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Flawless Transport – The Solution to Williamson County’s Traffic Problem

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The Williamson County Growth Summit brought together the leading authorities in the transit industry to solve a growing problem: traffic. Some of the figures who graced the summit are: Mike Heiligenstein, Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority; Leandre Johns, Texas External Affairs Director for Uber Technologies, Inc.; and founder of RideScoutt LLC Joseph Kopser.


The summit’s theme was on the effects of technology on the transportation system in Austin and the world as a whole. However, the panel members did not shy away from addressing the issues plaguing the city’s transportation system.


A Growing City, a Growing Problem

As one of the state’s biggest states, Austin is growing steadily in many aspects. On one hand, the adoption of emerging transport is improving efficiency in the city’s transport industry. For instance, ride sharing apps and driverless cars are positively reshaping the city’s transportation industry. On the other hand, the city’s population is growing steadily and its transport industry is coming under strain.


Mike Heiligenstein proposed that the city should make the remaining corridors more efficient, smarter, and more technically advanced. He also proposed the expansion of existing roads’ traffic capacities. Alan McGraw, Mayor for Round Rock, was also conscious of the traffic issue and was advised to maintain flexibility in land use and building.


Other related infrastructure including parking areas were also discussed. Among the panelists was Jared Ficklin of ArgoDesign, who has repeatedly proposed the construction of an aerial gondola system in Austin. He was particularly vocal about parking lots by proposing smart and space-efficient garages of the future. According to Ficklin, Austin should build parking garages that are only five feet tall with multiple levels. They should also feature charging stations for electric cars and service stations, among other amenities.


About Mike Heiligenstein

Mike Heiligenstein is an outstanding figure in Central Texas’ infrastructure development, and the transport system in particular. He is a graduate of the University of Texas and holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Government. He is the Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. He has led the agency since 2003, and under his management the agency seeks to modernize the regional transportation network for Central Texas. He has also grown the agency’s assets from almost zero to a projected $4 billion in 2020.

Mike Heiligenstein has also served Central Texas in many capacities in the past. Some of his past jobs include serving on the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council, the regional MPO, and chairing the Clean Air Force of Texas.

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CTRMA Offers Transit Solutions

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It is one of the saddest moments when we see to it that the traffic issues are only discussed in the hearing o Austin City and not any other art of the county. As much as we talk about the city becoming congested, we are failing to note the congestion in traffic which is acting the Williamson County which is one of the largest areas where people stay in this city. For this reason, we end up failing to acknowledge the greater benefit imposed on the people who work to get the highest fruits and steer the city’s economy struggle through traffic and other related issues.


According to the Growth Summit of the Williamson County held on this previous Thursday, it offered the greatest opportunity for us to present our grievances to discuss the ways of making this country flourish again. This was one of the rarest opportunities to have the transportation system in the country transformed in a manner which depicts maturity and the leader in the world-class transport network. Or us to take or county to greater heights, we must first understand the various ways through which we can develop the place and make it better for business. Business never allows for delays. This is caused through the lack of a proper transparent transportation system which allows for seamless business in the region. The regions of suburban communities are now affected more than ever. These are the people who work in the city and have a great contribution to the economy of the state.


The discussion panel had the inclusion of Mike Heiligenstein as the Regional Mobility Authority Executive Director of Central Texas, Uber Technologies Inc., Joseph Kopser as the founder of RideScout LLC, Leandre Johns as the Texas External Affairs Director and ArgoDesign’s Jared Ficklin. This discussion had the inclusion of one of the most influential people in t city who take care of the design of the transportation system in a modern city like Austin. While the main aim of this concern was to raise a new level of awareness in the state, they were missioned to have the state-issued with the summit to make it grow and solve the problems of traffic. The people brought all their ideas together and settled on matters which concern the issuance of the strategic facility development in areas involving technology changes which will work a long way to develop the transportation system in the region of the William County.

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Squaw Valley Statement

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Squaw Valley recently released a public statement addressing the confirmation of low levels of E. coli and coliform bacteria. Findings were initially released on Nov. 8 and Squaw Valley has since been treating the water at upper mountain, seeing steady improvement. Although progress has been made toward improving the water quality, the restaurants at upper mountain remain closed. Top to bottom skiing is still allowed, but skiers are still not allowed to drink the water. Despite their current ban on using the drinking water, skiing has been allowed to continue. Since the discovery, there have been no reports of health problems by anyone on the resorts.

