All posts by tolliver

Susan McGalla Advises Women Advancing in the Work Place

via PR Newswire

Popular Pittsburgh management and branding consultant Susan McGalla recently tackled the issue of women advancing in the work place. An oft requested speaker who has addressed groups such as the Carnegie Mellon University Conference for CEOs and the Women and Girl’s Foundation of Pittsburgh, she is the founder of P3 Executive Consulting LLC. 

Susan McGalla offers three main points for women to consider. First, she urges them to plan and save for a college education, because higher education opens doors for career advancement. Second, she stresses that women in the work place must “find support and build a network of influencers” and then focus on exhibiting a strong work ethic in order to succeed into management posts. Third, she recommends simply ignoring the proverbial glass ceiling.

In 1950, only 20% of women in the United States participated in the labor force outside the home. Yet in 2015, that figure has expanded to nearly 50%, with 46.9% of women in the nation holding compensated positions as employees and some 14.6% of those individuals filling executive positions. Despite the interest of businesses in hiring women on an ongoing basis, reportedly many women do encounter difficulties advancing in their careers. Susan McGalla hopes they concentrate on achieving a solid work ethic.

Susan McGalla’s nationally known firm, P3 Executive Consulting LLC, can offer consulting services to individuals, businesses, academic institutions, hospitals and government entities concerning a wide array of managerial and administrative issues of concern to enterprises and executives. Her areas of expertise include branding and marketing, both highly popular topics among leading global business enterprises. She frequently shares her views with audiences. Her recent comments were set forth in an article entitled “Susan McGalla Gives Advice for Women to Achieve Future Success” and may be accessed online.

What can Beneful Offer Your Pup?

There are tons of dog food brands out there today and many claim that they are the safest, the most nutritious, and the most delicious brand on the market for your four legged friend. Though there are some great brands out there that you may or may not know about, Beneful is a brand that is well known and that is doing more for your pet than many other big name brands.

There are a few things that any pet owner should know about their dog food before they commit to feeding it to their friends and one thing is of course what is in it. In most cases, dog foods lay their claim to fame in how much of their food is actual meat and protein as opposed to fillers. Beneful is one brand that actually has a very high meat and protein content in both their wet and dry foods.
The next issue to address is of course the added vitamins and minerals. Many dog foods add superficial vitamins like vitamin E and other oils to make your dog appear that it is healthier than before when really the only thing that has changed is its coat. Beneful does add a good deal of vitamins and minerals like A, C, D, calcium, and fatty acids that are needed for not only healthy coat but also a healthy dog, and more information can be found on Purina.

The last thing that anyone might want to know about a brand of dog food is just how many vegetables and the cooking process that is used before they are added. Beneful, like many big name brands is trying to find better, more efficient, and healthier ways to cook and process their products. Beneful is one of the first dog food brands to freeze dry their foods in what they claim helps to keep the nutrients in and helps the food be tastier and better for your dog all around.
In the end the only person that can tell you if your dog food is making a difference for your dog is your vet. You can often see if a food is doing good with your animals just by observing how they eat it and how they respond physically to it. Beneful is not the cheapest brand on the market but the quality of the product is high above many cheap brands making it a great choice for pet owners the world over.

Vijay Eswaran: CEO and Philanthropist

Vijay Eswaran is a successful entrepreneur, executive, motivational speaker, philanthropist, and best-selling author. Eswaran was born in 1960 in Penang, Malaysia. His mother was a teacher and his father held a position with the Malaysian Ministry of Labor. Due to his father’s work Eswaran’s family moved around to different parts of the country while he was growing up.

Vijay Eswaran went on to earn a degree in socio-economics at the London School of Economics. After hanging around Europe and performing odd jobs in several countries, Eswaran earned his MBA from Southern Illinois University. Eswaran returned to Asia in 1998 and founded the QI Group which is a multi-level marketing business that has grown into something much larger. Today QI Group handles business in media, traveling, wellness, corporate investments, and telecommunications. The QI Group have offices based in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore.

Vijay Eswaran is also a motivational speaker. He travels around the world to universities, business forums, and leadership conferences to discuss topics that can range from business to spirituality. He has even had the privilege of speaking at the World Economic Forum.

Vijay Eswaran has also founded the RYTHM Foundation which is a branch of the QI Group that is responsible for philanthropic acts. He has also founded the Vijayaratnam Foundation in Malaysia which is named in honor of his father. Eswaran’s wife Umayal Eswaran is the Chairperson of the foundation. Both foundations work with the community providing mentors as well as donating money to other charities and individuals. In an issue of Forbes Asia in 2011 Eswaran was named to be 1 out of 48 heroes of philanthropy in the area. Recently he was also awarded by the Asian Strategic Leadership Institute in Malaysia with the award for lifetime achievement in Regional Philanthropy.

