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Fortress Investment Group Expands With Purchase Of Colony American Finance

by Chris Holden - April 15th, 2018

Fortress Investment Group the global investment firm expands its portfolio with the purchase of Colony American Finance LLC. On July 18, 2017, Fortress Investment Group finalized the purchase of Colony American Finance and immediately changed the name to CoreVest American Finance Lenders LLC. Colony American Finance was a leading lender providing real estate investors that invest in single residential investment properties with the opportunity to obtain financing to continue their operation needs. After the recession in the late 2000s, it has been difficult for small investors in residential properties to obtain the needed financing with more traditional banking institutions because of the more stringent Dodd-Frank credit requirements.

In order to obtain lending opportunities for residential investors, Colony American Finance has established itself as one of the more respected and leaders within the special financing sector by providing loans for those real estate investors seeking to continue expanding their portfolios. Fortress Investment Group has established himself as one of the leaders in the alternative asset industry and is acquiring Colony American Finance to continue the mission of acquiring assets within the alternative lending subprime loan market. Colony American Finance had closed over 2.8 billion dollars in loans to its clients which is one of the highest loan inception rates within the country. After the Fortress acquisition and subsequent retaining of the company’s current executive team will allow the organization to remain consistent and continue to provide high-level leadership and expansion within the residential real estate lending market.

Furthermore, with the acquisition of Colony American Finance, Fortress is continuing to establish itself as one of the leaders in the alternative asset investment market. They continue to be led by strong intellectual analysis and evaluation by their senior executive staff and other management partners to provide high-level investment opportunities within the alternative asset industry that generate tremendous returns on investment. Fortress was founded in 1998 in New York City, New York and quickly became more of the more respected and well-run investment firms specializing in alternative assets which include real estate, private equity, credit and other illiquid investment opportunities.

Fortress Investment Group was founded by five principal partners and is currently ran by Co-Chief Executive Officer, Wes Edens and Peter Briger who provide key intellectual leadership and analysis of alternative asset opportunities to provide a powerful and transcendent approach to investing within the asset category. Fortress Investment Group continues to expand their portfolio into various areas of investment with a particular specialty in distressed assets, underperforming assets, and various other specialty investment opportunities.

Fortress has an extremely vast and well-diversified portfolio of investments from around the globe. They are generating powerful returns on investment for their over 1750 individual and institutional clients from around the world. By continuing to expand their portfolio within the alternative asset category, Fortress Investment Group solidified once again its position as the leader in the specialty and subprime lending sector with the purchase of Colony American Finance and will continue to expand and exceed expectations as they continue to grow their portfolio and provide high levels of return on investment.

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Roberto Santiago Prominent Businessman in Brazil and the owner of Manaira Shopping Mall

by Chris Holden - April 15th, 2018

Roberto Santiago is counted amongst the youngest and the most successful entrepreneurs in Brazil. Over the years, Roberto Santiago has easily proved his business expertise through the success he has achieved in various fields, such as entertainment, real estate, construction, the stock market, and more. Roberto Santiago is primarily known for his expertise in the development and the management of the shopping malls and has so far constructed two of the premier shopping malls in the country, namely the Mangabeira Shopping Mall and Manaira Shopping Mall.


Roberto Santiago gathered a lot of experience during the development of Mangabeira Shopping Mall and used the experience to develop the Manaira Shopping Mall, which is the largest shopping mall in the state of Paraiba in Brazil. Also, the Manaira Shopping Mall is one of the top ten largest malls in Brazil, which speaks for itself. The Manaira Shopping Mall was started in the year 1989, and since then, the mall continued to grow and evolve. Many new additions have happened to the mall, which includes the exclusive line of restaurants.


The first restaurant that was started at the mall was the Capital Steak House, which is highly popular with the locals as well as the tourists who visit the city. Roberto Santiago has ensured that the Manaira Shopping Mall has all the modern facilities that people can ask for in today’s date, starting from multiplex to bowling alley and from bank to school, and much more. The food court at the shopping mall has a variety of counters that offers authentic local cuisines as well as contemporary international cuisines. Whether people want to have finger food or a proper meal, rest assured they can have sumptuous food at reasonable prices.


