Jeffry Schneider, Exceptional Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

As the Founder and CEO of Ascendant Capital, LLC based in Austin, Texas, Jeffry Schneider has aided in the raising of nearly one billion dollars as he helped the company grow to over 30 employees since it was launched in March of 2012.

Schneider has extensive experience in the financial services and alternative investments industries including previous positions with the well-known financial services firms Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, and Alex Brown. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Ascendant Capital, an alternative investment boutique firm, sources leading private equity, real estate, and hedge funds and develops value-added offerings appropriate for a wide range of qualified investors. Offerings are distributed through United States brokerage firms, private banks, registered Investment Advisors, and international markets.

Committed to helping the less fortunate, Schneider works diligently with a number of charitable organizations including the Gazelle Foundation, Wonders and Worries, and Cherokee Home for Children.

The Gazelle Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for the residents of Burundi by providing an access to clean water and to ensure that every dollar is used for its original purpose.

The work at Wonders and Worries, a nonprofit organization that is the only one of its kind in the United States, is to provide professional support to children and teens so that they can continue to succeed in school, attain academic success, and enjoy activities even though they have a parent who is going through an illness. Provided is individual and group therapy, how to build coping skills, and other education so that families can thrive during the difficult time.

The goal of the Cherokee Home for Children in Texas is the engagement of those children in community, education, and church activities, positively influence their lives, and to prepare the children for when they leave Cherokee.

The Importance Of Environment By Marc Sparks

Any successful businessman would tell people about the importance of a productive environment. After all, if one is in a chaotic environment, then it could be very hard if not impossible to be organized with one’s own efforts in order to build success.

Whether one is working on building a major business that requires a ton of workers, or is a sole proprietor, it is important for him to be in the right type of environment. Surprisingly, this is not always an option for the entrepreneur.

For one thing, he may be in an area that offers the equipment needed for success except it is in an environment that is full of distractions.

Fortunately,  Sparks is one of those that understand the frustration of being in an environment. As a matter of fact, he is someone who places a lot of importance on the environment for success.

The advantage to this is that people will have an easier time reaching the goals that they have for their business.

One of the reasons that Marc Sparks has redone an office was that he wanted to make sure that he manages to bring out a special flow that encourages creativity and productivity as well as collaboration.

According to Marc Sparks, there is a lot of qualities that are needed for the success of a company. Among the qualities that are needed are faith, skills at monetization, a sense of urgency, and focus. If one is able to cultivate these qualities, then he will be able to achieve a lot of major goals in his career.

Anthony Petrello: Innovation Leader In The Oil Industry And Philanthropy Leader At TCH

Anthony Petrello is a leader of an oil drilling operation and technology development company, Nabors Industries. In fact, this company owns one of the largest land and offshore oil drilling fleets in the world. Petrello has helped Nabors develop some of the most reliable rigs for drilling in extreme conditions in deserts and icy fronts like Antarctica. Petrello has also guided the company into strategic investments for technology that can maximize production and stay ahead of competitors when it comes to setting the bar in the industry.

Anthony Petrello’s special area of study growing up was mathematics. He studied under the famous mathematician Serge Lange and completed both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in the field. But Petrello soon decided he didn’t want to become a professor in the field and he became more interested in finance and law, getting a J.D. from Harvard and then joining a well-known New York law firm, Baker and McKenzie. The work he did at this law firm consisted of financial structure advice, underwriting, risk assessment, corporate regulatory guidance and advising on mergers and acquisitions. He became very proficient at his work that in 1986 he became a Managing Partner at the firm. Anthony Petrello became familiar with Nabors Industries because they were a client of the firm’s and offered him a position as Chief Operating Officer in 1991.

Anthony Petrello is also married to former television actress Cynthia Petrello and has a daughter named Carena. Carena was born with Cerebral Palsy and because there have not been any known cures for the condition, Petrello decided he wanted to dedicate his philanthropy to research in neurology. He joined the Texas Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees and through there he got acquainted with Dan and Jan Duncan who also were looking to help fund research into neurological research. Together they established the Dan and Jan Duncan Neurological Research Institute and the Petrellos gave a sizable gift of $7 million to help get things started. Petrello hopes that he can inspire other businessmen to recognize the need in this particular area of healthcare and follow his example of generosity when it comes to funding it.

