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Becoming a Superhero With Skout

Did you know that you do not need to be Batman, Superman, Flash or The Wondertwins to be a super hero? With the SKOUT app, you can be one of the celebrated superheroes in America. SKOUT celebrated the National Superheroes Day this year in a unique fashion that involved conducting a survey of real life superheroes in America. This survey not only identified the most celebrated real life superheroes but also identified the most important values of a superhero.

According to the survey, the most celebrated American superheroes are the mighty Superman for men on the one hand and the charismatic Batman for ladies. Other cherished superheroes are Robin (53%), The Thing and the Human Torch (19%), Green Hornet and Kato (16%) and the formidable Wonder Twins at 12% of the respondents.

When it comes to their qualities, not every trait was associated with superheroes. One trait was their unique sense of dressing and accessories. 57% of the respondents held the view that the most important accessory that a superhero adorns is the mask. This is perhaps so since most of these superheroes put on masks. However, others included rings (44%) and cool belt (10%).

The second and most important attribute identified of superheroes is their character. Selflessness topped the list of the interviewees where almost three out of four interviewees were of the opinion that being a superhero involves helping others who are in need. Fearlessness followed selflessness at 37%, while technology and money were pointed out by 11% and 8% of the respondents respectively.

The big question is, ‘Are you a superhero?’ An answer to this question is not disappointing as one might conclude since according to the survey, 80% of those interviewed expressed an intention to be superheroes in real life. To make people the superheroes that they have always wanted to be, SKOUT has come up with an app in which virtual gifts can be sent to people, pets and organizations which are in need. Since its inception, over 400,000 virtual gifts have been given to deserving people through a number of charitable initiatives. For instance, SKOUT was immensely involved in assisting the more than 30,000 people who were facing hunger in San Francisco, Marin. Additionally, thousands of dogs and cats have been adopted. For more results on surveys and activities of SKOUT, visit the SKOUT website.

It is your turn and my turn to be the superheroes that this great country needs.

SKOUT provides an ever expanding social platform where subscribers not only meet new people but also have an opportunity to make the world a better place. To join, please download SKOUT for Android, iOS or windows or sign up through

Stephen Murray, former CEO of CCMP Capital, dies at 52

The former CEO of CCMP Capital and well-known private equity investor Stephen Murray has died at 52. He was with CCMP and its predecessor firms since 1989 and was a founding member; it was one of the largest private equity firms in the world at one time, largely due to his hard work and efforts. He was on the board of Crestcom International, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Infogroup Inc., Jetro JMDH Holdings, Strongwood Insurance Holdings, Octagon Credit Investors and LHP Hospital Group.

He was well known as one of the most eminent businessmen with expertise in private equity firms: an aspect of the financial sector he spent most of his career. He graduated from Boston College in 1984 with an economics degree, following that with an MBA from Columbia University in 1989.

At the Manufacturers Hanover Corporation, he went through the credit analyst program, after which he joined the MH Equity Corporation. It merged with Chase Manhattan Corporation in 1991, becoming Chase Capital Partners. He eventually founded CCMP Capital, which spinned off of JP Morgan Chase. It held the buyout and equity team of the company’s private equity group. Read more: The Exponential Growth of CCMP Capital Under Stephen Murray’s Leadership

He was known as a major pioneer in finance, raising a $3.6 billion fund for CCMP in the year leading up to his death. According to many at CCMP and in the business world, he was a brilliant deal maker that will be sorely missed for his wisdom, knowledge and friendship.

“A founding partner of CCMP Capital, Steve was a terrific investor and deal maker who spent the majority of his career in private equity. We are grateful for his positive contributions to the success of CCMP and its predecessors,” said Greg Brenneman, chairman of CCMP and also its president and now-CEO. You can also read more: West Village Townhouse for $17 Million

Stephen Murray was a philanthropist with varying interests in several charities, including Metro New York’s Make-a-Wish Foundation, Fairfield County’s Food Bank, and Columbia Business School. He had great pride in his wife and four children, who were central to his concerns for the great majority of his life. He had resigned from CCMP in the month before his death, citing health concerns as his primary reason.

