Songs from a Journey: How a bus ride influenced singer-songwriter Doug Levitt

Every artist has a source of inspiration. Many use personal experiences of their past in their creativity while others draw on poignant relationships they have had or are in. Singer-songwriter Doug Levitt got his inspiration when sitting on a Greyhound bus. His 70,000 mile journey over the course of seven years is the basis for his book entitled, “The Greyhound Diaries“. Within its pages readers will be able to read about the connections Levitt made with fellow travelers and get a glimpse of what life is like through their eyes. So often we are caught up in our own struggles that we forget that there are others in our midst who are fighting their own personal battles; Levitt’s writing provides us with an enriching, vicarious experience as to how others live life.

Doug Levitt grew up in Washington D.C. and is the son of former D.C. Republican Councilmember Carol Schwartz. Even in his youth he was involved with music as he sang with his high school’s gospel choir. Upon completing high school Levitt attended Cornell University where he had the privilege of attending classes taught by the great,late-astrophysicist Carl Sagan. The artist then attended graduate school at the London School of Economics. Afterwards he remained overseas as he worked as a foreign correspondent for CNN.

Despite having a successful career in news media Levitt felt that he wanted to travel down a different road in life; he had a strong desire to explore his inner creativity and also wanted to learn about the various populations right at home in America. Soon after making his way back to the United States he boarded a Greyhound Bus and allowed himself to truly take a trip.

His experiences not only led to “The Greyhound Diaries,” but continue to influence the songs Levitt’s writes. The singer-songwriter has performed his songs on numerous TV shows over the years and has been featured in a variety of concert venues. He continues to sing, write and travel around the country, much like he did when aboard a Greyhound bus.

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The Story Of An IT Staffing Expert John Goullet

John Goullet is an Information Technology Staffing expert born in 1962. He is a graduate of Ursinus College. His expertise has gained him the role of a Principal in DIVERSANT, LLC. He has an experience of over 15 years in this industry.

He started his career as a computer consultant and an IT staffing before founding Info Technologies, Inc. where he took the role of Chief Executive Officer. As the leader in this company, his energy was much focused on getting to know well the business environment and the IT staffing subject. The company has reached greater heights with the attainment of numerous awards and taking a place among the fastest growing private companies.

John Goullet once worked at Computer Science Corp and Tsr Consultants, which is just a pick from many businesses that he has served. It has enabled him to develop various ventures in the IT area. It was later in 2020 that he joined his company to DIVERSANT Inc. which led to the birth of DIVERSANT LLC.

With the help of his role as the Principal of the firm, he has made changes in the company making it suitable in conquering the challenges in IT. The company offers IT tech on a contract base to its clients and also permanently. The company strives to satisfy the requirements of their Fortune 500 and other numerous industries. It has offered services to their consultants, customers and their joints that help them grow.

The firm has a certification as a Minority Business Enterprise provider working in the supply market and all over the market. Due to the IT expertise of the company, it has been able to offer original and great ideas capable of satisfying their customers’ needs as the well as the society where it exists. The company has been able to master the art of consultation to get success

The purpose of giving the company the name DIVERSANT was due to the management belief of working to promote diversity while doing business. The company has also moved to delivering its goods and services to its clients and associates.

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The Business World With Keith Mann

On March 3rd 2015 Keith Mann and his company Dynamic Search Partners, along with other members of the financial sector, came together for a fund raiser. The $22,000 that was raised is allocated for the Uncommon Schools for testing for the 2014-2015 school year for a new charter high school. Dynamic Search partners and Uncommon School main goals are to give students from low income families an opportunity to go to college and graduate, so that they can become productive citizens.

In the fall of 2015, Uncommon Schools opened a New High School in Brooklyn, New York. The monies that were raised were used to provide PSAT and AP testing. Dynamic Research Partners had also allocated $10,000 for this purpose before the fundraising. The partnership with New York Uncommon School began in 2013. Together, their main focus is to see that students are equipped with purposeful and actual abilities that will help them to be successful as they make their way through life. They are dedicated to make this a reality for all students. Their focus stands firm.

