In 2015, Mike Heiligenstein was of the opinion that traffic congestion was expected to increase in Austin, Texas. He, therefore, suggested that a tech solution would suffice to alleviate the problem. Mr. Heiligenstein added that the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority CTRMA acknowledged that at times the problem might be due to a road issue while at other times roads may not be the issue.
Accomplishments of CTRMA
Delving into what the Mobility Authority had done so far, he indicated that the authority had build 183A Toll Road in Leander and Cedar Park. CTRMA had also developed the United States’ 290 toll road that connects Austin and Manor. Both these roads had eased congestion in the areas they served and also increased their capacities.
In response to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s “2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard,” the authority was providing pedestrian and bicycle paths wherever possible to encourage more people to walk and cycle. To reduce congestion whenever caused by a car breakdown, the Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) program would be involved in the provision of free roadside assistance to help motorists with minor car problems.
Technology and Traffic Management
Given that innovation is at the heart of the Mobility Authority, Mr. Heiligenstein indicated that the MoPac Express Lanes undertaken by CTRMA would incorporate technology for the management of traffic flow. This forward thinking was attributed to anticipation of traffic management developments in future when vehicles may be able to communicate with road infrastructure such as noticing that another vehicle was driving in the wrong direction. Working into this future, the Mobility Authority partnered with Metropia to create a mobile app that would provide commuters with real-time alternative routes whenever there was traffic snarl up. CTRMA had also partnered with Carma, a carpooling app, to encourage ride sharing.
About Mike Heiligenstein
Mike Heiligenstein has spent his career working in the public sector. He graduated from the University of Texas with degrees in government, masters of government and an MBA. Before taking up his role as the executive director of the CTRMA, he worked in the Round Rock City Council as a member and also served as a Williamson County Commissioner. He has always directed his efforts towards infrastructure programs. Since taking up his role at the CTRMA in 2003, he has overseen the growth of the Mobility Authority into a nationally acclaimed leader in toll road operations. Under his leadership, the Mobility Authority built its first toll road 183A and introduced video billing and all-electronic tolling. Mr. Heiligenstein also sits on the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association and the Texas Transportation Institute boards.
If you want a job in the financial, administrator, commercial area, or maybe a position related to those spots but merely working for a company that does investment analysis, advisory and strategy, you should consider Highland Capital Management, one of the fastest growing investment companies in the United States.
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Highland Capital Management is continuously looking for new employees to train and share knowledge in the financial field of the industry, teaching a lot about the most modern investment plans and what are the biggest winners when managing the investments of corporations. A risk-free or low-risk but higher reward? What are the options, and why are some better than others?
There is a lot to learn about the capital management company, and they are one of the best first-time jobs available in that industry for students who just graduated from the University or are still in the School of Finances.
Among the available positions with the group, the most-searched one is the Strategic Account Manager, which serves as a full-time job to learn about the strategies and investment solutions that Highland Capital Management offer to their clients.
The group has positions for the Accounting Office, Finance, work with marketing and propaganda, be a part of the IT team or the Administrative team. This means that you are not obliged to be studying finances to work with Highland Capital Management, as they need people from all sorts of knowledge to make the company keep functioning as a multiregional enterprise of high quality.
If you’d like to be a recruiter for the industry, there is a “Client Portfolio Manager” position, in their headquartered office at Dallas. If you’d like to learn more and execute fund administration and accounting, there is also a very requested job offering, and all of those can be found on the company’s official website.
The group triumphed in the last year, for finding the best investments of the moment, as they have found the very profitable market of energy stocks in 2016, which generated up to 32% of profit for the clients of the investment agencies who warned them of the investment opportunity arising. It was one of 2016’s biggest investment shots of the market, and the fund made a lot of profitable investments for a majority of their clients.
A recent press release highlighted efforts to put an end to the life-threatening issue of family violence in Dallas. Dallas’ top organization supporting family violence victims is The Family Place. The organization was happy to have recently received a $1 million challenge grant from Highland Capital Management. The announcement from James Dondero, the co-founder, and president of HCM means that the organization is now more likely to raise the $2.8 million needed to ultimately reach the $16.5 million Legacy Campaign goal.
