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Jim Toner Talks About Success

For 25 years Jim Toner has been a well-respected and successful real estate investor. He’s often asked for advice and recently has sat down for an interview. It was eye opening, to say the least.

The road to success was not always easy. He had his share of setbacks like most entrepreneurs, but what makes him stand out from the crowd was his willingness to keep working for his goals. He has a relentless desire to succeed.

Here are a few tips he’s shared for others to achieve their dreams.

There is No Secret Sauce

Don’t rely on gimmicks or shady practices to achieve your goals. It takes hard work to accomplish anything worthwhile. Creating wealth in any industry takes perseverance and integrity. Jim Toner fought a tough battle for 25 years to become the success he is today. He did this through hard work and discipline, and he knows you can do it too. Toner also discussed his steps on achieving financial independence here.

Goals For The Win

Setting attainable goals will bring you the success you deserve. Goal setting is incredibly important, but never forget that reaching those goals is even more so. Never give up. This goes hand in hand with his core belief that self-esteem is key to advancement. Believe in yourself, and others will believe in you too.

Be Your Toughest Critic

Be that boss who drives you forward. Never rest on your laurels, because consistently rising to meet new challenges is what will create your fortune, not luck.

Holistic Matters

Take care of yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally in order to be the best you can be. If you neglect one area of your life, the rest of your world will become unbalanced.

Be a Time Master

Time management is key to Jim Toner’s success, and it should be your too. Get the latest update from Toner on Facebook.

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Aloha Construction – Rebuilding Homes with an Unmistakable Familial Touch

Home is a necessity for people, and when things go wrong, it can also be a source of unimaginable stress. Home repairs, home renovation and even maintenance are never cheap, even if you were ready to pay what was asked, the industry has a reputation for missing deadlines and going over budget. For homeowners of Illinois and Southern Wisconsin though, there is hope, it’s called Aloha Construction.

 

Aloha Construction is a family business founded by Dave Farbaky in 2008 to offer a family approach to the Home repair and maintenance industry. Starting off as a small roofing and siding solutions company to homeowners who were looking for that familial touch and service has now grown to offer all kinds of service from roofing, waterproofing, bathroom repair, vinyl repair, and much much more.


Their service and work ethic have won them many accolades including an ‘A’ grading from the Better Business Bureau as well as the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics in 2017, an honour only select businesses receive.

 

In fact, Dave wanted to offer an even more complete package to his customers and started Aloha Restoration, Co. A second company under the Aloha Construction umbrella to handle the restoration of houses. They recognize how people will have to handle two companies if their homes were in need of repair and restoration, which would double everything from bills and payments to customer service people, labour, due dates, not to mention the stress would be doubled too in an already stressful time. This prompted Dave to simplify the process and through Aloha Restoration, Co. Dave is able to provide his customers with that very same family-centric approach the Aloha Construction is known for the entire project, from repair to restore the customer’s home, back to its original beauty.

 

And they do it all within the budget and the deadline. They, bring that same focus to their approach to their community, helping out every way they can including donating a new First Responder Truck to the American Red Cross, helping them be equipped to take on an emergency.

 

It’s not surprising why Aloha Construction has grown exponentially in its decade of existence and has become the company of choice for the people of Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.
https://www.pantagraph.com/places/business_professional_services/consultants/construction/aloha-construction/business_1145307057.html

Adam Milstein supports unity of the Jewish community

Adam Milstein is one of the people have made a great decision of supporting his community at a when it needs him the most. Adam Milstein was born in Israel. He later moved to the United States in search of further education in 1981. He moved together with his wife, Gila. He joined South Carolina University where he graduated with an MBA. After his degree, he embarked on a career in the real estate industry. He made a decision to join Hager Pacific properties in 1983. He worked in this company for a number of years and made it to the high echelons of leadership in the company. He became the managing partner of the company, a position which he holds to date.

 

From the real estate business, Adam Milstein has managed to create a great life in the philanthropy sector. He is one of the prominent philanthropists of Jewish descent. The main reason he joined this area was to change the perception that Jews did not need philanthropists. While he was growing up, he never witnessed even a single philanthropic foundation in Israel. The government was providing all the services, and it looked like there was no need to have an organization to supplement some government functions.

