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Jim Toner Shares 25 Years of Real Estate Investment Knowledge for Entrepreneurs

IdeaMensch recently published an interview with the real estate investor Jim Toner. Toner is known in the real estate world for his incredible success over the past two and a half decades. But it is his dedication to bringing his knowledge to the general population that has helped him succeed as an entrepreneur.

After spending 25 years in the trenches of the real estate investment world, Jim Toner decided it was time to bring all the knowledge he has gained from both his successes and his failures to the people. He began to publish books like “The Consumer’s Guide to Investment Real Estate: How to Profit in Today’s Market Using History’s Greatest Wealth Builder” and “Send in the Wolves: The Million Dollar, Real-World Education on How to Run a Successful, Profitable Small Business in the New Economy”. He has also created a program on real estate investment as a path to personal financial freedom called the “12 Little Houses Plan”. Though he does accept private coaching clients within his Private Client Group, it always has a wait list. He is also a speaker and consultant, speaking at events with the Napoleon Hill Foundation with entrepreneurs like Sharon Lechter, Bill Bartmann, and Frank McKinney.

He feels one of the best ways for entrepreneurs to be successful is through keeping the mind and body in balance. This is why he begins his day in the early morning, with a quiet half hour first thing to simply think. Then he spends the next several hours reading and working out. He will often listen to audiobooks or podcasts while working out to keep learning about new ideas.

After that, the majority of his day is spent creating sales copy or writing for his new book. He also is a radio host and will spend his time recording his podcast and radio show. One of the things he is dedicated to in order to stay productive throughout the day is to avoid the to-do list. Instead, Toner prefers to spend more of his time going with the flow, especially because he already deeply understands his priorities.

He also suggests that working all day and all night is the fastest way to a burnout, which will actually prevent the entrepreneur from succeeding quickly. In our fast paced world, people and entrepreneurs in particular have a tendency to brag about working 24/7 when in reality, that overwhelm can prevent them from bringing their “A” game.

Another tendency for entrepreneurs that may prevent them from succeeding as quickly as they want to is the tendency to spend most of their time thinking about implementing ideas and strategies rather than actually doing the work. The inaction eventually kills the enthusiasm and leads entrepreneurs to start thinking about everything that can go wrong instead of what can go right. That’s why Jim Toner suggests testing. Though failure is a part of being an entrepreneur, if the person persists and learns from mistakes, success is just around the corner.

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Adam Milstein’s Advice to Future Jewish Generation

Adam Milstein is a co-founder of Adam & Gila Milstein Family Foundation that supports Pro-Israel organizations. Adam is also the national chairman of Israel-American Council. He was born in Haifa, Israel to Eva Milstein and Hillel Milstein. He served in Israel Defense Forces in the year 1978. Adam is an active real estate investor, a philanthropist, and a community leader. He began his career in real estate in 1983, Southern California. Adam Milstein has an MBA from USC. Mr. Milstein is currently the partner at the renowned Hager Pacific properties. This is a company that handles investments regarding real estate. He is also a member of Board in various organizations like Israel on Campus Coalition, Hasbara Fellowships, StandWithUs, and Jewish Funders Network among others.

Mr. Milstein posted a recent article on Times of Israel on pride and courage, gifts for children in 2018. In the article, Mr. Milstein responded to the question on the gifts that individuals could give to the children to improve their creativity, prosperity, and freedom in years to come. He pointed out some eight gifts and addressed them precisely. The first gift that Adam talks about is pride. He says that the next generation should be instilled with the need to take pride in where they come from. Adam Milstein points out that if the generation lacks pride in their Jewish culture, no one would carry out the traditions and face the challenges in future. Adam Milstein is a fortunate Jew and he takes pride in that. He points out that Israel, the Jewish homeland for Adam, is a source of various innovations enabled by education, family heritage, and community development.

The second gift that Adam pointed out is the courage. It is the courage and resilience in fighting for what they believed in, the State of Israel, Jewish People, that they have made progress. They are willing and ready to stand up and defend their traditions and values. Adam Milstein says that it takes great courage to overcome all obstacles that hinder their faith and beliefs. Adam Milstein elaborated on several other gifts that the future generation should be instilled with such as knowledge, persistence, innovation, faith, confidence in overcoming impossibilities, unity, and passion. These were the remarks at the beginning of the year 2018, which would inspire young generations and strengthen families.

