Category Archives: Leadership Practices

Helane Morrison Most Influential Woman In The Bay Area

Helane Morrison, Brooklyn native, received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, Illinois and then attended the University of California Berkeley School of Law and acquired her Juris Doctor degree, It was at Berkeley that Morrison became the Editor-in-Chief of the university’s law review, putting her journalism knowledge to work.

After successfully passing the bar, Ms. Morrison gained had a couple of decent clerkships with Judge Posner on the Seventh Circuit and then-Justice Harry A. Blackmun. She was a partner at Howard Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. From 1999 to 2007, Helane was the Head of San Francisco Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Her duties in this firm included securities enforcement, litigation, and supervising compliance and regulatory matters.

Morrison then joined San Francisco’s Hall Capital Partners, which manages about $22 billion for wealthy people and institutions. Helane L. Morrison is the Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer, and General Counsel of Hall Capital Partners LLC. 

She is a woman who has a well-defined character. She has been a campaigner and supporter of maintenance of high ethical and integrity standards. She tirelessly works defending Hall Capital clients from unscrupulous brokers of the financial world. She is among the few people who have tried to kick unethical practices in the finance industry. 

Helene Morrison played a big role in exposing the bad economical practices and many corruption practices that lead to the global financial crisis that occurred in August of 2007. During her 11 years at the SEC, Helane Morrison has headed various high-level profile enforcement actions involving top executives from clients such as Google and Hewlett-Packard and has exposed corrupt auditors.

Morrison is a current member of the Board of the Regional Parks Foundation and is an active member of the Hedge Fund Subcommittee of the American Bar Association.

Check out Helane’s Bloomberg business profile or visit her Helane’s LinkedIn profile to connect with her.

Switching To Clean Energy Is A Priority For Andy Wirth


The need to switch to cleaner forms of energy has become a major part of the work of Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth, who has given his backing to California’s Clean Power Plan in an op-ed first published in the Reno Gazette-Journal. The chairman of the development board at Reno International Airport has recently been looking for the correct ways to improve the quality of visitor experience in the Reno and Olympic Valley areas. The introduction of the Clean Power Plan across California is now being seen by Andy Wirth as one of the best ways of improving the visitor experience for visitors to the historic Squaw Valley and the Reno area as a whole.

Andy Wirth came to the attention of the public at large when he published an open letter to the band, Pearl Jam after he was injured during a skydiving accident. After having his arm severed when strong strong winds blew the triathlete off course and into a vineyard during his skydive a Pearl Jam song remained in his head and kept him conscious as he waited for emergency services to arrive. The 2013 accident has now largely been put behind the tourism expert and he has returned to taking part in triathlons to aid the families of Navy Seals.

The Clean Power Plan will see those communities taking part in the program across California make an speedy swicth to alternative power sources, which are renewable and reduce the need for fossil fuel burning. Andy Wirth believes this is an important move to be made for the future of the Reno area as the low air quality of California is already impacting the tourist trade of the region.

Building a Name in the Finance Business

The global financial system has been on an upward trend as the markets expand to accommodate new markets. As a result, the structure of business as we knew it is gradually changing and so is the financial system. Internet and the recent development tin technology have enhanced communication which in turn has created awareness among the people. As the saying goes, information is power. The current generation living in the technology world is highly informed compared to previous generations. The improved communications systems have influenced the spread of financial information hence the growth in the number of folks seeking financial advice.

When it comes to financial advice, Ken Griffin is the man to consult. Popularly known as Ken, he has tremendous experience in financial and investment matters. He has been mostly involved in deals to do with hedges and it is in this particular area where his expertise is well known. Ken is the CEO of Citadel and he has helped the company grow in the field. With his experience, Ken has been a competent financial adviser whose services have been on demand all over the financial sector. He consults for firms, individual, as well as governments on issues concerning financial and capital investments.

Ken is an American born and raised in Florida where he spent most of his early life. He was born in 1968 and as he grew up he was developing a passion for investments and business on At a very young age, Ken had begun investing and saving his little money for future use. In his freshman year while in the university, Ken had already began a serious investment and financial management consultancy company. He did his research and h he became a very instrumental contributor to several financial policies. This was only the beginning of his pursuits in the finance industry.

One time in college he was reading a Forbes magazine which completely changed his life for good. This magazine changed his life and his view and approach towards financial security. It was from that day that his star in the field began to rise. Immediately after graduating, Ken was lucky to have attracted the eye of an investor who gambled on the young graduate’s skills. Frank Meyer was not very sure that Ken would be a good or bad investment but he decided to give the young investor a chance to try. Meyer gave Ken $1 million to invest and to his surprise he went home with 70% profits.

Ken went far beyond what Meyer had expected and this was a very encouraging move. After years of savings, Ken decided it was time to move on and establish his own business. In 1990, he began his own company Citadel which has grown into a multibillion company. He began the company with a savings capital of about $4 million and to date the company is worth more than $5 billion. Due to his business acumen, Ken has been featured in the Forbes magazine as well as the Fortune Magazine.

