Kenneth Goodgame Puts Companies in Good Hands

Kenneth Goodgame is the Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer of the True Value Company. Since starting his career in 1994, he has helped companies see a great change within their businesses.

He started his professional career with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Tennessee. After graduation, he worked at the Home Depot. His first position was managing the purchasing of indoor garden products and grew their yields by twenty percent, year over year.

Four years later, he went to work for Proprietary Brands as their director. His big success there was when he negotiated with John Deere Company to sell personal mowers and tractors under the Scotts brand name. In 2001, he became their senior global product merchant and was able to generate an eighteen million dollar increase in gross margins during his time.
In 2002, he took a job as the president and general manager of Newell Rubbermaid’s Rubbermaid Cleaning. When he came in, the company was at a $170 million loss to the fastest growing business as the percent of total sales. He did this through a $30 million annual contract with Wal-Mart and negotiated the largest ever licensing deal for the company. He stayed with Rubbermaid until 2007.

For the next two years, Kenneth Goodgame began to work for Techtronics Industries of North America as the President of both their Baja Motorsports and Direct Tools Factory Outlets. He was able to open thirty stores in those years and added $16 million in net sales. After his time with them, he went to work as the General Merchandising Manager for Ace Hardware. While there, he managed $3.2 billion global purchasing and took their Craftsman program from $9 million to $180 million.

Currently, Goodgame is working for True Value Hardware. Since starting at the company, he has focused on their long-term growth by focusing on their marketing, merchandising, category management, print advertising, pricing, private label and global sourcing. Given his history, True Value knows that their 4,000 independent retailers are in good hands.

JMH Development Announces Topping Off At Aloft South Beach

JMH Development, whose leader is Jason Halpern, has announced the Aloft South Beach topping off. The 235-motel room is planned to be open in Miami Beach in 2015. The project, developed by Madden Property Ventures and JMH Development, is a restructure of the Motel Ankara. The development will also include the eight-story towers. While the projects Architect has ADD, Inc., Plaza Construction is in charge of the construction of the project. The South Aloft Beach will be the first newly-constructed Motel to be reconstructed since 2009 in the South Beach to offer larger rooms that are in average 360-square-feet compared to other hotels.


Jason Halpern, JMH Development Principal, said ha they are excited as a company about the South Beach Aloft topping off. JMH Development has a track record of restoring of older buildings in the United States. When JMH Development topped off the building, they marked a significant milestone in the process of construction. For this reason, this is the signal f the start of a new phase of development. They are moving towards the completion of the building. Therefore, the opening date is sooner than ever.


The South Aloft Beach offers a prime, location to access the sea waters from Lake Pancoast. Because this water wraps up the real estate development, you can also access waters from the Collins Canal. Moreover, this motel offers a live access to emerging local artists and other numerous bands in Miami. The hotel is located in the South Beach. One block from Miami Beach show and minutes from the Convention Center in Miami. The Bass Art Museum and other night-cubs are located near the property including boutiques and restaurants.


Guests will enjoy an outdoor pool. The 24-hour fitness standard room and the roof-deck lounge will also offer a joint meeting place ideal for social gatherings and business conventions. Moreover, the hotel offers free access to live bands from local musicians and some hottest bands under the jurisdiction of XYZ programming bars. Like many other


The South Aloft Beach has over 100 open hotels. It’s also planning on opening more than 14 hotels shortly. The Starwood Aloft delivers a fresh approach to the traditional hotel landscape. For the generations of travelers, a tech-forward technology is offered by this new brand coupled up with a vibrant experience to suit the dynamic modern design. You can visit their website for more information. Like many other Starwood brands, Aloft South Beach, is proud to offer an exclusive guest room


JMH Development is one of the leading property development companies with full-service coverage. The company has majored in the construction of commercial and residential properties across the United States. JMH Development has its portfolio of services in Brooklyn.


James Dondero Honored By Appointment to SMU Executive Board

James Dondero is the newest member to join the Executive Board of the Cox School of Business. Earlier this year, Southern Methodist University announced their appointment of Dondero to the board. Upon receiving the honor, Dondero commented that he is excited to help enrich the business culture within the Dallas area. As the president and co-founder of Dallas-based Highland Capital Management, Dondero is always interested in ways to encourage and support the local business culture. The Executive Board will meet three times during the year to discuss the strategies and direction of the business school. A large portion of the approximate 100 members come from non-academic backgrounds. In addition to his new board position, Dondero has always been an active contributor to SMU. His own Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars program encourages and aids individuals to pursue studies and careers related to public policy.

