One of the most valuable attributes a professional can have is honesty and a penchant for telling the truth. When the public puts its trust in an individual, an institution or a profession it is critical that that trust not be violated. In recent history, the world has had a front row seat to what can occur when individuals and indeed entire groups of institutions do not treat the public’s trust with the care that it deserves. One need look no further than the financial crisis and the related actions of the financial services industry. Despite the difficulties that have confronted the financial services sector in recent years Helane Morrison stands apart as a trustworthy leader in the world of finance.
Helane Morrisonis part of the senior leadership team of the San Francisco-based investment advisory organization Hall Capital Partners LLC. Before Morrison joined Hall Capital Partners LLC she began her professional journey as an undergraduate at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Morrison graduated from Northwestern with a degree in journalism. In the years after her undergraduate studies Morrison would go on to pursue a juris doctor at the University of California at Berkeley, School of Law. She would go on to work as an attorney for the Bay-Area firm Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. After spending a decade with Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin, Morrison went on to land a career defining role as a Regional Director with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC). She spent her time at the SEC fighting for the rights of consumers and conducting investigations that exposed corporate corruption.
After spending over a decade leading anti-corruption efforts at the SEC, Morrison decided to take on another professional challenge. She joined the senior leadership team of the investment advisory firm Hall Capital Partners LLC. Today she serves on the company’s Executive Committee. Her other roles at the company include: leading the firm’s compliance efforts and working as its General Counsel and Managing Director. Morrison is one-third of Hall Capital Partners LLC’s all-woman senior leadership. Her counterparts include Chief Executive Officer Kathryn A. Hall and President Sarah E. Stein. Hall Capital Partners LLC stood out to Morrison for its emphasis on integrity and collaboration.
Dick DeVos is a notable entrepreneurial businessman from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dick is the son of Richard DeVos, co-founder of Amway. He received his bachelor’s degree from Northwood University, and then went on to attend the Harvard Business School as well as Wharton School’s Executive Study Programs. DeVos was awarded honorary doctorates from Northwood University, Central Michigan University, and Grove City College in addition to a distinguished alumni recognition from Northwood University (New Netherland Institute).
As President of Amway, Dick was responsible for all aspects of their operations across six continents. Amway recorded sales of $4.5 billion in his last fiscal year as President. Under his guidance and leadership, Amway tripled international sales and exceeded domestic sales for the first time ever (Learn more about Dick’s time at Amway here: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/09/amway_heir_dick_and_betsy_devo.html). In 1991, he became CEO and President of the Orlando Magic, a position he held for three years.
Dick is married to politician Betsy DeVos, who served as chairman for the Michigan Republican Party for several years. Dick and Betsy have four children together: Richard Marvin III, Elisabeth, Andrea, and Ryan. With a passion for philanthropy, they founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The foundation aims to improve their community in the realms of education, community, arts, justice, and leadership. Dick has also served as chair/co-chair on numerous revitalization and health care programs in the Grand Rapids area.
Betsy shares her approach for creating more quality educational opportunities for children in Detroit.
In addition to being a businessman and philanthropist, Dick is also a qualified helicopter and jet aircraft pilot, as well as a National Champion sailor.
In 2010, he founded the West Michigan Aviation Academy, an aviation public charter high school in Grand Rapids. Recently, DeVos took part in the Melges 32 2016 Gold Cup. Battling intense winds and fierce competition, Dick managed to make big gains and finished the second day of racing in position 1.
The beer market is one of those markets that gets better when economic issues get bad. And the market gets even better when the economy is good. In short, people all over the world love to drink beer. No one knows that better than Brazilian bank president and entrepreneur Ricardo Guimarães. Guimarães became president of the family-owned BMG Bank in 1998. He is credited with single-handedly turning BMG Bank into a very profitable medium size bank thanks to his decision to sponsor soccer clubs. Soccer and beer are joined at the hip, so Guimarães knows a lot about the beer industry and the companies that produce it.
When Guimarães heard the news that Anheuser-Bush was buying the British beer maker SABMiller for more than $100 billion, he knew that could hurt consumers. Brazilian consumers could only buy two brands of beer for decades because the government controlled the industry. A marriage between two powerhouse beer makers only spells trouble for small independent breweries and the consumers that support them.
The other news that made Guimarães want to know more about Anheuser-Bush decision making process was the new distributor incentive plan. The new plan is designed so distributors promote Anheuser-Bush premium and imported brands instead of independent brands that are fueling the sales increases in the beer industry these days. An incentive plan that could be worth more than $200,000 a year to distributors that discriminate against smaller breweries didn’t sound like a good plan to Mr. Guimarães.
The AB InBev incentive plan prompted small breweries to fight back. The Department of Justice was notified, and agents are investigating the incentive idea. The reason behind the new plan, according to craft beer makers, is to push Anheuser-Bush brands that have weak sales numbers. The import and craft beer markets are where all the sales increases are coming from, and Anheuser-Bush must get a bigger piece of that market to satisfy investors.
