The Andean State Business Awards 2018 Press Release

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Latin America News Magazine Announces Winners of the Andean State Business Awards 2018.

United Kingdom, 2018– Latin America News magazine announces the winners of the Andean State Business Awards 2018.

The Andean State comprises of some of the most innovative, rising countries whose economies are flourishing thanks to increased international interest in this vital region and the wealth of opportunities it possesses.

Covering, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador, the Andean State Business Awards 2018 highlight the dedication of the very best firms from across this dynamic and exciting region.

Commenting on the programme, Jessie Wilson, Awards Coordinator expressed pride in the deserving winners: Each and every one of my winners has done an exceptional job of supporting their clients and providing a truly brilliant service, therefore it is my pleasure to congratulate them and wish the very best of luck for the future.”

To find out more about these prestigious awards, and the dedicated professionals selected for them, please visit http://www.latinamerica-news.com/ where you can view our winners supplement and full winners list.

ENDS

Notes to editors.

About Latin America News

Latin America is fast becoming a corporate hub as businesses take advantage of the region’s various benefits including quality workforces, emerging economies and good climates. As such, staying ahead of emerging developments in the region is vital to success for any company seeking to offer its clients a truly global service, or anyone operating in or moving into Latin America.

Free to subscribe to, the publication offers a dedicated newsletter, a constantly evolving and informative website and an innovative set of awards designed to showcase the hard work and commitment of businesses from every market across this dynamic and exciting region.

Keeping pace with the ever changing corporate landscape across Latin America, Latin America News’ experienced and dedicated editorial team work diligently to provide the latest news and updates, drawing on their network of contacts who span every major industry and sector, providing comment and insight which is truly invaluable.

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Trump, Tariffs and Trouble Ahead? The Risks for Trade and the Global Economy

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Trump, tariffs and trouble ahead? The risks for trade and the global economy.

John Redwood – Chief Global Strategist, Charles Stanley

      In 2016 the US ran a deficit of $505bn on trade in goods and services, according to the World Bank. Germany ran a mighty surplus of $277bn on her trade, whilst China sold $250bn more goods and services than she bought from the rest of the world.

      Some economists see this as good news for the USA, for it means that the rest of the world is willing to lend substantial sums to the US to invest or to spend. When a country runs a large deficit on its trade account it is usually matched by capital inflows with overseas individuals and companies either lending money or investing in assets in the country running the deficit. A country running a deficit can enjoy consuming more than it can afford, with the payments made from the capital account using overseas money.

      Mr Trump does not see it in such a favourable light. He takes the view that the main surplus countries must have cheated on their trade in order to sell so much more than they buy from the USA. He sees running a trade deficit as a weakness. After all, he argues, the result is foreigners buying up US assets, or US companies and individuals getting deeper into debt to foreigners. Either way it makes the US more dependent on the goodwill of people from abroad. Trying to “make America great again” means rebuilding US industrial strength and relying less on imported goods and services. It means cutting the build-up of foreign ownership of assets and debt claims on the USA.  As foreign interests often find US technology and resources attractive, the balance of trade deficit leads directly to more foreign control of what Mr Trump sees as these strategic assets of the USA.

     The economists who are relaxed about large trade deficits have been right to be relaxed about the USA, as foreign interests have been happy to invest or lend on generous terms. They also do have to acknowledge that for some countries these deficits can get out of control and lead directly to recession, devaluation and falling living standards. Some Latin American countries that have run large trade and payments deficits have had to raise interest rates and cut imports. They have to cut people’s real incomes when foreign money dries up by forcing up the costs of borrowing and cutting real wages, to reduce the demand for imports. If overseas investors lose confidence in a country running a large trade deficit, then it becomes impossible to finance the deficit at sensible rates of interest. If a country allows too large a build-up of foreign debt to pay the bills it can become too expensive to service. This usually leads to a devaluation of the domestic currency, with any overseas lender losing out if they have a claim in local currency. If too many have a claim in a hard currency then the austerity policies of the borrower have to be more severe as more money is diverted to meeting the demands of foreign creditors as the domestic currency falls in value.

