Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth Cheats Death

Andy Wirth is one of the busiest people that you will ever run into and that makes total sense as he has cultivated Squaw Valley Ski into a prosperous company.

His hobbies include swimming, running, and skydiving. It is skydiving that almost put his promising career to an end as it nearly took his life only a few years ago. Andy Wirth is the CEO who survived a skydiving accident that would have killed anyone else, and he’ll tell you about it with a wistful shake of his head.

According to Crowdrise, Andy Wirth had been trained alongside Sean McCormick, a Red Bull athlete, in the art of skydiving. Together they had worked Andy Wirth’s certification out and quickly became frequent jump buddies (get more: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/news/articles/2014/09/andy-wirth-squaw-valley.aspx). On a busy day of diving the pair would get in as many as seven jumps, which is quite a few to put it mildly.

However, things went sideways on an otherwise normal day in the spring of 2013. Andy and his friends were dropping at the Lodi Zone, a place familiar to Wirth, as his normal psot had been shut down due to high winds. That should have been warning enough, but it wasn’t.

KCRW has it that several things went wrong on this last jump but most notably it was the pilot flying an improper route that caused Andy Wirth to be forced to put down inside of a vineyard — an incident that would have been deadly to most people. Andy Wirth clipped a pole and summarily lost his arm before getting hung up.

Close to bleeding out and with help still some 15 minutes away the CEO had to act quickly in order to save his own life, and that is what he did. Humming a song, ‘Just Breathe’ by Pearl Jam, Andy Wirth managed to staunch the blood loss enough so that he would be taken to a hospital and saved after several surgeries. Now Wirth is out and running, still.

Investors Are Throwing Their Cash Into Gold According To U.S. Money Reserve President Philip Diehl

The instability in the global markets, as well as a drop in the value of the dollar plus the fact that U.S. Treasury yields are pitiful, are changing where investors put their money in 2016. That fact was emphasized by Philip Diehl, the president of the U.S. Money Reserve when he was interviewed by ePodcastNetwork.com recently.

Diehl said European bank shares are hitting multi-year lows, and that is going to continue in 2016. Mr. Diehl also said the dollar has been strong even the U.S. economy only grew by 1.3 percent in 2015, but the dollar is showing signs of the wear and tear of slow economic growth in 2016. Currencies like the Japanese yen are getting stronger, and thatÕs not a good sign, according to Diehl.

Good Search reports that Philip Diehl is a seasoned veteran in financial markets. He served as Director of the U.S. Mint and chief of staff of the U.S. Treasury. He is currently the president of the U.S. Money Reserve. U.S. Money Reserve is one of the largest dealers in government issued coins in the world.

PRNewswire.com published a recap of the recent Diehl interview and in that article Diehl said that the fact that gold prices are increasing isnÕt a surprise to professional investors. The global economy is on the verge of a experiencing a major downturn and thereÕs not much anyone can do to stop it, according to Mr. Diehl.

Another important factor in the surge in gold prices is the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury yield also fell in first part of 2016. Treasury yields are lower than they have been in three years, according to Mr. Diehl. An article posted Zacks.com said Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen told Congress that scheduled interest rate increases could be put on hold and that news pushed gold prices up.

Lower interest rates, lower bond yields, and an unstable stock market are the ingredients that increase gold prices, and all those ingredients are in play in 2016, according to the article. Gold and silver are not affected by economic factors, and that is why the U.S. Money Reserve is busy selling gold and silver coins to investors around the world.

Investors are exiting the stock market and investing in gold, silver and platinum in 2016 and that will continue, according to Mr. Diehl. The investment world is filled with uncertainties, but most investors know their money is safe when it is invested in gold.

Full info can be read here: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/u-s-money-reserve#/entity

Family Values Endorse Dick DeVos Generosity

As one who barely pays for her standards of living like utilities, food and shelter how is it some people are able to provide for the needs of others and society? Introducing one of the heirs to the Amway fortune, his name is Dick DeVos. He is the person who can afford to pay for faith-based charities, education, and sports for other people. He foots the bill. 

He is the son of Richard DeVos; so in history when people considered themselves flower-children in the nineteen-sixties Richard DeVos set out to provide for his family. As ladies dressed in mini-skirts and guys styled with hippy hair were dancing and making peace, Dick DeVos’ father was hard at work directly selling simple household products. Direct selling is an independent and self-motivated effort. This approach to business is rigorous and uses individual integrity. It takes resilience and stamina. It is not easy, it takes work. 

