Stephen Murray: A Man to Remember for All Times

It has been two months since the death of Stephen Murray, but it has still shaken many people to their core and hit them hard.  He, of course, was was a private equity investor and philanthropist.

While those are two very different things, they show what kind of human being that Stephen Murray was and why he is still remembered to this day and will be for quite some time.  As an investor, he was someone with great foresight on the future.

He knew what to expect before it would happen sometimes.  He had his pulse on private equity and knew when to invest.  This helped him help others.  He was a well-known philanthropist and it takes a special kind of person to do that.  These days, so many people are only interested in their own money and things they can buy with it.

They don’t even think of others or how they can help them, guide them, or be there for them.  That is not the case with Stephen.  He was always looking to help others as much as possible.  That, more than anything, is the legacy of Stephen for  me.

He was someone that was aware of others, cared about others, and wanted to do that all that he could to help them.  In addition to that, he was the president and chief executive officer of CCMP Capital, a private equity firm which helps with buyouts and growth equity transactions.  What this tells me is he that Stephen Murray is a versatile individual that is not afraid of any challenge that is put in front of him.  Nothing is too big or too small for him.

He can handle it all with flying colors and then some.  While others might say, why me?  He says bring it on, and I can handle this.  He was the kind of person that embraced change and embraced challenges.  He never shied away from them. Read more: http://observer.com/2015/02/this-old-thing-private-equity-honcho-drops-little-place-uptown-for-11m/

Stephen still had a lot to accomplish and he was gone from us far too soon.  However, his legacy will remain forever, and that is something that no one can take away from him.  His accomplishments in both his career and in his life will remain forever. Read more: http://culturebytes.org/the-exponential-growth-of-ccmp-capital-under-stephen-murrays-leadership/

He was a rare, one-of-a-kind individual and someone we should always remember and cherish.  As the expression goes, people forget what you do, but they never forget how you make them feel.  Stephen made a lot of people feel very good.

Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/01/realestate/west-village-townhouse-for-17-million.html?_r=0
https://www.pehub.com/2007/10/5-questions-with-stephen-murray/

Devos Hires New CEO for The Stow Company

Like many, many others there is a businessman who I have really come to respect. With a current worth of about $4.5 billion, Amway head Dick Devos is one of the richest and most successful businessmen in the world. He is also highly respected almost universally throughout the industry. He and his wife, Betsy Devos, own and control the holding group The Windquest Group.

Owning Windquest means the couple also controls a number of companies and some of the top hotels throughout the country. Most of these businesses and hotels continue to be enormously successful. One of Dick’s most successful is The Stow Company, which has four basic but high quality brands. He recently hired Phil Dolci to serve as the CEO of The Stow Company, the largest home storage and organizational products company in the world.

Dolci will be replacing the retiring former CEO, Frank Newman, who in retirement will continue to sit on The Stow Company’s board of advisors. Dolci is definitely not a newbie. He earned his BA in economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He then served for the next 23 years in the business industry, several of those years as CEO of Crossman Corporation. He also has experience in various leadership positions at Newell Rubbermaid, ConAgra Foods, Dean Foods, and Kraft Foods. Devos is confident that he has found the perfect company leader to take the reins for Newman, who has led the company for the past four years.
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Relief Found After Olympic Valley Incorporation Withdraws Efforts

The last four years have been tough for the Squaw Valley Resort officials and the north shore communities. They’ve endured some pretty difficult situations and circumstances from weather to political incorporations. The drought played a significant role in the outcome of the last four years. The traffic slowed down at the resort and it became hard to maintain a lot of the activities because of the weather. Luckily, they have recently experienced some relief in the weather when and early snow storm decided to make its way to the area. With some much needed moisture and cold weather, the resort was able to open early making some skier’s and the Squaw Valley staff very happy. They’ve also been pursued by a political incorporation that has raised some serious stress on the north shore communities along with CEO Andy Wirth. They have announced that they have recently withdrawn their efforts from the Lake Tahoe community providing some good news for Andy Wirth and the north shore communities. He felt that the political incorporation and their constant efforts of opposition were only a recipe for disaster, and raising taxes among the community wasn’t necessarily the answer to solve some of the ongoing problems. Thankfully, things are starting to look up,

As a Colorado State University graduate, Andy Wirth began his career at the Steamboat Resort in Steamboat Colorado. As a German native, he made his way to the United States at a young age, but exhibits many years of experience in the world of resorts and historical parks. His family was also involved when he was just a young boy, Andy is very much so an active environmentalist and active community member. He has always been able to see the good in helping out the environment and making it a better place for everybody of all ages. He is the survivor of a near fatal ski accident that resulted in real change of life for him. He started the Wounded Warrior Foundation after surviving his accident to thank the Navy SEALS for everything that they do, which is a lot. It is set up to support the NAVY Seals when they return home from duty to be with their families.

There are some exciting improvements in store for the Squaw Valley Resort. One of them being a gondola that is set to be built connecting the two beautiful resorts together. It will allow the winter activities to be easily shared between the two so they can get back and forth from one resort to the other. This is a tremendous improvement that many skier’s will find useful.

Wirth realizes the divisive comments that have come between the political incorporation and himself, and hopes that they can all work together for the good of the community.

Source: the Reno-Gazette Journal

The Survival Story of Yeonmi Park

In her book, Yeonmi Park bares out her heart and soul about the terrifying ordeal that has been her life. Recounting back that time to NT Times she says that she had no inkling about the meaning of freedom. It was a word and concept unheard of, and refugees from North Korea living all over the world would definitely agree with this sentiment.

The start of Yeonmi Park’s story is in North Korea that she escaped in 2007 (March 31). Crossing the Yalu river at night with her mother, Yeonmi Park battled not just her pursuers but also the frozen weather as she arrived in China. She had no plan on how to go from there, only a belief in herself and a vague idea about the steps to take. This was a 13 year old girl who probably had an inkling about just one thing – this would not be easy for her and her family, and she may not make out of it alive. But she also knew that she would do her very best to protect her family, and for that reason alone, she went on.

Abuse, suicide, and starvation were key elements in her life during that time, and the reason is clear when one reads about Yeonmi Park’s story. People in the United States and other developed countries of the world waste so much of their resources and Yeonmi Park would have given anything to have access to even the most basic of amenities.

In typical North Korean fashion, attempts have been made to discredit her story. The dictators and their stooges have called the details of her account in question but the fact remains – the discrepancies in her story are the reason why it is actually a genuine tale. A story of a rape victim and survivor of such a terrible life always has discrepancies, according to psychologists, because it is a coping mechanism employed by survivors for years.

Now that Yeonmi Park finally has an outlet to share her story on Youtube with the world, refugees and well wishers hope that she will find some peace in educating everyone about the land where the word “freedom” is not even a concept.