Kevin Mann is thrilled to be working with the Uncommon Schools. He loves seeing how driven the students are to succeed. They are yearning for the knowledge that is being handed down to them and really looking forward to a bright future. In 2009 Mann began Dynamic Search Partners. A company where he is the Chief Operation Officer and where the company’s operation lies solely in his hands. They handle hire investments, where they match companies with qualified candidates, marketing, internal strategies and hedge fund compensation. This is just to name few. The company has clients in the United States, Europe, Asia.

Keith and Keely Mann along with Uncommon Schools now has a Professional Achievement Scholarship. This will be given to one Senior each year, so that they can attend College. The students at the Charter Schools are asked to write a one thousand word essay, explaining why attend college will give them an opportunity to change their lives. The winner will be given $5,000 towards Tuition. Uncommon School are in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. Their headquarters are in New York. They are responsible for staff, fundraising and recruiting the best school leaders. Just knowing that teaming up with people like the Mann’s, the students has the best opportunity.

Source: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160125006525/en/Keith-Mann-Announces-2016-Scholarship-Professional-Achievement

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Handy, the Uber of Your Home Maintenance

Handy wants to clean up as it get you cleaned up. The CEO, Oisin Hanrahan who is also a founding partner of Handy, refers to the company as the Uber of home maintenance. Handy will lets you order a handyman, a home cleaner or a plumber, just with a tap on your smart phone. Hanrahan compares Handy to Uber as it is similar to a transportation platform, minus associated surge pricing.

Just like Uber, the company is a marketplace, handling payments and schedules on the supply and demand of the dynamic home services industry. The company is growing steadily. Led by Highland Capital and General Catalyst Partners who provide baseline numbers, the company has raised more than $12 million by the second quarter of the year with their sales have grown by 60% each month. The NY-based company now has approximately 100 employees and thousands of workers who complete more than 10000 in a moth. Handy is operating in more than 13 cities in United States and plan to open four new offices in Boston. Earlier this year, the company bought West Coast Cleaning, for a figure estimated to be around $10 million.

But how do Handy offer convenience to its customers to the prevalent unreliable, convenient and often sketchy maid services and cleaning industry? The company has created a platform with clients accessing their services on the website or on an app synchronized on people’s smart phone. All you are required to do enter a zip code, the room you need cleaned, convenient time to start the cleaning and a price quote comprising taxation and tip.

The company screens all its freelancers through references, background checks and in-person interviews and with hundreds of thousands who have applied, only 3% of them have been accepted. The company provide a refund guarantee in case the clients fail to like their services and always cover replacement cost in case anything is damaged.

Handy was founded in 2012 by Oisin Hanrahan, Umang Dua, Weina Scott and Ignacio Leonhardt graduates from University of Harvard. The company was branded Handy as it was a place to book for handyman and cleaning services.

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Investor Sentiment In Flux on Athenahealth Inc.

Athenahealth Inc. has been a subject of heavy review during the end of 2015 and the beginning of the 2016 financial cycle. The company has dropped from a 1.01 institutional sentiment all the way down to 0.01 for a total drop of 1.0o institutional sentiment. Out of funds which decreased, sold, increased, or made initial purchases of shares for Athenahealth Inc. there is not a total institutional investor ownership of 47.97 million shares which is 18.78% less than the previously reported sum of 59.06 million shares. There was a survey as well with 20 analysts wherein 13 still rate it as a “Buy” and 3 as “Sell” with the remaining 8 at “Hold”. That leaves a 50%+ positive sentiment overall despite the dip in institutional sentiment by investors.

James Dondero is the current President of Highland Capital Management. The management fund has recently reduced their position in Athenahealth Inc. due to the company under performing during a market rally. They have reduced their position by as much as 83.13% after buying up a sizeable position in the previous months. This reduction was in the beginning of the 1st quarter of 2016. Neither James Dondero or Highland Capital Management are strangers to high-value investment decisions. The company under James’ leadership has provided alternative banking options and investment advice for its client base since 1993 when it was founded.