Consequently, Richard DeVos’ self-starter job was successful and supplied ample family income. His son Dick DeVos says he does remember many days working in the family business in the basement of their home. The memory he has is the basement was headquarters where people worked. He and his brother welcomed people to Amway conventions. He demonstrated the usefulness of products. He recalls doing all and any chore required which aided his father’s company. It goes without saying the DeVos family displays good-old fashion American values. They are principled in honest, hard-working enterprise. They are not slackers.

Ultimately, Amway’s achievement rewarded the DeVos family a standard of living among the affluent upper-class. However, no one in this family squanders money; they are industrialist with a deep sense of ethical fidelity. The members are morally principled and find hometown values worthy. Good honest labor is respected and work performance delineates Dick DeVos from the masses. He went to school then returned to join the family trade.

Nineteen-seventies created disco fever, girls donned bellbottom and men wore tunics. Nevertheless, Dick DeVos remained savvy in operations within the family circle. Firmly established as Amway Corporation he upheld time-honored ethics by positioning himself in different jobs and divisions inside the company. He didn’t just demand a lofty title. For this reason he earned the position of vice-president in the nineteen-eighties when stylized menswear and power-woman blazer were modish. Dick DeVos’ down-to-earth involvement with Amway doubled sales brought online by international markets.

Consequently, sustained by first-class morality and ethics Dick DeVos built Amway globally. He personally extends his good fortune and goodwill to charitable institutions like hospitals, education, sports, and arts. He is a private donor that contributes funds to organization like: Inner City Christian Federation, Young Life, Potter’s House, West Michigan Aviation Academy, and Education Freedom Fund. DeVos has long been politically involved and even ran for governor of Michigan, though he was defeated.

As for one who wants to learn to be prosperous, I will read Dick DeVos’ book: Believe. It is a new and revised tenth anniversary edition. Dick DeVos explains in his book what values make America great, read more at: Rediscovering American Values

iFunding Continues to Grow

The crowd funding industry has had a major positive impact on small businesses over the past five years. In decades past, many small businesses struggled to raise the capital that it needed to develop and market new products or services. Now, any small business with a good idea can raise the funds through public sources without even having to give up any equity. While crowd sourcing has been used significantly in the private equity and debt industries, it has not been used in the real estate industry. However, a new company, iFunding, has used the crowd funding idea to help people invest in individual real estate transactions.

iFunding can be used by a number of different people to invest. For a home flipper, apartment owner, or other real estate investor, the company can be beneficial as it helps the investor raise equity needed to complete the purchase of a property. For those that want to invest in real estate but do not want to do all of the work involved, iFunding can help minority investors to find profitable projects to invest money in.

Investment sizes can range from a few thousand dollars to over a million dollars, which means individual investor and institutional firms can use it. The types of investments available range significantly from conversions of single-family homes to the acquisition of large apartment buildings located in major markets across the country.

iFunding was initially developed by William Skelley, a young real estate professional that is highly regarded by his peers in the industry. Skelley was recently invited to an exclusive group of young real estate professionals that are considered to be the future leaders of the real estate industry. The organization includes other professionals from banks, real estate investment firms, and private equity firms located across the United States.  Skelley also runs the iFunding Twitter which provides updates of new funding opportunities.

Before starting iFunding, Skelley previously was the head of a small boutique real estate investment fund that was involved in over $2 billion in real estate transactions. He also spent some time working at a small hedge fund that focused on real estate acquisitions of under-performing assets that provided high returns on investment.  There’s more information through an FAQ on the iFunding.co website.

A Resource For The Ages

Currently, the new wave of speech synthesis is being honed in Stockholm, Sweden at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. The online encyclopedia, Wikipedia reached out to the European university in an effort to further improve their speech synthesis feature, designed to allow text to be read aloud to users. Such a tool is immensely useful for the illiterate and those suffering from optical disorders. The use of crowdsourcing via Wikipedia users is making this project a possibility. People will be able to alert editors of poorly written passages. Furthermore, the project will be financed by the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority, and will reportedly cost 2.8 million Swedish Krona. This is not only an exciting advancement in tech, but an example of how profoundly diverse Wikipedia’s services can be. 

Wikipedia is the seventh most visited website on the planet, and is undeniable cultural phenomenon. It is unlike anything else on the internet, plain and simple. The populist forum truly belongs to the people and remains non-profit. The sheer amount of public good it has done is astounding. One would be hard pressed to find anything else quite like it. The platform is a constantly evolving resource contributing to worldwide education in an unique way. People constantly use it to fact-check and study, not to mention learn more about the people whom they find the most inspirational. When attempting to establish a solid web presence, Wikipedia has become imperative. It provides cachet to boost business and brand authenticity. In short, if you want to be acknowledged online, or even just seen, creating a Wikipedia page is your best possible option. That being said, learning to correctly make a Wikipedia page can be easier said than done. Thankfully, Wikipedia editing services such as Get Your Wiki exist to help make life a little easier. 

