CTRMA

Executive Director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) says the Mopac project is just one of many mobility solutions. The Mopac project consists of constructing new Mopac express lanes for the sake of instituting variable tolling that uses sophisticated technology to help manage traffic flow. Though the solution is promising the CTRMA knows it can’t get rid of traffic woes entirely.

The problems are too vast for it to be that simple. Nevertheless, Austin commuters should find it a lot less stressful commuting from destination to destination. People running late will finally have a predictable and reliable commute.

The CTRMA also built the 183A toll road and U.S. 290 toll road. Both of which have dramatically improved transportation infrastructure in the area. The 183A toll road is located in Cedar Park and Leander and the U.S. 90 toll road is located between Austin and Manor.

Tech solutions are apart of every recent project, especially those focused on transportation and changing regular highways into “smart roads.” Hopefully, in the near future vehicles will be able to “talk” to road infrastructure. This kind of breakthrough would make roadways significantly safer by correcting many human errors. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mike-heiligenstein/

Metropia, a mobility solution platform, decided to form a partnership with the CTRMA and co-develop a mobile traffic app capable of working in conjunction with the mobile authority’s traffic monitoring system.

Commuters with the app will be able to see alternative routes in real-time. Metropia isn’t the only tech platform collaborating with the CTRMA. Carpooling app Carma is also working with the mobile authority.

Minor breakdowns are a huge cause of traffic congestion. Moving broken down vehicles off the roadway can be a time consuming task.

Thankfully, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization has decided to support the Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) program, which provides free roadside assistance to help motorists with minor problems. Hero will help makes sure these minor problems don’t turn into major problems. Hero patrols all of Interstate 35, as well as, parts of U.S. 183.

About Mike Heiligenstein

Mike Heiligenstein is the Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA). He was chose to lead the agency by the Board in 2003. Under his leadership the transportation agency startup skyrocketed and grew exponentially.

He served as a public official for more than three decades before accepting the job at CTRMA. Mike graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in government and business administration.

 

New York City’s George Street Photo and Video is Setting the Bar on Wedding Photography

George Street Photo and Video is a company based out of New York City that specializes in Wedding Photography. It started out as dream 3 friends had growing up in small town Indiana. They began in a basement on George Street, and their reputation for honesty and hard work soon got them more clients than they could handle. They expanded rapidly and now have over 40 locations in different cities the United States. They recruited people who were passionate about what they do, and it has paid off.

George Street Photo and Video is now a major player in the wedding photography business. The company, along with their dedicated teams, show promising growth and have an electric future ahead of them. They will be around for years to come and will continue to set the bar high for the wedding photography business.

 

CEO Of Capital Group Opposes Risks Of Passive Index Returns

In the CNBC article “Warren Buffet is Wrong about this Investment Strategy”, Tim Armour offers his viewpoint on the “active vs. passive” investment issue. While Warren Buffet placed $1 million on a bet that his investment in the passive S&P 500 would perform better than the investments made by a hedge fund managers, Armour argues that the passive index return is not necessarily the path towards an enriched retirement.

Instead, he suggests that the “active vs. passive” debate within the industry is a concern that can hinder investors. Though he agrees with Buffett in that there are too many average or costly funds that don’t perform for investors, not all mutual funds have strong returns in the long run and the possible risks or costs of passive index investments are often overlooked.

Tim Armour speculates that investment should not be about active or passive but rather about providing high long-term investment returns at a low cost. And index funds are subject to the volatility and losses when the market turns, so they may not be the safest way to grow a nest egg.

The solution Timothy Armour proposes is finding notable fund managers through two filters, namely having low expenses and high manager ownership. By finding managers who invest their own money with investors’ money, they consistently perform better than the benchmark indexes.

Because Americans control their retirement, they need a real plan about how to get higher returns. With such high investment experience, the Capital Group has averaged 1.47% more than the index benchmarks. Such a difference in return is at least worth considering.

Read more: Capital Group, Samsung Asset Management Form Strategic Partnership in Korea

Timothy Armour became Chairman of Capital Group in 2015 after 32 years of investment experience with the company. He started his career there as a participant in the Associates Program after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Middlebury College.

Tim Armour was an investment analyst covering U.S. service companies and global telecommunications, eventually becoming an equity portfolio manager as well as the principal executive officer of Capital Research and Management Company according to CNBC. He is now the CEO and chairman of Capital Group.

