Susan P. McGalla is a 41 year old CMO and current president of the brand American Eagle Outfitters. She began at the teen retailer in the year of 1994 at a time when executive offices clearly reflected the roots of the chain as a store that focused solely on male customers.
Susan McGalla on ChrunchBase had previously worked in the department stores of Joseph Horne Co. and felt that she was always being judged as a part of the American Eagle Outfitters management team. Despite making the vast efforts of arriving first in morning meetings, she felt that she was still being judged for the ideas she brought to the table.
She received her current title of being in charge of design, marketing and merchandising for teen American customers last May. In the month of October, she wore jeans to assist in leading a celebratory event on the South Side to publicly announce the plan of the retailer to relocate its headquarters there. Governor Ed Rendell has remarked that he has rarely seen a president at such a young age.
Ms. McGalla’s take on being a woman in her respective field of business may not fit the traditional expectations. At one point in time, a group had approached her by asking her to apply for a “women’s executive award”. She talked about growing up in the city of East Liverpool, Ohio with a father who was a football coach and two brothers. She was always taught that she was a person, not a woman or a man. In other words, she should be judged on the quality of her work, not her gender. Her family has had a helpful role in teaching her to have confidence when presenting her ideas and herself as an individual. She has attested that following their guidance has served her well. She’s made sure to never play the “woman card”, or the easy way around things as it’s often seen as being. Besides having the ability of talking sports just as passionately as her interests of shopping, she has the ability of engaging in conversations with just about any and everyone.
Houston, Texas has been consistently ranked as one of best performing real estate markets in the United States in the last decade. Historically the fate of the real estate in Houston has always been closely tied to the performance of the oil sector. Houston houses most of the nation’s big oil and gas companies such as British petroleum, Apache oil, Marathon oil, Conoco Phillips, and Tenaris. With the recent drop in oil prices the companies started laying off staff, the companies are set to cut about 23,000 jobs combined in Houston in 2015. As the energy sector started booming in early 2000’s employment rates in the oil and gas sector rose exponentially and as predicted Houston started experiencing a significant boom in its real estate market. With everyone rushing to Houston construction of commercial and residential real in the area increased significantly but with the downward turn in the oil prices most companies are slowing down construction.
The oil price per barrel dropped 40 percent in 2014 and its expected that it is going to continue to drop to around 50 percent in 2015. The United States energy information administration predicts that the price of oil will be around 57 per barrell in 2015 but predicts that it will rise to 75 in 2016. The real estate market in Houston historically has a tendency to fluctuate with oil prices, the last time there was a significant drop in oil prices in the 1980’s the real estate market in Houston was significantly affected by the layoffs of the oil companies. However in the last decade the Houston economy has been diversified, although the oil industry is still one of the best performing industries in Texas, over 100,000 jobs have been created in manufacturing, heath and engineering, and its expected the creation of this jobs will stabilize the housing market in Houston as the oil prices continue to drop.
For the Houston real estate market to survive amid what Wikipedia says is the expected drop in prices it needs to have investors who think outside the box. Haidar Borbouti has proved to be one such investor. Haidar Barbouti bought the renowned highland village in 1991, amid the Houston real estate downturn in the late 1980’s. He is credited with the massive changes to the upscale upscale shopping centre. Highland village was the first mall to house Starbucks in Houston, Crate and Barell (a home goods store) has a 30,000 square foot shop in the shopping centre, Apple- one of the leading technology companies also has one of its biggest stores in Houston housed at the mall.
Haidar is a renowned foodie and owns his own restaurant, housed in the top deck of the shopping centre; his upscale restaurant is set to bring changes to the Houston dining scene, with its focus on wholesome food.
Highland village is home of several of Houston upscale eating establishments including P.chang china bistro, R A Sushi, and the renowned steakhouse Smith and Wollensky.
With the financial world in an increasingly unstable state following the economic meltdown of 2008, followed by the Great Recession, economic experts like academic and hedge fund manager Christian Broda are becoming much sought after voices of reason in an increasingly unpredictable world.
Broda’s background as a Managing Director at Duquesne Capital Management and as a former Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago gives him a keen perspective on today’s volatile economic environment. Brody is also one voice in the economic world who’s still strong on the strength of the U.S. dollar. It’s a view that sets him apart from some of the other economic experts currently weighing in on the state of today’s global economy, but it’s one he feels strongly about.
Broda has weighed in heavily in favor of the dollar’s strength, even when it has put him at odds with other major economic experts. Broda is not alone in championing the ongoing strength of the dollar as the global currency of choice, however. Another economic academic expert, Eswar S. Prasad, of Cornell University, echoes Broda’s view that the dollar has lost none of its strength, even in today’s unpredictable world economy. It is Broda’s view that investors will do well to stay with the dollar, and that its strength will continue, even in today’s choppy financial waters.
Christian Broda has a Ph.D from MIT, and is the author of numerous books and articles on world economic issues, finance and business. His work, as a writer and researcher, has been seen in major journals including the American Economic Review as well as the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Broda, the married father of two sons, also serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Development Economics.
