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AIA CEO Robert Ivy Is The First Architect To Receive The Polk Lifetime Achievement Award

According to a recent article published in Architect Magazine, Robert Ivy is the first architect to receive the prestigious Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. This Award is given to Mississippi artists and patrons who have demonstrated exceptional achievements throughout their body of work over a lifetime.

As an Author, Editor, Practicing Architect and CEO of AIA since 2011, Robert Ivy has delivered notable achievements throughout his career. Noel Polk award was officially presented to Ivy and Andrew Young of Jackson, Miss. at an event on June 2.

AIA President Carl Elefante, in a press release issued on April of 2018 stated, “This award comes as a crowning personal and professional achievement for him as Mississippi native. On Behalf of the AIA, I am truly delighted to congratulate him on this unique honor.” MIAL President Nancy LaForge, in another article from the Tulane School of Architecture, commented, “When it comes to making architecture more accessible to the general public, there’s really no one else from Mississippi like Robert Ivy.”

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Prior to becoming a member of the AIA in 2011, Robert completed work as editor-in-chief for the Architectural Record. During this time he was presented with many achievements, including the prestigious National Magazine Award. Recognized alongside Ludwig Mies vander Rohe, I.M. Pei, and R. Buckminster, Ivy is one of the world’s most well-known architects. He was awarded the honorary title of “Master Architect;” one of seven to receive such an honor throughout the organization’s 100-year history, by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi. According to the AIA, since beginning his tenure in 2011 “membership is at the highest level it’s been in the organization’s 160-year history.” Robert has expanded AIA’s global presence with chapters in seven international locations, including China and Canada.

Joining the ranks of Eudora Welty, Shelby Foote, Morgan Freeman, Walter Anderson and Leontyne, Robert Ivy now assumes his rightful place among Noel Polk Award honorees.

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Banco BMG Revolutionary Financial Services Lure Investors To Brazil

BMG (Banco de Minas Gerais S.A. is an eighty-something-year-old bank established in 1930. It’s a premier Brazil-based bank born into the infamous Guimarães family. It’s kept ahead since inception and has generated substantial revenue. As a global brand of the banking industry, BMG has capped impressive sales, profits and governs a robust workforce. Initially, it focused on wholesale and consumer lending. In 1999, the bank piloted an expansion to include services such as retirement/pension plans, real estate investing, credit card payrolling and car financing.

Amazingly, BMG has retained long-term alliance with investors and partners as a specialized creditor of financial products. A sampling included used car financing, payroll credit-card service, BMG Realiza (personalized home-equity investments), BMG-Empresas and more. Banco Itaú BMG Consignado S.A., a subsidiary of the same bank handles payroll loan financing. BMG controls an estimated forty percent of the voting capital and shares. With an extensive knowledge of financial market trends, BMG is an exemplary leader. It’s renowned for its revolutionary technology, tradition, and impressive leadership.

The bank has a reputation for securing and managing high-profile credit portfolios. It’s adopted corporate governance policies and practices. With dependable board members, that take a particular interest in keeping BMG transparent and ethical, it continues to strive. It uses high-level security and AML (Anti-Money Laundering) initiative to protect investors’ interest. The renowned Guimarães family are particularly admired for their unmatched credibility of offering first-rate commercial banking solutions to the corporate network and individuals.

Marcio Alaor, appointed as BMG’s director of operations and vice president plays a core role in strengthening the bank’s corporate presence. Brazilian investors, consumers, and business interest all admire the sophisticated financial services BMG extends. He’s put emphasis on diversifying the bank’s investment and funding practices. This has encouraged substantial savings for BMG in recent years. With the bank’s employees in mind, Mr. Alaor has invested in improving resources to maximize productivity.

With bank agents/correspondents nationwide, BMG controls a large market share. It’s partnership extends to 1, 044 bank Representatives and 30, 000 payroll agents. It recorded an estimated R$352 million in net profit for the first quarter of 2010. In comparison to the previous financial year, BMG recorded substantial growth. Additionally, it reported an impressive sales ledger of 3, 098 POS (Points Of Sale). BMG has an extensive client population of over 4 million and the numbers to grow. The CEO of BMG, Ricardo Guimarães has established himself among the best Brazilian executives. In 2010, Banco BMG received the “best banking group” award. BMG Bank is actively involved in improving support efforts throughout Brazil.

Matt Landis’ Senior Campaign for Greatness

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Recently Notre Dame’s Matt Landis was named Epoch/LM Player of the Week, First Team All-American, and the NCAA defensive player of the year. The achievements and accolades are well deserved for an athlete who has demonstrated exceptional skills in his craft. Matt Landis’ lacrosse career, at the University of Notre Dame, began in 2013 after being ranked No. 66 on the Inside Lacrosse Power 100 Freshmen. In 15 games he picked up 23 ground balls with a season high 6 ground balls in the victory over Georgetown 10-8.

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Matt also earned Big East Academic All-Star. Switching from long-pole to close defense in his sophomore year, he played 18 games, picking up 14 ground balls earning his 2nd monogram. While looking further back into Matt Landis’ sports career history a pattern begins to emerge.

