Indiana Home to One of the Country’s Top Airports:

For many people, air travel can be a hassle. But at one Indiana airport, the hassles seem to be few and far between. In a customer survey of airports released by J.D. Power, Indianapolis International was named one of the top medium to large-sized airports in the country. Your text to link…

 

The 2016 North American Airport Satisfaction Survey tabulated the responses from 36,000 air travelers, and IIA received the highest score among airports of similar size or larger, with 794 out of 1,000 points. Factors that went into the survey included the quality of terminal facilities, baggage claim, security checks, amenities, and food and beverage service. Indianapolis International was also noted for having an open design that prevents air travelers from being crowded when walking through the terminals.

 

This is one of many awards Indianapolis International Airport has received in 2016. It won its fourth consecutive Best Airport in North American Award from the Airports Council International, and was ranked second among U.S. domestic airports by Travel and Leisure Magazine. The airport was also named by TripAdvisor as a traveler’s choice for favorite medium-sized airport in the United States.

 

Rounding out the top five for top medium-sized airports in the survey are Buffalo Niagara International, Fort Myers/Southwest Florida International, Jacksonville International, and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International.

 

Butler Tops Indiana in Heated Game

The State of Indiana has always been considered one of the top basketball states in the country. Part of this allure is due to the fact that Indiana University often has one of the best teams in the country. While the Hoosiers are usually considered the top college basketball team in the State, a recent news article (http://wlfi.com/2016/12/18/no-18-butler-holds-off-late-comeback-to-beat-no-9-indiana/) points out that another school could now be considered the best basketball team in Indiana.

 

On Saturday, December 17, all college basketball fans were tuned in to the Indiana vs Butler game, which pitted two local rivals against each other. While both teams play in this game every year, this game was special as both teams were ranked among the top 20 teams in the country. Heading into the game Indiana was ranked number 9 in the country and Butler was number 18. Furthermore, both teams had already beaten some very good teams and were looking like they could go team in the national tournament in March.

 

While the Hoosiers were looking like they would win the game, the Butler Bulldogs ultimately won the game by a score of 83 to 78. While Butler was able to pull away late in the game, it was very tightly contested. The Hoosiers were led in the game by James Blackmon Jr, who ended up scoring 26 points. The Bulldogs ended up being led by Kelan Martin who scored 28 points and was able to score at will at times during the game against IU.

 

Lefkofsky Stays On The Go

Eric Lefkofsky is an individual who is a super entrepreneur, and he is also an individual who loves the community. Eric Paul Lefkofsky was born in 1969, and he grew up in Michigan. Lefkofsky comes from a family of academics, and both he and his brother went to school to be lawyers. Eric Lefkofsky graduated from the University of Michigan Law school, and he received his Juris doctorate in 1993.

 

 

Right after graduating from law school in 1993, Lefkofsky and his friend Brad Keywell decided to start a clothing company. After starting the apparel company, Lefkofsky and Keywell continued as business partners. In 2005, Lefkofsky and Keywell created a freight logistics company called Echo Global Logistics, and Lefkofsky and Keywell were able to gain some of the largest technology investors in the country. In 2006, Lefkofsky and Keywell went on to find Thepoint.com, and the company changed its name to Groupon.com. In October 2009 Groupon was able to raise $30 million, and in 2010 Groupon received investments of $435 million. By 2011 Groupon had raised $950 million in private funding. Recent news on Groupon here.

 

Lefkofsky cofounded Tempus in 2016. Tempus is a technology company that has been able to do amazing things for patients and doctors around the world. Tempus is a company that helps doctors to be able to give their patients personalize cancer care. These services are based on scientific studies and the molecular makeup of each and every patient. This technology has been able to help many people get cohesive cancer treatment, and Tempus is constantly working on innovative techniques to improve their cancer finding technology. Latest news on ChicagoTribune.

 

Eric Lefkofsky is an individual who cares about the community. Lefkofsky is on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The Museum of Science and Industry. Lefkofsky is also a member of the World Business Chicago Board. Eric Lefkofsky and his wife Elizabeth were able to form the Lefkofsky Foundation. The Lefkofsky Foundation is a foundation that has the goal of supporting children. This foundation helps to give funds to many organizations around the world, and it supports the arts, education, and science.