When you create a Wiki page it is an art, and a particularly time consuming one at that. For busy people looking to establish themselves online, the process can seem daunting. This is a lot of pressure heaped a top the simple necessity of Wikipedia business page creation. A Wiki writing service such as Get Your Wiki has a collection of experts they have honed so you can ensure when you hire Wiki writers and editors they are tried and tested professionals. In this day and age, Wikipedia is an indispensable platform for ambitious folks around the globe. It’s presence is everywhere and it’s services are wide-ranging. Finally, if in need, check out Get Your Wiki to improve your future online.

The Zika Virus Outbreak Isn’t Going Away According To Brazilian Doctor Sergio Cortes

There hasn’t been a lot of scientific research done on the Zika virus. The Aedes aegypti mosquito has been spreading the virus for decades, but countries in Africa and Asia didn’t take it seriously. In those countries, experiencing a rash, fever and muscle pain are signs of dengue or the chikungunya virus. Many Zika virus sufferers were misdiagnosed in Uganda, Thailand, and other underdeveloped nations. The cases that were diagnosed correctly were consider mild and not life-threatening, so all the research done on the virus could fit into a shoe box.
But things changed in April 2015 when a series of Zika cases were reported in the state of Paraiba in Brazil. Paraiba has perfect Aedes aegypti mosquito breeding grounds, so dengue and chikungunya were common diseases in the state, according to Brazil’s top medical advisor, Sergio Cortes. Cortes started to gather research about the new Zika virus cases. Cortes posted a lot of that new information on his official website.
Cortes and the medical team that started to compile research information were surprised how quickly the virus spread. Even people that were not exposed to Aedes aegypti mosquitoes were infected with the virus. Cortes began to realize that the virus may be transmitted by human contact. That was never mentioned in any of the previous research. If the virus was spread by human contact then it must infect the saliva, urine and semen as well as the blood of its victims. Cortes began to tweet his findings to his followers.
New cases in other countries are confirming what Cortes suspected about the rapid spread of the virus. Several people have been infected by human contact, and the number of those cases is growing. Dr. Cortes posted a link to websites that reported human to human transmission on his LinkedIn page.
How the virus is spreading so quickly is one concern, but the fear that Zika is responsible for the increase in the number of microcephaly cases has put the world on notice. The Zika virus is a major health threat to pregnant women. Babies are being born with small heads and with serious brain damage. Researchers now know that Zika is connected to an increase in the number of Guillain-Barré syndrome cases as well. A study done by French scientists confirms an increase in Guillain-Barré syndrome cases after a Zika virus outbreak occurred in French Polynesia two years ago. Guillain-Barré syndrome is a condition that creates paralysis and other neurological issues.
Dr. Cortes is getting more question about the neurological problems associated with the virus on his Facebook page. The research on what Zika can do once it enters the human body is in its infancy. More work has to be done before a vaccine can be developed, but there is reason to believe a vaccine will be available at the end of 2016.

Helane Morrison is Making A Difference

A few years ago if I told you that a compliance officer was a very important position in the company, you probably would not know what I was even talking about. A compliance officer handles the regulations and SEC requirements for a firm or company. Typically they are lawyers but not all the time. This position is becoming more and more needed in companies for many reasons. For one if the rules and regulations do not have a person to make sure they are governed right and taught to the employees then the company will be liable for all rules broken by employees, this costs the company money and business. The compliance officer must create regulations within the company to make sure everyone is informed of what is expected of them from the SEC. Helane Morrison is one of the first recognized compliance officers and has a great resume.

Helane Morrison is the chief compliance officer at Hall Capital Partners LLC which is an investment firm. She is in charge of the company’s well being via the SEC and that is a very important position that had not been trusted to women in the past and this is a great accomplishment. She was extremely qualified, prior to joining the company she was the head of the San Francisco office of the SEC. She represented the SEC in legal and public instances. 
Before she was the head of the SEC office in San Francisco, Helane Morrison practiced law from 1986 to 1996. Her great career started with a BS in journalism from Northwestern and a JD from the University of California Berkeley.
Read Morrison’s Bloomberg.com profile or connect with her on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/helane-morrison-739aa1110 to get more news on her career.

The Many Sides to Jon Urbana

Jon Urbana deserves the celebrity status he’s now getting. As a former professional lacrosse player, he appeared on the field in front of scores of fans. That alone made him a very well-known person. Interestingly, Jon Urbana has various other interests beyond lacrosse, and these interests did help boost his celebrity a bit. This is not to suggest he left the lacrosse world behind. Jon Urbana owns the very popular Next Level Lacrosse Camp in Colorado.

