Any career field takes a certain amount of passion and dedication to achieve success. You have to put in lots of time, energy, and focus to get the results you desire. Challenges in life are inevitable, but the people who don’t give up, persevere until they achieve their goals. Victoria Doramus recently sat down with Ideamensch with an insightful interview. She discusses her career highlights, what she does to stay productive, and what advice she would give her younger self. Her answers are very relatable to just about anyone.
Victoria Doramus earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Colorado. From getting a college education, Doramus started working in the field of digital and print media. She worked with Mindshare, Stila Cosmetics, and other companies with their branding and advertising needs. Victoria struggled with addiction during her career as a digital and print media expert. It seemed the more her career got successful, her addiction got worse. Eventually, Victoria hit her rock bottom and got the help she needed. If Doramus could give her younger self some advice, it would be to move loving to herself, have more confidence, and do not worry about rushing things in life. As a recovery expert, she helps people get clean and sober, so they can live happier, more productive lives. Philanthropy also plays a huge part in Victoria’s life. She works with several charities to help them achieve their mission. Room to Read, Best Friend’s Animal Society, the Amy Winehouse Foundation, and the Women’s Prison Association are some of the charities she works with.
As a recovery expert, Victoria loves resources, digital devices, and technology to move her career forward. One app in particular, helps her find AA meetings wherever she is located, and it is called Pink Cloud. Victoria also loves apps that let her know health updates in regard to how she is doing. Doramus uses My Fitness Pal to track her eating habits, her Apple watch to track her health, and uses Whistle to track her dog’s exercise during the day. This all helps her stay on task so she can be a better help to others.
Steve Ritchie apologizes for any offense taken by their customers in the wake of two incidents of racially insensitive comments and statements that has surfaced to lower the reputation of the Papa John’s brand. Steve Ritchie, as the current Chief Executive Officer of Papa John’s—a company which delivers pizzas to customers’ home upon requests—directly confronted this controversy and successfully diffused the situation by apologizing for the comments and statements, distancing the company from them, denouncing them, taking it upon himself to undo the damage to the company’s reputation, hiring auditors to review the company’s culture, and sending out executives to obtain feedback from employees and franchises.
President and CEO Steve Ritchie distanced the pizza delivery company from the person who brought this controversy to the company’s doorstep, saying those views were confined to that particular person in question who made them and are not the views of the company. Further, Steve Ritchie asserts, there are over 120,000 people employed at the company and these people are good, decent, and hardworking, just like everyone else in the community. This apology by Steve Ritchie was made in a letter that was sent out to all of Papa John’s customer. The apology letter also contained a denouncement of the inappropriate conduct in question and a promise that similar conduct by Papa John’s employee would not be tolerated at all. Steve Ritchie also stated that auditors not connected to the company will be hired to look into the company’s culture, diversity, and inclusiveness to resolve any possible concerns people may have in those regards. What’s more, Steve Ritchie Papa John’s and the company will send out executives in its senior management team to listen and field any concerns and questions their employees and franchises may have. Steve Ritchie ends his letter of apology on a thankful note, thanking Papa John’s customer for their past loyalty to the company. Here’s the compensation information for the new CEO.
Hussain Sajwani is the owner of the famous DAMAC Property. He attained his entrepreneurial skills from his father, Ali Sajwani. When Hussain was a little boy, he used to spend his afternoon at his father small shop. Two years after his graduation (1982), he implements his father skills and established a catering company that gained much success. In an interview, he mentioned that he schooled in the University of Washington. This company has massively grown and is currently referred to as Global Logistics Services. He launched his first ever property development business venture that entailed building hotels in Dubai. Hussain Sajwani established DAMAC Properties in 2002.
According to Independent UK, DAMAC Properties diversified its services in various massive and luxurious real estate projects in Dubai between 2002 and 2005. This company drastically became an essential part in the growth and development of Dubai hotspot and architectural phenomenon. This company went internationally viral in 2005 with various developments in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Surprising, DAMAC Properties managed to finance its drastic growth without taking any donations from the investors. All credit goes to the lucrative regional stock market investments and Hussain Sajwani smart side business revenue. As per Forbes Middle East, DAMAC Properties was able to emerge as one of the tremendously successful, visible and influential property development companies in Dubai, the entire Middle East, and the United Arab Emirates. There was great excitement all over the world as they witnessed the prolific growth in Dubai. They were highly eager to see what DAMAC Properties would do next.
Unfortunately, DAMAC almost failed during the 2008 property crash. As Hussain Sajwani was addressing Arabian Business, he noted that he was among the few who oversaw this tragedy. He was quite aware that a dangerous situation is on their way. To counter the underlying negative impact, they acted randomly and released many people, cutting their overheads as well as consolidating their lands and projects. They were severely attacked by the press and media merely because they were the first ones to do that. The Arabian Business profile by Hussain Sajwani also incorporates insightful information on how the self-made mogul was able to DAMAC Properties afloat all through this period.
