Talos Energy on the Gulf Coast

The Mexican government nationalized oil mining over 80 years ago and closed the oil and gas industry from private investment. The 1938 decision was reversed in an electoral vote back in 2012 to aid the ailing energy industry from the state-run monopoly of Petroleos Mexicanos. Immediately after, bids were made for companies and joint ventures to secure the right to explore the Zama-1 Well. A bid by three companies who intended to pursue the prospect as a joint venture sailed through. The three companies were;

Premier Oil Plc (based in London),

Talos Energy LLC (American and Houston-based),

And Mexican Sierra Oil and Gas.

The companies already had an agreement that described how they would split the costs and revenue shares. The Mexican company was entitled to 44 percent, the American company was entitled to 35 percent and the British company was entitled to 25 percent.

The commercial news world reacted boisterously to the new development of the lucrative oil prospecting contract on the Zama-1 Well. The Mexican government was also very firm in asserting that they would keenly follow the drilling to ensure that compliance would be upheld to protect the Mexican marine ecology. Such concerns were genuinely placed as the Zama-1 Well sits in the Sureste Basin. However, the fact that the oil well sits in the Sureste Basin also meant that the prospect had better geological chances of success because of the favorable structure of the basin.

The drilling expedition was estimated to take the three companies about 90 days to complete. According to tax reports, the joint venture had set aside over 16 million dollars for drilling alone. Talos energy and its partners estimate that the well holds about 200 to 500 barrels of crude oil.

Talos Energy LLC

Talos Energy is the winner of the 2013 WorkplaceDynamics’ Best Workplace among Local Small Businesses. It has always received praise from its main investor and regulator, Apollo Global Management, for having the most efficient and motivated employees in the American oil industry. It is a private company that focuses on prospecting for oil and acquiring oil properties in the Mexican Gulf and the Gulf Coast for exploitation. The company’s human resource department claims that it has an equity program where it allows its geologists and other specialist to share equity for any major oil discoveries that they make.

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Rick Smith Leads Securus to the Top

Rick Smith has proven to be a very important part of the growth of Securus. Since he has been in the position of CEO the team has grown tremendously and more patents have been produced for this company. Rick is someone that has a background in technology. He is responsible for inmate technology solutions that are innovative and effective. In order to help him run the daily operations of this company he has hired quite a few engineers and technology gurus that would give him a chance to expand Securus Technologies.

Rick has been in a place of leadership with Securus Technologies for close to a decade, and the employees are quite pleased with the culture that he has created with this company. A large part of the success for this company has to do with the excellent leadership skills that Rick Smith has exhibited. He has promoted this environment of teamwork, and many people are able to create better solutions when they are in an environment where they feel like they can work well with others.

Learn more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Securus_Technologies

Rick Smith certainly has a background for the leadership role that he has taken with Securus. He has a electrical engineering degree. He also has a master’s degree in mathematics.

Rick Smith has worked in several positions as a president or CEO, and he has always ran very profitable companies. He has been able to grow technology companies like Frontier Corporation and Eschelon Telecom, and his time with these organizations is what has made him a very sought out business leader. His experience in telecommunications – coupled with his electrical engineering background – makes him the best fit for a company like Securus Technologies. He knows a lot about things like video visitation, and this is great because this is the core product from Securus Technologies.

Rick Smith has been the one that has kept Securus on the cutting edge of technology. More than 800,000 inmates benefit from the various products that are promoted through technology for the Department of Corrections. Rick Smith has definitely shown that he is one of the more capable leaders to run a company of this size. Follow Rick’s profile at LinkedIn.com.

The work that he has done so far is seen in lots of jails throughout the United States. What Rick Smith is currently trying to do is get more of the Department of Corrections to embrace this technology because it can reduce prison overcrowding. There is a psychological effect of video visitation that actually makes it possible for more prisoners to become motivated by the communication from family on the outside. This can lead to things like good behavior and a reduced prison sentence for inmates that are serving time.

