CCMP Capital Continues Successful Track Record of Financial Growth

Finding consistent financial growth is difficult, especially in these times. What’s even harder is finding companies that maintain that growth for long periods of time. There are very few financial organizations on that have the pedigree and track record of successful financial ventures that CCMP Capital has.

CCMP Capital was originally formed from the original capital investment arm of JP Morgan Chase back in 2006. Since their humble beginnings, Stephen Murray CCMP Capital has grown to become a huge force in private equity investments. Currently, it has recorded over $12 billion of investments through leveraged buyouts and growth capital transactions. The company had the distinct privilege of being noted as the 17th biggest private defined provider in the world in the year 2007. The company has expanded since its beginnings to markets such as Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York and London.

CCMP Capital originally started as a subsidiary of Chemical Bank, Chemical Venture Partners back in 1984. Chase Manhattan Bank purchased the equity firm from the chemical company in 1996 and renamed Chase Capital Partners to reflect not only the change in ownership but also give homage to the original company. Four years later, the company was renamed again to JP Morgan Partners. The company quickly grew through the integration of other businesses into its portfolio, including The Beacon Group, Manufactures Hanover, Robert Fleming and Co., and other investment houses.

Stephen Murray, the former president and CEO of CCMP Capital was instrumental in the continued growth and success of the company. Through his leadership, the company was re-created after a spinoff occurred from the founding JP Morgan Chase investment conglomerate. In 2007, Murray was named the CEO and president.

Murray has held numerous CEO and executive positions with major companies in a number of fields, including board positions at AMC Entertainment, The Vitamin Shoppe, Aramark, Warner Chilcott and other prominent consumer related companies. Under Murray’s guidance and leadership, CCMP is once again branching out into new fields in the financial world.

Recently the company finished its initial capital raising campaign for a new fund it is developing, amassing over $3 billion in newest commitments from investors. The new fund, called CCMP Capital Investors II is the first started under the original CCMP Capital since its split from JB Morgan Chase. The fund was backed with $3.5 billion in initial capital pledges.

Regardless of the outlook in the general economy, companies like CCMP Capital continue to bring winning advanced strategies and investments to its loyal followers and investors.

Pittsburgh Steelers Director of Strategic Planning and Growth Susan McGalla Faced Unique Challenges as a Woman in Business

Susan McGalla has only been with the Pittsburg Steelers for a short time, but she has been a fan her whole life. She was born and raised in nearby East Liverpool, Ohio, where she lived with her parents and her two brothers. She has said that her football coach father refused to cut her any slack just because she was a girl and it is partly for this that she was able to succeed in business when many other women have failed.

Like many woman who entered the male dominated world of business, Susan McGalla has faced some unique challenges along the way. In the early part of her career, she began working at American Eagle, a company that she stayed with for 15 years until 2009. She has said that when she began working there it was a very male dominated company, and there were no woman executives or board members. In fact, McGalla began her career at American Eagle as a divisional merchandise buyer for women’s clothing. Eventually she worked her way up the ranks and became both President and Chief Merchandising Officer (CMO) of the company by 2003, a position she held for six years.

She has also said that by not focusing on breaking the glass ceiling, she was able to work on her career goals without worrying about what kinds of prejudice existed. Instead she focuses on letting her achievements and her abilities speak for themselves, and encourages people to concentrate on their own skills and abilities when trying to succeed, rather than worrying about the perceptions of others.

Because of the her success, she has had the opportunity to speak to organization about how women can succeed in business. In particular she has been a featured speaker at Women and Girl’s Foundation of Pittsburgh and at the Carnegie Mellon University Speaker Series for CEO. She enjoys speaking to these groups, because she wants to be able to serve as inspiration for young girls and early career woman who want to succeed in the male dominated business world.

McGalla is also a great example for women who want to be able to balance a career and a family. She is currently married, with two children and balances her business career with the Pittsburgh Steelers while still finding plenty of time to spend with her husband and children. Susan McGalla is proof that a successful woman can really have it all if the work hard and stick to their dreams and goals.

