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The Academy of Art University fosters learning in all of the services that they provide and in all of their programs. They foster critical thinking and challenge their students to push themselves and to take inspiration from their environment. They want to help prepare their students for a successful career in art.

The Academy of Art has had a runway showcase at the New York Fashion Week for 21 years in a row, and as always, they have featured collections by their talented graduates. Their designers are from all over the world and have used many different mediums and experiences to create their unique collections.

Hailun Zhou is from China and used inspirational photographs and experiences to create her pieces out of PVC and vinyl. Eden Slezin, from the Bay Area, melded together life and love with aged denim. Eden even incorporated rubber bike tubes into his collection.

Dina Marie Lam used soft and luxurious materials and used emotions to convey feelings through her collection. Carlos Rodriguez, from Mexico City, used delicate embroidery to embellish rich knits and Saya Shen was inspired by the beautiful landscapes of China and San Fransisco to help the audience escape into beauty.

Joanna Jadallah used the experiences of her ancestors to portray their culture into the wool, lambskin leather, and knits and brocades of her collection. Cana Klebanoff was born in Queens and was inspired by architecture, samurai, and nature. His pieces offered a sense of strength and pride. Ryan Yu experimented with light and dark and the bold contrast of the colors. Jelly Shan drew on temples, religion, and prayer flags as her inspiration for her collection.

The Academy of Art University teaches eager-to-learn students who want to express themselves. The university is an inclusive admissions institution and will teach all who come. They are disciplined and dedicated to their students and offer the state-of-the-art learning techniques that are available.

The Academy of Art University employs experienced designers, career artists, and scholars to teach their pupils and they’re able to draw on years of study to teach to the best of their ability.

     The potential for an upset in Pennsylvania is giving Trump nightmares. The possibility that the 18th district of Pennsylvania will end up losing its Republican incumbent is a sign that the Trump movement might have peaked and that we are now going to see its decline. Conor Lamb wants to be the guy that will take this victory and he is receiving the full support of End Citizens United in order to make it a reality. While there are those out there who say this is going to be little more than a fluke, the writing on the wall says otherwise.

The shocking upset in Pennsylvania is something nobody expected roughly 2 years ago. People believed that Trump would prove to be a spectacular failure and give the office to Hillary Clinton. However, things seem to be turning around rather quickly with special elections favoring the Democrats. As a state that played a pivotal role in the election of Trump it’s going to be interesting to see where things go in this upcoming special election. If Lamb can pull off a victory, it will be yet another sign that this year is the year Democrats manage to take back power.

End Citizens United has made a reputation for itself as one of the most prominent opponents of big money in politics for a reason. You simply can’t find too many out there who have made it clear they have the desire to do what ever they can to give people the final say so in the way that their country is run. Instead, you see corporate lobbyists trying to ensure they provide the majority of funding. This PAC is designed to help people take back their country from the interests that have sought take their voices out of the process.

Conor Lamb is going to be a test run for November. If he wins and he does so by a large margin it’s going to setback Trump’s success in working class America. He has already seen a loss in Alabama with the victory of Doug Jones, but this would be especially upsetting since Pennsylvania was so important to his image. He ran as a man trying to fight for blue collar Americans and he has seen many disappoints in that regard. Coal jobs are not coming back like they used to and issues affecting the people of the 18th district are still there. End Citizens United understands how this is going to change things and they want to be the ones to give Lamb what he needs to win. The road uphill is going to be a difficult one but it will certainly give the movement to bring politics back to the people much needed wins.


This is what you call small-dollar grassroots fundraising. Our members are pumped for Conor Lamb!

Posted by End Citizens United on Thursday, February 1, 2018

For more, please see http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/end-citizens-united-pac-wants-make-its-name-reality.

When it comes to the credit and equity sector, James Dondero is a force to be reckoned with. He has been in this industry for more than three decades. Among his achievements is being a pioneer in the Collateralized Loan Obligation, also known as CLO. Many people recognize him for the important role he plays at Highland Capital Management where he is the president and co-founder. Under his able leadership, Highland Capital Management has continued to offer both products and solutions to various institutions and retail investors. For this reason, the institutions have won numerous awards. Mr. James Dondero basically oversees all the operations and strategies of Highland Capital.

