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.


A New Revelation Of The Fast Changing Real Estate Market After A Town Residential Analysis of Manhattan Market

New York City has on of the biggest and most expensive real estates markets in the world. Leading this market by offering luxurious real estates is Town Residential. Town Residential is the biggest firm dealing in the luxurious real estate market in New York City. Town Residential for NYC apartments for sale on townrealestate recently conducted a market study on Manhattan to get acquainted with the market trends in the fourth quarter of 2015. As it has been the trend over the past few years, the prices of real estates continued to rise. The analysis revealed that year-over-year average sales price increased by 5.2% to reach a peak price of $1,976,660 while sales in real estate grew by 16 from the previous year $1,150,000. The growth in sales is a good show as it indicates that despite the rise in price, people still had increased interest in real estates in New York City.

The fourth quarter of 2015 saw price per square foot continues to increase to reach a median of 6.2% at $1,365 which is higher than the previous year. Year-over-year prices per square feet averaged at 8.4% at $1,505 from the third quarter. An estimated 20% increase was seen in the fourth quarter of 2015 on a median year-over-year sales price of condos in Manhattan at $1,736,250. The median price per square foot records a rise of 11% from the previous year and 7.6% from the third quarter to stand at $1,606.

Co-ops in Manhattan had a 4.6% rise in price from $ 1,217,017 in the third quarter to $1,272,902 in the fourth quarter of 2015. Year-over-year analysis revealed that the average price of a co-op had a 6.4% rise. The average price per square foot had a 6.3% rise to $1,087 from the previous year and $1,066 from the third quarter of 2015. All sectors of real estate had an increase in price in the fourth quarter of 2015. The median price of a one-bedroom, two bedroom and three-bedroom condos stood at around $1,080,000, $2,056,865 and $4,421,300 in the order of their appearance. The median price of a three-bedroom co-op rose by around 15% from the third quarter to hit above the $3,000,000 mark.

According to Itzy Garay, the Executive Vice President of Sales and Leasing in TOWN Residential, the rise in prices may have been caused by increased demand by customers to own homes in New York. He also speculates that 2016 will have customers with the will and ability to buy real estates in New York but will not go ahead to buy due to high prices.

New Records Set in 2015 for the New York Real Estate

Real estate records in New York City  apartments for rent were shattered in 2015. Properties prices in different areas were on a continuous upward trend. The closing of a $100.47 million penthouse marked the climax of One57 by Extell Development. Other sales in the condominium that faces Central Park also toyed around the nine-figure mark. In Manhattan, huge prices were paid for townhouses and condos with new records for co-ops. Additionally, Brooklyn posted a new record from a single sale of a residence at Cobble Hill that became the most expensive in the area.

According to Shaun Osher, the Core chief executive, 2015 was the big sale year. It is more likely that the records will be rewritten in the approaching months as the city’s ever changing skyline will add billionaire bunkers. These areas include 220 Central Park South, 56 Leonard, and 520 Park. Kenneth C. Griffin, the hedge fund manager whose net worth according to Forbes estimate is at $7 billion is expected to buy a triplex for approximately $200 million at 220 Central Park South. According to sources that requested anonymity, Griffin entered into contract to make the purchase in late summer. The buy will be the city’s and country’s’ single largest sale.
Real estate analysts note that top prices will emerge when signed contracts for the early developments in the city close. The astronomical wealth as well as the continued demand within the super luxury category is likely to continue the trend. This is according to Pamela Liebman, the chief executive, Corcoran Group.

One57 broke the city’s record at $100.47 million with the city second most expensive property, Winter Garden, going for $91.54 million. William A. Ackman purchased the property. Many of the big sales in 2015 involved condominiums with recognizable names getting their share. Two of 2015’s top sales were co-ops that broke the record with $77.5 million.

From the sales that occurred in 2015, it shows that the demand for luxury properties in New York is on the rise. Companies that deal in the luxury end of properties like Town Residential are playing a major role in the booming sector. The firm offers premier customer service with a professional team of representatives. Andrew Heibeger established Town Residential in 2010.
Town Residential focuses on residential sales, marketing, and leasing in addition to property development. The firm has positioned itself as the premier real estate luxury firm within the five years that it has been in operation.

Bankruptcy Looming In The Horizon For HomeJoy

Chapter 11 bankruptcy has been filed for the once hopeful startup HomeJoy. This announcement was delivered via blog post. The startup was founded by Aaron and Adora Cheung in 2013. It gave customers the option to have repairs and cleaning done in their homes by professionals on call.

After raising $38 million in venture funding, they had aspirations for expansion
and were planning to do so. But, this expansion was cut short due to “many unresolved challenges in the home services space.” This is a statement from the July blog post. One founder said that worker classification lawsuits are to blame for the mess. Reclassifying contractors as employees could raise cost 20 to 40 percent in some cases.

On the flip side of the spectrum we have Handy, formerly known as HandyBook. It is another venture startup cleaning and repair service, which has raised over $110 million to date. They are in the lead when it come to hiring pre-screened, qualified, independent professionals. They offer a wide range of services as well. They have professionals you can book for cleaning, moving the heavy things you don’t want to, home repairs and painting ti name a few. It is quickly becoming the go-to for on call services.

You know that vacation rental that you wish you never threw that party at? Handy pros will gladly come and tidy the place for a fee. Is that leaky faucet driving you bonkers? You can have them fix that too. It really is easier now than ever to get things done without all of the effort. If you (like most of us) are busy most of the time, this service could really come in handy. The open market left by the bankruptcy of HomeJoy could spell an even larger customer base for Handy.

If they can keep their momentum going, they’ll continue to expand and profit. Only time will tell if they will remain on top of their business model.

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Men’s Fashion Retailing Hits Record Levels

The men’s fashion industry has recently been undergoing many changes with men of all ages and backgrounds looking to have a stronger sense of personal style than ever before. Online retailing has become a major force in the world of men’s fashions as increasing numbers of men are looking to Internet retailers for every aspect of their fashion choices and their personal grooming options. By moving to the Internet the world of men’s fashion has become more popular than ever before and has seen changes to the way men look and prepare themselves for each and every day.

Paul Evans italian Shoes are one of the fastest growing Online retailers with a specialization in handmade shoes from a top European manufacturer. The handmade shoes created for the Paul Evans brand are created by artisans at a family owned factory in Naples, Italy, which means each and every shoe sold to customers is designed and made to a high level of finish. The designs produced by Paul Evans take in everything from contemporary options to those that have a more traditional feel to them.

The history of Paul Evans Shoes is based in the problems two financial specialists had finding the clothing and accessories they would be happy to wear on a regular basis in traditional stores. Not only did the establishment of Paul Evans allow the brand to bring high quality shoes to the public, but it also allowed men to get the best quality shoes without the high markup found in most traditional physical retail spaces.

Online retailing has grown across the board for men, which many experts put down to the ease of use that is available with most Online retail options; many men are attracted by the fact they can look over options for making a purchase without needing to leave the comfort of their couch or desk, Business Insider reports. Another attraction for many men are the free shipping and returns options that have made people more aware than ever of the ease with which Online shopping can be completed.