When you have something of value to share with the world, put it in a book. For quite a while now millionaire real estate investor, Nick Vertucci, has been traveling the country giving investment seminars. Finally, he has put much of his knowledge and wisdom regarding the topic into a book. Mr. Vertucci’s book is titled “ Seven Figure Decisions: Having the Balls to Succeed.” The book, in a nutshell, is about what it takes to build a multimillion-dollar real estate business even if you are starting from zero, with no money.
In other words, Nick Vertucci’s book is the story of his life. Nick will tell you that he is a man of humble beginnings, but big ambitions. He was bearly more than an 18-year-old when he began a computer accessories business. At first, he was doing well with that enterprise, but then the dot-com bubble burst. Soon young Nick Vertucci was forced to close down.
Vertucci understood that he needed to look for another business, so he began to study real estate. Once he realized that real estate investing was a business that you could get into with no money down, Vertucci was hooked. His research, self-confidence, and hard work paid off. Today his company, NV Real Estate, controls a portfolio of properties worth millions of dollars.
Nick Vertucci believes that taking calculated risks is a prerequisite to breaking out of the working class. Anyone who sincerely wishes to join the millionaire elite must first imagine it. Then they must believe that they can attain it. In his seminars and the book as well, he emphasizes these principles. He also declares that the most critical determinant is in the execution of the plan. He maintains that the same holds true for any endeavor, not only real estate.
Hussain Sajwani the chairman and founder of DAMAC Properties, a global property developer. He holds a degree in Economics and Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington. He joined this industry in 1982 and has since then been behind 200 projects in different parts of the globe. When the expansion of Dubai started in 2002, Hussain was one of the investors who put up property under DAMAC Properties which he established then.
DAMAC Properties is one of the biggest property development companies in the Middle East. The property has most of its business in Riyadh, Dubai, Doha, Beirut, and Amman. DAMAC has developed 17,900 homes in the span that it has been in this industry.
The rapid growth of the company is a direct contribution of Hussain Sajwani, the DAMAC owner. He is ranked among the top 100 influential Arabs in the world. His contributions in business have shown that he understands the business dynamics and can implement a vision into reality. He has proved that he is a global titan in the business sector and currently holds a large stake in capital and equity markets in various markets.
Hussain Sajwani is currently working with President Trump to expand the real estate business in Dubai. Since Trump is in power, he will not be making any business deals, but his children will take up a role in running the business empire.
Hussain Sajwani (@hussainsajwani) is also involved in philanthropy. Recently, he donated two million AED which will go to a program that aims at clothing one million children globally. He made this contribution as a way of supporting the UAE government which is supporting such initiatives in the world. The government wants to raise the standard of living for the helpless and the downtrodden in the society.
The donation was made through DAMAC Properties which is the most significant private real estate business in the Middle East. The company is not just about making money through business; they are sharing part of it by giving back to the community which in itself is a great gesture of compassion for humanity. Hussain Sajwani has set an example of how business should support the needy causes.
OSI Group has fast become one of the major food providers in the world. The company that started as a small meat shop today supplies of raw food products to major restaurants and fast food chains across the globe. The company has managed to take advantage of the growing use of technology in the food industry to increase its products and the efficiency of its 65 facilities located in 17 different countries. A German immigrant started the company in the early 1900s as a way to serve the local community on the west side of Chicago. But, within a matter of few years, the company had expanded in the wholesale business and also moved its main operation to Maywood in the Chicago suburb.
Later, the company receives its first significant contract from McDonald for its meat requirement, and there was no looking back for the company. The reason why OSI Group has managed to not only survive but also grow is that of its business strategy. The company believes in providing products and services depending on what their clients want to serve their local customers. They modify their production and also their products to meet the unique requirements of the local people. It is the reason the company hires only local managers to run their facilities in different countries who understand the local needs.
The company invests a lot of money in the development of its facilities and adapting the latest technology to increase production without compromising on the quality of the products. One unique growth strategy that OSI Group uses is through merger and acquisition of the local companies so that the transition is at a minimum and they can start their production at a minimum time frame. The head office of OSI Group is located in Metropolis even though it a vast network of processing facilities in different parts of the world. The company believes in utilizing the local resources in those countries to maximize their output and offering fresh products to their clients. OSI group today has expanded its product line and sells many others other than protein products to their clients.
The two journalists lived in Arizona and saw what Arpaio was doing to their state, They didn’t like his racial profiling, his record of illegal searches and arrests, his treatment of prisoners in custody or the way his department harassed anyone who even looked Latino.
Using their co-owned media company Village Voice, they tried to expose the actions of the sheriffs department. Arpaio didn’t like this and decided to something about it. Something illegal.
A national outcry against their incarceration and trial rose up and the reporting Larkin and Lacey had done in the past got new attention. Arpaio and his sheriff’s office activities became common knowledge.
Using this money to start the Frontera Fund, Larkin and Lacey hope the civil rights group which focuses on first amendment violation can help repair some of the damage done to the Latino community by Arpaio’s department.