      Mr Trump believes that if you are running a large deficit it should be easy to “win” a trade war. By that he means Germany and China as large exporters to the USA have more to lose from tariffs and other barriers than the USA has going the other way. He seems to hope that imposing a few selected tariffs on critical industries like steel and aluminium will force a response from the other side that is more accommodating of US access to their markets. He is also threatening a possible 10% levy on EU/German cars as this is their prime export to the USA. The problem with this argument is the EU and China may decide to engage in a trade war, and instead of offering concessions place extra tariffs and barriers in the way of US trade. In such circumstances both sides can end up poorer, and both may escalate the war for fear of loss of face globally.

      The EU is busily considering what to do about the successful US technology companies that have come to dominate some markets on the European side of the Atlantic. They favour imposing a new revenue tax on these companies as they do not think they pay enough corporation tax in Europe. They may also now look at further regulation of these companies in the wake of issues about use of data held by social media groups. Reputation is important to social media companies. The US ones have just got some new EU enemies seeking to damage their image with users. This too represents an escalation of trade war rhetoric. Mr Trump will be particularly angry about this development, as some of the allegations relate to his use of social media during a bitterly contested Presidential election.

      Meanwhile the President is pondering what if any action to take following receipt of a file of allegations about China’s acquisition and use of US intellectual property. He is probing the prices charged by some Chinese enterprises where he suspects illegal subsidy or dumping.  He is also concerned about Germany’s use of what he sees as an undervalued currency and the imposition of a 10% car tariff on imports into the EU. This set of rows is going to get worse before it gets better and is bearish for markets.


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QuickStart Technologies: Innovators in IT

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QuickStart Technologies: Innovators in IT

QuickStart Technologies is an innovative IT training company based out of Austin. We caught up with Ed Sattar to find out more about the firm and explore the secrets behind its success.

Supporting a wide range of clients, QuickStart offers a complete solution for businesses and teams that have a need to deliver up-to-date learning content through self-paced, virtual instructor-led, and cognitive learning methods. Ed outlines the firm’s service offering in more detail and explores how the firm creates a truly unique, innovative range of solutions.

“Here at QuickStart, we cater to public and private organizations as well as individuals looking for technical training in different domains of the IT industry such as Data Science, App Development, Dev Ops, ITSM, Cloud Computing, and Information Security.

“To ensure that we provide our clients with innovative solutions, we have formed partnerships with all major players in the IT training domain. We are a Microsoft Gold Partner and have accreditations from ITIL, Comptia, Ec-Council and a number of other companies. We invest a lot in recruiting and training our instructions and making sure they are the best the industry has to offer.”

Alongside the firm’s work in training space, Quickstart has also worked to change in industry in general and how it delivers
its services, as Ed is keen to highlight.

“Over the years, we have also completely transformed the way IT training is delivered and received online. We use an LMS powered by artificial intelligence to collect and qualify all relevant and useful material related to their course. This means they get the latest useful material from the public domain along with official courseware. Add to that our virtual hands-on labs, community portal, and mentoring, and you have a product that comes with value added services from the very beginning for no additional cost.”

Operating in the IT training market, the firm has to remain at the forefront of the latest technological developments, as this can be crucial to success for any business, as Ed is eager to emphasise.

“Being an IT training organization, we make it a point to keep up with new technologies. As soon as training for a new technology is available in the market, we make it a point to enroll our instructors in said training. We believe that IT professionals should be lifelong learners and we adhere to that philosophy religiously.

“Additionally, we understand that not staying up to date with the latest technology trends can be disastrous for any kind of business. New technologies are being introduced in the market every day, and if you turn a blind eye towards the technological revolution that’s happening all around us, you suffer on two fronts. Firstly, you miss out on new opportunities presented by new technologies and your competitors gain an advantage. Take Uber as an example. If taxi companies had come up with their own app like Uber at the time Uber was gaining traction, they would have been able to retain a reasonable market share. Even though one shouldn’t always jump on the bandwagon when it comes to new technology, it does result in increased productivity, and exciting new opportunities in most cases. In short, if you do not keep up with new technologies, you miss out.

“Secondly, you find yourself unable to protect yourself from cyber-attacks. In 2017, there were so many cyber-attacks on big and small companies alike. There were attacks on public and private sectors alike, and companies like Equifax and Uber were affected along with several public companies across Europe. Recently, reports have come out that these data breaches and
attacks could have been avoided altogether if these companies were following basic cyber security best practices. Instead, they ended up paying millions of dollars in ransom money to hackers who were holding their data hostage. In short, if you do not keep up with new technologies, you are vulnerable.”

