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Fashion And Function Meet In 2015 Men’s Shoes

Men have become increasingly savvy in the area of fashion. While women have long identified with quality brands, especially in footwear, men have lagged behind. Fashion forward shoes for men can mean different things to different personalities. Some feel that their shoes must bear a visible recognizable pedigree as an indicator of their social status. These men will spend an amount on one pair of italian shoes that some pay on their monthly mortgage. Others, in the desire to appear on the cusp of the latest trends, want shoes that are edgy, regardless whether the appearance is pleasing to the eye. In both these cases, functionality seems to fall at the end of the priority list. Appearance is everything. At the opposing end of the men’s footwear spectrum is the man who doesn’t give a moment’s thought to his shoes. His feet are covered, and that is enough. Never mind that the shoes are the same type he wore all those years ago when he was a penniless college student! Surely there must be a footwear solution.

The best thing that has happened in men’s footwear is the Paul Evans line of shoes. Actually, the founders considered it more of a philosophy when they embarked on their initial foray into the shoe market. These men, fans of quality footwear themselves, began their quest by traveling internationally. Settling upon Italy, they found an established family of footwear craftsmen. With this direct method of manufacture-to-sale trade, they accomplished their goal of bringing old world artisan-quality footwear to the consumer. They present the classics, oxfords and loafers, in a variety of beautiful calfskin and styles. Their line also includes fashion boots as well as the most urban on-trend leather high-top sneakers.

From the weekend farmer’s market to the boardroom and out for a formal evening, the Paul Evens line of footwear answers both form and function criteria. With the reasonable price point, these investment quality shoes will become the staple of the contemporary men’s wardrobe.

Bruce Levenson

Bruce Levenson is a businessperson and philanthropist based in the US and was a former NBA team owner as well as a co-owner of Atlanta Hawks LLC under which the Atlanta Hawks basketball team operates. The LLC also owns Phillips Arena. Bruce Levenson has been on the NBA Board of Governors first as Hawks’ Governor then later as an ex-officio. He also owns the United Communication Group or UCG, which he co-founded in 1977 and TechTarget, where he serves as a board member. Bruce Levenson comes from a Jewish family that was based in Washington, D.C. He was brought up in Chevy Chase, Maryland and later went to Washington University in St. Louis before graduating with a law degree at American University. While studying for the law degree, he used to work part-time as a journalist with the Washington Star. Bruce Levenson and Ed Peskowitz started UCG in Gaithersburg, Maryland and used Levenson’s apartment as their office. The company started with publishing newsletters regarding the oil industry, Oil Express, but later acquired a larger database that enabled them to venture into other industries such as data collection and analysis in energy, telecommunication, mortgage banking, healthcare, and technology. UCG has since developed and operates a mobile application, Gas Buddy that provides drivers with information of the low gas prices at their current location. He has also served as an adviser with BIA Digital Partner, appears in the Board of Directors for the newsletter Electronic Publishers Association, and features in the Software and Information Industry Association Hall of Fame in 1997. Atlanta Hawks The duo formed Atlanta Spirit LLC in 2004 with an aim of buying Atlanta Hawks LLC that was then owned by Turner Broadcasting. Bruce Levenson and Ed Peskowitz are still the majority partners of Atlanta Hawks LLC though the purchase had originally included Atlanta Thrashers, which was sold in 2011. As of now, Levenson serves as the managing partner and appears at the NBA Board of Governors as a member. In 2012, Danny Ferry was hired by the team as Hawks general manager as well as president of basketball operations. Ferry once played for Cleveland Cavaliers but later became their general manager and has also served as vice president of operations with San Antonio Spurs. In March 2014, Bruce Levenson and his family accompanied the Hawk’s trip to the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. taking into consideration his mother-in-law is a Holocaust survivor. He was able to speak with the team regarding his experiences. Later in the year, he announced his bid to sell his share of ownership based on a self-reporting email that was sent out in Aug. 2012 that started the decreasing interest of African-American fan base for the team. As such, Bruce Levenson is bringing on a team of investment bankers to aid with the process. Philanthropy Bruce Levenson participates actively at the Community Foundation of Washington, D.C., the Hoop Dreams Foundation, and serves as president for I Have a Dream Foundation Washington chapter. Bruce Levenson is a founding donor of the U.S. Holocaust Museum and has made major donations to the SEED Foundation as well as Seeds of Peace.


The Hottest Shoes for Men in the Winter of 2015

Men have no shortage of shoe choices in 2015. This winter brings a plethora of choices for men that are interested in things like dressy and casual styles of shoes. Men may not buy as many shoes as women during the year, but the shoe choices that are available this winter will give many men a reason to do some extra shopping.

