decades, Papa John’s has been one of the most successful and popular pizza chains in the United States and the entire world. One
of the reasons why the company has continued to be successful is because of
strong leadership. In 2017, the company opted to make some changes and once
again continued the trend of having a strong leader at the top of the
organization when they promoted Mr. Steve Ritchie to CEO.
was officially appointed as the CEO of Papa John’s International Inc., on January 1,
2018. The story of Steve Ritchie being appointed to this position is a true
success story that has become less and less common in the workplace today.
However, it is a clear example of how hard work and perseverance could lead to
great success for all people.
started his career working for Papa John’s when he was just in his early 20s.
At this time, he started working as a customer service professional and barely earned more than $6 per hour. After
working for the company for about ten years and taking on some additional
responsibility, he eventually purchased and opened his first franchise of Papa
John’s in 2006.
Due to the success of his franchise, Steve Ritchie was continuously sought after for
advice. He was eventually hired in 2010 to be a corporate leader, which then
led to a role as COO of the entire organization. After being successful in the
role as COO for a few years, he was identified as a potential CEO in 2015. At
this time, he was also named the President of the organization, which has
allowed him to manage a wide variety of high-level tasks for the company. In this time, he has learned a
lot, which will helped him smoothly transition to the CEO position.
Anyone who knows a thing or two about business and the corporate world most definitely knows about Lincolnshire Management, a company that has been dominating the investment scene for decades. The company specializes in acquiring a variety of middle-market firms and making investments. Recently, the company made considerable steps in its operations by bringing in top-notch individuals in the investment world who are set to play a vital role in the growth and expansion of the firm. The four professionals that joined the team at Lincolnshire are; Mathew Nacier, Nicolas Vega, Yashna Ginodia and George Stolt-Nielsen.
These four individuals are people who know their way around the industry and have proven that they can deliver results no matter the place or situation. Matthew Nacier, for instance, graduated from Boston College with a degree in Economics and Philosophy. While at school, he was the Student Body President, this clearly shows that he has the ability to lead masses. Leading two or three people comes in handy when you need to take on a project as a group, and you are supposed to guide them and ensure the team produces results. He once served at Lincolnshire as an intern, and in 2014, he was employed as an analyst. He comes back to the team with a lot of experience. This is because he had launched a crypto index fund for Iconic Holdings, where he was a Director.
The man responsible for overseeing the operations of Lincolnshire Management is TJ Maloney.TJ Maloney is a world-class investor with exceptional skills in leading organizations and interpreting the law. TJ Maloney pursued law at the Fordham Law School. He currently holds a Juris Doctor following his fantastic performance while in law school. After graduation, TJ Maloney was able to work in firms that dealt with acquisitions. The combination of his entrepreneurial skills and vast knowledge and experience have helped TJ Maloney to occupy the Chief Executive Officer position. TJ Maloney has in the past been awarded for setting the bar high for other executives in the corporate world. In 2007, TJ Maloney received the Richard J Bennett Memorial Award for his outstanding performance at Lincolnshire Management.
born in Malaysia, is co-founder of QI group, a multinational group of companies involved in education, sales, financial services
and hospitality. The focus of the group is to enable people, through entrepreneurship,
to improve urban lifestyles and education. The inspiration behind the founding
of QI Group was the life of Mahatma Gandhi who taught the value of raising
one’s humanity to help others. QI Group works to inspire others to serve
mankind responsibly, sustaining resources
for future generations. Eswaren is also the author of 6 books and a philanthropist who
commits 10% of group profits to philanthropic causes.
has travelled a unique road to arrive at where he is today. While pursuing his
university education and graduating from the London School of Economics with a degree in socio-economics, he worked as a cab driver. After graduating he
travelled around Europe doing odd jobs, and he spent a month in a Franciscan
monastery, taking a vow of silence. He later attained an MBA from Southern
says that much of his success is due to what he calls his disruptive thinking.