Ultimately, as an innovative thought leader within the IT training space, moving forward, Quickstart will be focusing on growing and expanding to support a wider range of clients, as Ed concludes.

“Looking ahead, I am keen to see our organization grow on all fronts during the next five years. To help achieve this, at Quickstart we are currently building our capabilities, with a view to being able to cater to a number of large organizations in the public and private sectors. This will provide us with many great opportunities for further growth and success.”

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Vibrating RO Membrane System Solves Leachate Problem for Colombian Landfill

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Vibrating RO Membrane System Solves Leachate Problem for Colombian Landfill

In the lush Southwestern highlands of Colombia, sits the picturesque Cauca Valley. The verdant landscape is owed to its ample rainfall, which at nearly forty inches per year rivals that of Seattle. Whilst in the town of Yotoco, lies the Colomba El Guabal Landfill, which receives most of its 2,000 tons of solid waste per day from Cali, a city of 2.4 million people about thirty-five miles to the south.

Managing a landfill in a bucolic setting with high rainfall is extremely challenging. Even with proper daily cover applied, the rain permeates active cells and percolates through the matrix, becoming concentrated with undesirable organic and inorganic components. This “garbage tea” is called landfill leachate, and it must be removed from the landfill at a rate greater than the rainfall to prevent the waste from floating up and washing away.

The trouble is, landfill leachate is exceedingly difficult to treat with standard methods, and in the Cauca Valley, the only discharge option is the already-threatened Cauca River. In order to discharge to the river, local environmental authority CVC requires the treated leachate to be near drinking water quality.

Landfill operator Interaseo del Valle collects all of the landfill’s leachate in a pond system with capacity in the millions of gallons. The company first attempted to treat the leachate with a multi-stage treatment process that included physical/chemical separation, anaerobic digestion, aerobic digestion, clarification, oxidation, and mixed media filtration. While the resulting water was far cleaner than the leachate, it did not satisfy the discharge requirements of the CVC.

Seeking better treatment outcomes, Interaseo contacted the Bogota-based EPC Hidrosuelos, who had solved similar challenges at other landfills in the area. Based on those successes, Hidrosuelos recommended a vibrating reverse osmosis membrane system called VSEP.

Designed and built in California by New Logic Research since 1987, VSEP has been deployed at several landfills in Latin America, where it is praised for its effectiveness and ease of operation. Rather than a multi-step process with elaborate pre-treatment, the automated VSEP system is simply fed black coloured landfill leachate directly from the ponds, and produces a clear permeate in a single step. Given the strength of the leachate, the VSEP permeate is passed through a second stage of spiral-wound reverse osmosis membranes to remove residual trace contaminants. This near-drinking-quality water has just 0.6% of the conductivity of the starting liquid, and meets all of the local regulations for discharge. The concentrated leachate goes back to the pond system where is continually diluted with pure rainwater.

“The Yotoco project perfectly represents what we do,” said New Logic Research CEO Greg Johnson. “When you have a highly concentrated waste stream and you need to turn it into clean water, that’s where VSEP really shines. I travelled to Yotoco and witnessed the area’s beauty with my own eyes, so I’m especially proud that we were able to achieve their sustainability goals with VSEP.”

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Not the Biggest. Just the Best.

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Not the Biggest. Just the Best.

Nations Roof was started with the intent to service national accounts throughout the US and the Islands. We spoke to CEO, Rich Nugent as we look to find out more about the success of the firm.

Nations Roof has performed successful projects in every state, including Alaska and HI. The company provides commercial roofing services to its customers including service calls, preventive maintenance and roof replacement.

Describing his responsibilities as CEO, Rich outlines his leadership style, commenting on how important it is to open up new opportunities and avenues for people to succeed.

“As CEO, my style and responsibilities are the same. I create an environment for people to succeed in ways they did not think possible. We have a culture of accountability and reward. People in Nations Roof are well compensated but very accountable. Most managers are incentivized based on either their business unit performance or the overall consolidated performance. This creates a very attractive workplace that is attracting many of the best in the industry to us.”

