and developing the goods. Earlier this year, their Video Chat earned them the “WebRTC Product of the Year Award for 2016.”

Current Talk Fusion customers with Chrome or Firefox browsers can begin using the new technology by selecting Video Email or Video Newsletter from their product dashboard and then selecting “webcam.” It is a simply and easy step.

Talk Fusion markets its innovative products through Independent Associates in over 140 countries. They were started in 2007, by CEO Bob Reina. They were one of the first companies to provide the ability to combine emails with video, something big tech companies claimed was impossible. Their goal is to help companies large and small connect more closely with their customers. Talk Fusion is involved with their community through an activity charitable giving program.

CEO of Madison Street Capital, Anthony Marsala Recognized as a Global Emerging Leaders in the M&A Industry

Anthony Marsala, the CEO of a leading international boutique investment firm, Madison Street Capital, was honored as the winner of the prestigious M&A Emerging Leaders Award. The annual award is presented to professionals in the industry who make significant contribution to the M&A market and the community.

Anthony Marsala is a well-recognized name in the industry who is serving the M&A industry for more than fifteen years. According to Mr. Marsala, the achievement is a huge accomplishment because the competition for the award is intense as nominees are selected from a global pool of highly talented veterans. As such, each candidate is selected by an independent panel of business leaders.

Commenting on the achievement, President and Co-CEO of the M&A Adviser, David Ferguson, acknowledged the significance of the award by highlighting the global reach of the award, which also includes nominees across Europe and beyond. He hoped that the award will enable the M&A community to spotlight individuals who have given back to the community. He further stressed that the award will have significant effect on the advancement of the industry.

According to the sources, Anthony Marsala was selected due to his extensive deal-work in closing numerous high-profile M&A transactions that included both sell-side and buy-side M&A advisory. Besides, accounting skills of Mr. Marsala were also recognized as an asset that helped in various successful deals. Accordingly, it is noticeable that Anthony Marsala is also a certified professional who holds accreditation from the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts. His nomination was also strengthened due to the selection in Forty under 40 program of NACVA and participation in the Crain’s Leadership Academy Program, in 2016.

To commemorate the achievement of M&A professionals, the M&A Advisor is holding a balck-tie Gala dinner at the Manhattan Athletic Club, in New York. The event will officially present the awards to various leaders in the industry. In addition, the event is also used to pair existing and past M&A emerging leaders. It is also seen as the opportunity to meet industry stalwarts and peers who can provide additional guidance and contacts to the new leaders.

About Madison Street Capital

Madison Street Capital is a boutique investment firm catering to middle market. The Chicago based firm offers financial advisory services to public and private firms regarding matters related to mergers and acquisitions. It also helps clients by advising them of various financial options and valuation services to succeed in a global marketplace. Since its inception, the company has successfully guided some of the most well-known merger activities in the middle-market of North America. Professionals at Madison Street Capital provide complete solution by acting as a guide during decision-making process until the deal is closed.


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Living In A Transparent World: College Athletes

Living in a Fish Bowl; College Life as an Athlete
College sports are a big part of college life and is also a billion dollar business that generates revenue for the school and for the athlete. Athletes receive many benefits from playing college sports including name recognition and perks. Because college athletes are pretty much in a fish bowl, they have to be specially careful with the impression they make to others. The biggest issue is that with the benefits come some risks.

Due to their public persona, college athletes are expected to act a certain way. The reality is according to an blog post by Recruiting Realities that most young teenagers don’t think about what they post on social media. There are 9 Social Media Dos and Don’ts for Student Athletes that college athletes need to adhere to or risk a ruined reputation or worse.

College athletes, especially athletes that play for major universities are sometimes considered celebrities. Transparency can be a good thing and may open doors but could also backfire if caught doing something illegal or damaging. College athletes need to remember that anything they say and do might be taken the wrong way at anytime. The best prevention according to some social media experts is to limit time on social media and monitor behavior outside social media. If you need to use a monitoring product like BrandYourself do it. Student athletes can be proactive in owning what you say on social media, understanding that social media is an effective tool and stay consistent with the message you want to convey about yourself.

Fabletics Here to Stay in the Future

Fabletics is an online retailer that offers athleisure fashion wear and a clothing apparel company where casual outfits, leggings and tops are personalized for each individual’s lifestyle. Since Fabletics began its actual online retail business on October 1, 2013 in the U.S., founders Adam Goldenberg, Don Ressler, and Kate Hudson have expanded into the U.K., France, Germany, Canada, and Australia. What’s more, athleisure fashion wear is a brand of clothing with styles for all individuals, men or women, whether you are working out in a gym or not, you’ll be inspired by Fabletics’ athleisure clothing.

“We create clothing that inspires you to stay active,” says cofounder of Fabletics, Kate Hudson, on Fabletics website.

In fact, athleisure fashion has now become a new trend in the clothing industry (i.e., apparel industry, textile industry). That being, whether you are working out at a gym, or refreshing your body, mind and soul in yoga, or even dressing casual in business on dress down Fridays at your workplace, athleisure is the idea of just being comfortable in what you are wearing, says reporter Martha Teichner of CBS Sunday Morning news. The comfort of wearing different styles of athleisure clothes shows how people are different, and for that reason, the athleisure fashion look has also made its way into top fashion runways as well. Read the full story at http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dressing-down-the-rise-of-athleisure/

That is to say, the athleisure line is not just a short time craze in clothing wear, but rather a new lifestyle of how we dress today and in the future, says Chief Creative Officer of Fabletics, Shaun Kearney to Teicher. Not to mention, you can find new athleisure fashion wear the first of every month when you are shopping online at Fabletics website.