Kate Hudson And Fabletics Take Aim At Amazon

In the story of David and Goliath, not too many people gave David a chance. But David wound up having the last laugh. Today, Kate Hudson and her company Fabletics are taking on modern day retail Goliath by the name of Amazon.


Hudson has grown Fabletics into a $250 million business in just three short years by selling athletic clothing directly to consumers. By combining an aspirational brand with the convenience of a subscription membership, Fabletics has grown by 35 percent year over year.


It is that stellar growth rate that has given Hudson and company the confidence to take on Amazon. This will be no small feat given that Amazon controls 20 percent of the online fashion market.


According to Fabletics General Manager, Gregg Thorgmartin, it is the company’s membership model that will allow them to take on Amazon. By using customer data they can offer personalized service to their customer and reduced costs.


  1. Reverse Showrooming

Most brick and mortar retail stores lose money when customers come into the shop, browse for items and then go home and buy them online for a cheaper price. Fabletics does not have that problem. In fact, the encourage it.


The company currently has 16 retail stores throughout the country and is planning on opening more in the coming year. Because they have started out as a membership-based retailer, 30-50 percent of customers who walk into their retail stores are already members. Once a member tries on a particular item of clothing it will go into their online shopping cart and they can complete the purchase online at their convenience.


In addition, 25 percent of customers who walk into the store sign up for membership right there and then. It is not important to Fabletics where their customers make purchases. For them, the retail store is just another facet of their customer service.


  1. Big Data

Fabletics understands the personalization is key to their customer’s shopping experience. The company works hard to present to right product to the right customer at just the right time, making the buying decision effortless.


As such, the inventory of each retail store is determined by the data of local members. This ensures the store will most likely carry items that local consumers want. As trends change so will store inventory.


  1. People And Culture

At its heart, Fabletics is about customer experience. They work tirelessly to give their customers exactly what they want while promoting an active lifestyle. This attention to customer service has created a community of loyal customers. These delighted customers will turn into brand evangelists and help the company grow.


Competing with Amazon will not be easy. However, Fabletics has built a foundation of happy customers and used technology to its full advantage. By combining both they are sure to give Amazon a run for their money.

Williamson County can now Relax with Traffic Solution Found

For a long time transit discussions concerning Austin mainly focus on the city itself. However, last Thursday saw Williamson County Growth Summit discuss traffic issues affecting the suburban areas of the county. The summit opened discussion on transportation difficulties affecting the communities living the area.


In attendance at the meeting was Mike Heiligenstein, the Director for Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, Joseph Kopser, the founder of RideScout LLC and Leandre Johns, the Uber Technologies Inc. Director for Texas External Affairs and Jared Ficklin of ArgroDesigns who is also a transportation-focused designer and proposed Central Austin to have an aerial gondola system.


The Event was held at Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center.


Noting the impacts are adopting new technology such as driverless vehicles and ridesharing apps, Heiligenstein also pointed out that Austin still had a lot to do to expand its transportation capacity. He said the city needed to build more and smarter roads. According to his statement, this is the only way the city can manage serving the mobility demands of its rapidly growing population and especially in the suburbs such as Williamson County.


He added that over the past 15 years or son, Williamson County had done an incredible job of structuring its infrastructure. However, he noted that the county still had a long way to go since people visiting the area. He advised on the re-building and expansion of the roads and making the remaining corridors smarter, efficient and technically advanced.


Ficklin, on the other hand, responded to a question by Alan McGraw, Round Rock Mayor, on what lawmakers should do in preparation for future transportation needs. He said it was important that the building and land-use codes remain flexible.


Commenting on parking garages and roads, Ficklin added that even when the vehicles become autonomous, these two will still be a necessity. He noted the in future, parking garages will be five feet taller than the cars and will also have multiple levels with one level holding a charging station and another a service center. These features do not match the current building codes.


Heiligenstein kept calm when the issue on driverless cars arose. He said he was not as optimistic about the idea since its adoption rate might not meet their expectations. It might be slow and of course tedious. He stated that they needed to focus on improving the road and buses capacity.


According to John of Uber, it was important that the Austin region commuters get first and last mile solutions to get them on public transit.


About Mike Heiligenstein


Mike has been working for Texas Central Regional Mobility Authority since 2003 where currently he is the director.  He is an active advocate for pedestrian and bicycle facilities and has always worked hard to provide such services whenever possible in his Mobility Authority projects.