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Inspiring Thoughts from Todd Lubar

Todd Lubar is the President of TDL Ventures. He is a successful businessman is currently based in Maryland. Before he became the president of his own company, he entered a series of jobs after he graduated from Syracuse University earning a degree in Speech Communications.

His first step up in the professional world started with Crestar Mortgage Corporation. His employment with Crestar Corporation began in1195 and ended in 1999. The next path of his career took place with the Legacy Financial Group where he assisted the company in expanding and growing the Maryland office. With his assistance and efforts, the Maryland branch of Legacy Financial Group became successful in seeing a yearly loan volume of several hundred million.

When Charter Funding (a segment of Magnus Financial Corporation) offered him a Senior Vice Presidency position in 2005, Todd Lubar ended his employment with Legacy Financial Group.

Although Todd Lubar’s expertise lies with mortgage banking, he entered a variety of business and ventures such as the real estate development business, the nightclub industry, the recycling business and the demolition industry. However, as of the moment, the majority of his time is spent on his role as the President of TDL Ventures. Check out angel.co to see more.

Todd said in his interview said that his interest in the business he entered was because plenty of people do not get their loans approved and he would like to help by removing the obstacles that prevent them from having their loans released.

While talking, he also revealed that there was a time when something did not go right with a business deal that left him appalled, and he had to start from a scratch again. He says that when things go wrong, you need to get up and do not lose your motivation by trying to approach the same thing from a different direction. For more details visit Inspirery.

Asked how he became successful in his ventures, Todd explains that he knows first-hand how things are going on in his business, so he makes decisions based on factual information that he acquired. Then he goes on to say that when making tough decisions, we have to find time for everything despite a busy work schedule.

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The Hot Succession Race At Banco Bradesco

A new succession race is looming in the second largest bank by market value in Brazil, Banco Bradesco SA. The bank chairman, Lazaro de Mello Brandao, announced his resignation to the board, after serving the bank in that capacity for more than 25 years.

At 91 years of age, Brandao is one of the oldest bank chairmen in the world. He had served in the bank from when he was 16 years old when he served as a clerk and has therefore served in the bank for a cumulative period of 75 years. During this time, Brandao also occupied the position of the company’s CEO, between 1981 to 1999. In his tenure at the helm of management, he has entrenched a management culture where in-house talents are valued and given preference when it comes to occupying senior positions in the company.

After his resignation, his position was taken over in an acting capacity by the current CEO, Luiz Carlos Trabuco. Trabuco shall hold this position until the company’s board of directors appoints a new chairperson by March of this year, if not earlier. According to the company’s bylaws, the holder of the position of the CEO should have a maximum age of 65 years old, and this meant that the tenure of the current CEO should have ended last year. However, due to some critical operation that Trabuco was overseeing at that time, the company changed its bylaws and capped the maximum age of a CEO at 67, giving him two more years to serve. However, that means that after the bank gets a new chairperson this year, they will have to go through the process of replacing their CEO next year.

The resignation of Brandao has ignited a hot race for his replacement which should have concluded by March of this year. According to the bank’s policy where they respect and give preference to their pool of talent, the new chairperson will get picked from the bank’s list of current senior executives. While Brandao and the company insisted that they have not chosen the replacement yet, there is a lot of talk about who might just replace one of the oldest chairpersons in the banking industry.

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One of the name that is becoming popular in the succession race is that of the bank’s vice president in charge of technology, Mauricio Minas. He has brought about a whole technological revolution in all operations of the bank, played a crucial role in integrating HSBC, which the bank acquired recently, into the bank’s operations, as well as helping to develop a digital bank for the institution according to economia.estadao.com.br. Gluther, an experienced executive who played an integral role in the acquisition of HSBC, and Josue Pancini who has served as a vice president for a long time, are other names that are being fronted to take up the position. However, the pool of possible replacements is still significant, given that the bank has six vice presidents, all of whom have a strong track record.