Always Keep Dogs Energized By Feeding Them Beneful

Anyone who’s ever had frostbite can tell others how painful and excruciating it can be. Frostbite can lead to the loss of limbs as well as digits, and it’s something that many people suffer from each year. Frostbite happens when a person is out in the elements too long, and they start to lose blood circulation in the part of their body that has been exposed to the cold too long. The same way that a human can get frostbite is no different for a dog. Dogs can suffer from the cold, and it’s not impossible for dogs to die from being in the cold too long.

Being in excessive cold for too long can affect dogs negatively, and some pet owners are not considering their dogs needs when it comes to cold weather. If the weather drops below 30°F, then it’s possible for pipes to freeze, and this means that it’s extremely cold outside. It’s not wise for dogs to be out in weather that’s under 30°F, even if they have thick fur that helps to keep them warm.

The best way to care for a dog that is outdoors in cold weather is by keeping them in some sort of a dog house. If a dog has to be in a garage, then the dog may have a better chance of staying warm than if they stay outside of the house, but it may be wise to bring in a portable heater into the garage. Bring the dog a blanket that only the dog will use so the dog can snuggle up in it and keep warm during the cold weather. Make sure that the dog has enough water and food, such as Beneful, especially if they stay outdoors overnight.

Beneful is food that many dog owners choose to feed their pets, and many pets gain a lot of energy from Beneful on Beneful is great to feed dogs when the weather gets cold, especially since a dog may lose energy because of the fact that they get less exercise by staying indoors to keep warm. If a dog can gain energy from Beneful, then they should still be able to keep up, even if they are only playing around the house. Proper care of a dog is necessary to help keep them through the winter months until the weather is warm again. If the weather fluctuates, and it goes from being freezing to a warm, then the dog can be

James Dondero: Leading Highland Capital to Greater Heights

Jim Dondero is the president of Highland Capital Management, a company he cofounded with Mark Okada in 1993. The company is a global alternative asset manager dealing with and an investment adviser certified by the SEC. The company offers credit solutions to a wide array of investors, and its products include private equity, mutual funds, REITs and hedge funds. Highland has, for the most part, invested in healthcare, energy and real estate. It is headquartered in Dallas and has expanded to Asia and South America.

The firm that has been ranked in the top 1% of long/short term equity has grown to manage over $20B in assets under ther management of James Dondero on linkedin. Highland has won a number of accolades including the Lipper Fund Awards, recognized as one of Best Place to Work by the Dallas Business Journal and the most Improved CLO by Creditflux. The Wall Street Journal also named them as a category king in Global Allocation.

He is the Portfolio Manager of a number of companies including NexPoint Credit Strategies, NexPoint Advisors and also at NexPoint Capital Inc, where he was also appointed as President last year. He has also served as the President and CEO of NexPoint Credit and the Highland Floating Rate Advantage Fund.
He is credited as being one of the pioneers of Collateralized Loan Obligation otherwise known as CLO. James graduated with a Bachelors degree in Commerce from the McIntire school of Commerce in the University of Virginia. He specialized in Accounting and Finance and graduated with highest honours.
He went through the JP Morgan training program in finance in the year after he finished college. He was hired by American Express where he managed around $1B in assets. He then joined the GIC subsidiary of Protective Life and in the 4 years that he worked there grew the company to manage about $2B in assets. Mr. Dondero’s management experience ranges from high-yield bonds and mortgage-backed securities to real estate and preferred stocks.

Earlier this year, Mr Dondero was appointed to the board of NexPoint Residential Trust, Inc. as the Chairman of its board. The company which is publicly traded counts a subsidiary of Highland Capital Management as its advisor and is involved in buying and selling of real estate. Dondero, who was brought on together with Arthur Laffer were praised highly by the firms CFO because of their expertise.

He is the Chairman of CCS Medical Corporation, NexBank, where he is a majority stakeholder and Cornerstone Healthcare. He also serves on the boards of Metro Goldwyn Mayer and American Banknote, which prints stock and bond certificates.
Mr. Dondero has been involved actively in philanthropy. He has given to a number of programmes including the American Heart Association, Reserve Aid and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

He is an avid writer, and he pushes out content on his personal website.

