Celebrities have been known to try a hand in many business ventures with the hopes of replicating their onscreen success to the business world. Leonardo DiCaprio became the latest celebrity to join a long list of his fellow celebrities in trying a hand in investment after he signed a partnership pact with Green Park Brands in conjunction with Seth Rodsky who owns the Strand Equity Partners. Seth has been working as an advisor and investor for the company, a position he has held delinquently and helped the snack company grow immensely.
The pact between DiCaprio and Strand Equity Partners invested an undisclosed amount of money in Green Park Brands Inc., the parent company of HIPPEAS. Though Livio refused to disclose the specific amount that the two business henchmen had injected into the company, it is estimated that it could be in millions of dollars. The only figure that Livio disclosed was $2.5 million in which the food company had managed to raise.
This is not the first time Leonardo DiCaprio has invested in a food company. Some few years ago, he invested an undisclosed amount of money to the Love in the Wild, a sustainable seafood production brand. As an environmentalist, Leonardo was drawn to Livio company due to the fact that it was offering plant-based snacks to the general public rather than chemically-modified snacks.
Livio Bisterzo is the founder and CEO of Green Park Holdings. Though Livio Bisterzo has been in the entrepreneurial industry for quite a long time, his breakthrough came in the year 2015 when he launched the Green Park Holdings Inc.
Green Park Holdings, the parent of HIPPEAS, is a snack company that is primarily associated with bringing healthy food products to the people. HIPPEAS produces organic food products such as chickpea puffs. The puffs are of different flavors with the most common ones being Pepper Power, Vegan White Cheddar, Happenin’ Hickory, Maple Haze, Far Out Fajita, and Siracha Sunrise. The snacks are available in the U.S. and UK where the company has its main branches. Apart from this, the company also aims to leave a positive impact in the society by providing them with healthy food products for the betterment of each person. Livio resides in Los Angeles California with his wife and children.
Highland Capital Management in Korea has an affiliate of Dallas company recently developed a healthcare private equity fund for $147 million. The National Pension Service in Korea is the primary investor. Those investing have specific objectives related to heathcare and getting a return on their investments. The fund strives to meet these objectives in Korea, China, and the US.
Highland in Asia is working with Stonebridge Capital a Korean based private equity and venture capital fund for managing this fund. This is Highland’s first private equity fund in relating to healthcare in Asia. Many Asian investors have shown interest in the healthcare sector over the last few years. Highland has many years of experience in the healthcare sector.
Their successful 15 year track record involves investing heavily in healthcare companies. This fund targets middle management health care companies in North America and Asia. The US healthcare market faces a number of disruptive forces that affect middle management according to Matt Jameson, managing director of the fund.
He says the aging of America and increased access to healthcare services in Asia is has generated more consumer and government demand in this sector. This creates a big opportunity for the healthcare investor. Highland Capital develops credit strategies for clients like credit hedge funds, long only funds, special private equity funds,s and alternative investing.
Highland Captial Management invests in the communities they serve. They invest in volunteers, advisory board involvement, and donations to local and national community group and organizations. They have invested over $10 million to organization around the world since 2005.
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Instant Alliance is a Chicago-based staffing firm that specializes in the areas of technology and finance. This firm goes beyond the needs of their clients, finding what makes them unique and staffs them accordingly. Instant Alliance keeps their clients growing and innovating, born from an entrepreneurial spirit that allows them to dive into details and connect with each of their clients.
Instant Alliance offers its clients many different staffing solutions with the financial and technology sectors. The firm will take care of everything, from start to finish. They recruit only the very best talent and are dedicated to choosing the very best option for their clients based on their customized needs.
Behind Instant Alliance is Rona Borre, CEO and founder. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona, in Business. She has become one of the leading female entrepreneurs in the Chicago area, founding Instant Alliance in 2001. Her company has become nationally recognized as a woman-owned business enterprise, increasing its revenue year-after-year. Read more on instantalliance.com
Rona Borre is also a leader in the community, sitting on the boards of the Young Presidents Organization, The Chicago Network, and the Economic Club of Chicago. She has become a leader in the human capital industry and has been featured on many networks and publications by USA Today, CNN, Crain’s Chicago, CNBC, and CBS 2 Chicago. Check and watch her on youtube.com.
Borre has been honored with numerous awards, like the Enterprising Woman of the Year given by Enterprising Women Magazine. Her company Instant Alliance has also won numerous awards to its success and excellence. Rona Borre has a passion for helping companies to achieve their goals by finding them the very best talent.
Nathaniel Ru is the Co-CEO of Sweetgreen, a restaurant idea that combines farm to table foods along with an appealing customer service experience. He came up with the idea back in his college days when he and his friends could not find a viable healthier alternative to the fast food and junk food options in the area. Ru wanted to create a place where natural healthy foods were available, but also create a fast and easy experience for the diner. The Sweetgreen idea was the solution.
Although he had a difficult time getting the space they needed to launch their Sweetgreen idea, they now are opening restaurants in several major cities such as Boston and New York. Nathaniel Ru credits the success to the ability to provide local and fresh foods to his customers that are appealing, and a dining experience that is affordable and quick. He credits the success to his philosophy of core values, one of which is “win, win, win”, where the customer, the community, and the company all have an interest and should all come out ahead. He also believes in “keeping it real” in regards to the authenticity of the food, to the actions of the employees.
In addition to the restaurant, Ru created the Sweetlife music festival. The idea was born when in order to get customer’s to come to the new place, he offered music outside on the weekends. The connection between the food and the music was strong. It is now the areas largest food and music festival, with nearly 20,000 people attending. Food trucks, sellers, growers and musicians alike are part of the festival.
Each restaurant is uniquely designed to fit within the neighborhood and to provide the best customer experience. Most kitchens are open designed so that the food can be seen, and each customer is walked through their order individually so that they can choose what they like and ask questions about ingredients, which are listed as to the local source they originated from. The waiting line is run like a well oiled machine and the customer can get in and out quickly.
Sweetgreen and Nathaniel Ru also take care of employees, noting that this is another reason for his success. Hiring motivated people and keeping them together in teams, like a family. The result is satisfied customers and the continuing growth of the Sweetgreen line of restaurants. .
James Dondero helped to co-find Highland Capital Management where he currently serves as the president. HCM is one of the largest and most successful companies operating in the alternative credit management industry across the world. His 30 years journey in the field of credit and equity markets has been incredible. He has been focusing hugely on high yielding as well as distressed investing.
HCM was incepted in 1993, and since then, it has been the market leader in developing collateralized loan obligation market and in the development of credit oriented solutions for retail and institutional investors globally. Among the award-winning products offered by the company include separate institutional accounts, private equity funds, hedge funds, REITs, ETFs and Mutual funds.
The Family Place is known for its tireless efforts to prevent and eliminate cases of domestic violence using proactive measures. They intervene through advocacy, providing assistance to victims and conducting extensive community awareness. Thousands of Texas residents exposed to abusive environments have found help, protection, as well as self-sustenance. All the programs provided by the Family Place are available in both English and Spanish.
The Highland Dallas Foundation, which serves as the philanthropic arm of HCM will be responsible for administering the grant, expected to end on April 4, 2017. The capital raised from the campaign will aid in the construction and management of the Ann Moody Place. The proposed expansion will increase the capacity of the organization to respond to the needs of more individuals involved in domestic violence.
The $1 million grant challenge announcement was made on early October 2016.