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Anthony Petrello: The Motivation to Overcome Obstacles

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Hardships can either shape or break someone. The decision to turn a hardship into a valuable experience is all dependent on one’s mindset. For Anthony Petrello and his wife Cynthia, their daughter’s diagnosis with neurological disorder did not deter them from leading a normal life. In fact, the experience inspired them to support others with similar problems. Born at 24 weeks weighing one and a quarter pounds, the Petrello daughter changed her parent’s view on things that are times taken for granted.

Initially, Anthony has to overcome the difficulties of finding a treatment center that would provide quality care for his differently abled daughter. For Tony, the lack of a brain research facility for children frustrated him. Rather than drown in his frustrations, he decided to use the challenge as an opportunity to make advancements in the area. Even the research available on neurological diseases in children was not sufficient. Tony also realized the shortages in information on DNA arithmetic. Eventually, Tony Petrello found helpful resources at the Texas Children’s Hospital. Tony saw the potential the hospital had in exploring and tackling neurological conditions in children. In 2006, he committed $ 7 million to the Hospital’s Pediatric center project. Anthony hopes the center will help change the outcomes for many children as well as the quality of care.

Even in his life, Anthony Petrello understands the value of overcoming obstacles. The CEO of Nabors Industries did not have it all when growing up. As young boy residing in Newark, Tony chose to see beyond the problems. He honed his passions and abilities in math while attending a public school. After high school, Yale University offered him a full scholarship to study mathematics. Also, Serge Lang, a renowned mathematician would mentor him through the campus years. Tony earned a BS and MS in mathematics from the university. Afterwards, he pursued further education at the Harvard School of Law earning a J.D. Before Nabors Industries he practiced law at Baker & McKenzie and rose to become a managing partner.

At Nabors, Tony has steered the company to register success and growth over the years. Petrello’s expertise helped the company in managing financial and legal aspects including the company’s taxes as well as making strategic decisions about offshoring. During his tenure, the Nabors share price increased by 180%. Nabors Industries specializes in the oil and gas drilling and has operations in 25 countries.

Anthony Petrello also established an endowment in his alma mater to owner his professor. Though people may recognize him as one of the highest paid CEOs, Anthony Petrello’s journey to success is that of hope, perseverance, determination, and discipline.

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November 21, 2017

Norman Pattiz’s Mind-blowing Accomplishments in the Broadcasting Industry

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Norman Pattiz holds the CEO post at PodcastOne. Norman and Tom Webster finally shared the results they found after the studies they performed about advertising. Tom serves as the Vice President of a company that undertakes research called Edison Research Strategy. The research aimed to prove if advertising using PodcastOne facilitates the awareness of the products. Five brands were picked countrywide, and there were pre and post promotion for the different brands. The study took place in six months in 2016. The results showed that Podcast listeners become aware of a specific grocery brand after the advert ran for a while.

 

The rate of awareness increased from 7% before the advert runs to over 60% after the exposure. Different products had different responsiveness rates, that is, the increase rate for a financial service product was 47%, for a garden and grass product was 24%, and for car products, the rate was 37%. The listeners also had more favorable remarks about a product in the post-research. The lawn and garden products positive views rose from 16% to 22%, and for car merchandise, the rate went up from 18%. The response to different promotions was also tested. The response rate improved to 60% for a car aftermarket product promotion and 76% for an advertisement of a restaurant which was informal.

 

The results gave an indisputable fact that PodcastOne was an efficient way to promote various brands. PodcastOne was also the best way to market new brands and increase its awareness. Norman Pattiz is the owner of PodcastOne. He was the owner of Westwood One as well, a company with similar services as PodcastOne. Under Pattiz leadership, Westwood One managed to be the leading news provider as well as in sports, talk programs, entertainment and traffic programs. The firm owned and operated other networks such as CBS News, CNN Radio, The Super Bowl and much more.

