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James Dondero and Highland Capital Management Announce Donation to Dallas Zoo

James Dondero has been a stalwart presence in the Dallas, Texas area for the better part of the past decade. His work with the company Highland Capital Management has been both innovative and invigorating for the local economy. Dondero himself is known throughout the financial investment industry for his risk-taking ways that seem to almost always work out. Dondero knows that success as a company cannot be limited to just what you do during the work week, but also what you do for the community around you. This mindset has brought Dondero and the team at Highland Capital to become incredibly active with the community around them. Dondero recently donated, via the Highland Capital Management philanthropic arm, to the Dallas Zoo.

The Dallas Zoo is one of the most popular destinations in the entire city and now it is finally seeing some very real reformation in the form of new exhibits brought to the forefront. The big new attraction will be the return of Hippos who haven’t been seen in the zoo for nearly 15 years. The reason hippos are hard to keep around is that their enclosures are expensive, large, and hard to maintain without the proper funding. Fortunately James Dondero and a slew of other philanthropists came around to help bring them back.

Greg Hudson, the CEO and President at the Dallas Zoo, announced the brand new facility: the Simmons Hippo Outpost. This project was over a year in the making and it cost a whopping $14 million to manufacture. The habitat sits on 2.1 acres of land and it features a gigantic 120,000 gallon water hole for the hippos to bathe and play in. The Hippo Post is located in the area called Wilds of Africa, right off of the monorail station.

James Dondero’s donation amounted to a cool million dollars and it was enough to erect a viewing area that features a 4,485 sq/foot lodge and a massive glass window. The lodge will help to teach visitors about hippos while giving them a front row view at the magnificent creatures. Visitors are already expected to flood into the new building as it releases.

Omar Yunes and his Business Accomplishments at Sushi Itto

Mr. Omar Yunes became quite popular after he won the award of Best Franchisee in the World for the years of 2016.

Mr. Omar Yunes is an investor who has been representing the Japanese food chain of Sushi Itto for quite a few years. Last year Mr. Omar Yunes was recognized for his high performance in his line of work by One Planet Awards. He received the title and the gold for Best Franchisee of the Year. Mr. Omar Yunes was one of the hundreds of applicants for the competition. There were a number of criteria the judges used to evaluate each of the candidates. The main factor in choosing the winner is the impact that they have had on the industry they work in and not only on the particular business that they are a part of. There are other criteria as well such as how conscientious they have been with money, how resourceful they have been, what kind of approach they have had to their teams and so on.

So far, Mr. Omar Yunes has become the owner of thirteen locations of Sushi Itto. Currently, that makes 10 percent of all of the places that the Japanese food chain has. Mr. Omar Yunes started his career at Sushi Itto many years ago. He was at the age of 21 when he first became a part of the company. Since then Mr. Omar Yunes has come a long way in his career as an investor and leader. Up to date, Mr. Omar Yunes manages a number of large teams. The employees that he is managing amount to four hundred, but that number is expanding steadily. Up to date, Mr. Omar Yunes manages location in Veracruz, Mexico City, and Puebla.

There are a number of factors that made Mr. Omar Yunes be the choice of the jury. Mr. Omar Yunes has been very active in his line of work over the years especially in 2016. His employees have been praising him for his leadership skills and how motivating and inspiring he has been over the course of the many years of leadership at Sushi Itto.

Omar Yunes – Clear Winner at Best Franchisee of the World Competition

People these days have become very choosy when it comes to food. It has become more so when it comes to eating out as there are endless choices available today. No matter where you are located, you would find hundreds of restaurants of all sizes, serving many different types of cuisines. Such a trend has spread across the globe, making the food industry highly competitive. Starting and running a restaurant successfully may look easy on the outset, but is not in reality. Ask Omar Yunes, winner of the Best Franchisee of the World Competition, about how he has become successful in the food industry of Mexico, and you would get an answer that can define the roadmap to success in the food business.

