Kevin Seawright Has New Goals To Improve CEDC

Last week, sat down to interview newly-appointed CEO of Newark’s Community Economic Development Corporation (CEDC). Seawright was installed in the position about six months ago. The new and improved organization was reopened after a five-year hiatus to reorganize and regroup.

According to Seawright, the former Brick City Development Corporation was not fulfilling its original purpose to the community. “This organization was established to help build minority-owned businesses,” said Seawright when speaking to LocalTalkNews. “We now have a new set of goals and new direction.”

The CEDC helps inner-city would be business owners get their business off the ground with loans, training courses and seminars. Seawright assures the clients that the money isn’t a freebie. “We will help you with your business plan, and anything else the client needs. But they have to work for it.” Bringing prosperity back to the community is the organization’s number one priority, according to Seawright. He feels that the newly-revamped organization is fulfilling that goal.

Seawright has over 15 years of experience working with the federal and state government. Before his tenure at the CEDC, he worked for the city of Baltimore. While working for the Office of Retirement and Aging, he implemented an accounting program that helped them save over $100,000.

He also worked with Baltimore’s park service, Housing and Human Development and other local organizations.

Seawright says it has always been his goal to help people who may not have the resources to do it by themselves. “Everyone needs a little help from time to time” said Seawright.

Seawright is a member of the Black Public Accountants and the Society of Black Administrators.

Press-Play Interviews Andy Wirth About Drought and Ski Season Predictions

Californians and Nevada residents are concerned about the drought and how it will affect their water supply in the future. People like CEO Andy Wirth are watching the news for the possible absence of snow this season. Recently, during an interview with Madeline Brand on Press Play, Mr. Wirth told the ways that the ski resorts are dealing with the possibility of less snow. Read more: How Will the Drought Affect California Ski Resorts?

Mr. Wirth told Madeleine in the interview that he is watching the weather and checking on the Stafford report to see about the possibility of the decrease in the “resilient ridge”. This ridge prevents low pressures from developing and from entering the mountain areas. When there is a decrease in moisture, there is usually a decrease in the snow that winter.

According to Andy Wirth, there is no reason to be fearful.

KCRW reporter and interviewer, Madeleine Brand was quick to point out about this being one of the driest years with less snow predicted. In asking what everyone can do to prepare, Ms. Brand was clear to remind Andy of tourism and the weather forcasts. Andy Wirth is a positive individual with many years experience with weather and tourism. He understands how reducing our carbon footprint on the environment may help future years.

It has been tough in the Western mountains but there is hope that holdings like Squaw Valley Ski will not be affected as bad as people feared. CEO Andy Wirth is a go getter and is not scared to work hard to see that his company is successful during the season.

Winter is not the only season that the mountains of California see some action. Events are always going on and most are sold out or highly booked. People love driving along the beautiful parkways in the California mountains. The other events going on in the mountains help keep the books from sinking into a dark hole. Andy was born in Germany. He attended college in Colorado and Scotland.

Andy worked some time with the Rocky National Parks as a backcountry ranger. His experience with the backcountry is helping him to adjust during drought season and find other ways to keep the company afloat.

Married and living in Truckee, Andy Wirth and his family are very happy to be in the California area. He is very open to trying things and is always trying to make things better for individuals such as the wounded warriors. He loves sports and was recently injured in a skydiving accident in the valley. Some people worry a lot about the recent droughts and the fact that California is cutting water usage by 27% this summer.

Some of the other businesses are talking about ways they can help their businesses during the snowy season. There is much hope that the season will be great and no one will be going without miles and miles of white powder. Listen to the interview on KCRW. You too can find some hope in the future of California and Olympic Valley.

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What is The “Wirth” of Ski Resorts Lacking Adequate Snow?

With the weather getting noticeably warmer during all seasons, many winter sport/recreation areas must question their ability to adapt to these changes. This morning, I happened to hear an interview done on California radio station KCRW, with Madeleine Brand, which outlines this exact issue. Read more: How Will the Drought Affect California Ski Resorts?

The topic of the interview was “How Will The Drought Affect California Ski Resorts?” Present to speak on this topic was Andy Wirth, CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings in Olympic Valley, CA, near Lake Tahoe. Wirth has served as CEO of the Squaw Valley Ski Corporation since August 2nd, 2010, and brings a whopping 24 years of sales and marketing experience to the table.

In addition to his current position, Mr. Wirth has worked a variety of other positions including Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Intrawest ULC, and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation. Mr. Wirth attended Edinburgh University in Scotland, and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University.

Mr. Andy Wirth had his knowledge and resourcefulness challenged by Ms. Brand during her radio interview on KCRW. She introduced the interview with a frightening scenario. Although Californians managed to cut back their water usage 27% in the last month, there is still scare and concern about an upcoming drought.

This fact transitioned in to a pool of interrogative questions aimed at Wirth, such as “What would you say to people who wanted to go to Squaw Valley in February, and there isn’t a lot of snow there?” Wirth brought to light that ski resorts experienced one of the driest winters in recorded history, and because of that, have to adapt and be resourceful. Wirth, who minored in meteorological sciences, blamed a phenomenon known as a “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge”.