All together, Fabletics has opened seven retail stores throughout the U.S. in: Calif., Del., Md., Minn., Mo., N.J., and Ohio. For Fabletics, Teichner states that Geraldine Martin-Coppola, general manager at the El Segundo, Calif. store says, Fabletics started with Kate Hudson’s stylish leggings for which men call, compression pants under shorts.
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How to Grow From A Reputation Crisis

Status Labs is an online reputation management firm that has been making waves in a good way for the past couple of years. Led by CEO Darius Fisher, Status Labs has grown exponentially while grabbing clients from over 25 different countries. In a twist of irony, perhaps, Status Labs suffered from their own reputation crises a few years ago thanks to a former employee behaving inappropriately outside of his role at Status Labs. How did Status Labs respond? The same way that they advise their own clients.

The online reputation management business has been viewed negatively by some folks but it really is a pivotal part of any growing business or professional in the current digital climate. When Fisher saw that Status Labs was facing a potential reputation problem a couple of years ago the company immediately made some proactive moves.

The first thing that Status Labs did was change the structure of their leadership, bringing in fresh blood at the top of the ladder. Next the company immediately went on the PR offensive by re-establishing themselves as a valuable member of their local community. This took the form in Status Labs reaching out to take part in several important local charities including: Caritas, Urban Roots, The Capital Food Bank of Texas and more. Cementing themselves as a company that gives back to the community makes it easier for the community to be more forgiving in the future.

Next up Fisher and the rest of Status Labs took a long inward look at the culture in their own office. Fisher knew that taking care of their employees should become priority number one. Giving stock options, catering lunches on Friday, and allowing trained pets in the office were just a few of the perks that were implemented. These things, along with company outings, made for a close knit group at the office and thus a better product at the end of the day.

Going through a reputation crisis isn’t exactly all bad so long as you learn from it. The way that Status Labs bounced back is an example of how to handle any sort of issue that gets thrown your way.

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An Interview with Thor Halvorssen Attempts to Explain Sanders’ Socialim

Thor Halvorssen is the founder of the Human Rights Foundation, and recently, on The Intelligence Report with Trish Regan, Mr. Halvorssen discussed Bernie Sanders’ Socialist agenda and it’s effect on America. Bernie Sanders opinions have even caused unrest in the liberal party to which he belongs.


Mr. Halvorssen stands in defense of many countries around the world who presently employ socialism. A pure socialistic country is founded on those principles, but he states that they cannot be run successfully as Democratic Socialism, which is what Bernie is introducing. The difference between the two types is that Democratic Socialism has a leader or president overseeing the government.


A country such as Venezuela is a perfect example of dysfunctional socialism. The economy there is in big trouble, and as the government tries to bring it back into balance, the country is experiencing extremely high inflammation of over 500 percent during the past year. The leaders are now setting the prices for goods and commerce, and Venezuela is in critical shape.


Thor Halvorssen is a young conservative who is standing for the democratic rights of American citizens. Fox News also has a conservative bias, so Thor represents that position expertly, and human rights are upheld through his voice.


Socialism in American is displayed in programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Road Systems and the Veteran’s Administration, and they are already established. The citizens trust and rely on these programs, but they despise the term “socialism.”


Political polls that have been conducted over the years reveal that 45 percent of Americans would vote for an atheist before they would vote for a socialist because the term socialist is too offensive. It evokes violent emotions because the majority of people automatically think of Cuba or the Soviet Union as a reference point.


Thor explained that Bernie was introducing Democratic Socialism for Americans, and in a Democracy that simply would not be acceptable for true Americans accustomed to democracy with some socialistic groups.

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The Benefit of a Compliance Officer

In present day, I have found that compliance offers often go hand in hand with public as well as private industries. Compliance officers are often relied on in order to provide fast and easy solutions as well as fix potential fraud. Though a compliance officer is not often heard of, they exist in every major corporation for that sole purpose. They are the risk managers that allow the company to continue to grow. The profession has not been around long, yet has grown exponentially in the last 20 years of being a recognized profession. In present day, the most federal and state regulations there are, the higher demand there is for compliance officers.

Industries that have the highest demand for compliance officers are industries that are often highly regulated such as banking, insurance, and even the gaming industry. Compliance officers are crucial for preventing and fixing mistakes that can result in legal actions against the company. All in all, a compliance officer is given a set of federal and state laws that the compliance officer has the job of making sure are followed by the company. As this profession in growing rapidly, there are even now majors that can be pursued in University that allows individuals to study specifically to become a compliance officer.

Compliance officers do only regulate risk as well as manage any risk, compliance officers are trained specifically to fix to problem at hand and to fix any damage. One specific example that I have of a risk management professional is Helane Morrison of Hall Capital. Helane Morrison, though not intentionally become a compliance officer, has used her strong legal background in order to help the companies she works for to fix any potential problem that could prevent further growth and expansion. Her job is seen as crucial to Hall Capital as she not only manages risk, but also fixes it.

Helane Morrison joined Hall Capital Partners in 2007 and has since then assisted the company immensely. Her experience prior to joining the company is extensive and includes much experience in both the legal industry, as well as security. Her specific specialty currently is internal corporate investigation. This means that she is skilled in finding the problem within the company and fixing it immediately before any actions can be taken against her company. With Ms. Morrison’s experience in both the public as well as the private sector, she has proven to be invaluable to the company,