Ara Chackerian: Proponent of Forest Management, Angel Investor, and Philanthropist

This recaps a Northern California News article on Ara Chackerian. It concludes with a bit about Mr. Chackerian from an IdeaMensch interview.


For Ara Chackerian, forests have three primary virtues: spiritual, recreational, and natural resources. Forest management is a keen interest of Mr. Chackerian and he is described as a visionary. Ara strives to give companies not just the tools to harvest the abundance of the forests, but the tools to preserve them, thus protecting both plant and animal diversity.


The article points out that Michigan mandates custom forestry plans that provide for wildlife protection, and also for the commercial and recreational use of forests. It notes that while old-growth forest may be just the thing for human recreational use, not all animals prefer the open space of old-growth forests, that indeed some need young forest with it’s denser vegetation – for cover and food resources. It notes that good management can ensure the right balance of forest types. The Kirtland Warbler is given as an example of a bird that benefits from Jack Pines planted close together. You can visit their website



Chackerian stresses that public dialogue is necessary, and notes the importance of revenue produced by hunting and fishing permits in Michigan.


Chackerian advocates for management by rotation. Rotation allows Michigan to provide forests of varying ages. Dense, brushy forests are beneficial to rabbits, deer, and elk. While young, closely planted trees benefit some fauna, old-growth forest benefits others. Chackerian states that forest management can provide all necessary forest types.


Finally, just a bit about Ara Chackerian from an interview on IdeaMensch. One is quickly struck by Ara’s humility. A quote from that interview, “I’m smart enough to know that much of my good fortune has little to do with me, but rather the lottery of life.”


You might be tempted to think forestry is Ara’s main thing, but it’s just one of his many areas of endeavor. He is a co-founder and general partner in TMS Health Solutions – a company devoted to helping those whose depression doesn’t respond to standard treatment. He’s also a serial angel investor and a philanthropist.



Shafik Sachedina: A Banner At Ismaili Institute Of Studies

Shafik Sachedina is the head of the Department of Jamati Institutions at the Secretariat at the Aiglemont in France. He actively plans and organizes events for the Ismaili community. Simultaneously, Shafik leads in developing new programs for Aga Khan Development Network. Institute of Ismaili Studies is based in London. The organization promotes the study of Muslim culture to ensure people have a clear understanding of Islam, which would aid their relationships with the faiths. Moreover, the institute enables the people within the Ismaili community to develop conferences that would address the topics and issues that have been neglected.

Shafik Sachedina graduated from Guy’s Hospital & Dental School in the year 1975 as a dental surgeon. After graduation, Shafik went on to practice his career in England for some years. At the same time, Shafik participated in entrepreneurial moves in the healthcare sector. Shafik Sachedina has held many leadership positions in Ismaili community like being a member of the committee for Aga Khan Development Network, member of Ismaili Leader’s International Forum, chairman of the FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance International, and president of Ismaili Council in the United Kingdom. Shafik was born in 1950 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Institute of Ismaili Studies runs various programs and among them is a three-year graduate program in Ismaili Studies and Humanities. The main aim of the program is to aid students to get a degree in a research field that will open doors to many career opportunities. The program dedicates the last year into studying in a university where the students obtain a master’s degree in line with the program. The other example of a program by the institute is the secondary teacher education program that lasts for two years. The aspiring teachers are given an opportunity to work in the secondary curriculum of the institute to the Ismaili students in the world.

Shafik Sachedina has worked with Mikhail Bogdanov, a deputy foreign minister and presidential representative for Africa & Middle East in giving delegations. They engaged in a talk to solve the terrorism matters affecting the nations in 2017. The need result of the talk was to ensure that there is a lasting solution in bringing the involved governments into an agreement and negotiation process and solve the Syria crisis. He is key in connecting Aga Khan Development Network organizations and their programs with the Ismaili communities in Central Asia. This is a result of his desire to see the best the Ismaili community and embracing the trending development opportunities.


Alexandre Gama’s Success No Fluke

Known throughout the world as an advertising and creative genius, Alexandre Gama’s secret is hard work. The CEO and CCO of the Brazilian agency Neogama, Alexandre’s success is decades in the making. He has been in the business for nearly 40 years, constantly moving the industry forward, first with his creative writing and more recently as an award-winning executive. Gama is not satisfied with the status quo and continues to embrace innovation well into the age that most would have retired.

