James Dondero bands together with Linda Owen in a move to plan for the expansion of Highland Capital Management, L.P.’s Philanthropy

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Linda Owen has joined hands with Highland Capital Management, L.P. (HCM) becoming of the management of HCM’s philanthropic activities. Linda Owen shall conduct her operations in collaboration with The Dallas Foundation, which runs HCM’s charitable giving fund.

Highland Capital Management, L.P. is a firm registered with the SEC as an investment advisor. The firm was founded in 1993 and is currently managing assets worth more than $17 billion. The firm was founded by James Dondero and Mark Okada. Mr. Dondero is the current president of the organization.

Mr. Dondero has accumulated vast experience in equity markets and credit management in a career spanning over 30 years. Before the inception of HCM, Mr. Dondero was the CIO of GIC where he helped create Protective Life in 1989, a subsidiary that had accumulated assets under management of over $2 billion by 1993. In the year 1985 to 1993, James worked at American Express as a corporate bond analyst and a portfolio manager.

A commerce graduate of University of Virginia, James Dondero, majored in finance and accounting. He is a certified public accountant, a chartered financial analyst, and a certified management accountant. Besides being HCm’s president, Dondero is also the chairman of Nexbank, CCS medical, and cornerstone healthcare. He also serves MGM studios and American banknote as a board member.

Linda Owen is a respected civic leader based in Dallas and The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation’s former president. In her words, Linda expressed optimism about working with The Dallas Foundation towards creating programs that will achieve a positive impact in society.

Highland capital gives over three million dollars annually to charity through The Dallas Foundation. The mainly supported programs are those promoting veterans, the Dallas community, education, and healthcare.

Many organizations have benefited from HCM’s charity operations. Such organizations include the American Heart Association, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Dallas zoo, and the center for brain health. HCM’s philanthropic activities expand beyond funding as its employees and founders also offer managerial assistance and board services to various community organizations.

Source: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160608006430/en/James-Dondero-Teams-Dallas-Civic-Leader-Linda

The Manse on Marsh Wins An Award

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The Manse on Marsh is an independent and assisted living complex that serves San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande and the surrounding areas. The company was recently involved with the Caring Stars award. This is an award for assisted living and memory care communities based on reviews and consumer ratings. This is the second straight year Manse on Marsh has received the award.

To have qualified for the award a company has to have had at least one 5 star rating during the time period from December 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.

In a recent survey conducted about assisted living facilities a majority of those responding said they relied on internet-based reviews more than personal recommendations by professionals.

From these reviews researchers learned about the facility specific amenities like the Manse’s Care Planning System. Other key services provided by the company includes medication management, meal reminders, and grooming and bathing. In the Arroyo Grande area the Manse on Marsh is the only assisted living community that offers such a comprehensive care planning system.

The Manse on Marsh is located in the downtown district of San Luis Obispo. This is in the heart of the Central Coast, which is near home for families in need of an assisted care facility near Arroyo Grande and Paso Robles.
Some of the better amenities offered are spacious apartments and private homes, restaurant style dining, transportation, social activities, maids, laundry services, and on site nurses.

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Brian Torchin, Closing the Healthcare Job Gap

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Working in healthcare is unforgiving. You need rigorous up to date training, you are overworked, and finding jobs can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Brian Torchin is the CEO and founder of Health Care Recruitment Staffing or HCRC, and he is here to change that notion.

HCRC is there to help hard-working, successful health care professionals find the jobs they deserve. Brian knows full well what it’s like to look for jobs in the healthcare industry. Brian graduated from Plainview – Old Bethpage/ JFK Highschool in 1988 and moved to Newark, Delaware for college. His first career path was working in medicine as a sports chiropractor and physical therapist.

