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Eleven Field Service Specialists From Securus Technologies Complete The Prestigious BICSI Training

by Chris Holden - October 21st, 2016

Securus Technologies is the leading provider of inmate security and prison communications systems across North America. Based in Dallas, it is serving more than 3,450 public safety, correctional facilities and law enforcement agencies. Since its inception, the company has maintained very high standards of service, which is evident by numerous innovative products that it has introduced in the last two decades. Analysts suggest that the success of the company is also the result of highly trained technicians.


Inline with its reputation, Securus Technologies recently announced that eleven of its field specialists have successfully completed the prestigious BICSI I Installer certification. The BICSI certification is considered a benchmark in the communication industry because it requires technicians to undergo strict training and tackle highly complex scenarios, which replicate real-world situations. Accordingly, technicians are tested for a variety of subjects that includes the entire spectrum of communication industry including voice, audio and video technologies. During the certification process, technicians are challenged to design complex systems, which is followed by implementation and management. In fact, it is true that only high-caliber technicians can successfully pass the stringent requirements of BICSI Installer I Certification because these projects require extensive knowledge of pathways, spaces, optical fiber- and copper-based distribution systems.


According to Danny de Hoyos, Senior Vice President, Operations for Securus Technologies, the training is a perfect fit for Securus Technicians because our customers expect the highest level of professional services from the company. Therefore, the training will ensure that our workforce is equipped to design and maintain complex communications systems. He also claimed that technicians working for Securus have over 15 years of experience in the industry, which makes them suitable to undergo such certifications. In fact, the company believes in the value of certification that it brings to to the largest and the most highly trained field services organization in the industry.


The Achievements and Story of Dr. Jennifer Walden

by Chris Holden - October 20th, 2016

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jennifer Walden recently moved her practice of cosmetic surgery from New York City to Austin, Texas. She is a part of and Vice Commissioner of Communications for the Board of Directors for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Walden retains membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and American College of Surgeons. She owns her own business, Walden Cosmetic Surgery Center, and has opened a satellite cosmetic surgery clinic recently. She has also operated in institutions like Seton Hospital and Central Park Surgery Center.


Her surgical credits began at the University of Texas with her Bachelor in biology. Her externship conducted at the Plastic Surgery Associates in Miami while she received her Medical Doctorate. During this time she received ambitious titles like Best Scientific Exhibit by a Candidate, winner of the Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Award and Achievement Citation, and selected for the Mavis P. Kelsey Excellence in Medicine Award and Scholarship. She earned fellowship at the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital and served as the Program Director before returning to Texas. Her remarkable accomplishments derive from character.


Dr. Jennifer Walden is a warm and caring person. Her personality is complimented characteristics like strength, assertiveness, and brilliance! The motivation behind her development pinpoints to her supportive family. As being one of five children, achievement and education were highly valued ambitions. The determination bled into her education. The love she had for the artistry of plastic surgery prevented her from being defeated when she was put on the medical school’s waiting list. Her accomplishments proved this. Dr. Walden was one of two accepted candidates for the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital’s program during the year she applied.


She lives by the philosophy of desiring to make things happen which she hopes to pass to her twin sons. Inspirationally, she hopes to also motivate young women pursuing careers in medical and business fields. Dr. Walden even offers advice and mentoring to female pre-med students! Her generosity in helping and supporting people is beyond measure. She is a prime example of success.

Handy May Become the Champion of the On-Demand Services

by Chris Holden - October 20th, 2016

I have to say that I was impressed with Handy the very first time that I heard about this company. I read about it on, and I was super thrilled by the fact that this was a company that allowed so many people and business leaders to free up time. It was like having a friend that could come over and help you free up time by cleaning your home. This is what the contractors are like for Handy. They are friendly but they never lose their professional demeanor.

It has been good for me to get involved with a company like Handy because this organization has workers that know about a host of different things. It has never been a problem for me to book services for things like air conditioner repairs or electrical issues within the home.