Gama began his career as a copywriter, a fact that gains him immediate respect by his young employees. He knows the ropes of the business from entry level to top-level executive. His ability to lead by doing makes Alexandre Gama one of the most respected advertising minds of his generation. The Brazilian native continues to innovate and push the boundaries of creativity, something he has made his trademark over the years.

The Oxford Club’s 2018 advice to retirement investing

The Oxford Club is a global private network for investors and entrepreneurs. This club offers outstanding investments for their members that regularly outperform the stock market with bonds, precious and base metals, mutual funds, crpytocurrencies, exchange traded funds, stocks, options, real estate, and commodities. For decades they have helped people invest in a world where a lot of markets are over saturated. Oxford club fins the world’s best investments that have the least amount of risk and the biggest gains. Their mission is to help grow and protect their wealth. The exclusive club strategies that are comprehensive and sound principles. They have a few tips of how to save for retirement in the coming year.


It is important to diversify when it comes to your investments. They say not to put all your eggs in your basket by investing in equities, one type of stock, etc. It is also important to make sure these investments are high profitability and low risk to make sure you end up becoming wealthy in the end. The next tip is to know when to let go or hang on. That means selling and buying stocks when it is appropriate. Don’t marry yourself to one stock or investment because it may not be a good one. Investing any type of stock or such is important to know how much to invest in these stocks. The last piece of advice is to cut down those pesky costs that can really get you in the end. They can really cut into your retirement funds. This includes tax collectors and fund managers that can end up costing you a pretty penny.


Baltimore, Maryland is the headquarters for the independent financial newsletter The Oxford Club. It was Co-founded in 1989 by William Bonner. Funny thing it was originally called the Passport Club. The idea came from wanting to create a private “financial club.” This group of professional investors would connect and find the world’s best investments that would come from people, not what the news and media recommends.


The Oxford Club has over 157,000 members all over the world in 130 countries. The monthly newsletter gives subscribers a variety of information including stock and trading recommendations, investment research services, and so much more. They offer members global opportunities with that beat the market in gains by spades.

Why Joel Friant Came Up With The Original Habanero Shaker

Habaneros are a member of the Capsicum family which includes chili peppers like bell peppers and jalapenos. It is a native of South and Central America as well as the Caribbean Islands. It’s the hottest chili pepper that is commercially grown and is loved not just because of the heat but also because they have a really great flavor to them.

Joel Friant is a small businessman who owned a Thai restaurant back in the 1990s. During this time he was trying to find a commercially available habanero product that would be a great match for the food he was serving but he couldn’t find anything that could live up to what he wanted. He decided to create his own so he traveled around the nations where habaneros originated so that he could find the best ones in the world.

His travels led to the birth of the Habanero Shaker. He started using it in is restaurant and people were bowled over by the heat and flavor. He made the decision to also launch it in a few big grocery stores in his area where it was met with success as well. Unfortunately for the lovers of this product, he had to take a break from selling it a number of years later because some other businesses he owned needed his all of his attention.

Around 2012 he decided it was time to revisit his habanero product. He built an international supply chain of farms that grew and sun-dried habanero peppers which were then ground down to the correct size and shipped to him. He wanted to reach the biggest audience for his product he could so he took several courses covering subjects such as internet marketing techniques and eCommerce.

Today, the Original Habanero Shaker is now available online in a 1.5-ounce canister. He says they have a shelf-life of years without losing any of the flavor or spiciness. He estimates that each canister will last the average household anywhere from two to six years. The best part is that the ingredient list is only habanero pepper flakes and that’s it.

Mike Baur Is Building A Network Of Successful Startups

Mike Baur is the standing CEO as well as a co-founder of the Swiss Startup Factory. The Swiss Startup Factory first opened for business in 2014 and has since been focused on helping individuals be successful in their entrepreneurial endeavors. Swiss Startup Factory has a large network today, which allows them to match up clients with various business opportunities internationally. Along with their typical startup services, the Swiss Startup Factory also offers a unique accelerator program to mentor individuals and effectively drill business methods and techniques into them to ingrain the proper skills for them to run and manage their own company.


