Fan Inspired Success

Pittsburgh loves its Steelers and proud to show it too. Fashionable sports wear, launched on the Steelers Pro Shop website, is worn by the football faithful any day of the year. Whether it is game day, casual Friday in the office, or even random get-togethers you will always see a Steelers logo and “kellers” (colors). Quarterbacked by Susan McGalla, who works for the Pittsburgh Steelers as Director of Strategic Planning, the new line of licenced gear has seen fun variations and tongue-in-cheek slogans added to classic designs. There is no denying that Susan’s experience in fashion and marketing as the President and CMO of American Eagle and CEO of Wet Seal, provided the insight to include the female fan in hot pink jerseys and blinged out t-shirts. Introduced to the Steelers family in January 2015, she wasted no time in developing a new line of products, and relaunched the merchandise website in time for the 15/16 season. Featured on a CBS report, where the display table overflowed with Terrible Towels and other items available on the site, Susan McGalla highlighted that the products are for women as well as the guys across the Steelers nation. Some of the lines even include the popular Victoria’s Secret brand “Pink”. McGalla can be described on ireport as a protagonist for women in leadership roles, having risen through the ranks to become the boss, and has started her own consulting company P3 which provides strategic marketing advice across a range of industries. Speaking to PR Newswire, Susan comments on the evolution of the workplace to include women as professionals above anything else. “The glass ceiling” an antiquated barrier for women who want to succeed, seemingly did not affect her. Facing her career goals head-on and not being subject to gender dominated prejudices, allowed Susan to earn the respect and promotion of her peers. Susan now lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and 2 kids and better be Steelers fans by now!

San Fransisco’s Helane Morrison is Creating a Better Business World for Women

In the United States of America there is a definite male gender bias. For decades men have been regarded as the only sex to hold management positions in both politics and business. This gender bias has hampered the advances of women, until now when we are seeing more competent women assuming positions of power both in politics and in the corporate world. In many places around the world women have already risen to important positions in medicine and law, but in the states it is still the bailiwick of men, the good old boys club. 

One only has to examine the American economy to see the shortfall of male dominated business acumen. America, once the greatest producer of commercial goods, has fallen to a low level amongst other industrialized nations. It may be that the country, as a whole, put the reins of the economy in the wrong hands. Who, after all, has control of the family. While dad used to be the sole provider for the family; the woman was in charge of creating harmony and happiness in the home while men usually left the running of the home to the distaff side. But the world is changing and, though there’s a long way still to go, women are being recognized as valuable and integral people in the professional world.

Helane Morrison is representing the new woman in the business world. She earned a B.S. in Journalism at Northwestern University and then completed the requirements for a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, School of Law, where she was Editor-In-Chief of the California Law Review. She practiced law at the San Francisco law firm of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin from 1986 to 1996 and she was elevated to partner in 1991, focusing on business litigation and defense of private securities actions and SEC matters.

Before entering private practice, Ms. Morrison served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun (1985-1986). From 1996-2007 she worked for the office of the Security and Exchange Commission located in San Francisco.
Helane Morrison has remained in California and is managing director, general counsel and chief compliance office for Hall Capital. She is dedicated to promoting a business culture of justice and integrity. Morrison truly represents the image of the new woman whose talents can propel her to the top of the business world.

Highland Capital Managment Wins Yet Another Prestigious Award

HFM US Hedge Performance Rewards has selected Highland Long/Short Healthcare Fund in the 40 Act Funds category. The Highland Long/Short Healthcare Fund is managed by the well-known Highland Capital Management Firm headed by James Dondero. Catering to assets in the healthcare industry, the fund seeks to appreciate portfolio taking long-term positions in public equities across a variety of markets in the healthcare sector.

The award is a testament to the expertise of Highland’s management that continues to impress investors. For instance, the award is only offered to funds that are consistently performing in the long-run based on the 1-year, 3-year and 5-year investment patterns. Unlike other performance metrics, HFM rewards are also acknowledged by experts because it considers investor opinion, risk-taking appetite and expertise of fund managers. In an official statement by the company’s CEO, James Dondero praised the diligent efforts of Michael Gregory and his team in producing great results for investors. Michael Gregory is also CIO and global head of Highland Alternative Investors. Under his guidance, the 11 member team dedicated to managing healthcare related funds oversees over $3 billion in assets under management. The Healthcare is the largest sub-sector in the Highland portfolio, which constitutes over $20 billion in total assets. As part of its fund strategy, the fund is geared towards long-term investment with the ability to excel in both up and down markets.

About the Founder, James Dondero

Perhaps, the performance of Highland Capital Management is reflected in the expertise of its founder, James Dondero. Jim has actively focused on hedge fund management for the last 30 years. His financial expertise includes management of collaterized loan obligation securities as Jim was the first individual to launch non-bank CLO fund in 1996.