 

Omar Yunes owns 13 franchise units in Mexico of Sushi Itto, a Japanese fast food brand, which has a total of over 150 fast food restaurants worldwide. Omar Yunes started in the food business when he was just 21 and opened his first Sushi Itto joint in Mexico City. At first, Omar Yunes came across many hardships, but he went through all of it and his business and marketing initiatives, managed to make his restaurant in Mexico City successful. It is what marked the beginning of his long journey, and he continued to open other Sushi Itto franchise units across Mexico, in Puebla, Veracruz, and Mexico City. One of the reasons why Omar Yunes managed to run his business successfully was that he never changed his attitude and passion towards his business. It is commonly seen that people get complacent as they taste fruits of success, but it is not the same with Omar Yunes.

 

In the year 2015, Best Franchisee of the World Competition was held in Florence, Italy, and Omar Yunes won it due to the enormous success his 13 franchise units have achieved through the year. Omar Yunes gave the credit for winning the BFW Competition to his employees and said that it wouldn’t be possible to win such a highly prestigious competition without the efforts that his employees put in day and night.

James Dondero is a Successful Investor in Communities

James Dondero has an extensive range of investing knowledge and a deep level of experience as well. His career has reached a rarefied height of success and he’s striving for more. His success means the success of clients and the opportunity to charitably invest in local areas. Highland Capital Management has significant programs that help communities thrive with various means of contribution.
The donations made by James Dondero have totaled in the millions. He has committed to helping the Dallas-Fort Worth area with a growing list of partnerships and donations. He has provided a generous donation to the anti-violence group called The Family Place. The Dallas Zoo has also benefited from his largess in conjunction with their popular Hippo Exhibit. Another fine example, this time involving education, is his involvement with the Education is Freedom organization. They help at-risk youth get on a better path and assist them financially so they can attend college. These are just a few examples of his devotion to community.
The career of James Dondero began in 1984 when he was accepted into the Morgan Guaranty training program. He also graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce where he received a BS in Commerce with two majors, Accounting and Finance. He was highly honored in the process and began his career with a solid foundation.
He served with American Express as a corporate bond analyst and eventually managed a substantial portfolio. Beginning in 1985, his work at American Express ran until 1989.
His main claim to fame is with Highland Capital Management. He is the co-founder and currently serves as their President. With his leadership sparking the way, Highland offers award winning products and engages with institutional and retail customers. They have nearly $15 billion under management and that’s an indication of their success and abilities.
Dondero has extensive portfolio management experience and it covers a tremendous range of products. Mortgage-backed securities, investment grade corporates, leveraged bank loans, high-yield bonds, and real estate are just a few examples of his previous duties. His three decades of investing experience have allowed him to become a generous philanthropist.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America Announce Launch of Clinical Pathways

Cancer Treatment Centers of America has just announced the launch of Clinical Pathways which is a platform oncologist can refer to in order to use evidence based treatment regimens customized to fit their patients’ needs.

Clinical Pathways has been launched to provide appropriate treatment options for patients to eliminate the guesswork clinicians have to do when treating their patients. The launch of the platform was designed with patients in mind so they can review and choose the treatment options available to them that are safe and efficient for their current treatment. These customized treatment regiments are specific to the patient, the state of their disease, and their health.
This is a callback to the necessity for Cancer Treatment Centers of America when the founder, Richard J. Stephenson, witnessed his mother suffering from the disease. She had been taken to the hospital for treatment, but Stephenson was unsatisfied with the treatment options available to her. His mother passed away not soon after contracting the disease and this led to the first CTCA hospital being opened in 1988. The first hospital opened up in the Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, Illinois.
The first hospital opening up was only the beginning with four more opening from 2005 to 2012. When the CTCA opened it soon opened up its first patient information and concierge in the Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood of Mexico City on April 20, 2015. CTCA has also continued to remain active in the Middle East and other areas of the world like Latin America and the Caribbean. They offer patients in these regions the opportunity to pursue treatment options that may have otherwise been unavailable to them.
The goal of CTCA is to treat each and every patient and their disease with personalized care and to develop a regimen to help treat them so they can live a more fulfilling life.