In Squaw Valley’s statement, they trace the initial problems back to inclement weather in which a rainstorm impacted several systems in the area. The system affected was an upgrade, having recently been installed and the contamination was not a result of an inadequate structure or equipment function. In the statement released, Squaw Valley maintained that none of the contaminated water ever reached the public and that the current steps being taken were of a precautionary nature. The contamination was first discovered during a series of routine tests and the proper Placer County authorities were promptly contacted. Other water safety specialists have also been contacted and have been assisting those at Squaw Valley in their efforts to find a quick and effective solution to ending the contamination. Despite their progress at regaining normality concerning water usage, they are committed to waiting until the experts have confirmed all contamination is gone. Safety continues to be at the forefront of Squaw Valley’s concerns for the public and as they continue to work toward a resolution, they have begun offering free bottled water to guests on the resort. Squaw Valley has also publicly announced their appreciation to Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District for their consistent efforts for a resolution.

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The Charity undertakings of Antony Petrello

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Antony Petrello currently works for the Nabors Industries as its chief executive officer. He has been holding the position since October 2011. The Nabor Industries is one of the branches of the Nabors Exchange co, which is a Canadian company. Mr. Petrello has been an employee of the company since 1991, and he once served as its chief operating officer. He was the deputy chairperson of the Nabors Industries Limited since 2003 to 2012, and the company appointed him in 2016 to serve as chairman.

Mr. Petrello has adequate knowledge and experience in carrying out various activities of the company since he has served it for several decades. Anthony Petrello’s leadership skills is one of the factors that made him be promoted to be CEO as soon as the position was vacant. Anthony has been an excellent administrator of the company since its share price has risen by 180 percent during his time in office. He has been associating well with various stakeholders of the enterprise, and therefore, has built healthy relationships with them. His interactions have facilitated the growth of the oil business. Petrello was the United States’ top paid CEO in 2013. The company raised his salary between 2012 and 2013 to make it $68.2 million.

The Nabors Industries CEO is also a generous person who has been giving back to the community by funding medical care for children. He is dedicated to ensuring that all children get the best health care. Antony has a daughter who suffers from a disorder, and this has been his driving force to assisting other people. Cindy, who is his wife, gave birth to their daughter when she was only 24 weeks pregnant. His daughter is called Carena, and at birth, she weighed less than a pound. The hearts of the couple were broken since they both had different plans for their child’s future. The girl is currently disabled, and she depends on someone else to feed and move. Petrello is an active person, and he opted to learn more about the neurological defect and also donate when he was able. Anthony Petrello and his wife have given approximately $7 million to the Texas Children Hospital and is also one of its trustees.

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The Video Visitation App by Securus Technologies

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Christmas is always a special time for children. Most of them anticipate spending quality time with their parents and opening gifts. However, for children with guardians or parents in correction facilities, they find a difficult time to enjoy the holiday season. Many children never understand why they cannot be with their parents at such special time of the year. Taking them to correction facilities may raise more questions and result in a bad experience. Fortunately, Securus has introduced a new way for families to come together for the holiday season. It has achieved this through the introduction of a video visitation program.


Securus Technologies is a highly successful company that has centered its services in communication and technology. The company has its headquarters located in Dallas, Texas. The company was founded several decades ago to offer technology services to inmates in different parts of the country. The company recently announced that it would avail a new set of technology equipment. The technology would serve as an important part of communication. The technology was named Securus Video Visitation Program. It is a unique program that allows family members to visit their inmates through a video call feature. The program allows better communication between families during the festive season.


Apart from offering communication services in correction facilities, Securus has determined to improve investigations. The company has introduced several features that come with the video visitation program. It includes getting user id and photo when signing up for the program. The result is that many people that get to use the communication system have their information with the company. Securus also monitors the video visitation program. Anything that is said in the videos that could bring result in violence is usually noted.


One can access the video visitation technology by opening an account with the company. You can also make use of the company’s email system if you want. There is also the availability of a voicemail feature that comes with the program. The nature of flexible services that go with the company makes it possible to improve communication. Family members no longer have to worry about taking their children for long walks to correction facilities. I think that the video visitation program provided by the company is great. It seeks to improve family relationships and foster a better understanding between inmates and their families. More than one million people have benefited from the use of the communication facility.



New Chairman Takes the Helm at Capital Group with Huge Approval

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Tim Armour was recently elected Chairman of Capital Group, by its board of directors. Capital Group is one of globes leading investment management companies in existence. They are the home to American Funds. Tim was Chairman of the groups management committee and their research arm. Tim will continue as the leader of the firm’s management group to set business strategies going forward. The passing of Jim Rothenberg, the former Chairman, has called for rapid changes in recent positions within the firm.

