Dec 022016

Brian Bonar is a distinguished San Diego-based financial executive. He has worked in the finance area for more than three decades amassing enough knowledge in the sector. Mr. Bonar has served and continues to serve as an executive for several prominent firms.

Educational Background

In 1963, Brian Bonar attended James Watt Technical College where he majored in mechanical engineering. Later in 1973, he studied the same course for his undergraduate degree but this time at Strathclyde University. He furthered his studied and attained a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Staffordshire University.

Mr. Bonar also has a Ph.D. in international business development studies from Staffordshire University.

Managerial Roles

Brian Bonar holds several executive positions at various firms. He currently serves as the chief executive officer and chairman of Trucept, Inc., a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) which is located in Nevada. The company provides an outsourced human resources and payroll solutions designed to meet the needs of a huge variety of companies. As the CEO, Mr. Bonar oversees temporary staffing activities as well as insurance of products and services.

The executive has also worked for Dalrada Financial Services since June 1999. Mr. Bonar serves as the CEO and chairman of the board of Dalrada. He is tasked with directing the sales and management strategy of the company. Being CEO and chairman at the same time has also made him responsible for a huge selection of employee benefits and aftermarket products.

The company acts as a marketing liaison, providing customers with an assortment of employee programs that help increase business efficiency. The programs include financial management, employee benefits, and risk management insurance.

Besides the two companies, Brian also works at Smart-tek Automated Services, Inc., a professional staffing company that provides financial services to small and medium-sized businesses. He is also the chairman and CEO of the company.


The financial expert has held several positions in various firms in the course of his career. Bonar started his career in 1969 when he was employed as the procurement manager at IBM. His role was to outsource motherboards for IBM PCs.

Mr. Bonar has also worked for almost a dozen other firms throughout his career including Allegiant Professional Business Services, Rastek Corporation among others. In May 2006, he co-founded AMS Outsourcing and is currently a managing member of the company.


Bonar’s experience and knowledge of the financial sector have enabled him to be a prominent professional. His outstanding work has been acknowledged on several occasions. In 2010, he was selected the Cambridge Who’s Who Executive of the Year in Finance.

The Cambridge Who’s Who is an honor that selects only two female and one male in every sector to be executives of the year. The honorees are selected based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements and leadership skills.

Nov 242016

Raj Fernando’s firm Chopper Trading has 250 working around the world. Since Fernando founded it in 2002, he grew it into a large, powerhouse firm taking major positions and moving lots of trading volume on exchanges throughout the globe.

One of his strategies is hiring only the best and brightest, and only the best and brightest who really want to be traders, and only those who fit into the company. For good candidates who look promising, they not only visit the Chopper Trading offices, they talk to many current employees. That way, both sides can evaluate the other. Current traders can tell the prospect what it takes to be a successful candidate. Prospects talk to people who are currently in training. They talk to dozens of people, eventually going all the way to the top, to speak with Fernando himself.

Prospects socialize with the employees, eating dinner or playing pool. The idea is not to flatter or impress the candidate, just to see whether they have a personality that fits in with others. Then the employees discuss the prospect, comparing notes, to see whether anyone noticed any major red flags.

Thanks to this indepth recruiting process, Fernando and Chopper Trading have never lost an active trading. That’s an impressive record in the financial trading community. He says he’s out to hire retirees, people who will stay there until old age forces them out. It’s not just a job, says John Sizemore, one of the firm’s traders. Life is too short to do things you don’t want to, with people you don’t like.

In 2004, Raj Fernando stopped trading himself to focus his efforts on upgrading Chopper Trading’s information technology systems. Trading the markets successfully depending on having the most up-to-date information, the most extensive database of past transactions in markets around the world and the most sophisticated trading algorithms. Speed of execution is crucial. It does no good to figure out a good trade if a competitor enters their order before you order yours. Plus, a firm handling millions of dollars in orders needs extremely tight security. They cannot afford to be hacked either for information or money.