 

While in the United States, he teamed up with his wife to create the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation. This organization was created in order to support the activities of the Jewish community, especially in the diaspora. With the challenges facing the community being many. Adam Milstein was of the opinion that the community needs to take drastic measures that will protect the Jewish community from victimization by other communities. With anti-Semitism still a big headache for the community, they had to come up with programs that would unite them.

 

Adam Milstein is donating $1 million every year through the foundation to support the education of Jews living in the United States about their true identity. He wants to see these people become proud Jews who will now fear to reveal about their identity. Adam Milstein remains supportive of pro-Israeli initiatives which will lead to recognition of the Jewish community.

 

https://www.jta.org/author/adam-milstein

Dr. Mark McKenna: Affecting Multiple Facets of Healthcare

When you set out to start your career some of the most important things that one to your success are the things that motivate you to be better than you were. For some people that drive to succeed is simply not strong enough and their dreams fall by the wayside. Dr. Mark McKenna never felt as though that was an option for his dreams. A CrunchBase article entitled “A Glimpse into What Drives Atlanta Entrepreneur Dr. Mark McKenna” discusses his budding medical aesthetics company and the drive that he has to help it succeed.

For a very early age, Dr. Mark McKenna knew that he wanted to contribute to the medical field. To that end, he enrolled himself Tulane medical school where he graduated and began work as both a surgeon and general medical practitioner. While he was initially committed to the medical field there was always a pull towards something more entrepreneurial. He had felt a desire to grow something from the ground up after seeing the medical practice that his father held. This spirit is one of the contributing factors that helped him create and then sell ShapeMed to the company Lifetime Fitness Inc. for a substantial profit.

His newest endeavor is OVME. OVME is all about elective surgery and the process of making it a more patient-focused experience. The reason why something like OVME was so important to Dr. Mark McKenna is that he had worked in the medical field and he saw the growing need for professionals who were patient-focused in this field. It can become a little jailing to work in an industry where a lot of the work is not necessary. The problem is that even though the procedures might say that they are elective it does not mean that it’s an optional thing for the patient. They may be engaging in this process for several reasons, and these doctors could potentially be changing their lives. Dr. Mark McKenna has created a way for professionals to provide a better standard of care for these individuals through his practice OVME. It is his hope that his legacy will impact many facets of healthcare.

inspirery.com/dr-s-mark-mckenna/

Shervin Pishevar Criticizes Monopolies

Venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar embarked on a wide-ranging tweetstorm in February 2018. He expounded on the possibilities of the stock market, Bitcoin, startup companies, and monopolies, among other important topics. The key to Pishevar’s tweetstorm lies in his predictions that the market would dip in 2018.

As of the summer of 2018, these predictions have come true in a moderate fashion. Shervin Pishevar did correctly predict the fall in Bitcoin prices, though the drop has not been as severe as he warned it might be. “Gold will rise in response (to Bitcoin’s fall). Bitcoin will continue to crash but stabilize at 2-5k range and begin a more stable rise over the next 24 months.”

As far as stocks are concerned, the market has experienced a number of sell-offs, but the market has remained relatively stable. The 6,000 point drop that Pishevar predicted has not yet come to pass.

Pishevar touched on many other topics in his tweetstorm. He pointed to the resurgence of China, stating that its dominance in infrastructure could greatly influence the global business climate. He criticized infrastructure in the United States, claiming that “our infrastructure is in tatters, decrypt and decaying. Our government and companies are trapped in short-term thinking.”

According to Shervin Pishevar, technology innovation is moving overseas and Silicon Valley is losing its dominance. Shervin Pishevar warned of the five American tech monopolies: Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft, and Facebook. He stated that these five mega-corporations stifled technology investment in the United States.

“Just like Ma Bell, these 5 giants have too much power, stifling startups,” he claimed. “Uber might be the last giant to eke out before it was too late.”

One sector of the economy that Shervin Pishevar is bullish about is space exploration. He pointed to the exciting possibilities of Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. He said that the companies would “suffer derision” until their core business was successful.

