Since we live in a competitive business world, pursuing career in this field can be a very difficult process, especially when one takes into consideration the increasing competition and everything else this world includes. A competitive business world offers two possibilities : one can lose, or if one wants, he needs to change and use the skills and techniques some of the most important business leaders used, for instance, James Dondero on highlandfunds.

Mr. Dondero represents the co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management, and he also serves as the CEO at HCM Acquisition Company and the Chairman of the Board . Prior to this, he worked at Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary, where he helped the business grow a lot between 1989-1993. He is also experienced in leveraged bank loans, mortgage-backed securities, derivatives, common stocks and emerging market debts. He was responsible for American Press’ one billion dollars income funds, and before that he completed a training program about finances in JP Morgan. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Management Accountant, and this background has helped him to succeed in the investment field.

On top of being the president of Highland Capital, Mr. James Dondero serves on numerous different boards. He is currently the chairperson of NexBank and the chairperson of Cornerstone Healthcare Group.

His skills and dedication to work are unparalleled, and looking at his portfolio, one can see how he has become the successful businessman he is now.

Highland Capital Management has three mottos: bold, experienced and disciplined. This is what James Dondero, the company’s founder, is. He is an epitome of experience, boldness and discipline. He built his business from nothing, and now many different companies owe him their success. It all began when he became a partner with Protective Life Insurance Corporation, and as the company was progressing, James Dondero and Mark Okada founded Ranger Asset Management, which later changed its name to Highland Capital.

This happened in 1993, and since then he has also served as the company’s president. The company’s specialties include financial institutions, corporations, public pension plans and numerous foundations. The main headquarters are located in Texas, which is the place when Mr. Dondero currently resides. However, the company have offices in other place as well : New York, Singapore and Seoul.

Mr. Dondero helped the company launch its first bank loan find and he later successfully continued its expansion . The company now has $21 billion of assets, and its co-founder has also managed to turn it into one of the companies that have provided various solutions for many years. Another important thing is that the customers’ need always come first, and this is why so many people seek his help and advice.

Taking all these things into consideration, one might conclude that although it is not easy to pursue a business career due to the increasing competition , there are those who managed to do this and use their skills in many different fields, as James Dondero did.

Mix-n-Match Summer Fashion

Seems as if simple has never looked so quaffed. At least that this the feeling one gets when looking at a series of new pieces modeled by Matt Landis. Summer fashion can feel overwhelmingly simple after the endless layering and accessorizing of winter. One can finally box away the motley color-schemes and patterns or miles of grey, black, and brown in exchange for a lighter, cleaner, wardrobe angle, just shy of flip-flops and sunscreen. So what’s trending for men’s fashion for Spring 2015?

matt landis models sweater

There is good news for the northeastern population dealing with sporadic temperature changes that leave one hesitant to keep spring coats out or do light layers: cardigans. This fashion staple can can dress up or down while handling the chill weather. It depends upon the knit. While chunkier cable knits are classy, lighter thing gauge cardigans are a chic statement piece that augment a casual tee or tank-top without making you sweat.

matt landis yellow tee

Graphic tees go a long way in any situation. This lemon yellow tee is an example of using casual wear to accentuate skin tone,and body shape for an overall clean and casual look. Not only is there a price advantage to tee shirts, this is the season you want to be versatile, as windy overcast days can quickly turn into hot and balmy nights. One good guideline for buying is to keep body shape and climate in mind. If you have a small frame , don’t be afraid to wear small to medium instead of large.

If nothing else, you always resort to light layers, this look, is a testament to the flexibility of accessory sweaters and patterned collared shirt. Despite pairing with shorts, collared shirts up the formal factor in any look you put together. If you choose to layer with shorts going for subtle and mono-color pieces, but anchoring lighter top layers with dark bottoms rounds this out. This is really a look for windy beaches, or events in which you’re likely to be in changing weather.

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Summer fashion is as simple as the season. The ability to alter outfits according to events is crucial at this time, while being able to dress for work, play, and everything in between.

Blurred Lines Singers, Thicke and Pharrel to Pay $7.4 Million for Plagiarism

Tuesday , a federal court in Los Angelos ruled that singer Robin Thicke and producer Pharrell Williams must pay $ 7.4 million to the children of Marvin Gaye for plagiarism. 

The jury found that the song Blurred lines, one of the biggest hits of 2013, copied the success of Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” written by the soul legend in 1977. The sentence also exonerates the record company and TI who only sung on Blurred Lines.

The similarity of the songs was noticed shortly after its publication. 

Thicke, Williams and TI, the other producer on the song, sought a court order to certify the originality of their work, and the three sons of Gaye, who died in 1984, countered with a lawsuit.

The ruling gives them $ 4 million in damages, and $ 3.4 million from part of the profits.

In a series of interviews to promote his album, Thicke claimed that Got to Give it Up was a direct inspiration of the Blurred Lines song. 