There are 11 movie theatres at Manaira Shopping Mall with three of them having the modern and advanced 3D technology, which provides the moviegoers with out of the world movie watching experience. The Manaira Shopping Mall has the parking facility for more than 3,000 vehicles. The shopping mall also has some of the latest CCTV surveillance and security systems installed to ensure that the people visiting the mall are safe and secure, and there are no security lapses. Some of the most prominent national and international brands have their stores at the mall, and whether people are coming to shop for grocery items at the hypermarket or clothing items, Manaira Shopping Mall has everything one can ask for.


Roberto Santiago is also the man behind the development of Domus Hall at the Manaira Shopping Mall, which is a concert hall with the capacity of approximately eight thousand people. The Domus Hall is used for various large-scale events that take place in the city, including concerts, conferences, and more.



Bradesco’s New Leader After Almost A Decade, Luiz Carlos Trabuco

by Chris Holden - April 14th, 2018

Octavio de Lazari Junior will become the new president of Bradesco. Bradesco, currently the 2nd largest financial services company in Brazil has announced a new vice president, and new chairman of the board. Octavio de Lazari Junior will officially become the 5th president at the upcoming Ordinary General Assembly (AGO). The new president Octavio de Lazari Junior began his career with Bradesco in 1978, and was appointed executive officer and vice president of the board of directors in 2017. Octavio de Lazari Junior was one of the seven vice presidents up for consideration to become the next leader of the banking giant, however Octavio de Lazari Junior’s exceptional background sealed the deal for him being chosen.

Carlos Alberto Rodrigues is going to be the next vice president of the company now that Octavio de Lazari Junior is going to be president. Carlos Alberto Rodrigues has worked his way up the ranks for Bradesco, since he started working with the company back when he only 13 years of age.


Lazaro Brandao, the current Chairman of the Board of Directors, and former president of the company has announced his retirement. Lazaro Brandao will be ending his 75 year career with the Bradesco. Lazaro Brandao also has been on the council for 27 years. The current president Luiz Carlos Trabuco will be taking the place of the new Chairman of the board. In 2015, Lazaro Brandao as Chairman approved the deal to acquire HSBC, led by then president Luiz Carlos Trabuco. The deal to buy HSBC, turned out to be largest deal in Brazil that year for $5.2 billion. Luiz Carlos Trabuco was named Entrepreneur of the year by Money magazine in 2015 for the HSBC deal.

Luiz Carlos Trabuco, will be ending his tenure as president for almost ten years. Starting his career in 1969 as clerk, Luiz Carlos Trabuco has worked in many capacities within the banking giant. Luiz Carlos Trabuco assured the board’s full confidence and faith in Octavio de Lazari Junior’s ability to handle challenges facing Bradesco moving forward. Luiz Carlos Trabuco noted one challenge for the new president is digital literacy for the company’s customer base. Currently of the 27 million only 14 million of the bank’s customers utilize a software solution.

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Sahm Adrangi Warns Others Of Kodak’s Shady Business Practices As Of Late

by Chris Holden - April 11th, 2018

Over the years, Sahm Adrangi has issued reports at Kerrisdale Capital to keep investors informed of various companies in the market that are worth investing in as well as the companies that should be avoided at all costs. One of the latest companies that is under fire by Sahm Adrangi is the former photography giant, Kodak. Recently, Kodak has increased their company value on the market by roughly 200 percent, which is nearly unheard of considering it amounts to hundreds of millions in assets practically overnight. After a recent statement by Kodak that they were going into business with cryptocurrency parties, their shares suddenly skyrocketed.

According to Sahm Adrangi, this is because of the highly unstable market that revolves around cryptocurrency at the moment. Since there are so many people interested in cryptocurrency due to the high amounts of money involved, Sahm believes this is an attempt by Kodak to take advantage of people’s curiosity to take money from them. Nearly 6 years ago, Kodak issued a chapter 11 due to their lowered status and profits each year. Despite this, they have not updated their business practices or their products and they are currently in the same position they were in when they filed. This recent partnership and involvement with crypto has not earned them much attention from the public either. Instead, it is mostly investors that have taken notice and it is the investors that stand to lose out in the end.