Vijay Eswaran also has written 4 books. One of his books based on life management, Sphere of Silence, is a best seller and has been translated into multiple languages. He is the also the author of On the Wings of Thought, In The Thinking Zone, and 18 Stepping Stones. Eswaran also regularly writes pieces for local papers in Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

Keith Mann-Disruptive Ingenuity


New York-based entrepreneur Keith Mann is a problem solver whose scope of interest includes the needs of the entire community. While he has worked in the investments and the executive search industry for many years, he has also considered the well being of those who have been traditionally excluded from high skilled and high paying employment. He has considered that the best way for those in poverty to improve their plight is through better education. To this end, he has invested time and money working in partnership with a charter school to help students becomes better prepared for college.


Keith Mann co-founded Dynamic Search Partners in 2001. He is currently the company’s Managing Director. Currently, Dynamic Search Partners is respected as having one of the largest databases of investment executives in the country, sourcing top quality talent for both alternative staffing and executive search services – especially major equity firms.

Mann is actively involved in the organization of philanthropic events for Dynamic Search Partners. He has donated to Hope and Heroes and supports Uncommon Schools in augmenting learning skills for children to prepare them for college readiness. To kick off the Uncommon Schools partnership effort, Keith Mann and a five-member team met with the senior class of Crown Heights Charter School.

They held two resume-building workshops that included individual student advisement and helped them prepare professional resumes for their college applications.

The goal of the Dynamics Search Partners and Uncommon Schools’ relationship is participation in an ongoing program assisting students in learning tactical and practical skills that will help them succeed in college and beyond. Uncommon Schools creates and manages urban charter public schools that prepare low-income students to graduate from college.

Dynamic Search Partners

As an investment banker, Keith Mann specializes in hedge fund management. He began his career with Dynamics Associates managing the Alternative Investment Division. His team conducted research as well as alternative investment decision-making. Keith Mann rose through the ranks and eventually became Managing Director of the company.

Following Dynamic Associates, Keith Mann co-founded Dynamic Search Partners, and a staffing search firm for investment professionals. The company works with top hedge funds throughout the nation, which are seeking qualified executives. Keith Mann currently works as the Managing Director of Dynamic Search Partners.

Kenneth Griffin is an Investment Superstar

Kenneth Griffin has famously been quoted as saying that he started trading from his Harvard dorm room armed only with a fax machine, a telephone, and a personal computer. From that somewhat humble beginning he has founded a hedge fund company, Citadel, one of the largest and most respected world-wide, and from it amassed a fortune estimated at 5.5 billion, large enough to put him squarely in the Forbes 400.

In 1990 Mr. Griffin founded Citadel and remains its Chief Executive Officer. The Citadel group is comprised of Citadel, which branch manages alternative assets; Citadel Securities, which has become a leading liquidity provider of capital markets in the United States; and Citadel Technology, which is a provider of solutions for investment management technology. This umbrella institution employs more than 1,250 team members worldwide.

Mr. Griffin supports educational endeavors that improve the community. He is on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Public Education Fund and supports his alma mater where he earned his bachelor’s degree, Harvard University. He spends his money where he thinks it will do the most good to enrich the lives of others, and to this end he has donated more than $250 million dollars through his Citadel Foundation as well as through personal contributions. He has also contributed generously to Lurie Children’s Hospital, the University of Chicago, and to the Art Institute. He donated $150 million for financial aid to deserving students at Harvard, which was the largest donation the university had received to date.

Kenneth Griffin has identified as a Reagan Republican in the past, and his policies reflect that in his sense of wanting to enable those who are willing to work for their success and who need a helping hand in order to find their place. He is a member of the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago.

He is a member of many business organizations, to include the World Economic Forum, the Economic Club of Chicago, and G100.

Mr. Griffin supports numerous cultural and civic institutions and is a member of the Board of Trustees for both the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Keys to a Successful Real Estate Career: A Look at a Legend

For professionals who are just starting a career in real estate or who have been working hard to create a steady flow of business for themselves, a look at what successful real estate agents have accomplished and how they have accomplished it may be helpful. After all, while some real estate agents may struggle to close a few small transactions per year and may barely be making ends meet, others are real movers and shakers in the industry. For example, Andrew Heiberger is one of the most noteworthy professionals working in the Manhattan market, and a look at his career may be helpful for agents who are struggling with their own career.

Laying the Foundation for a Solid Career
Real estate is a unique business because you do not necessarily have to major in business or a real estate-related field in order to work in the field. Generally, you need to take real estate classes and become licensed within the state. Heiberger is no exception to this, and he has an undergraduate degree as well as a law degree. He is a licensed lawyer in New York, and he also is a licensed real estate agent. Rather than choosing to work in law, he made the decision to embark on a real estate career in Manhattan. Some of his earlier professional roles have been to lead firms like Buttonwood and Citi Habitats, some of the top real estate companies in Manhattan. He also has worked on several significant development projects.

Planning for a New Venture
When Heiberger made the decision to found a new company, TOWN Residential, he conducted a considerable amount of research. He spoke in depth with numerous other professionals in the industry, despite having already been a CEO of two firms and having experience in the market and the industry. He also researched the luxury niche market in Manhattan and learned about the unique skill set required to work in this niche successfully. From that point, he also created a solid business plan. While hard work and great market conditions undoubtedly played a role in the success of TOWN Residential, the success was also likely attributed to careful and detailed planning.