CCMP Capital Advisors Have New Investment Goals

When Stephen Murray decided to break away from the JPMorgan Chase & Co. in 2006, he made a lot of investors of happy. Murray was an astute investor and excellent deal maker on, and CCMP Capital Advisors was a perfect fit for him. Murray and his partners specialize in growth equity investments and middle-market leveraged buyouts. The company raised a $3.6 billion fund last year. As a founding partner, Mr. Murray got to do what he loved, and that was investing in companies in the energy, retail and healthcare industries. It is was not uncommon for CCMP to invest $100 million in a transaction, and many transaction were much more than that amount. Murray played a critical part in the Quiznos Corp investment as well as the Cabela’s Inc. deal. Murray spent more than 30 years in the investment industry and made a considerable impact on his partners and clients.

Stephen Murray CCMP Capital has offices in New York, Texas and London. The company has rebounded nicely from an internal reorganization. Managing Director Jonathan Lynch handles investor relations and director Richard Zannino co-heads the firm’s retail and consumer practice. That segment of the company oversees financial issues. Dina Colombo is now chief operating officer as well as the chief financial officer, and former CFO, Marc Unger now works on special projects for the firm. Timothy Walsh is another managing director, and he is responsible for the industrial segment of the business. Colombo says CCMP has enough money in their fund to go after some ripe new investments in 2016.

The company’s main thrust in 2016 is to focus on buyouts and growth equity investments in Europe and North America. The managing directors have several strategies in mind for a couple of retail chains as well as a company or two in the energy industry. Even though oil has hit what some investors call rock bottom, CCMP feels the current situation presents some great opportunities for mergers and buyouts because of the current condition of some small oil companies. Dina Colombo thinks that now is the time to put a deal together in the oil sector for several reasons. She says the price and the supply of oil are hurting small oil companies. Making a deal now would make small oil companies financially stronger and they will be able to ride out the current abundance of oil in storage.

The retail industry also has some very interesting investment opportunities. Thanks to the Internet, retail chains are struggling to beat last year’s figures. That trend is expected to continue especially if a global recession develops in 2016.

Lime Crime founder shares her story

The internet is a great place to start a business. Unfortunately, most of these business end just as soon as they begin. Thankfully, Doe Deere has been able to find much success with her internet based company. In the article Lime Crime Creator Doe Deere Reveals the Secret behind Female Entrepreneurship, published on, the female entrepreneur give readers a glance into her world.

Doe Deere’s make up journey began when she was only nine years old. The article revealed that while she was at a friend’s sleepover, young Doe and a group of her friends used make up to decorate her face for a “conjuring ritual”. Doe admitted that the makeup made her night more memorable.

The journey from her first encounter with makeup at her friend’s house to creating a brand of make-up of her own could be seen as an inspiration to some. Doe did not always have the dream to start her own make-up line. She utilized the internet to try to make money like many others. Her creation of an EBay store is where she got the Lime Crime name from. It was nothing spectacular to her. When she was prompted to name her store that was the name she gave it. She was happy with the name because it was available and it contained her favorite color. Today the name Lime Crime has took a meaning of rule breaking when it comes to make up.

Doe revealed in the article that she would have probably chosen a different name if she knew that her make-up brand would become so popular. She also revealed that though Lime Crime is an unusual name, it is Google-able.

The entrepreneur revealed that being an internet based company has its ups and downs. One of the main advantages of being an internet company is the ability to receive feedback from customers. Doe feels that it is important to be and stay connected to customers via social media. With the help of social media, customers and fans can expose if they love or hate a certain product. Though the internet allows Lime Crime to be connected to customers, Doe makes known that it can also cause damage. Rumors about Lime Crime and Doe are nothing new. In addition to rumors, misinformation can also spread quickly and possibly damage the reputation of the brand and its owner. Doe revealed in the article that the way she handles rumors and “haters” is by simply ignoring them. She also stated that there are some people that have legitimate concerns and for those individuals a customer care line is available to call.

