Monthly Archives: August 2016

Following Huge Pendrell Stock Run, Dondero’s Highland Capital Management Halves Stake

James Dondero’s Highland Capital Management halved its Pendrell Corp (NASDAQ:PCO) stake to 23.57 million Class A common shares following an impressive run by the intellectual property rights company’s stock since the start of 2016.

Highland’s recent 13G Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing reports a cut-down from a former holding of 45.61 million shares as of the company’s end-of-March 13F filing to a stake that still accounts for 11.00% of Pendrell’s outstanding stock. Pendrell, which licenses, invests in and sells a diverse portfolio of intellectual property rights, has seen its stock surge 39.69% overall since January.  That banner period leading up to 2016’s halfway point amounted to $45 million in revenue, a lucrative licensing deal announced on May 20 between subsidiary Memory Technologies and Toshiba, and $23.48 million in added operating income.

Highland Capital Management’s managed assets now total approximately a combined $18 billion, making the firm one of the world’s largest alternative credit managers. As president and co-founder with more than 30 years of experience in credit and equity markets, James Dondero’s company specializes in credit hedge funds, collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), distressed and special situations private equity, and long-only funds and separate accounts.

Their broadly invested client portfolio is comprised of foundations, endowments, corporations, governments, public pension plans, and high net-worth individual investors. Though headquartered in Dallas, Texas with offices in New York, Highland has expanded into intercontinental influence with offices in Singapore, Seoul, and Sao Paulo.


Kenneth Goodgame Bringing Big Things to True Value

True Value is one of the most iconic brands in hardware marketing today. This legendary name has earned its reputation for service, value and customer engagement though clear message presentation and effective branding. Kenneth Goodgame led this marketing campaign to record successes. As Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer from 2013 to 2015 his experience and skill made a significant difference in customer engagement and employee involvement in mutual satisfaction.

Putting his BS in Marketing from the University of Tennessee Goodgame applied skill and learning to the benefit of hardware-related corporations and True Value’s premier position as America’s most well-known hardware vendor shows.

Its local reach and customer-oriented focus makes its success notable in a world of big box stores and marketing. Generating owner and employee enthusiasm and making this transferable to customers and converting them into permanent clients was a goal of Goodgame’s service. With its origins in 1948 True Value today shows how the hardware retail industry and has been transformed into a customer service format with contractors, homeowners, do-it-yourself enthusiasts as beneficiaries.

Today True Value includes equipment rental service as an extension of involving customers in an ongoing relationship for goods and services for home improvement. Marketing is a never ending process of engagement and communication and True Value has invested effort into increasing and creatively seeking ways to attract home improvement customers.

True Value includes garden and landscape marketing through Home and Garden Showplace with its own band of horticultural management products and over 260 individual stores. True value’s distribution network serves its retail store owners and customers with quick supply and re-stock of sale and popular items.
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Eric Pulier’s Rise to Fame

One of the things about the technology industry is that it can make people famous almost overnight. Eric Pulier has experienced this firsthand. Eric has become famous for his ability to put together many successful startup companies that quickly catch on with the public and become profitable. It is natural for investors to gravitate towards people who have consistently displayed the ability to make money on a regular basis. Eric’s name started to get mentioned in many articles about tech startups. This only increased his level of notoriety. It was not long until he was getting so many offers from companies wanting to invest in his startups that he had to start turning them down.

Eric has a Harvard education. However, his degree in English literature did not do much to prepare him for what he would face in the world of technology. This industry moves incredibly fast. Therefore, Eric needed to be able to keep up with the latest trends if his startups were going to be successful. Fortunately, he was up to the challenge. Desktone was one of the first startups created by Eric that really made a huge impact throughout the industry. Eric quickly found himself being interviewed by many of the most popular financial shows. People were interested in finding out his formula for success.

Eric was not quite sure how to handle all of the attention he was getting. He did not get into the tech business to become famous. However, he quickly realized that publicity could help all of his startup ventures in a very big way. He believed that there was no such thing as bad publicity. Constantly being in the public eye allowed him to get the word out about his startups without even trying. He did not have to go through the trouble of hiring a publicist or creating a social media campaign.