Follow Lefkofsky on https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericlefkofsky

 

Colts Continue to Fight for Playoffs

Heading into the 2016 NFL Season, one team in the league that was expected to take a major step forward were the Indianapolis Colts. While the Colts have been competitive all season long, a recent news article (http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nfl/colts/2016/12/12/colts-all-hope-lost/95338428/) points out that their chances of making the playoffs have been hurt by a recent loss.

 

In 2015, the Colts ended up finishing with a record of 8 wins and 8 losses, which was good for second place in their division, but not good enough to make the playoffs. While the Colts missed the playoffs, there was plenty of reason for optimism heading into this year. For starters, the Colts would once again have star quarterback Andrew Luck. In 2015, he was limited to play in just 7 of the team’s 16 games. Furthermore, the team focused heavily on improving its defense to make them more competitive.

 

Thus far, the season has been full of ups and downs. The season took a major hit this past Sunday when the Colts lost to the visiting Houston Texans. Not only did the Colts fall to a game behind the Texans in the divisional rankings, but they have lost their edge in a potential tie-breaking scenario with the team. However, the Colts still have a chance to make the playoffs if they can win their next three games, each of which is winnable. Furthermore, quarterback Andrew Luck and receiver TY Hilton have shown continued development, which will make them a force if the team makes the playoffs.

 

Colts Prepare for Vikings

Before the start of the 2016 NFL season, the Indianapolis Colts looked like they could be the top team in the AFC South Division and even compete for a spot in the Super Bowl. Much of the excitement was due to the continued improvement and success of Andrew Luck and TY Hilton, two of the top young players in the league.

 

While there has been a lot of excitement about the Colts, they have not quite met the level of expectations some set. With three weeks left in the regular season, the Colts are one game behind the Houston Texans in the division. The Colts have also lost to the Texans twice, which means they will not be able to win the tie-breaker if it comes down to it.

 

Ultimately, the Colts will need to win their next three games to make the playoffs. They will start their playoff goal this week against the Minnesota Vikings. Recent pregame predictions (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/week-15-preview-minnesota-vikings-034254108.html) believe that the game will be a good one and the Colts have a good chance of winning.

 

The Vikings are in a similar situation as the Colts in that they are a game away from making the playoffs. The Vikings are still fighting to win the division, but will likely have to make the playoffs as a wild card team. The Vikings and Colts have an interesting matchup in which the Colts strong offense will be up against the tough Minnesota defense, which has consistently shown the ability to stop top quarterbacks.

James Dondero Embarks On A $1 Million Challenge Grant For The Legacy Campaign

James Dondero’s Highland Capital Management (HCM) is running a $1 million challenge grant to boost The Family Place’s legacy campaign. Dondero made this announcement in early October during a luncheon hosted by The Family place. Dondero is the co-founder and president of HCM.

The challenge grant is the newest philanthropic cause that the financial expert is involved in. Previously, he financed various initiatives through Highland Dallas Foundation, HCM’s charitable arm. His donations have helped both families and students in Dallas.

This time round, Dondero is promising to match 50% of any funds raised by the charity organization to the tune of $1 million. This challenge seeks to encourage people and businesses in Dallas to participate in the Legacy campaign. The campaign, which is aimed at raising money to build a shelter for victims of family violence in Dallas, requires an additional $2.8 million to reach its target of $16.5 million. According to Dondero, the challenge will ensure that The Family Place finishes its fundraising campaign on a strong note.

Speaking during the luncheon hosted at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas, the HCM president encouraged more people to come out and help the charity organization to realize its vision. He further noted that the center would help every member of the community, as no one is immune to family violence. James asserted that contributing to the campaign would help Dallas residents to save the lives of such victims.

The funds will be used to construct and equip the Ann Moody Place. The center will have 13 emergency shelter bedrooms, centralized call center, a medical and dental clinic, and counseling rooms. There will also be multipurpose spaces where family violence victims can be trained on valuable income generating skills. Corgan, a leading architecture firm, designed the center.