Confessions of a Male Shoe Shopper
As a man shopping for men’s dress shoes can be quite challenging. What looks best? Are they expensive, and if so are they worth it? Well without researching first, then nine times out of ten you’ll end up buying a pair of expensive shoes that you don’t really want, and would be better off giving to the dog to chew on. They crease, end up looking like you’ve had them for years, and aren’t even comfortable to begin with! I’m going to share two top quality Italian leather shoe brands that will change the way you feel about shoe shopping completely.
I’ll Try The Oxfords
Lets begin with Paul Evans. This brand was founded in August 2013, and provides men’s dress shoes, and accessories too. The styles of shoes which they carry consist of oxfords, loafers, monk straps and boots. Their prices range with $249.00 being the lowest, and $399.00, but for a pair of these shoes they’re worth every penny. Customers who have invested in buying a pair of Italian leather shoes from Paul Evans, and worn them have happily admit that they are glad they did business with them, and plan to do so again. Among being fashionable, and very well crafted, in several customer reviews Paul Evans shoes are said to be very comfortable too, which is hard to come by now in days.
How Much Are Those Gallo Bianco Shoes in The Window?
On the upscale side Gallo Bianco is a store that sells men’s dress shoes too. If you are someone who doesn’t mind spending a lot of money on quality dress shoes then this brand is for you. Whether or not you’ve heard of Gallo Bianco before, you can find a pair of stylish Italian leather shoes to fit your style from them. Most of their shoes are crafted with a solid piece of hand burnished Italian leather, and they have a very fine distinction about them, With prices ranging from $600.00 to even $1,000.00 a pair of Gallo Bianco shoes are sure to steal the show. They are comfortable, and have a gorgeous color leaving the customer satisfied. It’s OK to spend a lot for dress shoes. If you choose wisely they will actually be worth it saving you money in the long run.
After weighing the possibility of selling itself, FreedomPop has opted to raise $30 million instead. The funds will be raised by Partech Ventures-a European venture capital as well as current investors Mangrove Capital and DCM Capital. The report released by Recode suggests that a strategic plan of the investment is to be released later.
Last month, it was clear the company was planning to expand to European countries, while at the same considering injecting more funds or selling itself. The CEO was quoted saying that they had multiple offers but it was premature to sell it. The company shelved it plans not to sell because it would be worth three to four times next year if it’s able to expand internationally.
FreedomPop is among new-wave service providers using transmissions from major carriers to offer their services. The company ‘s strategy is to offer limited amount of voice, data and text for free, and at the same time earn money while the limits are surpassed. The company is also planning to venture into retail partnerships around October.
So far, the company’s service and devices are found exclusively online. According to Stokols, the CEO, several retailers have an interest of selling the company’s gear and as such, they are planning to test the waters to see whether it will work. The company is working to improve its weak spot-customer service. This will be achieved by increasing human positions and upgrading the software used to manage customer service.
Financial matters are something that most people must deal with in their daily lives. Each day we confront basic money management issues. All of us must decide matters related to finance such as how much money to spend on any given product as well as where to place any funds we have earned. Money management skills are extremely important in today’s society. People need to know how to accomplish basic tasks such as saving for retirement, avoiding dangerous debt and doing things that will help make their lives better such as buying a house and saving for retirement. The person who has such basic skills will find it easier to get a job and pay their bills.
An understanding of finance is often essential in order to be able to figure out how to save money and avoid spending money on things that are overpriced. A person should be able to do things such as create a budget that allows them to live within their means as well as understand exactly where their savings are going each month on any investments they have chosen. Many people gain financial management skills in one of two ways. They learn fiscal basics from watching someone close to them manage money such as a parent. They also learn financial basics from other sources such as work or reading about financial matters in the local newspaper.
Those who realize they need to learn more about money management can sharpen their skills in various ways. Someone may opt to take a course at a local college. This may consist of a course that provides the student with basic overview of financial matters. A course of this kind can be highly useful in certain circumstances such as when someone is thinking of buying a house and needs to learn all they can about the process of home ownership. Two married people can take a course of this kind in order to help them both get a better understanding of how to manage their shared finances more effectively.
Another way of learning about the world of finance is by studying the works of Igor Cornelsen closely on one’s own. People can choose to buy books and read widely to help them understand how to meet their planned financial goals. In this way, they can acquire such knowledge on their own at their own pace. Doing so can help them meet important goals.
The Founder and CEO of Forefront Capitol has set a new focus for his investment company: the 99 percenters who are just trying to catch a break. His tips are geared towards the not -so- rich folks that are trying to invest in their futures, the kids college fund and the hope of retirement. His own father in-law was the motivation behind the goal.
5 Tips for Investment
Tip number one on the list may just be enough for the newbie investor to handle. The advice is brief and to the point:
- Be careful!
- Consider risks, charges and expenses
- Set goals
All five tips including what motivated Brad Reifler to help those not earning the same as the one percent (that’s $200, 000 individually or $300, 000 if married) can be read in the origional article link below.
Investment Strategies for Real People
According to Brad, “There have been recent experiences that have bothered me so much I’ve decided to change the entire direction of my firm.” Because of this and the other circumstances that have occurred, he is now focusing on the average person.