Rick Smith, An Intelligent and Hardworking Man

Rick Smith is not only CEO, but President of an inmate communication company, Securus Technology. He has held these positions since June 23, 2008. Mr. Smith has an amazing background that began in 1972. Prior to Securus, he was President of Eschelon Telecom, Inc. beginning April, 2000 until August, 2003, was CEO from August, 2003 through August, 2007 and Chief Operating Officer from March, 1999 through July, 2003, he was also Chief Financial Officer from October, 1998 through March, 2000. Before working for Echelon, he was the Vice President of Financial Management at Frontier Corporation from April, 1997 through October, 1998. He worked for them from 1972 through 1998. While employed, he held several titles in the 26 years. He was Controller, Chief Information Officer, President of Frontier Information Technology, Vice President of Midwest Telephone Operations, Director of Business Development, Plant Operations Director, and Vice President of Financial Management. He also serves as a Director of Integra Telecom.

Rick Smith holds several college degrees. It began with an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. He went on to get his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering at State University of New York at Buffalo. He could not stop there, so he went to State University of New York at Brockport, where he received a Masters Degree in Mathematics.. Very intelligent people usually start with an Associates, Bachelors, and Masters, but not Rick Smith. He went on to University of Rochester’s Simon School and received a Masters in Business Administration.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/profiles/people/3482358-richard-a-smith

Securus Technology is used by public safety firms and correctional facilities to investigate and protect situations. They deal with both civil and criminal justice technologies solutions. Securus helps prevent and solve crimes. They are located in Dallas, Texas, where they serve safety facilities, law-enforcement, and correctional facilities. They also provide telecommunication networks for inmates to communicate with family and friends. Since Rick Smith started with Securus,, their clientele has increased across Canada and the United States. Their reputation increased with the clientele in the security and telecommunications industry.

Mr. Smith called a press conference in March, 2017, to let the public know what Securus has planned for the future. They are committed to having services and products that prevent crime and save lives. Securus has plans for inmates to have devices that can reach approved individuals, which will be used in a centralized platform. By using these devices, the phone rates will be low and the prisoners can access jobs, books, and legal resources. The calls will be monitored for security reasons. Read more on Wikipedia.Org

To say the least, Mr. Smith has brought Securus to the limelight in the past nine years and in a very impressive way ,

A New Line Of Lip Care

Everything you use in your beauty routine should make you happy. Enjoying the products you use reflects in how you feel about how you look. The classic lip balm products didn’t have that appeal to most of its users. The lip care section of your favorite stores was lacking something.

Sanjiv Mehra is a co-founder for the company named Evolution of Smooth, better known as EOS. He noticed a need for a new product in the lip balm aisle. All of the products were looking the same. All were in cylinder tubes with no fun colors or flavors to pick from.

EOS lip balm was a new product for that section of the lip care aisle. They are colorful pots that are soft to the touch and curved for easy handling. Each color has its own flavor to allow buyers to switch things up as they want to but still get the same great benefits from using it!

This product is now found in many different stores and on Amazon for around the same price as the same old lip balm products. You will see advertisements for it in your favorite magazines and Facebook posts about it by celebrities.

EOS created a great product that many people have grown to love! They have expanded into different beauty products as well. When you visit the store next time, check out all of the awesome EOS products. http://www.ebay.com/bhp/eos-lip-balm

Fabletics Has Rocked The Fashion World

Fabletics is a fashion brand that focuses mainly on workout clothes. It is meant for the high-end customers.

 

 

In fact, Fabletics could not have joined the industry at a better time. People are realizing the importance of fitness and taking it quite seriously now. But they are not willing to compromise fashion for it. This is exactly where Fabletics created a niche for itself.

 

 

They have Kate Hudson to front their brand. She has her own fan following. Besides, she is into fitness too. She is a fashion icon too. Hence when people see her and associate her with the brand, they feel that they will be wearing the same clothes which Kate chooses for herself. Hence this is a great booster for them as well as for the brand.

 

 

Since this is for the upwardly mobile trendy people, hence Fabletics has come out with a unique reverse showroom technique. Typically people go online, browse and then select an item. Then they go to another site, or, to a local shop and buy what they have chosen, at a lower rate. This is something that hurts e-retailers a lot.

 

 

Fabletics has a different strategy. They focus on the customer first and then on sales. They try to convert a person and make her a member. After that, they are looking at selling her anything. This approach is working quite well till now.

 

 

As soon as a visitor logs in to the site or visits the physical store, she needs to fill in a survey form. This will be about her and her workout regime. It will ask about her favorite workout regime, where she does it and how many times in a week. It will also have questions about her taste in clothes and her statistics. This information is stored in the backend. Hence whether she visits the physical store or the site, the company manages to gather her personal information and keeps it safely at the backend.

 

 

Now the brand selects a garment based on this information and mails it to her. She will try it on and is bound to like it. This is because Fabletics is known for its good quality and trendy clothes. Now the company asks the visitor to take a VIP membership. This allows them to get attractive deals and bargains from the brand. This strategy has worked out very well for the brand till now.