Securus Technologies Says Fraud By Global Tel Link Inexcusable

Global Tel Link (GTL), one Louisiana’s largest provider of inmate communications, is in hot water. Apparently, in its last nearly two decades of contracting with the Louisiana Department of Corrections, GTL has bilked customers to the tune of nearly $3 million.

The fraud, abuse and lack of integrity of GTL was called to attention by the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC). After discovering the abuses, Dallas based Securus Technologies — also, one of the largest providers of inmate telecommunications — decided to release a series of reports outlining the abuses. “We were shocked to find out the extent of the fraud and how long its been going on,” said Securus Technology CEO Rick Smith.

Smith says Securus will release a series of articles over the next few weeks in an attempt to shame GTL into doing right. GTL’s behavior was not only wrong but fully intentional, according to a LPSC official.

Smith went on to say that it doesn’t matter how long ago it happened. He used Bernie Madoff as an example, citing “I don’t care if he defrauded people 50 years ago, I still wouldn’t want to do business with him now.

The infractions committed by GTL are extremely severe. Common practices include over-billing clients by fraudulently padding call time, double billing of calls, interfering with clocks to artificially increase time and ignoring FCC regulated caps in order to charge more money per minute. Louisiana taxpayers were billed over $2 million for the fraud.

Prison insiders say this is one of the worse cases of fraud they have ever witnessed. “It makes the entire telecommunications industry look bad,” said Smith.

GTL did not respond to requests for a interview.

George Soros Speaks Out Against “Brexit”

With Thursday’s vote approaching on whether Great Britain should remain part of the European Union, billionaire investor George Soros is publically speaking out on the issue. Soros believes Great Britain should stay part of the European Union and that a “Brexit” (British exit from the European Union) would have negative economic ramifications, including a significant drop in the value of the pound, according to a recent article in USA Today.

George Soros even warns the Brexit would instantly lead to a major recession and reduction of household income across the country. In his op-ed piece written for The Guardian newspaper Soros described the idea of the Brexit having no impact on the personal financial positions of the British citizens as “wishful thinking.” In the same article Soros warned of a Black Friday not unlike the Black Wednesday recession just 24 years ago. He predicted that the difference is the Black Friday recession would be much worse.

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How Billionaire George Soros Profited From Brexit’s ‘Black Friday’

In Forbes’ article about the world’s billionaires it is mentioned that in 1992, the year of the Black Wednesday crash, George Soros had the foresight to short the British pound and made such an astonishing profit that he gained a reputation as “the man who broke the bank of England.”

Soros is a self made man, making his billions through investing in Hedge Funds. Although he is a resident and citizen of the United States, he received his education in Great Britain at the London School of Economics, according to his profile on Forbes.

In addition to his success as an investor, Soros founded and is currently serving as the chairman of the Open Society Foundation. According to the Open Society Foundation’s webpage, they are a large private philanthropic effort to solidify an open society “where rights are respected, government is accountable, and no one has the monopoly on the truth.” Soros has used his foundation to give away more than $11 billion in his lifetime.

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Marc Sparks and his Entrepreneurial Spirit Creates Spark Tank

Marc Sparks is a native of Dallas, Texas as well as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur and businessman. He has successfully been involved with many of start-up businesses.

Some of the star-ups were very successful while some were not. Whether they were successful or not, he gleaned valuable lessons from them and used those lessons as building blocks for his greater success.

Marc is a self professed poor student in high school, graduating in 1975, but he had passion and no fear of failure. He believes the valve that regulates fear was removed from his psyche and he considers that his greatest asset.

His basic business philosophy is to establish a business model then develop a company culture as he begins to formulate a short term and long term plans and goals. He feels it is important to lead and manage a business by example and he sets the tone and pattern for his team to follow.

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His softer side includes deep rooted philanthropy. He has a tremendous passion for helping others and has been involved in life saving projects for most of his life. He is all for helping people who want to help themselves and the best way to accomplish that goal is to offer a hand up and not just a hand out.

Marc has helped a homeless shelter called Samaritan Inn go from a small home to one that serves more than 200 people each day with housing and meals.

He and his wife built and support a transitional apartment complex, the first of its kind in North Texas to provide an additional helping hand to those wanting to right their own ship. Additional, Marc has opened a thrift store that is thriving and is underwriting the construction of a family shelter. Read more: Marc Sparks (Author of They Can’t Eat You) – Goodreads and Marc Sparks – AngelList

Because of these efforts thousands of people have regained their independence and are once again productive citizens of society.

Marc’s wife, Lynne recognized social service entrepreneurs with funding opportunities for their innovative ideas will increase social success stories. To that end Marc and Lynne created Spark Tank.