 

In 2010, Norman started another organization called the Courtside Entertainment Group. The company was involved with quality programming distribution. After two years, Pattiz launched PodcastOne once he realized that the industry had demand for the audio sector. The company overgrew due to the numerous opportunities for the services provided. PodcastOne has featured prominent guests such as Laura Ingraham, Dr. Drew, Heather Dubrow, Chris Jericho, Adam Carolla, Steve Austin and more. Norman has been recognized by different presidents of America including President Clinton and President Bush. They both appointed Pattiz to be part of the United States of America Broadcasting Board of Governors. Learn more: http://dashconference.com/speakers/norman-pattiz/

 

October 20, 2017

Julia Jackson: The Beginning of the New Era of Winemakers

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Julia JacksonJulia Jackson is the daughter of winemakers, Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke. She was born in 1988 in San Francisco, California and has been surrounded by wine and winemaking all her life. Julia became interested in the family business very early on. After school and during the summers she would work at her family’s wineries, named Jackson Family Wineries. Julia attended college at Scripps College, which is a college for women in Claremont, California. After she graduated in 2010, she traveled to France and worked at the Chateau Lassegue Winery in Bordeaux. Chateau Lassegue was founded in 2003 by Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke. Their vineyards produce Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Julia also became the spokesperson for Cambria Estate Winery located in Santa Barbara, California. It is a woman-owned and operated winery established by Julia’s mother, Barbara Banke. The property was purchased by Barbara in 1986, and their main proJulia Jacksonduction is Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. They also produce Syrah, Pinot Gris, and Viognier. Cambria is 100% family-owned, and one of the vineyards is named after Julia. The winery celebrates women leadership and empowerment. This philanthropy inspired Julia to create Seeds of Empowerment. Seeds of Empowerment is a grantmaking program that awards 100,000 cash grants annually to non-profit organizations that support women overcoming adversity. For more information, please visit the Cambria Estate website.

More About Jackson Family Wines

Jackson Family Wines has over 40 wineries around the world. Among them is the brand Kendall-Jackson. Located in Sonoma County, California, Kendall-Jackson is one of the most celebrated wineries around the world. Founded in 1928, the brand’s Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay has been the number 1 selling Chardonnay in America for 21 years.

October 1, 2017

Norman Pattiz of PodcastOne Welcomes Norman Lear to the Team

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New show

Norman Lear is now hosting a weekly show. Over the years Lear has built a solid reputation as a producer, director, writer, and creator. He is also respected as a legendary of sitcoms and World War II veteran. The show uniqueness lies in its diverse nature. It incorporates events, family life, music, politics and daily life issues. Norman Lear always hosts celebrities as well as ordinary citizens in his show.

Alongside Lear is his co-host Paul Hipp. These two personalities have been long time friends in the media industry. Specifically, Hipp invested in acting and composing. When this new show began, some of the guests who pioneered were Amy Poehler and Julia Louis Dreyfus. The combination of these two hosts has made the show popular and interesting. Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/norman-pattiz

One of the best shows was hosting Norman Pattiz. It was an amazing experience for both namesakes. Lear felt privileged to host Pattiz because he is the founder of PodcastOne. Pattiz was also glad to be on Lear’s show. He has always been an admirer of Lear’s personality for a long time. The two interacted with each other and with the rest of the audiences.

Accomplishments

Norman Pattiz’s career in the media is built on his brilliance in innovation. He realized that advertising could be done through podcasts. To be sure about this discovery, Pattiz researched with five major brands. The findings proved it is viable and effective to advertise through podcasts. Particularly, this form of advertisement increases brand popularity. Learn more: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/norman-pattiz#/entity

Besides PodcastOne, Pattiz has also founded Westwood One. It is among the media houses that have excelled in this industry. The media focused on bringing shows and music that were of interest to the public. Due to this strategy, the media house flourished. PodcastOne is also about what the audiences want. Pattiz decided to air shows that audiences demand. It is a practical strategy since audiences will be listening to what they anticipated. This approach was won loyalty from many listeners, and it has made PodcastOne a popular media house. Other accomplishments of Norman Pattiz are serving in the Broadcasting board of governors. During his service, Norman introduced Arabic languages in radio and television in Middle Eastern countries.

Norman Pattiz has achieved an exemplary career in the media industry. He is to be admired by other people pursuing this passion. Currently, Pattiz has more than forty years of experience. The way to success in this field is innovation and creativity. One must identify a niche and capitalize it differently and originally.