If you are a follower of Doe Deere or Lime Crime, you will notice that fans are called unicorns. Doe Deere calls these individuals unicorns because they are bold and unique individuals.

At the end of the article Doe stated that she hopes she is able to inspire people that same way that others have inspired her.

Highland Capital Management Is Watching Inflation In Brazil

Investors like James Dondero, the managing director and founder of Highland Capital Management knows that foreign investments have a lot of risks attached to them. James Dondero on nexpointadvisors has been dealing with high-risk investments for 30 years, and he doesn’t like them very much. But when countries like Brazil and China offer the kind of returns they offer for bond investments they are hard to ignore. Dondero has extensive knowledge of the Brazil situation and his company, Highland Capital Management have done a lot of research into the current situation in Brazil for their investors. The prognosis in the short-term is not good, but Highland Capital thinks long-term investments in Brazil will pay off for a couple of reasons.

One reason some investors like James Dondero and Highland Capital will stay the course in Brazil is Brazil’s financial history.  Brazil is the largest exporter of ethanol in the world and the country exports sugar, coffee, soy, oil and other natural resources that are used by many countries around the world, according to Highland Capital. But investors have several concerns at the moment. One is the inflation rate. Another is the political situation and the third one is another downgrade of Brazil’s credit rating by other agencies. If that happens, Highland Capital says investors will be forced to dump Brazilian bonds.

The government under the leadership of President Dilma Rousseff says the financial policy strategy is moving in the right direction. The Central Bank is keeping the interest rate the same at the moment, and that will help bring the 9.5 percent inflation rate down to 4.5 percent next year, according to the Central Bank. Brazil’s Central Bank has already injected money into the economy to shore up the financial structure of the country. But Highland Capital thinks the Brazilian bank will be forced to raise interest rates because of Standard and Poor’s junk credit rating. That downgrade weakened the country’s currency and undermined the government’s budget forecast. The government recently announced budget cuts to closed the shortfall in the 2016 budget, but Highland Capital thinks those cuts will have a hard time passing through Congress.

The decision to cut Brazil’s credit rating to junk instead of investment grade made some investors pull out of the Brazilian market. According to Highland Capital, the risks in Brazil are too great for some investors, but other investors have no choice but ride out the financial and political mayhem.

Highland Capital’s James Dondero says the Central Bank should keep the interest rate where it is, and some bank executives think he’s right. A bank spokesman said the current monetary policy is line with curbing inflation. That announcement made swap rates that are maturing in 2017 jump nine points recently.

Some investors think the lawmakers will not approve the spending cuts and tax increases, and that will help their current investment strategy in Brazil. Fitch and Moody’s rated Brazil’s debt investment grade and that is good news. But some traders are betting that the bank will raise the interest rate to 15 percent, according to swap rates.

Christian Broda Didn’t Give Up On His Dreams

Economists need to be wise in order for people to trust them and believe them on the things that they say, and becoming an economist is no easy feat. Those who set out to make themselves a career in this field have to be brave. They have to be strong, and they have to grow stronger with each passing day. It takes wise people to be trusted when it comes to what people say about the economy, and those who are thinking that being an economist is something that they can do with their life should be considering that.
There are many fields in which one may enter without realizing how hard it is to get to a respected place in it, and those who have chosen to be economists might face that more than anyone. They might not have thought about how challenging the road to becoming respected would be beforehand, and as they work and try to do all of the right things, they might question their career choice. But, if they start to question it, then they should just go back to the reason why they wanted to have this career in the first place. They should consider what made them fall in love with the idea of being an economist, and they should keep pushing on from there.
Christian Broda may or may not have realized how much work it would take to become an economist before he set out to make it happen, but now that he is an economist, he has had a good career for himself. He has been able to work his way to the top, and he has become respected by many people. He was a professor for a time before he got a job with a big company, and he has enjoys everything that he has done in his career. Christian Broda on wallstreetjournal was not intimidated by the amount of work that it took him to become someone who is respected in this field, but instead he kept working until he got to that place.
No one should ever be afraid of doing that, and of pursuing their dreams. Becoming an economist who is respected by everyone may not be the easiest thing to do, but if it is the dream that someone has, then they should do all that they can to make it happen.