Developing an incentive plan to promote AB InBev brands sounds like a idea with a lot of flaws. Anheuser-Bush should be concerned with attracting the new-age beer drinkers that want more than their parents’ beer. Young beer drinkers want innovative brews that are rich in flavor and quality. Giving distributors’ money for pushing brands that may fall short of the taste mark won’t solve the market share issue that Anheuser-Bush is struggling with now.
Mr. Guimarães and other beer aficionado say that some of the Anheuser-Bush brands do have the taste and quality that beer drinkers want, but the company needs to find another way of getting them in front of the beer drinking public. Hurting competitors is not the way to tickle the taste buds of the new beer consumers.
Ricardo Guimaraes is a financial management guru born in Brazil from a well of family. His father was called Flavio Pentagma Guimaraes who was an entrepreneur while his grandfather was referred to as Antonio Mourao Guimaraes who founded Land Credit Bank in 1930. The bank dealt with offering affordable loans especially to peasant farmers of Brazil back then. The bank was later renamed BMG. With a dream to succeed the family’s business, Ricardo studied finance and management in college. After completion, he joined Banco, BMG in 1998. He first worked as the chief financial officer but late became the vice president of the firm.
Later long, in 2004, he was appointed the president and the chief executive officer of BMG. He is one of the most famous CEOs in the world with the reputation of success. His prowess in the banking industry has seen BMG make a tremendous improvement over the years. The strategies and policies he has implemented have steered the firm to become one of the wealthiest banks in the world, asset based and client wise. In Brazil, the bank has a share of eighty percent in the market. This a clear sign that BMG is an economic giant in matters banking. He has revolutionized the banking industry in Brazil and has outdone the competitors in various aspects.
Ricardo’s strategic management has made simple but effective strategies in the long run. Corporates are of going concern and therefore, Ricardo has laid strategies that has made BMG to become an economic hub in the region. Strategies such as profitability and a large asset base have attracted customers and investors to the firm. These strategies builds trust and confidence to the stake holders and create a risk free business deals.
The bank also specifies in personal loans such as payroll loans. The payroll loan product has earned huge interest to BMG that has seen it soar to the heights. With a customer base of so many clients, this reflects that personal loans earn a lot of interest to the bank. To reach more customers, the bank has over three thousand branches and over five thousand agents that work under the name of BMG.
Ricardo is endeared by the people of Brazil for his generous nature in giving back to the society. He supports farmers and promotes agriculture without reservation. Ricardo also sponsors youth in matters education, talents and a mentor to many youths and investors. He is an enthusiast of football and has seen him become a manager of a football club for five years. He sponsors football teams in Brazil such as Santos where many football stars natured their talent.
A leader leads and lives by example. Ricardo is a man to reckon, his impactful values has great importance to the people of Brazil. http://blog.dino.com.br/?page_id=291?title=ricardo-guimaraes-do-bmg-e-homenageado-pela-camara&releaseid=74560&partnerid=78
Sam Tabar is considered among the greatest capital strategists in New York. He is also one prominent attorney with a legal career that spurns from 2001. He has counseled clients on investment management agreements, hedge fund formation and structure as well as a host of regulatory and compliance issues among others. He has since cut an edge in hedge fund expertise and investment advisory.
Sam Tabar has a rich career experience that ranges from legal service to head of financial business. He started his legal career as an associate in a number of firms including Slater, Arps, Skadden, Meagher & FFlom LLP. He briefly took a break from direct legal work as he became the Managing Director and Co-Head of Business Development at SPARX Group Co./PMA Investment Advisors. He later joined the Bank of America Merill Lynch where he was the Director and Head of Capital Strategy for the Asia-Pacific region. He later rejoined his legal profession in 2013 where he became the Director of Adanac LLC, BVI.
Sam Tabar has a rich academic profile. He graduated from University of Oxford with honors in Bachelor of Arts degree, jurisprudence major. He also holds a Master’s degree in law from Columbia Law Shool. During his years at Columbia Law School, Sam took an active role of an Associate Editor for the Columbia Business Law Review.
From his Instagram it’s clear Sam Tabar firmly believes that vibrant research holds the solution for making sensible returns out of the commodities market. According to Sam, to arrive at the right decision in commodities, one has to perform proper research on the history of the commodity. The more research conducted, the more it can be determined how markets are performing consistently over time. This is the only way one is able to eventually formulate a reasonable prediction on the likely performance of the commodity in future.
Away from his legal career, Sam is passionate about offering solutions to women needs both in America and Africa. He runs a philanthropic initiative known as THINX. As women in America look out for fashionable underwear, there are poor women in Africa who cannot afford for themselves such basic needs as a sanitary pad. At THINX, the notion is to deliver on the fashionable underwear needs of American women by designing trendy underwear models. Proceeds from the sale of each of these underwear go into purchasing a sanitary pad for a woman in Africa. A girl therefore does not miss school simply because she cannot afford a sanitary pad.