The CCMP Capital President And CEO, Stephen Murray Passes Away At Age 52

After a long time of services as a private equity executive, the businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist Stephen Murray passed away at the age of 52 on 12 March 2015. Until his death, Steve Murray, served as the president and CEO of private equity firm CCMP Capital, and only left the firm’s active management role a month before due to health issues.

Stephen Murray CCMP Capital can be easily named as the longest serving member for he started out with it in its predecessor firms from 1989. When Stephen Murray joined the firm it was known as Chase Capital Partners, it then became JPMorgan Partners after it was purchased by the succeeding company. In Stephen Murray’s hands, CCMP Capital became one of the world’s largest private equity firms, and it was ranked number 17 on this list. This was after CCMP Capital started its independent operations 2006 and Stephen Murray taking control as its chief executive officer in 2007.

In his lifetime Stephen Murray was not only a figure of success but also a role model. He was included in management boards of different organizations such as Crestcom International, Infogroup Inc., Jetro JMDH Holdings, LHP Hospital Group, Octagon Credit Investors, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet and Strongwood Insurance Holdings due to his unique and successful personality. He also worked with different charities and philanthropic organizations to give donations to the needy. Stephen Murray was a generous man who always looked forward to helping other people through his support of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York, Boston College, the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, Stamford Museum and Columbia Business School. Due to the major role he played at Boston College through his contributions, he was made vice-chairman of the board of trustees. He was also appointed a member of the chairman’s council of the Make a Wish Foundation of Metro New York for the same reason.

After the news of Stephen Murray’s sudden demise emerged, Greg Brenneman, the CCMP chairman and the current president and CEO, said that they were deeply saddened by the news of not only their boss but also their friend passing away. He shared his heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers are with his wife and sons, whom he said the CCMP Capital community will stand with them in this time of grief.

As the founding partner of CCMP Capital, Steve Murray spend most of his time trying to make the organization better. Stephen Murray was a good investor and dealmaker whom without, CCMP would not be where it is now in the private equity industry. His colleagues and workmates are thankful for his unquantifiable contributions to the success of CCMP and the positive attitude he instilled in them as a friend.

How a Leading Public Relations Firm is Improving Business

Dealing with a horrible online press can negatively affect your business if you aren’t careful with your choices. There are certain people who miss out on growing their business because of a lack of communication between them and their customers, causing their angry customers to spread hateful information across the web and in media form. The truth is that your brand needs to know how to deal with the hate while also trying to improve your brand in general. The key to success is to invest your time and money on top of the line image management that delivers results, and Status Labs is bringing in new people to the company to help those of you struggling with your brand.

Status Labs is bringing in professional marketing advisor, Mike Paul to join the board and be a part of the technical team of Status Labs. They are going to help you grow and successfully develop your brand efficiently. The truth about this industry is the fact that you can easily grow your brand if you know what you are doing and you understand what you are capable of. There are countless brands out there that can guide you to succeed online and attain serious growth. Status Labs is teaming up with Mike because this guy knows how to properly attain results using powerful insight and techniques that can deliver results. With his team over the past 25 years, he has built a name for himself along with his clients who have witnessed incredible results take place. Status Labs knows all about how to build a brand, but Mike can increase and improve their strategy.

Status Labs has about 30+ employees who help manage their nearly 2,000 customers worldwide. Ensuring that clientele grow, they have added on Mike Paul to almost guarantee that results are delivered and can help them attain a safety net to avoid future problems in terms of handling the stress involved within this industry. Status Labs is ultimately going to overtake any other marketing and reputation management agencies in the world when they improve even more their strategic business approach.

Eucatex And A Clear Purpose

Flavio Maluf is The Leader With Experience
Flavio Maluf is the CEO of Eucatex. He has superior leadership skills. He is well-known for leading his employees and he is also great at leading groups. He leads by example. He will demonstrate the following skills, attributes, and characteristics to his employees and the groups that he leads. These include:
* honesty
* self responsibility
* sound decision making
* dedication
* a high work ethic
These are only an example of some of the many skills that this president models to those around him. He leads by his own good example.  He’s even got a popular following on Twitter due to his dedication to the environment.  Not to mention the financial tips Flavio Maluf has written about in articles for many websites.