The hot shoe trends are well documented through the social media atmosphere. When it comes to the winter months the boots are typically one of the most stylish shoe designs for men. North Face, for example, has a boot that is quite popular in the northern states. The North Face jackets have been high in popularity for many years, and now men are embracing these stylish two tone boots by this designer. The most popular of the boot styles is the two tone brown and black boot. This is an insulated boot so it is very popular for men that live in climates where the weather is cold.

Another brand that has managed to become popular for the winter months is Paul Evans. This is the official Italian leather shoe company that takes pride in quality leather. There is an assortment of shoes from this collection, but the Brando Semi-Brogue Oxford shoes may be the most popular pair for business men. These shoes are stylish and sexy. The Italian leather of these shoes makes it incredibly easy for men to keep these shoes for many years. That is what makes this one of the most trendy shoe brands on the market. Men are going to embrace those shoe brands that last for a long time because men do not buy shoes as often as women. Paul Evans makes handcrafted shoes that are special orders from only the best leather in Italy.

Merrell is another trendy shoe designer that has managed to peak the interests of male consumers with the Merrell Traveler shoes. This is a comfortable style of shoes that is rather low key, but it is the perfect casual shoe for slacks. This shoe has a full grain leather upper and it is known for the air cushion that makes all day walking much easier. This is a great winter shoe for the travelers that may be on road trips.

Lakeside offers great boat shoes for men that are interested in this look. Some places in the south like Miami and Houston don’t really experience cold winters so the boat shoes are still worn during this time of year. Lakeside offers the waterproof leather shoes that are also slip resistant. There are a lot of trendy styles out there, and the shoes above are among the best.


Why Brad Reifer is Leading in the World of Invesment Management

The world of investment has continued to grow over the years to offer employment opportunities to many people. This has subsequently led to development of economic growth. There are different types of investment firms in the world offering unique services. These companies have facilitated the development of sophisticated types of companies in the recent years. Brad Reifler is one of the leading investment personalities in the United States of America. He is the founder of Forefront Capital one of the leading investment firm in the United States of America. The firm has recently introduced the Forefront Income Trust which is aimed at improving the livelihood of the middle class people. This was necessitated by the fact that the investment field was highly associated with the first class and rich people in USA. This is because majority of accredited investor were few and the amount that was needed to invest was over 200,000 dollars which proved to be difficult to get. As a result, the trust is aimed at improving the living standards of middle class people who might invest as little as 2500dollars in the firm and get quarterly returns. As a result, Brad Reifler invested in over 529 colleges according to Crunchbase, with the aim of improving on the profit net collection.

Brad Reifler has invested in the investment world with the aim of capitalizing on the available resources. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Forefront Advisory, and Forefront Capital Management. This firm has really invested in the asset management funds in order to maximize on the profit realization. He graduated from the Bowdoin College with a degree in economics and political science and later developed interest in the investment world. While in the university, he acquired a lot of knowledge which he later used to develop a multinational investment firm in the United States of America. His investment journey dates back in 1982 according to his bio, when he started his own company called Reifler Trading Corporation. The company developed steadily and due its good leadership structures, it acquired Pali Capital. Brad Reifler had now gained a lot of interest and management of investment firm and was gearing into becoming an international icon. As a result, he spent over 13 years as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pali Capital and made the company to make a profit of over 200million dollars.

His own journey through the investment world has left many people emulating his good leadership and governance structures. He has over 30 years experience in the world of investment management and offering expert advice to Forex traders. He has openly encouraged people across all sorts of lives to engage in investment opportunities. This is because he believes that everyone can make it in the investment world with however little amount they choose to invest.


Handy, Home Cleaning you Can Trust

Handy is a home services company that was founded in 2012 by two Harvard Business School students. The company primarily performs home cleanings for its customers, but also offers handy man, furniture assembly, and plumbing services. This company is taking the hassle out of hiring a cleaning service for homeowners so that they can instead sit back, relax, and actually enjoy their clean homes.

The company has quickly grown from doing $3 million in annual revenue to $52 million just two years later. Constantly expanding Handy is available in 25 cities nationwide, two in Canada, as well as London, England. It maintains such an impressive rate of growth through it extensive use of contractors. The company only employs 50 people full time, but commands an army of over 5,000 home service professionals who perform at least one job each month for the company. 

With well over 10,000 jobs being performed every month by the company’s contractors Handy is a name on recode homeowner’s can trust. In order to help build a strong relationship with its customers the company provides a money back guarantee on its services so that a customer never leaves dissatisfied. Another great benefit of using Handy is that if something happens to break, accidents can happen, during a service the company will fully reimburse the homeowner for the cost of the broken item. With a traditional cleaning service the customer may have just been left with a broken lamp and an apology note.

