Beneful Continues To Take Off

Beneful brand dog food is a product from Purina. This line of dog food was first introduced to the store shelves in 2001. It is available in wet and dry form. Over the years Beneful has expanded their line of dog food to specialize in your dogs health. For instance, Beneful now has formulated food for puppies, for dogs with a sensitive stomach, for dogs that are overweight, and for dogs that prefer a certain flavor. The ingredients used are premium, all natural.

In 2013 Beneful donated a portion of their profits to help restore dog parks throughout the country. This company cares more about your dog than just their diet. Though out the year, Beneful has held adoption days for dogs and cats in need of a loving home.

Beneful is available to the general public through the internet, at the retail stores like Wal-Mart, pet stores, and your veterinarian’s office. If you purchase the dog food through the internet, there you will receive a better price for buying in bulk. You can also print off coupons online to take to your local merchant. Various times of the year, you will find discounts on the food at your retail store or pet store.

Beneful knows your dog is more than just another dog, they are your child. Your dog loves you unconditionally, gives you a smile when you need it, will stand by your side though the good times and bad, and will defend you and your family against any harm. The next time you buy your dog’s food, take a minute to think about their dietary needs. Is your dog having a hard time digesting? Is your dog a young pup or an older fellow? Take a look at Beneful brand dog food, we have specialized formulated food to help your dog live a longer, healthier, happier life.

Skout: The New Social Network Giant?

A new location-based social networking and dating app has emerged and is commanding a strong presence in the app world. Although Skout was launched in 2013, its status is climbing the charts quickly a year later. Touting an interface similar to Facebook with a revolutionary “Shake to Chat” feature, could this be the future of social networking and dating apps?

Currently, Skout is reporting over 100 million downloads with a thriving social network of friends and flings. Its growing network is what’s allowing it to remain one of the most active networks on the market. With a strong community, users are able to sign in at any time of the day and find new buddies to chat with and more. In addition, its location-based technology allows users to meet each other (with permission). There have been (and still are) many apps with location-based technology built into the system, however, with a healthy community like Skout’s, it’s no wonder why its popularity has skyrocketed. However, its dynamic community isn’t the only thing boosting its demand.

One of the coolest and most unique things about Skout is its “Shake to Chat” feature. Just by shaking your device, you’re able to form a random encounter with another community member around the globe. At which point, you’re able to view their profile, chat, flirt, share pictures, and utilize its location technology if you choose. This feature is engaging and very cleverly designed to have users interact physically with the app for a totally new experience. Shaking the app easily becomes addictive after a few tries (Especially after meeting an interesting user).

Moreover, the app constantly inspires interaction. As you interact with the app and the community, you find that you’re able to like, comment, send gifts, send photos, and much more (quite similar to Facebook). With all of these options available, it’s a little tough not to talk to a stranger and explore the idea of meeting new people through the app. Furthermore, many activities Skout provides require points. This currency drives constant interaction with the application, so it’s tough to ever put it down. These points can be spent on various items such as finding out who has viewed your profile, sending winks, or viewing private backstage photos.

The best way to describe Skout is: Facebook, Instagram, and Tinder combined. The best part is it is free on iTunes to download. It contains all of the best parts of every layout and feature. Skout’s user interface is very clean and simple to use. Right after downloading it, you’re able to log in with your Facebook credentials for quick access. Afterwards, it automatically syncs with your Facebook friends so you know who else uses Skout. You’re also given the option of using your phone contacts to add to your connections. Almost immediately you’re able to find new people to talk to because it’s too easy.

Skout gets 5 stars in my book because it’s easy and fun to use, has a growing community, and is addictive to use.

Christopher Cowdray: Visionary, Highly-Skilled, Experienced, Successful Hotel CEO

Christopher Cowdray is a man with vision. Born in Zimbabwe and educated there and at Columbia University, Cowdray is CEO of The Dorchester Collection, a group of luxury hotels in some of the world’s most exotic cities including London, Rome, Milan, Geneva, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles. Christopher Cowdray is no overnight success. After earning a degree in hotel management in Zimbabwe and completing the Executive Program at Columbia Business School, he spent over 30 years managing hotels all over the world.

Cowdray showed incredible vision and skill managing hotels in the United Kingdom, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and Africa. Those hotels included London’s Claridge’s and The Dorchester Hotel. The Dorchester Group Ltd., which owned the then 10 hotels that made up The Dorchester Collection, was so impressed with Christopher Cowdray’s work, they offered him the position as The Dorchester Collection’s chief executive officer in 2007.

Cowdray hit the ground running. The next year he added New York’s Palace Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air to the Dorchester Collection’s roster. Cowdray later oversaw the sale of the New York Palace Hotel and the acquisition of England’s 45 Park Lane and Coworth Park, Rome’s Hotel Eden and Geneva’s Le Richmond. Cowdray’s work as CEO of The Dorchester Collection has been nothing short of spectacular. So good that at the European Hospitality Awards in 2013 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for the work he has done with The Dorchester Collection in just over 5 years.