Arpaio has since lost re-election for sheriff and is running for the Senate after he was found guilty of some of the charges levied against him and then being pardoned by President Trump, who enjoys mutual support with Arpaio. Larkin and Lacey continue to report on Arpaio today.
Guilherme Paulus has had an exceptional and enviable career. It started with him having his degree in Business Administration and joining Casa Faro Turismo in 1971. While working, his experience with a small group of French tourists would create a spark that Guilherme would turn into a raging fire. The French tourists were bored with not knowing what to do, Guilherme would step in and suggest a way to spend their vacation. His service was so well received that at the time of leaving, the tourists had already booked their next trip with him. View Guilherme Paulus profile at Forbes.
This ignited the drive in him which would end up with him owning what is now the largest tour operator in Latin America – CVC. Founded in 1972, Guilherme Paulus started CVC with a partner, a Brazilian politician who would eventually take his leave from the partnership.
Guilherme, alone at the helm of CVC would take the predicament as an opportunity and spend the next forty years taking CVC to unimaginable highs.
In 2009, Guilherme would part with 63.6% of CVC in a sale to global private equity company – Carlyle Group. The sale would net Guilherme Paulus $420 million, yet allow him to stay on as the chairman of CVC. He would demonstrate his ability to turn any situation into a positive when he took control of struggling aviator – WebJet, which only had a fleet size of one aeroplane and turned it into the 3rd largest domestic aviation company in Brazil, with a fleet size of 20 aeroplanes at the time of its sale to Gol.
His mind has always been active, in spite of CVC’s incredible growth, Guilherme Paulus continued to look into what his beloved country required as the times changed. He noticed how the tourism sector in Brazil needed a boost and founded the GJP Group of Hotels and Resorts which now owns sought after tourist spots across the nation and employs upwards of 2,000 people. With his involvement in the tourism sector, he quickly realized that Brazil was changing, and it’s people were demanding a higher standard of living. It was no longer a case of necessities. This realization made GJP start the construction wing of the company, aimed at building condominiums and villas, something that was being demanded by the people of his country.
His career has seen him win countless awards and honors, including a place in the Brazilian Board of Tourism, an arm of the government to which he was invited by the President, recognizing that Guilherme Paulus was the perfect expert on tourism.
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He started his career with Bradesco in his teen years. He was 17 when he was employed at one of Bradesco’s groups. Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi is an enigma in his own right. He worked in various positions at Bradesco and became the president of the bank in 2009. Prior to his appointment as the president of Bradesco, Mr. Luiz was the president of Bradesco Seguros. It seems that Bradesco Seguros Presidency is a preparatory position for the bank’s presidents.
Like Mr. Trabuco, Mr. Octavio de Lazari who is slated to take over the leadership mantle from Mr. Trabuco is also the current president of Bradesco Seguros. Trabuco is about to leave the helm of the bank. He will be remembered for building the bank to the much-respected position it holds now. Bradesco is the second largest bank in Brazil currently. Here is a bit of Luiz Carlos Trabuco’s career path to the helm of Bradesco. He served as the MD of Fundacao Bradesco, a position he still holds today. He was also the CEO of Banco Bradesco. He served as the CEO of Bradesco Seguros from 2003 to 2009. He was the CEO of Bradesco Vida E Providencia among other positions. He is a graduate of philosophy from the University of Sao Paulo among other educational qualifications he holds.
The Handover Calendar
The selection of Octavio de Lazari was a competitive process that was overseen by the Selection Committee of the bank. It was first made public in early February. According to Mr. Trabuco, in one of his responses in an interview, the succession process at Bradesco is a well thought out an planned event. Mr. Octavio was selected in a process that saw the bank’s various other vice presidents pushed aside to allow for the President of Bradesco Seguros to carry the day. Octavio beat the likes of Cidade de Deus, Alexandre Gluher, Josue Pancini, Marcelo Noronha and Andre Cano. In the meantime, Trabuco will still serve as the chairman of the board of directors of the bank until the first Ordinary Meeting has been held on 12th of March.
About Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi
Mr. Trabuco is both a sociologist and a philosopher. He attended the University of Sao Paulo for his philosophy degree, after which he studied socio-psychology at Fundacao University. While at the helm of Bradesco, Mr. Trabuso will be remembered to have turned the bank’s fortunes around through his socio-philosophical techniques. For instance, he emphasized the need for enhanced communication at the bank. While the move could not be immediately or directly linked with the turnover of the bank, soon the bank began to grow faster than anyone anticipated. He is credited for having lifted the bank to its second largest position in Brazil now. In fact, Bradesco registered some of the fastest growth rates in the banking sector in the region. It is now time to pave way for one Octavio de Lazari to steer the big ship that Trabuco made Bradesco be. Luiz Carlos Trabuco was at first meant to come to the end of his term two years ago. However, the management extended the retirement age from 65 to 67 years in the latter part of 2016.