This grant pledged to match any funds raised for the campaign up to $1 million. The Legacy Campaign will pay for the construction of a counseling center in Dallas for victims of family violence. The center will include a dental and medical clinic, a call center, counseling rooms, job training spaces and 13 emergency shelter bedrooms. The campaign will also support its initial operating costs.
James Dondero is a businessman and philanthropist who got his start after being accepted into the Morgan Guaranty training program in 1984. The same year Dondero graduated with the highest honors receiving dual degrees in Finance and Accounting from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. James is also certified as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
James was employed at American Express fresh out of college as a Corporate Bond Analyst and in his 4 years with the company managed to work his way to becoming a Portfolio Manager of roughly $1 billion in fixed income funds. In 1993, he co-founded Highland Capital Management which is now responsible for handling nearly $14.9 billion in assets. Aside from The Family Place Dondero also supports other charitable organizations such as SMU’s Tower Scholars Program and the George W. Bush Presidential Library. The original press release is available here.
His wife is also very good friends with Ivanka Trump, and his relationship with Trump’s other children is a close one as well. He hopes nothing but the best will come from the Trump presidency and looks forward to the administration’s new views on business.
Damac Properties was established in 2002. It is a private, residential and commercial development company in the middle east and Dubai. The Damac owner, Hussain Sajwani, has a brilliant mind for business of his own and promises that even without the help of Trump and his companies, his established developments will continue to grow. He and his wife are dedicated to bringing in a new era of development for the middle east.
The Hussain Sajwani family and Damac have supported many philanthropies as well. One such organization is the Ramadan Initiative, a campaign which he donated 2 million of his own money to clothe 1 million needy children. He made the donation as part of Damac’s initiative to better the quality of life of people all over the world. A cause noble enough for anyone to get behind.
For a man to be so successful in business and charitable is a strange occurrence in today’s cut-throat way of thinking. Hussain Sajwani does it all, though. He has truly broken the mold when it comes to what most people think of as a business man. He is dedicated to his goals and will accomplish everything he sets out to do. His success is a tribute to his persistence and innovative way of thinking.
Lori Senecal would step down as the Global CEO of CP+B at the end of 2017. She has served the agency for two years. Her tenure will be remembered most for American Airlines win.
Senecal said she and the chairman of CP&B Chuck Porter privately sketched out a plan for departure at the time she joined the agency.
It was in March 2015 when Senecal took on the role of global CEO Partners agency CP+B. It was during this period when this function was introduced in the organization. Before that, Senecal served as CEO and president of MDC Partners Network. She continues to hold the role as the global chief executive officer of CP+B. Visit Forbes for more info.
The co-founder and chairman Chuck Porter once referred Lori as the perfect person to help CP+B become a new global agency, that has the nimbleness and flexibility of an entrepreneurial start up. The motivation behind this was due to the remarkable leadership qualities portrayed by Lori.
In October 2015, one of the highlights for CP+B under Lori’s global leadership was to land American Airlines. In a dramatic move, CP+B snagged the account from TM Advertising, in spite of the fact that the latter had worked closely with American Airlines for at least 25 years.
Lori’s strong focus on leadership and talent led advertising age to associate CP+B with “Creativity Innovators of the year .“ Recently she was featured on the Adweek’s Power list, which demonstrated the top leadership in tech, media, and marketing.
Before, Lori used to serve as CEO and Global Chairman of KBS. Under her tenure, KBS realized growth from 250-persons private agency to over 900 people in the world.
Before joining KBS, Lori used to serve as President of the flagship New York office of McCann Erickson. Previously, she had also worked as a Global Chief Innovation Officer for McCann World group.
The fourth daughter of a retail-worker-turned-shop-owner and a schoolteacher, Senecal says she was raised in a very competitive environment which helped her to learn how to fight for attention practically since her birth. ”I felt an urge early on to peruse my path and break away from the pack,” she wrote in an email. Check out the website lorisenecalglobalceo.com