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This interview is part of the “Tomorrow Lives Here” Conversation Series presented by Miami Business School.
–A veteran of venture capital, Heitor Gonçalves has been at the center of multiple corporate mergers and turnarounds.
–Gonçalves also worked multiple strategic roles for Anheuser-Busch InBev.
–He is now at Restaurant Brands International (the multinational who runs Burger King and Popeyes).
–Based in Miami, Gonçalves spoke to Miami Business School Dean John Quelch about the biggest challenges to a successful corporate merger and the biggest differences between the beer and restaurant industries.
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Before Dylan Ifergane was an internationally renowned fashion designer, he coordinated some of the largest and most exclusive house parties, art expositions and warehouse mini-festivals in South Florida.
All before his 22nd birthday. At 21-years-old, Ifergane is the lead designer and founder of Scandal fashion house.
“I consider my designs a marriage of high-end style, effortless chic, and real-life wearability.”
In the last four years, over 500,000 of Ifergane’s Italian-made designs have been worn and bought. Working with brands like Nordstrom and Macy’s, Scandal was listed as one of the top 100 growing fashion companies in the U.S., winning multiple design awards, prompting Ifergane’s hopes to open up Scandal franchises in California, Texas and Florida.
“Scandal and my designs are a mixture of what sells and what I love,” Ifergane said. “I consider my designs a marriage of high-end style, effortless chic, and real-life wearability.”
At the start of his career, Ifergane rented out venues in Miami, throwing lavish parties–his last party hosting boasting over four thousand attendees. His presence left an impact in the city, and he began receiving offers from a few nightclubs in the area.
Ifergane was part of the senior staff founders of Miami nightclub ‘Amnesia’, now known as STORY. As Ifergane got involved with the upper echelons of the nightclub industry, He began talent buying for almost every major night club in Europe. Talent buying is the business of booking artists for nightclubs who would otherwise not have the connection to do so. Ifergane booked the likes of David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia, growing personal relationships with some of the most talented musicians worldwide. Soon, his network expanded to the fashion world.
“I quickly realized that many of the fashion pieces that dazzled on the runway were completely unwearable, and that ready-to-wear versions often sacrificed their original artistic edge in favor of ‘fast fashion’ mass appeal.”Ifergane said.
As of now, Scandal has been sold to 750 stores internationally, branching out in international markets of Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and Korea. Ifergane recently returned to his home in Los Angeles from attending New York Fashion Week. At NYFW, Scandal showcased on runways alongside top tier designers like Givenchy, to more accessible brands like Free People.
Ifergane said he didn’t expect Scandal to reach the international acclaim it has today.
“ I started this thinking it was going to stay a one or two-year project,” Ifergane said. “I thought I would’ve failed because I opened up during recession, which was the worst possible moment because people were cutting back on things that weren’t necessities. I was quite surprised that it took off so quickly.”
Ifergane relayed advice for up and coming fashion designers trying to break into the industry.
“Be careful with who you share things with,” Ifergane said. “We live in a predatory world in which people hunt for anything you give them. Be extremely careful, work hard. In a over-saturated industry like fashion, make sure you aim at making your designs and overall concept as unique and diverse as possible, and target a clientele that would wear your designs.”
You can learn more by visiting www.SHOPSCANDAL.COM
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The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) is forecasting a potentially high impact severe weather event for Wednesday that could extend into the early morning hours of Thursday.
Tornadoes, with perhaps a few significant ones, are possible across northeastern Mississippi and northwestern Alabama.
The SPC regularly issues convective thunderstorm outlooks in order to communicate the level of risk associated with severe weather events to the general public. These risks are noted by different colors and numbers. This particular event will likely be given a Level 4 (out of 5 total) Moderate Risk, meaning a few long-track tornadoes will be possible in the affected region.
In the meteorology world, weather models are one of the tools we regularly use to issue accurate forecasts.These models produce a plethora of different parameter outputs and products that enable you to see a nice, clean forecast on a daily basis.
