Category Archives: millionaires

Ervin Johnson Investment Fund

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Over the past 20 years, however, Johnson has proven he has the acumen for more than hoops.

Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Magic Johnson Enterprises now owns or operates gyms, Starbucks coffee shops, Burger Kings, movie theaters and other businesses in 85 cities across 21 states. His Canyon-Johnson Investment Fund has been behind nearly $4 billion in urban revitalization projects that resulted in the creation of 4.5 million square feet of retail and commercial space.

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David Drummond Chairman Google Capital

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David Drummond currently serves as senior vice president of corporate development for Alphabet. He previously served as senior vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer of Google. He joined Google in 2002 and led global teams for legal, public policy, communications, corporate development/mergers and acquisitions, and product quality operations.

He also serves as chairman of Google’s investment arms, Google Ventures and Google Capital. David was first introduced to Google in 1998 as a partner in the corporate transactions group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, one of the nation’s leading law firms representing technology businesses. He served as Google’s first outside counsel and worked with Larry Page and Sergey Brin to incorporate the company and secure its initial rounds of financing. David earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Santa Clara University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. He serves on the board of directors of Uber Technologies, Inc., KKR & Co. L.P., and Rocket Lawyer Inc.

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Loop Capitol CEO James Reynolds

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James Reynolds, Jr., CFA
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

James Reynolds, Jr. is founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Loop Capital. Mr. Reynolds, along with Albert R. Grace, Jr., founded Loop Capital in 1997 with a simple motto as a guide: “To provide client service beyond expectations.” The motto still serves as the foundational driving force of the firm.

Mr. Reynolds currently oversees all aspects of Loop Capital, including investment banking, brokerage and financial advisory services.

Mr. Reynolds has worked in the financial services industry for more than 27 years. Early in his career, Mr. Reynolds established and headed the Midwest Municipal Bond Sales Desk at PaineWebber. Subsequently, Mr. Reynolds joined the Corporate and Institutional Client Group at Merrill Lynch where he managed the municipal sales team responsible for the distribution of all tax-exempt products to institutions in the Midwest. In 1997, Mr. Reynolds collaborated with Albert R. Grace, Jr. to form Loop Capital Markets, where he has led the firm to becoming the largest minority-owned financial services firm and one of the largest privately-held investment banks in the United States. Mr. Reynolds is a CFA charterholder and is a member of the CFA Institute.

Mr. Reynolds strongly believes that successful executives have a responsibility to give back to the community. He currently serves on the boards of buildOn, Chicago United, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future and The University of Chicago Medical Center. Additionally, Mr. Reynolds serves as Vice-Chair of the board for the Chicago Urban League and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Levy Institute/ Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Previously, he was appointed by the Governor to sit on the board of the Illinois Economic Recovery Commission in 2009, and was appointed to serve on the boards of World Business Chicago and the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority by the Mayor in 2011.

Mr. Reynolds holds a Masters of Management in Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. He holds series 7, 24, 53 and 63 licenses.

Loop Capital’s latest transaction highlights

Loop Capital Serves as Co-Manager on Wal-Mart’s $5 billion Senior Debt Offering / April 4th, 2013

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, hit the market with a $5 billion four-part offering that included $1 billion of 3-year, $1.25 billion of 5-year, $1.75 billion of 10-year and $1.0 billion of 30-year senior notes.

Loop Capital Serves as Co-Manager on Everglades Re’s $250 million Class A Principal-at-Risk Variable Rate Notes
March 25th, 2013

Everglades Re, a licensed special purpose insurer, followed up on its inaugural hurricane catastrophe bond offering last year, a $750 million 2-year offering – the largest single tranche CAT bond ever done − by issuing another $250 million of CAT bonds to further enhance and reinsure its surplus.

Loop Capital Serves as Co-Manager on PepsiCo’s $2.5 billion Senior Debt Offering

February 25th, 2013

PepsiCo Inc. hit the market with a three-part offering that included $625 million each 3-year fixed and floating rate notes and $1.25 billion of 10-year fixed-rate notes.

Loop Capital Serves as Co-Manager on Zoetis $2.6 billion Initial Public Offering

January 31st, 2013

Pfizer’s former animal health subsidiary, Zoetis, raised $2.6 billion in its initial public offering on January 31, 2013, becoming the largest IPO by a U.S. company since Facebook in May 2012, and the largest carve-out to list on a U.S. exchange in over five years.

Verizon Wireless Announces Sale of Spectrum for $2.1 billion

January 25th, 2013

On January 25, 2013, Verizon Wireless announced that it had signed agreements to complete a number of spectrum license transactions, including sales of licenses to AT&T and Grain Management, a Sarasota, Florida-based private equity firm that invests in the telecommunications sector.

Loop Capital Serves as Senior Manager on $126.2 million offering by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority

November 23rd, 2012

Loop Capital Markets successfully priced and sold $126,230,000 of The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority’s (“TBTA” or the “Authority”) General Revenue Bonds on November 5-6, 2012, despite the widespread property damage and unprecedented interruption to financial market operations caused by Hurricane Sandy during the prior week.