In most cases, Sahm Adrangi’s advice is followed when it comes to investing since he has incredible insight into the industry and has managed to build his own highly successful investment company from the ground up. Kerrisdale Capital has more than 150 million in assets today and the company opened for business less than 10 years ago with under a million dollars to invest with. Despite the fact that Kodak was once a well-known and respected company, today they have really fallen behind the curve and it seems they are willing to get involved with shady company’s. They are going so far as to exploit the public to regain their losses, which is not something Sahm Adrangi can stand behind.

Jeff Yastine and What He Says About the Kennedy Accounts

by Chris Holden - April 9th, 2018

The name Jeff Yastine is synonymous with the “Kennedy accounts”. These dubious accounts are often misconstrued as a scam, and there has been little information about these accounts. While you may believe that these accounts are a scam, they are anything but a scam.

Jeff Yastine has assured millions through his videos and published information that the “Kennedy accounts” are not a scam. In fact, he is teaching valuable information to those who watch his videos, sharing more about these accounts that are considered to be viable investments. These accounts are not bank accounts, but they are based upon stocks and shares. Read this article at

These accounts are something that you can leverage for buying stocks. The key according to Jeff Yastine, is to buy in when shares are low. This could mean buying them as much as $25 below their true value. When the stocks go up, it’s time to cash in. This is great news for those who want to earn some cash. These accounts are what he states is the real key to earning dividends from buying these stocks.

If you are wondering why Jeff Yastine matters, consider that his work as a financial journalist is paying off. No pun intended. His focus has always been to speak with the powerful and those who make the big decisions regarding the economy and job creation. While he may appear as just another journalist, don’t be so quick to judge. Jeff Yastine has been working diligently behind the scenes in his field, often appearing on The Nightly Business Report. He also won an emmy for his investigative work in finance regarding these accounts and many other financial interests. Follow Jeff Yastine on Facebook.

While these accounts continue to remain a mystery to so many, you can be assured that Yastine has done the work for you upfront. He has made it simple, and has investigated the concept of these accounts and how they were started. The goal? Yastine says that when Kennedy created these accounts the purpose was to get America moving again. Sound familiar?

Kennedy knew that the stock market was critical, and it was a great option for those who wanted to buy stock, and earn some cash when things were good. Today, Yastine is the editor of The Wealth Insider.


Glen Wakeman Offers Life Lessons for Entrepreneurs

by Chris Holden - April 8th, 2018

Glen Wakeman, Founder, and CEO of LaunchPad Holdings, LLC, recommends that aspiring entrepreneurs read Sun Tzu’s Art of War. “It is a timeless classic,” he says, “and still the best book on strategy ever written.” Wakeman, with an MBA from the University of Chicago and a 20-year career with General Electric, goes on to say, “There are dozens of lessons to be learned about teamwork, preparation, and discipline…” Although Wakeman, former CEO of GE Money Latin America, praises Sun Tzu, he has lessons to share of his own.


  1. Nurture Your Curiosity

Wakeman coaches that the more you know about how things are, the more you can solve how to make them better. He advises that your curiosity can become your best business asset. “My sense of curiosity…enables me to persevere through problem-solving, innovation, and ultimately, customer satisfaction.”


  1. Don’t Try to ‘Boil the Ocean’

Many fledgling entrepreneurs try to do too much with their business and then find their progress stagnating. “Simpler and clearer is better and more effective” explains Wakeman.


  1. Have a Plan

Entrepreneurs have great ideas but often don’t plan. Without a plan their idea stalls or its taken to market haphazardly and fails. After years of studying entrepreneurs and what helps start-ups succeed, Wakeman created The Launchpad Toolkit. It is a simple to use guide that takes entrepreneurs through the business planning process. “The result,” says Wakeman, “is a clean, clear investor friendly presentation.”