An integral part of Nations Roof’s success, is the fact that it is a sales driven organization and this is the number one key to our success. The company also benefits from the culture within the company, with Rich explaining how this ensures that this is all understood by staff.

“The fact that we are a sales driven organization is the number one key to our success. In addition, our model of highly compensating our people in accordance with contribution has proven itself.

“Culture is a very important part of any organization. We enjoy ourselves and work hard to make everyone a success with safety being the number one goal of everyone. Once a year, we have an annual meeting at resorts like Cabo and others with all our managers, sales professionals and operations persons. Spouses are invited and we have great meetings every day teaching management techniques as well as self-improvement techniques.”

Outlining what challenges he and Nations Roof have had to overcome throughout his career, Rich details how he has dealt with a range of issues, mainly referring to the financial aspects of running a business.

“Throughout my career, I have dealt with the good the bad and the ugly. I have seen banks and investors ruin companies, so my number one goal while building Nations Roof from 0 to $200 million in 13 years was of course financing it. We have pretty much financed the company on our own earnings and an ABL line. This has allowed us to avoid outside influence that may not align with our goals. At the expense of the bottom line, we have invested heavily in safety, sales and people. I do not think that could happen when the only goal is EBITDA.”

Operating within an increasingly technology dominated world, Rich describes how important it is that the firm is able to keep up to date with the latest technology trends throughout the industry.

“In my role, I need to keep up with business and business-related technology. It is critical that we are up to date in order to keep pace or be ahead of the rest of the industry, but also for our customers. The technical side of the commercial roofing industry is something that all of our people keep up with, in order to be sure that we are providing the best solution in accordance with codes etc. to our customers.”

Adapting to these technological developments is something that Nations Roof as a company is looking forward to. However, there are many other developments which the industry will see, including rising customer expectations in all areas of the market, as Rich alludes to.

“Fundamentally, I think the main change I see is consolidation at all levels of the industry from manufacturers, distributors and contractors. This is changing the landscape significantly and is something that we need to watch closely. In addition, our customers are becoming more and more demanding in every area including safety, financial stability and many other areas.”

Lastly, in his concluding comments, Rich signs off by summarizing the future aspirations of the company, mentioning where he sees Nations Roof being in five years’ time.

“Ultimately, our current rate of growth is almost concerning to be able to keep up with. We have grown to 200 million in revenue in 13 years and I do not think it will go slower now. I think in the next five years we will grow at least another 100 million dollars. We are not trying to be the biggest. We work every day to be safe, profitable best in class as well as the destination company for professional people in our industry. Also, we have many initiatives that are all around our ability to service customers faster and more professionally.”

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Giving the Greenlight to Success!

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Giving the Greenlight to Success!

Greenlight Technologies is the pioneering leader in risk analytics, financial performance and regulatory compliance solutions. We spoke to Anand Adya to find out more about the firm and how he came to be recognized as CEO of the Year – New Jersey by U.S. Business News.

Established in 2004 by Anand, Greenlight Technologies provides an enterprise-wide approach to improving financial performance, managing regulatory change, and quantifying the impact of financial and operational risk. Strategic decision-making in fastchanging environments requires a different approach. Through the unique ability to integrate and correlate information across multiple technology domains and provide decision-makers with real-time recommendations, Greenlight Technologies supports key CFO, CISO, and Finance Transformation initiatives. Global 1000 companies rely on Greenlight Technologies to efficiently enable sustainable financial performance improvements and compliance across enterprise applications and business processes. Anand outlines the firm’s solutions in more detail in his opening comments.

“Greenlight Technologies is the pioneering leader in integrated risk, financial performance and regulatory compliance analytics solutions. We pride ourselves in serving many enterprise customers in enabling C-Level decision-making and financial improvement of end-to-end business processes, including Procure-to-Pay, Order-to-Cash, Supply-and-Demand Balancing and many more. With the Balance Sheet of the FutureTM, we are helping companies return cash to their balance sheet, monitor progress of their finance transformation initiatives, and make decisions based on scenarios and recommended actions with measurable impact.

“Our solution offerings also include Access Violation Management (AVM). While a certain level of access risk is unavoidable, to eliminate it all would limit business productivity. Next generation ERPs will not change this, and controls will still be required to mitigate these risks. However, for many companies, these controls are manually driven, time consuming and costly to enforce. And locating actual exceptions can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. With AVM, enterprises are able to identify every instance where actual violations have materialized, regardless of current or past user access.