Waiakea Water Witnesses 5,000% Growth in Only Three Years

Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water has announced a 5,000% growth since it was launched in 2012. Over the last one year, Waiakea water brand (based on three-thronged platform focused on sustainability, charitable initiatives and health) managed to add its product in about 2,000 stores in over 30 U.S. states. In order to celebrate this feat, the company will be launching another manufacturing facility to be based in Hawaii to meet the brand’s demand internationally.

Founder’s Reactions

According to Specialty Food, Ryan Emmons, the Waiakea Water founder, expressed his pride on the accomplishments the company made in such a short period. He stated that the company had grown from just a brand that was selling a few thousand cases annually to selling over 120,000 cases of Waiakea spring water. He was pleased that this increase also saw over 500 million liters of water (safe and clean drinking water) being donated to some underserved communities based in Africa.

He added that the success of the company was down to doing things in a different way. He mentioned the fact that the company was the first ever premium bottled water to receive a certification from CarbonNeutral®.

Partnership with Pump Aid

Waiakea Water has partnered with Pump Aid as part of its mission to try and persuade more customers to “drink ethically”. The company in turn donates 650 liters of safe and clean water for every liter it sells.

This charitable contribution from Waiakea water makes up for only a third of the success enjoyed by the brand. Waiakea further sources its water from the purest areas on earth that have natural alkaline, electrolyte-packed and rich in minerals. It is also packaged in only recycled bottles (rPET).

About Waiakea Springs

Waiakea Springs refers to a water bottling company that is looking to change how the entire industry operates. The company is more committed to serving the environment as compared to serving humanity. The company has been able to achieve this with an amazing progress and clarity.

The company was founded back in 2012 and has so far managed to assume the position of the water-bottling company with the most awards in the U.S. Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water was among the very first brands to opt for the carbon neutral way. Learn more about Waiake water:

This was possible due to their large anti-deforestation efforts. Its water is usually filtered through large feet of the porous volcanic rock to produce the most delicious electrolyte-rich and alkaline natural waters.

Of Don Ressler And His Successes In Online-Based Businesses

Success in business is a factor of several things one of them being the creativity the entrepreneur holds as well as his/her ability to traverse through the many challenges the environment offers. Many businesses at that are successful in the online arena were built over many years and are the result of creative and prudent decision making.

Entrepreneurs like Don Ressler offer upcoming entrepreneurs insight into the things they need to emerge leaders in the online world of business. He has maintained his passion for business for more than one decade and the many successes he has earned all along came from learning and many trials.

Don Ressler kicked his career off as an entrepreneur when he came up with, which stocked fitness products. The company allowed him to get the real experience of running a business in the complex online world on Don Ressler, although he had to overcome many challenges, managed to rank the company in the competitive environment and after more than three years, he was able to see some success.

At this point the motivation to do better kicked in and he decided to sell the company to Intermix Media in 2001. While he was transacting the deal on, he happened to interact with Adam Goldenberg, whose ideas matched well with those of Ressler. They agreed to try their hand in business together and the first company they launched was Alena Media. Alena Media specialized in advertising for small and medium size businesses.

This performance was a motivating factor and to explore their potential further, they sold Alena Media in 2005. Selling the company on Huffington Post would allow them to get the needed capital to facilitate the development of their next idea.

Another business Don Ressler and Adam launched and one that has been performing well is JustFab, an online retail subscription store. Founded in 2010, the company has grown from a small entity to become the most preferred subscription outlet across Europe. To facilitate all this growth, they had to go for funding, which began in 2011 with $33 million from Matrix Ventures. During the year that followed, they proceeded to several venture capitals and were awarded $76 million, which helped to develop the company to enter other markets like Germany and the UK.

Billy McFarland is Focused on Bringing New York Together

When he launched his Magnises credit card, Billy McFarland was asked why it was just targeted at people who lived in New York City. Wouldn’t that just cut back on how many people could use it? Wouldn’t it limit the card’s potential?

Though the idea behind the card was to grow and expand the influence it had — it’s now moved out of just New York — part of the reason at the beginning was simply that Billy McFarland felt that it fit best with people in NYC. It was a card aimed at them and designed for them. The perks that it handed out were created with the New York social scene in mind.

Part of the hope here is that it can help bring New York together. It’s also been targeted at people in their 20s. These are typically young professionals, with a few college students perhaps thrown into the mix. They’re people that are in the same social groups. It’s a card with a very specific market in mind, and, if people in that group start using the card, it could help to bring them together by giving them similar perks and driving their social lives in that fashion.