Several models are hinting at the development of supercell thunderstorm formation on Wednesday. Supercells are the parent thunderstorm of potentially dangerous, long-track tornadoes.
This event is still approximately 48 hours from coming to fruition, however if you live in northeastern/central Mississippi or central/northwestern Alabama, NOW is the time to be prepared in case of a potential tornado.
It’s been quite some time since this region has experienced the threat of severe weather.
Here is a quick review of the things you should do if a tornado warning is issued for your area…
- You absolutely cannot be mobile home during a tornado. Cars and mobile homes are one of the worst places for you and your family to be during a tornado. If you’re in a mobile home, you MUST know in advance nearby structures that can withstand strong winds. Identify those places NOW before the action happens.
- No cars. If you’re in a car, you’ve got to get out and get to a site-built structure. This includes places like a well-built home, business, restaurant, gas station, etc. Cars are like tiny toys to a tornado. They have very little weight, comparatively speaking. Think you can outrun a tornado? Bad idea. Tornadoes can have erratic motion at times, and it’s critical that you are not in a vehicle during a tornado warning.
- Once you’re in a site-built structure, get to the lowest floor. You’ll need to be away from windows and doors, preferably in an interior hallway, closet, or bathroom. The more walls you can put between you and the outside world, the better off you’ll be.
- Folklore says you should be underground during a tornado. While this is preferable, if you’re not near a basement or storm shelter, it’s better to get in the middle of a site-built structure and not try to run or drive to a basement.
- I’m a big proponent of putting football or bicycle helmets on during a tornado warning, especially on children. Without going into too much detail, the odds of survival increase pretty dramatically if you protect and shield your head. It may look funny and you may draw some weird looks, but trust me… Do it anyway. It very well could save your life.
Rise News will continue to monitor this potential severe weather event in combination with RedZone Weather over the next few days.
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Australia will get its fourth prime minister in three years after a shocking late night vote ended the rule of Tony Abbott as leader of the governing center-right Liberal Party.
According to the BBC, Abbott will be replaced as Prime Minister by the more moderate Malcolm Turnbull.
Turnbull defeated Abbott 54 votes to 44 in a party room vote.
Turnbull will become prime minister after Abbott sends his resignation letter to the governor-general.
In a statement made earlier in the day, Turnbull made clear his intentions to challenge Abbott.
“Now this is not a decision that anyone could take lightly. I have consulted with many, many colleagues; many Australians; many of our supporters, in every walk of life. And this course of action has been urged on me by many people over a long period of time,” Turnbull said. “It is clear enough that the Government is not successful in providing the economic leadership that we need. It is not the fault of individual ministers, ultimately the Prime Minister has not been capable of providing the economic leadership our nation needs; he has not been capable of providing the economic confidence that business needs.”
Abbott seemed flat-footed in his response to the snap leadership election, as many in his team did not even acknowledge it would happen until hours before the final vote took place.
Abbott has been prime minister since 2013.
WATCH: Malcolm Turnbull speaks after winning Liberal Leadership Snap election.
A Tweet sent earlier in the day on September 14 showed how unprepared Abbott was for the vote:
Getting on with the job of delivering the Northern Connector in Adelaide – more jobs & less congestion on SA roads pic.twitter.com/DHnBMigSs1
— Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) September 14, 2015
Turnbull is more progressive than Abbott and many others in the Liberal Party. He supports gay marriage, believes in the existence of climate change.
Al Gore, the former Vice President of the United States and Democratic Party candidate for President in 2000 seemed to celebrate the change of Australian leadership in a Tweet.
New PM offers fresh opportunity for Australia to stand beside the US and China in a leadership position going into #COP21
— Al Gore (@algore) September 14, 2015
Some in the Australian press are having fun with the situation. The right leaning Herald Sun had to change their front page after the results were announced.
Even Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson signaled his support for Turnbull after the vote.
— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) September 14, 2015
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