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The Many Facets of Eric Pulier

In this modern world full of innovation and scientific advancement we often do not take the time to consider the people responsible. The philanthropists, the authors, the ones who use their mind to think outside the box and achieve greatness that many could only dream of. There is one such man who achieved this, and much more as he is one of those few who took control of his life and ultimately changed the world.

Native to New Jersey, Pulier started his road to success early when he created a computer database company while still in High school. Eventually Pulier attended Harvard University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1988. It wasn’t until 1991 that Eric Pulier moved to California to found the company People Doing Things (PDT). With a large heart fueled by compassion, Eric Pulier has quite the resume under his belt. In the years following, not only is he a published author, philanthropist, technologist and entrepreneur he has founded and co-founded many more charities with which he raised thousands of dollars. Known for his tech savvy and ability to get things rolling, Pulier seems most driven by the need to provide improvements to medical care and education through technological advancements.

Most notably is his involvement working with chronically ill children. Starbright World is a social network built specifically for the express use of children who suffer from debilitating diseases who want to connect with others who are enduring the same circumstances. Beyond that Pulier also created the summer camp known as Painted Turtle, which allows chronically ill children to enjoy the summer camp experience completely free of charge. With such a strong love for his fellow man and the drive to better his world, Pulier is certainly a force to be reckoned with!

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Charles Koch on Tolerance and Freedom of Expression

The freedom of expression and thought represent some of the most fundamental human rights. We are all different beings with different minds and cultural dispositions. Therefore, our ways of thinking are equally distinct from each other.

Charles Koch is known for his liberal approach to politics and societal issues. He firmly believes the
society should uphold the freedoms of thought and expression for the
development of society. Charles also highlights the role played by societal
institutions such as schools and colleges in nurturing these values and

Speaking at a college commencement earlier this year, Charles Koch took shots at college and school
administrators for contravening the rights to independent thought and speech.
Koch felt officials now opted for individual measures such as speech codes and
safe zones. These strategies bear even greater ramifications on the rest of
society. Instead, facilitating open debate and allowing diverse thinkers to air
out their arguments brings about an understanding among opposing sides.

Koch’s sentiments received the backing of his adversary and former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg.
Bloomberg argued that intellectual conformity only breeds ignorance and
negatively affects the progression of society. He further asked institutions of
higher learning to accommodate students and teachers whose lines of thought may
be considered unorthodox or controversial.

The two billionaires also took note of the modern American society where equality has been achieved in voting
systems and sexual orientation. In their observation, these ideas started out
as the thought of a few usually controversial figures, but they caught on the
rest of society due to the freedom of thought and expression. Charles Koch
closed his speech by asking administrators in the education sector to uphold
the tenets of a democratic society as stated in the American Constitution.

Charles Koch was born on
November 1, 1935, and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Koch
industries. He also doubles up as the Co-owner and a Chairman of the board.
Koch Industries manufactures pollution control equipment as well as
technologies. They also deal in fertilizers, polymers, fibers, commodity
trading, ranching, forest and consumer products. Koch Industries is the second
–largest privately owned company in the United States based on revenue.

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Diversant LLC And John Goullet: Making A Difference In The Minority Business Communities

Diversant, LLC is a New Jersey-based IT staffing firm that connects fortune 500 and other mid-level market businesses with qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds. Diversant has teams of recruiters and consultants that are able to find candidates with specific profiles for job positions, and they even offer services such as resume writing and educational training for individuals who need it. Diversant also has programs for veterans to help them make inroads into the corporate world, and they also have helped with the Marion P. Thomas Charter School Foundation, a program that helps students from the local charter school obtain scholarships for higher education. Diversant has expanded across the country, recently opening a new office in Dallas, TX and they plan to open soon in Raleigh, NC.

