How the American Institute of Architects Impacts Your Life

     Since the inception of the American Institute of Architects in 1857, the firm has continually elevated the architectural profession by promoting the practical and scientific excellence of its members. AIA is based in Washington, D.C. Before its formation, schools of architecture did not exist, and there were no licensing laws. Therefore, there wasn’t a way of distinguishing qualified architects from quacks.

Robert A. Ivy is the organization’s Chief Executive Officer. As soon as he assumed the management role, Robert initiated an investigation into the obligation of architects in the community and the future of architecture. In 2012, he dedicated the AIA to a 10-year program with the aim of making design the spearheading component of improving health through community planning, research grants, and digital applications.

Robert Ivy was once the editorial director of McGraw-Hill Construction and the editor-in-chief at Architectural Record. He oversaw the release of 16 print and 17 digital publications. Robert boldly speaks for architecture on critical topics like the profession’s effect on climate and environment.

AIA Membership

The AIA has more than 90,000 members comprising of licensed architects and associated professionals. All members must adhere to a code of ethics which aims to assure the public and colleagues of the highest standards in professional architectural practice.

The first level of membership is Architect members who are licensed to practice in the United States. Associate members are those who are not authorized but work under the supervision of an architect, have degrees in architecture, are members of an architectural faculty in a University, or are interns. International Associates are architects licensed outside the United States.

The fourth level of membership is known as Emeritus members. These are professions who have been members of the AIA for at least 15 successive years and are above 65 years old or are unable to practice architecture anymore. Finally, Allied members are people who work in fields related to building and design such as engineers, planners, research firms, landscape architects, etc.

The AIA architects check government regulations and legislative actions which affect the profession and the American lives. The members influence how the federal and local policymakers make decisions. The AIA has community-based programs which work closely with national legislators and local authorities to improve the design of public spaces, safeguard the country’s facilities, and erect decent, affordable houses for the citizens.

Members of the AIA enjoy development opportunities, professional and design information, contract documents, client-oriented services, and personal benefits.

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Doe Deere Entreprenueship Challenges and Success

Doe Deere was born and raised in Russia. At the age of 17, she relocated to New York in the United States and lived there for 14 years (from 1998- 2012). Currently, she lives in Los Angeles, California.


Like any child, she had big dreams. One thing that she wanted the most growing up was to become a musician. Well, dreams are valid; she followed her dreams when she moved to New York. She was in a band, and that’s where she met her husband who was also a musician and a songwriter like her.


As a musician, she learned so many things such as how to work on your career, how to market your products and how to appreciate your fans or customers in that manner. As a young child, Doe Deere was an entrepreneur; she created temporary tattoos, wore them and sold them to her classmates. It was no wonder when she decided to venture into makeup business and open her own company- Lime Crime.


Lime Crime started as an eBay fashion line account back in 2004. Lime Crime was officially launched as a beauty fashion company in 2008 with one purpose, to revolutionize makeup. Many people didn’t believe that a business selling lipstick online will survive even for the first six months. Doe was told by fashion experts who warned her about the possibility of survival of this type of business. She believed in herself and decided to take the risk.


Doe Deere brings in a new concept to the way people shop for makeups and how they use it. According to her, beauty isn’t about how you look naturally; it’s all about how you feel good at the right time. As a woman and an entrepreneur with humble beginnings, Doe is a strong supporter of women entrepreneurs. She’s on record talking about how important it is for women to find their voice and follow their dreams. She enjoys mentoring young, ambitious female entrepreneurs and recommends them to reach her or contact her through her Instagram account.


To Doe, makeup means everything. It’s her wish that all the women who purchase Lime Crime products enjoy the freedom that comes with them. What you wear tells a lot about the kind of person that you are, especially women. In light of this, Lime Crime wants women to feel proud of who they are and what they wear. Learn more:


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Jeremy Goldstein Expounds on the Knockout Option

One of the measures taken by companies and organizations to save money is denying their employees stock options. According to Jeremy Goldstein, a financial expert there also exist other reasons that have made companies stop providing stock options to their employees apart from the need to save money. The other reasons include the fluctuating nature of stock values that denies employees the opportunity of using the option. Secondly, the option is tedious since it leads to burdens on accounting and surpasses financial benefits. Another reason is the fact that employees are cautious and aware of the current economic regressions that have left the options with a lower value.