During his illustrious career at Highland Capital Management, James Dondero has managed to specialize in alternative investment management. For starters, this is a field that has helped him specialize in distressed investment funds, structured investment as well as hedge funds. With these skills, James Dondero has managed to invest in structured products, high-yield bonds and leveraged loans. During his time in business, James Dondero has managed to expand his business beyond the Dallas, Texas headquarters. At the moment, Highland Capital Management has other offices in Singapore, London, and New York City. At the moment, James Dondero manages a hedge fund worth $18.7 billion. Through HCM, James Dondero is an equal employer as he currently employees over 100 people. His success may be attributed to the education that he received as a young man. For his undergraduate degree, James Dondero studied at the University of Virginia. At the same time, he holds various certifications such as chartered financial analyst and chartered managerial accountant. He studied finance and accounting at the university.

Before establishing Highland Capital Management, James Dondero used to work for Protective Life. He managed to grow the business to a $2 billion company in a period of four years. James worked for this institution between 1989 and 1993. To fully engage with his clients, James Dondero has maintained a social media presence. He can be found on Twitter, Facebook as well as LinkedIn. Beyond entrepreneurship and business, James Dondero is very active in giving back to the society.

Doctors at Cancer Treatment Centers of America will now have easy access to the most up-to-date, relevant research for each individual patient’s condition through a tool called Clinical Pathways. There is an overwhelming amount of medical research being published every day. Clinical Pathways intelligently combines the latest cancer research, treatment regimens, and complementary therapies for each patient’s unique condition. This provides oncologists with highly customized care options that they can combine with their own expertise and understanding of the patient’s history to provide a superior standard of care.

Clinical Pathways is designed with the patient in mind. The platform allows the doctors at Cancer Treatment Centers of America to provide:

  • Custom treatment plans
  • Instant comparisons between options, including average patient costs
  • Digital order entry
  • Integrated medical plans including supportive therapies as well as main treatments
  • Access to the latest treatment guidelines and risks

Overall, Clinical Pathways will make the excellent care provided at Cancer Treatment Centers of America even more efficient and effective for patients. Clinical Pathways is now available in the treatment of every patient at all five Cancer Treatment Centers of America locations.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America is headquartered in Boca Raton, FL and has five hospitals throughout the USA in Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Philadelphia, PA, Phoenix, AZ and Tulsa, OK. CTCA has a reputation for attentive and personalized patient care for adults facing cancer diagnoses. CTCA’s integrative approach combines the latest advancements in genomic testing and precision cancer treatment, surgery, radiation, immunotherapy and chemotherapy, along with evidence-based supportive therapies to treat patients physically and emotionally.

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An affiliate of the Dallas-focused investment firm, Highland Capital Management, LP, the counterpart, Highland Capital Management recently closed a massive deal that focuses on healthcare private equity funds. This venture totals $147 million in commitments and the main investor is South Korea’s National Pension Service. Beginning in 1988, the NPS is currently valued at 565 trillion dollars. Another investor, the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute reports that they are worth an impressive $465 billion.

Very specific details are outlined in this venture and are agreed upon amongst investors. Strategic business objectives for Korea, the United States as well as China are in place and other investment opportunities are also an option. This is the first time that Highland Capital Management has embarked on a healthcare-focused venture dealing with private equity. Up until now, investments were made from direct funds or from multi-purpose funds.

Carl Moore is the managing director for Highland Capital’s private equity group and he feels that the strategy associated with fund placement has been well planned out. With the firm being as experienced as it is within the health care sector, this is the perfect industry to target. The majority of targeted healthcare companies are currently located in Asia as well as North America.

Highland Capital Management currently has $15 billion in AUM with a large focus in credit strategies, hedge funds, private equity in distressed and special situation forms. Alternative investments are also an option along with long equities, short equities, natural resources and also emerging market funds.