Mike Baur also helps his clients build up their social networks and connections to help them spread their name as an entrepreneur and reach their goals. Mike’s mission with the Swiss Startup Factory is to help turn new and innovative ideas into successful startup companies that expand around the world. Mike’s only concern isn’t the startup of new companies but also making sure existing companies are managed successfully and find new growth as well. This was the original vision for Mike Baur, Oliver Walzer, and Max Meister, the co-founders of the Swiss Startup Factory. Thanks to Mike’s dedication and strong work ethic, he is admired by his team that also share his passion and have helped the company grow to reach new heights every year. Swiss Startup’s leading accelerator program goes above and beyond to ensure the success of their clients.


Mike Baur has a strong background in finances and business, having earned several degrees from the likes of Berne University and Rochester University. Before starting up his company, Mike Baur was focused on the banking and financial industry and spent more than 20 years in banking throughout Switzerland. He held board member positions and several executive positions throughout his years, most notably with the Swiss Private Bank. Despite his reputation and highly successful position in the banking industry, Mike wanted to work on his idea for a startup company. Mike knew he had what it took to successfully achieve his goal and today, Swiss Startup Factory is one of the leading private startup companies in Switzerland, helping individuals build successful companies all over the world. Mike has even taken to speaking and offering advice while he travels around the world working to build his network and find new startup ideas.


A Look at the Career of Louis Chenevert

Legacies are not made in a moment. Legacies are made over a lifetime. It is only as we study one’s entire lifespan that we see the impact they made in their own personal sphere. Upon looking at Louis Chenevert’s life, I am confident that we can declare his life a legacy.

That impact he would make upon the business world began in Montreal, Quebec. It was here that Chenevert would go to attend the extension school of the world renowned University of Montreal, HEC of Montreal. During his time there, he would receive a degree in Production Management under some of the brightest minds in the field.

After his graduation, Chenevert would then go into a management position at General Motors as a Production General Manager. He worked in this position for fourteen years until the aerospace company Pratt and Whitney approached him about a manager’s position.

Chenevert would leave General motors to go work for Pratt and Whitney. After being there for only six years, the board saw in him the potential to run the company. In the year of 1999 he was approached by the board and offered the position of president. After successfully expanding their profit, Chenevert was offered another job as Chief Executive Officer at United Technologies Corporation. It was here at UTC that he would craft what many people call his legacy.

Chenevert did several things simultaneously that empowered his company to take the lead in high technologies for aerospace. He was able to train both workers and executives, lower the impact on the environment, acquire several companies to make them more competitive, and establish a network of close factories that worked in harmony with one another.

With these accomplishments behind him, two magazines would declare him “Person of the Year”. They were “Aviation Week” and “Space Technology”. HEC of Montreal would soon honor him with a honorary doctorate in the field of Production Management. After leaving UTC, he became a consultant for Goldman Sachs.

Jason Halpern Followed In His Father’s Foot Steps

Aloft Property: Jason’s Dream

Jason Halpern, a third generation real estate developer, was born in Passaic, New Jersey is 46 years old and graduated from Rutherford High School in 1989. He began his real estate career at Halpern Enterprises, his late father founded. Halpern’s father, Joel, was not on only a real estate developer but he was a national champion and raced powerboats and unfortunately was killed, in that sport, in 1981,

Jason Halpern Real Estate Partner of Aloft Property

In 2010, Halpern founded JMH Development LLC and is its Managing Partner. An active developer must find undeveloped land whose real value has not been determined. Land acquisition and assemblage can be risky if the developer does not have development rights, such as zoning. Another technique is to acquire run-down warehouses or an area that is subject to gentrification. Gentrification is replete with local resistance who want to maintain historic buildings, open spaces and to be able to afford to rent properties.

Jason Halpern has managed to assemble land in New York City, Las Vegas, Miami Beach and Southern California. The next step is financing the development and land use approval from local governments.

Jason Halpern’s family operated a successful development company which was in business for over 50 years. The company developed and managed properties such as residential apartments in New York City and high-end commercial space in Westchester, N.Y. Jason Halpern also found success in constructing and managing numerous properties in New York. Halpern’s philosophy is to restore historic properties. For instance, he purchased a landmark building to redevelop and maintain in New York City.

Jason Halpern with his Working Mates

It was not unusual for Halpern to work on projects in New York and Miami at the same time. He has been successful in completing more than $500 million in projects. He co-developed the Aloft South Beach in Miami which was more than 200 rooms. This project was renamed The Gates Hotel South Beach, and it was sold to a Boston real estate company, the Rockpoint Group.

