Graeme Holm co-founded Infinity Group Australia alongside his partner, Rebecca Walker, back in 2013. Their goal from the beginning was simple: provide the kind of debt reduction relief that so many Australian citizens desperately needed. Infinity Group Australia was created with purpose and that purpose has helped the company to grow by leaps and bounds over the past five or so years. Now, it looks like Infinity Group Australia is making their biggest step forward yet with their addition to the Australian Financial Review’s list of 100 Most Innovative Companies. Infinity Group Australia ended up placing at 58th on the list, out of the thousands of different companies that were considered for inclusion, and Holm and Walker were in tow to accept their reward.
When the Australian Financial Review seeks out potential companies to include on their list of Most Innovative Companies in Australia and New Zealand, they follow a stringent set of rules that were designed in order to pare down on every company except for the finest of the bunch. Specifically, Infinity Group Australia focuses on companies that are able to bring solutions to specific problems that their clients are actually in desperate need of. For Infinity Group Australia, the need that they are filling is simple: they are becoming the integral financial coaches that Australians need in order to turn their money around and get back on the upswing of life.
Additionally, the AFR looks at how companies on their list will impact the communities around them as well as the culture of the company itself. Needless to say, Holm wasn’t surprised in the least when his company was selected for inclusion on the highly touted list because he knew that he had put five years of hard work into making Infinity Group Australia the best financial company in the industry.
Graeme Holm decided to establish Infinity Group Australia for a very simple reason: he had spent 17 years working in the banking industry and at the end of the day, he couldn’t say that he was helping people in the ways that he had hoped. The truth was that Holm felt shackled by banking culture and as a result, many of the paycheck-to-paycheck customers he would see would end up leaving without the solutions that they desperately needed. So, Holm decided to work alongside Rebecca Walker on establishing Infinity Group Australia and since then their work has only gotten more and more attention and more and more important. Learn more: https://www.mpamagazine.com.au/people/profiles/getting-financially-fit-at-infinity-group-australia-244676.aspx
Gareth Henry is a strong and proud member of his community, he stands strong for what he believes in even though thoughts around him may fall short.
In the year 2018 first world countries consider Gareth Henry’s problem a minor process to comply with, thankfully he took asylum in Canada not only to escape persecution for being a homosexual athlete from Jamaica, but for being a human who is tired of hearing that his friends were killed because of their sexual preferences, and tired of feeling like he may be next.
Unfortunately, Gareth Henry may be seen or considered as Jamaica’s own modern day Rodney King, beaten and torn as a spectacle amongst 200 other people. Currently Henry remains untouched and strong as he takes the higher ground while residing in Canada declaring asylum status.
Canada has accepted Gareth Henry whom no longer has to face local fear mongering. Rather than just claiming to be a victim in Jamaica Henry is fighting back by bringing legal persecution against the government of Jamaica via the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights movement.
Amongst one of Henry’s most resent experiences in Jamaica which involved the police, Gareth Henry was beaten by those men in uniform whom he thought were sworn in to protect him as a non-violent male simply portraying his true emotions.
Despite persecution from local thugs and police, Henry continued to prevail in his community reaching out and trying to make a difference for those who have nothing to live for or no one to turn to because of their sexual identity.
Despite every hurdle that Henry to this day has had to overcome not only for himself but in the face of others, Henry continues to strive and poke at the Government of Jamaica to make a civilized change which will benefit the peaceful, and not the obtuse.
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The international headlines were all covering the story of Gareth Henry for years ago. This was after the police officers beat him up in front of an angry mob of about 200 people in his home country of Jamaica. The police and the mob had chased him including others and found them hiding in pharmacy in Kingston. He had to flee his country a year later seeking refuge and safety.
Gareth Henry was the leader of Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-Flag) before running away from his native country to Canada. This was after he had faced a series of events that were threatening his life. When he reached Canada, he received asylum status, and that is where he currently stays.
Gareth Henry who is 35 years old is an activist for gay rights as well as a social worker in Canada. He and another gay activist from Jamaica are petitioning a case to challenge his former home country at the International Commission on Human Rights.
According to Henry, he had worked for Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-Flag) for four years and during this time he witnessed the death of his 13 friends. He was present to recognize some of the bodies of his dead friends. Gareth Henry became the head of the group after the death of its former leader. Brian Williamson met his death in 2004 through a homophobic attack.
There were several occasions when Gareth Henry suffered violence while police officers were watching. In other occasions, it was the police officers attacking him. The most famous occasion took place on Valentine’s Day after a large mob came after Gay men who were in a group and chased them wanting to kill them. The group found a hiding place in the nearby Pharmacy in Kingston. During this incident, Gareth was among them.
Gareth claimed that they called police during that time, but after they came, they did not do anything to the mob instead they joined the mob in beating the gay group. The four police officers who arrived at the scene started beating Gareth using their guns.
