After a successful career culminating as Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer with the True Value Hardware Corporation in Chicago, and over thirty years of experience at the highest levels in new product development, launching, merchandising, brand building, category management and related areas, Kenneth Goodgame has rebranded himself as a Marketing, Sales and Retail Merchandising Executive.
His successes at True Value include such notable achievements as the Craftsman program that increased sales from $9M to $180M, an increased number of store openings by 300%, and growing revenue by $150M. Another of his innovative ideas promoted support by vendors in a ‘pay for play’ advertisement program which highlighted their products and the True Value brand name, resulting in increased customer and retail numbers. During his tenure at True Value, the company’s brand value improved significantly because of his experienced guidance. He improved the performance of the buying team and increased their product expertise. He also enabled the company to increase its saving record from 2% to over 10% per year.
In his current reincarnation, he provides guidance to companies in areas relevant to the development of an effective business strategy. In addition, he promotes such management features as employee engagement, the development of performance indicators and other quality assurance systems as integral in ensuring improved performance and profitability. His clients are assured of success because of his vast experience, expertise and history of growth promotion in companies. He advocates systems to promote improvement in leadership ability, product quality and productivity and pays keen attention to cost management.
Goodgame in his current incarnation needs little in the way of promotion. His accolades and achievements over the past decades include successes in companies and products such as Shur-Line Painting Products, Rubbermaid Cleaning, John Deere, Toro branded equipment, RIDGID wet-dry vacuums, and the 20 SKU Husky Air Tool program.
He stands ready to provide guidance to companies in need of his expertise.
In today’s world, so many problems are caused by a lack of communication between parties. People don’t listen to each other and they don’t understand where others are coming from. It leads to problems with families, businesses, and even friendships. It is a sad state of affairs. I’ve always been a big believer that most problems could be solved with open and honest communication, which is something that Talk Fusion and Bob Reina provide in high doses. They allow you the chance to have an open discussion and chat about whatever is on your mind in video format. Perhaps you are unhappy with someone in your life, but you aren’t really sure how to express it and put it to paper. You struggle to find the words.
However, you feel like with a Video Email, which Talk Fusion provides, you can fly off the cuff and be more yourself. Your tone can be understood the right way. After all, that is all anyone wants in this life is to be understood for who they really are and what they really believe in, stand for, and care about. This is the vision that Bob Reina had in mind when he founded Talk Fusion in 2007. He saw the way that social media was going and saw there was an avenue for people to talk, open up to each other, and express their feelings.
Maybe they aren’t understood by the people that live with them or near them, but maybe there is someone out there who feels the way they do about life. They have a similar belief system and a similar way of looking at things. This allows them the chance to embrace it to the fullest without any hesitation and without any regret. Talk isn’t cheap. Talk can change lives and talk can change lives. Sometimes we just need the right tools to get the words off our chest the right way.
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Harvard University has a long-lasting legacy of being an esteemed breeding ground for brilliant businessmen and businesswomen. Just take one look at the educational portion of the resumes belonging to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft creator Bill Gates as well as Viacom and CBS Corporation majority owner Sumner Redstone. Also in the ranks of this pool of entrepreneurial excellence is the Teaneck, New Jersey-born and Los Angeles-based Harvard grad Eric Pulier. But how exactly did Pulier pull himself up into such elite company?
Far from a late bloomer, Pulier wasted no time in executing his creative core by programming computers as a youngster in the fourth grade. Before his graduation from Teaneck High School, this prodigal son had already founded his own database computer company. Remaining on the East Coast before his big California relocation in 1991, Eric attended the world famous Ivy League standard Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This Boston metropolitan district is also home to another collegiate sanctuary, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), which Pulier also took a few classes at.
Eric Pulier had a highly productive Harvard experience with his academic exploring including the areas of Computer Science, English & American Literature, and Visual and Environmental Studies. An early aptitude for penmanship was also pursued via the prestigious Harvard Crimson Weekly publication, where he also worked as an editor. Mr. Pulier’s writing skills were performed under the umbrella of a column he created called PulierLeg, publishing pieces between 1986-1988. Not only did Eric Pulier receive his BA degree from Harvard University in 1988, but also he graduated magna cum laude with great honor.
Pulier’s tech-savvy instincts continued to flourish with his founding of Digital Evolution in 1994. The future continues to glisten brightly for Eric Pulier, as he has also formed over 15 companies and added 17 invention patents to his portfolio between 2003-2015.