“They can accomplish this by automating the identification and review of materialized access violations across all users and business processes, regardless of underlying technology. The benefits include minimized manual activities on control auditing and monitoring, visibility of financial exposure from unresolved access risk, better decision-making on access rights, and improved risk information when making process change.

“Jabil Circuits reduced access violation data review by 95%, cut Segregation of Duties (SoD) risk by 50%, and moved to continuous controls monitoring while acquiring two companies. They were able to maintain compliance while integrating these new acquisitions. They introduced 100% transactional monitoring for configured controls, and identified users with access authorization bearing high risk.

“Additionally, we offer Regulation Management to allow enterprises to confidently assess and respond to regulatory changes, accelerate compliance with new mandates, and expand controls automation across the enterprise. The application enables them to establish accountability and share best practices across key stakeholders, standardize disparate regulatory requirements, and demonstrate end-to-end compliance. They can centrally manage and report on regulatory requirements and prioritize the impact of changes to the business. The application acts as a single authoritative source for alerts and requirements intake, eliminating silos and enabling standardization across regulatory mandates. It provides enhanced visibility, as well as enabling an organization to take a holistic approach to managing and reporting on regulatory and compliance requirements from start to finish.”

Drawing on his vast industry experience, Anand has led the company from its inception into the market leading provider of financial performance, risk analytics, and regulatory compliance solutions. Anand has more than 15 years of experience leading technology teams, as well as having worked in the management consulting field and for the information technology advisory practice at PwC.

As a serial entrepreneur, Anand has been a founding member of two successful technology start-up organizations prior to Greenlight Technologies. As CEO of Greenlight Technologies, Anand is responsible for driving the organization’s strategic agenda, technology vision and business operations. He is considered to be an industry thought-leader on the topic of financial performance, governance, risk and compliance management and is a frequent speaker at major conferences on this domain. Anand received his MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and his undergraduate degree from Indian Institute of Management. He explores how he came to create Greenlight Technologies.

“During my second year at Wharton, I did a thesis on the “Impact of SOX on long term shareholder value”. This was very contemporary during those days. During my research with various companies and stakeholders in the compliance process, I saw an enormous opportunity to introduce automation in the area of risk and compliance management. The majority of compliance and controls activities were largely manual and based on limited sample testing. I set out with a vision to create a technology platform that will allow companies to detect and prevent compliance violations by monitoring 100% of business transactions across all business applications in real time.”

“While working with several leading companies, it became clear to me that they had a significant lack of visibility into their ability to manage compliance. We realized that what these organizations needed was a way to automate the linkage between regulatory compliance requirements, policies and standards with underlying controls, uncovering areas of non-compliance. Then we knew that we could build the solution to automate compliance across the business applications and IT systems. We continue to find new ways to help these enterprises achieve compliance, recently launching our Cyber Governance solution, providing an analytics-based platform for IT executives to monitor their cyber governance program and communicate progress and vision to the board. The solution automates the linkage between cyber policies and standards with underlying controls, highlighting areas of exposure. While we have evolved as a company over time to provide increased layers of business value, such as financial performance improvement, it is this platform that provides a foundation for scalable, sustainable solutions for SOX, Finance, as well as regulatory compliance mandates across industries. Today we are a pioneering leader in risk, financial performance and regulatory compliance solutions.”

Since the inception of Greenlight Technologies, the start-up experience has become more challenging but also much more rewarding. It is Anand’s vision that is leading the way, and while he relies on his team to help execute it, he is the one driving it. There is a tremendous amount of satisfaction in seeing his own solutions implemented at leading companies, because it validates what he has accomplished. He is eager to discuss his passion for entrepreneurism and how he works to drive his company to excellence.

“Personally, I was driven towards the entrepreneurial mindset due to the ability to define one’s own career and destiny, and having full freedom to create something that helps solve a particular problem. There is nothing more exciting and challenging than coming up with a vision for a company and then actually building it from the ground up. It is very satisfying to find the right people to drive your vision and work hard to grow the organization. I continue to work with top employees in their fields and it leads to even greater steps than I initially imagined. I stay here because I know we provide business-critical solutions that are changing the way enterprises manage compliance, security, risk and threats. We’re on the edge of achieving significant growth, and I’m looking forward to continuing to lead this group of people to accomplish it.