Minnesota has a deep religious and cultural history. The state has thousands of church with a diverse range of architecture from historic and old churches built in the 19th century to simple and modern churches.
One of the most spectacular churches in Minnesota is the Cathedral of St. Paul. It was built in the 1900s on top of Summit Hill. It currently overlooks downtown St. Paul. The church is quite big as it the third largest house of worship in the US. The church itself was modeled after Parisian churches. The interior has features that have Classical and French Renaissance themes. The highlight of the church is the dome at its center, which is 186 feet high.
Another beautiful church in Minnesota is the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. Like the town of New Ulm, the church is beautiful and designed in an architectural style similar to that of the Baroque era. The church’s roof uses white trimmed bricks and has a clock tower on tops of the central steeple. The interior of the Cathedral is just as beautiful as the exterior. All columns in the nave have gold trims and the apse intricate paintings of Christ, his 12 apostles and seraphs. The church was built in 1896 and there is a local campaign to have it recognized as historic place on the National Register of Historic Places.
Mighty Fortress International is a church located in Minnesota based around Minneapolis. The church offers a safe space where individuals can explore their belief in God and reaffirm their Christianity. The church aims to build lasting relationships with its congregation through practical bible teaching. This dynamic and multidimensional ministry offers worshippers in Minnesota messages applicable to modern day living and the chance to participate in an authentic worship service.
Bishop TR Williams is the Senior Pastor and overseer of Might Fortress church. Together with his wife Sabrina R. Williams they help lead the flock at Mighty Fortress Church. Bishop Williams is an experienced clergy man with over 30 years of experience in performing ministerial duties. He welcomes all individuals to his church regardless of their race or culture.
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Dr. Chris Villanueva, a leading dentist and entrepreneur, is known for revolutionizing the dental services and its various operations. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of MB2 Dental, a leading dental practice development and management firm, based in Texas. Interestingly, by working as practitioner and management expert for decades, Dr. Villanueva identified the potential challenges faced by various dental hospitals and clinics across the country. This has helped him to design and offer innovative and customized solutions to different dental practitioners through his MB2 Dental. Earlier, Dr. Villanueva identified that most of the dental practitioners are not convenient with the management and administrative areas of a dental clinic, and that affects the efficient services to the patients. This was where MB2 Dental was born.

His insights and deep knowledge of the industry helped the servicing firm to identify the potential opportunities in the sector to utilize it. While maintaining the highest quality and servicing standards, Dr. Villanueva is still looking for improvisations that can be implemented on the network to make it more effective and meaningful. The service provider consistently expanded its business, and today, it has at least 70 affiliated locations across six states in the country: Texas, Alaska, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Tennessee. It also has more than 530 employees to ensure to efficient services to its clients.

Dr. Villanueva says that he is excited with the evolution of technology, especially in the dental services industry. He looks for each technology products being introduced year after year and searches for ways to leverage from it. Interestingly, Dr. Villanueva was particular to give a unique aspect to MB2 Dental since he founded the firm in 2007. The service provider focuses on delivering personal growth, support, and autonomy to various individual practitioners and clinics. It also has a particular focus on bringing the latest improvements in practice to enable the hospitals to offer the best patient service.

As a successful entrepreneur, Dr. Villanueva advises young entrepreneurs to give some time for self-reflection. He also adds that being creative and working towards the goal without resting are another two factors that can yield success in ventures. Dr. Villanueva learned that his business should be built on people and not compared to the advantages of other industries. Before starting his career as a dental practitioner, he completed his graduation in Microbiology from the University of Florida and secured his DMD in Dentistry from Nova Southeastern University.

About MB2 Dental Solution

An organization was started to offer dental service support to other affiliated practitioners. MB2 Dental Solutions has partnered with other dentists and owners of practices. The organization enhances service delivery by reinforcing other practicing clinics. The aim is to increase the quality of services offered to patients. MB2 serves without interfering with patient care and the stipulated standards in each practice. Although this organization works with other dentists, all affiliates operate autonomously. The MB2 team is only there to offer the required support. This organization envisions a community with dentists focused on achieving the best. MB2 intends to deliver excellence in dental care and patients. When MB2 is managing business aspects of their clients, the practices can concentrate on patient care.


Every day, MB2 works hard to offer their affiliates a competent team for helping them. Every individual in the team is a professional with a wealth of experience. They all work with diligence bearing in mind the organization’s goals. Each member of this affiliation is important, and team members understand the business. Leaders have taken the initiative of paying close attention to their clients. In case of any inquiries, concerns or urgent situations, team members respond immediately.