I admire companies like Diversant. They are an IT staffing company and they are incredibly skilled at what they do. I love it when a company truly cares about people and cares about their future. They want to set you up right and make sure you are properly prepared for whatever the road lies ahead. You can’t always predict it, as life can be really surprising and really throw you some curve balls, but they can give you some tips on how to handle certain situations and certain problems that are sure to arise, as life is not perfect. Nothing is perfect, which is why you need the preparation.
They often say that life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you react to it. They want to make sure that if something arises, you know how to react to it as your reaction is vital in a situation like this. If you have the wrong reaction, it can really have an ill effect. If anyone knows how to handle situations, it is John Goullet, the principal of Diversant and a member of their leadership and advisory board. This is a man that used to run his own company, by the way, in Info Technologies, and this was a company that would find solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Within five years, they were making $30 million in revenue.
He can help shape young minds and get them ready for whatever is around the corner, no matter how big or small it is. The great thing about John is that he is not afraid to share his wisdom. He isn’t selfish and he isn’t the kind of person that wants to keep all of his tips and secrets to himself. He wants to pass them onto the next generation and get them ready for the future. They say the children are our future and even though they aren’t children, these men and women in the IT world are our future.
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Hedge fund manager James Dondero recently appointed Linda Owen to lead Highland Capital Management’s charity division. This is seen as a move by Dondero to create a lasting legacy through charity. Linda is one of the most famous civic leaders in Dallas. Being an influential leader and philanthropist with an extensive grassroots network, Linda has an understanding about community projects that need financial backing. At one point, she headed the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation.
Building a Lasting Social Impact
James Dondero appointed Linda to the position because of her experience. He wanted the firm’s humanitarian division to be more tactful in its efforts. Over the past few years, Dondero has been supporting several charitable causes through HCM. The firm has also redefined its corporate social responsibility arm to ensure that its donations go a long way in building a lasting legacy. Linda’s appointment is therefore timely because she will spearhead Highland Capital’s humanitarian efforts. She will join forces with The Dallas Foundation to ensure that the donations are properly utilized.
Each year, Highland Capital Management bestows over 3 million dollars to support various organizations. The donations are given directly from the firm’s coffers, or through The Dallas Foundation. To date, it has benefitted the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Perot Museum of Nature, the Center for Brain Health and the Dallas Zoo, among other organizations. To ensure that the funds are properly utilized, Highland Capital provides guidance concerning proper administration of the funds.
James Dondero in Brief
The Dallas resident is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Highland Capital Management. Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. He is also an accredited accountant and financial analyst. Jim’s career started at GIC, a subsidiary of Protective Life. He helped the firm to record profits. It similarly grew its asset base to nearly two billion dollars.
Under Dondero’s headship, Highland Capital Management has made a name for itself by being a prominent member of the financial services fraternity.
Growing up in Clearwater, FL, Crystal Hunt had an early start in the entertainment business. From an early age she competed in beauty pageants and took singing lessons. Her first big role was as “Daughter” in the film Problem Child 2. After acting in several commercials, Crystal was discovered at the Actor’s Workshop in New York City thus opening the door for her casting as “Lizzie Spaulding” in the daytime series, Guiding Light. This is a role that she would hold for a total of four years. Her success in daytime television would open the door for Crystal to act in several films. She worked with Zac Efron on The Derby Stallion and Amanda Bynes on Sydney White, showing her depth as an actress.
With great talent comes great reward. Crystal has been recognized several times for her acting excellence. In 2005, at the age of 20, she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy and a Soap Opera Digest Award. Both of these were a result of her work on Guiding Light. Despite not winning, it was evident that the entertainment community was taking notice of Crystal’s skills.
Recently, Crystal has worked on several projects. She scored a role in the big budget film, Magic Mike XXL in 2015. In this film, she worked with Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, and Amber Heard. She was also cast as her self in a reality TV series called The Queens of Drama. This show followed the exploits of several high-powered daytime television actresses. One of her most recent roles has actually been behind the scenes as an executive producer on the horror film,Talbot County. This is the first time that Crystal was involved in a project off-screen and has added another dimension to her resume.
From singing lessons in Clearwater, FL to big budget films, she has come a long way. It will be interesting to see what direction her career goes into next. Be sure to follow her on the official Crystal Hunt Facebook page, and check out her official website as well.