Mike Baur’s Ambitious Vision for Swiss Startup Factory Produces Entrepreneurial Successes

When Mike Baur founded the Swiss Start up Factory in 2014, he envisioned an environment that would not only help entrepreneurs build their business, but one that could energize creative and thought-provoking ideas. Mike’s vision was to disrupt the traditional and normal models, for creating a business, and reach beyond the normal ways of doing business. Mike currently is the CEO and Chairman, for the company, and he actively makes sure his vision remains.


Mike Baur is a graduate from the University of Rochester New York, where he earned his MBA, and he has an Executive MBA from the University of Bern. Mike used his educational background to pursue a career in the banking industry and remained in the industry, for 20 years.


With ambition and tenacity, Mike Baur accelerated his vision and founded what is now the leading startup company in Switzerland. His ambition to create a global company that went against the traditions of the banking industry that he was accustomed to, for two decades, has produced a platform which has enriched many young entrepreneurs.


At the core of the Swiss Start up Factory is the company’s three-month accelerator program. The program sets the beginning stage, for young entrepreneurs and startup companies, to build the structure and foundation to succeed. Swiss Start up Factory enables them with all the tools needed, such as coaching, financial networking, state-of-the-art office space, technology advancement, and a wide-range of access to entrepreneurial resources. Swiss Start up Factory is independently financed and it is well-known as the number one ICT startup in Switzerland.


Swiss Start up Factory has produced some of the finest entrepreneurs and businesses as the result of an outstanding program. An example is 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year, Viktor Calabro, who was successful in building Staff Finder AG. The company provides just-in-time human resource strategies and operates on over $21 million in total equity funding.


Mike Baur’s leadership style, for Swiss Start up Factory, is very different than most CEO’s. Mike continues to involve himself in the day to day activities of building startup companies. His role within fundraising, for the program, is a prime example of how Mike continues to keep his pulse on the company and leading entrepreneurs toward their business goals. His innovative skills, passion and drive, for the success of those wanting to build their own company, provides an environment that is not only successful, but contagious.



According to Marc Sparks Non-Traditional Thinking and Passion are Both Essential for Success

There are not many Entrepreneurs, who also define themselves as a philosopher, but Marc Sparks not only defines himself as one; he delivers the results.


A philosopher shapes by asking questions most people dare to ask and providing the answers, or solution. Marc goes beyond the depth of the answer and gets to the root of understanding why a question is asked in the first place. Marc is an extremely passionate person. He has a vigorous appetite for life and having an abundant existence.


Marc is the Author of “They Can’t Eat You”, written in 2014 and a top selling self-improvement book. Marc challenges the mentality of people’s understanding, for success. A core message of the book is there are not any written rules, for success. Marc says that in order to become successful people need to go beyond the traditional way of thinking and the way they’ve been taught since high school. In Marc’s philosophy people can create their own path to success. He says that going to school is not the only way to success.


Marc grew up in Dallas, Texas as an average student and began startups before startups were even defined. From successes, to setbacks, Marc continued on a path which he was destined to live. He has been humorously categorized as the “serial entrepreneur”. Most people who don’t succeed after their first try in business fail to get back up. Marc defies that principle, by getting back up over a dozen times after businesses never reached their full potential. With a fearless attitude, that he lightheartedly calls sometimes scary, Marc has built an enterprise on pure passion, for reaching all that life has to offer him and that much more.


Currently Marc maintains a sensible amount of companies within his portfolio which are operated by his company, Timber Creek Capital, LP. The company specializes in helping people achieve their life-long dreams. An Entrepreneur who has a passion, for being successful and a driven attitude can go a long way when paring with Timber Creek Capital, LP. They’re provided with all business essentials, such as capital, office space, marketing, networking and web development, and much more, in order to become successful. The primary qualifications are passion and non-traditional thinking.


Marc has a firm foundation in a religious belief and says that he knows without the grace of God, he would not have survived his trials and tribulations throughout life. Marc says “God gives us challenges and devastating circumstances so we understand the responsibilities that come with success and to keep us humble.”