About James Dondero

James Dondero is a financial expert. He has extensive experience in the credit and equity markets. James has provided transformative leadership to HCM since he co-founded the firm in 1993. Dondero’s leadership has seen the company grow from a small agency to an international corporation.

The University of Virginia graduate is the chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, NexBank, and CCS Medical. Because of his previous successful undertakings with various companies, James has been appointed on the boards of different companies, including MGM Studios and American Banknote. Dondero is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

 

Entire Police Force Resigns to Take a Stand Against Corruption

While most of the country is in an uproar over the claims of widespread police misconduct, an incident in Bunker Hill, Indiana, that happened recently might just be enough to change people’s opinions of the boys in blue. After dealing with corruption from the town’s leadership for far too long, the entire police force turned in their resignations simultaneously.

 

The town’s marshal said that the board members had pushed him and the other officers to do things that were illegal and unethical to cover up their own questionable actions. The officers were asked to perform background checks and obtain personal information about people that the board members wanted to know more about without having reasonable cause or a warrant to perform the tasks. The marshal made it clear that neither he nor the other officers would take part in any of their ridiculous requests anymore.

 

After the marshal handed over all of their resignations, he was followed suit by the building commissioner of the town who said that the board members had done the same to him as well. The vice president of the board handed his resignation in shortly after that. So the town has been left in shambles from all of them leaving.

 

Since Bunker Hill no longer has a police force of its own, the county sheriff’s department has had to step in to cover the patrol of the area. So the town’s residents will remain safe until a new police force is hired. There has been no mention of an investigation into the legalities of the board member’s actions as of yet.

 

How Omar Boraie Revitalized New Brunswick

From the time Omar Boraie arrived in New Brunswick, New Jersey, he knew the city had the potential to be great. Despite skeptics, he pursued his dream and succeeded in making his adopted, once downtrodden hometown, into a city which is becoming a prime destination for both companies and residents to relocate.

The seventy-three-year-old Boraie settled in New Brunswick in 1972 after marching through Europe as a traveling chemist scholar. While abroad, he witnessed the revitalization of a number of the cities he passed through. That experience, coupled with Johnson and Johnson’s 1975 decision to maintain its corporate headquarters in New Brunswick inspired Omar Boraie to take the lead in initiating improvement efforts.

Boraie’s plan was two-pronged. First, he wanted to draw businesses in and increase the city’s workforce. This goal was put into motion when he purchased numerous land parcels on Albany Street, one New Brunswick’s thoroughfares. Boraie encountered many skeptics. However, by 1985, he had constructed Albany Street Tower One. Soon, the office building’s space was rented. Capitalizing on the success of Tower One, Tower Two was erected in 2003.

The next part of Omar Boraie’s strategy was to bring more residents to his city. He accomplished this task with the completion of a twenty-five story, high-rise complex on Spring Street. Not only was this mixed-use facility equipped with more than one hundred residential units, but also contained abundant square footage in office and retail space. The entire facility was rented out within two hours of going on the market.

Boraie is not content to stop. He is currently working on Albany Street Tower Three. In addition, his Aspire Luxury Condo complex was recently completed. This 238-unit facility with 10,000 square feet of retail space and four-story parking garage will be geared towards those who live, work and contribute to the New Brunswick community.

Boraie’s involvement has inspired other entities to throw their hats into the revitalization ring. Rutgers University, whose main campus is in New Brunswick, in partnership with the Devco Corporation, will be undertaking a $300 million project designed to provide the school with another quad, which will be built along College Avenue. In addition, Devco will be overseeing the construction of “The Hub” at New Brunswick Train Station, a project that will entail nearly two million square feet of space being transformed into 500-600 units of residential housing, offices, research areas and retail establishments.

Boraie said he is pleased to look out his office window and witness a booming, expanding city, instead of the old oil tanks, building foundations, boulders, and tree stumps that used to be visible throughout New Brunswick.

Troy McQuagge Awarded as Best CEO

Troy McQuagge, the CEO of USHEALTH Group, Inc. was named the CEO of the Year in the One Planet Awards. The award is a global program that honors business professionals for excellence in various industries. Different types of organizations such as private, public, non-profit, profit, huge, small, and startups are eligible to participate.