He tears down accepted patterns of thinking and is then able to create new ways
of looking at things. Boundaries in thinking prevent successful change, and Eswaren is a global thinker. Being inquisitive is the way forward. Trying
something new is what he says leads to success. This means embracing one’s
fears, but unless one is willing to do this, one stays stuck in how things are.
plans for the future include founding a QI City, including a hospital for an educational medical program, as well as a campus and a shopping complex. This
is a vision that will take some years to realize, but the path towards it is
For the last two decades,
Kevin Plank has been instrumental in the sportswear business — both as an investor and as a designer.
In this period, he has not only created some of the best sporting pieces, but
he has also illustrated that research and commitment are critical in the world
of sportswear. Even though his company (Under Armour) has increased its
capacity to design and produce sporting pieces, the same principles remain; he
is still committed to ensuring that all the products from his company meet
quality thresholds. Thanks to this approach and belief system, Kevin Plank has
one of the best-performing companies in the competitive market.
In addition to creating
some of the best sporting equipment and pieces in this critical niche, Plank
has created employment opportunities for thousands of people. In a 2018 study
by an employment agency, Under Armour is among the few companies in the
sporting world to employ close to 15,000 people. Kevin Plank believes that his
company has more potential of creating more employment opportunities in the near future. In order to achieve this
goal, he believes that working with other industry players is vital, especially
in the distribution process. Through these partnerships, Plank believes that
his company will be influential in creating a competitive spirit in this
Kevin Plank also
understands that successful firms, such as his company, have an obligation to
change the lives of people outside the world of business. Even though providing
employment opportunities is vital in creating sustainable communities, Plank
believes that charity is irreplaceable. He, however, understands that
approaching charity as an executive is not a smart move but contributing to charity through a foundation
is a brilliant approach to charity. In two decades, Plank has contributed more
than $2 million. Thanks to this contribution, communities in Washington and the
surrounding communities have benefited.
Tempus and Feist-Weiller
Cancer Center in an announcement by Tempus CEO and co-founder have joined hands in the fight against cancer.
The partnership between the two companies will see more advanced research
conducted to help fight cancer and specifically brain cancer. Tempus is a
renowned technological healthcare company that boasts of a massive molecular clinic
Some of the services
provided at the Tempus lab include genomic testing and analysis of DNA, RNA as
well as proteomic data. Genome testing is quite significant when it comes to the treatment and care of
cancer patients as it provides a better understanding of tumors at a molecular
level. Once the physician gets the molecular analysis of a tumor, then the
physician will be in a good position to diagnose the tumor and provide patients
with customized treatment plans that are tailored according to their needs.
Tempus besides genome testing, use other analysis methods such as lab results,
radiology scans, and pathology images. All these testing methods help the doctor have a
deeper understanding of the condition hence better diagnosis.
Tempus boasts of having
numerous sources of clinical as well as molecular information. The data has
helped Tempus physicians recommended the most effective treatment plan for their patients. With increased inventions
and advanced technology such as AI, Eric Lefkofsky believes that more and more
cancer patients will be able to live longer and healthier lives.
The partnership of the two
firms will see Tempus organization work with Dr. Georgescu, an experienced
physician in the field of glioblastoma, which is the most common type of brain tumor
affecting patients. Dr. Geosgescu has been studying the tumor that is believed
to be the most dangerous type of brain cancers. As a result of the partnership,
Dr. Georgescu patients will be able to benefit from Tempus clinical data as
well as genomic testing and data analysis for better diagnosis and therapy.
Tempus is a healthcare
startup that was co-founded with Eric Lefkofsky with the aim of providing
improved care and diagnosis of cancer. Lefkofsky decided to help establish
Tempus after one of his relatives was diagnosed with the disease. Lefkofsky witnessed firsthand the challenges that cancer patient
went through, and as a result, decided to start Tempus.
Nitin Khanna was born in
India. He went to Purdue University where
he earned a B.S. and M.S. He founded Saber Corporation before becoming a
partner at Hoist Fund LLC, CEO for MergerTech
Advisors and President at Maxonic. Nitin invested in companies
like Cloudability, Meridian and Geoloqi.
is a leader, investor and
entrepreneur with a background in technology. He partnered with
his brother to start Saber Software which
was later sold and helps 21 states manage elections, but have added software
such as child care, child support and DMV systems.
believes that the core to his success is having the right people and says his
brother is one of those people and is essential in the operational phase of the business. Nitin himself is
a better fit for sales. He says he is better at strategy and growth.
if he gets the best people working for him then the business is bound to be a
success. He hires like-minded people with the same cultural ideas and values.