Highland Capital Management currently manages approximately $15 billion in capital and specializes in distressed credit among other things. This specialization likely comes from the time James Dondero spent learning the landscape of the financial industry prior to the company start in 1993. Since the open, Highland Capital Management has produced Collateralize Loan Obligations (CLOs) as well as trading funds such as US Long which is estimated to be $2.25 billion in size. Dondero currently employs 105 employees through the business and manages the funds of anywhere between 26 and 100 clients according to recently filed reports.

Source: Franklin Independent

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Laidlaw & Company Investment Building Wealth with Intelligence

Finding a reliable wealth management firm can be difficult. Many are geared toward the higher end clients and don’t have solutions for “normal” people looking to grow their wealth. Laidlaw & Company is a boutique investment firm with a sharp eye on the common investor. They bank on their 170 years of experience to help businesses and individuals find their niche in the financial markets. Building wealth is much easier with a guide who has over 150 employees and has built valuable relationships with throughout the United States and Europe. They have a keen understanding of what the best direction for your investment is going to be.

When it comes to satisfying their corporate clients, Matthew Eitner has shown the ability to raise capital to help finance deals by making good use of their retail sales force. This organization will fan out across the globe and seek out the right investors to match with your companies plan. This allows flexibility and strength to their corporate clients and provides them with the freedom to grow. The company has built a culture that is built on relationships. When you work with a representative there, they show their work ethic and build trust with you. That is how you know that they are working for my best financial interests. The sales offices leave no stone unturned as they search for solutions for gathering assets for each of their valuable clients.

Laidlaw & Company is looking to help client’s preserve and build wealth through a simple plan of diversification and asset allocation. They are determined to inform, educate and perform in order to allow wealth to grow in a responsible and consistent manner. Investors will be able to build wealth and maximize their return on the initial investment. This is because the mission of the company to grow the wealth of their clients to the highest potential possible.

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Philip Diehl’s Interview at EPN is Exceptional

The Entrepreneurial Podcast Network is home to the excellent program Enterprise Radio. The subjects covered on this program vary. Consistently, the show acts as a forum to interview outstanding members of the financial and business community.

Recently, the president of U.S. Money Reserve, Philip N. Diehl, made an appearance on the show. Diehl gave an excellent, comprehensive interview that shed a lot of light on the subject of gold investing and the company he runs.

U.S. Money Reserve is a business that has been able to establish itself as one of the top providers of precious metal coins in the United States. The Austin, TX seller has completed millions of dollars in purchases for scores of clients. Read more: US Money Reserve TV Commercials – iSpot.tv

The company prides itself on customer service, a point the company president, Diehl repeatedly made in his well-regarded podcast interview some time ago. Diehl is also a former director of the U.S. Mint and, while running the Mint, he made sure customer service was the top priority there as well.

Good customer service means shipments of coins will be processed without any unnecessary delays. Representatives from the company will also work extensively with clients to be sure they are making the right decisions about the coins selected.

The U.S. Mint’s customer service was lacking before Diehl implemented a host of changes. The process shaped Diehl’s governing philosophy and he has imported that philosophy to U.S. Money Reserve.

The arrival of a brilliant new e-commerce website further ensures that U.S. Money Reserve is able to deliver on high expectations of customer service. Learn more about US Money Reserve: http://www.kusi.com/story/31374765/in-recognition-of-the-75th-anniversary-the-us-money-reserve-and-the-us-navy-memorial-foundation-combine-efforts-to-raise-a-bronze-lone-sailor-statue and
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The site is designed specifically so customers can peruse brilliantly recreated visual images of various outstanding coins. The recreation of the coins is so brilliant, viewing them on the website won’t be far removed from what it is like to examine them in person.

Diehl reveals on the interview that U.S. Money Reserve prefers to deal in coins produced by the U.S. Mint because they are legal tender backed by the federal government. The quality and legitimacy of the coins are never in question. Investors should not ignore the critical traits of purity and legitimacy when seeking to buy precious metal coins.

