Andrew Rolfe Helps In Organizing A Gala Dinner For The Ubuntu Education Fund

The Ubuntu Education Fund gala dinner, which targeted to raise £600,000, was held in London. The Fund managed to raise more than £603,000. The fundraiser aimed to raise money to expand the student capacity at their campus in Port Elizabeth and improve an on-site pediatric clinic. The event was hosted by the chairman of the Ubuntu Education Fund, Andrew Rolfe, who brought a Xhosa choir to entertain the guests. He also ensured that they were well fed. The touching stories of Sinesipho Rabidyani inspired many people to contribute towards the noble cause. The management of the Fund had also organized for an auction. The auction raised £38,000. The founder and CEO of Ubuntu Education Fund, Jacob Lief, also gave a speech and mentioned that the organization has helped reduce HIV transmission in their areas of operation. The foundation’s offices are based in Port Elizabeth. Today, the Ubuntu Fund is supporting over 2,000 children from disadvantaged families by providing them with education, home stability, nutrition, and healthcare services.

About Andrew Rolfe

Besides his role at the Ubuntu Education Fund, Andrew Rolfe also serves as the managing director of TowerBrook Capital Partners. Here, he is responsible for acquiring companies that engaged in hospitality, retail, food service across the US and Europe. Previously, he worked as an executive at The Gap, Inc., where he helped the clothing brand to expand its operations globally. Andrew also worked for Banana Republic, where he oversaw its success by penetrating into new markets, including Singapore, Malaysia and Japan. Rolfe, who once held the position of CEO and chairman of Booker Foodservice, has a record of helping companies venture into the international markets. Other companies that have benefited from his exceptional leadership skills are J. Jill, True Religion Apparel, Inc. and Beverages & More.

The passionate leader enrolled in the University of Oxford where he graduated with an undergraduate degree in 1988. He later joined St. Edmund Hall in Oxford to pursue his master’s degree. In addition, Andrew holds a master’s degree in economics and administration from Harvard Business School. Over the years, Rolfe has used his transformative leadership to impact the lives of many needy children in Africa. The executive is always on the lookout for new opportunities to expand their capacity for helping more disadvantaged children and families.


Kate Hudson’s Fabletics Giving Amazon More Than They Can Handle

Amazon dominates the fashion e-commerce market by such a huge margin, you would think they are the only retailer in this space. Looking at this market, thousands of clothing retailers are fighting for the same customers and dollars, and Amazon comfortably brings down 20 percent of all those sales. Amazon has not seen any real competition in years, but that may be changing if Kate Hudson’s Fabletics has something to say about it. In a little over three years, Kate Hudson’s Fabletics has already sold a whopping $250 million in sales of women’s workout apparel.


Now if you want to know what makes this athleisure brand stand out from all the rest, you just have to pay closer attention to what Hudson is saying about the success she has enjoyed in recent years. Membership perks and the sales technique of reverse showrooming appear to be the two pillars of her company foundation, something you have to really see to understand. To start, we need to step on over to the Fabletics retail store at the malls. These store are full of eager customers who are either taking the lifestyle quizzes, applying for membership, trying on everything in the store, or just window-shopping. Never will you see the sales associates at the store pressuring these customers to make a purchase.


To see the next part of the sales process, we need to head to the Fabletics e-commerce store. It is online that all the pieces of the puzzle come together, and allow this company to distance themselves in a very competitive fashion e-commerce market. When you are a member of Fabletics and shop at the mall store, each time you try something on, it is automatically uploaded to your online account. That makes it a breeze to just continue shopping exactly where you stopped. Having the concerns of sizing eliminated from the equation, women are buying on impulse and exploding the company bottom line.


The membership perks at Kate Hudson’s Fabletics are part of the success of this brand for sure. Women who are buying this active-wear and workout apparel online enjoy free shipping, discounted prices, and even the help of a shopping assistant. Based on those quiz answers, your assistant picks a piece and puts it in your cart once a month for you to consider. Kate Hudson’s Fabletics is making shopping fun for these women, and these loyal customers are enjoying every step of the way.

Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega Is A Media Mogul

Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega is the Director as well as Executive V.P. of Grupo Televisa, S.A. This is the biggest media company in Spain. Besides, he is well-informed about the global trends.

This is why he has just bought a property in Manhattan. It has cost him $16.5 million. It is a corner apartment that comprises of 10 rooms. It is located in the Fifth Avenue. Also, Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega has paid in full for the apartment. This apartment was listed with Serena Boardman, who is Sotheby’s broker.

This apartment was sold by Laurie Rudey. She is the wife of John M. Rudey who is a timber tycoon. The apartment above this one was sold by Thomas and Diana Smith for $15.5 million.