  1. Grow Your Network

Networking is the key to success for entrepreneurs and business executives. If he could start over, Wakeman says “I would keep good records of every friend and acquaintance I meet along the way. Connections can mean the difference between funding or not, some customers or none, success or failure.”


  1. Put Yourself in Front of People

The most important strategy Wakeman uses and advocates others is to join business and entrepreneurial associations. He recommends that colleges, government, and venture capital providers all offer forums to join and connect. “They offer a treasure trove of ideas, contact, and capital” Wakeman concludes.


Sun Tzu, in the Art of War, states “leaders lead by example, not by force.” Glen Wakeman, with his Launchpad Toolkit and wise advice for start-up entrepreneurs, is doing just that. For more information on Glen Wakeman go to


Robert Ivy: CEO, Author And Architectural Expert

by Chris Holden - April 6th, 2018

When it comes to the field of architecture, Robert Ivy stands as someone who has an incredible amount of skill and experience. He has been working in the field for several long years and has had an astonishing number of contributions that have changed the developments that the field has seen. A lot of this contribution that he has made was made through the American Institute of Architects, which is an organization in which he stands as the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer.

Having worked in the field for so many years has helped Robert Ivy understand the various nuances of the field and the developments that it needs. Because of this, he has been able to implement several projects that have improved the workings of the architectural field. One of the more prominent things that Ivy wanted to work on when he took over in this position at the American Institute of Architects was the formulation of apps and software that would help architects do their projects in a better and more streamlined way. With how much technology has improved the work that we do, development in this regard is sure to help every facet of the industry.

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Ivy has led an impressive career, starting out at some of the most prestigious architectural firms in the country. During his early years, he worked under some of the most noteworthy people in the industry and also had an impressive amount of exposure. He worked with a wide range of clients on a number of projects, which further improved his knowledge and skill in the field. He spent years perfecting the work that he did and worked hard to reach important positions within the companies that he had offered his services to. After a considerable amount of years, he becomes a partner at a company known as Dean, Dale, and Ivy. This was the highest point of his career, and the firm came to be known for having a brilliant reputation for the work that they did.

Working as an architect was not the only facet of the field that Ivy dabbled into. He is also reasonably familiar with the sector of architectural publications. He has been working as an Editor at the Architectural Review since 1995 and at one point, reached the position of Editor in Chief. He also worked for the publication section at McGraw Hill Construction. He had a good eye for detail and was able to gauge what it is that the customers reading these articles and magazines would want.

Because of his experience with architectural publications, Ivy decided to release a book that gave readers a glimpse of the work and life of Fay Jones, a notable American Architect.


How Softbank’s Acquisition Of Fortress Investment Group Will Help The Company Grow

by Chris Holden - April 6th, 2018

When Softbank acquired Fortress Investment Group, they knew they were going to be making big choices for the company. They knew what the business was about and chose to continue making sure people knew what they were offering to the customers they had. Doing this allows Fortress Investment Group to continue operating as they should be instead of having to deal with the issues that come with having a company over top of them making all the big decisions about business.

The acquisition was strategic for both companies. Fortress Investment Group could rely on the parent company for the security of their business. They could also make sure they were going to be safe in the event there was an issue with the industry. Having Softbank overseeing the things they were doing is a means of protecting the company can take advantage of. Instead of having to constantly worry about what they are going to do if they are not successful, they can focus on being the right type of investment group for all their customers. The acquisition works for them because they know they will have the opportunity to thrive under the direction of Softbank.

For Softbank, having a company like Fortress Investment Group underneath them is a way to try different things. They are successful in the banking industry, but before they took over with Fortress Investment Group, they didn’t have an investment team that was really strong. Now they don’t have to worry about developing their own investment team. Softbank can rely on the infrastructure Fortress Investment Group already had in place when they took over. Everything is set up for them to continue running a successful investment firm and that means they can do everything they need to keep it running the right way.

