In 2013, Nathaniel Ru and a few of his friends her Georgetown University opened up a little eatery in Washington D.C. It was called Sweetgreen. Four years later, there are now over 21 Sweetgreen eateries on the east coast. That is a lot of growth in a short time, but the young business partners have not cut any corners. Each location is focused on offering customers the freshest, local ingredients in their menu fare. Moreover, they serve as more than just a restaurant. They are a hub for like-minded people to find comfort and solace while enjoying a healthy meal.
Ru says that there was a lot of luck in their starting off. Ru and his partners were still finishing classes when they stopped an empty storefront in their neighborhood and began dreaming about its potential. When he called the landlady to check on the availability he received a reasonable response, she hung up. However, that didn’t deter him from pressing forward. Ru is the son of first-generation immigrant parents who started their own business. He knew first hand what it would take to own and operate a small business and he believed he had it.
As it turns out, he did. Sweetgreen was an immediate success. The company has worked hard to keep up with its growth, developing a five-point mission plan that it posts within each of its locations. Ru and his partners also work hard to assure that their employees are treated well. Five times per year, the corporate headquarter closes own so that the executive employees can work within their brick-and-mortar stores. They also have shown an exemplary respect for their customers. Employees are encouraged to provide customers with coupons, door service, and even Sweetgreen umbrellas on rainy days. Ru and his teammates want to create a true community vibe.
The team has kept it humble and made it clear that their motivations are more than just monetary. They’ve already established an annual music festival that takes place in Columbia, MD. People gather to eat healthy food and listen to music while embracing Sweetgreen’s mission to support sustainable agriculture and community development. Past artists include Kendrick Lamar, Flume, The Shins, and Passion Pit. It is not just musical talent that Sweetgreen is attracting either. The eatery has made some fantastic foodie connections, such as partnering up with David Change of Momofuku, Blue Hill, and Mark Bittman.
The Jerusalem post released its annual list of the 50 Jews who it considers the most influential. One of the people on the list is an Israeli American businessman and philanthropist named Adam Milstein. Ranked number 39 on the list, Adam Milstein was included among the list that includes famous Jewish entertainers such as Sarah Silverman, Jewish advocates such as Natan Sharansky and Jewish statesmen like Prime Minister of Isreal, Benjamin Netanyahu.
The award is a great honor and Adam Milstein says he is very humbled to be included in a list that features some of the world’s greatest figures and leaders in the arts, business, politics and philanthropy. The top 50 list considers which Jews not only have already made an impact, but have the potential to make a big impact on Jewish life in the future. The reason why Adam Milstein was chosen has predominately to do with his work at the Israeli American Council.
Adam Milstein co-founded the Israeli American Council and now serves as the chairman of the organization. He was instrumental in its expansion from a local organization in Los Angeles, to a national body that fosters cooperation between Israeli Jews in Israel and the United States. Mr. Milstein is also involved in a lot of other Jewish charities and organizations.
Adam Milstein has also established a foundation called the Milstein Family Foundation. Through his family foundation, Adam Milstein and his wife Gila empower and endow dozens of Jewish charities, scholarships, non-profits and pro-Israel advocate groups. Here are just some of the charities that receive grants or support from the Milstein Family Foundation. They include the American Society for Yad Vashem which teaches people about the Holocaust, Hillel, which serves Jewish students on college campuses and Birthright Israel, which provides Jewish Americans the chance to connect with their Jewish heritage in Israel through trips and educational experiences.
Mr. Milstein now resides in California with his wife Gila and their three children. He works for a real estate development firm called Hager Pacific Properties. Adam Milstein is a veteran of the Yom Kippur War, a war where Isreal successfully repealed attacks by Egyptian and Arab forces.
Kenneth Goodgame is a highly influential Operations Management leader, who specializes in creating million and billion dollar OEM excellence along with a combination of merchandising, smart business strategy, innovative marketing and streamlined financial oversight. Kenneth Goodgame has focuses on delivering a balance to corporate alignment, key performance indicators, employee engagement, and quality assurance systems that have enabled improved profitability and performance. He has capitalized his abilities to promote growth by leadership, cost analysis, quality improvements, productivity enhancements and composed negotiations.
In his early life, Ken Goodgame got his bachelors of science in marketing from the University of Tennessee. He started working at The Home Depot in Alanta, Georgia, where he worked as the hardlines D28 product merchant from 1995 to 1999, the director of proprietary brands from 1999 to 2001 and the senior global product merchant, leaving this position after he had worked there from 1994 to 2002. After leaving the Home Depot, he took a position at Newell Rubbermaid in Huntersville, NC where he was the General Manager and President of Rubbermaid Cleaning from 2002 to 2004, General Manager and President of Bernzomatic from 2004 to 2006, and the Senior Vice President Sales, Marketing and Channel, Shur-line and Irwin PTA Painting Products from 2006 to 2007, which was the last position he held before leaving the company in 2007. From 2008 to 2010, he served as the President of Baja Motersports and President of Direct Tools Factory Outlets at Techtronic Industries North America in Anderson, South Carolina. He worked for Ace Hardware Corporation in Oak Brook, Illinois from 2010 to 2013 as the General Merchandising Manager. And most recently, he served as the Chief Merchandising Officer and Senior Vice President for True Value Hardware Corporation in Chicago, Illinois.