The team of specialists imparts guidance, knowledge and strategic approaches for all affiliates. Although all practices are dental based, they have some differences. For this reason, MB2 team customizes every solutions and strategy to suit each practice. The idea of MB2 Dental Solution was inspired by challenges from both individual and group practices. Dr. Villanueva discovered these challenges and formulated a comprehensive model to address them. The organization was established on the grounds of positive traits from individual and group practices. At the same time, the vision has suppressed the negative aspects of each model. Since the beginning of this organization, more than eighty affiliates and over one thousand employees have come onboard.


MB2 found a way of working as a group but remaining independent at the same. Working as a group is convenient when resolving matters, and autonomy applies when each practice wants to achieve separate agendas. Significant growth has been achieved at MB2 Dental Solution. One of the successful strategies is Priority Dental Plan. This approach is meant to address marketing needs and increase customer base. It increases customer base by offering affordable care to patients. Since it was developed, the plan has worked well for affiliates. It is now an essential part of the MB2 culture. Patients keep increasing in dentist offices managed by MB2 Dental Solutions.

There are many different ways to build a portfolio so that it reflects the right amount of growth potential that investors look for. Few investment firms know how to create that growth better than Highland Capital Management which is the largest investment firm in the country.

Highland Capital Management was founded in 1993 by Mark Okado and James Dondero, both of whom are investment strategist with over 60 years of experience between the both of them. The firm specializes in hedge funds, distressed credit, private equity investments and collateralized loan obligations (CLO). Over the years, Highland Capital Management has increased its investment strategy to include emerging markets as well as long and short term equities. With a diverse client base, Highland Capital Management services the investment needs of corporations, public pension plans, foundations, and endowments, in addition to offering individualized services for high net-worth investors.

With over $18 billion in managing assets, Highland Capital Management has built the best platform for investors, while maintaining its core principle of staying away from market trends, but instead focusing on investment expertise to bring clients the best they have to offer. Highland Capital Management is one of the few remaining independent investment firms and periodically co-invests with clients, adding to the firm’s value and stellar reputation.

In October 2016, Mark Okado received a great honor of being invited to ring the Closing Bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York. The honor came at a time when Highland Capital Management was celebrating the Highland iBoxx Senior Loan EFT. Since its inception, the leveraged loan quarterly index has averaged 2.92 percent and currently has $541 million in total net assets. Senior bank loans offer a higher yield potential since investors are typically compensated prior to other creditors and equity obligations. The Highland iBoxx Senior Loan EFT is managed exclusively by Highland Capital Management Fund Advisors rather than the investment firm.

Highland Capital Management is very involved within the community through charities and donations within Dallas, Texas. In November 2016, Highland Capital Management partnered with The Dallas Foundation; a major contributor for charitable causes that has served the community since 1929.

Best Franchise of the world award should never be taken lightly. Omar Yunes and his company Sushi Itto might not be names people new. That has now changed, and more recognition is on the way.


This event where different franchises from all over the world come together in a selection first on the national level. Then the best ones move to the international arena to compete.


This competition is important to showcase great teams, good leaders, and innovation in the hospitality and catering. Franchises can learn from one another and create new ideas.


Japanese in Mexico


Omar Yunes employs more than 400 people over his 13 restaurants and doesn’t plan on stopping there.


He won the national competition and is now recognized by the world award. There is a simple reason for this. He is not afraid of risks and innovation. His attitude took franchising to franchisee relationships to a new level. It is now about smarter management, talent pool, and control boards. It also means offering his employees high but clear standards and how to measure success.


The company values customer service and recognizes Omar Yunes’ initiative. Japanese food has carved itself a niche in Mexico, and there are no signs of it slowing down anytime soon. It is a big part of the food culture in modern day Mexico. Quality and customer service statistics are on the rise as well, making the market more competitive than ever.


Not Afraid to Take Risks


Omar Yunes is a Mexican born and raised investor who is not afraid to be aggressive in the marketing of his franchise. He is aware of the steps necessary to succeed. He started the business at 21 when he bought his first franchise of a Japanese chain. The investor is now the proud owner of thirteen units in the same franchise in Mexico City, Veracruz, and Puebla. It is an important number for a brand which does not have many restaurants at all.


He never stops learning, and this is one of the reasons his leadership style is recognized by both – employees and the CEO of Sushi Itto. Young leaders aspire to follow his example when opening their franchises.