One example are the rising costs of student loans. In 2005 student debt was 400 million dollars, today those numbers have tripled. Add that to the fact that less than 44 percent of people have a savings of at least $6000 and you can see why Brad Reifler has decided to help the common man make wise financial choices when it comes to investing in the stock market.
Haidar Barbouti is the kind of guy who can be defined as a savior and sustainer. The Houston-based real estate developer wears many hats. He doubles up as a manager as well as a broker at Highland Village.
Barbouti has always been at the forefront in transforming Highland Village into a major business center. Since most companies are always looking for a location with tourists, established businesses, and locals, Barbouti has strived to develop Highland Village to this level. How does he do it?
He only chooses unique and focused clients with ideas that are beneficial to the center. He also asserts that tenants must work for improvement rather than degradation; perhaps the most hilarious definitions Barbouti gives Highland village is that it has a “soul”, which should be cared for.
Highland village was established during the mid 1940s. Before then, the land was deserted. The only activity practiced on it was agriculture.
Another major setback was that most Houston inhabitant concentrated in the Heights and the East. It was bad for business. However, the development of River Oaks and Westheimer sparked a new life into Highland Village.
Between the early 1960s and 1970s Highland Village was sold to a New York based firm and then to some Houston investors before it was finally sold to Barbouti. Since then, it has stayed a notch higher than everyone else.
Many people have congratulated Hadar Barbouti on his efforts and they have not been shy to speak their mind.
One of such individuals is Jim Adams, an executive vice president of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and a descendant of the late S.N. Adams, one of the founders of Highland Village.
S.N Adams also founded the Highland Village subdivisions and Oak Estates that are located on both sides of Highland village.
It is also important to note that the name “Highland” was adopted because S.N Adams was Scottish.
The wide variety of architectural designs at Highland Village also brings about an interesting look. Buildings from all periods of history stand at all corners.
As more visitors trickled in, parking demands grew. Barbouti was forced to build a parking garage at the back of valet parking stations and P.F Chang’s.
Barbouti states that the area, together with its surrounding, has greatly changed. Likewise, retailers have not stayed the same. They now consider every detail of the environment before they can comfortably settle in.
I recently moved to Los Angeles to go to school, and I was in need of a friend to show me around the area. I thought I would be able to find friends when I went to college classes, but unfortunately, people are not as friendly as I thought they would be. It doesn’t help that I’m shy either, but I really needed someone to show me around. I was also hoping I might find a cute guy to hang out with if I started looking. I decided to join Skout, and I only joined because my friends back home told me it’s a great place to start looking for friends in my local area.
I don’t know why I never thought of using an online social media network to find friends, but it could be because I’m very old fashioned. I signed up for Skout, and I created a profile with my picture on it. After I created my profile, I started doing a local search for anyone, whether they were a guy or a girl. After I put up my profile, I started looking for someone who had some of the same interests as me. I like to go to the gym, I like watching movies, and I like to bowl.
I figured that I’d be able to find someone who had some of the same interests. I was surprised to find tons of people who lived in my area, and a lot of them liked the same things as me. I started chatting to some of the people that I met on the network, and I was quickly able to find someone to go out with. The person was a young lady, and she went to a college nearby. Although we didn’t go to the same school, it turns out that we had some of the same classes, and it helped us to bond with each other.
We met within a week of talking on the Skout network, and we went out to a few places to have fun. She even introduce me to some of her friends, and we all ended up becoming a tight clique. Since I had so much success finding friends on the Skout network, I did additional searches, and I was able to find even more friends on the network. By using Skout (huffingtonpost.com), I was able to find an exercise buddy, I also found some great friends, and I hope to find in a relationship too.
Mobile data plans have gotten cheaper as the market for smartphones has expanded, but they are still a major cost for some families. Freedompop is a new take on the cell phone data market that is looking to change that. They offer free mobile data and service on their sim card based plans. The catch? Freedompop follows the model of many apps by providing the basic functional product for free, but charging for the addons.
If you are someone who uses their phone sparingly, and doesn’t particularly care about having the most up to date phone all the time then you should take a look into Freedompop. The communications company provides users with a sim card and an account with 200 minutes of calling, 200 texts, and 200 MB of data monthly. The plan is not much for most teens, but for many adults who simply need to be able to take calls and check their email it can ease a great financial burden. Users can purchase additional data and minutes as they need it. Freedompop also offers the ability to purchase extra lines or roll over unused data to the next month. Freedompop’s plans do not come with smartphones, but the company does sell all manner of mobile devices that are compatible with their products.
In the U.S., Freedompop works on the mobile networks of Sprint and Clearwire to give users a good network of coverage. After their successful launch in 2011, its founders Stephen Stokols and Steven Sesa are currently working on bringing the service to Europe. They intend to follow the same business model on the new continent but are adding in free international calling and no roaming to their new plans. The international sim will be available in the UK, Spain, and France initially, but it will be expanding to over 20 different countries when the launch is completed. Freedompop is working alongside Three’s Spectrum to provide their European data coverage.