Before his active business career, Dondero completed his education at the University of Virginia. He graduated with highest honors during his undergraduate education. Immediately following, Dondero attended the McIntire School of Commerce where he dual-majored in Accounting and Financing. In 1984, he held his first position as an analyst for the Morgan Guaranty training program. With the knowledge and experience gained from his training, Dondero was able to join American Express as a Corporate Bonds Analyst in 1985. Dondero was eventually promoted to Portfolio Manager with $1 billion of assets under his management. He left American Express in 1989 to join forces with Protective Life’s GIV subsidiary during their inception. As the Chief Investment Officer, Dondero helped to guide the company from a small startup to a $2 billion company.

In 1993, James Dondero co-founded Highland Capital Management with Mark Okada. Dondero quickly assumed the role as president as has been guiding the company ever since. Currently, Highland Capital Management and its affiliates have an approximate $16 billion worth of assets under their management. The company is best known for their work in developing the Collateralized Loan Obligation Market. As an SEC-registered financial adviser, Highland Capital Management offers their customers a wide range of award-winning services and products.


DIVERSANT LLC Develops Solutions that Enable Clients to Overcome Challenging Issues in the IT Industry

Driven by the desire to solve pressing challenges that companies in the IT Sector face, John Goullet ventured into the IT Sector immediately after receiving his degree in computer science. He served as an IT consultant and offered information and technology support services to small and middle-sized companies. In 1994, Goullet transitioned to the IT staffing arena. Working in both consultation and IT staffing fields allowed him to master the broad perspective of the entire IT sector. He combined his incredible mastery of the emerging market trends to create Info Technologies.

John Goullet used his proactive management style to transform Info Technologies into a reliable provider of IT staffing services. Within a short span, the firm started offering solutions to companies throughout the nation, including some internationally recognized Fortune 500 firms. Under five years of Goullet’s insightful leadership, Info Technologies was worth $30 million. It featured on the Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest expanding companies.

Inception of DIVERSANT LLC

Goullet is a visionary executive who is always ready to take advantage of new opportunities in the market. Therefore, when Gene Waddy approached him with the idea of combining Diversant Inc. and Info Technologies, Goullet did not hesitate. Currently, he holds the positions of chairperson and principle of DIVERSANT LCC. He develops strategies that help the company stay relevant in the competitive IT industry. His position enables him to create new, state-of-the-art tactics for meeting challenges that are part of the ever-expanding information technology sector.

Gene Waddy

Gene Waddy is in charge of all daily affairs, investment tactics, and growth plans of DIVERSANT LLC. He specializes in designing innovative programs that support diversity within workplaces. He trains youths on ways of using technology to boost their professional careers and their lives.

Jim Yoshimura

Yoshimura has been serving in the IT sector for over 30 years. As the DIVERSANT LLC’s COO, he develops strategies that promote organizational growth, improves financial strength, and efficiency of operation. He has led several companies such as Experis, Coopers & Lybrand.

Advisory Board

Members of this board offer evidence-based advice to the leaders of DIVERSANT LLC but do not take active roles in managing affairs of the firm.

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Before You Post, Think About What Can Be Lost!

Now that we’re past the 2016 Presidential election, social media continues to buzz about its outcome. As the discussion continues to take place about the results and the future of the United States, many are taking to the internet to voice their jubilation, objections, and concerns. While all American citizens enjoy the freedom of speech, as guaranteed by the First Amendment, many may find themselves in a compromising position by the comments they leave online.

As the media, our co-workers and neighbors implore they we respect each others opinions, many find the need to insult, degrade and put the American political system, politicians,and fellow voters. There seems to be a need to vent their frustrations, hatred, and intolerance. While they have a right to do so, it can bring about serious ramifications. Such is the case in West Virginia, where a town official was released from their position for alleged racist comments in response to an online social media post.

According to website,, even though social media posters believe that their comments are permitted by the First Amendment, it doesn’t shield them from criticism, reaction and punitive actions from others. Feeling the need to prove a point, such comments will remain their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and countless other social media accounts. Once posted, it’s there for good, there’s no erase button and that’s where the problem begins.

