Many Americans site their daily commutes to and from the office as some of the most stressful periods of their day. They may also attribute the length of their commutes as also contributing to their overall stress levels. Knowing that commuting by car is no longer an efficient model in many of this country’s major urban center, Fortress Investment Group has rolled out a new private mass transportation option called Brightline.
With its recent introduction in South Florida, Fortress Investment Group and the Brightline team are making a significant impact on the daily routines of many South Floridians. The original route is from West Palm Beach through the I95 corridor all the way down to Miami. An additional leg that has not yet been fully developed will offer service to Orlando which is situated in the middle of the state.
The Brightline service has been a huge success with commuters showing their enthusiasm for this service that provides an alternative to car travel. While it takes about 30 minutes to travel from Fort Lauderdale to Miami without traffic, that time period can be double, or more, during the morning and evening commuting hours. Relieving this daily burden and stress creator has proven quite popular with the commuters of South Florida and a worthwhile project for the principals of Fortress Investment Group.
Wes Edens, one of the co-founders of Fortress Investment Group is excited about the initial success of the Brightline model and hopes to increase the number of routes and areas served by this private train system. Mr. Edens and the Brightline team have mentioned markets in Texas, the Midwest, and North Carolina as possible areas where the system may prove successful.
The Brightline trains are top of the line in their comfort, efficiency, and level of customer care. From the free on-train wifi to the futuristic train stations, the Brightline trains are serving a need for many thousands of Americans who would rather ride in comfort than sit behind the wheel in a bottleneck of traffic. It will be interesting to see which metropolitan area Brightline goes to next.
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Talos Energy is an independent gas and oil company operating of the Gulf Coast and the Gulf of Mexico. It is most famously known for discovering around 2 billion gallons of crude oil in the shallow waters of the Zama-1 field. Zama-1 is located in the Gulf of Mexico and is a combined endeavor with Premier Oil. Talos has a long-standing reputation for success and professionalism, and in 2013 was voted #1 in the list of Top Workplaces by the Houston Chronicle. A title it has held for five consecutive years. The success Talos enjoys can be laid at the feet of its management, a top tier group of experienced individuals who know what they are doing.
First and foremost among them is Timothy Duncan, the founder of Talos who created the business back in 2012. Before founding Talos Duncan served as vice president of development for Phoenix Exploration Group. Armed with an MBA from the Bauer Executive Program at University of Houston, Duncan used his expertise in petroleum engineering to help Phoenix Group double its size. His dedication, passion, and willingness to take on risky projects is what he attests to his overall success. Executive Vice President and COO Stephen Heitzman has 40 years of experience the energy market. A recipient of the Distinguished Engineer Award in 2015, Heitzman has been working in the Gulf of Mexico for years.
A graduate of Texas Tech with a BS in mechanical engineering, Heitzman formed a start-up organization called Gryphon Exploration. His knowledge and management of Talos‘ daily operations makes him a vital instrument to its success.John Parker is another founder of Talos Energy. A graduate from the University of New Orleans with an MS in Earth Science, Parker worked for Shell Oil before coming to Talos. He first worked with Heitzman, joining Gryphon Exploration after its creation. He was responsible for the discovery of 72% of the company’s reserves. His reputation for profitable reserve discoveries increased when he joined Phoenix Group. Now he brings his expertise and instinct to Talos, which has paid off with Zama-1.
Jason Hope spent his formative years in Arizona where he remains a blockbusting community member. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree from Arizona State University (ASU) with a concentration in Finance. He also obtained his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) degree from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business. He runs several successful ventures and the most popular is his local T-shirt company. He believes in eating healthy meals and committing to exercising regularly. He attributes his success to focusing on one main objective at a time instead of dividing your mind and energy. Read more about Jason Hope on Wings Journal.
Jason Hope takes delight in noting others’ achievements and positive contributions to the world. For instance, an integral part of his entrepreneurial endeavors is awarding grants to fellow business-minded people. He explains that many times one only needs a relatively small amount of actual funds to get their idea properly off to a start. His grant program affords them the capital and the injection of hope, no pun intended, they need to stay on track. He is also a world renowned philanthropist. He regularly contributes his time and/or money to establishments such as the following: The Andre Agassi Foundation, The Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix, The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, Family Health International, the True Colors Foundation, Teach For America Phoenix and the SENS Research Foundation.
To the latter, Jason Hope donated a half a million USD in 2010, about a year into their existence. Since then, he has contributed an additional amount totalling in the multimillions of USD. The SENS Research Foundation (SENS) aims to eradicate degenerative aging and Jason believes strongly in their goals and approach. He believes in preventive behavior over pharmaceuticals or symptom regulation. The founder of SENS, Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D., agrees. He also serves as the research foundation’s Chief Scientific Officer (CSO). One of his main objectives right now is to eliminate the hardening of arteries, commonly referred to as arteriosclerosis which encompasses artherosclerosis and a host of other such ailments. The doctor contends that simply by addressing this root, no less than four major biological diseases will no longer exist.
Jason Hope encourages others to not give up on their dreams but to, also, pursue them daily with intention. He suggests we incorporate awareness of what he’s named the ‘Internet of Things,’ (IOT). This concept recognizes the impact our newfound connectedness affords us through the world wide web. For instance, he points out, a doctor can help the sick in remote places because of their digital access to assessment and treatment tools and databases. Learn more: http://cityscene.org/jason-hope-the-entrepreneur-from-arizona/