John Goullet, a long-time IT consultant has been one of the men who has helped Diversant succeed. A graduate of Ursinus College, Goullet began with the Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) back in the 1980s, and held various account executive positions before deciding to launch his own staffing solution enterprise. He founded Info Technologies in 1994, a company that grew fast because of their reputation for finding exceptional talent in the IT field and even landed at number 8 in Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing companies list.

Eventually, Goullet decided to partner up with his friend Gene Waddy and Info Technologies became Diversant, LLC. Goullet currently serves as Chairman and Principal of Diversant, and through his understanding of how the workforce evolves and markets change, he’s been able to help the company tackle the challenges that have come with that. Diversant, LLC is also proud to include UNITY, an MBE certified workplace initiative.

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How Dynamic Search Partners has been Beneficial to Hedge Fund Firms

Employee recruitment presents a lot of problems to most managers. Finding the right type of employees is particularly difficult among wedge fund managers. The intricacies that are involved in the operations of such firms means that only competent employees have to be brought on board. Dynamic Search Partners was formed to bridge this gap. This is one of the most distinguished executive search firms. It is committed to helping wedge funds in their employee hiring undertakings.

In its decade-long existence, Dynamic Search Partners has paired thousands of competent professionals with top hedge fund firms. This has been done at all geographical levels to ensure that any relationships built over years are sustained. These relationships have been beneficial to the firm’s clients. It has acted as the basis for the formation of extensive networks within and outside the corporate world. With flexible and custom-made services meant to fulfill the needs of each client, Dynamic Search Partners has emerged a giant within the alternative investments sector.

DSP ensures that its clients are connected to the most talented individuals by conducting interviews to determine their suitability for different roles. Clients have an assurance that they will be linked with employees who are trustworthy, honest and talented. With a knowledgeable and caring customer service team, DSP has managed to conquer the industry.

Keith Mann in Brief

He cofounded Dynamic Search Partners and currently serves as its managing director. He has been at the helm since the company’s formation. During this period, the firm has experienced unsurpassable success and currently serves wedge fund businesses throughout the United States. He has been involved in many decisions made by the firm. This has made him to be regarded as one of the most decisive and hands-on executives.

Keith has created a niche for himself for being among the most recognizable names in investment banking and in particular, hedge fund management. His impressive career began at Dynamic Associates where he was responsible for the firm’s alternative investments arm. His remarkable work rate saw him rise through the ranks and was subsequently made vice president. Mann is also involved in benevolence. He recently announced a scholarship for needy and bright students from Brooklyn as a way of giving back to society.

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Handy Helps with the Spring Cleaning

There aren’t many rites of spring that are more satisfying than the annual clean. For some people, however, happiness comes only after the work is completed. Spring cleaning may never be effortless, but it’s possible to make the job more manageable-and possibly enjoyable. Below are a few tips that will make your spring cleaning a cinch.

Create a realistic plan, keeping in mind that one weekend probably won’t suffice, as you’ll need a few days to make your home sparkle. Whether you start in the attic and work your way to the basement or vice versa, focus on one task at a time. And remember to enlist the helps of family members as well.

To get the ball rolling, start by wiping down walls, book shelves and ceilings. This can be a time-consuming task, so pace yourself. After you’ve prevailed in this task, proceed to clean all of your windows. This is where the help of family members comes in handy. While you’re cleaning the inside, someone can clean the outside of the windows. Focus on scrubbing floors and shampooing carpets last since you will be traipsing through while cleaning.

If this seems too overwhelming, never fear because Handy is here! Handy is a professional cleaning service that provides only the highest quality of home cleaning services. We perform background checks on all of our employees, so you never need to worry about who is in your home. All of our employees are trained to Handy’s specifications and your satisfaction.

Formerly known as Handybrook, Handy was established in 2012 to help those who couldn’t or didn’t want to deal with household chores and repairs. Real estate developer Oisin Hanrahan discovered that there was a shortage of qualified individuals to tend to home renovation projects. As such, Oisin teamed with Umang Dua while attending Harvard University and Handy was born. To date, Handy is well-recognized throughout the United States and Eastern Europe as the go-to source for home cleaning services and repair.