Meet Omar Yunes, 2015’s best franchisee of the World

Omar Yunes, the Franchisee of Sushi ITTO, is 2015’s best franchisee of the World (BFW). Yunes won the award for his company’s contribution to the brand he represents. In his acceptance speech, he said that he was very proud and attributed his success to the managers that run his 13 outlets. He also thanked Sushi ITTO for allowing his company to make innovations.

Chief Executive Officer of Sushi ITTO, Benjamin Cancelmo, was also proud of the achievement. He attributed the success to joint effort between Sushi ITTO and Franchisee to offer customers excellent service, remarkable taste and unique hospitality.

Assessment criteria

The 2015 edition of the BFW was attended by representatives from 34 countries, including Portugal, Hungary, Brazil, France, Italy, Argentina and Mexico. They assessed the competitors in aspects such as how much they have influenced the network, their contribution to knowledge, employee motivation, and the improvements that they have proposed.

Diego Elizarrarrás, the organizer of BFW México, said Omar won because he instituted major change in franchising-franchisee relationship, managed information and implemented control boards better, and helped to clearly measure each unit. Elizarrarrás added that the award showed that the hospitality sector in Mexico is strong and can compete internationally.

Second place

The jury for the Mexican chapter was composed of representatives of the Anahuac University, the Mexican Association of franchises, and entrepreneurs in the sector. This Jury also awarded Yunes first position and Iván Tamer, franchisee of Prendamex, second place. They explained that Tamer got the position because he created and implemented tools to achieve a new marketing system that is used in an entire network of pawn shops. Patricia Campos, franchising manager of the brand, congratulated Tamer and noted that he had contributed to the development of the franchise and has established outstanding parameters in the network.

About Omar Yunes

Omar Yunes started running Franchise Sushi ITTO at 21 and currently owns 13 such units in Mexico, Puebls and Veracruz. He has also invested in hospitality and real estate in Mexico and the United States. Yunes has an easy going personality and uses a hands-on approach to manage his businesses.

James Dondero: Investing From The Ground Up

James Dondero is the co-founder and president of Highlands Capital Management, L.P., an independently owned investment firm whose headquarted right here in Dallas, TX. Highland Capital Management has offices in New York, Singapore, and Seoul.

Highland Capital Management, in partnership with its affiliates, currently manages approximately 18 billion dollars in assets as a SEC registered investment advisor. The company specializes in credit hedge funds, long-only funds and separate accounts, distressed and special situations private equity, and collateralized loan obligations. They also offer emerging markets, long/short equities, and natural resources.

James Dondero has over 30 years experience in this industry. Highland Capital Management holds awards for many of its products and solutions that it offers to their institutional and retail investors. Highland Capital Management L.P. was named one of the best places to work in 2015 by the Dallas Business Journal.

Mr Dondero has donated millions of dollars in proceeds to many nonprofit organizations and charities in the Dallas area. Some of those organizations and charities include The Family Place, the Dallas Zoo, SMUs Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars Program, and Education Is Freedom to name a few.

James Dondero’s career began in 1984 with an offer into the Morgan Guaranty training program which he accepted. He graduated from University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce shortly after where he majored in Accounting and Finance. Before Highland Capital Management, Mr Dondero served as Chief Investment Officer for Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary and had a hand in helping it grow to over two billion dollars. He also managed $1 billion of fixed incomes funds for American Express.

Today, James Dondero is Chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical, and NexBank. He also serves as a board member for both American Banknote and MGM Studios. As well, as the president and cofounder of Highland Capital Management.

James Dondero: Investing From The Ground Up

James Dondero is the co-founder and president of Highlands Capital Management, L.P., an independently owned investment firm whose headquarted right here in Dallas, TX. Highland Capital Management has offices in New York, Singapore, and Seoul.

Highland Capital Management, in partnership with its affiliates, currently manages approximately 18 billion dollars in assets as a SEC registered investment advisor. The company specializes in credit hedge funds, long-only funds and separate accounts, distressed and special situations private equity, and collateralized loan obligations. They also offer emerging markets, long/short equities, and natural resources.