This new apartment of Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega overlooks the Metropolitan Museum as well as the Park. In fact, there are such impressive vistas which can be viewed that no one needs to go for any sightseeing.

This apartment is also known for its big and beautiful windows. In fact, the owners had to fight a lawsuit in order to be allowed to keep these aluminum windows. This was a lawsuit that was fought in the early 1990s by the Rudeys against the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Another feature of this apartment is that it is located right next to another Mexican media as well as telecommunications mogul, Carlos Slim. His mansion, the Duke Semans, is close by. His mansion was bought in 2010 for $44 million. It is fancier and hence maybe the next aspiration for Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega.

He is currently serving as the financial brain of Televisa as he is holding the post of CFO there. He is among the 4 most important executives there. His experience lies in working with several foods as well as telecommunications industries.

Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega loves dogs. Presently, he is living with his wife and two children. He loves New York and visits it very often. This is why anything that he does attracts a lot of attention from the people in the media.


Sawyer Howitt Reveals His Top Cities For Young Entrepreneurs

Young entrepreneurs these days, especially entrepreneurs, have a lot of tough challenges to navigate. But the recession in 2008 and today’s changing world hasn’t slowed them down. In fact, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reported in 2011 that those born after 1980 but before the year 2000 are responsible for starting 160,000 enterprises each month.

Adding to that, over a quarter of millennials are their own boss. Entrepreneurship doesn’t seem to be a stranger to them. But where should these young savvy entrepreneurs locate themselves to have the best chance for success? Sawyer Howitt, an up-and-comer and Portland native who is rising fast, has a unique insight on this phenomenon. Not only did he already graduate from Lincoln High School, but he also knows what a business needs in terms of operating it and securing finances. Perhaps that’s why he is part of the esteemed Meriwether Group as a project manager. Thus, here are the top places for a business-minded millennial, according to him: San Francisco, Austin, Salt Lake City, Palo Alto, Denver, Yorba Linda, Minneapolis, and Santa Monica.

Sawyer Howitt is a top mind on how businesses can brand themselves to consumers. He has a vision for marketing and his skills allow him to uncover economic opportunities that aid clients and consumers alike. But Howitt’s prowess doesn’t stop there. He’s also a good guy in general. Aside from financial focuses, he helps the community by giving donations to charities, mentoring young people, and standing up for the rights of women. He is also part of the leadership team for a group that studies ethnicity.

His interests include other things as well, such as fishing, watching the Trailblazers shoot hoops, and playing racquetball. He is planning on going to UC Berkley. His feeling is that now is the best time to launch a startup, now matter who are. This is due to a number of factors, he says. Namely, investors are hungry right now and investing in more projects. Strike while the iron is hot.


JHSF thrives under Jose AuriemoNeto’s leadership

JHSF Participacaoes has become one of Brazil’s most prominent real estate development firms. Founded in 1972 by family patriarch Fabio Auriemo, the firm has grown from humble beginnings into an international power player in the global real estate market. Having built highly awarded properties all across Brazil, the firm has worked with some of the greatest architects in the world, bringing to fruition incredibly ambitious projects that have enjoyed phenomenal success. The company has been instrumental in bringing Brazil into the ranks of the most coveted global luxury markets.

Today, the company is run by Fabio Auriemos’ son, Jose AuriemoNeto. Under the leadership of AuriemoNeto, the company has rocketed from a merely mid-sized real estate development firm to one of the largest in the country. It has pursued a number of strategic acquisitions and has taken on some daring developments, proving that Brazil has the market and the resources, including human capital, to build projects on a scale only seen in the top real estate markets in the world.

Since 2004, the year in which company built the now famous flagship complex, ParqueCidadeJardim, the company has done nothing but experience steady growth. By 2007, AuriemoNeto decided that it was time to take the company public. In one of the first offerings of its kind, the company was listed on Bovespa, the Brazilian stock market, in an IPO valued at more than $100 million. Just one decade later, the company has a market capitalization in excess of $1.3 billion. This remarkable growth reflects the faith that the market has in AuriemoNeto’s leadership and his ability to bring some of the most ambitious projects in the history of Brazilian real estate development to fruition.

One of the major tenants of AuriemoNeto’s strategic vision is the acquisition of high-end properties, including hotel chains, shopping malls and residential condominium complexes. In following this strategy, AuriemoNeto finalized the purchase of the Fasano hotel chain in 2014. This means that JHSF Participacaoes is now not only one of the largest developers of hotels in Brazil, but it is also currently one of the largest owners and operators of luxury hotels in Brazil and throughout Latin America.