It has been good to get this home cleaning company in place because I host parties and entertain quite regularly. It has been my goal to clean my house on my own one of these days, but that day has never come. I owe a lot to the men and women that clean homes for Handy in the Chicago area. There are workers that are able to help people that don’t have the time to do this types of things. I could never imagine how I could get my home in the great shape that it is in without help from Handy.

I like the way that you can book your appointments online in a minute or less. There is a secure payment option for online payments. It is just all so simple. I don’t think that it could get any easier than this when it comes to booking a cleaning service. Life is easier, and I have Handy to thank for this.

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Thor Halvorssen: Freedom Fighter Or Rockstar?

by Chris Holden - October 18th, 2016

Thor Halvorssen os no your ordinary human rights activist. He does no exude the dour self-pitying that so many other activists seem to relish in. He is upbeat and optimistic about the future. He doesn’t spend much time pointing fingers at Wester Democracies, claiming they are the cause for all the evil in the world. Learn more about Thor Hlavorssen:

He focuses on the real dictators and tyrants who suppress and even murder their own people without giving it a second thought. Truly, evil men like North Korean dictator Kim Jon-un have a target on their back thanks to Halvorssen and Human Rights Foundation (HRF), the New York-based organization he founded in 2005.

When he is not visiting dissidents in Vietnam, as he did 2010, he is taking meetings with some of Hollywood’s elite.

According to Buzz Feed, Thor Halvorssen is also the founder of the Moving Picture Institute, who’s goal is to “nurture freedom through” film by supporting young filmmakers from around the world.It is through this venture that Halvorssen has rubbed elbows with the likes of Quentin Tarantino when they co-produced the film Freedom’s Fury.

Halvorssen and HRF also organize the annual Oslo Forum, with is a gathering of dissidents from around the world. they get a chance to tell their story and connect with activists from around the world who can help further their efforts. Many people call it “Davos for Dissidents.”

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Thor Halvorssen was steeped in activism at an early age. His mother is a direct descendant of Simon “The Liberator” Bolivar, the leader who lead the fight for Latin America’s independence from Spain. She was also shot during a protest against then-Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

While many on both the Left and Right of the political spectrum view Thor Halvorssen with some skepticism, there is no doubt that his intentions are pure. HRF’s own mission statement says their main objective is to preserve and promote freedom around the world. that is certainly something we can all get behind.

InnovaCare Health: Changing Lives One Health Plan At A Time

by Chris Holden - October 12th, 2016

InnovaCare Health is one of the most managed health care providers in North America. They offer healthcare by making sure that their patients receive the best care available in a cost effective manner. InnovaCare provides services based on two types of plans, the Medicare Advantage Plan and a Provider Network.

The organization is all about their patients. With the help and assistance of Penelope Kokkinides, the patients can receive the best care and get the treatment they need at a low cost. Penelope, with over 20 years of expertise in the industry, works side by side with Dr. Rick Shinto, who has a strong professional background, and is also a leader in his profession,

Kokkinides, the Chief Administrative Officer, has experience as a CAO and a COO. She has an advanced degree in alcohol and substance abuse, a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and studied classical languages from Birmingham University. Penelope is a remarkable individual who brings an extensive style and expertise to InnovaCare Health on

Further adding to the list, Dr. Rick Shinto, also has 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Shinto attended and received his medical degree at The State University of New York and eventually obtained an MBA from the University of Redlands. Together they have worked tirelessly to provide their patients with the utmost care

With new and innovative ideas, InnovaCare Health is able to take care of over 275,000 beneficiaries. Rick Shinto is passionate about his profession and continues to redefine healthcare management one day at a time. With a highly professional staff, he is able to take care of over 270,000 commercial members and offer clients the access to preventative medicines and healthcare screenings.

InnovaCare Health believes that the patients come first. They are dedicated to improving the health industry and well-being of the country. The growth of the organization is partially because of their leadership. InnovaCare Health has at least 7,500 network providers and has partnered with the government through specific programs to offer a better model of care. They have accomplished this by having top-notch nurses and doctors. The numbers do not lie. Over ninety percent of their patients would choose them again if given the opportunity.