Marc has gained the interest of many followers to create an abundance of life, for their business dealings and their personal fulfillment. He has successfully broadened the views of people to develop their opportunities and life on their terms.



Jim Hunt Shares Some Info About Investing with Ideamensch

Jim Hunt is an investor and entrepreneur who likes to share what he knows with people everywhere. He left the corporate world to start his own business endeavors and has been highly successful doing so. He has a YouTube channel that he uses to share his investments with his customers and other followers, and he also started a company to publish even more information about investing for people to purchase. Hunt decided to share a little more details about himself and his company to Ideamensch, an independent business blog that interviews entrepreneurs and shares their insights in blog posts.

Hunt said his typical day at work consists of working out first, buying or selling stocks and attending to business matters in the morning hours and then slowing things down in the afternoon. He says he gets most of his ideas from hearing what his customers want to see happen, doing a lot of research and then having relaxation times when the ideas come to life. His research is certainly worth noting as he said the best $100 he could spend would entail inside information to a specific financial journal. Hunt said he started his company, VTA Publications because he felt there was a better way to invest besides the bank, and he felt he could help investors do better through information found at the company.

VTA Publications has published all kinds of information about investing such as retirement and what the bible has to say about setting goals for getting there, learning how to read and use stock charts, and little-known steps for executing trades and strategies. The company has also hosted seminars about investing and building a business featuring some of the world’s brightest businessmen, and they can be ordered along with the other materials at the company. Jim Hunt also included “Wealth Wave” and “Making Mum a Millionaire” at VTA Publications and on his YouTube channel. “Wealth Wave” is information about making a trade before the market takes a downturn, and “Making Mum a Millionaire” shows how you could turn ten trades into $1 million. More information about these programs and Hunt can be found at www.vtapublications.co.uk.

Rick Shinto and Penelope Kokkinides Prove to be Suitable Leaders for InnovaCare Health

InnovaCare Health continues to make headlines for its success as the leading provider of managed healthcare solutions and services in all of North America. The achievements attained by the company are owed to its vision, mission and well-structured models. More importantly, the able leadership of InnovaCare, which comprises of industry experts such as Rick Shinto and Penelope Kokkinides, is also credited for the success. View the company profile at LinkedIn.

Rick Shinto

Rick Shinto is not only the chief executive officer but also president of InnovaCare Health, Inc. He joined the company after working for Aveta Inc, from 2008 to 2012. His vast experience revolves around several fields such as operational and clinical healthcare. Some of the other companies or entities that Shinto has worked for include Medical Pathways Management Company, NAMM California, Medpartners and Cal Optima. To add to his vast work experience, Shinto is not only an author but also a well- educated individual with a master’s in business administration from the University of Redlands.

Penelope Kokkinides

Penelope Kokkinides rejoined InnovaCare in 2015 to serve as the chief administrative officer. At Aveta Inc., Kokkinides served in the capacity of vice president of clinical operations and chief operating officer. She is vastly experienced in numerous fields such as managed care services and government programs. Throughout her career, she has worked for other companies including Touchstone Health, AmeriChoice and Centerlight HealthCare. Aside from her experience, she holds several academic accomplishments such as a master’s degree in public health from the Columbia University School of Public Health.

InnovaCare Health

InnovaCare Health, Inc. holds a reputation for being a top provider of managed healthcare services, especially in the US. By capitalizing on its two main avenues of care including Medicare Advantages and provider networks, the company is devoted itself to offering quality healthcare. InnovaCare has attained this feat through the creation cost-effective, sustainable and technologically advanced models. Aside from the models, InnovaCare is steered by its mission to redefine the healthcare management sector in a bid to handle the challenges experienced in today’s sophisticated healthcare environment.

InnovaCare is acknowledged for operating two successful plans in Puerto Rico including PMC Medicare Choice, Inc. and MMM Healthcare, Inc. As a testament to the success achieved by the two plans, they have a membership base of an excess of 230,000 members. In fact, both plans were granted each a four-star rating by CMS to depict excellence in various aspects such as access, patient experience, and outcomes. Additionally, InnovaCare Health also proudly operates and manages two Medicaid plans in Puerto Rico. The plans are operated within Puerto Rico’s Government Health Plan.