As a black belt in Ju Jitsu and following mixed martial arts on TV, he knows how high the demand is for a sports chiropractor. However, he realized his colleagues were having a hard time finding jobs, even with such a high demand. Healthcare companies didn’t have a medium to post healthcare specialty jobs online. Once Brian started HCRC in 2005, that medium became a reality. Healthcare companies can now connect with the specialists looking for work. It’s a win for the healthcare companies and those seeking specialty jobs. Brian currently lives with his wife and son in Philadelphia, PA managing the chiropractic section of HCRC.

Brian recently traveled to Oslo, Norway to keep his chiropractic knowledge up to date.   Check him out on Behance, and read more about Brian’s incredible career on BitsyLink.

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Thor Halvorssen Embarks On A Personal Journey To Halt Human Rights Abuses

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The founder of the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen, has recently been making waves for his no nonsense approach towards revealing which nations of the world commit the worst human rights abuses. The path he has taken has set him apart from many in the human rights activism realm who have often looked to avoid revealing the abuses committed by left wing governments, such as Cuba and Venezuela.

Halvorssen himself was born in Venezuela and has seen first hand the problems that have been caused by the ruling socialist government, the abuses suffered by his own family have only added to the need of Halvorssen to expose immoral government acts. Thor Halvorssen has spent a large amount of time assembling an impressive board of directors at the Human Rights Foundation that is currently headed by former chess champion and opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Gary Kasparov. The New York based organization accepts donations from a variety of groups, but does not allow any influence over its politics or future programs to be pushed on the group.

Thor Halvorssen has carved out a successful career as a film producer, which has included his work on a number of documentaries based on human rights activism for various groups; one of the most important documentaries Halvorssen has produced tells the story of the Hungarian uprising of the 1950s against the ruling communist regime.

According to Time.com, Thor Halvorssen has lent his voice and influence to many causes in recent years, including providing his knowledge to discussions on many issues for major news outlets from around the world. Thor Halvorssen also purchased the left wing magazine “Ny Tid” in 2010 in his family’s traditional nation of Norway.

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Thor Halvorssen Reveals How Socialism Affected His Own Life

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The 2016 U.S. Presidential election cycle has been one of the most bitter and hardest fought in the history of the country, but the rise of so called anti-establishment figures has continued to shock seasoned political commentators. On the Republican side of the election the rise of Donald Trump has sent shock waves through the GOP, while Bernie Sanders campaign for the nomination of the Democrat’s has grown into one of the largest grass roots campaigns in the history of U.S. elections.


Thor Halvorssen recently completed an interview with Fox Business host Trish Regan, during which he revealed just how socialism has affected the lives of his family members in their native country of Venezuela. Halvorssen based his Human Rights Foundation in New York to avoid issues with freedom of speech like those he has witnessed in Venezuela. Under the rule of the late Hugo Chavez and his successor Halvorssen revealed his own father was imprisoned and tortured for his political views despite holding diplomatic status in the country.


According to this Reddit thread, despite the fears Thor Halvorssen has for the future of Venezuela under socialist rule he revealed his decision to back Bernie Sanders came after a large amount of research into the backgrounds of the other candidates. Halvorssen explained he has already made the largest possible financial donation to the grass roots campaign of Bernie Sanders; this decision was reached because of the problems Halvorssen sees with the connections Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump have with restrictive regimes and dictatorships around the world.

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Status Labs Has The Perfect Reputation Repair Plan For Everyone

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Status Labs has actually repaired every reputation online including its own over the years, and their plan for repairing reputations is something that people need to take notice of. The plan is something that involves a quick move to meet the media attention with something positive, and the plan includes putting a human face to the crisis in question. A lot of people get dragged online because they seem to be faceless, or their company does not seem human. Status Labs can fix that.

Status Labs starts out the process by making sure that all their clients have a release to the press that explains their immediate reaction to whatever negative press there is. The negative press is going to get slowly overshadowed by the response and the reaction to that response. Sending out pictures of the person of the people who work in the office help make the company look more human, and then the plan to help make the situation more positive begins.

