The Visionary Home Products and Eucatex President, Flavio Maluf

Eucatex and Duratex have entered into a business partnership involving Eucatex’s farm in Capão Bonito that will be given to Duratex, who will, in turn, offer Eucatex a production line of thin sheets of wood in Botucatu. Duratex, however, will on the farm as it intends to continue producing raw materials next to its unit in Itapetinga. The company’s re-inauguration will commence in April. The acquisition of the business is valued at approximately $ 60 million. The Botucatu’s plant has 280 employees and has an estimated production of 200 thousand m³ per year.

Flavio Maluf, Executive President of Eucatex, announced the deal to the company workers and leaders about the partnership in a letter. The Botucatu business deal is awaiting approval by CADE. Flavio Maluf said the acquisition would increase Eucatex production capacity of fiberboard by 70%, 30% of the paint capacity and 40% of paper printing. The Duratex unit of wood fiber sheets located in the city of Botucatu (SP) will help the company to plan better their sales, maintenance and reduce process losses. Visit to learn more.

Eucatex aims at strengthening their presence both in the local Brazilian and overseas markets, a plan that will allow them to capture the synergies of all the Group’s units gradually. This will also increase the number of products that can be produced in addition to opening direct and indirect jobs. The incorporation of Duratex’sBotucatu plant to Eucatex is a step towards consolidating the company’s position in the industry globally.

Flavio Maluf attended FAAP in Sao Paulo and has been the president of GrandFood before joining Eucatex. He shares his entrepreneurial skills on a blog offering valuable business tips. He has tackled topics such as how to approach a job interview and be successful, how to be a successful employee, and how to grow up the corporate ladder. He also talks extensively about the Brazilian industry and its future.

Eucatex was founded in 1951 as a company that deals with tiles, paints, and other home products sold in Brazil and abroad. They mainly use Eucalyptus wood and have been a renowned eco-friendly company in Brazil since it was founded. Visit:


Felipe Montoro Jens, details PPP in Brazil

Felipe Montoro Jens reports the city of Belo Horizonte, in the state of Minas Gerais has made history. Belo Horizonte is the very first city to complete a large scale project implemented in total by the use of a public private partnership (PPP). Belo Horizonte has in place a 20 year project, that leverages the benefits of public private partnerships (PPP) to complete the installation of LED lights all the entire city’s public lighting systems and removing the older luminary lights. Felipe Montoro Jens reports by the end of 2020 it is projected 182,000 lights in total will have been upgraded to the LED lights. The success of Belo Horizonte has inspired other cities to try and replicate Belo Horizonte’s success. Felipe Montoro Jens reported Sao Paulo, the largest city in the country is planning a similar project.

December 2004 the Federal Law 11,079 / 04 became official. Federal Law 11,079 / 04 details all the guidelines and rules to implement public private partnerships. Felipe Montoro Jens was able obtain specifics on road construction plans, that is scheduled to be implemented in 2018. This road work construction plan is part of a R $ 44 billion investment made by the Brazilian government that creates more public private partnerships, in the form of 57 project. This project covers two highways, the BR153 and the BR 364. Combined the BR 153 and BR 364 accounts for over 800 kilometers. The BR 153 is the major highway between Anapolis (GO) and Alianca (TO) and the BR 364 connects Comodoro (MT) and Porto Velho (RO).

The Program of Partnerships and Investments (PPI), is a government agency who is responsible stimulating public private partnerships, by creating good relationships with the private sector decision makers and the public sector decision makers to leverage the advantages both sides bring.



Paul Mampilly Says To Invest In A Different Cryptocurrency Than Bitcoin

Bitcoin is probably the most well-known cryptocurrency today and it made news when its market value surged upward in 2017. Stock investor and expert Paul Mampilly said in one of his Banyan Hill articles that he was amazed by that surge, and as he’s usually on top of most new tech and finance industry trends, he admitted he missed the chance to tell his readers about Bitcoin before 2017. But while he says that he might have recommended buying into Bitcoin in 2016, he’s saying to avoid it in 2018. View Paul Mampilly’s profile at

Mampilly says that Bitcoin has risen too high in its market prices and it’s now a bubble that’s going to crash. Like most other stocks or equity investments, prices that start small but grow with popularity are a good thing because you can buy low and sell later. But if they become too popular, they become too high and end up crashing before long. Paul Mampilly says in his article that this is what happened to early web-based companies back in the late 1990s and to the housing market’s prices in 2008. Bitcoin is undergoing the same price fall right now, but Mampilly says there is another cryptocurrency out there that you can buy that’s more stable and isn’t likely to crash, and he discloses what it is in his “Extreme Fortunes” newsletter.

