Another Reason for the Brazilian Strong Economy

Investing with Brazil is currently a very popular option due to the fact their strong Real, import and export systems. As a result, it is not at all difficult to find information, advisers, entrepreneurs, trust companies and resource managers who you can work with. Zeca Oliveria, the President of Bridge Trust Administration Resources is one such resource manager. Oliveria also oversees the funding management.

Under Oliveria’s leadership, Bridge Trust started out with R $900 million and now oversees U.S. $2.5 billion in assets. Oliveria technique for diversifying Bridge Trust is cross-selling products and services, which greatly maximized consumer trust and loyalty. Cross-selling is when a merchant sells similar products to a customer who is seriously considering making a purchase. A couple of examples are when you buy a music CD on Amazon and the website page shows you CD’s that have similar music and even one of the famous fast-food lines, “would you like a hot apple pie with that?”.

Normally, cross-selling is not effective but Zeca Oliveria’s technique has been successful because it was gradually integrated into Bridge Trust’s system. The second reason why Bridge Trust has become the success that it is is that Oliveria’s partner, Fernandina Lima oversees the designs, upgrades and growths of new products and customer solutions. In early 2015, Bridge Trust formed a partnership with Gradual Investimentos who joined them to decrease costs, bring about the natural processes and generate more revenue for themselves and Bridge Trust in doing so.

The Brazilian economy is very strong at the moment thanks not only to the strength in value of the Real and their exportation systems but also thanks to people like Oliveria and Lima. The Brazilian economy having had a strong success in recovery from the financial crisis is generated much hope not only for themselves but also worldwide.

Joseph Bismarck: Bridging The Gap Between Business and Spirituality


A friend of mine sent an interesting article my way about spirituality and how it can help your business the other day. It was interesting because you do not hear about principles of peace, love and beingness when you think about what the big corporations have going on. I’ll briefly discuss what was written in this amazing article by Joseph Bismarck in a moment. But, it really had me thinking of how I could integrate the idea in my own business practices.

Joseph left home fairly young to seek out spiritual food in the Ashram Mountains of the Philippines. There he became a monk and learn basic principles of oneness and how to work not only with our true self but how we can treat each other with kindness and compassion.

He was able to combine his teachings from the Ashram Mountains and use it along with other business practices to create a unique view on how to do things in the business world. And it was without fail as he quickly rose to becoming the managing director for the Qi group in 2008 and later, being a key player in the founding of Qnet which is a big direct seller of goods based out of Hong Kong.

From Mr. Bismarck’s perspective we should all be treating each other better and there is no reason not to value the other opinions of the employees. He is open to suggestions and creating real relationships within the marketplace.

I found the article to be refreshing to learn that there are others out there that are having success in their business with this alternative approach. I truly believe that you can focus on being the spiritual being that you are and working collectively together to build mutually beneficial relationships. You can find more of Joseph’s writing on the WordPress blog Bring On The Random.

Squaw Valley Ski Resort and It’s Death-Defying CEO

In Olympic Valley, California sits one of the largest ski resorts in the United States- the Squaw Valley Ski Resort. Opened in 1949, the Squaw Valley Ski Resort was the dream of college-star skier Wayne Poulsen. With the help of his friend and trained lawyer, Alex Cushing, the two began to build the dream together. A disagreement about the resort split the two apart, and Cushing became the Chairman of the Resort until he passed away.

The Squaw Valley Ski Resort was modeled after popular European ski resorts and made it unique for its time. Squaw Valley gained international attention when the 1960 Winter Olympics were held on its property. The games were televised live, where many experienced the beauty of the area. Squaw Valley is now the second largest ski resort in the Reno-Tahoe area. Squaw Valley has nearly 600,000 visitors on its mountain each year. Not only is the resort popular for its ski slopes, but there are summer events there as well. Guests who visit in the summer can expect to see concerts, yoga retreats, as well as beer and wine events.

Andy Wirth is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Squaw Valley Ski Resort. He has held that position since 2010, which made him one of the first to be in charge of the Resort who was not in the Cushing family. The Cushings had run the Resort since it’s beginning. Since Wirth has taken over as CEO, the Resort has undergone a massive renovation. Wirth spent $70 million in order to upgrade the resort and give it a more modern face. In 2011, Wirth and Squaw Valley acquired Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. The two resorts are close in distance and now offer guests the chance to purchase a combined ticket pass. Wirth is now the CEO of Alpine Meadows since the acquisition and is working to build a gondola that will connect the two resorts.