Creating positive media for a company or person is important, and that is what Status Labs does for all its clients. They are going to make it very easy for their clients to start seeing positive things about them online again, and that might even include a look at the company’s website to make sure it appears in search results. This is the only way to help make the negative news go away in favor of something else in the new cycle.

The negative press is going to feel like an onslaught, and it is going to have to be handled in a systematic way. The system that is used by Status Labs has been proven to work over 1000 times, and it worked on their own company. Their plan involves taking quick action, and it involves using the human side of the client to make it look much better.  Find them on Tumblr to keep up with their news and events.

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Former POA President Submits Testimony Regarding DA Gascón

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Following District Attorney George Gascón’s appearance before the panel investigating allegations against the city of San Francisco’s Police Department, former president of the Police Officers Association, Gary Delagnes, submitted his sworn declaration on the matter. Amid allegations of racial and and homophobic-based discrimination rampant in the department, Delagnes’ testimony refutes the claim that Gascón, during his term as Chief of Police from 2009 to 2011, in any way challenged the system which is now under investigation for unjust bias. Delagnes asserts that Gascón’s criticism of the “old boys’ network” and public comments regarding the matter significantly contradict statements and actions witnessed by Delagnes in years prior.

In the submitted declaration, Delagnes affirms that Gascon’s promotions to command staff were inevitably partial to local graduates of the same social circle which he now disparages. He further maintains that at no point in their lengthy and numerous communications did Gascon express disapproval or concern over the POA or their protocol. In a marked example, he refers to Greg Suhr’s pending appointment in 2011 as Chief of Police. He claims that Gascón was originally opposed to Suhr’s designation, but upon hearing that endorsement could affect his likelihood of reelection, chose instead to support Suhr.

The testimony also includes a recollection, further corroborated by current POA president Martin Halloran, of a dinner event involving Gascón wherein he became intoxicated. Delanges claims he made statements regarding his time with the Los Angeles Police Department that were racially disparaging and so loudly offensive that he was asked by an African American patron and his nearby family to stop. Spokesman of the District Attorney’s office, Alex Bastian, has made no direct responses to the claims, but is quoted in saying that Delagnes lacks “credibility.”

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The Amazing Doe Deere And Her Lime Crime Cosmetics Line

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Russian born entrepreneur Doe Deere is a hard working visionary. She is also a multitalented artist. In a recent BCE article she gave a little insight as to how and why she created her iconic Lime Crime cosmetics line. Deere also talked a little about growing up in New York City and her current life in Los Angeles, California. The article hints at the resilience and creativity of this young woman that has taken the limes life has thrown her and turned them into Lime Crime cosmetics, one of the hottest new make-up lines on the planet today.

Success didn’t come easy for Doe Deere. Her story is one of persistence and making the best use possible of the talents with which she was blessed. Doe Deere dreamed of being a fashion designer and model and she has had some success in both those fields. She has also tried her hand in the music industry. While her singing career with Sky Salt, the rock band she formed with her husband Mark, had modest success, she was not satisfied. In attempting to make her on-stage appearance more compelling, she began making her own cosmetics. With the encouragement and support of people on her online makeup tutorial, Lime Crime cosmetics was born.

Her unique vision and trendy creations have touched a chord with people of all ages and cultures and has propelled the Lime Crime brand onto the world stage. Through her Team Candyfuture fan club and her Twitter and Instagram accounts she is in constant contact with her adoring public, listening to their comments and sharing her vision for creating a more fun, colorful world through makeup.

The Lime Crime line of makeup for unicorns was launched in 2008 and almost instantly became an international sensation. That because Lime Crime cosmetics allows people to make a loud statement without saying a word. The vibrant colors of the line’s lipstick, nail polish, rogue, blush, eye-shadow, and more speaks volumes about people’s yearning for creative, revolutionary, self-expression. And while Doe Deere has already blessed the world with unique fashion statements and incredible makeup, she is just beginning. The Unicorn Queen never sleeps and she has thousands of amazing, innovative ideas to share.

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