James Dondero has over 30 years experience in this industry. Highland Capital Management holds awards for many of its products and solutions that it offers to their institutional and retail investors. Highland Capital Management L.P. was named one of the best places to work in 2015 by the Dallas Business Journal.

Mr Dondero has donated millions of dollars in proceeds to many nonprofit organizations and charities in the Dallas area. Some of those organizations and charities include The Family Place, the Dallas Zoo, SMUs Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars Program, and Education Is Freedom to name a few.

James Dondero’s career began in 1984 with an offer into the Morgan Guaranty training program which he accepted. He graduated from University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce shortly after where he majored in Accounting and Finance. Before Highland Capital Management, Mr Dondero served as Chief Investment Officer for Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary and had a hand in helping it grow to over two billion dollars. He also managed $1 billion of fixed incomes funds for American Express.

Today, James Dondero is Chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical, and NexBank. He also serves as a board member for both American Banknote and MGM Studios. As well, as the president and cofounder of Highland Capital Management.

Omar Yunes and Sushi Itto Dominating Franchising

Omar Yunes was awarded Best Franchisee of the world (BFW) in Florence, Italy for stellar reputation he’s cultivated through his management of Sushi Itto.

Yunes first stepped into the Japanese food industry at 21. Since then Sushi Itto has expanded to over a dozen locations in places like Veracruz and Mexico City, employing hundreds of restaurant workers and making up an approximate 10% of the entire business.

Being awarded BFW meant Yunes was placed against other franchisees from Italy, France, Hungary, Portugal, Argentina, and Brazil to name a few. These franchisees were judged on the reach of their brand, their overall business acumen, and the satisfaction of customers and employees. In choosing Yunes, Diego Elizarrarrás, an organizer with BFW, cited a significant change in the typical relationship between franchise and franchisee that has lead to the continued growth of both.

Elizarrarrás was joined in judging Mexico’s BFW entrants by the Universidad Anáhuac and the Mexican Association of Franchises

Sushi Itto’s CEO Benjamin Cancelmo stated that Yunes being recognized by the BFW is confirmation that the franchise-franchisee relationship they share is one committed to an excellent restaurant experience that prioritizes hospitality, taking Mexican business in a more prominent position on the international stage.

About Omar Yunes:

Omar Yunes is a Mexican investor, businessman, and entrepreneur. Yunes is arguably best known for his role as a principle investor in Sushi Itto. This Japanese restaurant franchisee has gone on to win awards and competitions the world over. His interest in the international restaurant and hospitality industry led to an expansion to cities across Mexico. With more than a dozen unique locations, Yunes has secured a significant portion of the Mexican food industry.

Yunes franchises have created hundreds of jobs across Mexico. He remains engaged with employees through constant communication of a shared goal that lays out a path towards success for all involved. This works in connection with the larger corporate message from Sushi Itto as a whole. As for Yunes’s own brand, his business acumen has been put on display during his time as a restaurateur, leading to the development of a sprawling business network that allows him to take part in invigorating Mexican business.

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Planning a Financial Portfolio with Agora Financial

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A lot of people that are looking for an investment opportunity are trying to build a portfolio with stocks that are going to maximize their returns. It is easy to look at the big profile stocks like Amazon, Google, and Apple and wish that they invested in these stocks a long time ago. The reality, however, is that people that are investing in these stocks did not start doing so when these stocks became as big as they are now. The smart investors took on these stocks when they were still smaller companies that were still in a rapid growth stage. This is what Agora Financial is able to do. This company helps investors find those rapid growth investment opportunities that are going to make the investment process much easier. There are a large number of investors that look for Agora Financial to help them create a better financial management plan. All of the investors that are interested in building a better retirement plan will need to consider the investment options that are outlined some publications from Agora Financial.

These investors have access to market trends and the things that are going to affect certain stocks and mutual funds in the long-term. Everyone may not be able to pick the best stocks on their own, but Agora Financial can certainly help more people make better choices. a plethora of publications are created for better financial planning through Agora Financial. This company gives investors a head start when it comes to better planning.

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