Loop Capital Serves as Co-Manager on Wal-Mart’s $5 billion Senior Debt Offering
April 4th, 2013

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, hit the market with a $5 billion four-part offering that included $1 billion of 3-year, $1.25 billion of 5-year, $1.75 billion of 10-year and $1.0 billion of 30-year senior notes.

Loop Capital Serves as Co-Manager on Everglades Re’s $250 million Class A Principal-at-Risk Variable Rate Notes

March 25th, 2013

Everglades Re, a licensed special purpose insurer, followed up on its inaugural hurricane catastrophe bond offering last year, a $750 million 2-year offering – the largest single tranche CAT bond ever done − by issuing another $250 million of CAT bonds to further enhance and reinsure its surplus.

Loop Capital Serves as Co-Manager on PepsiCo’s $2.5 billion Senior Debt Offering

February 25th, 2013

PepsiCo Inc. hit the market with a three-part offering that included $625 million each 3-year fixed and floating rate notes and $1.25 billion of 10-year fixed-rate notes.
Loop Capital Serves as Co-Manager on Zoetis $2.6 billion Initial Public Offering

January 31st, 2013

Pfizer’s former animal health subsidiary, Zoetis, raised $2.6 billion in its initial public offering on January 31, 2013, becoming the largest IPO by a U.S. company since Facebook in May 2012, and the largest carve-out to list on a U.S. exchange in over five years.

Verizon Wireless Announces Sale of Spectrum for $2.1 billion
January 25th, 2013

On January 25, 2013, Verizon Wireless announced that it had signed agreements to complete a number of spectrum license transactions, including sales of licenses to AT&T and Grain Management, a Sarasota, Florida-based private equity firm that invests in the telecommunications sector.

Loop Capital Serves as Senior Manager on $126.2 million offering by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority

November 23rd, 2012

Loop Capital Markets successfully priced and sold $126,230,000 of The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority’s (“TBTA” or the “Authority”) General Revenue Bonds on November 5-6, 2012, despite the widespread property damage and unprecedented interruption to financial market operations caused by Hurricane Sandy during the prior week.

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ACT-1 Group

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ACT-1 Group

Companies with staffing, human resources or business concerns turn to Janice Bryant Howroyd for her expertise, and she has built a firm with nearly $1 billion in annual revenue. The North Carolina A&T University graduate founded ACT-1, headquartered in Torrance, Calif., in 1978, and is CEO of what is now the nation’s largest woman- and minority-owned employment-services company. Howroyd is the author of The Art of Work: How to Make Work, Work for You!

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Bureau of African Affairs

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Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield leads the Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs, the division in the Department focused on the development and management of U.S. policy concerning the continent.

There are four pillars that serve as the foundation of U.S. policy toward Africa.

1) Strengthening Democratic Institutions;
2) Supporting African economic growth and development;
3) Advancing Peace and Security;
4) Promoting Opportunity and Development.

Read the full description of the pillars here: U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa.

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15-Year Old Starts Tech Company, He’s Now a Millionaire

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Jaylen Bledsoe is a one-of-kind superstar. The 15-year old sophomore started his own tech company a few years ago, and has found entrepreneurship to be his calling. As a result, he is his own man, and a millionaire because of it.

Jaylen says that he started his firm when he was 12-years old, and plans to attend Harvard after he finishes high school. Jaylen’s company, Bledsoe Technologies, is now worth an estimated $3.5 million. This means that if he manages his wealth in the right way, he will be set for life.

Jaylen doesn’t spend his time memorizing lyrics from the rapper “2Chainz,” smoking weed or chasing girls on Saturday nights. Instead, he spends his time chasing paper, pursuing his dreams and positioning himself for a truly empowered existence. Personally, I’m proud of him. I can also see that he is the beneficiary of good parents and role models. Our kids are like products off an assembly line: The outcomes we see in kids Jaylen’s age are direct products of what they’ve been exposed to on a daily basis. It’s just as easy to manufacture a businessman as it is to manufacture a thug.

Jaylen’s company does web design and other forms of IT consulting for companies located mainly in the Midwest. He actually reminds me of another young person I met recently, Emerson Spartz, the founder of Spartz Media. Spartz is not African American, but both of these young men serve as powerful templates for what our boys can become if given the right guidance.

When I spoke with Emerson, we both agreed that around the age of 12, we probably had ADHD. But we also both agreed that, while ADHD gets you in trouble in school, it can actually be beneficial to have a mind that races from one good idea to the next. Personally, my short attention span caused me to struggle in school until I gained my footing in college. High school felt like prison to me, and my horrible grades reflected that sentiment.

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TAG Holdings LLC

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CEO Joseph B. Anderson leads the Troy, Mich., parent company of a variety of businesses. TAG Holdings controls a Korean and a Chinese plumbing ceramics maker, four automobile wheel-assembly suppliers, and a firm that offers consolidation and warehouse services. Revenue in 2010 was more than $700 million. Anderson is a former White House fellow and a decorated West Point graduate. From 1979 to 1992, he was a General Motors executive. He is a vice chair of the Obama administration’s Manufacturing Council.

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