 

September 4, 2017

JustFab and Fabletics – Some of the Many Entrepreneurial Ventures of Don Ressler

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Don Ressler is the co-founder and CEO of Fabletics. He is a renowned entrepreneur with a series of startups to his name. He has been the face behind Intelligent Beauties and all its subsidiaries. Fitnessheave.com was his first startup that was purchased by intermix media in 2001 causing Don Ressler to partner with 19-year-old COO at Intermix, Adam Goldenberg thus forming Alena media. This was an e-commerce and advertising division that generated millions of income and revenue and served as Intermix’s sole profit center. When new corps acquired Intermix in 2005, the two could not stand the media giant ignoring a division they had created hence they decided to leave and try out new opportunities.

The two knew their ability to excel in online advertising. According to eyepain.org they started a company that would create a brand building enterprise whose execution was going to be autonomous. After a session of brainstorming with some of the members of staff they got from Alena, the idea of Intelligent Beauty was born. This was a direct to consumer branding business whose first mandate was coming up with DermStore, which was an online cosmetic and skin care marketplace on apparelnews.net. Two years after that the company launched a weight loss system that included Dr. Hirsch for product development and the CEO Brett Brewer, Intermix founder. The company accepted a funding of 43 million dollars from technology crossover ventures in 2008 as most of their funding was held up.

Read more: Don Ressler, CEO of Fabletics by Kate Hudson- Our Interview

By 2011, Intelligent Beauty launched a third company whose subscription was the e-commerce fashion retailer. This was JustFab, which in 2011 received a funding of 33 million dollars from Matrix funding partners. The company experienced a rapid growth that reached a membership of four million by December 2012. JustFab acquired Fabkids in January 2013 after noticing that most of their clients were parents with kids on businessinsider.com.

It later acquired FBshoes, which was a fashion e-commerce giant from Europe, and it brought them over 500000 members from France and Spain increasing to the 1.5 million members from Germany and UK thus totaling to 3million members in Europe. After another funding of 40 million, Justfab launched Fabletics, which was an athletics, Wear Corporation formed by Kate Hudson. Don Ressler has been an active participant in the progress of the company from its inception and all through as it made significant strides.

May 30, 2017

Roberto Santiago’s Shopping Mall Seeks To Reinvent Fun And Entertainment In Joao Pessoa

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Roberto Santiago continues to provide the public with innovative products and services. Recently, the entrepreneur opened Manaira Shopping Mall in Joao Pessoa. The mall is one of the many properties that he owns in the city. Since its opening, the mall has used different strategies aimed at strengthening its relationship with customers through fun and entertainment. Although many people know the city for its rich cuisine, beautiful beaches, and memorable sunsets, Roberto believes that it is time for Manaira Shopping Mall to be one of the reasons why people visit the city.

Roberto knows that everyone loves fun. He had designed the mall to achieve this objective. Whether one is visiting the mall with friends, families, or alone, he or she will enjoy his or her time at the mall. To satisfy his clients’ needs, Roberto has included several entertainment facilities in the Mall. They include a ballroom, movie theaters, bowling alleys, and electronic amusement park.

The movie theaters at Manaira Shopping Mall are unmatched. The Mall’s eleven rooms are equipped with modern and updated cinema technologies. It also has 3D rooms where clients can enjoy some of the world’s best 3D movies. Roberto paid much attention to the design of the rooms. Each of the rooms uses a stadium system that allows everyone in the room to watch movies from any location. In addition, the mall offers bar services. People can purchase and enjoy their snacks as they watch their favorite movies.

Manaira Shopping Mall has an innovative electronic amusement park. It is located in a large venue with over 1,800 square meters of floor space. Roberto has installed over 200 gaming machines that have helped to transform the floor into every gamer’s dreamland. In addition, the mall has an electronic bowling lane.

About Roberto Santiago

Roberto Santiago is a Brazilian entrepreneur. The 58-year old is the owner of the prestigious Manaira Shopping Mall. In addition, Roberto also owns Mangeira Shopping mall, a contemporary shopping center. Before venturing into entrepreneurship, Roberto worked for Café Santa Rosa. Later, he founded his cartonage company. The success of this business saw him invest in shopping malls across the city.