Jeremy Goldstein advice companies to have alternative options when they do not want to abandon the stock options. To him, the Knockout option is the best in the market. The Knock stock option is similar to the conventional stock options because it also has time limits. However, employees often let go of the Knock out option when its shares fall below a certain amount.


Interestingly, the knockout option has advantages. One of the merits is that it helps companies with personalized compensation policies for their executive employees from paying more taxes thereby saving money. The option also eliminates complexities that accrue from stock compensation.


Jeremy Goldstein is a lawyer and an entrepreneur. He co-founded the Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associate LLC. He has a great wealth of experience having practiced law for over 15 years. Jeremy studied at the Pingry High School.


Mr. Goldstein attended Cornell University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He also holds a Masters of Arts from the University of Chicago. He graduated with a Juris Doctor in Law from the New York University’s School of Law. He is a member of the New York University’s Professional Advisory Committee. He is also a financial advisor.


Connect with Jeremy Goldstein on LinkedIn.

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The Recent Accomplishments of Talos Energy

According to an article published by Bloomberg, a private company has for the first time in nearly 80 years sunk an offshore oil well in the Mexican waters. This is also said to be the last step in Mexico’s drive to allow back foreign competitors into its energy sector. The offshore oil well was discovered through the joint venture of Talos Energy LLC which is based in Houston, Sierra Oil and Gas based in Mexico and Premier Oil Plc which is based in London. The drilling was started on May 21st as reported by Premier Oil Plc. The offshore exploration well is the first to be launched in the country by another than Petroleos Mexicanos which is state-run monopoly. Petroleos Mexicanos has been the monopoly since 1938 when the country made its oil industry national.

According to a statement released by Premier Oil Plc, the well is known as The Zama-1 well and is located in the Sureste Basin which is off the Tabasco State. It holds approximately 100-500 millions of crude barrels. The drilling is said to complete in 90 days and will cost $16 million. It was back in 2015 when the three companies were awarded the rights to the prospect during the first bidding round. This was after the country voted to open its oil industry which was ailing to the private investment. Elaine Reynolds who serves as an analyst at the Edison Investment Research Ltd stated that the well which is the first non-Pemex to be drilled since the Mexican waters were opened will be watched keenly by the industry. She added that the entire project has a high geological possibility of success due to the basin’s structure. Charlie Sharp who serves as an analyst at the Canaccord Genuity Ltd stated that the Zama-1 well is among the most interesting exploration wells that have been drilled in this year.

An exploration and production company, Talos Energy is involved in the exploration, acquisition and development of oil and natural gas properties. The company mostly operates in the Gulf of Mexico Developed Deepwater as well as the Louisiana and Texas Gulf Coast.


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Former UTC CEO Louis Chenevert

Louis Chenevert is a man’s whose reputation precedes him. It is impossible not to mention him when the word legacy is mentioned. He has incredible achievements before and after his stay in UTC as a CEO. His motto is a CEO the steward of the company, and as a steward, his work is to make the company better than he found it.

Emergence of UTC

In 1999 Louis was the president of Pratt and Whitney while working there, Louis had a gut feeling that a project he was working on the GTF engine was about to become big; he decided to merge United Technologies Corporation with Pratt and Whitney when he became the CEO of UTC.

Early Life

Louis was born in Quebec, Canada he received his bachelor’s degree from HEC Montreal in production management. Later he joined General Motors working for a maximum of 14 years and later joined Pratt and Whitney where he later became president. In 2006, Louis was given a position in UTC as CEO and later President.


In 2009, Louis received The Prestigious Honor Awards given by the National Museum Building, later in 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by HEC and still went ahead to be named as “person of the year” by The Aviation Week & Space Technologies.

Chenevert’s Stay at UTC

Louis’ first vision for success was to hire people who get the job done; he pursued each employee to undertake employee scholar learning. The most motivating part was that the company footed the whole bill.

He believed in investing in people and technology. He figured the work of a CEO is to deliver results but at the same time envision long-term future success for the company and this is what he did for UTC. His willingness to commit himself and invest in technology and his employees have been the key ingredients in UTC’s success. His vision was to establish a driving force that will support future generations and the U.S economy. With Pratt& Whitney the vision is a success; supply chains that cut across the states.