Paul Mampilly’s career has transitioned from managing million-dollar and billion-dollar accounts in a high-end Wall Street office to now working out of his own home writing for an independent financial news site named Banyan Hill. He had moved to the US from India for college and completed his bachelor’s in finance at Montclair State University in 1991. Later that year he started in banking at Deutsche Bank as a research assistant, and the next several years saw him move to higher level positions at Banker’s Trust, ING and Sears.

Paul Mampilly really started making money when he started managing the portfolios of fortune 500 companies, institutional clients and Wall Street executives at a hedge fund known as Kinetics International Fund. Barron’s magazine had a piece on it which mentioned how Mampilly grew its AUM to $25 billion and clients saw investment returns around 26% annually. With his reputation also growing as an expert stock investor, Mampilly was asked to show what he could do with $50 million at a competition at the Templeton Foundation in 2008, and even though the recession was at its worst at that time, Mampilly still invested that money in the market without shorting stocks or gambling on a high-risk fund. More info at Stocktwits.

Mampilly completely left Wall Street in 2012 because he no longer wanted to put in day shifts that could last as long as 16 hours, as he later mentioned and he wanted to spend time with his young children. About four years after moving his family out of the city, Mampilly started writing for Banyan Hill because he still wanted to help people with investment advice. But instead of managing portfolios for the very wealthy, he made it about helping middle class people start their own portfolios and making sure they controlled them. His first newsletter “Profits Unlimited” picked up over 60,000 subscribers in less than a month, and along with that newsletter he also writes “Extreme Fortunes” and “True Momentum” today. Read more on Talk Markets:


Wise Advice From Geologist Turned Investment Advisor Matt Badiali

Matt Badiali maintains that The Disappearing Spoon, an odd collection of stories about the Periodic Table, is an entertaining and exciting book. Picking this quirky book underlines why his stock recommendations are so successful. As an investment advisor, Matt Badiali has a unique background. He has a Masters in Geology and taught at the University of North Carolina. While in this position, he was contacted by a wealthy investor. He soon left his post to travel the world assessing mining companies for their possible investment value. Already steeped in knowledge about natural elements, his years evaluating investments for his employer taught him about investment strategy. He put his background to good use and last year Badiali was named the number one stock picker for Goldman Sachs. Currently the editor of Real Wealth Strategist for Banyan Publishing, Badiali shares his advice for those developing their investment strategy. See more of Matt Badiali on Facebook

Future Lies in Electric Cars

Matt Badiali reminds his readers that the automobile is powered by technology that is over 150 years old. “We are on the brink of a major change in energy consumption. The shift toward an electro-centric world is huge” he predicts, “It’s as important as the shift from whale oil to kerosene.” Badiali believes investors need to look for all the things that go into making cars from widgets to software to where the materials are mined. Badiali notes that “the whole world wants to ride in cars” and when the shift occurs, investors will make their fortune.

Read Everything

Badiali coaches that investors must stay current. As it is now a global economy, it is not enough to be familiar with current events; a successful investor needs to know about changes that occur on the other side of the world. “Read. You simply can’t read enough” he explains, “I burn through The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Mining Journal, and others. Reading is critical.”

Invest in What You Know

After his many years scouting companies, Badiali says, “The best way to be sure an investment is safe, and correctly made, is to see it in person.”

Real Wealth Strategies

Matt Badiali shares his knowledge about companies and their investment potential through his newsletter, Real Wealth Strategies. Some readers offered these testimonials: Doug Patelli of Albany wrote “I’m up 84%. Thanks and keep up the great suggestions.” And Ralph Stevens of Junction City shared with him, “I like the idea of sitting back and collecting revenue streams…I’m up 335% so far!”

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Troy McQuagge And The USHEALTH Group Functions Core Values Based On Giving Back To The Community

Troy McQuagge is an inspiring philosophy at USHEALTH Group, which can be seen in his efforts on H.O.P.E., which stands for Helping Other People Everyday. This program is the core of what the USHEALTH Group is about. The team at USHEALTH Group do their utmost to impact their colleagues and communities lives in a positive manner as well as others to create a better environment for everyone. This positive impact through H.O.P.E. is what Troy McQuagge intends to expand on to help build a better community for tomorrow.