The Purpose To Benefit
Eucatex is a Brazilian company that had a clear and powerful purpose. This purpose included providing benefits to the environment as well as to provide acoustic ceilings and wooden fiber plates. These are made from Eucalyptus. This purpose has not changed since it was founded in the year 1951. This also included growth within the company and the overall satisfaction of their products. The original purpose has experienced a broad expansion. It has indeed been accomplished at a rapid pace and it has spread to over 40 countries. The Maluf family owns this business. They are responsible for the running of this company.

Eucatex and The Efforts to Increase Exports
Eucatex has taken the necessary efforts to increase their exports. These efforts have led to very positive results. This includes an overall increase in sales. This is combined with an overall higher profitability which has assisted the company to maintain its operations. There are continuing efforts that are being taken in order to reduce their costs. This is a company that does not get idle with their efforts. This is a constant effort that enables Eucatex to remain up-to-date and to experience constant growth.

Flavio Maluf is Committed to Excellence
Mr. Maluf is committed to excellence and the delivery of sound and clear communication. He is dedicated to providing high quality in every product. He has a strong technical profile and a powerful commitment with his customer service skills and abilities. It may be his highly positive attitude that seems to drive him to excellence in the Eucatex company.  Flavio Maluf has also been counted on to break down the big deals for the average guy.  Using his business expertise, Flavio has written about Pfizer, and what their merger with Allergen will mean for Brazil.  Mr. Maluf has also talked about Rubbermaid, and what their recent deals could spell for the country’s economy.

Self-Driving AI is Legally Considered a Driver

Google has been pursuing the idea of self-driving cars since 2009. They have now successfully developed prototypes for testing, and they have been in trial mode for the past couple of years. The finished design won’t allow for human passengers to drive at all. For testing purposes, though, Google’s prototypes are required to have an operable steering wheels and pedals. This allows the human passenger to step in and become a safety driver as needed.

Last year in California, one of these cars attended by Jon Urbana was pulled over by a police officer for driving too slowly. This brings into question: who is considered liable in the event of an accident, the car’s AI or the passenger inside the car? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) has decided that Google’s self-driving system is considered to be a “driver”, just not in the traditional sense.

It’s scary to think that self-driving cars are becoming a reality. It’s scary in the sense that this new technology will take away the privilege of driving away from humans over time. By allowing computers to drive us, we are putting faith in something that could suffer a system crash, become controllable from external sources (hackers with malicious intentions) or encounter other technological difficulties. These problems still have a lot of time to arise, though, since this is an up-and-coming technology. By allowing this concept to take to the streets, I feel as if personal freedom and faith in computers will gradually diminish.

Bruce Levenson: Portrait of an American Success Story

Bruce Levenson is a pillar of the Atlanta community. He started his path to success by becoming the co-founder of the United Communications Group. After partnering with friend and colleague Ed Peskowitz on the venture in 1977 he would eventually gain increasing influence within the company and today is in charge of UCG’s main business strategy. He develops strategy for many of the acquisition efforts of the company. He also worked as a writer in Washington and has served on a number of different boards for many very important public groups. Philanthropic pursuits are also important to him. He was also the President of the “I have a Dream” Foundation. There can be no question that Bruce Levenson has contributed a vast amount to society at large. However, all of these activities are not all that he is completely known for.

Levenson, who is worth billions of dollars, is also perhaps most well-known for the fact that he was the owner of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. The Atlanta Spirit LLC entity was the organization that Levenson was a part of that also owned the team. In late 2014, Levenson had a tough decision to make. He had decided that his time as the owner of the team was drawing to a close and that he wanted to sell it. Naturally, he didn’t want to part with the team without making a profit. Mr. Levenson has always had the shrewd ability to surround himself with only the best and the brightest people, and he knew that in this situation it could be no different.

Bruce Levenson knew that he wanted to get the best possible return on his investment. He knew that all of the work, commitment and dedication that he had put into the Atlanta Hawks would need to be repaid. He decided to hire the investment bankers at Goldman Sachs in order to help him effectively sell the team. In the wind-up, a group made up of Tony Ressler, former NBA player Grant Hill and Jesse Itzler purchased the team for $730 million. Although the final price tag was lower than expected, Levenson will still able to make a substantial profit from the sale of the team.