When looking for a job, a potential employer will have no problem finding these comments on the Internet. While they may never know why they didn’t get that nice position with the company, or a self-employed contractor can understand why he wasn’t awarded that fat contract, it could be attributed to their online comments. They may believe it’s their right to express themselves, many others may find offense to it and hold it unknowingly against them. But remember, social media posts can always be found with an Internet search. Employment applications, job contracts, and even college admissions can be comprised with online comments. Even your current customers may take offense to your comments and take their business somewhere else.

So what do you do when you feel the need to comment on any situation and you want the world to know? Before you start banging on the keyboard to post on social media, ask yourself, “Will my reputation be affected by my online comments?”



Overview of Madison Street Capital Expertise

Over the past ten years, one of the leading and growing boutique investment banking firms in the world has been Madison Street Capital. The company has a reputation for providing excellent services to its clients, which include businesses of all sizes ranging from family owned companies to larger public traded firms.

While the company is smaller than compared to other firms, the size of the company actually provides Madison Street Capital with some competitive advantages. The small size allows the firms to act very quickly and aggressively when new opportunities are given. Due to the significant time sensitivity that comes with some corporate transactions, having this flexibility has proven to be very beneficial to many clients.

What allows the company to excel is its substantial experience and excellence in a wide range of corporate finances. The professionals that work at the firm are well experienced in a wide range of roles including in mergers and acquisitions, market pricing and acquisition due diligence, developing creative financing solutions, and overall deal structuring.

While the company is best known for its role in the M&A industry, they also provide services in another of different ways as well. The company has a group of individuals that is focused solely on restructuring companies. This can include reorganization services, services used to bring a company private or public, creating private placement opportunities, and even providing bankruptcy services when necessary. The company also has a team of valuation service providers, which can be used for assessing the potential sale and purchase price for businesses, individual assets, or any other form of investment.

The strong Madison Street Capital reputation has caught on with both clients and others in the industry. During the annual M&A Awards Presentation, which takes place each year in New York City, the company received nominations for two of the most prestigious awards. The achievement is even more impressive given the company’s young history and smaller staff size.

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Pop Your ISP with FreedomPop

While the name alone is catchy in itself, this new emerging wireless internet service is rapidly becoming a popular alternative to more high-priced but similar ISP services now available. In keeping with the volatile, roller-coaster environment currently taking place world-wide, one company seems intent in offering the masses what it perceives the public should have: a free alternative to current mega-carriers. This FreedomPop review hopes to shed more latest news on this new kid on the proverbial block.

Their Mission

Simply put, this is one company that is now positioned to give free, fast-speed internet to the public. They already began the process, but now they’ve added wireless internet services as well.

Hoping to introduce a truly competitive edge to the WiFi data industry, this proverbial David will be focusing on attracting budget-minded users to help knock down the Goliaths of the ISPs who randomly raise prices, throttle speeds and add excessive fees almost at will.

The Plan

Innovation and an apparent lack of greed mark this start-up company as it not only offers customers 500MB of free high-speed internet per month, but gives customers an option of enrolling in the new FreedomPop Freedom Phone Cell Service–at no monthly cost!(1)

Once customers select their preferred device, all they have to do is provide the credit card and shipping information on the secured website, and the device is shipped out immediately. Naturally, if you desire more data streaming audio and video, then the 500 MB may not be sufficient. If that’s the case, then you can easily buy extra data for more MB.

The Strategy

The Los Angeles-based start-up company that launched in 2011, runs on Clearwire’s 4G WiMax network with plans for expansion later on. At this point, FreedomPop has not elaborated too much on who’ll be offering the WiFi services to the public, but McDonald’s, Starbucks, Burger King and Best Buy are all in the running as potential partners with FreedomPop’s vision.

Having launched a new nationwide Wi-Fi plan in 2015, there are today more than 11 million Wi-Fi hotspots across the country at $5 per month.(2)

Also part of the company’s vision are plans for further European expansion within the next year, says Stephen Stokols, the CEO and co-founder of the ambitious start-up enterprise. However, current availability is found only in the U.S. and the U.K. with future plans for expansion before the year’s end.