Handy also takes pride in ensuring that it only employs the best cleaning professionals the world has to offer. Although this can be difficult with such a large workforce the company takes great care to individually screen each applicant to ensure that they live up to the standards set forth by Handy. Every Handy home service professional has been run through a criminal background check on, passed a rigorous interview, and had their references verified. In fact, the founders take great pride in knowing that the company has a higher rejection rate than their alma mater.

In addition to the great service and reliability the company is also extremely convenient and easy to use. Homeowners just type in some basic information, receive a quote, pay with their credit card, and Handy will take care of the rest. No longer is it necessary to call around to different cleaning companies to see who is the best or even to have cash ready to pay the person who will be entering your home. Handy maintains the best staff in the industry and even takes the hassle of paying them off of your hands.


The Best Of Advertising In Brazil

Brazil is the mecca for advertising. They are known as the advertising Capital of the World, producing some of the most original advertising. These ads first began in the newspapers, then it became so popular, that it started showing up in magazines, radio, and TV. Now as a way to reach the people around the world, it’s on social media, which has now estimated to have grown to 81 million viewers.

Advertisers like Claudio Loureiro, who have helped pioneer the facebook age of advertising. The owner and CEO of Heads, which is the largest advertising agency in Brazil. The company boasts many important clients. He graduated from the University Pontifica at Parana in 1997. He once won the award for best advertising professional. He added producer to his long list of accomplishments, for films like Rio, “I Love You” and also for the Broadway musical “A Night with Janis Joplin”. Loureiro was instrumental in getting Woody Allen to come to Rio de Janeiro, to make a movie.

Many Brazilians print ads have walked away with top prizes at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival because of their creativity. The Brazilians love their advertising. They love looking at it, and they love to spend their money on what is being offered. Brazilians is not bothered in the least, when advertisers bombarded them with their products. Most of the time it doesn’t matter the cost.

As in the United States, one would find advertisement everywhere ,such as billboards,and sporting events, most notably soccer games.

Some of the models in Brazil are treated like celebrities. The tabloids would discuss their personal lives. This would propel the models to book more jobs and to gain popularity.

Still one must remember that there are restrictions about what one can do when it comes to advertising in Brazil. Things like alcohol and cigarettes. These rules are strict and one must adhere to the rules of advertising. These laws are strictly enforced. Another is medical advertising. They have to watch what they say very carefully. Doctors can not advertise her or his office phone number on social media. Also, any marketing that are geared toward children are strictly forbidden.


Can the New Atlanta Hawks Owners Help Increase Their Team’s Value and Winning Culture?

The Atlanta Hawks NBA franchise is coming off a game-changing transitional period on and sets to begin this year’s season with a renewed sense of focus.

It would be fair and accurate to state that the majority of the responsibilities within shaping the action plan of an NBA franchise falls on the team’s ownership. The owners have to hire the front office leaders and coaching staff personnel members that are in charge of the business and basketball operations of the franchise.

Of course, the players are the ones who the fans come to the arena to see. It’s the players who sacrifice their bodies making plays. They’re also the ones with the superstar faces that represent the organization. However, the pressure of building the team to new heights on all facets rests with the ownership.

In the case of the Atlanta Hawks, there is definitely room for building on some crucial elements, which are needed for the ball club to reach a new level. The sea change of alterations for this franchise began last spring when a financial group led by investment fund manager Anthony Ressler took over.

Ressler and his investment team (which former NBA player Grant Hill is a member of) bought the team last spring for around $850 million, according to various sports news agencies. Ressler and his fellow co-owners bought the team from Bruce Levenson and his team of investment partners.

Levenson is the former majority owner of the Atlanta Hawks and an established philanthropic businessman. During his tenure as a Hawks owner, the team was a playoff contender year in and year out. Levenson also was the overseer of some great trades and draft decisions, which helped the team stay competitive.

Those decisions by Levenson and his group (as well as great play from their stars) put the Atlanta Hawks in a position to get 60 wins last season, which is a franchise record. They also had the number one seed of their conference going into last year’s NBA playoffs and eventually made it to the Eastern Conference Finals.

However, right after the new owners took the reigns, things started going downhill. The Hawks were handily dominated in the Eastern Conference Finals (ECF) by Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. They were trounced in a sweep. A number one-seeded team had not been swept in the ECF since the then New Jersey Nets did it to the Detroit Pistons in 2003.

Even NBA Hall of Famer and colorful TNT Sports commentator Charles Barkley has his doubts about the future of the Atlanta Hawks. “The Hawks are not in my top five teams of the Eastern Conference,” Barkley said in a conference call promoting the start of the 2015-16 NBA season.

Patron attendance for Hawks home games is also down. The franchise is currently ranked 19th in attendance out of all the teams in the league. Ressler and his new ownership team definitely have their work cut out for them for this new season going forward.

Ready or not, game time has begun.