“If you’re considering becoming an entrepreneur, you have to focus on an area that you’re passionate about. This means you have to have a deep commitment to the products or services you plan on providing, because this is something that draws in the best employees and inspires them to help you move your vision forward.”

Overall, Greenlight Technologies offers a truly unique solution to its clients, and this will remain the firm’s ongoing focus, as Anand concludes.

“Ultimately, Greenlight’s solutions enable an organization to take a true enterprise approach to governing risks and improving financial performance. With more businesses investing in best-of-breed solutions and making the move to the cloud, Greenlight’s advanced integration platform ensures that they can scale as their business changes and grows. Greenlight’s ability to integrate with and correlate data across multiple business applications, coupled with powerful analytics aimed at business users, delivers enterprise visibility of cash flow, risk exposure and regulatory compliance from a single platform.”

Contact: Craig Abramson

Address: 270 S Main St #101, Flemington, New Jersey, 8822, USA

Phone: 001 908 782 5700

Website: www.greenlightcorp.com

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Linking Innovation and Success

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Linking Innovation and Success

Lynk Labs designs and manufactures patented AC-LED technology devices, drivers, and system solutions. Mike Miskin gives us an overview of the work that the firm does as well as outlining his future aspirations for Lynk Labs.

Lynk Labs Inc. is an industry leading OEM supplier and partner for a variety of Patented LED products with a specialization around low voltage and high voltage AC-LED technology. Lynk manufactures and supplies LED components including assemblies, COB’s, AC LED drivers and system solutions. AC LED technology delivers cost and profile advantages, along with better lighting infrastructure compatibility for LED lighting systems within the existing AC powered lighting grid.

Lynk also offers licensing opportunities for some of its patented technology into certain markets, applications and lighting systems which can include some of the highest volume selling LED products such as Direct Replacement Tubes, Downlights, Track Lighting Systems, Warm Dim lamps, MR lamps and more.

AC-LED based products are rapidly becoming a mainstream technology for all lighting OEMs in high volume new and direct replacement LED applications. Many various forms of Lynk Labs patented technologies are being used in LED lighting today. Some of the main advantages our AC LED technology delivers include reduced total cost of materials, assembly, freight, higher reliability, lower warranty replacement costs, faster design time and time to market.

Starting off, Mike describes his responsibilities as CEO, telling us about his leadership style and what he does to get the best out of his firm. Holding a passion for creativity and innovation, Mike likes to lead by example and hopes his employees follow suit.

“With regard to my role as CEO, the main areas of focus for my responsibilities surround being the visionary and lead innovator behind the patented technology and products that enable Lynk to differentiate itself and compete in our highly competitive industry, strategically developing and strengthening our broad intellectual property portfolio, and developing strategic partnerships that support the strategy of the company and its shareholders.

“My leadership style is built mostly around being an idealist which stems from my early passion for creativity and innovation. I do not accept or want the it cannot be done attitude around me, as I need to see proof or somehow be fully convinced that something cannot be done before I stop trying to pursue the goal or objective. Throughout the years, I have developed technologies that have gone outside of what classical physics teaches because of this. These are some of the main reasons a smaller company like Lynk is able to have leading position in our segment of the LED industry.”

Having touched on what culture he likes to employ within the company, Mike ensures that the can-do attitude is understood by all of his staff. He tells us how this has been formed by his previous experience, listing what challenges he has faced and overcome in order to get to his current role as CEO.

“Throughout the company, our culture is a team-based culture that cares about the team members, what we do as a company and how well treat our customers. My top challenges in building Lynk Labs for the past +20 years has been around pioneering disruptive technologies that went against the mainstream accepted grain.”

Furthermore, being selected in the US CEO of the Year highlights Mike’s success in his role. He outlines what he believes is the key to his success and what other attributes have helped shape his and the company’s achievements.

“Regarding the secrets of my success, I have a passion for innovation, product development and creativity. I believe I have a strong intuition for the direction of where things are headed in the industries I track which, allows me to innovate ahead of market trends and demand. Sometimes far too early as was the case for our AC-LED technology, but that is now paying off and become one of the fastest growing segments in the LED industry.