The award comes because of Troy McQuagge’s effort to turn the company around since he joined in 2010. First, he rebuilt its distribution agency. After the success of that effort, he was elected as the CEO and President of the firm in 2014. During his helm at the top, the firm has experienced unprecedented growth, success, and profitability in the competitive sector of health insurance.

Mr. McQuagge said he was honored to receive the award from One Planet. He said that the award was not just his; it belonged to the entire team at USHEALTH Group, Inc. He was proud that his effort to offer solutions to the issue of affordable insurance cover. The solutions he and the team offered was insurance that grows as a person’s healthcare requirements expand.
What are the One Planet Awards?

One Planet Awards is an award program that recognizes companies for their achievements in business. The program confers awards based on various categories such as teams, executives, PR Marketing, corporate communication, new services and products, and organizations from around the world.
What is USHEALTH Group, Inc.?

An insurance holding company has its headquarters in Ft. Worth, Texas. It focuses on offering its clients innovative health insurance to small business owners and self-employed people. The aim of the company is to market its innovative insurance products by combining the talents of its agents and employees. It also aims to offer its customers superior service in every aspect to give it an edge in the health insurance sector.

About Troy McQuagge

He is the President, CEO, and Member of the Board of USHEALTH. He joined the insurance firm’s agency in 2010 as the President and CEO. Later on, he was promoted to the position of Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer at USHEALTH Group. He was eventually promoted to his current position in 2014.

He began his career at Allstate Insurance Company in 1983. He later moved to Student Insurance Division of United Insurance Company in 1995. Later on, he was named the President of UICI’s insurance agency in 1997. When private investors acquired UICI in 2006, it changed its name to HealthMarkets. McQuagge was put in charge of the new firm’s marketing and sales efforts. He earned his B.A. degree in 1983 from the University of Central Florida. He has earned various awards over the years as a testament to his excellence in the insurance sector.

Focus on Jeffry Schneider and Tips for the Par-Entrepreneur

Becoming an entrepreneur means having less free time for yourself and the same can be said of being a parent. A lot of people believe that is difficult to balance between the two well but it is possible. There a number of tips that have been shared by other successful “parentrepreneurs” on how to balance between the two important areas of life. Below are some of the useful tips that any parentrepreneur can emulate to achieve the important balance.

Prioritizing Commitments

It becomes hard for you to figure out which commitments are to be prioritized as either a parent or an entrepreneur. Most people in such a situation will want to meet both their commitments, but it is important to be realistic. In order to ensure that you make time for your family despite the heavy schedule ahead, a back-up plan and routine would be necessary. This will ensure that you fulfill all your commitments to both your job and family.

Hacking Your Time

Productivity hacks are supposed to help people become more productive and this is especially important for the working parents. A number of time hacks could enable you do all your work day efficiently. It is possible to prepare two meals at once, carry out online shopping instead of going to the store and clearing work in batches. This can only be possible if all time distractions are eliminated.

Outsourcing, Delegating and Growing Your Network

Family activities can at times get in the way of some business obligations or vice versa. It is in this regard that you have to hire or even train a reliable person who can be able to step in on your behalf when it is hard to make it. You will also get to meet a number of parent networks in the form of parents who take their kids to the same school, marching bands or similar soccer practices. These parents could become great contacts that will prove valuable along the way.

About Jeffry Schneider

Schneider is the founder of Ascendant Capital LLC based in Austin. Ascendant Capital helps in raising funds for emerging and established alternative asset fund guarantors. It deals with a diverse range of services in the education, marketing, operational and sales sectors. Ascendant Capital works with a network of broker-dealers, family offices, registered investment advisors and private banks. These private and public offerings are offered to the global market.

Ascendant Capital LLC has experienced a rapid growth over the past five years and from just two employees to about 30 employees currently under the leadership of  Schneider. Jeffry had worked for a number of firms before founding his own like Paradigm Global Advisors and Axiom Capital Management. He also worked at Smith Barney, Alex Brown and Merrill Lynch. He is an alumni of University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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