For Christopher Cowdray the journey has only just begun. He loves working with some of the most famous hotels in the world and helping to make them even more luxurious and profitable. He said having a clear vision, an outstanding leadership team, and iconic hotels with a reputation for superior service have made his job a joy. He added that the reputation and infrastructure of The Dorchester Collection makes it easy to grow the brand into gateway cities with the acquisition of key hotels worldwide. Hotels that please their clientele and complement their current portfolio.

Cowdray shared his vision for a successful hotel. He said the combination of inspiring leaders, consistently good service training, and recruiting the right people committed to providing personalized, efficient service that improves the overall guest experience. Plus recognizing the needs and desires of the guests and creating an environment where everything is brought together and the vision clearly articulated through the hotels.

Ten Years ‘In the Sphere of Silence’ with Vijay Eswaran

Vijay Eswaran has spoken for ten years about needing to develop new learning possibilities for self-actualization in his book, “In The Sphere of Silence.” In Pittsburgh, Vijay Eswaran spoke again voicing his concern that growing technology is a distraction from self discovery, and we face larger problems in the years to come like over population.

As reported originally on PR Newswire, Vijay Eswaran said, “People struggle with the concept of detachment from subjective states that hinder happiness. The process of detachment starts with silence and once humanity can find an objective view they can be humble.”

Dr. Vijay Eswaran, co-founder and Chief Executive of QI group, learned the importance of practicing inner silence as a child. He used his practices to become a successful entrepreneur and believes that, “The full potential of humans to find meaning is difficult due to the chaos of innovative products and services provided in the current generation. The basic needs of society should be addressed and the answer lies internally. The application of the Sphere of Silence is universal. The purpose is to create a better understating of oneself to make better efficient decisions that lead to genuine satisfaction.”

Teen Author Admits He Never Visited Heaven

During the early 2000s, several books were written in which the author claimed to have visited heaven and then returned to Earth to share their experiences. Two were written to share the stories of children, and two others related the events undergone by medical doctors. They all were held up as examples of the mysterious workings of God behind the scenes.

Unfortunately for the reputation of the Christian publishing community, the one young author has reported that he fabricated his trip to heaven. Alex Malarkey was six years old when he and his father were in a horrific car crash, during which he had reportedly visited heaven and heard the voice of God. Many believers said their faith was immensely bolstered after reading The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven. But Malarkey, now a teenager, wrote an open letter stating in part, “I did not die. I did not go to Heaven. I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention.” Malarkey and his mother have both long been disturbed by the gross commercialization of the story and finally wanted to set the record straight. The publisher, Tyndale House, has ordered the book pulled from the shelves.

While the Christian community may be saddened by this humiliating revelation, the public should not be skeptical of all such stories just because one is shown to be false. As with any story of historical events, one must weigh the evidence presented and decide whether or not the testimony is valid. Malarkey’s book was found wanting, but others may well be true accounts of the authors’ experiences. The reader will have to decide. Fans of the work, like Sergio Andrade Gutierrez, may be saddened by the false account but can still decide for themselves on the existence of heaven.

The Diversified Mind of Bruce Levenson

At an age when many men are retiring, Bruce Levenson is still going strong. He is profiled in Forbes as a leader in the business world. In the sports world, he is part owner of the Atlanta Spirit, now Atlanta Hawks. And in the world of good works, he is recognized as a noted philanthropist.

Levenson acquired a political science degree from Washington University, then a graduate law degree American University. Working as a journalist for the Washington Star in 1977 he recognized the importance and potential of communication in the business world. In his apartment above his father’s liquor store, he and fellow journalist, Ed Peskowitz, envisioned a company which could provide speedy, necessary information to businesses around the world. Starting with a printed newsletter for the oil industry, the two quickly identified the potential of electronic communication. The resulting United Communications Group (UGC) is now the largest privately-owned information group in the world. Its success made both men multimillionaires. Both continue to play active leadership roles in the company. For his continued, innovative and astute leadership, Levenson was inducted into the Software and Information Industry Association Hall of Fame in 1997.

Secure financially, Levenson expanded his keen mind to his love of sports, especially basketball. In 2004 Bruce Levenson bought into the Atlanta Spirit, a group that now owns the Atlanta Hawks. ESPN is taking a huge interest in the team right now thanks to their play. After ten years of active management, however, Levenson recently announced he is selling his portion of the team.

Well known for his philanthropy, Bruce Levenson and his wife Karen are active in and generous donors for many charities. His mother-in-law’s experience and survival of the Holocaust led the couple to assist in the foundation of the Holocaust Museum. They continue to donate significant amounts to the Museum and its management.

