Wes Edens is a finance major with a degree from Oregan Stage University. After completing his education in 1984, Wes Edens took no time at all to put himself out there and start getting work experience in the financial industry. It took Wes a mere three years before he was already in a management position at Lehman Brothers. Before that, Wes climbed up the ranks through various positions at Smith Barney, California Savings, and Merrill Lynch. In 1998, Wes Edens, Rob Kauffman, and Randal Nardone started up Fortress Investment Group as a private alternative investment firm in New York. After becoming public in 2007, Fortress was already one of the biggest investment companies in the country, worth more than 10 billion dollars throughout all of its assets, roughly 18 percent of which belonged to Edens.
Fortress Investment Group has offices spread out not just in the United States, but internationally as well. Since 2006, Wes has been on the board of directors and still maintains his position, working to improve Fortress Investment year by year. That is not all Wes Edens spends his time on though, as he has various other side projects and business deals that he is working on. One of the more significant purchases that Wes has made was acquiring the Milwaukee Bucks, a professional team in the NBA. As a sports fan, Wes has shown a lot of interest in various different sports leagues and continues to get involved as much as he can while leading Fortress Investment Group.
Wes is also playing a big role in the development of the Brightline Train system that is being constructed in Florida currently. While the train is still going through the development stages to improve, things have been working out well and the traffic it aims to defeat has been lessened to an extreme degree. As Brightline continues to develop, Wes hopes to bring the train system to more states that are suffering from heavy traffic and long commute times.
José Auriemo Neto is the CEO of JHSF, a real estate company in Brazil which is focused on the development of commercial and residential properties. He graduated from Fundação Armando Alvares Pentenado University in São Paulo, then began his career with JHSF in 1993. José Auriemo Neto demonstrated leadership qualities as a teenager. He became President of JHSF before he was 30 years old.
Under José Auriemo Neto’s leadership, JHSF’s real estate ventures included prominent properties such as Cidade Jardim shipping complex in São Paulo, the Metrô Tucuruvi, the Bela Vista in Salvador and the Ponta Negra shopping Centre in Manaus. JHSF also owns property in the United States and Uruguay.
José Auriemo Neto conquered more than the real estate industry. In 2009, JHSF’s first retail ventures were with Hermes, Pucci, and Jimmy Choo; having exclusive partnership agreements with all three. JHSF-owned Cidade Jardim shopping complex was home to these luxury brands’ first retail outlets. JHSF also secured a partnership with Valentino in 2012. This launched the first Valentino and Red Valentino stores in Brazil.
In 2018, José Auriemo Neto made BoFs 500(Business of Fashion) list. This list consists of the most influential people shaping the $2.4 trillion fashion industry around the world.
In 2016, José Auriemo Neto added an airport to JHSF’s accomplishments. The Catarina Executive Airport sits on a sizable plot of land leading west from São Paulo to Sorocaba. Its 8,000-foot main runway enables large intercontinental private jets to arrive directly at the airport. The Catarina also has an airport terminal and space for FBOs (fixed-based operators), MROs (maintenance, repair, and overhaul) and private hangers.
José Auriemo Neto has solidified JHSF future with his business savvy in both the real estate and fashion industries.
Alastair Borthwick’s life reflected his eclectic talents. During his 90 years on Earth he served as a journalist, broadcaster and author. He is best known for two very different books that helped to shape his home country throughout many generations.
Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen, Scottland in 1913. He also lived in Troon, and later Glasgow, where he attended high school. His journalistic career began after he dropped out of high school at the age of 16. His first job was for the Glasgow Herald. Within a year he moved on to the respected Daily Mirror. Alastair didn’t find London to be his kind of place, so his stint with the publication only lasted 1 year.
According to undiscoveredscotland.co.uk, in 1935 he returned to Glasgow and took a broadcasting job with the BBC. His literary career flourished in this time. 1939 saw the publication of “Always A Little Further”. This work was a collection of pieces pertaining to various outdoor activities. This work was very unique for its time but it has withstood the test of time and is still in publication today.
As was the case with many young men of the time, Alastair Borthwick was called to serve his country during World War 2. He was commissioned as an intelligence officer, serving in the 5th battalion. He and his brothers in arms, saw action in Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany. When the fighting ceased he was commissioned to write the history of the battalion in which he served. The resulting work, “Sans Peur, The History of the 5th (Caithness and Sutherland) Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders” became another defining work for Borthwick.