Timothy Armour – Spearheading The Growth Of Capital Group Uninterrupted

Capital Group is among the biggest and the oldest investment management organizations in the United States and has global footprints.

The company operates internationally through its offices in the major cities in Asia, Europe, America and Australia. The company has one of the largest valuations of the assets under management, amount to over $1.4 Trillion. It only goes on to prove the Capital Group has been able to win among its investors and the stronghold of the company in the financial market.

Timothy Armour is the CEO and Chairman of Capital group, spearheading the company to achieving success globally through strategic planning, development of innovative financial tools, and exploring new markets and sectors of investments.

Timothy Armour understands that to expand and continue the momentum of growth for Capital Group in the future, taking the business to new unexplored markets is important. In this regards, collaborating with the international players in the field of finance would help Capital Group get an edge over its competition. It would help the company to penetrate and explore new markets far more quickly with local assistance from global partners.

Read more: Timothy Armour, Capital Group CEO, Says Post Trumo Change in Markets ‘Is Real’

He aims to follow the legacy of James Rothenberg, who was leading the company before Tim. The board unanimously decided to make Tim Armour as the company’s chairman after the sudden demise of James Rothenberg, who had made immense contributions to the growth of the Capital Group.

Timothy Armour to spearhead Capital Group to expand internationally recently collaborated with Samsung Asset Management based in Korea. South Korea is a market with high potential, and Tim wants to explore the market and make firm roots in the country’s economy with the help of a local partner, which would help Capital Group understand the dynamics of the Korea’s economy and operations.

Capital Group aims to help Samsung Asset Management with annuity and retirement planning financial tools while also partnering with investment management, distribution of products and services, marketing, product maintenance and administration. Tim has done graduation in Economics from the reputed Middlebury College and has over 33 years of experience working in the financial market.

Tim Armour believes that the U.S. economy after the Presidential Election and after Trump won the election may have been going through turmoil politically but has opened doors for economic opportunities. The corporate earnings can see a major rise shortly, especially as the interest rates have been increased a couple of times recently. In the long term, an increase of the Fed rate can help support most of the industries and the country’s economy in general.

Mike Baur, Successful Swiss Based Entrepreneur

Mike Baur is an entrepreneur who can count successes in the field. At the moment, he is the Chief Executive Officer of the Swiss Startup Factory, and he is also the founder of the company which was launched in the year 2014. The company, which is now successful in mentoring and guiding young entrepreneurs, is unique and many young aspiring entrepreneurs have benefited from its teachings.


The Swiss Startup Factory is tasked with a variety of functions among them mentoring, coaching and proving financial support to the selected potential entrepreneurs. Mike Baur has been successful in the sector because he entered the industry way back when he was a teenager. Before coming with the idea, the entrepreneur was investing in business startups and enjoying huge getting profits. The exposure he got from working with many businesses and companies is what is making him succeed in the banking and financial sector.


Mike Baur has invested in numerous firms in the banking industry in particular before moving on to start the Swiss Startup Factory. He has been in the industry for some years, and he has been evaluating a variety of businesses and the chances of such companies becoming successful. Mike used the broad knowledge he had acquired and started many undertakings which were all successful. This is why he has been able to come with the idea of Swiss Startup Factory.


After he had begun his career in the banking and financial sector, Mike Baur worked as a professional in the area. He has amassed experience having worked with many businesses and organizations and making them succeed under his watch. He understood the world of business and used his talent to the benefit of numerous corporations. Many entrepreneurs found him helpful, and they worked with him closely. He mostly funded companies after evaluating their ideas and seeing they can succeed in their business endeavors.


Mike used his expertise to advice entrepreneurs who approached him, and as a result, he has helped many companies to achieve their goals. Since Mike Baur worked in the banking sector and also tried a hand in investing in startups, he gained experience and later developed a unique businesses model that has not been developed before. The company he started not only benefits him, but it also helps many entrepreneurs who are now thriving because of the support and guidance they get from Mike Baur.