He gets his vision set up and then hires people who are excited about the
vision and can bring it to life.
Khanna’s greatest advice on staying productive
is time management. He feels it is easier for him considering he has
hired the best people to help him with his business. He keeps a tight schedule
and knows how to prioritize. He focuses on things that make him more
wakes no later than 6 a.m. and then checks emails. He does not like to let them
sit in his mailbox and checks them every morning and evening. He believes in
getting back with people as soon as possible. Nitin Khanna wants
his company to be likened to other top companies. He wants to be the
top in the cannabis industry and have a company that is built to last.
sure to spend 90 minutes every morning and from 5:30 till 9:30 in the evening
to with his family. He has a few hobbies that include being a DJ and making
HGGC published news about two promotions and six team additions after the period where they’ve been the most active last year that included 16 add-on transactions, seven platform investments and five liquidity events.
This top middle-market private equity company expanded its execution and sourcing abilities across the company with the following additions:
Dan Stanko as an investment Principal for HGGC
Bennett Nussbaum as an Executive Director with an extensive background in operating
“We are delighted to reveal these and other team additions as well a few well-earned promotions for Matt Roesch and Bill Conrad,” Rich Lawson, HGGC Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer mentioned. “While we keep expanding, it’s critical that we both recognize when our homegrown talent is prospering and bring fresh members to the team with outstanding backgrounds and precious expertise. We could not be more thrilled to reveal these expansions to the team as we keep up our strong stride.”
Dan Stanko held a position as Principal at Bain Capital Private Equity previously. He was accountable for evaluating, sourcing, executing and moving value creation over established and new investments. Dan devoted almost an entire decade at Bain and concentrated on investments in a couple of primary verticals— TMT and Industrials.
Dan was one of the main contributors to the acquisitions of Viewpoint Construction Software, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Big Tex Trailers, American Trailer Works and Blue Coat Systems. Dan worked as an Analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co’s Private Equity Group before working at Bain.
Chad Clawson served in the Operations Group at American Capital as Principal before coming to HGGC. He worked in C-suite roles at firms including Paradigm Precision, Global Conference Partners and Service Experts as his most recent position.
Bennett Nussbaum has decades of experience in executive leadership roles from well-known international companies including Kinko’s, Burger King, Billabong, Winn-Dixie Stores, PepsiCo and American Apparel. He dedicated 25 years at Pepsi-Cola International and developed into SVP and Chief Financial Officer for the company before moving into his position as SVP – International Operations Development with the same unit of business.
Doe Deere, the founder of the cruelty-free cosmetics company, LimeCrime believes the future of the U.S. will be shaped by many Americans who were not born in the country but moved from their birth nation. Deere herself is an immigrant who moved to the U.S. as a 17-year-old in 1998 from her home city of Izhevsk, Russia to seek out a better life. Deere is at pains to point out the success she and her family has achieved in the U.S. can be credited to the assistance received by experienced U.S. citizens.
The entrepreneur now sits at the head of two successful companies, the vegan cosmetics brand, LimeCrime, and the Poppy Angeloff jewelry line employing over 30 people. Despite the success she has achieved in her chosen retail sector, Doe Deere is quick to explain the problems and difficulties her family struggled with when they first arrived in the U.S. Doe Deere believes the faith shown in her family by social workers and members of theSanctuary for Families charity who believed they could achieve great things.
Faith in the belief in the people arriving in the U.S in the coming days, weeks, and years is something Doe Deere believes strongly in because of her own amazing story. Although her family was headed by an accountant who had achieved success in Russia, problems verifying her mother’s qualifications meant the job she planned to take was out of reach upon the family’s arrival in 1998. Despite working any job available, the family found themselves destitute and homeless without the ability to keep their home or feed themselves.