When John Goullet was named the Principal of Diversant, there were high expectations from the board of directors and stakeholders. His entry came as a result of the merger between Info Technologies and Diversant in 2010. Today, stakeholders and the board of directors can proudly say that John did not disappoint them. The company is reveling in success. Its profit margins have increased significantly. Its client base has increased twofold. Employees are also enjoying the success through bonuses and huge perks. In a recent survey done by financial pundits, Diversant emerged as one of the largest companies owned by people from the minority groups in the country.
John Goullet’s vast experience in IT staffing is unmatched. He is an embodiment of hard work and determination. He is an inspiration to many upcoming entrepreneurs, especially the young. His work is about integrity, and he is always there for his clients, ready to help them in their time of need.
John Goullet’s success in IT staffing is widely attributed to his intuitive understanding of market gaps and ability to differentiate himself from his competitors by offering something unique. He knows how to build something from a scratch and transform into a big and successful creation. This is what he did with his former startup Info Technologies. He managed to bring the company to the top after only four years. Within this time-frame, the company had amassed large wealth including assets worth more than $30 million. The company was listed by Inc.
John Goullet manages Diversant together with Gene Wardy. Gene Wardy runs the company as the CEO. The two individuals from a perfect combination that any company’s management would wish to have. Both can make robust decisions on behalf of the company. They have the skills to analyze situations critically and come into an amicable conclusion. John’s presence in Diversant is seen by many as a blessing for the company.
Raj Fernando is prominently for his expertise in the global financial markets. He commenced his career in this field at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange where he worked as a volunteer while still in college. Driven by his determination to excel, Raj went from a mere volunteer to the top most position in the company. Further, he worked at the Chicago Board of Trade for about ten years.
In 2002, Fernando made a decision to start his venture called Chopper Trading. He steered Chopper Trading into successful heights. As so, Chopper Trading not only grew its employee base to more than 250 workers but also began trading on ICAP-Broketek, NASDAQ, ICE, LSE, EUREX and Cantor Fitzgerald. As the CEO of Chopper Trading, Raj assisted in designing, implementing, and managing some of the most complex communications, source code security, and risk management systems available in the financial sector.
During his time as the CEO of Chopper Trading, Fernando backed the role of the US Commodity Trading Futures Commission (CFTC). Additionally, he addressed a global audience of media and shareholders at the yearly Rosenblatt Global Exchange Leader Conference in 2013. In 2015, Fernando sold Chopper Trading to a Chicago-based trading entity known as DRW Trading Group.
Fernando is an alumnus of the Beloit College where he attained his degree in economics and history. His academic background can also be traced back to the University College London. Apart from his involvement in financial matters, Fernando boasts of a charitable spirit. As so, he backs many charitable activities in Chicago and other parts of the United States. Some of the beneficiaries of Fernando’s generosity include the Wounded Warriors, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago and the Clinton Foundation.
He serves as part of the board of directors for several organizations like the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as well as the Foreign Policy Leadership Committee.
James Dondero of Highland Capital Management, L.P., says that his firm will match up to $1 million in donations made to the Legacy Campaign of the Family Place. Mr. Dondero made the announcement while attending a luncheon at the Hilton Anatole for the Family Place’s 21st Annual Texas Trailblazer Awards. James Dondero said that his firm is committed to matching 50% of all incoming donations made to the Legacy Campaign upwards to a million dollars until April 4th, 2017, which is six months from now.
The campaign’s goal was to raise $16.5 million dollars. It was short by $2.8 million. Since James Dondero announced his intention of matching half of all donations up to a million, $200,000 has already been donated. Thanks to the matching by Highland Capital Management, that sum is now $300,000.
The 50% match by Highland Capital Management is meant to encourage other donors and donations to pour in so that the Family Place can complete its goal of raising $16.5 million dollars. It will be named the Ann Moody Place and provide emergency shelters, counseling, job training and health services on the site. The current shelter of the Family Place is packed to capacity and cannot accept any more victims of domestic abuse.
James Dondero is one of the most prominent philanthropists in the Dallas, Texas area. His firm, Highland Capital Management is based in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Dondero supports numerous other charities and museums in addition to the Family Place. Some of the organizations that James Dondero’s non profit arm of Highland Capital Management endows include the Perot Museum of Natural Science, Snowball Express, SMU’s Tower Scholars Program, Education is Freedom, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute and Uplift Education.
Mr. Dondero attended the University Of Virginia and graduated with a dual degree in accounting and finance in 1984. His first job was working for American Express as a corporate bond analyst. James Dondero later served as chief investment officer at Protective Life’s GIV subsidiary company. In addition to serving as president of Highland Capital Management, James Dondero serves as chairman of the board at Nexbank and Cornerstone Healthcare.
