How Don Ressler and Adam Goldenberg Found Success

The history of two entrepreneurs, Don Ressler and Adam Goldenberg leads to great things. These two men, the most unlikely candidates for stirring up successful business in shoes, began making waves in the industry as a pleasant surprise to fashionistas everywhere. The birth of Shoedazzle and JustFab was born out of their trial with technology, consumer demand, and last but not least the fashion industry.

 

These two men turned the fashion industry on its head by taking it all online, and building a business model that was e-commerce driven only. This has made it easier for these men to not only launch their brands, but it has also helped them outdo other brands as a result of going online. How did these two get their start? You could say they both got a very early start.

 

Adam Goldenberg was already testing out his entrepreneurial spirit at the age of 15 when he started a website for advertising specifically for gaming companies. Goldenberg was successful and ended up selling his company to Intermix Media in 1999. Little did he know that this was the beginning of beautiful things to come for him in technology and e-commerce.

 

Don Ressler, also working on his own invention eventually sold his company to Intermix Media as well, and as a result he ended up shaking hands with Goldenberg and sharing ideas on how to change doing business online as we know it. At the time, Ressler’s website was focused on fitness, and at that time he was dedicated to helping other companies raise capital. During this time Ressler was introduced to numerous fashion companies, and this became an industry that he wanted to delve into further. Finding the right partner, Goldenberg and Ressler set off on their new venture, writing up goals and ideas for launching Shoedazzle.

 

While Shoedazzle grew as a massive success, it didn’t take long for Fabletics to turn into gold. The idea that you could take activewear and turn it into something more versatile and affordable, was helping corporate executives get into the gym from their office, and then out the door to their home for the evening. This casual activewear, at an affordable rate and easily accessible was winning the day all around the world.

 

As Goldenberg and Ressler continued building brands they also became aware that they could open up additional markets through online marketing and e-commerce alone.

Thor Halvorssen is Not Your Usual Activist: He Exudes Courage and Confidence in His Fight for Human Rights

The boss of the New York-headquartered Human Rights Foundation (HRF), Thor Halvorssen, comes from a lineage of leaders and human rights believers. Fighting for human rights and freedom comes naturally to him. His family members have been tortured in the line of fighting for human rights. Mr Thor, however, doesn’t wallow himself in pity or sadness and doesn’t go with the traditional belief of activists loving humanity and hating people. He notes that he loves people who have the courage to stand up against dictators. He has been keen on the people he places to head his organization, which is manifested by the hiring of Václav Havel and Garry Kasparov. Thor considers himself as a classical liberal. For him, the political inclination of the people he hires is not important as long as they share the same mission of driving out dictators. HRF focuses on fighting authoritarianism and be a voice for political prisoners from all over the world.

Work Entails

Thor notes that his line of work is not a walk in the park. He and his cameraman have been beaten up and arrested when they went to interview a Buddhist church leader who was under house arrest in Vietnam. He had to lie to the Vietnamese authorities that he was a Buddhist seeker for his freedom. This manifests his belief that human rights cannot be fought for by talking only, but by fiercely defending them by all means. HRF holds an annual forum, Oslo Freedom Forum, which has grown in popularity and is now named Davos for Dissidents by reporters. Thor Halvorssen on Facebook.

About Thor Halvorssen

Thor Halvorssen is a respected human rights activist, who hails from Venezuela. He focuses his efforts on advocating for public interests and pro-democracy as well as individual rights and freedom.

Thor Halvorssen studied political science and history at the renowned University of Pennsylvania. Thor is also a film producer.

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Troy McQuagge’s Success Highlighted With Recent Awards

Succeeding in the insurance business can be a crap shoot for many people. It’s often difficult to break through among the heavy competition and create a successful business that meets the needs of customers in a successful way.

One insurance specialist who has seemingly got it all figured out is Troy McQuagge. This highly successful insurance executive has helped transform the fate of multiple insurance companies and was recently awarded high honors by One Planet for his incredible successes.

Who Is Troy McQuagge?

Troy McQuagge is currently the president, CEO, and a member of the Board of Directors for USHEALTH Group. He joined this group in 2010 and in 2013 was elected to the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer positions.

Later in 2014, he was promoted to the President and CEO of the company. From there, he has expanded his executive skills to serve with Freedom Life Insurance and other groups related to USHEALTH.

Mr. McQuagge started his career right out of university, graduating from the University of Central Florida in 1983. That same year, he joined Allstate Insurance Company and later took part in the Student Insurance Division of United Insurance Companies.

Every company he’s worked with during this time has succeeded handily, setting single-year sales records nearly every year and making over $1 billion in revenue.

His Recent Honors

After all his incredible success as an insurance and marketing executive and CEO, Mr. McQuagge was awarded the “Gold Winner” or CEO of the Year at the One Planet Awards. This group is the premiere program awarding excellent businessmen and women for their successes in the industry.

Businesses all around the world, from for-profit to non-profit, nominate people every year. Thousands of possible names are suggested, highlighting Mr. McQuagge’s incredible success in winning this award.

What particularly inspired One Planet when giving this award was his success with USHEALTH Group. While success before, he was able to turn the company into a hugely successful venture, well behind its initial success. They stated he had achieved “unprecedented success, growth, and profitability” during his tenure.

He had this to say on winning the award: “It’s an honor to be named by One Planet Awards to receive this esteemed industry and peer recognition. In reality, this award belongs to everyone at USHEALTH Group, Inc. It is a testament to our company’s ongoing commitment to solve the health care affordability problem for customers by providing them with innovative coverage that can grow as their healthcare needs grow”.

It is statements like that which highlight Mr. McQuagge’s continued sense of humility and his dedication to building a business, not his own reputation. Selflessness is an important part of successful leadership, and he has it in spades.