Levenson will continue to make an impact in his community through the profit he garnered from the sale of the team. He has been a substantial presence within the communities of Atlanta and Washington through all of his philanthropic pursuits. He will continue to be a pillar in his community.



Using Smell to Cure Cancer


Our noses aren’t the only parts of our bodies that can pick up the soothing scent of sandalwood. An amazing discovery has been made in regards to the way this specific scent can help cure cancer. When researchers exposed cancer cells to an artificial sandalwood scent, they quickly died because of their ability to smell and respond to scent. Sergio Cortes says cancer cells are not the only kind of cells that can smell scents like this though. We actually have a multitude of smell receptors within our bodies. In fact, there are seven of them that have been discovered in white blood cells alone. White blood cells can pick up on the scent of sandalwood due to a specific olfactory receptor in them called OR2AT4. Scientists are testing out more scents to see if there are others that the body responds to as well as sandalwood. The medical possibilities of this research are profound considering how easily diseases could be cured using this method.

New Food Choices are Hitting The Market Soon With Purina

What is the first thing you think of when you buy that new puppy? You think of names and collar colors. After you get the puppy, you need to think about how you are going to feed him or her. Are you going to feed the puppy dry food or moist food? Will it be Beneful or a competition brand? Beneful is proven to help a puppy become healthy and strong. It has the products that give puppies strong bones and teeth. Why would we even look at any other food product if Beneful is the choice? According to the Herald, there are many different food choices coming on the market for dogs. Each company is working on their very own gourmet or organic food product. How many people are going to be able to afford these new products? Beneful is the best already. Gourmet foods such as turkey and gravy in a tube will be hitting the market real soon. The dog food product is supposed to be really tasty. The chief producer is even comparing it to the food on our table. He showed his belief in his product as he tasted a portion coming off the assembly line. Gourmet foods are something many people do like the idea of. Some people spend lots of money on their pets. The purchase lavish us outfits, gem-covered leashes, and prissy hair bows to make their pups stand out. This is fine for people that can afford it. We just want to be the best pet owner we can be by spending our money where it matters. We put our dollars in foods like Purina and veterinarian check-ups to assure our pet is healthy. It is important to give our pets variety. The new foods coming on the market will do this. Real Meat products and fresh vegetables are going to increase their desire to eat. Fruits and potato such in the wild formulas will bring back the dogs interest in hunting and the food of the wild. Check out the article for more information on all of the new products that will soon be hitting the shelves and refrigerators.

US Money Reserve Weighs in on the Penny

Is it time to get rid of the penny? This is a debate that has been going on seemingly forever. According to a recent PR Newswire article, the US Money Reserve thinks it is finally time to make a move in the right direction and discontinue the circulation of the small coin.

Critics are quick to use their most popular argument of the last quarter century, that getting rid of the penny will cause an increase in prices and spur on inflation. While this argument may have worked in the past, Philip Diehl, president of the US Money Reserve, points out that today a majority of transactions are made digitally so prices would not necessarily be affected. Diehl also states that companies would be more likely to round down a penny or two in order to stay competitive in today’s crowded marketplace.

Others say that if you were to discontinue the penny which costs more than it is worth to make why not the nickel as well which costs 9.4 cents. The nickel could still be created with different materials in order to make it cheaper while the penny is already 97.5 percent zinc.

Diehl also goes on to say that the only people who have an interest in keeping the penny in circulation are those who stand to profit from it. Mainly those who create the blanks and members of the zinc lobby. For the average person a penny is not even worth the time it takes to bend over and pick it up. Discontinuing its production would also save American taxpayers $105 million annually.

The US Money Reserve was founded by gold market experts in order to fill an unmet need in the precious metals market. They sough to provide excellent customer service as well as expert guidance in order to deliver the ultimate precious metals purchasing experience. Today the US Money Reserve is the largest distributor of gold, platinum, and silver coins issued by the United States government.