It was at their lowest point that Doe Deere and her family found themselves partnered with the people who would have an instant impact on their lives. A kind-hearted social workerput the family in touch with the Sanctuary for Families group who set about changing the lives of Doe Deere, her mother, and sister. Doe Deere set out on a journey to the Fashion Institute of Technology with the encouragement of Sanctuary for Families founder Dorchen Leidholdt, who remains a mentor to the members of the family.
When a company is doing good it is no surprise that everyone would like to know the driving force behind it and in particular the leaders behind the wheel. We can have a look at the two super experienced people behind the success of InnovaCare Health that is Rick Shinto and Penelope Kokkinides. I call them super Experienced since they both boast over 20 years of experience.
About Richard Shinto
Dr. Shinto is the CEO of InnovaCare Health. Rick Shinto started as an internist and Pulmonologist after which he joined MedPartners as their VP where he was in charge of medical management. He has worked with Cal Optimal Health Plan in California, Orange County, worked with Pathways Management Company as operations manager, worked as a senior officer at NAMM and in 2008 moved to Aveta Inc. where he later became CEO until 2012.
Dr. Rick Shinto has been recognized because of his managerial and vision when he was given Ernst $ Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award back in 2012 in the Service Category. He has not relented as we can see this year Modern Healthcare has recognized him as one of2018’s Top 25 Minority Executivesin Healthcare, this tells you how determined he is to make sure everyone especially the minority receive good healthcare for a healthier nation.
About Penelope Kokkinides
Penelope is a graduate from Binghampton University with Bachelor’s in Classical language and biological sciences and later did Masters in New York University. At InnovaCare Health she is Chief Administrative Officer appointed in June 2015, previously she had worked as a chief operating officer in the same company. In her more than 20 years’ experience she has worked in government programs such as Medicaid and Medicare, In the private sector she has worked with Centerlight HealthCare, Touchstone Health different capacity from operations head to corporate VP.
In her Interview on IdeaMensch, she highlights how good her team is proving how good a team player she is. She also talks about how organized she is by thinking about the next day every night which makes her more productive, a clear sign InnovaCare Health is at good hands with a very bright future.
About InnovaCare Health
Talk about quality healthcare, cost-effective and innovative in one sentence, and I tell you it is incomplete without adding InnovaCare Health as the provider. InnovaCare is the epitome of a perfect business model providing health services good for stakeholders and excellent for customers, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Puerto Rico recognized this as it is the only with 4.5-star ratings.
Erik Lefkofsky was recently featured in the Ideamensch interview which discussed the origins of Tempus. Erik Lefkofsky began Tempus to create a more personalized treatment plan for patients who have cancer. This machine learning platform allows physicians to have a better understanding of the disease. Lefkofsky is also known for co-founding Groupon, an e-commerce website that provides coupons on various activities around the world.
However, Erik Lefkofsky is a serial entrepreneur. He began Uptake Technologies and Mediaocean, technology companies that provide integrated media and analytics. He also started companies like Lightbank which uses investing to disrupt the technology world.
He started Tempus after his own personal experience watching a loved one go through the treatment process for cancer. The physicians were not able to access the data and technology that are available to so many other industries. This was the beginning of a personal quest to help provide data to cancer patients in a clinical setting.
Lefkofsky is one of the few that does not have a typical day in the office. However, he does try to be the first one in the office to work before other people start demanding his time. He focuses on problem management. Building the company requires input and time form the CEO and co-founder that can be exciting but also draining. He began working form home on Fridays to help him stay productive.
Erik Lefkosky believes ideas work the best when they are solutions. He and his business partner want to create solutions to the world’s problems and believes that creating new ideas just for the idea’s sake is wasteful. They have begun more than six companies over the past two decades and they have discovered the key to success is quite simple. They simply need to identify a big enough problem and discover a solution.
One trend that really excites Erik Lefkofsky is Biotech. He believes that technology can create a huge paradigm shift in the way we live, particularly when we start implementing technology into the way we treat the body. Though the body has been subject to the same diseases for thousands of years, the improvements in technology are creating new solutions.