“My parents, who came over from Yugoslavia, gave me my work ethic and made me desperate to succeed. They taught me lessons and all my dedication and passion comes from them. They have built my key attributes which include: I learn very fast once I have the interest or need to do so, I am very competitive and I hate backing down on, or failing a challenge.”

Competing in the long-term is part of any success in most industries, and it is vital that Lynk keeps up to date with the latest technology trends. Mike explains how he and the firm stay ahead of any developments which may arise, which is interesting particularly as new technology is constantly being released on a daily basis.

“Importantly, staying ahead of any advances regarding technology is critical to enabling the company to compete long term. Personally, I track industry news and learn through a network of industry contacts. Yes, the rapid changing technology life cycle is getting hard to keep up with.”

Regarding the technology market, Mike states what developments he foresees and what techniques the business will employ in order to adapt around these. He talks about being a pioneer in the LED industry, and makes reference to the Lynk’s impressive portfolio.

“Moving forwards, there is a lot to look forward to and we anticipate a lot of changes ahead. I actually pioneered the AC-LED industry segment almost 20 years ago. Over the years, we have built up a broad and strategic patent portfolio. Our technology has been used for years but it only represented a very small percentage of the overall industry.

“Today, AC-LED technology is one of, if not the number one fastest growing technology
segment within the LED industry. Our technology and IP is just now starting to be used in many of the highest volume selling lighting products and this will continue to grow. As a result, we have formed a new IP holding company; Lynk IP Asset Management LLC, and hired former licensing experts from Philips to initiate an industry wide licensing program for Lynk Labs patent assets.”

In his concluding comments, Mike signs off on commenting what the future aspirations are for Lynk and where he sees the company in five years. Having been recognized as CEO, Mike is hopeful that eventually Lynk Labs will be recognized itself for the pioneering and exciting work it does within the technology market.

“Looking ahead, my goal for Lynk is to do the best I can for our shareholders, employees and technology segment within our industry. I am hopeful that Lynk Labs will one day be recognized for the innovative and pioneering contribution it has made to the LED industry globally with changing how LEDs are powered using AC voltages.”

Contact: Mike Miskin

Contact Email: [email protected]

Address: 2511 Technology Drive, Elgin, Illinois, 60124, USA

Phone: 001 847 783 0123

Website: www.lynklabs.com

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Changing the Face of Finance in Latin America

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Changing the Face of Finance in Latin America

BTG Pactual and Capital Dynamics announce exclusive partnership in Latin America.

Leading investment bank BTG Pactual and global asset manager Capital Dynamics have announced an exclusive partnership to distribute funds to institutional investors across Latin America.

Capital Dynamics is an asset management firm focusing on private assets including private equity, private credit and clean energy infrastructure. Capital Dynamics offers a wide range of products including primary funds of funds, secondaries, direct investments, co-investments, customized separate accounts as well as structured private equity solutions. The firm has USD 15 billion in assets under management and advisement.

Its new partner BTG Pactual is the biggest Latin American investment bank, and operates in Investment Banking, Corporate Lending, Sales & Trading, Wealth Management and Asset Management. Since its inception in 1983, the bank has been run in accordance with a partnership model. As of today, it has 214 partners and 2,027 employees.

This partnership will enable BTG Pactual’s Third Party Distribution division to promote Capital Dynamics’ private asset investment offerings to investors across the region.

Capital Dynamics is known for its innovative and tailored approach to investment strategies, responding to the specific needs and interests of clients in order to create the most effective solutions. The company’s investment professionals have a wealth of experience in private equity, private credit and clean energy infrastructure and currently oversee USD 15 billion in assets under management and advisement.

Martin Hahn, Chief Executive Officer at Capital Dynamics, stated, “We are thrilled to announce our launch into Latin America in recognition of the increasing demand for private asset investments in this region. We provide our clients with a truly differentiated and tailored investment experience, and we now look forward to offering these services to the Latin American investment community. We chose BTG Pactual based on their widespread and long-established presence across the region and comprehensive understanding of investor needs.”