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Charitable Michigan Entrepreneur Following Example of His Father’s Philanthropy

According to an article published on Michigan Live, the DeVos family has finally allowed organizations to discuss the gifts that they have received from the company that founded Amway. The efforts of this family that has strived to live by Judeo-Christian values should be greatly praised because they have given over $1.2 billion away. While the family has concentrated most of their giving on the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area many people around the world have benefited from the family’s generous giving. The family has given almost $600 million to education with Dick DeVos serving on the state’s board of education. The family has also given approximately $300 million to increase health and community services. Additionally, the family has given millions to local churches and in support of art and culture movements. Instrumental in the giving has been the family’s value system that is something that everyone can implement in their own lives regardless of their level of wealth. Learn more by reading this article:

One value that Dick DeVos holds very highly is a sense of brotherhood. He adores working with others to help projects come to fruition. If you study the history of Grand Rapids, you soon discover that the work of Grand Action that was the driving force behind the building of the downtown Grand Rapids area succeeded because of Dick’s ability to bring people from diverse backgrounds together to work together to benefit all. The result was the construction of the $220 million DeVos Place and the $30 million Downtown Market. Despite lower cost alternatives, Dick fought to have these facilities located in their present location so that other businesses could benefit from the increased traffic. Dick gives his father credit for creating this spirit of philanthropy that runs through the core of his entire family.

I am incredibly grateful to my parents for initiating and encouraging by example the tradition of philanthropy within our family. We are happy to be a part of this great community!

Posted by Dick DeVos on Monday, January 4, 2016

Dick also believes that charity must begin at home. One of the projects that Dick has been instrumental in is the construction of a school to train high school students in aviation. This not only allows those students to become trained in a high paying productive career, but along the way, the students are encouraged to become involved in other charitable activities. Learning this value early in life allows them to practice it throughout their lives.

This leader’s extraordinary leadership skills have spread throughout the world. His book, Rediscovering American Values: The Foundations of Our Freedom for the 21st Century, explains clearly that to those that great things are given, greater things are demanded. While many are content to rest when they have been given a large amount of money, that is not the case with Dick DeVos who has spent his life driving others to new heights. Learn more about Dick by connecting with him on LinkedIn or to look up news on his career, click here.

The Breakthrough Studies For A Notorious Fever

In 2007, a talented young schoolgirl was pulled out of her classroom because she was suffering from high fever. Two hours later, both she and her sibling were admitted to the hospital. The doctor at the hospital tested them for virus including Dengue and Chikungunya, the most notorious epidemic prevailing in the town at the time. Both came positive for a little less known viral infection called Zika virus.

According to,  the Health Secretary and other experts in the medical field, Zika virus spreads from the same type of mosquitoes known to spread Chikungunya and Dengue and has similar symptoms like high fever, body ache, sore muscle, red-spot on the skin and pain behind the eyes. So how did the physicians find out the difference between the three? The answer is, while Dengue fever is characterized by overall muscle pain and pain behind the eyes, Zika virus causes itchy eye sockets and red eyes. The Chikungunya, on the other hand, produces intense pain in the joints. There are many studies that were conducted just to find out if a person can contract two or more of these diseases at the same time. Well, the answer is yes. It is possible that a person will suffer from more than one of these illnesses and mask some of the symptoms.

According to noticias, there is no immediate cure, antiviral drug or vaccination to prevent any of them. However, he says there are viable treatments that can be effective when someone happens to be suffering from it. In other words, the disease eventually gets cured when the patient is re-hydrated directly or intravenously. Along with hydration, the patient is required to take rest for at least 5 days or until the illness goes away. There have been many advances in this topic and many experimental vaccines were developed that are yet to obtain approval from the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa). The first doses have been administered to more than 17,000 volunteers. The results look promising as well. Dr Cortes says the vaccine is around 80% effective in fighting at least 4 types of Dengue fever. The best prevention strategy, however, is to eradicate mosquitoes, stop their breeding and take measures to protect oneself from mosquito bites.

As a medical doctor and notable Health Secretary, Dr. Cortes has specialized in treating many ailments including chronic back pain, joints and neck pain. His holistic approach is well-known among his patients. He recommends good postures to his patients, creates treatment plans for individual needs and helps them regain their mobility within a give time-frame. Dr Cortes has teams working to put an end to many epidemic diseases all over the country. These diseases include, but not limited to, Zika virus, Dengue fever, Hepatitis A, Diarrhea and Leptospirosis. Many patients after his treatment have beaten the odds and lived very long and healthy lives. Along the way, Dr Cortes has discovered that many of his recommendations are simply right and make sense.