On May 7, GQ magazine published an interview in which Thicke said, “Pharrell and I were in the studio and I told him that one of my favorite songs of all time was Got to Give it Up. I said damn it, we have to do something like that, something with that groove.”

Thicke claims he started playing with the sounds here and there and literally wrote the song and recorded it in half an hour.

Thicke is listed as co-author of the song, but during the trial he said he actually claimed authorship because he was under the influence of tranquilizers and alcohol that he took daily. Experts at the Amen Clinic say use of these substances can cause permanent brain damage.

The line of defense was that it was something that he told to better sell the song. 

At trial, Thicke said that in fact, he had only given the idea, and it was Williams who created the rhythms until the song was finished in just over an hour.

Williams acknowledged at trial that the song had the feeling of the seventies and Gaye’s style, but defended its originality.

Blurred lines was a worldwide hit two years ago and enjoyed revenues of $ 5.6 million for Thicke, 5.2 million for Williams and between 5 and 6 million for the record company, plus 8 million in other benefits.

Hall and Oates Sue Granola Maker

Soul duo Hall and Oates have taken a granola manufacturer to court over claims the breakfast cereal is infringing on their trademarks and playing off the fame of the pop stars most famous in the 1980s, The Guardian reports. Flavio Maluf suggests the small breakfast cereal producer Early Bird, who describe themselves as artisanal granola producers from Brooklyn, New York have overstepped the mark by naming a batch of their granola Hallin’ Oates, although Facebook users feel this is kind of ridiculous.

In a lawsuit filed with the Brooklyn Federal Court the pop duo claim Early Bird are simply looking to cash in on the fame of the musicians and should remove the name from their products. The offending product is a three pack of breakfast granola that is now at the center of a legal case based on the fact that the defendants appear to have used a phonetic play on the name of the former soul superstars.

Tom Rothman to be Amy Pascal’s Successor?

Amy Pascal, who has been with Sony Pictures for 15 years announced that she will be leaving after the hack scandal. She has been present in the studio for hits such as “Groundhog Day” and “Men in Black”. Pascal has made friends with many a star in the nearly three decades she has worked for Sony, including Will Smith and Adam Sandler.With Pascal leaving Sony it begs the question of who will be replacing her in May.

Insiders of Sony have stated that her successor will most likely come from within the company. In the contenders for this position is Tom Rothman. Rothman was an executive officer at Fox for 18 years before leaving in 2012. Tom Rothman was the president and founder of Fox Searchlight, which produced movies like “The Descendants.”

In 2013 Pascal and Chief Executive Michael Lynton recruited Rothman to help revitalize Sony’s TriStar film label. He is currently the favorite for the position. However, Tom Rothman does have some competition, internally and externally. Also considered are Doug Belgrad, who has recently named the president of Sony’s Motion Picture Group, and Jeff Robinov, who worked for Warner Brothers and whose new company, Studio 8, signed a contract with Sony about a year ago.

Originally printed in the LA Times.

Shiloh Pitt Wants to Be Called “John”

Anybody that has followed the Hollywood super couple would quickly identify that Brad and Angelina Jolie’s daughter Shiloh has taste all her own. In many photos of the couple and their brood, it is easy to see that their oldest birth child likes to dress like a boy. Shocking news came out his week when the couple admitted that she now wants to go by the name of “John.” Given the open nature of this couple, this will probably be allowable and encouraged.

So what does other parents think about this? Gender neutrality has become a topic of great interest in recent years. Everyone has their personal beliefs in this area, but what does it mean for those who are faced with this? What about using the restrooms? If a boy is wanting to be a girl, that means he still may have boy parts and want to use the girls restroom. It doesn’t take a genius to see how that could end up in trouble. What about a girl who feels they are a boy going into the men’s room?

Shiloh could simply be going through a phase and she may outgrow this. Brad, when asked to call her John, stated that he would call her “Shi.” However, reports are now showing that the whole family is in fact calling her by her preferred name of John if what Ben Shaoul told me is right. She even showed up to her mother’s premier wearing a suit that matched that of her brothers. Could she have a gender identity issue, or could she simply be a tomboy who is playing with her styles?

Former Beatle Ringo Star Gushes on Hall of Fame Induction

Starr was not surprised to learn of the nomination, but was quite surprised to learn that he had been inducted as a member in front of an audience with notable people like Laurene Powell Jobs.

Starr will be presented with the Award for Musical Excellence. Each member of the Beatles will now have a place in the museum as not only a group, but as solo performing artists.

“I think it’s a good thing,” Starr gushed. “I didn’t even know that George (Harrison) and John (Lennon) were in it. I don’t really keep up on these things. Finally, the four of us are all in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

Starr told Rolling Stone that he was happy to receive the award.