Nathaniel Ru: One of the Co-Founders of the Successful Sweetlife Chain of Fast Salad Restaurants

by Chris Holden - October 10th, 2016

Sweetgreen is a popular fast casual salad chain that is always packed with customers. The success of this chain of restaurants may be attributed to its array of health foods that are affordable and tasty. The pricing of Sweetgreen salads is similar to the pricing of fries and a burger, but the salads are comparatively healthier. The business was established in 2007 by three co-founders, one of them being Nathaniel Ru. The very first Sweetgreen shop was located in Washington, DC, but the chain has opened more than 40 other shops in various locations, mainly in California and New York. During an interview, Nathaniel Ru touched on the various aspects that have contributed to the success of this chain, including:


– Convenient locations

According to the co-founder, the real estate strategy applied by the business employs demographic analysis as well as accurate timing.


– Sweetgreen Sources of Food

Prior to opening a new store, the company meets with various farmers and potential suppliers. Nathaniel says that this is done even before leasing out a shop in the region. In this regard, they enquire on what the farmers in that particular region grow rather than requiring certain crops from the farmer. Ru believes that this allows the business to reduce food wastage when sourcing for crops from local farmers in those regions.


– Appealing Shop Design

Visiting any of the Sweetgreen stores gives one a sense of relief as a result of the many smiling faces and clean lines. According to Ru, this is emphasized during ‘service design’ by the company. The overall objective is to come up with a store that feels great to visit for the customers.


About Nathaniel Ru

After graduating from the Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, Nathaniel Ru started the Sweetgreen business in 2007, along with two other Georgetown graduates. While establishing the casual seasonal kitchen, the three co-founders focused on local sourcing and sustainability. In addition to this successful business venture, Ru has also contributed towards the formation of one of the most popular festivals in the region.


The festival, which was established by Nathaniel along with his parents in 2010, is referred to as the sweetlife. Sweetlife is currently one of the largest food and music festivals in the region, attracting more than sweetlife guests. The festival not only features renowned and high profile artists, but is also attended by the leading food trucks, chefs, farmers and local purveyors.



Keith Mann Gives To Help Others Succeed

by Chris Holden - September 29th, 2016

Education is an important aspect to success in life. While many children have access to great education during their childhood, many children do not have the opportunity to receive a quality education based on their economic situation and where they live. For many children who grow up in inner city urban communities or live in poverty, education can be challenge because the school systems in the areas tend to lack the necessary money to provide a quality education.

With the lack of funding that many school systems have in inner cities, there are a variety of ways that people attempt to help improve the education available in these areas. One of the ways is by creating and establishing public charter schools that provide quality education.

However, charter schools need funding just like school systems. In the New York area, a local businessman is helping an area charter school by giving money to the charter school.

Keith Mann the founder of Dynamics Search Partners held a fund raising event to help raise funds for Uncommon Schools. The charter school recently opened the doors to a new charter high school. Uncommon Schools has been very successful in providing quality education to lower income children in inner city urban areas. In addition, the charter school has been able to help many students to continue their education beyond high school.

Uncommon Schools has many children who have graduated from an uncommon charter high school and went on to attend college. The key to many of these children being able to attend college and ultimately earn a degree was the quality education they received at Uncommon Schools.

Keith Mann believes in education. He has been assisting Uncommon Schools with donations for several years. The chances for low-income children are reduced by their circumstances. Keith Mann has a relationship with Uncommon Schools that is helping many children that otherwise would never have the chance to attend college to see the dream of attending college become a reality.

Keith Mann has been working in the executive search industry or over 15 years. He started Dynamics Search Partners to provide executive search firm services for the alternative investment industry.

Class Dojo – The Classroom Community

by Chris Holden - September 27th, 2016

The news that the ed-tech app Class Dojo recently raised $21 million in venture funding came as a surprise to some. To those in the educational industry, however, it was expected as Class Dojo has had a huge impact in the classroom. This app developed by Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don in June 2011 has completely changed the way classrooms in 2 out of 3 schools in the United States operate. The app is used widely in both public and private schools, as well as in 180 other countries around the world. What makes this app so popular?