The proof of that concept is in this one simple fact: McFarland built a clubhouse for the members. There are televisions on the walls, leather couches, and drink options. It’s a high-end space for people to socialize, and the appeal is that it’s exclusive.

That will bring the members together, get them to meet, and create all sorts of new relationships. This is perhaps best for people in their mid 20s who are used to having that type of social life in college, but who now lack it after graduation.

In any case, McFarland has claimed that his card is doing things that other cards simply aren’t doing in the modern day, and he’s right. These are serious perks that can’t be found anywhere else, pushing the card into the news and into wallets at the same time.

David Osio Comes Out To Oversee The Lauch Of Real Estate Application

Investing in real estate has become a norm and many people who enter into the industry are not skilled or informed well about its highs and lows and how to go about them. This is the reason some make losses and after a short period then exit the scene. However, with the right support and after consulting with experienced professionals, it can be easy to make it in the real estate industry.


The Davos Financial Group has gained a reputation for offering reliable financial advisory services and supporting upcoming entrepreneurs in the real estate industry to plan their investment well. The company has come up with reliable procedures that are designed to help those looking to invest in real estate.


Recently, the CEO of the group, David Osio took part in ceremonies that were organized to launch a new mobile application that will make it easier for clients to transact or manage their preferences. The aim of the company is to bring closer to the client the services they need to make wise investment decisions.


Through the application, one can request for information about a specified unit and there are links to professionals within the company who are able to respond to problems within few hours. Unlike with the traditional procedures, transacting will not have to be a long process since all the information required is shared through the platform. The company has also designed a system that will allow one to compare deals and fill their preferences to receive messages regarding new assets uploaded to the system.


About David Osio

David J. Osio is an entrepreneur and the founder of Davos Financial Group, a financial advisory firm that serves the Venezuela market. He founded his firm in 1993 and he has maintained the commitment to offer financial advice and support to customers looking to make prudent investment decisions.


He has managed the company well and kept it profitable for the period he has worked as the CEO and he is looking to expand into other markets like the U.S. David Osio has also created economic opportunities for the needy and he contributes to charity while supporting different organizations like the Children’s Orthopedic Foundation and Fundana Foundation.


The Significance of Investment Banks Such as Martin Lustgarten

The success of a nation is dependent on the aggregate sum of different sectors of the economy. The central bank plays a crucial role in enhancing monetary and fiscal measures of any country. At the center of all these transactions are the investment banks. Commercial banks also are important as they take deposits from the public besides issuing loans to companies and individuals.

Banking is wide as it incorporates different aspects. Investment banks seek to provide capital for government, companies and high-worth clients. Investment banks aid clients in underwriting new debts and equity securities. These clients include all corporations both private and public. Investment banks can raise large amounts of capital required by different institutions. To this end, they play a crucial role in ensuring that the different corporations in need of such capital execute capital-intensive activities.

Investment banks are known to aid in trading of securities. Security trading entails many risks. These banks have the capacity and expertise to handle such risks. In addition, they help different companies in overseeing successful mergers and acquisitions. Investment banks provide advisory services to companies intending to make strategic business acquisitions. Most investment bankers are well versed in broad investment undertakings, thus well positioned to guide corporations in need of effective re-engineering.

In local and international market, investment banks engage in broker trades and reorganizations for private and institutional investors. These services require high levels of expertise, which can only be availed by investment banks. Investment bankers are in a position to advice investors on matters of stock issue and placement as well as the best practices in stock markets. Investment bankers are individuals who have extensive background in various fields.

About Martin Lustgarten

Martin Lustgarten is a renowned investment bank that provides various services to its clients around the world. These services include financial opinions, valuation, merger and acquisition and financial advisory services. The corporation has made strategic partnerships with various middle-market organizations in different industries. Martin Lustgarten has learnt how to analyze the needs of each client in order to have the best match between sellers and buyers, create adequate capitalization structures and arrange for appropriate financing. The investment bank’s extensive network, investment banking services, professional depth and independent valuation services, have enhanced its success in the competitive market.

Martin Lustgarten’s professional depth objectives incorporate decades of experience, unparalleled leadership, highest levels of professional standards and a national footprint. Its extensive network includes comprehensive resources, interactions with high-level decision makers and diverse contacts. The bank’s investment banking services includes ESOP advisory, financial restructuring, raising of capital and private placement services.