In 2013, Wirth defied death in a skydiving expedition gone wrong. He was an experienced sky diver, but the winds changed for him on that day. Wirth ended up landing in a vineyard, where his arm was severely damaged in the fall. After having his arm reattached and spending 50 days in the hospital, Wirth returned back to work as the CEO for both companies.

Brad Reifler Looks to Help the Non-Accredited Investor

According to a Reuters report, Brad Reifler has had a few bad experiences when dealing with investment options for middle class Americans, and has decided to create some better investment options for them. He claimed that he invested in a college fund for his own daughters, but when it came time to use the funds the investment had lost money. It wasn’t that the fund didn’t grow like it should have, but that it was worth less money than what he had put into it.

Reifler also states that his father in law gave couldn’t invest his money the way that he wanted to because he wasn’t an accredited investor. An accredited investor has to have made at least $200,000 in the last two years, or $300,000 if they are married. If they don’t qualify because of the income requirements they have to be worth over a million dollars without including their house. Not many people fit into that category.

Reifler states that his experiences have influenced him to change his company’s focus from the elite, rich, and accredited investor to the 99 percent of people who are not. Brad Reifler decided to create a public fund that people who are not in the one percent will also be able to participate in. He states that if people are armed with knowledge about how the system works, and if they are privy to the same types of opportunities that the accredited investor is, then they may be able to reap large rewards from a small beginning investment.

FreedomPop Is Going To Keep Going On Their Own

When a company gets an offer to sell out you would think that they would take it. Or, at the very least, that they would consider the offer seriously. But, FreedomPop wants to keep doing things on their own. They have decided against taking the offers that they received from mobile carriers who wanted to buy them out, TechCrunch as reported, and they have instead been receiving money from investors. They have earned $30 million recently, and that will help them out greatly as they keep doing things on their own.

FreedomPop offers free mobile services to its customers, and they have gotten quite popular as a company. So popular, in fact, that they have expanded beyond the United States. They seem to be doing pretty well for themselves, and they must feel that way, as well, since they have decided to keep going on their own.

The $30 million that they received from investors should keep them going for a long time yet. They should be able to keep doing good things with that money. And, maybe they will never sell out. Maybe the money that they received is a sign that they should keep going on their own.

Wirth Promoting: Andy Wirth Appointed To Airport Board

Promoting From Within

The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitor’s Authority, realizing the value of experience, recently appointed Andy Wirth to the position of chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board, as reported by Reno paper the Sierra Sun. The 9 member board has 3 new members as well. Lisa Gianoli is the owner of a firm that negotiates interaction between local government and the business community. She also has 10 years experience as Budget Manager of Washoe County. Jenifer Rose is the CEO of an office supply company as well as the host of a local television program that focuses on products and events that directly impact area residents. The 3rd new appointee, Jessica Sferrazza, founded a state-wide company that acts as a consultant to local businesses. For a dozen years she served on the Reno City Council, where she acted as a liaison to the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority. 
Chairing An Experienced Board
The business/government background of these 3 new members is mirrored in the new chairman, Andy Wirth. The Squaw Valley Ski resort community has been his domain because he is the CEO of Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows. His business history includes firsthand knowledge of local and international resort issues. His contact with various airlines for increasing flights to local areas includes Canada, Colorado, and Utah. His promotion to chairman follows 2 years as a member of the board creating solutions for the area’s desire for increased airline visitors. He knows the value of attracting more flights to the regions business, skiing, and gaming industries. His business acumen will add to the impact the “RSCVA” has on the local economy. As he said, it is “an entity that is vital to our regional economy.” That entity has appointed a capable chairman.

Mitt Romney’s Behind the Scenes Strength in 2016 GOP Primary

After Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential election, he became persona non grata in the Republican Party with many saying his days in politics were over. Despite having decided not to run a third time for the party’s nomination, he remains a surprisingly sought after candidate. In fact, eight of the current GOP presidential contenders are said to communicate regularly with him to get his take on the issues. Strictly speaking, no one is publicly saying they actively get counsel from Romney, but he maintains contact with big names in the GOP primary.