Omar Yunes Recognized For His Work

For the very first time, Mexico held its own version of Best Franchisee of The World competition in order to send their own representatives to compete at the international event. The competition is a way for business and franchise owners to showcase their leadership skills and talents. People also get to learn from other franchisees to see what makes a business successful so that they can implement these new practices within their own franchises.

The 2015 competition was held in Florence, Italy and takes place every year. People gather from all around the world, including countries like Portugal, Spain, France, Hungary, and Mexico. Judges evaluate franchisees based on a few different factors. They want a leader who has created immense savings programs, who encourages and motivates employees to do their job, and what improvements that have made to the overall system. Omar Yunes, Franchisee of Sushi Itto scored high in all of these categories. Diego Elizarrarras, one of the event judges, said Omar Yunes won the top award because of the relationship he formed as a Franchisee with his franchise.

Omar Yunes first took control of Sushi Itto at age 21. He now has ownership of 13 different units around Mexico and has expanded his employee count to approximately 400 people. He has expanded the franchise to places like Vera Cruz, Puebla, and Mexico City. Yunes plans to continue the growing and expanding his franchise and is able to do so with the help of the recognition received as Best Franchisee.

A second competitor worth noting is Ivan Tamer. Ivan Tamer is Franchisee and owner for Prendamex. Prendamex is a network of Pawnshops located in Mexico. Tamer was recognized for the new tools and marketing system he implemented with Prendamex. The company has seen a lot of success so far and other businesses are trying to emulate his practices. This was the first time both Ivan Tamer and Omar Yunes attended and were recognized at the Best Franchisee of The World competition. It’s also a first for Mexico to have representatives from their own country be recognized on an international level.

A Word From One Of The Influential Portfolio Managers Of Our Time

Timothy D. Armour is the current Chairman, Director and the Principal Executive Officer at Capital Research and Management Company. He became the chairperson of Capital Group in the year 2015 after the demise of the then chairperson James Rothenburg. He has accumulated a lot of experience having previously worked in various positions. He worked as an Equity Investment Analyst in Capital Group where he dealt with global telecommunications and United State service companies.

Timothy D. Armour joined Capital Group in the year 1983 where he began his career as a participant in the Associates Program. He is a holder of Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the Middlebury College.

His advice to investors is and has always been that they should save more for their retirement and should get invested stay invested.
When Capital Group and Samsung announced their Tim Armour was quoted saying that “the broader plan is to fulfill the savings, retirement and insurance-linked needs of Korean investors to know more: click here.

His thought in the market selloff triggered by China was that China at that time accounted for the 15% of the world’s GDP and that had the greater impact on the global economy than ever before. The most significant part of investment the selloff was when China devalued its currency delivering a shock to the financial market at the time.

Weeks after elections where Donald Trump emerged as a winner, Tim Armour said that the markets for equities have been struggling and have failed to reach new high while bond markets have ignited dramatic changes in the asset prices. He continued and said that in his whole career he has been seeing the decline of interest rate and maybe this is the rock bottom of it.

Some of the asset managers still doubt that the president-elect will end the era slow economic growth and the depressing interest rates that have been there since the financial crisis, he finished. He also warned that changes in the market are very hard to note and people should be aware of the certain turbulence ahead now that the incoming government policies are uncertain. But he contended that markets were facing an inflection point that was driven by a steam of concern across the globe.

PodcastOne Chair Releases the Brand Lift Studies’ Results as Researched by Edison Research

Normann Pattiz, the executive PodcastOne Chair and his counterpart Tom Webster, the strategy VP at Edison Research released the results of a number of comprehensive studies that were being conducted. These studies involved five chief statewide consumer brands from different categories of products and services.

The study, which was conducted for the first-time ever took place during the last six months of 2016 and successfully showed the level of positive impact that podcast advertising had on specific messaging recall, brand recollect and intention to purchase. The study also revealed a number of key findings.


In 2016, Edison Research was charged with undertaking three different studies as a way of checking the efficacy of podcast advertising on five chosen national brands. A number of these brands were well known to consumers and were just launching some new messaging while others were little known brands seeking trial as well as increased awareness.

The three studies involved carrying out an online survey just before the adverts ran and again after they had run for about 4 – 6 weeks. In the end, the studies revealed that the podcast audiences were highly receptive of brand messages and portrayed a higher degree of willingness to buy or consider the goods.


Normann Pattiz emphasized that the core focus of PodcastOne has been to autonomously gauge how this format was enhancing brand awareness well beyond what the conventional advertising methods achieved. He added that the great results validated the company’s multi-tiered advance towards incorporated advertising and capacity.