Sometimes when a company becomes really big or reaches a billion dollar net worth, all that money can get to its head and it starts changing the way it is run. But not JustFab, Adam Goldenberg’s company which was just recently valuate at over $1 billion. Adam Goldenberg told VatorTV he doesn’t believe this accomplishment changes any of JustFab’s business philosophies or practices, and that JustFab intends to remain true to form. He spoke of how a lot of valuations have yielded billion dollar enterprises on Huffington Post that may be appraised at more than they’re worth, but that these new companies are going to be taking over the void left by the “dinosaur” companies.
Adam Goldenberg’s company is one that has taken the online fashion shopping market by storm, offering a new way to shop that few other companies offer. But Goldenberg wasn’t always running a glitzy clothing shop. Goldenberg started out as a website developer and internet marketer, starting his first company when he was only 15. That company was Gamer’s Alliance, a popular place for gamers to find websites with the games they wanted. The company became such a hit that Intermix Media, an upstart digital media agency took interest in Goldenberg and hired him straight out of high school. Goldenberg became the youngest Chief Operating Officer on a publicly traded company at Intermix Media, and it was during this period that he met Don Ressler, the founder of FitnessHeaven.com.
Goldenberg and Ressler had so much in common that they were able to become a dynamic business duo. While still at Intermix Media at http://vator.tv/person/adam-goldenberg, the two helped the company raise profits through Alena Media, a company they started up.
The two young entrepreneurs decided to experiment with different niches for their new business, and they went into the health and beauty industry. Adam Goldenberg started out marketing a variety of products, but then decided fashion was their main interest. So in 2010, JustFab was born. Goldenberg and Ressler invited fashion model Kimora Lee Simmons to join the team, and she helped bring incredibly stylish designs to the company, as well as a host of Twitter followers. JustFab also received rounds of venture capital funding through Josh Hannah of Matrix Partners, and several other capital groups. JustFab has also been endorsed by celebrities like Oliver and Kate Hudson.
Recently, three college graduates made the news, and it was all about their vision for a business they call Sweetgreens. Nathaniel Ru, along with two friends pondered what life would be like after graduation. They discussed the idea of startups and how these startups are impacting America’s world of business. Based out of Washington, Sweetgreens is quickly becoming the hip place to dine.
The idea behind Sweetgreens was to bring the freshest salad straight from the farm to the table, and it started with just one location in Georgetown initially. This startup location was launched in 2007 with the help of many friends and family members. There are not more than 30 locations across the country, with the expectation to open more stores in the near future.
Nathaniel Ru and his friends have been able to secure more than $95 in funding from venture capitalists, but they are also seeking expansion to at least reach 40 locations by the end of 2016. Ru and his friends credit their success to the fact that they all have parents that are entrepreneurs, so they didn’t expect to do business any other way than for themselves. These young men also credit discipline playing a huge role in their lives and backing their ambition.
Ru is known for his ever-popular statement that, “Everything you do should last longer than you.” Ru and his friends could never seem to find healthy places to eat while in college which prompted Ru to begin thinking about starting a new place for students to eat healthy. Convenience was another factor in finding food at any time of the day, but the foundation for Sweetgreens was a farm-to-table concept.
Recently, Ru spoke at the Wharton Marketing Conference, where he addressed marketing on a global level, as well as for the sake of giving consumers better choices. Ru knows that analytics are useful when searching for answers to what works in the marketplace, but when he was searching for space to rent for the new business, potential tenants did not believe that his idea would work.
Bruce Levenson was born in Washington, D.C. and brought up in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He is married to Karen and has homes in both Atlanta and in Maryland. They have children- three sons. He is a believer of the fact that mental excellence is a splendid and lasting possession. He loves playing basketball and the amazing sport- golf. He also loves spending time with family, especially his wife and grandchildren.
Bruce is an entrepreneur. He formally owned the NBA team. He is also a philanthropist. He has a hand in Atlanta Hawks, LLC which owns a basketball team and the Philips Arena. Bruce Levenson is a co-founder of the United Communication Group (UCG), which is an information firm that deals with information on healthcare, technology, energy, mortgage banking, telecommunications to name a few. On philanthropy, his work is evident by his role in associations such as the Community Foundation of Washington, DC.
According to PR Newswire, he started his career as a journalist with the Washington Star, while attending law school. He was a reporter prior to starting United Communications Group (UCG), where he is a member of the board and also an advisor to the premier executive team. He has also served on the boards of the Community Foundation of Washington, D.C, the Specialised Information Industry, and the Hoop Dream Foundation. He has served as president of the I Have A Dream Foundation of Washington- an organization that sees to it that needy children also get an education by going to school. He is a man whose reputation proceeds. He has begun a school in Maryland because he believes in imparting knowledge and that sharing of knowledge is a way of achieving immortality. For more info, visit the official website, brucelevenson.com.