Jonathan Veitch Places the College Community Ahead of Profits

In our modern World the role of college professionals is often a strange one, which juxtaposes the need to provide a high quality education with the need to keep an academic institution as profitable as possible. Into this World has stepped Jonathan Veitch as the President of Occidental College, an academic institution that seemed to be heading for a future as a large, faceless organization until the arrival of Veitch. The news that President Barrack Obama had studied at the college for two years led to an increase in applications and the decision to expand the school, seemingly without regard for the thoughts of the local community.

Despite being one of the oldest liberal arts colleges in the US, the relationship between Occidental College and the local community of Eagle Rock has often been a strained one. Prior to the arrival of Jonathan Veitch as President of the institution the relationship had often been a difficult one with Occidental announcing a controversial expansion plan that would see a large number of new buildings built in a prominent position overlooking the community. The plans were already in place when Veitch stepped into the role of President and almost immediately shelved the plans indefinitely.

The bold move to shelve the expansion plans began the process of building a closer relationship with the local community, who could easily have been pushed out of Occidental College had the expansion continued as planned. The announcement that President Obama had attended Occidental made it one of the top academic institutions in the US for applications from within the country and abroad almost overnight. Huge profits could have been made had the expansion plans continued, but the decision to shelve them made by Veitch brought the community of Eagle Rock back into the Occidental fold.

Veitch has worked hard to rebuild the liberal feel of the college, going so far as bringing back former students to assist in planning the traffic flow around the campus and in the local community to ease the worries of local residents. He has also been instrumental in developing a number of strategies and programs designed to help the Eagle Rock community, including meals and educational opportunities for students in school within the community to assist in their educational and physical development.

Dementia May Be One Major Side Effect of Some Common Medications


A recent study has found that common medications frequently used to treat such problems as depression, insomnia, overactive bladder and allergies may increase the risk of dementia in seniors. The medications under scrutiny are of a class that are known to have anticholinergic effects. This means that these medications block acetylcholine. Researchers implore those people currently on such medications not to stop taking them on their own. They suggest that they ask their doctor for advice in light of this new information as some people do have serious need of these medications.

Slow Ventures showed the findings of this study are actually not very surprising when one realizes that acetylcholine is the most common neurotransmitter in the human body. Neurotransmitters are basically our nervous systems way of communicating throughout our bodies. It would seem intuitive, even to a lay person, that interfering with this communication would have adverse effects on our thinking processes. The only surprising part may be that this impairment may be long term, as this study suggests, rather than the temporary cognitive impairment that has long been noticed in these types of medications. To some extent, we are all guinea pigs as medical science advances and learns more with every passing year about the side effects of various medications. Though this can be risky, life spans continuing to rise every decade would seem to indicate it is worth the risk. It is also worth considering the millions of people who are only alive today because of some medical procedure or drug that may not have existed just a decade or two ago.

Clippers Comeback

The Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association are one of the better teams in the Western Conference and have remained in the middle of the playoff pack, which has put them currently in the fourth spot in the West. My coworker Gianfrancesco Genoso is so impressed that he flat out called the Clippers an incredible team on his page on HotFrog. It is an interesting situation in the Western Conference.

You have a bunch of teams that are literally nearly the same in strength, which is comprised of the three Texas teams, the Grizzlies, Portland and the Clippers. They are all pretty much hovering around the same gray area and are pretty much interchangeable in the standings and will all be in the playoffs at the end of the year. The Warriors are the only team that is head and shoulders above the rest and they are sitting massively on top of the Western Conference with a five game lead and looking to make it six tonight. The Clippers are right in the pack, however, and they had a great comeback victory over the Denver Nuggets last night that looks like it may have ignited some new passion for the Clippers players. They can keep winning or fall off, but they’ll still be in the playoffs come April.

Jared Haftel Wants To Use His Expertise For Good

When Jared Haftel needed to make sure that he could reach his career goals, he moved to California to enroll at Stanford University in their MBA program. The program is teaching him how to grow a business that is based around the services he wants to offer people. Also, this program is going to give Jared Haftel the knowledge that he needs to make sure that he can reach out to people who are in the most desperate need of financial assistance.

The People

The people that are in need of financial information often do not have a way of finding this information. Many people do not have bank accounts, or these people do not feel like they will be able to make an appointment to speak to someone at the bank. The people that are in the most need want to get the information that they need on the move. These people may have smartphones that they can use to get this information, and Jared believes that he can reach these people through their phones.

Mobile Apps

Mobile apps that are designed to give people information about their finances will help them get the information they need at the exact moment that they need it. Many people are concerned about making the right choices, but they can never make those wise decisions if they do not have the information that they need.

When Jared is able to set up his many ideas to help people, he is showing people that they can take control of their finances. Most people who are financing their own family projects want to have help, and it is good for them to get this help in a place that is easy for them to find.

The majority of people who need financial help will get it when Jared sets up his business after completing his MBA. The MBA program st Stanford is just one step of many for Jared as he tries to make a change in the world that he has wanted to make for some time.