Tom Webster had kind words to describe the experience they had with PodcastOne throughout the duration of the studies terming it as a great pleasure for Edison Research. He was delighted that they were chosen to prove the effectiveness and impact that podcast advertising carried.

About Normann Pattiz

Normann Pattiz founded Westwood One, a giant radio outfit that grew to become the largest ever radio network in America. It was the prime provider of traffic programming, entertainment, sports, talk and news. Pattiz then founded the Courtside Entertainment Group in 2010. The Los Angeles-based company produces as well as finances a multi-platform quality program. In 2013, he again launched PodcastOne, which has risen to the top ranks of on-demand programming via audio.

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Revealing a Hidden World with The Greyhound Diaries

Doug Levitt is a former CNN correspondent who switched careers to chase his dream of becoming an artist. He attended Cornell University and later he received a full ride scholarship to the London School of Economics. While Mr. Levitt was studying there, he earned his Master’s degree in International Relations. He went to work for CNN as a foreign correspondent but felt like something was missing, so he quit his job, boarded a Greyhound Bus, and began to chase his dream of becoming a musician, and The Greyhound Diaries was born.

The Greyhound Diaries

Mr. Levitt first got the initial idea for The Greyhound Diaries when he started chasing his music career. He boarded a Greyhound bus and saw all types of different people struggling to get by. He wanted to record their stories and struggles and began doing so under the name The Greyhound Diaries. It started with a six-week bus ride in 2004 and has been ongoing ever since. Doug Levitt was fascinated by this culture he found on the Greyhound buses, and he admits that the buses are seen as a last resort for most people as a form of transport. As of late 2016, Doug Levitt has racked up over 120,000 miles crisscrossing the United States for his project. He has seen parts of the United States most people don’t realize exists and has taken over 20,000 pictures documenting the everyday life of individuals struggling to survive.

A Therapeutic Ride

Doug Levitt stated that riding the Greyhound bus and opening up to strangers about his father’s suicide helped him heal. He claims that talking about your issues or problems help to resolve them, and there is no better place than a Greyhound bus because you see all kinds of people. A few of the people that he met stand out in his mind for making the biggest impact were an army veteran who carried the guilt of his friend not coming home, a grandmother who survived trauma only to turn to drugs before turning her life around again to become a counselor, and a Marine who suffered from panic attacks.Mr. Levitt offers an unflinching look into the world that is often forgotten by mainstream America. He will continue to make people think long after this project has wrapped up.

Why You Should Pay Attention to the End Citizens United this Year

Have you ever heard of the End Citizens United (ECU) committee? They are a group of political reformers that want to revamp the political system to a more transparent one. They have already raised millions of dollars towards that goal.

Among the political action committees, End Citizens United is one of the most supported and most important movements that fight for a better political system. They have grassroots donors that contribute towards their goal every month. At the beginning of 2017, for example, they have been able to raise millions, and the PAC is trying to hit a $30 million margin by the 2018 midterm elections for Congress.

The Citizens United was a disaster that happened long ago in the history of the United States. In the American political system, there was a landmark that was accepted by the supreme court to allow freedom of speech and capital support for organizations and corporations to fund the candidates and assist their campaigns.

Because of that, elections are now full of interests and people with wealth behind each and every campaign that we see on the television. The real fights for a better education, for freedom or a society without prejudice, those are all behind a world of interested investors who find ways to use people in power to make political actions that would support their selfish plans. It’s been happening for ages, and it’s nothing new, but not everyone is aware of that problem, not every American even knows what the Citizens United landmark is.

The Political Action Committee aims to put an end to this by electing their own Democrats who are sympathizers of the reform. In early 2017, the PAC was able to raise more than $500,000 in funding to support the candidacy of Jon Ossoff, a Democrat that also wants to use his voice to end this corruption. Jon Ossoff is one of those political figures that also intends to see the Citizens United end like many other Americans do.

But, if the End Citizens United Committee wants to put a stop to the monetization of campaigns, why do they use that own broken system to their advantage? It’s simple, to raise awareness to the problem, and show how broken and unreliable the landmark is and how it breaks the meaning behind elections.

Jon Ossoff was able to surpass that amount, reaching $4 million for the April 18 special election. Now, they are aiming towards other Democrats who are also pro-reform, like Rob Quist.

On 22 May 2017, the committee announced that they had achieved a margin of $200,000 in support to their newest political candidate, Rob Quist. Rob is a personal favorite of the donors of ECU because he is strictly against the Citizens United system and wants to use his influence in the American politics to raise awareness and vote for the end of the landmark.

As months’ pass, the PAC achieves more and more success in changing the political figure of the U.S.