Troy McQuagge started up the H.O.P.E. program back in 2010, not too long after he became president of the company. Since Troy’s leadership has taken effect, the company has seen a great deal of growth selling their health insurance products to consumers. After Hurricane Katrina, H.O.P.E. saw the green light to be put into effect seeing what happened to New Orleans. Troy McQuagge, along with various other business associates, formed a partnership with Pheonix in New Orleans. Through this partnership, they were able to rebuild many homes that were damaged badly by the storm all over the city. Hundreds of hours of volunteer work went into this rebuilding effort, with help coming from all over to replace lots and homes to rebuild the community.

In 2011, the H.O.P.E. initiative was able to shine again in when there were babies in need of supplies in Scottsdale and Pheonix Arizona. The Crisis Nursery, aptly named, ran out of supplies for the babies that they take in, so Troy and his associates donated many thousands of dollars in various products for babies to the nursery. This included items such as diapers, clothes, baby formula, shoes, and more.

Troy McQuagge US Health has described companies as having souls that define what they are actually about, what their core values are so to speak. When it comes to H.O.P.E., Troy has stated that there is nothing as important as helping others and creating a better community at large, which is what his company is focused on. More than just the profits that are made in order to keep the company expanding and impacting more lives, the lifeblood of the company is the community that they serve. Visit:


James Dondero – Giving back to the people of Texas

James Dondero, president of Highland Capital Management, through his vast experience in the credit and equity industry has built his company from its humble beginnings in 1993 into the Dallas based super giant that it is today. Dondero’s business is now responsible for providing goods and practical solutions for many institutions and private investors.

Dondero, and his company, also routinely donate to many charities in order to give back to the community of Dallas and beyond. One of his more notable contributions was to have the hippopotamus enclosure renovated through a one million dollar contribution, along with additional contributions totaling more than 14 million dollars so that the community of Dallas could continue to enjoy the joys and wonders that this exhibit brings to many people of all ages throughout the year. Read more at Huffington Post about James Dondero.

His contribution has had such an impact on the zoo community that zoo officials were proud to name the newly revamped hippopotamus enclosure the Highland Capital Lodge. This is just one charitable contribution among many that James Dondero has given to several organizations over the years. Other institutions that have benefited from Dondero’s generosity include The Perot Museum of Science, Uplift Education, and the George W. Bush Presidential Library. Follow James on Linkedin.

By giving back to the community that has helped him become a success Dondero is investing in the futures of many of the children that live in socioeconomically diverse communities within many of the major cities in Texas. Giving these children a chance for a brighter future and an opportunity to learn about innovation and zoology may just be one of the longest lasting contributions that a person can give to their community.


Mike Baur Sticks To His Principles

Mike Baur co-founded the Swiss Startup Factory (SSUF). He is also a managing partner within the company. Mr. Baur has more than 20 years of banking experience. His former employers were UBS and Claridien Leu. The other co-founders of the Swiss Startup Factory were Max Meister, an alumnus at the University of Bern, and Oliver Welzer. He was a juror at the University of St. Gallen’s START Summiteer contest. As of early 2016, Baur was appointed the vice president of CTI Invest. In this period, he also led partnerships with Goldback Group and Fintech Fusion. Baur appeared on the December 8, 2016, Wall Street Journal print edition. This edition explains why Baur became more interested in entrepreneurship than banking.


Baur was raised in the Swiss region of Freiburg. He was a business student at Bern University and the University of Rochester. At the age of 16, he found a banking apprenticeship program at the Union Bank of Switzerland in 1991. During his UBS career in the 90s, he served as an advisor for wealthy Swiss investors. Baur ended his career at UBS in 2008. He had a prestigious job that lasted for almost six years at the Clariden Leu office in Zurich. The “red tape” involved in the recovery from the recession discouraged Baur from continuing his banking career. Mr. Baur left Claridien Leu in 2014. Prior to Baur’s role as VP at CTI Invest, CTI Invest began to collaborate with SSUF to start the Swiss Startup Day event.


Participation in SSUF’s incubator program allows Swiss entrepreneurs to have access to mentors, training in marketing, financing, rent-free office spaces, and networking with other entrepreneurs. At the Start Sumiteer contest, the founders of 30 new companies can make oral presentations on their products, business plans and models to the public. Swiss Startup Factory provides money to companies that have less than $1 million in funds. Experienced experts in finance serve as judges in the contest. The winning startup in this contest has the highest plan aspect ratings. Therefore, they would receive the most in funding. Thanks to the participation of Baur at the START Sumiteer contest, the Swiss Startup Factory turned out to be a trusted and popular incubator in business.