Tim claims that it is the collective strength of Capital Group that has allowed the company to achieve its mission of providing superior, investment results to the company’s clients and investors. He has 32 years of experience in the investment industry, all of it with the company. He started out in the company’s Associate program and moved up to Equity Investment Analyst. He specialized in global telecom companies and the U.S. service companies.

Armour is pleased with the track record of the firm’s stock pickers. His philosophy is, “we will get you better returns over time.” This principal has brought him great success throughout his career in the investment industry. Tim believed in 2015, that the economy was not growing as it should be, and that the Federal Reserve was going to increase interest rates soon. He claims that near-zero rates will eventually become a major risk for investors.

Capital Group is based in Los Angeles, Ca. The firm manages over $1.4 trillion in assets. Before taking over as Chairman of the firm, Armour worked closely with Jim Rothenberg, on in-house research that shows the benefits of certain types of active fund management. The company has recently enjoyed improved long term results for many of its funds. Tim Armour claims that active managers can typically outperform the markets, with the right strategies.

At the end of 2016, Janet Yang, CFA said that Capital Group made a great choice by selecting Tim Armour as Chairman. She says he has the ability to see business needs and demands well in advance of them coming to market. This should be a great advantage to the clients of Capital Group.

Keep Reading: You Don’t Have to Settle for Average Investing Returns. Here’s Why



Sam Boraie Continues to Focus on Revitalizing New Jersey’s Cities and Charity

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Real estate businessman Sam Boraie is continuing their family tradition of revitalizing New Jersey’s cities. Sam Boraie is one of the key leaders of Boraie Development, a firm founded by Omar Boraie, his father. Sam Boraie has been involved in their own family business for many years. Sam’s main focus over the years has been finding new development targets, and he is currently one of the many vice presidents in this organization. Other major leaders in this business include his younger sister, older brother, and several other family members. Furthermore, Sam Boraie is the contact person for the current development sites and building acquisitions, and that includes construction of that his father purchased in New Brunswick through their family business Boraie Development.

Boraie Development is a leading development company in the U.S. The New Jersey-based firm has put a significant amount of their resources in New Brunswick and has already come up with a comprehensive plan to revitalize this city completely. By now, they have developed many facilities that are now luring many small businesses and individuals to the city. But these projects are just the start of the firm’s plans for revitalizing the city.

Read more: The Visionary: Omar Boraie has seen the potential of New Brunswick for four decades

Sam’s father made up his mind that buildings along the main artery in the city of Jersey would make the best residential and commercial sites. Sam Boraie opened many first-class office buildings. One of them is Albany Street Plaza Tower One that he opened in 1988. The other is Albany Street Plaza Tower Two in 2003. After attracting experts to New Brunswick, Omar Boraie developed One Spring Street condominiums to cater for the housing needs of the experts building Albany Street Towers.

While Sam dedicates a lot of his time to the family business, he is a key stakeholder in several charitable causes such as the State Theatre of New Jersey.

As a community-minded philanthropist, Sam Boraie is both a trustee of the State Theater in New Brunswick and a great supporter of the theater’s artistic and educational programs. At the State Theatre Benedict Gala in 2014, where Sam was present, their development company was recognized as a corporate honoree. Sam serves on the board of trustees together with several other businesspersons. The State Theatre puts on many different productions annually in New Brunswick and New Jersey. This organization depends mainly on charitable donations, a significant portion of which comes from Sam Boraie himself, other members of the Boraie family, or the development firm.

Sam is also involved with a charitable organization that strives to fight and defeat poverty particularly in and around communities in New Jersey, Elijah’s Promise. The top objectives of this organization include preventing hunger, empowering people to get reliable and sustainable employment opportunities, creating businesses that promote social benefits and providing hygienic and nutritious foods. Sam Boraie also serves on the board of directors of Elijah’s Promise and takes part fully in the planning for future projects. Sam’s efforts to improve people’s lives is already bearing fruit.

Read more about Sam Boraie on StateTheatreNJ.org

Business Professional and Entrepreneur Brian Bonar

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Brian Bonar is currently the founder and CEO of Dalrada Financial Corporation. He has worked for Allegiant Professional Company and Smart-Tek Services. He has done many things along the road of his career that include K-12 education projects, retail, multi-family housing, and commercial work.

All of this possible with a degree in Technical Engineering. Bonar is also the owner of the Bellamy’s restaurant chain that is based in San Diego. This amazing man’s resume does not stop there. He has also worked for Trucept, Inc. and The Amanda Co., Inc.

Brian’s strong passion for design has lead him into many companies that have only enhanced his professional career. There are a number of awards that Brian has received throughout the expanse of his career and I am sure there are more to come.