The sports fanatic was born on July 16, 1958. He studied at Pio X-Marist College. Roberto is an alumnus of the University Center of Joao Pessoa. Having spent most of his life in the city, Santiago has decided to contribute towards transforming the area by opening malls and other businesses. These enterprises have created employment in the city.

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March 7, 2017

John Goullet: Leader of Fast-growing, Fortune 500-serving DIVERSANT, LLC

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DIVERSANT, LLC is a company specializing in Information Technology, and Services. John Goullet is the 1994 Founder of Info Technologies, Inc. which merged with DIVERSANT, Inc. in 2010. Now, he serves as Principal Executive of DIVERSANT, a fully-certified Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE). Mr. Goullet was well qualified to begin this journey of growing DIVERSANT into an award-winning business; he used to work as a Computer Consultant and as an IT staffing account executive in his company Info Technologies. He had the rare perspective of experience in both technology problems and technology people. These experiences work well for DIVERSANT, LLC. The goal of the business is to work with clients- typically corporations- to meet their needs in technology. This includes IT staffing of these corporations, especially considering the shortage of IT professionals graduating from colleges, in addition to creating streamline assistance with the technologies needed to run their corporations. DIVERSANT seeks to help corporations with finding and increasing the numbers of qualified staff, including efforts to hire under-represented populations.

Mr. Goullet encourages anticipation of which new technologies will be used, followed by development on the part of DIVERSANT of a series of skill sets necessary for those technologies that clients will need. This successful entrepreneur seeks to keep his edge by always being competitive and maintaining a culture of hard work. It must succeed, too, for Goullet and his company serve Fortune 500 companies, Fortune 1000 companies, and, in addition, various midmarket clients. Even in the face of economic downturns, DIVERSANT has thrived. Twice, Info Technologies (now a key part of DIVERSANT) has been listed as one of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies by Inc. magazine’s Inc. 500. The company enjoys a net annual income anywhere from $100-$500 million, and increasing.

For more information about Mr. Goullet and his company, check out http://www.DIVERSANT.com/.

January 19, 2017

AN ENTREPRENEURS JOURNEY; DON RESSLER

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While many people struggle with start-ups, some people just have the knack to start a business that grows into a huge success. A good example of this is Don Ressler, an entrepreneur who seems to have a golden touch in every venture he lands on. Ressler is the man behind names like Intelligent Beauty, FitnessHeaven.com, and JustFab. But what is it that he possesses that makes him so efficient? Below I will give you a sneak peek into the challenges, triumphs and the lessons he has learnt as an entrepreneur.

In 2011,  Ressler sold FitnessHeaven.com to Intermix Media and partnered with Adam Goldenberg, the then COO to become Alena Media, an e-commerce, and performance advertising company. Together they made hundreds of millions until they were acquired by News Corp. in 2005 when the tables turned. Under the management of the media conglomerate, intermix suffered as a result of neglect and all Ressler and Goldberg could do was look on as the thriving venture they had built withered.

Though frustrated, Goldenberg and  Ressler were still zealous about starting another booming venture. The two were confident in their ability to succeed in the Online Performance Advertising since it was a fast growing industry. In a few short weeks, they conceived Brand Ideas with the help from some former members of Alena. Brand Ideas is now known as Intelligent Beauty. Some of their creations include Dermstore, a cosmetics marketplace and SENSA, a weight loss system. The venture is said to be very profitable and we even see them receiving $ 43 million in funding from Technology Crossover ventures in 2008.

JustFab is another subsidiary of Intelligent Beauty that was formed in 2010. Today it is a leading fashion subscription site. A year after its formation, they received $ 33 million from Matrix Partners. JustFab was growing tremendously and by April 2012, they had crossed the 6 million member mark and also consequently another $ 76 million in funding from investors in June of that year. JustFab is now huge in Europe and lays claim to a number of acquisitions of its own. They include FabKids, a kids fashion subscription service, FabShoes, a European e-commerce site, ShoeDazzle and Fabletics, an athletic wear fashion site. JustFab’s total capitalization now stands at an impressive $ 250 million. See: http://www.fabletics.com/about

Don Ressler is very keen when choosing a business partner as he has had his share of learning opportunities on Zimbio. His main arsenal, however, is his keen eye to spot a market gap and finding a solution to fill it.

August 5, 2016