Gregory Aziz Role in Improving the Car Industry

Gregory Aziz is the CEO of National Steel Car, a company that was founded 1912. The Company celebrated its 100th anniversary and continues to boast of being one of the major employers with over 2000 employees to his name. National Steel Car employed 1200 employees in the last 18 months. The company enjoys a monopoly as the only car builder in Canada. This makes it feature as one of the most important manufacturers of single site rail car in the western hemisphere. The company is known for having invested over 350 million dollars towards the automation and advanced manufacturing technologies for over the last 15 years.

Gregory Aziz has been very instrumental in the improvement of the company. He is a native of Ontario. His academic background gives him the basis of leading the company successfully. Earning his economics degree enabled him to work for Affiliated Foods in 1971. He participated in the improvement of this family business, elevating it to a worldwide importer by 1987. It was known for offering major retailers wholesale foods in Canada, US, and Central Europe.

Aziz later moved to New York in 1980’s up to the 90’s in search of investment opportunities. This saw him buying the largest steel rail car in 1994 with the aim of becoming the top most rail freight manufacturer in North America. His emphasis throughout was on great engineering skills as well as excellence in manufacturing and innovations. This led the company to be rated as one of the best companies in North America because of great quality for close to two decades.

Gregory James Aziz has been known to be active in community building projects especially in Ontario–Hamilton. He has continued to give generously to the Hamilton community as the fortunes soared. The company is known for sponsoring a broad range of initiatives especially those that are charitable. Some of the most common projects include theater Aquarius, Hamilton Opera, United Way, and Salvation Army, among other numerous local charities.

It is also a tradition within the company to have employees and their families attend the annual company Christmas party that is meant to contribute and collect funds for a food drive which is organized by National Steel Car together with other local food banks. This shows that the company is part of the community in as much as it is in business.


Highland Capital Management Success Grows with Unrelenting Focus on Alternative Credit Market

Within the investment management industry there is a wide-array of risks involved for determining which opportunity will yield the most-profitable results for clients and establish long term goals. Highland Capital Management has lead the industry by lowering those risks with continued focus on providing unique products and avidly building protections for investors’ capital. As an independent investment firm, Highland Capital Management is better equipped with a wider functionality to meet the client’s investment needs and leverage greater opportunities for the growth of their portfolios.

Co-founded by James Dondero and Mark Okada, Highland Capital Management has evolved from a firm that once began as a Protective Life Insurance Company. The firm later developed into a Protective Asset Management Company although only 40 percent was owned by the co-founders. The firm routinely co-partners with investors and has invested more than $250 million alongside their clients and investors.

For the last two decades, Highland Capital Management sustained a level of progression within the alternative credit market that has positioned the firm into becoming the leading investment company in the world. With $18 billion in managing assets and clients all over the globe, Highland Capital Management has positioned the firm for expanding its investment platform for strategizing distressed credit markets. Highland Capital Management pioneered the collateralized loan obligation (CLO) investment strategy with over $30 billion in structuring and managing the asset class for clients. The firm now leads the credit market with higher returns on distressed assets in the country.

In 2008, Highland Capital Management began its global operations in Singapore and three years later opened their first office in Seoul. The firm now also has offices located in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Highland Capital Management headquarters are located Dallas, Texas. The firm provides for charities within the area as well as nationwide. In 2014, Highland Capital Management partnered with the Gary Sinese Foundation to support the Snowball Express to help children of military families. Snowball Express supports more than 8,000 children of gold star families nationwide. Highland Capital Management agreed to match every dollar received with a donation challenge grant to reach $1 million.

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A Quick Overview Of End Citizens United Milestones

It was just in 2008 when James Bopp, the man behind End Citizens and his lawyer Terre were literary mocked out of a Washington court. This is recorded in an article on Mother Jones. The two were seeking the right to air a movie entitled Hillary. The movie was on demand at the time but unfortunately, the court ruled against them on the grounds that the film was longer than others. This case was overseen by Judge Royce Lambeth of the US District Court.

Things were different a couple of years later and no one could laugh. The Supreme Court came to James’s rescue and reversed Judge Royce decision. Citizens United developed from a culmination of many years of diligence and hard work by James Bopp to scheme through the Nation’s finance regulations. This was a case that no one gave him a chance. James would argue that there is no loophole in the First Amendment. His work shows the conflict infused when trying to block money flow in a political setup without necessarily prohibiting the speech right.

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Citizens United has taken milestones and the organization does more than just protect films and books. According to a post by USA Today dated 4th of April, 2017, the organization raised $4 million dollars early this year and is planning for $35 million projection. Here are some of the ideas that stood out on the Post:

End Citizens United Focuses on Making Money

The organization not only focuses on getting money from politicians and political institutions but also aims at making huge money independently. For example, the group collected over $4 million in the first quarter of the year. The group is focussing on raising $35 million before the 2018 midterm congressional election. If compared to the 2016 elections, this is considered high as a $25 million margin is expected.

End Citizens United Attracts

Around 100,000 individuals contributed to the $4 million returns during the first three months of the year. 40% of them are believed to be first timers. The group leaders are mandated to ensure that the number continues rising over years. Recently, the organizing committee convinced contributors to make $500,000 donation to Jon Ossof’s campaign. Jon Ossof, a first timer Democrat candidate, was surprised by the move but appreciated it.

According to Muller, a former director of the senate campaign team, End Citizen is weighing options on what race to be actively involved next year. However, the group is focused on defending Democrat’s Sherrod Brown and Jon Tester of Ohio and Montana respectively.

End Citizens United Limits on Individual Donation

To safeguard the interest of both parties, the organization does not accept a contribution above $5,000 from a single entity. The Donation Cap is a safe one that makes sure that the donors are not overly exploited. It also aims at distancing the contributor from the membership rights.