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Dr. Avi Weisfogel: A Passionate Specialist in Sleep Disorders

Becoming a Specialist in Sleep Disorders

The owner of Dental Sleep Masters, Dr. Avi Wesfogel, has played a huge role in advancing sleep disorder treatment. He attended New York University College where he acquired a DDS. He is also a BA graduate, in biology and psychology, from Rutgers University. Dr. Avi Weisfogel founded Old Bridge Dental Care in 1999. Although he had fulfilled his career’s dream, he felt compelled to explore the field of sleep disorders.

Dr. Avi worked at Old Bridge for 15 years while researching about several sleep disorders. He earned multiple accolades, as the Best Dentist in the region, for many years. Weisfogel had witnessed, first-hand, how physicians were unable to help sleep patients. He became determined to find a solution, to sleep disorders, to help other physicians cater for their patients in a better way.

Dr. Weisfogel started researching about sleep apnea. The disorder is dangerous because it causes sleeping pauses and even choking. After several years of research and investment, Dr. Avi established Healthy Heart Sleep in 2010. He used the organization to provide advice to other physicians about the establishment of sleep hospitals.

The number of sleep patients increased each day. Dr. Avi decided to start a new company, Owner Unlimited Sleep Patient. He used the organization to share information with other physicians. He also provided lectures about techniques of managing sleep disorders.

Having learned how to make his business a success, Dr. Weisfogel founded Dental Sleep Masters in 2014. He used the institution to provide oral medication for various sleep disorders, including sleep apnea. He used regional marketing to attract more customers.

Dr. Avi Weisfogel

Dr. Weisfogel is genuinely interested in helping other dentists and doctors. He believes sharing information can help improve medical practices and services that physicians provide to patients. Avi runs a comprehensive program to train other doctors about the best practices of managing sleep disorders.

Avi Weisfogel is a sports enthusiast. He is a basketball player and a supporter of New York Knicks. He also loves watching and playing tennis. Avi participates in philanthropic activities when he is not working at Dental Sleep Masters or Old Bridge Dental Care.

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Waiakea Water Increases its Efforts for Environmental Preservation

Waiakea water has always been placed in bottles made of recycled plastic. This company recently made headlines by announcing their plans to change their bottles to ones that would be designed to degrade faster. The new fully degradable bottles are being produced with a type of plastic that maintains its strength, while allowing it to disintegrate at a rate that reduces its lifespan in landfills from more than 1,000 years to only 15. This new initiative by the team at Waiakea water is just one of many steps they have taken to help preserve the planet’s environment.

When Waiakea water’s founder Ryan Emmons decided to launch his new brand, he was going into a market primarily populated with seasoned veterans. Undaunted by his fellow business professionals, he chose to build his brand on a foundation that included social consciousness, a focus on health, and environmental sustainability. He also used marketing strategies that included advertising on social media sites.

Since the water for the Waiakea brand is sourced from a natural spring by the base of the Mauna Loa volcano on Hawaii, the positive environmental aspect was easy to portray. This water comes from the rain and snow that falls on the peaks of the volcano, making it a renewable resource. Waiakea water is also naturally enriched with beneficial minerals and has a pH level more in line with the cells of the body, making it a healthier beverage for hydration. Keeping in alignment with the water’s sustainable environment, the environmental initiatives of Waiakea water included a manufacturing process that reduced the amount of electricity used and carbon emissions released.

As a socially-conscious brand, the team at Waiakea water have partnered with an organization known as Pump Aid, to help bring clean water to remote regions of the world. The efforts made on the part of this organization have helped to build pumps in several underdeveloped communities such as those found in isolated areas of Africa. The efforts made on behalf of the Waiakea brand have helped bring a significant amount of clean water to these desert-like areas with a ratio of one week of clean water for every liter bottle sold.

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Talos Energy in Partnership with Leading Oil and Gas Companies

Talos Energy, a Houston based Oil and gas firm interested in oil and natural gas business in the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Coast, is among the foreign companies recently allowed to conduct business in Mexico’s energy sector particularly the oil and gas segment. Other international organizations include Premier Oil Plc. (based in the UK) and Italian company Eni. Talos Energy, Premier Oil, and a local oil and gas firm (Sierra Oil & Gas) pooled resources to drill the first private well in over 80 years; since the country nationalized its oil sector in 1938. Talos Energy owns 35 percent stake in the joint venture while its international counterpart owns 25 percent and the remaining stake belongs to Sierra Oil & Gas.