He has worked hard to shape the banking and financial sector and to mentor young people.



Stephen Murray Known For Making Huge Merger Deals, Dead at 52

Stephen Murray, was one of the most successful financial professionals in New York City when it came to mergers and buyouts, died last year at the age of 52. His death came just one month after he left the private equity group on nypost.com where he was the CEO for health reasons. He had a storied career that spanned over 3 decades in the financial industry in NYC. He was also known to have a proclivity for charity as well and worked in many different philanthropic roles during his life.

Early Life

He was raised in Westchester, NY, a prosperous suburban town near New York City. He left to pursue his education in 1980 at Boston College where he graduated in 1984 with a B.A. in Economics. After that, he returned to New York City where he started his career while simultaneously studying towards his MBA at Columbia University in Manhattan.

Early Career

Murray’s first job was in a trainee role in the credit department at the Hanover Trust. It was an auspicious start for the man who would rise through the financial ranks on en.wikipedia.org to become one of the most respected men in New York when it came to mergers and buyouts. His rise started very early at Hanover. He was promoted to Vice President of Middle-Market lending.

During this time he also joined a private equity group that was known to specialize in companies in mid-sized markets. This fund would grow over time and move with Murray throughout the banks that he worked for. It would later develop into what we now know as CCMP Capital.

Read more: CCMP Capital Advisors Gets Backing to Resume Investing From Fund


Chase Manhattan and Hanover Trust merged in the mid-1990s. Murray transitioned with the merger and by 2000 was put in charge of all buyouts at Chase Bank. This is a role that he maintained while still running his fund under the Chase umbrella and JP Morgan & Chase.

CCMP Capital

CCMP was formed as a result of Chase merging with Bank One. Bank One already had an established private equity division. To prevent and conflict of interest between the CCMP fund and Chase’s new clients, the fund was spun out and named CCMP. CCMP Capital’s fund specializes in mergers and growth lending for most consumer companies. Their typical transaction is between $100 million and $500 million making them one of the strongest funds when it comes to investing in mid-sized retail chains. The fund is said to be worth over $12 Billion.

Learn more about Stephen Murray: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/stephen-p-murray#/entity

Mike Baur Accomplishments in the Finance Industry

Mike Baur is a businessman and entrepreneur. He was born and raised in Switzerland. Up to date, he has maintained a very close relationship with his hometown. He has specialized in the finance and banking sector, and he is believed to be among the individuals who have accomplished a lot in the industry.


After completing his high school education several decades ago, Mike Baur realized that he had a passion for finance. He decided to venture in the industry when he was very young, and through hard work, he did quite well. As a young boy, working in finances made him satisfied and very proud.

Read more about his interview on founderstories.com.

When Mike Baur finished his university education, he ventured completely in to the competitive finance and banking industry. He was employed by various organizations in his country. He, however, worked for many years for a very famous company known as Swiss Private Banking. The experience and expertise he has today was acquired by the businessman when he was working for this company.


Mike Baur worked for the Swiss Private Banking for more than twenty years. While working in this company, he was very dedicated and hardworking in all the responsibilities he was given. His dedication made the top management to appoint him to some of the high positions in the company. He was one of the top executives in the board of directors. While he was working at the institution, it experienced significant growth in various areas.


Mike Baur decided to leave formal employment and start his own company several years ago. He felt that he had acquired the knowledge and experience that would help his own company succeed. Together with two other partners, Mike Baur started an organization called Swiss Start-up Factory. The three partners have worked hard, and the company has done well in the recent past. Today, the company is considered to be one of the largest top accelerator firms that is privately held.


Although the Swiss Start -Up Factory was founded in 2014, it has grown significantly, and it has transformed the lives of many businessmen in the world. The independent institution is based in Zurich and it works hard to ensure that upcoming entrepreneurs are given great opportunities so they can succeed. The company has managed to establish many networks in Switzerland and other countries in the globe. These networks play a crucial role when giving the upcoming entrepreneurs new opportunities.