Organo Gold Targets Turkey As Its Latest Area For Expansion

The OrganoGold brand has announced it will now be looking to continue its impressive global expansion by moving into the important country of Turkey with its range of gourmet coffee’s. CEO Bernardo Chua is now looking to continue the expansion of the company, which started in a small coffee shop in Richmond, Canada and has now continued into 38 countries prior to its move into Turkey. The range of healthy coffee products available through OrganoGold has seen the products become favorites amongst people of all ages who are looking to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

Bernardo Chua has long been a supporter and advocate of using herbal extracts in other products to allow the healthy options available to be taken in by his clients. Amongst the extracts Chua has championed over his time in the multi level marketing industry the Philippines born and Canada based executive has always seen the ganoderma extract found in OrganoGold products as a useful tool in remaining healthy. Chua has used ganoderma in products in the past and has now made this the focus of the OrganoGold coffee that is popular around the world.

Executives at OrganoGold are constantly searching for new areas of the world to expand into as they look to move into new territories to promote the growing range of products and direct selling options offered by the company. Turkey is a popular area for many industries because it is seen as a gateway by OrganoGold for the company to gain a foothold in Asia, Europe and North Africa. PR Newswire reports Turkey is seen as a nation filled with active young people who will see the benefits of the OrganoGold range of ganoderma infused coffee, which can provide antioxidant benefits for those who drink it.

Shaygan Kheradpir Develops Many Innovative Technology Systems

Prominent businessman, Shaygan Kheradpir, believes in developing innovative systems and programs in order to ensure economic security in the United States. Formerly the executive of Juniper Networks in Sunnyvale, California, Shaygan Kheradpir’s comprehensive portfolio of leadership positions at GTE Laboratories, Verizon, and Barclays influenced the successful management of many technological applications during the course of his twenty-year career. As an expert leader, he excels in guiding teams of technologists in their project pursuits which has greatly contributed to his recognition of one of America’s most powerful businessmen. Most prominently, his ample experience in the technology sector encourages him to inspire many professionals to become leaders in their field.

Shaygan Kheradpir on arnnet attended Cornell University where he graduated with a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree in electrical engineering. His interest in technology flourished when he accepted his first professional position at GTE Laboratories. At this prominent corporation, he excelled in managerial tasks related to network routing and control systems and, as a result, he gradually assumed the role of Chief Information Officer. In 2000, GTE Corporation partnered with Bell Atlantic to from Verizon. Following the merger, Kheradpir served as the company’s Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer for eleven years. During his long-term employment at Verizon, he was most known over overseeing a team of 7,000 employees who launched innovative IT systems and products such as Verizon One, Iobi, Verizon FiOs. In addition, his department fine-tuned many of Verizon’s existing platforms including the automated customer service, call center, and website. Notably, his profound success at this major corporation led to the acquisition of leadership positions at Barclays and Juniper Networks.

Remarkably, he continued on his technology development pursuit and created customer services product like the Pingit, an European mobile payment application. Subsequently, Kheradpir was quickly promoted to Chief Operations and Technology Officer during which he reported to Anthony Peter Jenkins who was the Chief Executive Officer from 2012 to 2015. Following his resignation from Barclays, Kheradpir accepted a position as Chief Executive Officer of Juniper Networks at the beginning of 2014. During his short term at this leading technology corporation, he pursued the advice from activist investors and developed an Integrated Operating Plan to reduce company expenses, purchase stock, and increase dividends. Around Thanksgiving of the same year, Kheradpir departed Juniper Networks to focus on other professional interests.

Kheradpir hopes his former career pursuits will inspire more leaders in the competitive technology sector who are passionate about developing innovative applications.