Therefore, he has helped use his expertise in financial system cyber security to help the government deal with its security issues.

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Nov 232016

The Swiss Startup Factory was founded and is headed by Mike Baur. The main idea that Mike had in mind when starting the company was to have a mentorship like program whereby some of the businesses that invested in Fintech would have a way forward in trying to break through and reach the levels of success achieved b others before them. His role had been bringing together the funds that are needed for the company and he does this by getting other businesses to invest in his setup.

The company has been doing quite well of late. There has been the addition of a new investor, Michael Hartweg, who was previously working with Leonteq. He had stopped working with Leonteq at the time that Baur brought him on board. He will be acting as a mentor and an investor. The first step in the process for him will be choosing the businesses or the ideas that he likes from the many applications. After making the selection, he will be expected to mentor them and find them financial support as they grow and become better in their business. Thanks to Mike Baur, Michael will be another one of the many men who have already set their eyes and their money on the Swiss startup business.

These initiatives are part of the accelerator program. Through the program, small companies are taken up, funded and provided with all the support they need to fuel their growth.

Mike Baur

Mike founded the Swiss Startup Factory some years back. The company has its headquarters in Zurich and is mainly focused on investing in small startups that have Fintech technology. The accelerator program was started in2014 and is making it even simpler for small scale investors to reach the levels of success they should in investing.

These are goals that cannot be met unless there is funding. Since Mike has been working the Swiss banking industry for close to 20 years, he understands the pitfalls and the shortcuts a new investor can make to achieve success. He understands the business models that work well and the ones that do not work. He believes that the IT need of the banking sector in the country is way below the supply of companies and solutions that address the need well. He feels that the best way to make all companies feel included and up to date is by encouraging them to incorporate IT in their work.


Nov 212016

Cotemar is a leading Mexican company that specializes in offering services related to the creation of offshore oil field by use of sophisticated vessels. It carries out rehabilitation and maintenance of process centers and platforms in offshore facilities, including semi-submersible platforms. It allows vessels to operate smoothly by offering exceptional catering and accommodation services. The firm officially started its operation back in 1974. The main offices of Cotemar are based in Ciuda del Carmen, Mexico.

How Cotemar has differentiated itself from other firms

Cotemar undergoes a constant growth and broadens its services through the chain value of the oil sector. It integrates effective indicators and high-quality process equipment and relies on the highly experienced worker to guarantee a business model that delivers services that suit the unique situations of clients. The company tailors its services for market segments such as construction, maintenance, engineering, and modernization.

Services offered

Sophisticated and maritime support vessels

Cotemar owns vessels that have powerful positioning systems that offer unique services like offshore maintenance. Computers connected through satellite (GPS) are used to control the motors and to make sure the vessels are stable. Powerful positioning vessels coupled with saturation diving system enable inspection procedures and seabed processing lines reintegration. Cotemar specialized vessels link offshore to Ciudad Del Carmen.

Advance vessels and services rendered

• Tugs and barges specialize in transporting large structures needed for upstream

• Vessels for moving abrasive bulk materials, barite, sand, and mud

• Transporting liquids and oils obtained from oil field

• Firefighting vessel for dealing with oil spills and firefighting

Accommodation and catering services

These services range from laundry, nourishment, cleaning of common areas, to bedding services. The accommodation vessels comprise of cabins that host two or four people and recreational areas: gyms, TV rooms, cinemas, and a basketball court. The Ciudad del Carmen-based-hotel helps Cotemar in supporting the offshore operations. On the vessels and rings operated by the company, it has the internal capacity to offer offshore housing and food services to over 4,000 guests. The company adheres to the highest standards of health control and quality that ensures that food and services are received, transferred, and preserved.

Working for Cotemar

Cotemar focuses on creating new job opportunities and developing the human capability of each employee. The firm has implemented groundbreaking training course and workshops. It has also entered agreements with local and global universities. Cotemar treats employees with utmost respect and focuses on developing their talents through educational seminars and workshops.