The recently formed partnership among the three firms is already open to business. In fact, the Zama-1 Well whose drilling began on May 21, 2017, is an initiative of the three companies. Prior to the commencement of drilling, Premier Oil addressed the media regarding the Zama-1 Well and its status in the venture. The UK based firm expounded that the Zama-1 Well is estimated to hold between 100 million and 500 million barrels of crude oil. At the same time, Premier Oil disclosed that it would make an initial contribution of $16 million to finance its stake in the venture and more

Apparently, the world has been waiting on Mexico to denationalize its oil sector if the sentiments from international analysts are anything to go by. The views held by Elaine Reynolds, a fellow at London’s Edison Investment Research, and Charlie Sharp of Canaccord Genuity Ltd, a global investment bank, speak to the expectation that the world has on the Zama-1 Well. The well will not only open up the Mexico’s energy sector but also determine the interest of other investors to be part of the country’s ailing energy sector.

Talos Energy’s status in the partnership is enviable; the company operates the well. The company which came to life just recently—in 2012— is in collaboration with well-established enterprises including the 83-year-old Premier Oil. Talos Energy’s success in Latin America is picking traction.


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Securus Technologies Shares Glowing Testimonials From Clients

Whether it is an online review or an in person recommendation, I typically trust the words of people who have used a service in a greater capacity that I would ever trust an advertisement. I stumbled across a press released published by Securus Technologies that featured a great number of glowing testimonials from the company’s actual clients.


While a typical testimonial is great, such as a person who loves her hair stylist or someone who recommends his morning coffee shoppe, the release from Securus held a bit more weight.


If you aren’t familiar with Securus Technologies, I did a bit of research and company is profoundly interesting. They fall into a very unique market of Inmate Security Technology.


One of Securus’ technologies is called the Wireless Containment Solution. This tech will shut out contraband cell phone from being able to connect to WiFi. My mind goes immediately to a high level inmate ordering a “hit” from on the inside, but then again, I watch way too many police dramas on TV. However, it is a real risk and a lot of damage can be done. Securus’ main focus is to contain technology within prisons so that when it is used it is monitored and trackable and it can be sought out and stopped prior to being used for foul play.


I was taken aback at the role these technology solutions played in the prevention and stopping of real crime. For example, one inmate was caught on a monitored cell phone concocting up a false alibi with his brother that could have prevented him from being found guilty. With the help of Securus’ monitoring technology that conversation was actually used by the prosecutor to help convict him. Another person from a prison wrote a testimonial to simply state how Securus Technologies had helped his facility be far more proactive in preventing crimes before they start, which is something I believe we can all be thankful for.


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Business Mogul; Livio Bisterzo

     Livio Bisterzo founded the Green Park holdings. Livio moved to the UK in 1999 and studied at London University of Arts. Livio is a family man and is married with three children. He began his career in the year 2003 when he started an events business. Later on, he created businesses ranging from hospitality, consumer brands to other lifestyle businesses. He has received several awards and recognition. In the year 2008, he took up a partnership RNA corporation to develop high-end men’s skincare products which are currently trading in 26 countries. In 2011 he acquired a beverage business known as Little Miracles which became the fastest growing SME and won several awards internationally. Currently, Little miracles have distribution centers In 18 countries.

Livio founded Green park with a vision to create multi-channel foods and drinks brands. The primary company objective is to better food for you. Green park launched its first brand hippeas in 2016.Hippeas which is an organic chicken pea puffs has high nutritional value with only 130 calories per serving,3 grams of fiber, 4 grams of proteins and are gluten-free. Asked why Hippeas Livio goes on to say that not only are they healthy but they have a social impact in the world, chicken peas release nitrogen back to the soil giving back to the earth. Hippeas comes in six flavors which include far out fajita, Vegan white cheddar, maple haze, pepper power, sriracha and happeni’ hickory. The product has gone through a lot of testing to get the crunchy product that appealed to the market. The company has also embarked on a marketing campaign by creating a bold brand that will help the products get easily noticed in the store shelves.

Green Park through its brand hippeas has stayed true to its mantra of peace love and give back by giving back to the community. Part of the profit from hippeas supports Farm Africa which helps support chicken pea farmers in developing countries to help them out of their poverty. The company has also invested in Ethiopia to develop a sustainable supply in Ethiopia. The company has pledged to buy land and invest in technology for the local farmers. They have also promised to create cooperatives that will provide the company with peas.

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