Applicants present their “out of the box” idea to a panel and if chosen will receive funding to help their project succeed. Applicants are required to be a certified non-profit organization with a two year history of service. Applicants are required to apply online and present their idea to the Spark Tank panel on their designated date.

Such winners have built a kennel at the Samaritan Inn so homeless families do not have to give up their beloved pet while working to rebuild their lives, as well as provided fuel for a shuttle bus for one year so clients without a vehicle could get to their jobs on a daily basis.

Dick DeVos, Husband, Father, Businessman and Generous Philanthropist

I sat down and began reading the article School Of Choice, But Much More: Making Sense of DeVos Family Philanthropy I was familiar with the DeVos family only to the extent that Richard Sr was the co-founder of Amway. Mr. DeVos and his wife Helen began a tradition of philanthropy, creating the Richard and Helen DeVos foundation, while also giving generously to education reform and political causes.

Reading further into the article, I discovered Richard “Dick” DeVos Jr learned much from his father. Dick and his wife Betsy also formed their own philanthropic foundation, The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, which, according to the article, was created to “‘serve as faithful stewards’ of greater society through ‘projects that build a strong community.'” The foundation has awarded grants to such groups as a Michigan Christian organization that runs both a faith based elementary school and high school. ArtPrize is an art competition in Grand Rapids, supported by the DeVos Family Foundation, and Mr. DeVos undertook a unique venture in opening the nation’s first aviation public charter high school. 

Moving on to Mr. Devoses’ Wikipedia Page, I quickly realized philanthropy was only a portion of the things he has accomplished in his life. He began his career with Amway in 1974, though he shares fond memories of having helped with Amway events even as a child. In 1993, Dick DeVos took over as President of Amway, soon after restructuring it to become Alticor, the new parent company of Amway and other subsidiaries. After he retired from Alticor in 2002, DeVos became president of the Windquest Group, an investment management firm with holdings in several sectors including technology, manufacturing and a venture in alternative energy. Mr DeVos also found time to pen a book, Believe!, in the midst of his other demanding work.

With all Dick DeVos’ accomplishments, in business, charity, and influencing politics, I wondered if he could have time for a private life. The answer is yes, indeed he can. DeVos and his wife have 4 children, Richard Marvin (Rick) III, Elisabeth (Elissa), Andrea, and Ryan, and are the proud grandparents to two granddaughters. DeVos and his wife own homes in Michigan and in Florida, residing between the two states. A final interesting fact, he is a competitive sailor as well as an avid aviator. Mr DeVos is truly a man of many accomplishments.

Managing Your Online Reputation with Wikipedia

“Donald Drumpf” became an overnight phenomenon after John Oliver featured the real background behind the family name of the presidential candidate Donald Trump. As detailed in an article for US Magazine, the next day, Donald Drumpf had a complete wikipedia page filled with details about the Drumpf family history and the background on how Donald Trump became the sensationalized presence that we know him as today. While John Oliver may have sparked the idea on his show, the Drumpf Wikipedia page certainly cemented the universal joke about the real Trump family name. 

There are many lessons to be learned from this comedic spectacle. One of the most important of which is the power of a Wikipedia page to bolster a persona or company and bring international attention to a subject. Certainly, the writers of the Drumpf family Wikipedia page were not just novice jokers. Rather, there is a real niche for professional writers in creating a Wikipedia page. Enter,the knowledgeable, professional Wiki experts for hire at Get Your Wiki. 

Creating effective Wikipedia pages is not as simple as you may think. Wikipedia is an often overlooked, effective way to market your business or personal brand. Rather than appearing as an ad or solicitation, Wikipedia articles have an air credibility for readers and universal legitimacy. Before you simply log on and create a Wikipedia page to start advertising your business, you should be aware of the ground rules. While Wikipedia is an open content site, it frowns upon businesses using the site solely as a means of self promotion, so it can and will block certain content that it sees as purely for advertisement purposes. You will also be required to substantiate the statements in your article with links to authoritative sources. This can be an grueling and even impossible task if you are not experienced in content writing and do not already have an extensive web presence established.

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Jon Urbana – A Multi-Talented Man With Vision

Jon Urbana is an entrepreneur with quite a background. He has done amazing things, and here are just some of them:

Urbana’s Charity Work

Jon’s charity work is notable. He is into the environment and wants to keep it clean. He has made Earth Force, which is a Go Fund Me campaign. In this type of charity work, he likes to get the younger generation involved in helping with the environment.

Jon Urbana’s Lacrosse Camp

Jon Urbana runs a lacrosse camp for children. His love for the sport prompted him to launch this camp where he teaches and coaches the younger generation.

Flying Career

Jon’s flying career is impressive. He has been recognized as part of the FAA Airmen Certification Database by the FAA, the Federal Aviation Administration. Jon Urbana sets a good example for other pilots because of his great attention to detail when he is taking off, flying and landing.