Nov 182016

What Doe Deere has done over the years is amaze customers with her interesting line of cosmetics. There is no doubt that people are buying the products from the Lime Crime brand, but many people are thrilled about the owner of this company. They want to know about Doe Deere and how she got to the top. They want to know about her style and how it influences what she has been doing.

What most people can say about Doe Deere is that she is eccentric, and her style is a true reflection of the way that she carries herself. There are obscure colors like Alien and Candy Future lipsticks that have made this brand of cosmetics pop. She has become the person that is able to carry this brand to new heights because she knows how to present lipstick and eyeliner in a different way.

The thing that Doe Deere has used to stand out is her deep colors of lipstick. She has been known to change the color of her hair to match the color of her lipstick for the moment. Blue lipstick promotion, as far as Doe Deere is concerned, is better accentuated with blue hair. That is the way that she has been doing things for the length of her career, and this doesn’t seem to be changing because it has been working well for her.

Her eccentric style is something that has made people notice her, and she has done what she felt like she needed to do in order to separate herself from other people in leadership positions. Most people in presidential positions for cosmetic companies are not seen. They leave it up to marketing departments to hold the company up. There are various teams that have a hand in moving the direction of the company forth. With Doe Deere, however, she has taken it upon herself to build a different type of company.

Her brand has managed to thrive because there has been a lot of hard work put into communicating with fan base. She shows off her style every chance that she gets, and people on social media comment on her different fashion tastes. Doe Deere brings fashion into the picture, and she uses this as a platform to simply present the Lime Crime brand as the essential accessory for your fashion needs. She is a cosmetics marketing professional that builds anticipation.

Oct 312016

David Osio is a philanthropist and a financial advisor. Mr. Osio is the founder and the CEO of Davos Financial Group of companies, a financial advisory company in Venezuela. He holds more than 20 years of experience and knowledge in portfolios structuring, assets management, corporate planning, banking services, and planning for succession. He holds a degree from Catholic University Andres Bello, in Venezuela. Additionally, he pursued an International Banking Law degree (Advanced Management Program) from IESA.

His career began at 1981 while working as the president and CEO of the OPED Enterprise. Here, he was in charge of the coffee export in the company. He later joined the LETCO Commercial Companies where he had the role of organizing different market programs for various commercial products. He began his career in banking law in 1984, at MGO, in Caracas. At the law firm, he was in charge of dealing with business-based clients such as Consolidated Bank and the Ferro Corporation.

David Osio later joined the Private Banking Sector at Banco Latino International (BLI). He was a force to reckon at the bank following his previous experience as a legal advisor and vast knowledge in banking. After two years of service at the bank, he earned a promotion to the Vice President of Banking Commercial. His contributions at the bank elevated it to one major participant in the local and international Banking industry. David Osio recognizes the American Banking Association and the Swiss Bank Corporations as the two places behind his banking career.

David Osio is renowned for his charitable acts globally. He supports different causes in the fields of arts, music, medical research, and community developments. He has also teamed up with several charitable organizations that support culture and art. Mr. Osio through the Davos Financial Group always gives constant support to the Miami Symphony Orchestra where he is a Member of the Board. Every year, David Osio sponsors the EPk events held by the Children Orthopedic Foundation in support of the medical research for children.

David Osio founded Davos Financial Group in 1993. The company has experienced tremendous growth in domestic and international markets following Osio’s lead. It has its location in Geneva, Lisbon, New York, Panama City and Miami where it continues to expand its charity works to all the cities. Other charitable organizations that he supports include the Wayuu Taya Foundation, The Fundana Foundation, UMA Foundation, as well giving funds in support of the arts in at the Saludarte Foundation of Art.

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Oct 112016

Unlike today, the past allowed people to walk around the streets carrying their favorite stations and radio tunes. Most people walked around with radio cassettes while playing music as the other side of the tape recorded songs. In the 80s, the radio cassette trend became prominent with an added movie story line, which made the recording trend popular. The invention of the Walkman in the 90s demonstrated how individuals enjoyed music privately. A decade after the 90s, an iPod was invented. This is a clear indication that technology grows with the mass of what an individual considers innovative.