Andy Wirth – Prudent Ski Resort Investor

Andy Wirth is an American businessman that finds pleasure in working in the mountain resort industry. Mr. Andy Wirth holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University, and also attended Edinburg University, located in the United Kingdom. Edinburg University is known as one of the best colleges in the entire world. Mr. Wirth especially enjoys working in the ski industry; he is the the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings.

The astute businessman known as Mr. Andy Wirth has recently been appointed the chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board. The Airport Authority Board serves as a catalyst of Reno’s economy, as airport traffic brings business in. It goes without saying, but since Reno is a popular tourist location, the city of Reno greatly benefits from airports and increased airplane traffic. Andy Wirth is one of nine members on the Board, and has been working for the Airport Authority Board since 2013. Only prudent, experienced businesspeople such as Mr. Wirth get appointed to the Board, let alone appointed as chairman after only two years of service.

Mr. Wirth is currently employed as the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. Andy Wirth is not only experienced in the trade and management of domestic ski resorts, as he is in the international trade and management of ski resorts. Part of being a CEO of a ski resort is having to work with airline companies, since having airports close to ski resorts is pretty important – without any airports, what vacationers are going to come? Yes, still, many are going to come, even though they might have to drive a little while, but airports close to ski resorts really do bring a lot of business.

Aside from his well-prospering business endeavors, Mr. Wirth is also active philanthropy. One of his favorite organizations to be involved with is the Wounded Warrior Support, which is an Ironman team that raises fun for the Navy SEALs. Believe it or not (believe it, because it’s true), Mr. Andy Wirth was in a skydiving accident that almost killed him, then he went on to form Wounded Warrior Support. What a man! Not many people can have enough perseverance and willpower to do something as admirable as that feat.

Joseph Bismark’s Leadership Philosophy Drives QNET’s Success


QNET is a diversified multi-national e-commerce company that focuses on direct selling with offices in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines. It has a presence in over 100 countries from Southeast Asia to Europe. QNET’s independent distributors’ sell many items ranging from health and wellness products, luxury watches and jewelry, vacation packages and educational materials. The company has recently moved most of its manufacturing operations to India which has cut down on the company’s expenses.

Joseph Bismark co-founded QNET in the Philippines in 1998 and became its managing director in December of 2008. As an advocate of healthy living, Mr. Bismark has been instrumental in the company’s growth in the development and promotion of QNET’s health and wellness products that focus on energy, nutrition and personal care. He is also a strong advocate of spiritual growth and how this growth is related to corporate social responsibility. He helps lead QNET’s Raise Yourself To Help Mankind (RHYTHM) and Vijayaratnam Foundations, both of which help to provide community development and educational opportunities to disadvantaged children in southeast and central Asia.

Mr. Bismark has a set of business principles that he believes are the keys to his success and could be helpful to all business leaders. He says business leaders should have empathy and try to understand people from their point of view. This involves having good listening skills, treating people with respect and having open lines of communication. It is important to frequently interact with employees one-on-one, face-to-face and to reduce technology usage when dealing with people. Business leaders need to be proactive and seize opportunities as they appear and be truthful about making mistake and accept responsibility for those mistakes. He feels that people need to be taught how to take control of their lives, and business leaders are in a perfect position to set the example. With these business leadership practices in place, QNET will continue to grow and be a strong force in the direct selling market throughout Asia.

The virtual shopping mall has demanded a regulator in India, specific to the direct selling and MLM business that has taken the Asia Pacific Rim by storm. The prosperous markets of Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Taiwan all have proceeded to regulate the MLM and direct selling Internet Marketing industry so that it will continue to prosper while statutes are put in place to facilitate the industry.

There are reports of merit that the same movement is gaining great support within the Indian government which has yet to legislate any clear cut laws that will address the MLM and direct selling industry in India. There is an initiative to amend the legislation already in place regarding the direct selling business. QNET has lobbied to set up a regulatory body that will revamp the Priz Chits and Money Circulation Schemes(Banning) Act.

The man who orchestrated and founded the Group, which established a solid position for the multi faceted and exponential proliferation of Qi, has a self effulgent smile and is known as Joseph Bismark. Since December of 2008, stability has set in to Qi. The talent of Joseph Bismark is heralded industry-wide in his stance that “everyone has a potential to do extraordinary things.”  By setting an example, he lives well as a vegetarian, eating healthy foods, and promoting the Group’s business direction into wellness, organic foods and spirituality. Eating healthy to take good care of the body or ‘the chariot,’ is one tenet of the Vedas that Joseph Bismark lives by.

The success that Joseph Bismark has achieved allows him to give back in a magnanimous way as he renders service to the world community. This is the aspect of Qi that participates in the global community in the realm of social responsibility. Mr. Bismark encourages all souls to rise above the false ego and understand the eternal spirit soul that dwells within the temporary material body. He promotes reading classic books such as The Bhagavad-Gita, As It Is, by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada so as to begin the process of self realization. He realizes that neglecting the soul inside the body is not healthy and gives many tips about this on his personal blog about self realization.