Urbana’s Photography

Landscapes, animals and more are the types of photographs that Jon likes to take. His videos are clear, with good color. He likes to tell a story with the pieces in his pictures as a true artist does.

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Making it a point to follow Jon Urbana and his latest accomplishments is a good idea. He’s on Twitter (@jonurbana1), on Facebook (and also has an official fan page), and on Tumblr. He is always finding new and more things to get involved in, and he is always improving on what he has already accomplished. He believes in giving back to the world, and all his successes with the Villanova Wildcats have made it easy for him to teach and coach a variety of other people as they are going about their experiences and adventures in the world today. He wants them to strive to be more than ordinary too, and in all cases, it seems to be working out very nicely.

Coriant Appoints Technology Expert Shaygan Kheradpir

A few months ago, Coriant announced its new CEO and Chairperson of the Board, Shaygan Kheradpir. He was appointed to this position after working closely with executive team since the beginning of 2015. Shaygan was working at Marlin Equity Partners serving the role of Operating Partner. He is mandated to drive the company’s growth strategy as well as strengthening service delivery to its clients. Shaygan succeeded the former President Pat DiPietro, who will become the Vice Chairman of the company. Additionally, DiPietro will assume his earlier role of Operating Partner at Marlin.

Shaygan Kheradpir is a proven expert in the technology industry, with extensive experience in business and executive. His expertise and leadership skills will be critical for Coriant as demand for technological services has created new market opportunities. According to Shaygan, he was attracted to Coriant because of its extensive portfolio of solutions in data networking, global reach, leading innovations in technology and the growing client base of tier one network operators.

The outgoing President of Coriant, Mr. DiPietro, said it is a great honor to work with Shaygan because he is recognized across the industry for his caliber. Shaygan’s strategic analysis and his ability to execute of ideas are going to drive Coriant’s growth to the next level.

About Shaygan Kheradpir

Shaygan is a business executive and a technological specialist who has worked in this industry for more than 28 years. He has worked in various sectors like telecom, financial and technology. He started working at GTE Corporation, but was eventually appointed CIO at Verizon after GTE and Bell Atlantic merged. He was one of the executives at Verizon, where he innovated and developed many products like FiOS, a leading infrastructure program in the United State.

Shaygan’s next appointment was at Barclays, where he was responsible of developing TRANSFORM program, which was supposed to equip the bank in preparation of the 21st century. This program was implemented in 50 countries, and 150,000 staffs. After he left Barclays, he joined Juniper Networks as the Chief Executive Officer, where he created a strategic plan for the expansion and growth of its market. Info on

Shaygan Kheradpir: Coriant’s New C.E.O.

Coriant, which is an innovative networking solutions supplier with a proven record of supplying network operators that are the leading in countries that are over 100, has appointed Shaygan Kheradpir as its C.E.O. and Chairman of the Board. He had previously worked with the company’s senior management from early this year. He had been an Operating Partner at the Marlin Equity Partners. He is expected to leverage his involvement with the company’s operations and strategic planning. He assumes his new position with an aim of driving the company’s growth strategy as well as strengthen its focus on the solutions that do matter most to Coriant’s customers in the present competitive and highly dynamic end-user markets. He is to succeed Pat DiPietro, President and CEO, who is expected to transition to the post of the Vice Chairman and Operating Partner at Marlin.

Shaygan Kheradpir

He is a leader with a proven record as well as an extensive business, operational and industry experience. His expertise and leadership will play an important role for Coriant as the demand for the end-user applications that are data-intensive which are driving the expanding market opportunities. This includes the 100G to the multi-terabit coherent metro as well as long haul transport deployments, cloud infrastructure build-outs, hyper-scale data center and mobile backhaul upgrades with the evolvement to 4G and 5G. Shaygan is a technology and business leader, who is recognized with an executive experience that runs for 28 years in the industries of technology, financial and telecom.

He started off his career with a stint at GTE Corporation, he was later appointed as Verizon’s EVP, member of the executive leadership team dealing with system modernizations, innovation,efficiency and pioneer product initiatives. This included FiOS which forms an infrastructure program in the U.S. that is one of the largest infrastructure programs with over $20 billion capital investment. He then joined Barclays as a Chief Operations and Technology Officer as well as served as a bank executive Committee member. During his time at Barclays he was in a leadership position when the company initiated the TRANSFORM program. After this role he was appointed CEO, Jupiter Networks where he was involved in developing an Integrated Operating Plan for it and executed strategic growth markets for High IQ Networking and Cloud Builder. He holds a Ph.D., Masters and a bachelor in Engineering, Cornell University. Learn more about this appointment here.