The definition of fashion and technology is currently ongoing with fashion designers providing custom-tailored goods and services through the existing innovative technology. The symbiotic relationship offers a high standard of technology use and functionality. According to a Dutch fashion guru, Anouk Wipprecht, who is prominent for her Avant grade designs, technology is like a playground. It is a place of experiment because as you explore deeper into the innovative ways, you acquire various incredible skills to empower your creativity. Anouk Wipprecht has tailored creative designs including a drink making dress, self-painting dress, the Pseudomorphs, and the DareDroid.

The Future of Fashion and Technology

Other fashion trends develop through technology to protect the users. Although wearing a bike protection may not be trendy, Terese Alstin and Anna Haupt designed a fashionable protector to be worn around the neck. The system has a popping airbag from the neckwear to offer head protection from impact.

Unless it is opened, the user has a clear visibility of the surroundings, which brings in the negative element of wearing a helmet. Through wearing Frontline Gloves tailored by Ashwin Rajan, firefighters can achieve massive protection as they can pass valuable information to their teammates through hand gestures.

About Chris Burch

Chris Burch is the chief executive officer and founder of Burch Creative Capital. He is a successful entrepreneur and investor in a variety of industries with over forty years of experience. Chris has contributed to the development of various technology and luxury brands items in different companies including Voss Water, Faena Hotel, and Poppin.

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Oct 112016

Mike Baur is a well renowned entrepreneur and business man in Switzerland. Since his childhood days, Baur has had a passion for banking and finance. As such, the more than 20 years that he has worked in the Swiss Private Banking industry gives him a great since of satisfaction. Baur started his career in finance and banking as an apprentice with UBS. However, he quickly moved through the ranks to become an executive board member with one of the largest private banks in the country. Today, Baur is reputed for founding the best privately financed and independent ICT Startup Accelerator in the country, along with two other co-founders.


About the Swiss Startup Factory


At the age of 39 years, Baur established the Swiss Start up Factory (SSUF), along with two other partners. The SSUF was established in 2014 and focuses on offering a professional execution platform for young and talented entrepreneurs in the country. In this regard, SSUF platform offers mentoring, coaching, and an office space within Zurich for the qualified entrepreneurs.


SSUF Accomplishments


In addition to the recent product, the accelerator program, the SSUF has been able to launch a number of successful start-ups in Switzerland. Some of the most successful start-ups associated with SSUF in the country include:

– Diabird: This is a lifestyle application that targets people living with diabetes.

– Diplomero: One of the leading learning platforms in the country today.

– Hello Vegan: This is an online food shop that targets vegans in the country. The shop offers an array of inspirational vegan recipes and products.


The ability to institute this exclusive accelerator process, broad network and organizational structures in Switzerland by the SSUF demonstrates the effectiveness of the lean start-up approach they use.


The Coming Together Of CTI Invest and SSUF


Since January, 2016, CTI Invest, one of the leading innovative Startups, financing platforms in Switzerland, has been working in a close association with SSUF to further facilitate the growth of the Startup Ecosystem in Switzerland. Following this collaboration, Mike Baur was named the Deputy Managing Director of CTI Invest. Baur will be working with Jean- Pierre Vuilleumier, who was also appointed the Managing Partner of the SSUF following the collaboration.

Under this new agreement, the two organizations will be cooperating in various fields, including offering training for start-ups, organizing events (such as the Swiss Startup Day), and establishing video and Podcasts websites relating to the Swiss Startups. All these achievements demonstrate Baur’s desire and effort to help the young and innovative entrepreneurs in the country.



Sep 292016

Danilo Diaz Granados, co-founder of TOYS for Boys, has done it once again by hosting yet another prestigious event for the affluent people of Miami. The event was full of pomp and pageantry featuring engaging activities such as helicopter rides, exclusive previews, time at the race track, fine cuisines, bottles of Don Perignon and an amazing sunset boat ride. The prestigious event which was held on July this year is among many shindigs that Granados has successfully orchestrated ever since co-founding TOYS for BOYS in 2013.