There has not been an endeavor that he has walked away from and he tackles them with such great spirit and professional grace. For example, he worked within Delrada Financial Corporation, Trucept Inc., and the Bellamy’s restaurants which have all flourished to extreme heights.

Going through this man’s lengthy resume you begin to realize that this man has set out and stepped into many endeavors. The most impressive would have to be Bellamy’s restaurants.

When you see that his career path has been consistently working in business and technology, it is hard to see that he would have the time to step into the restaurant business. Not only has he turned a restaurant around, but he has taken that restaurant and made it into a huge sensation that is well loved in San Diego.

They serve high-end cuisine that is sought after by so many tourists and many regulars as well. After one of Bonar’s favorite restaurants began doing an overhaul he was able to scoop up the staff for his own restaurant. According to San Diego Magazine, after the huge success of Bellamy’s, Brian Bonar plans on opening a four-star facility with a signature restaurant in Bandy Canyon. How could this man go wrong?

FreedomPop Offers Other Phone Plans Along With Their Free Plan

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A FreedomPop review of the free cell phone service shows they’ve made some positive changes and also some other changes that are notable. Even though the free cell phone service has been around for years, things have been added to and taken away from the service to make it that much better for each customer. Anyone who chooses to get the free service will need to know that it’s only free for one year, and after the year is up, the cost for the service will be $10.99 per month.

Since the free service would cost the same as the paid service, the customer is encouraged to switch to the paid plan after a year. The paid plan that is offered by FreedomPop is currently priced at $10.99 and has unlimited talk and text, which is a step up from the free service plan. There is also 500 MB of data with the free service plan as opposed to 200 MB, but both plans have an automatic top up once the data is depleted down to 100 MB. Anyone can turn off the automatic top up option if it’s not something that they want because there is a $10 automatic charge when topping up.

Along with having Wi-Fi service with millions of different hotspots, FreedomPop also has a Wi-Fi calling service plan that is only five dollars per month. Those with the free cell phone service plan can utilize this the most because for only five dollars each month, they’ll be able to make phone calls over Wi-Fi as well as getting unlimited data through Wi-Fi and being able to send text messages. If paying five dollars per month is all that a person pays when they use the free phone service plan, they’ll still be coming out on top.

It’s always wise to mention the most popular plan, the unlimited plan for $19.99. This heavily used plan is available to any customer that has either a CDMA phone that’s from Sprint or a GSM phone that’s unlocked. Any cell phone user who switches to FreedomPop will not have to sign any contract but must get a sim card if they have a GSM phone and also must make sure the phone is unlocked. Although so many people love the free cell phone service from FreedomPop, it’s good to know that there are other options for cell phone service from the same company.

Learn more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FreedomPop

Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water Remarkable Growth in Just a few Years

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Waiakea Water announced that they have aggressively grown by over 5000 percent since 2012. The company’s premium bottled brand has in one year been able to increase its products to over 2000 stores in 30 Unites States nations.

This brand was established with the objective to participate in heath, sustainability as well as charitable activities. The company planned to celebrate the achievements by launching a new manufacturing facility in Hawaii so as to meet the increasing global demand.

Ryan Emmons, the founder of Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water, expressed his appreciation of the growth which he says have achieved within a short period. He added that they are proud to have grown from selling few thousands of cases to over 120,000 cases. He as well appreciated the fact that they were able to donate over 500 million liters of water to needy communities across Africa.

To ensure that consumers drink ethically, they have partnered with Pump Aid and were to donate 650 liters of water for every liter retailed. That donation is just a small portion of their charitable works. The water they sell comes from the purest places on earth, rich in minerals, naturally alkaline, and electrolyte-packed using recycled (rPET) bottles.

Emmons said that he believes the success of Waiakea water is achieved from doing things differently. Waiakea Water became the first premium bottled water company to be certified CarbonNeutral. The certification was a great achievement that they were proud of.

He added that their focus on sustainability, health as well as ethics have heightened the brand’s from one level to another. The company’s value has surpassed $10 million through an annual growth of about 170 percent. Waiakea Water is available in many premier stores across the country which include Wawa and Whole foods. The brand has already begun expanding to other nations as well.

About Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water

Waiakea Water is filtered through numerous feet of porous volcanic rock. From the filtration, the most naturally alkaline water that is rich in minerals and electrolytes is produced. The company was founded in 2012 and is committed to participate in heath matters, sustainability and charitable activities.

They have donated water to disadvantaged communities in Africa in collaboration with Pump Aid. Through this program every liter sold earned a donation of 650 liters to the needy thus promoting ethical drinking. The company prides of being certified CarbonNeutral for its philanthropic initiatives.