Many teachers will confess that the hardest parts of teaching are communicating with the parents, and motivating the students. Class Dojo was set up as a communication platform between teachers, parents, and students. The students get a chance to record their activities and take pictures of their work. These are then sent directly to the parents so that they have an idea of what is going on in class. The teachers can also communicate directly with the parents using Class Dojo’s messaging function. This constant communication creates a sense of collaboration and community within the school setting.

Class Dojo also encourages a culture of positivity within the classroom by keeping the instruction child focused. Studies have shown that intelligence and abilities can be developed over time, with the right encouragement. Teachers are therefore advised to praise children for achieving their goals regardless of the strategies used. The recently released growth mindset videos are geared towards this. The message being passed is that every child’s ability can be developed, at their pace. Parents are also advised to keep track of their children’s achievements using this app, and to keep in constant communication with the teacher. With time, parent – teacher meetings will no longer be necessary.

Class Dojo, therefore, aims at changing education from the ground up. First, it starts with changing the child’s mindset towards education through encouragement and acceptance. As the children become more receptive towards learning, the teachers begin to enjoy their job more. When the parents see the positive changes in their children, they become supportive. The classroom environment becomes happier and friendlier as a result. Class Dojo has completely changed the face of education. It is an app that every school in the world should consider using. How do we transform the world that we live in from the ground up? The only way is using Class Dojo, by creating communities within the classroom.

I Am Getting New Next Car Loan Locally In Dallas

by Chris Holden - September 24th, 2016

Getting a car loan locally in Dallas is one of the best things I have ever done, and it was how I got my first car years ago. I am now sure that I can get another car loan from Nexbank because they have come out with a lot of new funding that people can use in an unsecured manner. The unsecured loans will total about $75 million when people are done applying for them, and I think that I have a chance to get the car loan I need for a larger family vehicle.

We switched over to Nexbank because it was local, and we have kept using them because they are people who are willing to help us when we talk to them. We have both gone into the branch to talk to Nexbank, and now we are able to get the help that we need with our first car loan along with this new car loan that is coming. We also want to make sure that we can get the best prices. We know that the prices are going to get much better when we have spent the time to figure out what kind of vehicle we want to get.

NexBank Increases Senior Unsecured Notes Offering to $75 Million

It has become pretty easy for us to get the help we need with our loan, and we also know that we can change our lives with a larger and better car. The best thing that we can do is get some more room in the car that we can use for other purposes, and we also want to be sure that we have gotten a car that will last longer. Nexbank is going to help us with the purchase of a new car, but we have also been thinking about a loan to add onto the house.

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Changing The Face Of Fast Food

by Chris Holden - September 22nd, 2016

When people hear the term “fast food“, the thought that comes to mind is greasy overly processed foods that are very fattening. However, they are tasty and cheap. Therefore, a lot of people visit these restaurants for food. While a lot of people do understand that the foods that are offered by fast food chains are not that healthy, they do eat them anyway for many reasons including convenience and habit. A lot of people feel that just because they are pressed for money and time that they have to settle for the greasy and fattening foods that are offered at the local burger joint. Fortunately, there is a change that is being made to the fast food industry.

Among the changes that are being made is a restaurant that has been made by Nathaniel Ru called Sweetgreen. This fast food joint is actually a salad chain. This is where people get to eat some great tasting food while experiencing a lot of health benefits that come with the great taste. Sweetgreen is a huge step up from burger joints for people that are looking for ways to be healthier. Customers get to experience a lot more of the nutrients that make for a healthier lifestyle. Therefore, Sweetgreen is a successful enterprise in the fast food industry.

Nathaniel Ru is one of the people that are responsible for the creation of the successful restaurant. He is someone that is very passionate about health. Seeing that he is also successfully encouraging people to be healthy, his company, Sweetgreen has taken off and experienced a lot of success. The next step for Nathaniel is that he continues expanding the restaurant so that he can continue to bring forth healthy eating habits to his customers. Sweetgreen is one of the to the fast food industry that many people have been waiting for.

People need food. However, it is not just any food that people should be eating. It is better to eat foods that are very high in nutrition so that the body can regulate itself when it comes to fat, muscle, and energy. People will begin to see the health benefits of eating healthy and organic foods.