Shervin Pishevar has a unique and valuable perspective on the tech and financial worlds. While not all of his predictions have come to pass, it is worth keeping them in mind as the months go by.

http://www.phillypurge.com/2018/02/09/shervin-pishevar-21-hour-twitter-rant/

How Stream Energy has Helped their Customers and Others

Stream Energy is a company based out of Dallas, Texas that has a wide variety of services available for all persons. Their main business is dealing with electricity and natural gas, making it affordable for you as a client. They have plans that you can afford and they also give you the tools you need so that you can manage how much you use.

They offer other programs such as cell phone service, you can also either call a doctor or talk with a doctor on the internet twenty-four hours a day, and they also have programs that help with roadside assistance or protecting you from identity theft and credit monitoring.

Stream Energy also is a philanthropic company that have helped with a number of charities and have started a few themselves. Stream Energy started a charity called “Stream Cares.” “Stream Cares” has already helped thousands of people since being started. An example of what Stream Energy has done through “Stream Cares” is after the string of tornadoes hit Northern Texas in 2016. Stream Energy helped the customers by helping them financially and by helping recover what they could for their customers.

When Hurricane Harvey hit Stream Energy started another charity called “Hope Supply Company,” which helped get diapers, clothes, and school supplies to as many homeless children as was possible and they also helped them financially and by helping with supplies they needed for the children’s’ homes.

The company started another charity called “Operation Once in a Lifetime,” which helped Dallas area veterans with support morally and financially as each veteran needed and they donated free transportation for the veterans who could not afford it to a restaurant where the veterans were given a special honorary lunch.

The company even went as far as to co-host a party for ten girls whose parent or parents were veterans called the American Girl Doll Experience. The company paid some or all of the expenses for the party.

https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/stream-energy

David Zalik Is On Top Of The Lending Game with GreenSky Credit

David Zalik is the CEO and co-founder of the incredibly successful GreenSky Credit, a lender specializing in business loans used to help companies grow and homeowner’s achieve their dreams. This powerhouse company was operating from David Zalik’s basement where it has grown to boast a $3.6 billion dollar valuation. Today, David still owns over half of GreenSky Credit, which has propelled him to incredible wealth.

A Unique Approach

One of the reasons why GreenSky Credit is so successful is because of their unique approach to business. They are able to harness the power of third parties to do all of the labor-intensive work, while they are able to cash in on the profits from the endeavor.

In many instances, GreenSky Credit enlists the help of home contractors to market the loan to the homeowners. GreenSky then obtains funding from any of their 14 different partnering banks. GreenSky makes a profit from a percentage of the loan amount and also is paid a percentage of the yearly balance of the loan through the funding bank. Essentially, GreenSky is paid to service and generate the loans for the banks. They are the middleman between the homeowner and the bank while working through the contractor.

GreenSky Performance

GreenSky Credit has managed to capitalize on a niche they created and has generated 1.2 million customers with unsecured loans since the company began in 2012. Estimates of performance by market experts predicted that the company would see in excess of a 25% profit margin, which is partially based on their performance in the last 5 years.

David Zalik’s vision for his company and a groundbreaking approach to lending has created a healthy environment for his company to continue to prosper. He started from humble beginnings assembling computers in college to working his way up to becoming a business visionary with his sights set on the future.
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/15/greensky-2017-disruptor-50.html

Shervin Pishevar Speaks Out About Monopolies Such as Amazon

A few months ago, Shervin Pishevar decided to send out a few tweets regarding predictions and thoughts about what’s going on with the economy and other topics. The tech investor had a lot to say, sending out 50 tweets in under 24 hours. One of the things he took up several tweets with was the monopolies in the United States.

Shervin Pishevar identified five monopolies that have too much power:

  • Amazon
  • Facebook
  • Apple
  • Microsoft

At the top of the list is Amazon. Shervin went as far as comparing them to Ma Bell, a telephone company that held a monopoly in the United States for years. He warns that the five that we’re dealing with now are even more powerful, which makes sense.

Within months of Shervin Pishevar identifying the power that these monopolies have, including Amazon, there was news on Amazon. Alexa, the virtual assistant built into Amazon products such as Echo, was believed to be listening in on conversations. There was also a significant amount of fear as to what it might be recording and who was listening to the conversations.

While Amazon has done well at explaining that Alexa only records in order to carry out the tasks being requested, people are still hesitant to trust that Amazon isn’t using all of its power for bad.