Not content with simple donations, the couple started the Center for Philanthropy and Non-profit Leadership at the University of Maryland. The Center educates and encourages young people for active involvement and leadership of charities and other non-profit organizations. Other charities supported by the family include the Community Foundation of Washington, DC, the Hoop Dreams Foundation, the “I Have a Dream Foundation”, the SEED foundation and “Seeds of Peace”.

No, no retirement in the works for this man of keen mind and charitable leanings. Hopefully, Bruce Levenson will continue to use his mind, his money and his energy in this world for a long time.

Andrew Heiberger: Luxury Real Estate Mogul Improving Manhattan

Andrew Heiberger is the co-founder, co-chairman and CEO of one of Manhattan’s luxury real estate firms, the Town Residential. Since this elite real estate firm opened in 2010, he has succeeded in opening 10 more Town Residential offices in Manhattan. Heiberger’s real estate concepts have expanded his real estate, and he now has over 600 licensed personnel.

The History of Andrew Heiberger

Andrew began his career in real estate with his family when he was just a boy. His family bought and sold properties on Long Island, and he hasn’t gone far from his roots. From childhood, his passion grew, and after college Andrew developed more real estate in New York. Five years ago, his established the first TOWN Residential and he has been the driving force behind this high quality real estate development, which has expanded to the reality of TOWN Residential covering Manhattan.

Before achieving TOWN Residential, Heiberger designed and served as CEO of several successful organizations. The first business was Citi Habitats, just out of law school. Heiberger was anxious and ready to express himself and his work. In 1994, he founded Citi Habitats, which was his first residential real estate brokerage, and he expanded it into 20 different locations across New York.

Andrew felt his purpose and his dream are united as he provides exceptional, one-of-a-kind service and a wealth of resources to his clients. His approach is complete customer satisfaction, and he designed TOWN to change the way that real estate companies operate.

Andrew Heiberger did not sit back and rest. In 2005, just one year later, he founded Buttonwood Development, which is a Manhattan-based firm dedicated to real estate development. Buttonwood developed the Greenwich Club Residences, 452 of Manhattan’s most successful condos where he proved that people in Manhattan appreciate luxury, and they will pay for it.

Today, 2015

Mr. Heiberger has learned from his developments that Manhattan residents enjoy luxury properties, and they also enjoy the services, perks and amenities that comes with them. TOWN Residential has sold over $250 million in real estate, and they have gone into contract for even higher amounts.

Andrew has many outside interests, and at the top of the list comes spending time with his two children. He believes that fatherhood is truly his highest calling. He also enjoys traveling, tennis, football and basketball, but even more, he enjoys giving back to the community. Mr. Heiberger gives to many charities, and he is lives in his dedication to improving New York and making America a better place to live.

Getting Quality and Cutting Edge Treatment for Your Back Pain

If you have had problems with back pain for some time, you know very well how limiting and painful it can be. You may have discovered that going to doctors for treatment or even after having surgery, you still may not have been able to get much relief. Sometimes, it can even be made worse, or further surgeries may be necessary. At North American Spine, which uses minimally-invasive surgery techniques, you could be enjoying a better life shortly – possibly as soon as a day.

AccuraScope Enables Multiple Problem Repairs on the Same Day

Instead of having to go to a surgeon in another state, and possibly multiple times, as people seeking expert treatment often do, our AccuraScope procedure enables us to identify and repair multiple problems at the same time. In fact, at North American Spine, only a tiny incision needs to be made. The surgeon then inserts an endoscopic fiber-optic scope to identify the exact problem and then repair it. This technique enables the surgeon to quickly make multiple repairs at the same time.

Pain Relief Is Often Immediate

Because the physician is dealing with the precise cause of the pain and can actually see the problem, it can be treated immediately. Through the use of multiple instruments, which may include a laser, pressure can be relieved quickly in many cases. The whole procedure is often completed in just 30 to 40 minutes. Afterward, the patient only needs a Band-Aid, or possibly one stitch. They are usually discharged after about an hour.

Patients Often Travel Far to Receive Treatment

It wasn’t long after North American Spine opened its doors in Dallas that people began to hear about the special AccuraScope device and testimonies. Today it is not unusual for international travelers to come to the offices for neck and pain relief. In fact, about 70 percent of patients find relief.

Specialized Spine Diagnosis Helps Identify Problem Causes

They recognize that the source of a patient’s pain may be hard to identify. Even specialized devices like MRI’s and CT scans can come up short. The offices offer specialized diagnosis through the AccuraScope to identify the problem accurately and then recommend the best treatment needed – whether  they offer that service or not.

Recovery Is Fast

Getting traditional back surgery often requires a long time to heal. With the techniques used at North American Spine, they typically see patients performing their regular activities the next day, and they can often start mild physical therapy, too. Oftentimes, they can get back to work in less than a week.