As he also prepares to retire, Trabuco is the fourth person to occupy the presidency of the bank. He has provided able leadership to the bank which has almost R$900 billion in assets and which has close to 27 million account holders. His birthplace is Marilia and graduated from the School of Sociology of Fundacao, and later with a postgraduate degree in Socio-Psychology. He began working at Bradesco in the year 1969, where he has risen through the ranks, from being a department director in 1984 to being appointed a Managing Director Executive in 1998, and ultimately in 2003 when he took over the management of Bradesco Seguros until he later got elected to the presidency.

Anthony Petrello, the CEO with a Purpose

Anthony Petrello is the CEO of Nabors Industries, Ltd. Nabors is a global contractor of oil, natural gas and geothermal drilling. They operate 500 land drilling rigs in 25 countries, 48 offshore rigs in areas surrounding the U.S. including nine additional countries and they operate specialty rigs specifically for drilling gas in regions like the Middle East. Tony Petrello: One of the Highest Paid CEO in the Nation
Anthony Petrello is responsible for leading this massive company. He has been with Nabors Industries since 1991. He began his tenure there working as President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2011 he was promoted to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2014, it was reported that he was the one of highest paid CEOs in America with a total salary of $68.2 million. Tony Petrello Welcomes Tommy Tune Home To Houston

Petrello haled from humble beginnings in Newark, NJ. His family was a hard working Italian family that taught him the values he holds dear to this day. These values are what makes him such an appreciated leader. It’s his respect and understanding of the working individual that makes him a unique leader. How Tony Petrello Helped Houston With Hurricane Harvey Relief

He studied hard to obtain an excellent pre-college education. He excelled in mathematics, performing PhD level linear algebra and calculus. This won him a full scholarship to Yale University. He continued to impress his professors and even the renowned mathematical theorist; Serge Lang. Lang enlisted him to help with one of his theories. Together they performed complicated theorems and proofs.

While Petrello had a promising future in mathematics, his interests were rechanneled and he began pursuing a law degree at Harvard Law School. After 20 years pursuing his educational goals, he then sought the fulfillment of his career goals. At first he wasn’t focused, but finally he found Nabors Industries and committed 20 years to them before becoming their CEO.

Petrello is a very different kind of CEO. He is not content simply accepting a large income. He insists that his income be directly tied to the company’s earnings. If the earnings go down, so does his salary. His leadership has led to the company now employing 100,000 workers all of whom receive high salaries. This all proves the value Petrello provides as CEO of Nabors Industries. His value is derived from who he is and his respect for his fellow man, his business principles and his intelligence. Tony Petrello’s Nabors Industries Will Purchase Tesco This Year

Young Sawyer Howitt Plans To Revolutionize the Retail Experience

Meriwether Group is a Portland-based firm company that specializes in helping entrepreneurs accelerate the development of their businesses. David Howitt, the company’s founder, is an expert in the field of business development with an experience spanning over two decades. Since it began its operations in 2008, the Group has mentored many successful entrepreneurs among which is Sawyer Howitt, the founder’s son. Though he is barely in his 20s, the young Howitt has joined the company’s management team made up of distinguished corporate managers in the nation.

Sawyer Howitt serves as a project manager at the Meriwether Group. Under the guidance of his father, he has learned to handle the business’s financial needs and operations. Sawyer has exhibited a multifaceted skill set including customer service, data analytics, and organization. The young entrepreneur has as well indicated interested in using technology to improve business performance.

Sawyer Howitt’s vision is to transform the retail industry using, Radio Frequency Identification, RFID technology. He finds the traditional queuing at the cahier’s desk to pay for good both tedious and inefficient. The idea of the young Howitt is to develop an RFID-based checking out system that automatically bills the purchase. Besides his innovative ideas and skills, Sawyer Howitt is persevering and hardworking, a trait he gained from hiss sportsmanship. Currently, he plays at the Oregon racquetball club.

The young entrepreneur has spelled out his educational plan that will ensure he advances his career in the steps of his father. When he graduates from high school in the summer of 2017, he plans to study Entrepreneurial Finance at the University of Columbia. In the Meantime, Sawyer Howitt is actively involved in community work and helping his peers achieve their dreams.

In addition to being a mentor, Sawyer Howitt is a budding philanthropist. He has worked with different charitable organizations to help champion for educational funding and women rights working. Recently Sawyer spearheaded some ethnic studies that aimed at helping troubled youths in the community. Outside his office, school and community work, he enjoys, music, photography, and fishing. Sawyer Howitt is also a great fan of the Portland Trail Blazers.