Dallas-based Securus Receives A+ Rating

As an employee in the field of criminal justice I find myself researching companies who seek to be a part of an improve varies areas within the field. Coming across information on Securus Technologies and their endeavor to improve the field is inspiring. They have received an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau which shows their pledge to their customers by not only providing a great product, but by providing examples of their commitment to customer service.


Securus Technologies has shown commitment to the law enforcement community by providing advanced technology and is further serving the families of the inmates by providing communications technology that is not only top-rate, but backed by the company as shown in their new rating of A+ by the Better Business Bureau. Having been in the field for a number of years, it is important to have all aspects of the criminal justice community covered; this includes the families and inmates of the prison system.


The company goes beyond merely providing technology and has moved in a direction to provide the necessary people to receive a wide variety of customer inquiries. They have provided the largest call center to represent the users of their technology and provide first-rate customer service. They have truly shown their commitment and dedication to the community by-and-large. They have also shown that they will continue to grow and seek to improve their product.



Managing Your Online Reputation

Your online reputation can make or break your business and reputation management is becoming an important component of maintaining a solid business reputation both on and offline. To begin to understand why this is so consideration has to be made of how people shop for products nowadays. Before a person purchases from a company either online or in their physical stores, many customers will perform an online search of the business and will determine if they want to buy from them based on a number of different criteria including their prices, accessibility of their products, any positive or negative reviews or press on the company as well as other factors.

An online reputation management company can work to remove negative press and bury bad news on a company. In addition, they can work to bury bad search results by a variety of different services. Some of these services are made easier by the search habits of most online web searchers; few will ever get past the first two pages of search results. What shows up on the first page of a web search on your business will have the greatest impact on whether or not a customer will ultimately purchase from your business. To understand how they operate doing so it is a good idea to see how one leading reputation management organization does so; Bury Bad Articles.

Bury Bad Articles starts by performing an overall assessment of your online reputation by performing an online search and seeing how your organization is viewed online. They review your reviews, any positive or negative press that your company may have received, and the prominence of these items online. Bury Bad Articles will work to understand how to impact these results and provide recommendations and options for the company in how to address these items. Some options that they commonly deploy is having bad articles and reviews removed from sites or minimized while having positive reviews take a more visible role, planting or promoting positive press and news articles on a company, and working to augment search results towards information on a company that is more positive in nature. Then they will assess the impact of these changes on your business and help you to make other changes to further improve your online reputation.

Having an assessment performed on your online business earlier rather than later is an important step towards improving on your company’s online reputation and benefiting from a positive online reputation. Managing your online reputation is, however, an ongoing process and requires diligence and care at all times. The right reputation management company can greatly simplify this process.

Taking philanthropy to the world; the story of David Osio

Many people succeed in business and with the success comes that need to give some back to the community. Well, David Osio has been no exception to the rule seeing that after the massive success that he has gotten as an entrepreneur, he has been looking for ways to give back to the community. It has been his philosophy that after interacting with a community and especially after establishing a business among them, he also establishes a matching charity to uplift the underprivileged in that community.

David has been in support of quite a number of communities. The first is the children’s orthopedic foundation that he became part of as soon as he heard about it. He has been raising funds to support it in the past and he believes that when people contribute more heartily to the charity, the children that are served by it will experience some real change in their lifetimes.

Another philanthropic act that he has been part of is the Miami Symphony Orchestra. He started supporting this community when he was a member of the board there. He is happy that he has been in a position to support this group for a number of years now. He feels that the kind donations of the friends of the company have led to their success.

David Osio’s background
David acts as the man at the helm of the Davos Advisory group. When he was starting out, his company had very limited revenue sources and didn’t even have enough staff. Over the years, his business has really grown and they are doing great financially. He now has branch offices in Panama, Geneva and New York City. Other organizations where David is a contributor include the Fundana initiative and the Wayuu Taya foundation. His success with the charities has gained him a lot of local and international support.

David was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He grew up in the country and attended the Andres Bello University which is located in Caracas. After finishing his undergraduate, he worked at the Fero Consolidated bank. There was an opening in the Miami chapter of the Banco Latino and he took it up. During this time, he decided to go back to school, and studied investment management. The fact that he has come from such an underprivileged background and beaten all the odds to be successful grounds him. It is the reason he deals with so many charities.

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