Mark Ahn’s Leadership Trends of 2015

Mark Ahn, PhD, has experience in fields of leadership such as the military, academia, and business. He has shared his thoughts on PR Newswire of what will be the up and coming trends of leadership to look for in 2015.

Lead by example. Show those around you how to be a leader. Set an example for your followers on how to perform. Perform tasks that you would ask others to perform for you. Do not ask others to do something that you yourself would not do.

Lead with integrity. Integrity means that an individual has strong morals and ethics and will not bend them. Show those around you the value of your integrity by not compromising your ethics and morals. A lack of integrity in your firm will lead to a lessening of values.

Learn from those who came before you. Good or bad, you can always learn from history. Research good leaders and learn their habits. Business fads come and go while good leadership remains timeless.

Exercise good judgment. By showing your followers that your judgment is sound they will trust your instincts more. Good judgment is fluid, it can grow and change depending on the situation you find yourself in. Just remember that good judgment is not just intelligence but also includes acting with courage and strong character.

Remain humble. Those around you will react more favorably to someone who is humble rather than arrogant. Leaders need to listen to those around you and pick up on what they are saying. Do not walk around like you have all the answers. Leading successfully is done by listening and adapting.

T.I. Will Not Buy The Hawks

In the early rumors about who might want to buy the Atlanta Hawks, T.I. had come up more than once. He may not have enough money to buy the team outright, but he does have enough money to be the principal owner. However, he has no interest in buying the team.

He has been quoted as saying that he thinks buying an NBA team would be a waste of money. He thinks that NBA owners have very little power. That kind of sentiment is something that he might hear from Ben Shaoul and other people in the fandom of basketball.

When you purchase an NBA team, you will serve on the NBA Board of Governors. You will decide if other teams can be bought and sold. You will decide if they can move, and you will negotiate the CBA with the players. You will have a chance to make your own fan experience at the arena, and you will have a chance to set your own payroll.

T.I. is wrong about the power that NBA owners have, but he may be right that it is hard to wield that power. You need to be exceedingly business savvy to buy a professional sports team, and he might not have it.

Sam Tabar’s New Investment In THINX

When Sam Tabar chose to invest in THINX, many people were wondering he put his money in a company that makes ladies underwear for menstruation and incontinence. However, he heard the story of the company from the founders. He was so amazed by what they are doing that he was willing to put his money where his mouth is. The story came first from PR Newswire about how he was able to learn what makes THINX so unique.

The company is a great company that helps to make women feel beautiful when they are having troubles with their cycle or incontinence. However, the company goes even farther to make sure that women all over the world have the resources they need to deal with their cycle.

When women are struck with their menstrual cycle in Africa, they have to sit at home until it passes because they cannot manage their own period. They do not have the pads they need to take care of themselves, but THINX teamed with AFRIpads to give women in Africa seven pads for every one pair of underwear that is sold in America.

This heartwarming story is what convinced Sam Tabar that this was a good investment. It is the story of a community giving back as it sells its own products.

Skout: The Underrated App that Yields Overwhelming Results

Skout is an app that may be under the radar for a lot of people that are new to social media. It doesn’t always get mentioned in the same circles as Twitter or Facebook, but Skout packs just as much power – if not more. I can speak from personal experience because I have tried it, and I am still overwhelmed by the connections I make.

The very first thing that I noticed was the diversity of the members that connect on the Skout app. People from all over the world sign up so it is easy for me to make friends with a host of others people from different countries. I like to travel so this really helps me. I often use Skout to find out about about new places before I visit. I have even used it to inquire about the best hotels to stay in when I visit outside of the United States.

Another thing that Skout has done is connect me with others that have similar interests. The app is designed to make it easy to get connected with those that share your passions. This app has a platform that lets me introduce myself to the entire community. This allows me to tell the [Skout] world about myself. From there I get contacted by people from different areas that I can add to my list of friends. When I used other apps I really didn’t get a chance to meet lots of new people online. All of my Twitter followers were people that I knew. The same goes for my Facebook page. It has been Skout that has allowed me to build my most diverse social media connections.

The difference with this app and others is that it helps you find your friends by way of your desires. I have some friends that live in the same city. When I want to search for local friends it becomes easy to do this with Skout. When I want to search for friends that may like going to the same clubs or bars that I attend I can use the app for that. I can even look for people that are into basketball or football. It’s an app with millions of users, but you can still narrow down the search results to find what you want.

The biggest pull for a lot of single people like myself is the dating aspect of this app. In recent years I have become more open to meeting someone romantically online. I never wanted to try the standard dating websites because I felt like it was too much pressure. I have been able to use Skout to get a couple of dates though, and these experiences were very pleasant. The app allowed me to find others that shared some of the same interests, but there was not any pressure to officially turn anything into a date. I just started a friendship and used the app to progress things from that point.

I like the fact that I can send and receive pictures with Skout. This has given me the opportunity to see my dates and really know who I am communicating with. I am really concerned about safety when it comes to online dating, and Skout has always made me feel safe.