 

The Many Titles of Clay Siegall

Living in this modern society of the 21st Century, it can sometimes feel like information overload. With so much advanced technology available, the world is literally at your fingertips. The funny thing about living in the “digital age” is that many of the people who are actually doing things to better man-kind, never seem to receive the credit that they deserve. Unfortunately if you’re not a professional athlete, movie star, and musician; you’ll surely be unknown to half of the general public. This is the case when it comes to a guy named Clay Siegall. This guy is the real deal when it comes to cancer research and he’s actually the co-founder for one of the leading Biotechnology Companies in the world. Seattle Genetics specializes in the development and commercialization of advanced breakthrough therapies. These therapies are known as (ADCs) or Antibody Drug Conjugates and they are some of the most successful cancer fighting medications on the market.

Clay Siegall’s role in this success is that he also is the company’s President and CEO. He is well known and respected thanks to his expertise. The guy is a man of many titles as well such as being a scientist, doctor, philanthropist, author, and guest speaker. The good doctor has been in the game for multiple decades that dates back to the late 80’s. The success of both Dr. Clay Siegall and Seattle Genetics has finally reached mainstream America. Earlier this year Vice President Joe Bidden stopped by company headquarters on congratulatory purposes and the company was mentioned in Forbes Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in America.

With so many more advanced drugs already in trial, Seattle Genetics will continue to revolutionize this industry and Dr. Clay Siegall is in full control of it all.

Eric Lefkofsky Aims High

Entrepreneur and businessmen Eric Lefkofsky is an inspiration to many people around the world. He found success at an early age, and through the years, has continued to expand his portfolio. Lefkofsky’s ventures have revolutionized the way business is done, using new technological advances that have proven to be lucrative in an often tough marketplace. Mr. Lefkofsky is the co-founder of several businesses and is a pillar of his community. His philanthropist’s projects have made a positive impact and he strives to give back through the support he gives to several foundations.

Good Examples

Eric Lefkofsky gives a great deal of credit to his upbringing in the small town of Southfield, Michigan. His father was a structural engineer and his mother a school teacher. They both were excellent examples for Eric as well as his brother, that practices law, and sister who was a teacher. He graduated from Southfield-Lathrop High School in 1987 and went on to attend the University of Michigan, where he graduated with honors. After receiving his bachelor degree, he was accepted into the University of Michigan Law School where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1993. Education has always been a high priority, and he continues to be involved by being an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago. He is also an active alumnus of the University of Michigan.

Long List of Successful Ventures

Eric Lefkofsky began his foray into the business world as a carpet salesman while attending college. After graduating from law school, he and a college friend started Brandon Apparel in Madison, Wisconsin. This adventure later inspired them to start up an internet company called Starbelly. Its success drew the attention of a company called Halo who bought it and made Lefkofsky the chief operating officer. In 2001, Eric went on to co-found InnerWorkings and was on the board of directors for a number of years. Echo Global Logistics, a freight logistics company that was created in 2005, has since gone public on NASDAQ. One of his biggest investments was in an online collective website called ThePoint that later changed its name to Groupon. The company became a success, and in 2013, Eric Lefkofsky became the CEO until 2015 when he took on the role of Chairman. He then co-founded Uptake, LLC in 2014 and Tempus in 2016. Tempus holds a special meaning for Eric because of his dedication to fighting cancer.

The Future is Bright

The war on cancer has begun and Eric Lefkofsky is heading the fight by co-founding Tempus, which is a technology company that specializes in cancer care. Their data based platform uses clinical and molecular analysis to help physicians make decisions on the right procedures for each individual patient. Eric wants to see a cure for cancer during his lifetime and believes it is possible with the right approach. He and his wife are philanthropists who have given to many different charitable organizations such as the Lefkofsky Foundation and The Giving People. Eric is on the board of directors of several different organizations including The Art Institute of Chicago, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Steppenwolf Theater Company, The Museum of Science and Industry, and World Business Chicago. Eric Lefkofsky is a believer in the power of technology and its ability to change the world for the better.

Twitter: @lefkofsky