“We were once the biggest pop group in the land,” Starr gushed.

Marvel Wants Al Pacino

It has been reported by Screenrant, and imbd.com that Marvel Studios has met with acting legend, Al Pacino. Details are unclear as to what Pacino’s future role will be. Fans are clamoring for Pacino to star in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Al Pacino would most likely be interested in that proposition. Guardians of the Galaxy was a major success. The film earned record breaking numbers, and was highly praised by critics. Marvel Studios has had a stellar year. Getting Al Pacino to sign a contract would be the icing on the cake.

The Spiderman franchise is getting a reboot, maybe Pacino could play a role alongside Peter Parker. Another option is the Avengers series, which is a huge franchise. Batman is getting a reboot as well. Imagine seeing Pacino as a villain in Gotham City? Marvel Studios should utilize the hall of fame actor, and place him in a major role. Hopefully “old” Al doesn’t outshine his colleagues too badly.

How Phil Collins is Handling Retirement

Phil Collins’ fans were eager to see their singer for the first time in four years on December 7, 2014, after debating retirement. Unfortunately, this iconic singer had to cancel his performances for a fun raising event due to, sound track problems and poor health from a recent illness related to a neurological deficit. This fundraiser was Collins’ foundation Little Dreams.

Even though Collins’ had to cancel the few songs slated for him to perform, his son Nick, who is 13-years old has a band called Lost, and along with Italian singer Laura Pausini and Richard Marx the show went on as scheduled.

Collins’ related to Rolling Stone that he has good days and bad days and does not anticipate any more song writing or playing in the future. Collins’ said in essence that he just does not see any more song writing or playing in the future for him, and that he has young children at home does not feel the desire to get out and compete. He stated he only wants to breathe and loosen up, and said verbatim after 42-years with Genesis it is time to step-back. Although long-time Genesis fan, Dr. Daniel Amen is sad to see Collins hang up his guitar, he understands the need to take a step back and take a deep breath.

Collins’ also mentioned that the most recent time he realized that it was time to step-back was during a concert at the Prince’s Trust in London, November 2013.

Hollywood Executive Tom Rothman

“I’ve loved movies my whole life” observed Tom Rothman, when asked about the course of his career and his recent move to become Chairman of a joint venture with Sony Pictures to create new films and television shows under the Tristar name. Rothman, it seems, was made for the movie and television business, receiving a law school education in New York City, followed by a traditional law career that was honed into a successful entertainment career in Hollywood.

Rothman began his higher education experience when he attended Brown University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Literature in 1976. Upon graduation, he began his legal studies at Columbia University in New York City. His first job as a private attorney began at the law firm of Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein and Selz, working in all arts-related fields.

With significant legal experience representing clients in the areas of theater, film, television, dance, publishing, dance, music and photography, Rothman drastically changed his career when he left law firm life for Columbia Pictures in the role of Executive Vice-President. At Samuel Goldwyn, Rothman discovered such highly acclaimed film directors as Kenneth Branagh, Ang Lee and Anthony Minghella, while he worked on successful films The Madness of King George, The Wedding Banquet, Eat Drink Man Woman, Wild at Heart, Much Ado About Nothing, Truly Madly Deeply, Longtime Companion and Henry V.

From Samuel Goldwyn, Rothman moved to Fox to serve in multiple capacities and ultimately achieved the title of Chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment during the years of 2000-2012. During Rothman’s tenure, Fox accomplished some of its greatest successes both financially and artistically, with such productions as Academy Award Winner Slumdog Millionaire, Titanic, Avatar, Lincoln, Life of Pi, Master and Commander, Cast Away, Descendants, Walk the Line, Black Swan, Borat, The Devil Wears Prada, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Juno, Marley and Me, The X-men series, Minority Report, Little Miss Sunshine, Boys Don’t Cry, Moulin Rouge, Sideways, The Crucible, Something About Mary, The Simpsons Movie, and the Ice Age series. Fox films received over 150 Oscar nominations and earned record profits under Rothman’s leadership.

In addition to his work as an entertainment executive, Mr. Rothman has found the time and energy to host his own television production, called Fox Legacy, which focuses on the history of classic films. He has also appeared at numerous colleges and universities to lecture on the subject of film and he has contributed to Movie Business Book, a reference commonly used at film and business schools.

Mr. Rothman has actively contributed his time to non-profit projects in the arts and entertainment fields. Nominated recently by President Obama to serve on the National Council of the Arts, Rothman has been named to the Board of the Corporation of Brown University and California Institute for the Arts. In addition, he has donated his time to Mentor L.A. Partner Schools, the Fulfillment Fund, the Sundance Institute, the American Film Institute and New York’s Art Therapy Outreach Center.

From everything I’ve read on the Hollywood Reporter, he seems to be a great fit for his new role. Next year will show how much his presence will influence the new productions coming out of the studio.

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