Jamaica, known for its beautiful sandy beaches and reggae music, is also one of the country’s still criminalizing those in same sex relationships. Most people in the LGBT community there live in fear of hate crimes, violence, and even death.
Jamaican Forum of lesbian, All-Sexual’s and Gays (J-FLAG) is an advocacy group seeking equality in Jamaica. This groups aims to end the violence toward them and gain the freedom for the life they choose. As a result, they are often met with anger, violence, and hate.
Gareth Henry, a former leader of J-Flag, made headlines across the globe when he was brutally beaten by policemen in front of a group of 200 people. According to Gareth Henry, the police were called after him and other gay men were chased into a pharmacy by an angry mob.
After multiple attacks, Gareth Henry spoke to multiple political officials explaining how he feared for his life. When no one did anything to help him, the badminton player fled to Canada to seek asylum as a refugee. He believed this was the only way he would survive, because he had already seen multiple friends of his die at the hands of Jamaican hate crimes.
He may have left the country, but he still dedicates himself to the people by the way of the Rainbow Railroad. This non-profit organization helps to relocate LGBT people living in persecution around the country. He also works at the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation in Canada.
Gareth Henry believes that one day there will be change in Jamaica, but only when political figures and the country as a whole change their ways. Until then, he worries that the LGBT community will continue to live in fear of being cast out into homelessness, ravished by AIDS, or a homophobic persons next victim.
Randal Nardone is the co-founder of Fortress Investment Group LLC and was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer in 2013. He is currently 553rd in the list of Billionaires of the World, published by Forbes.He is one of the esteemed principals who steered the company towards success since its inception in 1998. He is a member of the Board of Directors and the Management Committee of Fortress.
He is an experienced and brilliant asset manager and actively takes part in the company’s course of action. With more powers comes bigger responsibility and as a CEO of Fortress Group, Randal Nardone is entrusted with the job of taking the company to new heights. His job makes him responsible for the client’s money which accounts for an estimate of $40 billion every year, and he has lived up to their expectation with his efforts and smart work. He supervises the financial as well as legal matters of the company.
He earned degrees in both English and Biology from the University of Connecticut and later, earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Boston University.
He worked as a lawyer at the law firm Thacher Proffitt & wood. Later, he joined BlackRock Financial and became a principal there. Randal Nardone also had experience as a Managing Director in UBS, for a brief stint of one year. His next step involved brewing up an idea with like-minded people which revolutionized the market structure, the founding of Fortress Investment Group LLC. in the year 1998. It was the first alternative asset management company that came into existence and was also the first to offer their shares with an IPO in 2007.
In 2017, SoftBank Group Corporation, a multinational based in Japan, acquired Fortress Investment Group for $3.3 billion on the condition the Fortress would work and an independent entity. Randal Nardone’s views on SoftBank’s acquisition of Fortress LLC were very optimistic stating how it would beneficial for the company. With this acquisition, he believes the company would expand with access to more credit sources that would lead to rapid growth. Shares were bought at $8.08 each, and the top management of Fortress Investment Group made a whopping $1.39 billion after the acquisition. The earnings were split based on their holdings in the company. Fortress Group is currently managing assets worth $69.6 billion with 50% in fixed income and the rest split based on the market trend in permanent capital vehicles, credit hedge funds, private equity.
Randal Nardone is handling big responsibilities in the subsidiaries of Fortress Group. He holds top positions in FMA LLC, FM Falstaff Advisors, Florida East Coast Railway, Eurocastle Investment to name a few.
Entrepreneurship is the art of identifying an opportunity in the market to fill the gap and make a profit. Guilherme Paulus journey in the entrepreneurial field is no different as he has been finding gaps in the market and inventing ideas to address these needs. He took this initiative further and concentrated on economic sectors that he has passion in. He has done this through his passion and desire to fulfill his clients’ needs.
Unlike many entrepreneurs who get struck with their childhood dreams, Mr. Guilherme Paulus took off as a junior computer technician. His involvement with the tourism and hospitality industry, his biggest customers at the time, made him veer off from the technology world and ventured deep into the industry. He went ahead to quit his position at the IBM and got a new position in a tour agency as a salesman in his twenties. By the end of three years in this job, Guilherme Paulus has cemented a reputation that propelled him even further.
In his lifetime as a businessman, Mr. Paulus has built deep connections with notable business professionals across all walks of life. He has made other upcoming entrepreneurs to see the light in the entrepreneurial world. Several people were able to identify his potential and advised him to establish his own company. Barely at 24 years old, Guilherme Paulus founded a CVC Tour Company on his own with the sole aim of turning around the tourism industry. He focused on rendering different services that make tourists have fun and memorable times when visiting any part of the globe through his company.
He set out on a purpose and mission to identify what was working and what was not in the tourism industry and come up with innovation to address the issues facing the industry. When he started, he only included fun activities to be incorporated during tours. As time went by, he was able to introduce a relatively new concept in the tourism industry. He came up with ocean cruises an operation area that his company continues to dominate up to date. Guilherme Paulus has mentored and encouraged several young upcoming entrepreneurs to venture into the business world.
The world of pharmaceuticals has seen its share of challenges. People who have to take medication for a specific reason want to make sure the drugs they are taking is going to help them long term. Having something of quality is extremely important to everyone’s body and the leaders of those companies should make sure of that. Marc Beer is an extraordinary leader with over 25 years of experience in this venture. He has led multiple companies in a successful way and sit on the board of several organizations as well. This is the gentleman who knows what to do and how to help everyone live healthier lives.
Marc Beer attended Miami University in Oxford, OH from 1983 – 1987 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. He wasted no time getting involved in the medical field to pursue his dreams of leading and marketing for companies to benefit consumers around the world. From 1988 – 2000, Marc crafted his education via sales for 3 major pharmaceutical companies. If you want the people to trust in what you’re presenting to them, you must be an extraordinary seller! This isn’t a job for the average person, it is a learned skill or a gifted talent you were born with. Mr. Beer was quite successful from this role that his next task was founding Chief Executive Officer with Viacell in Cambridge, MA. This company enabled the widespread of human cells and addressed infertility, diabetes and cancer to name a few. Under his leadership, the company grew to 300 employees and went public in 2005. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcbeer)
Since his initial start as CEO with Viacell, Marc Beer continued to make lasting bonds with companies needing his help. He is a member of the Miami University Business Advisory Council, Founding Chairman of the Board of Directors of Good Start Genetics, Inc, member of the Notre Dame Research and Commercialization Advisory Committee and much more. He is very dedicated to the work put forth into the development and experience in biotechnology and diagnostics, something he has been doing for a little over 25 years.
Marc Beer is currently the CEO of Renovia, Inc- co-founded with Ramon Iglesias, MD and Yolanda Lorié. He recently raised $42 million to fund the development of four more new products. Remember he is good at sales! Renovia focuses on creating devices to treat pelvic floor disorders in women. Treatments are to strengthen and rehabilitate the muscles in the pelvic area due to stress and urinary issues. Although the establishment of this company occurred in 2016, the expertise Marc Beer and the other leaders bring to the table will propel the success of Renovia for future years to come. Learn more : https://www.slideshare.net/MarcBeer