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Highland Capital Management Is Watching Brazil’s Political Situation Carefully

When James Dondero decided to form an investment firm with financial expert Mark Okada, he knew there would be risks involved. But risks produce rewards, and James Dondero knew there were many rewards waiting for him and his team at Highland Capital Management when the company officially opened for business in the mid-1990s. Dondero had the credentials to make his Dallas-based company a success, and it didn’t take long for that to happen. Highland Capital Management is one of the largest investment firms in the country with more than $19 billion in assets under management.

Jim Dondero believed that Highland Capital Management could take advantage of investment opportunities in Europe, Asia, and South America. Dondero decided to open offices in Seoul, Singapore, and Sao Paulo as well as New York so that the company could stay on top of emerging markets around the world. When Brazil became one of the BRICS nations after the 2008 Great Recession, investors flooded the market.

Dondero knew that he had to invest heavily in the Brazilian market. Highland Capital had a great run in Brazil, but when the bottom fell out of the Brazilian economy, Highland Capital didn’t pull out of the country. Dondero decided to scale back investments, but the company didn’t leave like other investment firms even though Brazil has been experiencing the worst recession since 1901.

Brazil’s economy is still contracting, but Dondero believes the ouster of President Dilma Rousseff as president of the country will help foreign investors. Dondero said the news of Rousseff’s impeachment has already had a positive impact on Highland Capital Management’s assets in Brazil.

There is still a great deal of uncertainty in the investment community about the future of Brazil because of the China situation, according to Dondero. The Highland Capital team is taking it one day at a time in the Brazilian market. According to economists that are studying the Brazilian market, 2016 will be another tough year for the country, but Dondero believes Highland Capital’s investments are beginning to respond to the political changes in a positive way. Brazil has a long way to go, but there are some encouraging signs that the largest economy in Latin America will come alive again, according to Dondero.

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True Life: Wen By Chaz Worked For Her

I was born with great hair. Yes, seriously. My mom has great hair. My grandma has great hair and I even hear my great grandma had great hair. That’s not being overly cocky but it’s true. I never had to struggle with bad hair days and for that I am grateful. While I am super thankful for my great hair I don’t take it or granted especially when talking to my friends. See I have friends from all different backgrounds and as you would imagine they all have different types of hair. Because they all love my hair they often come to me for hair care advice and sadly i can’t help.
Recently, I came across an article in Bustle that showed this one girl’s journey with WEN. Wen By Chaz was created by Chaz Dean and I hear it is been called by the Guthy-Renker beauty blog “heaven in a bottle”, no seriously. It is. Imagine being able to have your shampoo, styling treatment and conditioner all in one bottle. You would save a ton of money and time right? Well that’s exactly what Wen By Chaz does and from he looks of this reviewer’s results it looks like this Wen By Chaz really doesn’t work and work well. Read more:


A Week Using Wen by Chaz Cleansing Conditioner

A beauty blogger with a low-maintenance haircare routine tries out Wen hair by Chaz (link here: Cleansing Conditioner, an all-in-one formula that does the work of a traditional shampoo, conditioner, detangler, and styling treatment. Intrigued by the buzz surrounding the product, the blogger uses Wen by Chaz over the course of a week and finds that her fine hair, which tends to be greasy and frizzy, is softer, shinier, bouncier, and immediately more voluminous. She also notices her hair is healthier-looking and has become more manageable to blow-dry and style, even with the use of other styling products.
She recommends Chaz Dean’s products for others with fine hair, and for optimal results, she advises using the cleansing conditioner in your daily morning shower.

From LA stylist Chaz Dean, Wen by Chaz is an all-natural, complete hair-nourishing system that cleans and conditions without damaging the health of your hair. Wen by Chaz contains none of the damaging chemicals or detergents typically found in shampoos and conditioners that can strip hair of its necessary oils. What you’re left with is healthy, moisturized hair that’s a breeze to manage.

With a variety of formulations and scents on the sephora website, Wen hair by Chaz works for all hair types.

This article was originally reported on Bustle. Visit for additional information.