OMG Sam Tabar

You probably won’t catch him walking Hollywood red carpets and as far as I know he isn’t much of a rap star. But you will catch him in the recent business and finance buzz that;s been trending this week. According to Yahoo! Finance news, Sam Tabar is  on the rise in finance and business.

Sam Tabar is a capital strategist and prominent lawyer in New York. He was the Senior Associate in Schulte Roth & Zabel law firm from September 2013 to March 2014. He speaks and writes fluent English and French. He can also functionally speak Japanese. His interests include travelling and hosting various events.




Sam Tabar is a graduate with honors at the Oxford University. He then, went to Columbia Law School and served as an Associate Editor at the Columbia Business Law Review.


Shortly after his graduation in 2001 in Columbia, he joined one of the most prestigious law firms in the world, the Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher and Flom LLP as an Associate. His responsibilities at Skadden include providing counsel to clients about regulatory and compliance issues, employment issues, side letters, private placement memoranda, investment management agreements, hedge fund structure and formation.


Tabar left his budding legal career in Skadden in 2004 and joined the world of finance in PMA Investment Advisors, one of the units of Sparx Group Co., a company based in Hong Kong. Sam Tabar joined the Sparx Group in September 2004 as a counsel. Consequently, he was promoted to a Managing Director and Co-head of Business Development. His tasks in PMA Investment Advisers include working on and managing all aspects of investor relations and global marketing with a $2 billion hedge fund. Moreover, he designed and implemented a marketing strategy for the firm, which targets large family offices, institutional investors, and high net-worth clients worldwide. Also, he provided the firm with his personal list of more than 2000 potential eligible investors. He also developed more than 400 additional investor introductions. It is also worth to mention other highlights which include raising $1.2 billion in assets under his management while working closely with the firm’s CEO and founding Partners on all business development related matters.


In February 2011, Sam Tabar joined Merrill Lynch’s Bank of America as the Director and Head for the Capital Strategy in the Asia-Pacific region. His role is to provide counsel to the firm’s hedge fund clients and meaningful and focused introductions to institutional investors, which include large family offices, funds of funds, pensions, foundations, and endowments. He also managed and assisted the entire capital allocation cycle between investors and fund managers. Throughout the course of Sam Tabar’s tenure at Bank of America, he created a supplemental list of more than 1,250 institutional investors.


In September 2012, he left Bank of America and joined Adanac LLC BVI as a Director. He invested properties and start-ups, which include Thinx and Verboten.


In September 2013, Sam Tabar rejoined the legal world when he accepted the role of Senior Associate at Schulte Roth and Zabel LLP. As a Senior Associate, he caters hedge funds and provides counsel to the firm’s clients on regulatory and compliance issues, employment issues, side letters, memoranda, private placement, investment management agreements, and fund structure and formation. In March 2014, Sam Tabar left Schulte Roth and Zabel LLP.

Andrew Heiberger, NYC Mogul

One way to describe Andrew Heiberger is a New York CEO Mogul.  Style and luxury describe this successful entrepreneur’s full service luxury real estate firms.  His resume list powerful CEO positions at major companies each leading up to his current position as Co-founder, CEO and Co-Chairman of TOWN Residential.  TOWN Residential is a crown of glory for Heiberger. His vision to birth a company that operates and delivers exceptional service to clients and endless resources to licensed staff is succeeded.

Heiberger’s TOWN Residential opened in December 2010 and today has over ten offices staffed with over 500 licensed representatives in the real estate field. One key to Heiberger’s successful strategy is his passion and cunning business experience. He learned long ago that obtainable resources and property knowledge were foundational lessons learned as a youth while working in the family business of land and property traders on Long Island. At age 26 newly law school graduate Heiberger founded Citi Habitats his very first real estate brokerage firm. This was the beginning of 10 years of growth. His office opened with just two brokers and grew to over 1,000 licensed staff in over 20 locations in Manhattan.

In 2005 Buttonwood Development was created a 452 unit condominium property conversion. It became Manhattan’s best developed condominium. It totally sold out and made over $300 million in uptown residential sales. His experienced eye for best business practices included retaining the building’s 52,000 square feet of commercial space that truly developed a successful Greenwich residence community.

Heiberger is a licensed attorney and Real Estate Broker in the state of New York. He has a plethora of organizations he belongs to including the Real Estate Board of New York, Michigan Tri-State Leadership and the New York Bar Association. His charitable contributions include The Max Cure Foundation, The Princess Margaret Hospital and the Fresh Air Fund. This list barely scratches the surface of the many charities he faithfully gives back to year after year. This billionaire mogul knows the value of not only property but family. He is a devoted father of two. Heiberger embraces leisure activities and takes time out to enjoy the fruits of his labor. He loves to travel and enjoys golfing and various sporting event. Heiberger continues to reach higher degrees of excellence in serving clients and empowers licensed staff to excel and thrive in the industry.