After the war Alastair Borthwick came home to his wife, whom he had married in 1940. He continued to rite as well as produce over 100 hours of television on a wide array of subject matter. Alastair’s vibrant life came to an end in 2003, his literary and broadcast work can be found in various forms.
Hussain Sajwani began his career in the food industry in the early 1980’s through catering service contracts in Dubai and eventually expanding world-wide. Sajwani was able to secure contracts with organizations such as the U.S. military and other major American companies. Despite his successful venture, Sujwani realized that this was a very limited market which meant limited possibilities for further expansion.
Hussain Sajwani was a true visionary though, and he took notice of the interest developing in the Dubai real estate market as well as the vast earnings potential. As a result Sajwani’s new business venture, Damac was born. Hussain Sajwani began investing in mid-market hotels and other types of property investments throughout Dubai and other parts of the Middle East, with great success. Sajwani also realized that high-end property is where he needed to focus in order to greatly expand business and in 2002, Damac began to invest in pre-construction luxury properties that he could market to top commercial and residential real estate developers, including Donald Trump’s real estate organization.
In 2017, Damac and The Trump Organization collaborated on The Trump International Golf Club Resort in Dubai which has generated nearly $2 billion in sales for Damac. As a result of their collaboration, Hussain Sajwani and Donald Trump’s families have also developed close ties and the two families including Ivanka, Donald jr. and Eric Trump often meet in both Dubai and the U.S., most recently celebrating New Year’s together. Real estate developer Hussain Sajwani has said that he understands the conflicts of interest in working with Donald Trump since being elected President Of The United States, but he looks forward to future endeavors between Damac and The Trump Organization.
Damac also supports Dubai’s ruling family, in their country’s initiatives to assist children and families in need. Damac’s Sajwani has donated AED millions to the Emirates Red Crescent Organization which goes towards providing clothing and other necessities for those in need. Hussain Sajwani understands that the future of the kingdom rests in the hands of it’s youth and supporting them is vital to not only their personal success, but the future of Dubai.
David McDonald is an employee at OSI Group, and he is recognized for serving this organization for many years. He is among the longest-serving employees of the company. He joined the company thirty years ago after graduating from the Iowa State University with a degree in animal science. He started at the company as a project manager but because he was dedicated to his work, he has been rising, and he is now at the top. He is serving OSI Group at the management level being the company’s president. The company has been the top supplier of food products to various parts of the world.
In an interview, David McDonald talked of why the company has been successful in its endeavors. The company was started by a leader who was visionary, and one of the main agenda was to grow it to become an international firm. When he joined the company, he learned about this focus and worked hard towards achieving its goals. He also dedicated himself to helping the company to grow, and thirty years later he is doing his best. The food industry is a dynamic one, and that is why OSI Group is always looking for innovative ways. Being innovative makes the company remain relevant in the industry and attract more customers. For example, OSI Group adopted advanced storage techniques that make use of modern technology. The initiative enabled the company to expand its operations, and it has now become a global institution. It can now offer a wide range of food products and serve clients from different parts of the world through the right storage.
David McDonald has been one of the leaders who are leading the growth of OSI Group. It is a private company, but it has achieved a lot through the dedication of its leaders. The decision to expand the company comes from the top executives, and David McDonald is one of the individuals who have seen the growth of the organization to its current position. When making the decisions, they are careful and are always dedicated to ensuring make the right choice. That is how the company has managed to remain in a market that is competitive. Leaders like McDonald are an inspiration to many young people who would like to excel in business. They show the kind of leadership that is needed in order to grow a business to the highest heights possible.
Fountain House focuses their efforts on helping people with mental illness. They cover all aspects of recovery from acknowledging the problem to reconstructing someone’s life after recovery. Recently, Jeremy Goldstein began hosting wine dinners to raise money for the foundation. Last year, he held two wine dinners that raised over $56,000 for Fountain House.
The dinners were held on the rooftop of the NoMad Hotel, overlooking the New York skyline. The first dinner was successful, raising $33,000, and guests enjoyed themselves so much; they demanded that Goldstein host another wine dinner. A week later, he organized a second dinner and raised $23,000.
Aside from hosting his own events, he also attended Fountain House Tenth Annual Fountain House Fall Fete last year. This Fountain House event focuses on people’s efforts to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness. At last year’s Fall Fete, they honored George Petrides, a banker who specializes in mergers and acquisitions.
Petrides decided to work with a non-profit after reaching a certain point in life. Petrides, himself, went through a rough times and wanted to provide the same help people gave him when he was struggling.