Wirth also stated that because of this, business plummeted 20%. As grim as these facts may sound, and as probing and doubtful as Brands questions seemed, Wirth seemed to be hopeful, and claimed that his resort would still be able to turn a profit, even with the noticeable decrease in business.

Wirth also stated his confidence in his resorts technological abilities, which include the science of making snow. He also wants to diversify summer events, and said that “We take managing this natural resource area very seriously”.

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Brad Reifler: Bringing Rare Investment Opportunities To The Ordinary Citizen

Forefront Capital and its founder, Brad Reifler, have been gaining national prominence and attention after the founding of a new initiative designed to help non-accredited investors enjoy the same return on investment that is usually reserved for the 1%.

Non-accredited investors are classified by the SEC as people who have a net worth less than $1 million and an income that is less than $200,000 if single or $300,000 joint income if they have a spouse. This profile describes around 99% of people in the United States, and has been extensively highlighted these past years through economic reports detailing how the majority of Americans have not been able to enjoy the same increases in net worth as the other 1%.

Reifler and his firm want to change that reality by starting a trust that caters to ordinary individuals and gives them a revolutionary new investment opportunity while minimizing investment-risks. The fund itself requires a minimum $2,500 contribution but charges no fee until customers have experienced at least an 8% return on their initial investment.

The SEC’s definition of an accredited investor has come under scrutiny due to the fact that it was a definition established 30 years ago, when people had less overall investment knowledge and the stock market was not as regulated as it is today.

The Trust is relatively new and is not risk-free, but it includes a team of highly respected investment professionals and has several safeguards in place in order to mitigate risks to investors. It is the goal of Reifler and his firm to become a “firm for the people”.  Read more about Brad on his SlideShare.

Favorite Food Flavor

Variety matters, whether it’s in people, clothing styles or foods, pet and human. Variety is the spice of life, so why not try a variety of dog foods on your pet to see what their favorite is? I’m sure you have a favorite food and can name it in a heartbeat, but what about man’s best friend? Don’t they deserve to be able to find their favorite food using their super smell-er nose and refined taste buds?
Whether it’s adult dog food, puppy food, healthy weight or even salmon flavor, the best option for your pet is out there and it’s easy to find at your local pet stores if you just shop for Purinastore’s Beneful.

Do you see a pattern forming here? Beneful uses healthy, fresh, locally harvested ingredients in their dog foods and treats. They only want the best options to satisfy their very picky customers. All real meat is used as well as carefully ground vegetables and seasonings to add a spark of flavor to your pet’s meal.

Items are also available at PetCo, Walmart and Target in participating stores. Always available at for online purchase. Visit their YouTube channel for more pet raising tips.

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George Soros Buys Gold

Gold is one of the best investments that anyone can make in their portfolio. There are a variety of financial benefits to purchasing gold, and many investors purchase the precious metal in bad economic times. However, the best time to purchase gold is when everyone is happy with the current economic situation. For example, a year before the last economic crash, gold was trading below $500 an ounce. During the recession, gold would eventually rise to over four times that level. Buying gold can be done through an index fund or through physical gold bars. There are advantages to owning both kinds of investments. George Soros recently surprised investors by saying that he is investing in more gold. This means that he is worried about the current economic situation around the world.

George Soros

Even though he is wealthy today, George Soros did not come form a wealthy family. He would move to England when he was young, and he was able to get into a great university. Even though he did not study finance, he quickly fell in love with trading and the markets. He quickly advanced within his career, and he was able to build up a huge investment portfolio that he manages to this day. He is very active in politics around the world. He is never afraid to speak his mind, and he generally has liberal thinking on political subjects. Before the last recession, George Soros was saying that he believed the market was about to crash. With this latest signal of buying gold, investors are watching the markets carefully. Know more about George Soros on CNBC.

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Buying Gold Advantages

Anyone who wants to buy gold needs to understand why it makes since to do so from an investment perspective. Buying gold is relatively easy to do, and can be completed entirely online. In years past, a person would have to look for gold bars to purchase in order to invest in gold. Over the long term, gold has been an investment that yields returns below the market. However, it is a great hedge against bad economic times or rising inflation. Gold generally moves inverse to the overall market. This means that investors can take advantage of gold by purchasing the precious metal when economic times are good and selling when things get bad.

Future Economic Moves

Over the next few months, it will be interesting to see what happens in the overall economy. There are a lot of people who are worried about the economy, and this is outside what happens in the election.