In 2010, he worked with the Kushner Companies to convert the Wild Turkey bourbon warehouse in Williamsburg, Virginia into 338 condos. He bought the Brooklyn Heights Cinema and built nine luxury condos.

Jason Halpern: with Production

In 2015, much to Halpern’s credit, he initiated a relationship with non-profit global charity in Miami’s Three Hundred Collins residential development. He donated $20,000 to water projects in Ethiopia and Nepal. Therefore, JMH Development was successful in helping to bring safe water, to the Relief Society of Tigray and Splash, to Ethiopian and Nepalese citizens.

Jason’s Family

Jason Halpern followed in his father’s footsteps which also included racing. As a tribute to his father, he contributed to the Joel A. Halpern Trauma hub, at the Westchester Medical Center, which offers heart surgery, orthopedic surgery, and reconstruction of detached limbs.

Richard Blair Helps Investors Build Better Financial Plans

Richard Blair is helping a lot of people get their financial plans together. Blair is certified in many areas of financial planning and he has become a resource to all that are really trying to gain an understanding of how financial planning works.


Lots of people have a desire to save, but many of them don’t know where to put their money. There is an overarching theme for financial planning that the average investor hears about that involve stocks. This has been handed down as the thing to invest in if one is considering saving for retirement. This is one option, but Richard Blair of Wealth Solutions make sure that his clients are well aware of all the other options that are available. He has been able to help many of his clients gain an understanding of other things like annuities and mutual funds. What Richard Blair has been able to do is help people maximize their returns and give them more options.


There are many people that are going to be impressed with what they can do with their portfolios once they gain an understanding of how investing works. Most people do not realize that there are other things that they can invest in are not as risky as stocks in order to diversify their portfolio. Richard Blair has been doing this for more than two decades and he is equipped with the knowledge that it takes for investors to gain a better understanding of what works for their own personalized plans. One of the biggest mistakes that investors make is following the path that someone else is taking. Everyone does not make the same amount of money so it makes more sense for investors to gain knowledge and develop a plan that is going to work for their own benefit.


Financial planning is something that lots of people need to do, but many simply don’t take the time to do it properly. Better planning for finances is beneficial for anyone that has been trying to gain a hold on what they can do with extra money. Over the years many people get raises and they get advances in their jobs. When people move to higher positions and gain more money they should take more time to make better financial plans for their lives. This is what Richard Blair is able to do for people that have financial goals.


The Good of Autism Rocks

Sanjay Shah is a father, a businessman, an investment expert, as well as a philanthropist who is completely dedicated to his family and for providing for his family through his successful and growing investment firm that is known as Solo Capital. Mr. Shah is an expert of the financial industry and is currently heavily sought out after for his excellent advice that is provided to customers all over the world. Mr. Sanjay Shah Denmark understands what it is like to experience hardship and understands that failure does not always mean the end. As a successful financial advisor, Mr. Shah was struck hard when he was fired from his job like millions of others as a result of the 2008 financial crisis that devastated the world.


As a result of this crisis, Mr. Shah continued to have his expertise within the industry and continued to work hard provide for his family. His family is what eventually encouraged him to create his own investment firm that is currently based in London and is known as Solo Capital. Unlike many other investment firms, Solo Capital helps both the small businesses as well as the medium businesses. The goal of this tactic is to build a relationship with the client and to form a partnership. Mr. Shah wants to earn back the trust of the investors even after the crisis that occurred and devastated millions of individuals.


As a family man, Mr. Shah is dedicated to providing for his family. In 2011 Mr. Shah learned of his son’s recent diagnosis with the common development disorder that is known as autism. Autism is most commonly diagnosed among boys and is diagnosed to one in 68 children on average every year. Mr. Shah’s dedication to his son and his interest in leaning more about autism is what eventually lead to the creation of Autism Rocks, a foundation that encourages donations that will further the research of autism and will make the information available to the public.


Autism Rocks was formed due to the love that Mr. Shah and his son have for music. Music is what makes Mr. Shah’s son smile and is what helps him communicate his thoughts to his family members. Autism Rocks hosts several events in London each year and invites some of the world’s most famous performers to not only perform for the crowd, but to also encourage donations to this worthy and noble cause.


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