While Heiberger is currently devoting his full attention to TOWN Residential, he may pursue other endeavors in the future. With his track record for success, industry professionals who aspire for greatness may want to keep a close eye on Heiberger’s efforts.

Sam Tabar, Attorney and Financial Advisor

Sam Tabar is a licensed attorney, investment specialist, world traveler, and life of the party. His achievements have only been superseded by his passion for life. Honors student, high-profile attorney, and director at Merryl Lynch are just a few of the roles Tabar has filled. To say that he is a unique individual is surely an understatement.


Sam Tabar attended the prestigious Oxford University from 1997-2000. He graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in Jurisprudence. He then went on to earn his master’s degree in Law at Columbia University from 2000-2001.

His extracurricular activities while attending Oxford included rowing and ballroom dancing. At Columbia he served as associate editor of the Columbia Business Law Review.


After graduating from Columbia, Sam Tabar went on to become an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates in New York. He worked at Skadden from May of 2001 to March of 2004.

His next career venture was becoming the Managing Director at Sparx Group/PMA. His tenure at Sparx spanned over 6 years, from February of 2005 to March of 2011.

His greatest career accomplishment came when he took the role of Head of Capital Strategy at Merryl Lynch. He was a director there from February of 2011 to September of 2012.

After Merryl Lynch, Tabar parlayed his skills to Adanac LLC, BVI, to serve as Director. At Adanac he guided the company in real estate investments and startup venture capital.


Sam Tabar is no stranger to the world of linguistics. He has a native fluency in both English and French. He acquired a working proficiency of Japanese while directing Merryl Lynch Asia-Pacific.

His greatest passions are travelling and hosting events. He enjoys seeing what the world has to offer, while partaking in the finer things in life among family and friends. Check out Sam’s IMDB profile for a little more.

He also remains an avid investor, leading the world in the next big innovations.

2015 Will Be the Year of the Color Marsala

In 2015, get ready to embrace a fresh, new perspective on color. What was once thought as “magenta” will be reborn in the fashion world, and with layouts for industrial and modern designs, and as the go to hue for chic interior decorating. 

Delightfully refreshing as it may sound, this is no mere fluke. Pantone, the official resource for color palettes, has picked “Marsala” as the hue of the upcoming year. Marsala joins other prestigious hues such as “Tangerine Tango,” which was selected as color of the year, for 2012.

The new color will pop up everywhere in Bernardo Chua men’s fashions, pet accessories, and cosmetic products for women and in color swatches for homeowners to select as the perfect decorating choice for both paint and furnishings. The color has just the right amount of swagger; it is not too bold or too subtle. It combines the richness of red wine, with a subtle brown undertone, but not too much.

The Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman and David Shah, the Editorial Director believe that the hardest thing about choosing a color of the year is to avoid clichés. Leatrice said that, “colors are chosen based on what the public wants and this particular color is one that people will relate to as “nurturing.” Leatrice also added that Marsala is a rich color that will hold well as a textured upholstery fabric.

Target Features Adorable Child Model With Down Syndrome


Children of all ages and races are all special in their own way. Each one has a smile meant to add light to our often grim world. Too often in advertisements we see adorable children but they are all type cast. Majority of child models are Caucasian and the few that are of an ethnic descent have a very light skin tone for their race. Do advertisers fear using a wider variety of faces with different features will reduce sales? Beyond the issue of skin color there is another group of beautiful children that is often overlooked; those with down syndrome. One major mass retailer has taken a very proactive step by adding an adorable little girl with down syndrome to their holiday add. Target absolutely made the right decision by breaking out of the cookie cutter child model role. All children are beautiful in their own way and should be just as desirable to advertisers as anyone else. Bravo Target, keep up the good work! That seems to be the general consensus among Igor Cornelsen and the rest of the corporation’s largest shareholders.

McDonald’s New Attempts At Marketing For More Customers

McDonald’s is facing another marketing issue. Their attempting to grab the attention of a younger demographic, but portraying themselves as a significant charity supporter. According to researchers, it is believed millennials, 25 year olds, are more drawn to brands that have a history of giving back.

McDonald’s also tried new menu ideas like the, McWraps. These wraps were supposed to redeem the chain’s hamburger reputation. The McWrap however; basically brings their kitchens to a halt as employees attempt to assemble all the fresh ingredients they require. But Keith Mann brings up a good point, this idea hurts the ‘fast’ food service one expects from the chain.

They are also attempting to target schools by sponsoring children’s sport teams; and creating the McTeacher Nights. These are attempts to get the families back to the Golden Arches.

McDonald’s is seeking third party marketers to help them in their plans to catch the attention of more people. It is being said the chain should be focusing more on its menu than it’s charitable efforts. They need to put out the word that they’re a well-intentional company that has good food.