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Avi Weisfogel – Operation Smile

A GoFundMe campaign was recently launched by Avi Weisfogel, a practicing dentist in the New Jersey area, who is passionate about helping others and creating hope for their future. The campaign was launched in efforts to help raise money for Operation Smile, which is a global campaign that is aimed towards helping children with their dental needs. They perform surgeries on cleft palates and cleft lips as well as other dental surgeries. Operation Smile has been making dreams come true for many children for many years. Since then, they have been responsible for providing and executing over 220,000 surgeries throughout the world. With the help of generous individuals and volunteers, they’ve cleared over 80 nations and are still continuing to provide excellent services. Dr. Avi Weisfogel is passionate about helping Operation Smile because of what they stand for. They treat the patient’s as if they are their own children and strive to make a better future for their tomorrow by providing services to them. Dr. Weisfogel thinks that every child should have the best medical care possible and remain hopeful.

Weisfogel has donated $2000.00 to get the campaign rolling, and hopes that the charitable organization will continue to thrive and develop to support children globally. The foundation works with local hospitals and medical offices to guarantee the best care. They also work with government agencies throughout the world to assist in the procedures.

Dr. Avi Weisfogel owns his own dentistry practice called Old Bridge Dental Care, where he provided excellent dental care to direct patient care. The Consumer Research Council named him the top dentist in the area in 2007 through 2013. In 2014, he started Dental Sleep Masters, which is a program that helps educate dentists’ offices in the correction of sleep apnea. He has devised an oral appliance that is used to help correct the disorder, and allow patients to get better sleep, which in return helps them feel more rested and overall better. The Dental Sleep Master’s program teaches them what to look for in each patient so that it can be recognized and caught early. He is an avid supporter of helping patients lead better and more healthier lives with continued hope for the future.

Diversant And The Growth Of IT

John Goullet is the principal executive at Diversant. John Goullet is an individual who is a true entrepreneur, and Mr. Goullet began his career as an IT consultant. He was working on his own for a period of time, and he went on to do IT staffing. John Goullet had much understanding when it came to the market trends in the IT sector, and because of that he was able to start a staffing company that focused on IT. That company was called Info Technologies. It was a company that provided IT solutions for Fortune 500 companies all around the world. Within less than 5 Years, Info Technologies was able to make upwards of $30,000. Later in 2010, John Goullett merged with Gene Waddy, and they were able to form Diversant .

The main industries that Diversant works with are the following: banking, manufacturing, financial services, pharmaceutical and biotechnology, retail, telecommunications, government, healthcare, information technology and insurance. Diversant is able to help different companies to fill temporary IT position or permanent IT positions. Diversant is also able to help companies to find the most qualified individuals for their needs.

Diversant is a company that guarantees their candidates. They want to make sure that their clients are getting the right consultant, so they allow their clients to evaluate the candidate for an entire week. If they are not happy with the performance of their candidate, then they will not be charged. Diversant had over 1000 contracted and permanent IT jobs that a business could choose from. They are able to find the perfect fit for any fortune 500 business. For those individuals that are working at Diversant, there are many benefits that can be had. Diversant believes that employee satisfaction is of utmost importance, and they believe in investing in their employees success and also in the growth of their employees.

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James Dondero And Highland Capital To Purchase Argentina’s Bond

Highland Capital Management LP will be one of the buyers when Argentina re-enters the international bond market. The firm manages $19 billion in funds. According to James Dondero, the asset management company will take substantial amounts of the securities. Highland Capital Management had been the largest shareholder of the nation’s $4 billion of notes payable in 2033. That was before blending its holdings.

The company’s plan to invest is good news for Argentina as it tries to trade a record amount of debt to pay holdout creditors including Paul Singer. Additionally, it also shows that the distraught debt investors are likely to remain buyers of its debt. Dondero noted that they plan to hold what they have in the initial bonds as they look to purchase part of the new issuance. He added that they were optimistic concerning the price the debt it where it will trade.

Argentina will issue $11.8 billion worth of bonds. It will yield between 7.5 to 8 percent, according to Ministry officials. The officials noted this while submitting a debt bill meant to initiate a deal with a large number of holdouts. According to Luis Capita, Argentina’s Finance Secretary, the country will trade bonds that will mature in 5, 10, and 30 years. The debt will be issued under New York law.

Highland Capital will win big when Thomas Griesa, U.S. District Judge lifts the ban that is stopping Argentina from paying its debt. In June 2014, Highland procured the 2033 bonds. At the time, they were selling in the mid-70s. Dondero noted that Highland has received annualized returns on the bonds of 20 percent. Additionally, he said that he was tracking investment opportunities in Argentina aside from the sovereign debt. That includes the possibility of starting an Argentina fund. This information was first published on

James Dondero is the president of Highland Capital Management. He has a wealth of experience in regard to the credit and equity markets focusing on high- yield along with distressed investing. He has worked in the industry for more than 30 years. Since forming Highland Capital in 1993, James Dondero has been a pioneer in creating credit oriented solution for investors. Additionally, the development of collateralized loan obligation has largely been impacted by James Dondero.

Originally, Dondero worked as a chief investment officer for GIC, as a portfolio manager for American Express, and as a career analyst for the Morgan Guaranty training program. Dondero holds the highest honors in accounting and finance from the University of Virginia. He holds three certifications that include a CPA, CFA, and CMA.
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