Mr. Baur established Think Reloaded, a financial advising firm, in 2014. The word “factory” is included in the SSUF name because it reflects the industriousness of the entrepreneurs at SSUF’s incubator program. This program differs from other incubator programs because it is privately owned. He is a board member at BV4. In July 2016, an alliance with BV4 and SSUF was established. With this alliance, Swiss Startup Factory can benefit from BV4’s appraisal services. Prestige was less important to Baur than passion. Taking the path of entrepreneurship allowed him to be successful and stick to his principles at the same time. The primary concentrations of Baur at Swiss Startup Factory are financing and fundraising.


James Larkin, the Labor Leader

James Larkin was born in 1876. His parents were emigrants from Armagh; Mary Ann McNulty and James Larkin. The family was in the working-class and, therefore, had to struggle to get something on the table when the day ends.

James Larkin Junior’s father worked with a firm in Liverpool, and the family, due to their status, resided in slums.

James got used to growing up under these conditions. Most of the families like his had a particular arrangement during that time. The grown children would go to school and later after their classes, work.

All the efforts were always for one common cause, which is to provide for the family. James Larkin being no exception, worked well with the arrangement as soon as he turned 7. However, this was not long-lived because his father passed on, a few years later. The family was bruised because one of the breadwinners was gone. But as always, life had to move on.

James Larkin was always hard working and determined. He had a spirit to keep going even when there were no longer grounds for him.

He found his way around a few jobs before he became a docker, and a few years later, a dock supervisor. He liked his post and got married in 1903 to Elizabeth Brown.

He became a socialist soon after, and a strike that took place at the docks made him a principal interest to the National Union of Dock Laborers, NUDL. The strike involved foremen, and NUDL liked Larkin’s spirit. He became a member of the union in 1905.

James Larkin was the secretary general of NUDL. He and Larkin disagreed on the leadership of the union, and this led to a dispute that was never resolved. James Larkin then moved to Dublin and was not there for long before his militant methods, which were not acceptable to NUDL, led to his release from the union.

Unskilled Irish workers were not treated fairly. James Larkin was against this unfairness, and therefore, formed the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union, ITGWU. Four Years later, he started the Irish Labor Party. This party was formed by both James Connolly and James Larkin.

It conducted strikes in Dublin. The significance of Irish Labor Party, however, was not in the number of strikes that they led, but the lockout that involved more than 100,000 workers. It was the greatest in Dublin.

James Larkin went to the USA a few years later. He was arrested in 1920 and released a few years later. He was deported to Ireland and had his eternal rest in 1947.

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How Jim Larkin Left His Mark on Irish History

James “Jim” Larkin is a name that will bring out a variety of emotions in any Irishman. Jim is known as one of the forefathers for the Irish socialism movement in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

Larkin grew up in a very blue collar family and from the age of eleven onward worked very blue collar jobs himself. He eventually would find work as a foreman of ships at the local docks. From this job he would go on to join the National Union of Dock Laborers. Read more: The Definite Biography of Big Jim Larkin

His practices for this union were seen as too extreme even by fellow union members and thus he moved to Dublin. The grueling long hours of physical labor quickly gave him quite the disdain for the wealthy and ultimately led to his utter hatred of the way capitalism has workers in constant competition with one another as opposed to working together towards one common goal.

This way of thinking would ultimately lead to Jim Larkin’s forming Ireland’s largest union of the time. What came to be know as the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union (ITGWU) fought for many of the same things unions today are still fighting for which include but are not limited to fair wages, safe working conditions and benefits to help support their families back home.

“Big Jim Larkin” got this nickname for obvious reasons. His size is said to have been one of the reasons he was looked at as a leader and his powerful presence often commanded the attention of the room. Later in life Larkin went on to help bring the Irish Labor Party to the forefront of Irish politics and again helped both stage strikes for the better treatment and fair compensation of workers.

Jim Larkin and the Labor Party also were firm opponents of World War I and frequently held protest for the war in downtown Dublin. Throughout his entire life Larkin was a firm believer that he needed to lead by example. Because of this mindset he never took on any vices.

Larkin neither drank nor smoked in the hopes that his own actions would inspire a generation after him to follow in his footsteps and fight for the causes that meant something to them. Many Irish and other international activists, whether they know it or not, can trace their causes all the way back to the same fights James Larkin was having over one hundred years ago.