December 21, 2015 · Women In Every City · (No comments)

Hall Capital is one of the largest money managers in the Bay Area; it currently oversees assets worth $24 billion. Since it was founded in 1994, the company has witnessed tremendous growth, thanks to steady leadership and motivated staff. The current company CEO is Kathryn Hall. She is one of the top three women at the helm of the company. The others are Sara Stein, the President and Helane Morrison the MD. Hall Capital list of clients include some of the most successful business families in the San Francisco, Bay Area such as the son of GAP founder John Fisher and the late Warren Hellman, the founder of Hellman & Friedman. In recent years, Hall Capital has witnessed steady growth in its endowments and foundations business. This development is largely attributed to the effects of the 2008 financial crisis. 

Soon after the 2008 crisis, many investors found it safer to have asset management entities to look over their investments. In terms of management, Hall Capital strongly encourages independent perspectives. The company has managed to achieved this goal by undertaking diverse staff recruitment bereft of gender bias. According to the company CEO, Kathryn Hall the focus on divergent staff coupled by the existing good work environment is designed to benefit all workers equally. For instance, the company benefits package includes maternity and paternity leaves as well as workplace flexibility that incorporates the needs of family and work. To ensure business integrity, accountability and regulatory compliance, Hall Capital has assigned 20 highly skilled individuals to its research department out of a strong workforce of 130 staffers in the company.

Prior to joining Hall Capital in 2007, Helane Morrison had already built her impressive resume. According to,  Morrison previously served as a legal expert at the Securities and Exchange Commission and as a reporter in South Florida. Between 1986 and 1996, she was a practicing lawyer at the San Francisco based Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. Her area of focus was business litigation and defense of private securities dealings and SEC issues. Helane is also a board member of the Regional Parks Foundation and the Hedge Fund Subcommittee of the American Bar Association. She continuous to speak on issues involving investment advisers and private funds with focus on legal and compliance aspects. Scroll through the Google Book below to see some of her work in detail.

Morrison graduated from Northwestern University with a BSc in Journalism. She obtained her J.D at the University of California in Berkley.

December 17, 2015 · Business, Business Leaders · (No comments)

Based in Wichita, the Koch Industries business is ran by Charles Koch, who founded the company and is allowing others to see inside how he made the business prosper. With the principals used to build the company, he has taken to publishing a book to allow others to know how they can make a good profit in the business world which is why he decided to call the book, “Good Profit”. He decided that in order to promote the book, he needed to go to the media like he has never gone to them before.

The weekly section of the Wichita Business Journal spoke to Charles Koch about how he decided to use his experience to help as many other people as possible? He decided that simply owning and operating a business was not enough to do with his life and opted to do more than just run one of largest companies in the United States. He decided then to write a book that allowed other users to understand what he did with his business and how he made his business successful. He used the same ideas that he has outlined in his book and states that by helping others, he is at peace with his life. He is pleased in the fact that he took a complete risk in order to help others.

There are a variety of critics who will always look to his decisions and question them as to why he has done what he has done. They will turn to him to ask about the motives he has and this is the least of his worries. Charles Koch knows that the impression you make on others will last for a long time and therefore concentrates on this in his book. He knows that in order for others to surround themselves with his knowledge, they have to be able to do better and understand what they are doing.

When they asked him why exactly he decided to write the book, he responded that he loves people and loves to help them. That he is able to help them with his extensive knowledge and therefore can help people be better in business. He feels at ease when he is helping others and has a quote that leaves people in awe when he is done. With Aristotle in mind, he spoke to others by telling them that you have to find something that you are good at and find something that you have a passion for. When you fully understand and develop an idea and use that to bring good to others, then you will end up with a life that is meant to be fulfilled and full of meaning.

December 17, 2015 · BMG, Business · (No comments)

Marcio Alaor of Banco BMG is Supported By His city

Marcio Alaor was inaugurated on August 24, 2014 in the 33rd edition of Expose Samonte. Alaor has always been a great supporter of the city, especially the rural sector, and this inauguration is representative of the very close relationship he has with his homeland and an attention to his countrymen that transcends the barrier of distance.

Local officials were present to witness the honor and made it a point to convey the importance of the city relying on the support of one of the biggest executives in Brazil. Alaor shows his love for his country through his service as contributor to the executive vice president of a large bank like BMG, opens numerous doors and displays the strength of Santo Antonio do Monte. Even without land favoring agriculture, the municipality managed to become the largest milk producer in the Central West of Minas Gerais. The town achieved a great deal due to the commitment and courage of the field workers and collaboration of people. Even with all the difficulties, citizens like Marcio Alaor never cease to believe in the potential of the city.

According to,  as recognition of his services to local company, the executive received a plaque extolling his friendship with everyone in town, recognizing the difficulties faced (especially in the countryside), and highlighting his love for their land. After thanking Alaor for everything he has done and continues to do for the city, the president of the Rural Union, Vilmar Octavian stated that support of the executive is of fundamental importance for the union to continue helping predominantly rural farmers of Santo Antonio do Monte. The mayor, Wilmar Son, stressed the fact that the transformation of what was previously a warehouse used to store grain into a large and essential food court also represented the creation of a place that would certainly be an incentive for many more in the city to continue in the pursuit of their dreams.

Taking the word, Marcio Alaor said that for him, life is not limited to purchasing power and that valuing great friendships is paramount in the effort not to lose a bit of the city’s own essence. Alaor also expressed his gratitude for all the accolades he received in the city during his lifetime, since it is common for people to be honored only after death. He expressed his excitement and honor to have the opportunity to welcome them in life and to have the ability to closely monitor the growth of his homeland. Marcio Alaor ended his speech by entreating citizens to maintain their great love for their homeland and to never lose touch with the love they have toward one another.
Marcio Alaor serves as the director/vice president of Banco BMG. He can be found on Facebook.

December 14, 2015 · Business, Business Leaders · (No comments)

European stocks have been so hot this year those American financial specialists may be thinking about whether it passed the point where it is possible to join the gathering. Truth should told, numerous experts think Europe will keep on beating U.S. stocks. Why is it that some of America most sultry venture capitalist firms now opening up their office just on the opposite side of the lake in Europe? Why are venture capitalists progressively coming into Europe to locate the freshest and most creative new companies? These are the issues that Whether you are an investor trying to fabricate your portfolio with possibly exceptional yield venture opportunities, or a business person looking for capital or assets to construct your group will be asking.

The United States venture capital firms such as Highland Capitals which is one of the biggest and most experienced worldwide option credit administrators have a great interest in emerging European market. Highland capital management firm is independently claimed. Its venture approach in credit is to deliver predictable, above normal returns by applying time-tried standards of contributing and keeping up order around capital protection while focusing on a suitable return in investment strategies. The firm greatly spends significant time in credit strategies, for example, flexible credit investments, long-term finances and separate account, distressed and special circumstances private value. Highland capital management together with its subsidiaries, has around $21 billion of assets under management

James Dondero better known as Jim is the co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management. James Dondero, who recently was appointed a new president of institutional products for Highland capital management, has over 30 years of experience putting resources into credit and value markets and spearheaded the utilization of the Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO).

According to Jim’s website, Jim went to the University of Virginia with an emphasis on accounting and finance. Jim, in the long run, went ahead to serve as Chief Investment Officer of GIC’s Protective Life subsidiary, developing the business to more than $2 billion from 1989 to 1993. Jim is both a Certified Management Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

We believe Europe has turned into a key center for venture capitalist hoping to keep up a connection with the ever growing region while having incredible access to the assets that the European continent brings to the table. Also, we hope to see an expanding number of companies the following years that will look good for the European start-up environment in general.