Mr. Granados stated on Twitter that his goal in offering his guests a ‘once-in-a-lifetime experience’ had been achieved with this year’s events, which means that this is only a precedent for what is to come in the future. Mr. Granados’ event seeks to offer platform whereby privileged guests have an opportunity to connect with art, entertainment and cuisine that is worthy of the level of standards that Miami has set.

After a delightful breakfast at the Dame Zaha Hadid’s One Thousand Museum Sales Centre, the hand-picked guests at this July’s event, they were offered an exclusive preview of the highly-awaited residential building in Miami’s Upscale Biscayne area. Later on, the man of the show, Danilo Diaz Granados, joined his guests on a helicopter ride that took thirty minutes to arrive at the Palm Beach Race Track. While at the race track, each man got a chance to jump behind the wheel and take a spin around the track.
The festivities were concluded by a beautiful sunset boat ride that was sponsored by Van Dutch and Technomar who made it possible for the participants to test their newest boats.

It was while at Babson College in Wellesley Massachusetts that Mr. Granados initially realized that he was meant to make an impact in the world. He attained his Bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Economics and after that became an investment advisor and initiated his ventures based in Miami and Florida. As a successful entrepreneur, Mr. Granados manages resources for his two enterprises namely, TOYS for BOYS and the Edge of Glory.

Danilo Diaz Granados was appointed as an associate at Fireman Capital Partners in 2015 and is still is up until now. At the firm Mr. Granados overlooks the research for global issues affecting equity investments such as energy efficiency, development of innovative startups and hedge funds. Through such and many other studies conducted, Mr. Granados always arrives at the most appropriate decision before advising his clients on possible investment opportunities.

Aug 302016

Not to be confused with the actress of the same name, Crystal Hunt is a 1991 martial arts motion picture. It was shot in Thailand probably back to back with the 1992 martial arts movie known as Cheetah on Fire. Both fighting feature films featured much the same cast.

Specifically, it stars Donnie Yen, Sibelle Hu, Carrie Ng Ka-lai, Lau Ka-fai, Michael Woods, John Salvitti, Ken Lo Wai-kwong and Fujimi Nadeki. The kung fu film was directed by Tsui Fat. Numerous online movie reviewers report that the motion picture was good because it was a bit different then most martial arts movies of that time.

The movie has an Indiana Jones-like storyline. It focuses on a hunt for a gold crystal with magical healing powers. (Hence the title-duh-Crystal Hunt.)

Each character has a motive. Lisa (played by Carrie Ng) wants the crystal to heal her sick father. Smugglers want it for more monetary motives.

Joyce (portrayed by Fujimi Nadeki) is searching for the crystal because it is a way to find her father the archaeologist who disappeared while hunting for it. Meanwhile, the authorities are also looking for it too in that they are trying to capture the smugglers.

Chi Liang, (played by Donnie Yen) is an ex-cop with issues. He teams up with his old partner (portrayed by Sibelle Hu) to assist his ex-ladyfriend in locating her dad. Michael Woods reportedly became a celebrity in Africa, Asia and Europe just for playing the bad buy here. Also praised for its blend of brutal action and comedy, Crystal Hunt had nothing to do with it.

Crystal Hunt, of course, is an American actress and burgeoning movie producer born on February 5, 1985. She has appeared in numerous commercials including an anti-drug advertisement with *NSYNC. She portrayed Lizzie Spaulding on the show Guiding Light from 2003 to 2006.

Her resume also includes playing Stacy Morasco from 2009 to 2010 on the show One Life to Live. Hunt also worked in the 2005 movie The Derby Stallion, and played Demetria “Dinky” Rosemead Hodgekiss two years later in the motion picture Sydney White. Crystal Hunt also produced the 2014 movie Talbot County.