Before founding Highlands Capital Management, Jim successfully oversaw many award-winning funds at a subsidiary of Protective Life and as an income fund manager at American Express. Recently, James Dondero announced inclusion of another industry’s stalwart, Terry Jones. The step is likely to strengthen broader institutional framework at the firm that has always relied on providing superior risk-adjusted performance since inception.

Beneful’s Dry Dog Food Flavors

If you are considering a dog food, Beneful is a great option to choose. Once you have decided on Beneful, there are some varieties that you must take a look at and decide which is right for your dog. Many owners choose to use Originals, a food that is created for dogs who do not have special dietary needs and is a delicious addition to any dog’s diet as long as the dog is older than one year old. A new puppy will need a special kind of food instead of typical dog food. Healthy Puppy was created by Beneful for dogs who are under one year old and is ideal for dogs who are just finishing up weaning. This food is a great option for people who have new puppies because it has a great flavor to it and is full of nutrition. Dogs who are switching from a puppy food to an adult food may have some trouble with the blander flavor that is found in dog food as opposed to the more meaty and flavorful puppy foods. Incredibites solves this problem and is a great gateway food for your dog who is switching from puppy food to adult dog food. It is a great option for that as well as for dogs who are switching from a wet food to a dry food. A dog who is very active will have different nutritional needs that must be met as opposed to a dog who is not very active. The Playful Life food is a great option for dogs who are very active. It can also be used for dogs who are very playful and dogs who need to gain weight. Healthy Weight is a food that is for dogs who may need to lose some weight. It is designed for dogs who do not live a very active lifestyle, like older dogs.

Highland Capital Hedge Fund Captures Another Award

A 2015 HFM US Hedge Fund Performance Award in the 40 ACT Fund Equity category was won by Highland Capital Management LP.  Highland Capital is a Dallas-based investment management firm with assets near $20 billion under its control. It specializes in long/short healthcare company management.

The hedge fund award recognizes funds that outperformed their peers according to a number of factors. The decision makers rate a hedge fund’s performance based on one, three, and five years of data analysis.
The Highland Capital hedge fund is managed by Michael Gregory. There is also a team of 11 health care specialist with 130 years of combined experience in the field.
James Dondero is a co-founder of the Highland Capital hedge fund. He graduated from the University of Virginia. He majored in Accounting and Finance. He is now a Certified Management Accountant with a Chartered Financial Analyst Designation.
For a time Jim Dondero was a manager of one billion dollars in fixed income funds for American Express. Before Highland Jim was the chief investment officer for Protective Life’s GIC Subsidiary. The business was grown by Dondero from a start up to a two billion dollars business over a span of five years.
Highland Capital Management LP was founded in 1993 by Jim Dondero and Mark Okada. The company is a SEC-registered investment adviser that has $20 billion dollars of assets under their management. The company makes it a point to specialize in credit strategies like long only funds, and credit hedge funds.
Highland Capital has alternative investments as a part of their program and recently hired a new President of Institutional Products. This includes natural resources, long/short equities, and emerging markets.
When it comes to clients they encompass a healthy mix, including foundations, pension plans, corporations, governments,and high income individuals. The company is based in Dallas Texas with offices in New York, Singapore, and Seoul.

The Writing Life Of Jaime Garcia Dias

There are many ways to make a creative mark in the world, but for those who love literature and the writing life, there’s really no other way to live. Committed writers have a real passion for what they do and the mark of a true literary spirit is in the constant output of work they produce.

Jaime Garcia Dias is a Brazilian writer whose creative output strongly attests to his passion for what he does. At age 45 he has already written and published over 20 works of fiction, and he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. All of this is great news for the many fans of his work who eagerly await the release of his next novel.

The literary community at large has also taken note of Dias’ talent and passion for literature, and he’s developed quite a following on Twitter because of those ties to the community. He was recently given the ABC Award of Brazil Prize for Literature. This is a hugely important award and a great tribute to Dias as an artist and literary leader in Brazil.

Early Upbringing in Rio de Janeiro

Dias was born and grew up in Rio de Janeiro. His mother was a notable architect and his father was a writer, so it’s no surprise that they instilled in him a love of the writer’s life from an early age. His parents both strongly believed in the value of education, and Dias took their teachings seriously. He became an educator and in his early work life he became a teacher at the Carioca Literature Academy. He taught there for five years, and today serves as President of the Academy.

The Carioca Academy is a kind of prep school for young people who wish to study literature after high school and enter a career in writing and the creative arts. It is a great privilege for Dias to be part of the school and to instill young people with the same love of writing that he enjoys.

Early Inspirations

Like many authors, Dias is a reader, blogger, and a passionate fan of the greats who have come before him. One of his favorite authors from Brazil is Jorge Amado. Amado enjoyed a long and notable career until his passing in 2001. The humor and whimsical style of his writing made him a major figure in the Brazilian literary world and also a commercial favorite.

Just like Amado, Dias intends on having a long and very busy career as a writer, and as his career history shows that’s already happened to a large degree. His fans will be happy to see that he has no intention of slowing down any time in the near future.