CBS19 has a nice recap of the EPN interview. Those who wish to hear the interview in its entirety should visit the EPN site for more.

Goettl Air Conditioning Owner Offers Military Graduates A Special Endowment

Three years ago Nick Hughes left the United States Navy and had no idea what type of career he would pursue. For him, becoming a civilian was a scary new beginning. However, now he is about to graduate from a two year applied science program that has taught him the ins and outs of air conditioning technology. His future success after graduating from the College of Southern Nevada has been aided by his receipt of the Post 9/11 Veterans Tools Award proudly sponsored by Goettl Air Conditioning owner Ken Goodrich.

The award is very distinct from traditional scholarships because it is designed to help graduates pursue work in their chosen career after graduation. The award gives recipients, and in this case Hughes, the ability to purchase $1,000 worth of tools he will need as he advances his career. I cannot imagine how helpful this is going to be, but I am sure Hughes is overwhelmed as I would be.

This is the second endowment provided by Goodrich who is one busy man. Not only does he run the highly successful Goettle Air Conditioning company, but he also awards students from multiple generation families in air conditioning the ‘Son of a Gun’ scholarship and sponsors the J. Duncan Goodrich Air Conditioning Technology Lab at CSN.

Goodrich stated that he created the award because he has learned over the course of working at his company that military men and women make great employees and he wants to help them get a positive start in the HVAC industry. The award is available to graduating students annually.

Goettle Air Conditioning was started in 1939 and moved to Las Vegas in 1968. In 2013 Ken Goodrich purchased the company when it moved to Arizona and reopened a branch office in Las Vegas where he first remembers loving the product. Today there are field offices in Las Vegas, Tucson, and Phoenix.

Serving these areas and those that surround them, Goettle Air Conditioning offers a complete list of repair, maintenance, and replacement services for HVAC systems with a special concentration on improving energy efficiency and indoor air quality. The company also works with commercial HVAC systems as well.

Electrifying Venezuela Village Named New Lightning Capital of the World

Those who say lightning never strikes twice need to check out Lake Maracaibo, in the village of Congo in Venezuela. According to the New York Times, NASA has declared it the lightning capital of the world.
This village by the Catatumbo River experiences lightning displays an average of 297 days a year as reported by Aserne. The area features a lightning tourist camp that caters to storm chasers. According to Manuel Gonzalez from Catatumbo Camp, tourists can sit back in the camp and drink a cold beer while watching the storms roll in. He also explains that the lightning storms are relatively safe for residents, who are protected while indoors by wooden floors, but that the electrical charges are dangerous for fishermen who are sometimes fatally struck on the lake. Between one and three people are struck every year in the area.

In receiving top honors, Lake Maracaibo unseated the Congo Basin in Africa as the world lightning capital. A wealth of weather data collected from a satellite has allowed precise analysis of lightning trends and led to NASA making the change in billing. The topography of the Venezuela village plays a major role in the weather; the Andes Mountains form a horseshoe basin full of cool air around the south of Lake Maracaibo while the Caribbean on the north provides warm breezes that meet with the mountain wind for optimal lightning conditions.

 

Two Day Work Week for Venezuela Not Exactly a Holiday

In an effort by Venezuela to continue combating their energy crisis, President Nicolás Maduro announced that he is mandating a two day work week for public employees.
This catastrophic situation is the result of the culmination of the country experiencing an economic recession as a result of decreasing oil prices, political mismanagement and a nationwide drought haulting production of hydroelectric power. Citizens of Venezuela like Adrian Jose Velasquez Figueroa struggle for access to basics such as food, household goods, internet to use facebook and medicine after having many years of flourishing as a world leader in oil supply.

Caribbean and Central American countries might soon be able to decrease their dependence on Venezuela for oil as the United States and other countries increase production of energy alternatives such as that from Shale mining, wind energy and solar ability.

Their fate may be determined during the upcoming energy summit in Washington DC which will be led by Vice President Joe Biden.