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Landis is no stranger to his skills and talent being on display or in the lime-light. Rated 18th best defenseman in the class of 2012 by Inside Lacrosse, and Four seasons of varsity lacrosse at Pelham Memorial High School. Four-time Westchester County All-League, and Westchester County All-Section junior and senior year campaigns. 2011 Westchester County All-League, and Westchester County All-Section in football sophomore and junior years. Division II First-team all-state in hockey junior and senior years. Three-time Westchester County All-League and two-time Westchester County All-Section.

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The pattern that has emerged is one pure athleticism and success. Analysts and fans both know with an athlete with such raw talent on your team it is hard not to think about the future. The key to the team’s success will rely on staying focused and Matt Landis’ experience and leadership.

The Role Steve Murray Played in Transforming CCMP Capital

Earlier this year, the business world received the saddening news that Steve Murray had passed away. This was just a few months after he had stopped working at Stephen Murray CCMP Capital on crunchbase, a company that he had been a part of for several decades, and had been at the helm of at the time that he resigned. Murray was only 52 years old when he passed away, and following his early demise, many people were able to reflect and talk about the extraordinary achievements that he made at CCMP capital. Here are a few things that you ought to know about this extraordinary business leader, father and husband.

Personal Life
Murray was born in 1952. Up until the time of his death, he was a passionate entrepreneur, a leader in business and loved charity. He started his job as Stephen Murray CCMP Capital as a Private Equity Investor, but before he started working, he had attended Boston College and studies economics. He had achieved his degree in economics in 1984, and proceeded to Columbia University, where he acquired an MBA. Before the company he was heading became CCMP, it was a group of other small firms. This is where he started his career. He worked his way through the ranks from 1989, all the way up to the time when he was appointed CEO in 2007. In addition to being CEO at CCMP, he was a board member at Crestcom International, and Octagon Credit Investors among several other companies.

A lot can be said about the achievements of Murray, especially when because he was part of the team that led to the growth of CCMMP for more than 3 decades. When he joined the smaller firms that later became CCMP, the company was only worth a few hundred thousand dollars. However, by the time he was exiting, it was worth about 16billion dollars in equities. This was a result of Murray’s business acumen and sound economic planning and his emphasis on the concept of teamwork.

Personal life
Murray also lived a very fulfilling personal life besides being a successful businessman. For instance, he was a known and respect philanthropist in the business circles. He had founded the Make a Wish Foundation, an organization whose main aim was helping children from underprivileged backgrounds access college education. He gave sound guidance to CCMP at the time when it needed the best leaders so that it could spread its wings, and for this, Murray will be remembered as a hero.

Kenneth Griffin: Successful and Revolutionary

And in what seems like an unconventional move for a hedge fund in this day and age, Griffin is looking to take his company Citadel public. The initial public offering could happen sometime next year and would be a big move for the company which had considered going public before the economic crisis on But not everything has gone well for hedge funds that have gone public because of the pressure that comes in trying to deliver results to shareholders and investors. Griffin has not shied away from risk before, and he could be the one to popularize the hedge fund IPO again although he’ll need to produce consistent earnings.

Kenneth Griffin is a hedge fund manager and was born in 1968 in Florida. He attended Harvard University where he graduated with a degree in economics. He said that it was while he was at Harvard that he started investing armed with a personal computer, a phone, and a fax machine. After school, Frank Meyer, who is considered a hedge fund pioneer gave him $1 million to invest and was impressed by the returns that Griffin had earned.

Mr. Ken Griffin founded Citadel in 1990 and is the company’s CEO. The Citadel Group as it is known as today has a couple of subsidiaries including Citadel, an asset manager, Citadel Technology which advises on investment technology and Citadel Securities. He has led Citadel to become a relatively successful hedge fund and it has made him wealthy.
Late last year, Griffin moved onto the top 100 of the Forbes 400 list after he was placed at no. 89 with a net worth of $5.5 B.

Griffin has also been heavily involved in politics and has proved that he is willing to go all in to ensure that his candidate has won. In mid-2014, Griffin made headlines after he donated to GOP candidate Bruce Rauner’s governor campaign. The figure that was estimated to be around $2.5 M helped Rauner clinch the Illinois governor’s seat. Griffin has also supported a host of other campaigns including 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Governor Chris Christie and the mayor of Chicago, Rahm Manuel.
Aside from business, Griffin is an avid art collector and has been involved heavily in philanthropy.

Griffin set a precedent in giving when he donated more around $150m last year to his alma mater, Harvard. Griffin has for a long time supported the school, and he started a year after he graduated and continues to till today. A few years ago, he had established the Wayne R. Gratz scholarship which he had named after his grandfather but he decided to go big this time.

Griffin said that he believed in the university’s vision of providing quality education to bright students from all walks of life regardless of their background. The funds will go to support 200 Griffin Scholars, and a part of it will be used to provide around 600 undergraduate scholarships.