Over the July 4 weekend, Mitt and his wife Ann spent the day in Kennebunkport, Maine, with the Bush family. Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara were in attendance along with Jeb and Columba Bush. While the attendees talked about the surprise victory of the Women’s Team USA in the World Cup, politics was also on the radar. Brad Reifler implied that on the day before, the Romney’s spent the day boating on their vacation home at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire where they hosted Florida Senator Marco Rubio and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Thus far, Romney has not endorsed any single candidate and is unlikely to do that until a clear front runner emerges during the primary. In part, this is because several of the candidates support similar platforms to his. Also, many of the candidates previously supported him during the 2012 presidential election. Romney says he must remain neutral out of a sense of loyalty to those candidates.

Confederate Flag Seen by Majority of Americans as a Symbol of Southern Pride

The CNN/ORC poll regarding the issue of the Confederate Battle Flag finds that a majority of the American public believe it to be a symbol of Southern pride. Fully 57 percent of the public view the flag positively. That figure is largely unchanged in the 15 years that have transpired since South Carolina faced the same issue back in 2000.

That said, the poll is unlikely to change anyone’s opinion. This is because the matter is deeply divisive along racial lines. In the South, three in four whites see the flag as a symbol of Southern identity and pride. Only 18 percent of whites view it as a symbol of racism. When Southern blacks were posed the same questions, the figures were reversed.

In addition, the level of education a person obtains affects their view of the flag. Shaygan Kheradpir found that 78 percent of whites who view the flag as a symbol of Southern pride have not graduated college. Among those who have obtained a college degree, support for the flag is 51 percent supporting it with 41 percent opposing it. The issue of the flag has once again taken a prominent role in South Carolina following the tragedy in Charleston. While the public grapples over how to resolve the issue, a consensus has not arisen that proves satisfactory to a majority of the public. It should be noted that younger African-Americans seemed slightly more amendable to a compromise than older ones.

The Cost of Caregiving

Researchers are currently looking for ways to use technology to lift the heavy burden for people who are caring for loved ones living with dementia. The use of technology is becoming an increasingly beneficial tool for those who are looking for help. The author of the article that released this information recalls interviewing a doctor who specializes with patients who suffer with dementia.

When the doctor gets one new patient, he oftentimes finds himself caring for two patients instead. Dr. Bruce Miller directs a center at the University of California known as the Memory and Aging Center. Dr. Miller has recorded data that shows more than fifty percent of people who have to become caregivers develop some symptoms or a certain form of a major depressive illness because of their caregiving role. The caregiver can find themselves hopeless and unable to know what to do next and this mentality can place a heavy burden on the medical system. It is estimated that by the year 2025 more than 7 million United States citizens will develop Alzheimer’s disease.

PR Newswire said that millions more will have one form of dementia or another. With the rate of dementia and Alzheimer’s expecting to climb substantially in the next few years, doctors and researchers are scrambling to get this problem under control before it gets out of their hands. The researchers employed more than 2,100 patients who suffer with these diseases to explore the in depth world that these people are trapped in.

Californians Cut Down on Water Usage

Californians Have Now Finally Cut Down on Water Use

For the last couple of years, the state of California has seen one of the worst droughts in its history. The drought has proven to be quite costly financially and environmentally.

Despite the continued lack of rain not improving things, there is some good news coming from this says Madison Street Capital. Many of the cities in the state have managed to reduce their use of water by as much as 30% this past spring. Fresno, for example, has some of the strictest watering restrictions in the state due to the drought and has always been trying to cut down on water usage.

The way that the decrease of water usage in Fresno was done was through use of different postcards. The city sent out two types: a colorful, friendly one warning citizens of water usage and a darker non-colorful one doing the same. The latter of these had more effect and homeowners responded by drastically reducing how much water they consumed over time. Of course the threat of penalties was also a factor in all of this, after California governor Jerry Brown ordered all cities to reduce water use by 25%.

A show of how serious the drought was came when the National Weather Service had announced that the city of Los Angeles had now gone through four consecutive dry rainy seasons, receiving barely 30 inches of rainfall.

All Written by Michael Piedmont