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John Goullet’s Recent Merger to Create Diversant LLC

John Goullet, for those who do not know who he is, is an entrepreneur and the newly appointed principal of the company known as Diversant LLC. He is a person whose business acumen has been revered by many because of the astute businessman that he is. His skills that transform any business to a potential profit have also added to his popularity. John Goullet is the true example of an entrepreneur who does not leave anything to chance. He is known for his strategies which are geared towards achieving success for all his clients.

John Goullet is a household name when it comes to IT staffing and accounting in the United States. He has worked with many clients, among them some of the world’s famous Fortune 500 companies. In fact, his services and those of his company are designed for those companies which have needs in relation to IT staffing as well as accounting.

Goullet has been a successful business man for many years. He started off as an IT consultant before venturing into the business of IT staffing and accounting. His company, Info Technologies Inc. which he founded in the early 19902 is one which saw his rise in the world of entrepreneurship. He started that company with the hope that he would serve the Fortune 500 companies, which he did. This even earned him various accolades as he was mentioned among the list of top privately owned companies which offered quality services. He realized so much success and more doors and windows of opportunity opened for him and his business.

The merger between Info Technologies and Diversant Inc. is very welcome and the news has been received well by both customers and the management of both companies. In order to know more about the merger of the two companies as well as the resulting entity, Diversant LLC, visit their website and follow them on social media today.

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Daytime Emmy Highlights The Skills Of Crystal Hunt

Crystal Hunt has lived the majority of her life in the limelight after working on a series of TV shows and movies from a young age. Hunt had already been performing in pageants and in smaller TV roles when she made her way to the world of daytime drama to make herself a household name in the U.S. and around the world; Hunt made her way to two of the top soap operas produced in the U.S. in the form of “Guiding Light” and “One Life To Live”, and became an icon for the fans of both dramas.

Crystal Hunt was only 18 years old when she made her way to the set of “Guiding Light” to film the scenes that would eventually lead to her being nominated for a Daytime Emmy and a Readers Digest Soap Award. The role of Lizzie Spaulding made Crystal a household name, but after leaving “Guiding Light” in 2005 she returned to daytime drama in the role of Stacy Morasco in “One Life To Live” to show her acting skills. Stacy Morasco became such a legendary figure in the “One Life To Live” drama the character was brought back in a fantasy sequence of Hell during the final episodes of the show.

Crystal Hunt has always looked to follow the career path she chooses for herself and has never settled for the easy option of remaining a star of soap operas; in her latest incarnation Crystal Hunt has joined a reality show based firmly in the world of soap opera called “Queens of Drama”.

A Philanthropist and Investor to Know About

In an area that seems to be dominated by men, it has become even more important to know the names of women that are talented and have a great understanding of the investment industry. One woman that has made a name for herself as both an investor and as a philanthropist is Malini Saba.

Malini Saba was born in Malaysia and grew up in Australia. Her life within the investment world began when she moved to the United States with her former husband so that he could attend Stanford University. Her time spent there was well used as she spent every moment that she had learning everything that she could about investing and business.

She began by doing her own investments before eventually becoming the Chairman of Saban with the reputation of one of the best investors in the world. Beyond creating a name for herself in the investment world, Malini Saba has also set herself up as a major philanthropist with her work in many different areas. There are two specific things that she has done that have set her up as someone to watch for her philanthropic work. The first major thing that she did is to donate $1 million to help start the Heart Research Center for South Asians that is located at El Camino Hospital in California.

If this were not enough when looking at what she has done as a philanthropist, she made an even bigger donation to another cause. Malini Saba donated $10 million to various tsunami ravaged areas within both India and Sri Lanka.

Whether you are looking for someone who is a talented investor or someone who is determined to give back to the world around her, you will have found both in Malini Saba. Her work as an investor is among the best in the world and her philanthropic work has made a major difference to a lot of people.