Additionally, there are a lot of businesses going out of business, including Toys R Us, that is naming Amazon as the reason why. The online superstore has even begun conversations about putting physical stores around the country to make it easier for people to get things.

How much power is too much power? Shervin Pishevar has brought up an interesting topic about the monopolies. If they are going to be allowed to wield the level of power that they are, when will we finally reach a point where they have too much power?

https://www.msn.com/en-in/money/companies/shervin-pishevar-on-the-%E2%80%9Cshakespearean-melodrama%E2%80%9D-that-is-uber/vp-BBK40jk

Aloha Construction Gives Back

Aloha Construction is a accompany that takes its work seriously they are also a company that takes its commitment seriously and gives back generously to the community. Aloha Construction is a recipient of the very coveted Torch Award, and they are very proud even to be considered let alone chosen for the prestigious award. They pride themselves on being a reputable company and a supporter of their community.

The Better Business Bureau does not just give the award out to anyone. To receive the award, a company must meet some standard but necessary criteria. First off, a company must be committed to ethical practices and demonstrate a work culture that has very high standards and practices. They must also communicate well with their employees and any other parties involved with the company.

They must also exercise good leadership practices that ultimately unify their organization and be committed to ethical human resource practices. They should also have a commitment to the community. Since Aloha Construction has received the award, they obviously meet all the criteria outlined. They do not only meet the criteria, but they also exceed their expectations and go above and beyond in all that they do.

Aloha Construction was founded by David Farbaky and provides roofing, siding replacement, and gutters services to the residents of the Southern Wisconsin and Illinois area.

They are also expanding into the interior remodeling and restoration division. Their new additional services will provide services such as mold removal, carpet cleaning, interior remodeling, water damage restoration, and fire damage restoration services.

For all the roofing projects that they complete, Aloha Construction follows a specific process, and they are very thorough. They also back their work by a 10-year craftsmanship warranty on every roofing job that they complete. They are dedicated to their employees, customers, and their community.

Aloha Construction donates $5 for every assist that the Illinois State University gets, and they are a sponsor of the Bloomington Boys and Girls Clubs. They are also a sponsor of the Roselle Medinah’s softball and baseball organizations and the local Flying Aces Hockey team as well.

https://www.mapquest.com/us/illinois/aloha-construction-262561780

Aloha Construction and Learning Express

Aloha Construction is always looking for ways to benefit their community. The David Farbaky Foundation, named after Aloha Construction’s CEO, reached out to give a single mother and her four daughters an opportunity to grab as many toys as they wanted within 60 seconds. Through this event, the family was able to collect $7,000 worth of toys to take home and keep. Aloha has also contributed to sending a young boy with Congenital Heart Disease to a Bulls game with twelve of his friends, to the Boys and Girls Club in Bloomington, and to their employees with incentive programs. They have maintained exceptional ethical practice and the construction company in Lake Zurich was rewarded for this excellence with the Better Business Bureau Torch Award.

Every year, BBB awards selects a few companies that have excelled in excellent community contributions and ethical practices and awards them for their contributions. Companies that receive this award must excel in maintaining ethical practices within their business throughout the year. It is a high honor to receive a BBB Torch Award, as very few companies qualify for the award. The Torch Award honors those companies who take their time to contribute to and benefit the community they are in. All nominated companies go through a rigorous screening process before they are chosen by a panel of fifteen judges, independent from the companies and from BBB. Aloha Construction, in Lake Zurich, was a proud recipient of the Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.

Aloha Construction partnered with Learning Express with the intent to benefit a family in need within their community. With Learning Express and Omni Youth Services, Aloha was able to identify a family in need and assist them through a toy shopping spree event. Aloha asked Omni Youth Services to find a family in need. A single mother raising her four daughters alone was selected and given the opportunity to participate in the event. The event gave the girls an opportunity to grab as many toys as they wanted within 60 seconds. In just those 60 seconds, the family was able to collect $7,000 worth of toys. This among the many other contributions that Aloha has made, was the reason for winning of the Torch Award For Marketplace Ethics.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-zurich/news/ct-lzc-charity-shopping-spree-tl-0818-20160815-story.html