Most of The Patients Recommend Them

The patients are often glad to tell about their experience to those who would like to know about it. They find that 96 percent – more than 8,000 – of the patients would recommend North American Spine. While they cannot help everyone, they do enjoy a high 82 percent success rate. The procedures will also cost much less than traditional surgical procedures and many insurance companies will cover it.

Putting up with back or neck pain may be something that you will not have to tolerate anymore. They invite you to learn more about the AccuraScope procedure from the office in Dallas.

Leading By Example: The Philanthropy of Ken Griffin

As one of the world’s most successful hedge fund managers, Ken Griffin has worked to increase the wealth of his investors. While he has been very successful at this, he has also looked to use his own increasing wealth to help organizations in Chicago and other parts of the United States. Believing a person leads by example, Ken has used his vast wealth in a quest to help students complete their education, let hospitals provide better treatment to patients and keep the performing arts alive and well for all to see.

With a strong feeling that the success of the United States depends on the country having the world’s best schools, Ken has focused much of his philanthropy on education. Directing the Chicago Public Education Fund, Ken has made sure many of Chicago’s schools have received financial gifts enabling them to better meet the needs of their students. One of his crowning achievements has been the formation of Woodlawn High School, which has quickly become one of Chicago’s best charter schools. He has also contributed heavily to educational programs that promote art and music, believing students should have a well-rounded education in order to make positive contributions to the world in which they live.

However, when it comes to making donations to benefit education, it is his recent donation to Harvard University that has made people stand up and take notice. Earlier in 2014, Ken donated the unimaginable sum of $150 million to his former school to help with undergraduate financial aid. Believed to be the largest donation by a private individual in the school’s long and illustrious history, the money will be used for a variety of purposes. Since Harvard has as one of its founding beliefs that students attending the school should be able to concentrate on their studies rather than worry about tuition, much of Ken’s donation will go to create scholarships to benefit students in need. Over 200 scholarships, which will be named Griffin Scholarships, will be formed and awarded to deserving students who otherwise might be forced to rely on student loans to attend the school. An additional 600 scholarships will be created to help students with other expenses, allowing them to enjoy the college experience without having the unnecessary burden of financial worries on their minds.

Along with education, Ken has also embraced the art world as another of his passions. Known as one of the world’s foremost art collectors, he has donated over $19 million to the Art Institute of Chicago in an effort to preserve the culture in the city and to let others have the chance to learn more about art and its impact on the world. Ken believes that by bringing art to those who might otherwise never know its beauty and importance, future generations will continue to be inspired to help others understand its legacy.

While many wealthy people contribute money to various causes, Ken Griffin has gone beyond that. Instead, he has chosen to put money into causes that are key to keeping those in Chicago and elsewhere on the fast track to a great education and very fulfilling life.

Make sure that you check out Ken Griffen’s Twitter if you want to keep up with his slice of the business world.

Christian Broda: Economics Research Master

Economics is a tricky subject to study because it is a constantly evolving social science that not only has its ups and downs, but requires a certain degree of risk. Many economists have dedicated their lives to studying the trends of production, distribution, and consumption for different economies; Christian Broda is one of the best. His education, experience, and distinctions have been dedicated to economic research and publication of that research.

Broda received his B.A. from Universidad de San Andres, Argentina in 1997, his M.A. in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999, and his Ph.D. in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001. After getting his Ph.D., he worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in the International Research Department. He became a tenured Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business from 2008–2010 after being an Associate Professor of Economics at the University from 2005–2008. From 2008-2009, he was also a Chief International Economist at Lehman Brothers/Barclays Capital. Because he is also a contributor, he has been an Associate Editor for IMF Economic Review, a NBER Faculty Research Fellow and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Development Economics since 2006, and a Managing Director for Duquesne Capital Management since 2010.

Christian Broda’s research, which addresses international trade, finance, and macroeconomics, has been published widely across the Internet, as well as, in popular scholarly journals like the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Journal of International Economics. He has had the opportunity to speak about his research and findings as an invited speaker at universities and banks throughout the world including: the Federal Reserve, the ECB, the IMF, and the Bank of Japan. All of this has led to distinctions like being a James S. Kemper Foundation Scholar from 2006-2008, a National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant from 2005-2008 for “The Impact of New and Better Goods in Domestic and International Prices” with D. E. Weinstein and again in 2008-2011 for “Geography, Trade and Prices” with D. E. Weinstein, and a Member of the American Economic Association, Econometric Society, Economia Journal, Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association, and the Society for Economic Dynamics.

Broda is a perfect example of making thorough and precise research available in several different mediums to several different publications. Consider reading some of his work in The Economic Times or his comments on starting your own hedge fund from CNN.