After moving on from his position as the CEO of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Marc Beer is now looking to the future. The 45-year-old businessman, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Renovia recently announced that the company has managed to secure a deal with another company which will provide them with $32 million to help their startup along with another $10 million in venture debt. This new deal will help this fledgling company to move forward with several products they’re currently producing that are designed to help females with pelvic floor disorders such as urinary incontinence and the occasional urinary tract infection. The Longwood fund was one of the companies that was instrumental in ensuring that this deal actually came to fruition.
This is Beer’s first big business deal since leaving Aegerion back in 2015 and now he is looking to turn his life around by pushing this deal through and helping women all over the world who suffer from various types of pelvic disorders. The Medtech company currently based out of Boston, Massachusetts is dedicated to treating these types of disorders which scientists estimate affects over a quarter of a billion women throughout the world. This new funding will go toward further testing and development of these products. In a recent statement, Marc Beer expressed his excitement about this new business deal and talked about how this will impact their future.
Marc Beer currently has over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry and he first founded Renovia over a year ago. Around the turn of the 21st century, Beer became the founder and CEO of a company known as Viacell, a biotech company that focuses on developing and preserving the stem cells that come from the umbilical cord. In just seven years, he led the company and helped it achieve exponential growth until it eventually merged with a company known as Perkin Elmer back in 2007. He first enrolled at Miami University in the fall of 1983 and earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration in the spring of 1987.
He has served in other roles as well. While serving as the founder and CEO of Viacell, he was also serving on the board of directors for a company known as Erytech Pharma, a well-renowned and highly respected biopharmaceutical corporation. He has also served in various different capacities within a company known as Genzyme. At one point, he was even the Vice President of Global Marketing, a role in which he was responsible for launching several different products that help to treat rare conditions and diseases. So we wish him the best of luck in his future and hope he has success with his new startup company. Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcbeer
Eric Lefkofsky is a busy man with a lot of hats to wear. And yet, there does seem to be a ‘root for the underdog’ feel to all of them. For example, he co-founded Lightbank, an investment company that specializes in backing and advising upstart companies that have a great idea even if they are not ready to tussle with the big boys just yet. He also co-founded Tempus, a company that gathers and stores clinical molecular data. For now, at least, the data available is cancer-specific. Physicians can make use of Tempus’s genomic tests and sequencing data to find possible therapies that offer a high degree of relevance and precision far more quickly than they would using more conventional means.
Eric Lefkofsky also co-founded Groupon, the company that expanded the concept of the coupon to offer deals on local services linked to users’ credit cards. It’s a name that should bring at least a half-smile to millions of ordinary frugal Fannies and Freddys. That said, Lefkofsky points out that Groupon is also an e-commerce entity many seem intent on picking on, despite its obvious usefulness. Many will recall that Groupon did jump out of the gate with a lot of presence. Perhaps its only natural that some would wonder whether it was all just hype. Mainly, however, Lefkofsky is sanguine. He recalls the nineties when technology was idolized and the backlash when it was later distrusted. Today, Lefkofsky reminds readers of adrinkwith.com that Groupon is really still young, in fact “a four year old startup,” still finding its e-commerce legs.
In a lot of ways Lefkofsky seems like the rest of us, although he does admit to having a high drive for success and getting up at 5 AM. He’s also been married for more than fifteen years, eats macaroni and cheese he makes himself, likes to watch “Star Trek” and “Homeland” and rates himself a huge Bruce Springsteen fan.
Talos Energy LLC completed its merger with Stone Energy Corp in November 2017 marking a strategic combination that will see the energy giant leverage its expertise to tap into capital projects in the US Gulf of Mexico and offshore Mexico. The boards of the two companies sealed the merger with the parent’s shareholders acquiring 63 percent of the combination. It was further agreed that Stone’s shareholders retain 37 percent of the company. The company also enlisted in the NYSE bourse and is trading as “TALO.”
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Talos Energy has a market capitalization of $1.9 billion and a company value of $2.5 billion. Further, it has $450 million in liquid assets with $150 million in cash. Recently, the company obtained a credit facility of $300 million. With such a strong financial base, the company is positioned to tap into potential business development prospects.
Talos Chief Executive Officer, Timothy S. Duncan, was recently quoted hailing the new partnership arguing that it would improve their scale of operations. With the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Coast region, Talos Energy seeks to utilize its seismic experience to explore energy. The company will also leverage its extensive geological, geophysical and procedural expertise to advance its cause. All these efforts will enable the company to tap into resources considered unreachable. The company’s goal is to exploit and explore significant amount of energy resources.
Already, the merger is proving fruitful. Talos Energy became the first private equity firm to drill oil offshore in Mexico around the Zama oil basin. The basin is expected to hold between 1.4 and 2 billion barrels of oil. CEO Timothy S. Duncan described the discovery as historical and important. Talos acquired 35 percent in the block it co-owns with Sierra Oil and gas, 40 percent, and Premier Oil, 25 percent. Following the discovery, the company also bagged the “Discovery of the year 2017”. The prestigious award, dubbed WoodMac’s award, brings together more than 200 senior business executives and experts to mark their ballot on the most exciting discoveries. The future indeed looks bright for the company.
Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe will soon join the Forbes list of America’s Richest Self –Made Women if the current success of her dating app is anything to go by. The app which is currently valued at $1 billion has brought Wolfe a 230-million-dollar fortune. The app is competing against Tinder, which was one of the first invented swiping dating apps that depend on the customer’s location to find a match. The irony is that Whitney Wolfe was one of the people who developed Tinder and now has to compete for market share with her rival. She was forced to leave Tinder due to claims of sexual harassment from her ex-boyfriend.
The idea from Bumble, according to Whitney Wolfe was an afterthought. Her initial aim was to create a vibrant online space for women. This then morphed into the concept of creating a dating app where the women make the first move. If the woman does not text the man within 24 hours, the match disappears. With an investment of $10 million from Russian billionaire Andrey Andreev and the marketing brilliance of Whitney Wolfe, Bumble was brought to life. The app immediately captured the attention of customers, recording an impressive 100,000 downloads within the first month. Read this article of Whitney Wolfe at Deadline
Bumble has been bold in its feminist approach towards dating. The company’s ads are always made to be pro-women. To further this goal, the company launched an app dubbed BFF in 2016 that is meant to help women find friends but not dates. It then started Bizz last year, which is an app that allows women to network with other women. The company also organizes events that are specifically designed for women. It runs programs that teach women how to pitch business ideas and how to build their careers as a whole.
Four years after its inception, Bumble now serves over 35 million users in 144 countries across the world. Wolfe has been on the cover of various magazines including Forbes, Fast Money, and WIRED. She was also named as one of the Forbes top 30 under 30 women this year.
The world of fashion is always changing. In order to keep up with it, many people look to people look those with great influence who know how to provide a meeting space for clients and retailers alike. One such person is José Auriemo Neto. José Auriemo Neto is the president of the JHSF one of Brazil’s leading developers and a source of inspiration for his fellow Brazilian real estate experts. In this role, he’s done much to help move the world of Brazilian real estate forward and provide opportunities for expansion. He’s also been instrumental in changing the world of Brazilian fashion in many ways. One of his greatest achievements has been in developing the Cidade Jardim shopping mall. This mall is a place where Brazilians can find dozens of upscale shops offering the latest in fashion and accessories from around the globe. As a result, this makes it easy for Brazilians to find access to wonderful high quality goods that are idea for any possible activity. High end retailers have flocked here knowing they have a ready and happy audience.
Under these circumstances, it’s not surprising that the publication The Business of Fashion has chosen to honor José Auriemo Neto with a place on their Bof 500. The BoF 500 is all about honoring those who have the means to bring fashion in new direction. José Auriemo Neto was a part a gala dinner honoring his fellow contributors. His work has focused on many directions in Brazil. He and his company are noteworthy for their operations varied fields of real estate. This includes both residential and commercial markets acquisitions designed to provide new housing and office space. It also includes the development and management of shopping centers all over the country in order to make it easier and convenient for shoppers to find the goods they need when they need them. In addition, his company operates upscale hotels for the international traveler looking for a welcome place to stay. They have also developed an international executive airport to make it easy for people to travel to this country.
Before Talos Energy merged with Stone Energy, there was a storm named Harvey that ravished Southeast Texas in 2017 with wind speeds of 130 mph. Talos Energy executive Tim Duncan, found himself, his wife, his 6-year-old-son and their 2 dogs on a FEMA rescue boat from their home in Kingwood, Texas-a suburb of Houston. 4-months prior to this, Duncan had begun brokering merger. Brokering such a deal is a challenge under normal circumstances needless to say, Hurricane Harvey made closing this deal, much more difficult. In spite of the hurricane, Duncan persisted and eventually closed the deal with Stone Energy Corporation. Making Talos a public entity without the expense of a public offering. Now, Tim Duncan presides over an oil company with an annual revenue of $900 million.
Talos Energy’s expertise lies in the acquiring of operated shelf and developed deep water assets in the Gulf of Mexico. Talos then explores, exploits and optimizes those assets using innovative and cutting-edge seismic technologies. The company, which is located in Houston Texas, was voted one of the Top Work Places in 2017. For example, Talos reexamined seismic data that enabled the ship Helix Producer to make new discoveries 3,000 feet deeper than the old reservoirs. You might recall that The Helix is the ship that helped to capture some of the 4 million barrels that gushed into the Gulf after the big Deep water Horizon oil spill in 2010. Talos Energy is also a company that prides itself on making the welfare of its employees, contractors, visitors and the general public a top priority! Maintaining compliance with applicable health, safety environmental laws and regulations is a constant focus and is fundamental to the company’s culture.
One thing that won’t change for the foreseeable future, is that oil and gas will continue to be the main source of energy. When it comes to recovering previously unreachable valuable resources, Talos Energy is a company that is focused on continued innovation in the exploration and production of these resources.