As long as the two companies are working together, they are going to make waves in the banking and investment industry. They want to show people how things can change and what will get better based on the issues they are facing. It is also the right type of business for the industry they are a part of. Both companies have been very successful in the industry and together, they are going to offer their customers the best of everything. The acquisition has been a way for both companies to continue thriving with each other.

While Softbank did take over Fortress Investment Group, the investment firm is going to continue operating independently. They will not have to worry about Softbank always looking over their shoulder. Because they know what they can do to make things better in their own business, Softbank is relying on them to continue their tradition of growth in industry. They will make the most out of all the opportunities they have with the company and with the other finance companies connected to the Softbank brand. They are independently successful, but standing with Softbank will allow them to see even more success in the future with other partners.

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Transportation industry pioneer Perry Mandera

by Chris Holden - April 3rd, 2018

Perry Mandera graduated from a Chicago public high school in 1975, during very turbulent times in America. With his love of God and country, Perry decided to join the U.S. Marine Corps. It was there that Mr. Mandera was assigned to the motor pool, which set his destiny as a future pioneer in the world of transportation into stone. It was there, while serving his country, Perry learned how to drive a truck. It was something he seemed born to do, so when he returned to civilian life after receiving his honorable discharge, he turned to his new skill to start a career as a driver.

He was just barely into his twenties and Perry Mandera spent several years working for a number of transportation companies. At just 23, he decided to start his own company. He turned that first company into a success and sold it off in 1985. Then he started the company The Custom Companies, Inc. Showing his continued aptitude to understanding the transportation and logistics industry, Perry Mandera guided The Custom Companies into a business that now services thousands of people across the country.

Perry Mandera’s company services businesses big and small. These are mom and pop shops to Fortune 100-sized businesses and they are all services with The Custom Companies’ signature customer service and excellence. These days, Perry’s company exceeds annual sales of 200 million dollars and also serves to provide livings and careers for hundreds of people.

The Custom Companies, Inc., is an industry leader set right in the middle of the country, located in Northlake, IL, near Chicago. This central location allows Perry Mandera to offer logistics services, over-the-road trucking services, Truckload and LTL services for domestic and international services, plus International Air Freight and more.

Perry continues to guide his business and remain active in his community. He made sure his company provided relief for those affected by natural disasters. Perry is also married and has two children and is involved in their school life. Perry is a well-rounded person with a passion for serving his fellow man, and for providing outstanding service in the transportation industry.




Graham Edwards: The Journey to Telereal Trillium

by Chris Holden - April 3rd, 2018

Since its beginning in 1997 as a subsidiary of the William Pears Group, Trillium has undergone a variety of changes. In a short amount of time, it became the largest privately owned property marketing company in the UK. Passing first to Land Securities in 1998, it later was sold by this company to Telereal in 2000, changing its name from Land Securities Trillium to Telereal Trillium, as it is now known. The year 2001, Telereal Trillium saw a new CEO in the form of Graham Edwards. With a wealth of knowledge and experience to add to the company, Graham Edwards placement of CEO of Telereal Trillium has only worked diligently in Trilliums favor. To fully understand the impact that he has had during his time with Trillium, one must look at the massive expansion the company has undergone. Upon his installment as CEO, Graham Edwards helped to merge Trillium with British Telecomholdings, entering into a 30 year deal with the fledgling company. Set to take place gradually, the already extensive Trillium was set to gain 30% of British Telecomholdings properties over time (referred to as an adoption period). Through this process Graham Edwards gained Trillium 6,700 more properties with a total floor space of 59.2 million feet. It has been through Edwards that this company has achieved the success and power that it has (Releasefact). Not only does Trillium own and deal with an incredible amount of properties available in the UK, but through Graham Edwards stewardship the company does its best to give back. The belief that the true scope of power comes from what it is used for, and through Edwards many charities appreciate large donations from the company. Everything that Telereal Trillium has accomplished has been through the aid of the CEO. Having graduated Cambridge University as a student of economics, Edwards had immediate hands-on experience with a variety of investment organizations and investment teams that saw him gain the experience needed to head such a large company and make it successful.