The Next Level Lacrosse Camp is a business, and it is not the only business endeavor in which Jon Urbana involves himself. As the Head of Business Development at Ellipse Technologies, his other business skills are tapped. Ellipse Technologies/Ellipse USA is surely benefiting from Urbana’s involvement.

Jon Urbana is not all about business or, for that matter, sports. He has a love for the fine things in life, and art is one of those fine things. Photo art, in particular, really does appeal to Urbana. He likes to take his own photos as a hobby. Fine foods of all different varieties are chosen as subject matter on his site. Exquisite breakfast, lunches, dinners, and desserts are always on display at his blog and on his MTV page. And the Aviation Business Gazette honored Urbana for his professionalism as a pilot.

Jon Urbana Photography from Jon Urbana on Vimeo.

Jon’s Tumblr profile profile is definitely worth looking at. Both Urbana’s Twitter and Instagram accounts are always happening. Guessing what type of content is going to end up shared on his social media accounts is part of the fun of being a follower. The updates range from informative to fun to artistic. Never are they ever boring.

Jon Urbana is a Villanova legend, but he also has a very generous and kind side to him as evidenced by the charity work he performs and his interaction with his Facebook fans. Urbana is always working on raising funds for good causes including the environment and homeless cats. His efforts are appreciated by many, and those efforts will continue.

In The Shoes of Michael Jackson: Sergio Cortes Talks About His Career

Almost everyone who cares about pop music must have Michael Jackson. The renowned artist died in 2009 at his Los Angeles mansion in what remains a mystery even today. Since the world woke to the sad news of the death of the king of pop, Sergio Cortes was drawing the attention of Michael’s fans to the next to carry his mantle.


In an exclusive interview with the noticars.com, Sergio discusses the long journey of his career. He discloses that his interests in Michael date back to his childhood. Whatever the time he started looking like Michael is not what is important. The most crucial question is how he achieved it.


Sergio notes that in his youthful age, he received an invitation to a photo session featuring as Michael Jackson. The inner doubts he had about how the world viewed his career. None the less, he noted that people appreciated his looks and he put more effort to perfect them. Sergio wears very similar clothes to the famous Michael Jackson. He has a very flashy lifestyle like that of Michael Jackson.


Sergio is a Spanish-born artist. He is miles away from the American artist and share very diverse cultures. The impression he got from Michael is the force behind all his achievements. To sum it all Sergio is the Michael of today. He has travelled across the globe of tribute to Jackson shows. In his, own words, Sergio describes Michael as a real inspiration for his career. He shares the grief with the fans by continues with the work of Michael.


The 43-year-old artist currently works with a talent developing company. Travel around the world in search of talent and recruit it to benefit young men. People close to Sergio describe him as very inspiring.


The social media has given Sergio an advantage in reaching his fans. He has an enormous following in Facebook page with over 16000 fans. He is also reachable in Twitter and other social media networks. Sergio also uses social media to communicate with his fans, announce his shows and other important events.


To make such a success in the expectation of fans for Sergio practices hard. He admits that hard work and passion are his greatest motivators. Having also suffered the grief of Michael’s death, Sergio helps the fans overcome that grieves by carrying on the memories of the late singer.

Rapper Nicki NMinaj Performs for Brutal Dictator

Rapper Nicki Minaj played a concert for African Countries Diamond Producers Association that Jose Eduardo dos Santo cofounded. In return for her music, she received $2 million dollars. The Human Rights Foundation, led by its president Thor Halvorssen, asked Nicki Minaj to cancel the concert that occurred during the week of December 14, 2015, because of Jose Eduardo dos Santo’s treatment of the citizens of Angora where he has been president since 1979. In performing the concert, Nicki joins a long list of performers including Mariah Carey, Usher and Beyoncé, who have played for Moammar Khadafy, Jennifer Lopez who played for Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedo, Sting who played for Islam Karimov and Kanye West who played for Nursultan Nazarbayev, according to the New York Post.
Thor Halvorssen says, in general, the Human Rights Foundation does not have problems with entertainers earning large sums of money for their work, but cannot support those efforts when the leaders are not taking care of the people under them. One of the first moves by Thor Halvorssen in fighting for human rights around the globe occurred in 1989 when he helped organize protests against South Africa apartheid in London. Before founding the Human Rights Foundation. Thor founded and led Foundation for Individual Rights in Education for five years.
His interest in human rights started at an early age. His father, a diplomat, was falsely imprisoned by the Venezuela government. His mother, a child psychologist, was gun down on live television while attending a peaceful protest against the Venezuela government. His first cousin, Leopoldo Lopez, was held as a political prisoner by the Venezuela government.