Ignacio Pedrosa, head of Third Party Distribution at BTG, added, “Capital Dynamics is one of the best integrated alternative investments platforms worldwide, with relationships with around 350 fund managers globally and a strong culture of robust corporate governance. This agreement reaffirms our commitment to helping talented investment managers expand their distribution platforms to new markets and leveraging our deep network of institutional investors in Latin America.”

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MyTelemedicine Forms Strategic Partnership with PACEMD

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MyTelemedicine Forms Strategic Partnership with PACEMD to Leverage the Power of Telemedicine across Latin America

Telemedicine technology provider teams up with Latin America humanitarian agency to improve communication and health care for Spanish-speaking patients.

Digital health care technology leader MyTelemedicine has partnered with PACEMD, an international organization focused on supporting health initiatives in Latin America, to provide telehealth services to Spanish-speaking patients in the United States and Mexico.

The partnership is spearheaded by MyTelemedicine’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Haywood Hall, MD, FACEP, FIFEM, FAAEM, an award-winning physician and Founding Director of PACE Global Health International (Grupo PACE). Dr. Hall has more than 30 years of clinical experience and expertise, and he is recognized as a tireless advocate for patients in underserved areas throughout Latin America.

MyTelemedicine developed a proprietary, HIPAA-compliant telemedicine platform built in the IBM Cloud that lets healthcare providers consult with patients remotely. The digital healthcare company’s advanced API technology and ecosystem allows third parties to integrate and offer a customized telemedicine experience to support their brand identity. Physicians can perform on-demand consultations with members anywhere via telephone and video technology. Patients get advice, recommendations and a diagnosis, which may include a prescription for common illnesses.

Started in 2002, PACEMD provides hands-on, community-based training to physicians and other health care providers in rural Mexico and Latin America. Since its inception, the organization has trained more than 35,000 participants in lifesaving skills and certifications. In addition, more than 500 U.S. medical practitioners have received training in how to communicate with their Spanish-speaking patients through the organization’s pioneering MedSpanish program.

The partnership with MyTelemedicine aligns seamlessly with the mission of both organizations to improve healthcare to underserved communities and is a natural extension of Dr. Hall’s award-winning humanitarian work. “We are excited to partner with PACEMD and reach a broader patient population in their native language, to ensure they have access to quality health care,” said Rey Colon, CEO and Founder of MyTelemedicine.

MyTelemedicine already has formed strategic partnerships with Univision and other large Hispanic enterprises, and in 2016 launched the industry first comprehensive Spanish-language telehealth platform and service model. Called Acceso a un Medico, the service lets users access their personal health portals online or through a smartphone app, and connects them 24/7 with fully licensed, Spanish-speaking physicians nationwide and Puerto Rico.

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US Business News Q1 2018 CeFO

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Welcome to the February edition of US Business News, your source for the latest information on everything from new M&A activity and deals to corporate issues and trends.

In recent news, Nestlé announced on the 20th February that Steve Presley, currently the Chief Finance and Strategic Transformation Officer for Nestlé USA, will succeed Paul Grimwood as Market Head and CEO of Nestlé USA, effective of April 1st, 2018. Grimwood will transition from his current role and will continue to serve the business as Non-Executive Chairman of Nestlé USA until May 2019.

Diving straight into this month’s issue, we discover more about the Peak Corporate Network is the brand name for a group of related, but separate entities. The idea behind the Peak Corporate Network is to offer clients a true one-stop-shop for all real estate needs. We profile both the firm and its principals, Gil Priel and Eli Tene as we gain an insight into achievements of the company.

Speaking of success, CeFO, Inc; short for Consulting Excellence for Organizations and Family office, provides business consulting services specializing in accounting, finance and tax services. We invited Bill Shenkin, our CEO of the Year in Colorado, to talk to us about the informative and expert services that the firm offers, helping clients in a variety of different ways.

Elsewhere in this edition, we learn more about established scientific agency, Simpson Healthcare who provides the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical diagnostic and device industries with a wide range of services in support of overall marketing strategies. Danielle Gallagher gives us an inside view of this innovative and successful company.

Lastly, leading provider of insurance for Collector Vehicles, Classic Motorcycles and Specialty Collectibles, American Collectors Insurance has announced the opening of their new state of the art contact center in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Here at US Business News, we sincerely hope that you enjoy reading this edition, and we look forward to hearing from you.

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