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Hotel Impossible: Turning Around The Problem-Plagued Hotels

Hotel Impossible: Turning Around The Problem-Plagued Hotels

Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible, which premiered in April 2012, is a reality television program in which struggling hotels receive an extensive makeover by veteran hotel operator and hospitality expert Anthony Melchiorri and his team. After a hotel is chosen to be on the show, Melchiorri secretly scouts each establishment and identifies ...

Turn Your Smartphone into a Glucose Meter

Turn Your Smartphone into a Glucose Meter

Erez Raphael, CEO and president of LabStyle Innovations Corp. (OTCQB: DRIO), talks with Opportunist’s Managing Editor Leslie Stone about his company’s all-in-one glucose meter and cloud-based mobile diabetes management platform. Managing blood sugar ups and downs is a daily challenge for the 371 million people with diabetes worldwide. It’s important for ...

Diego Pellicer Worldwide: Setting New Standards for Luxury Marijuana

Diego Pellicer Worldwide: Setting New Standards for Luxury Marijuana

Ron Throgmartin, CEO of Diego Pellicer Worldwide (NASDAQ: DPWW), talks with Opportunist’s Managing Editor Leslie Stone about the potential of the legalized marijuana market and his company’s role in the industry. Ron Throgmartin grew up in the retail industry. His grandfather Hine Henry Gregg founded the retail giant hhgregg, Inc. (NYSE: ...

Lifestyle Medical Network: Making The World a Healthier Place One Innovation At a Time

Lifestyle Medical Network: Making The World a Healthier Place One Innovation At a Time

Christopher “Chris” Smith, CEO of Orlando-based Lifestyle Medical Network, Inc. (LMNK: OTC US), talks with Opportunist’s Managing Editor Leslie Stone about how his company is helping physicians to provide a new standard of care for their patients, improve their negotiating power and add new revenue streams. The worldwide anti-aging industry was ...

America’s Becoming Totally Hemp Crazy!

America’s Becoming Totally Hemp Crazy!

  World-renowned marketing expert Harry Drnec talks with Opportunist’s Managing Editor Leslie Stone about his new role at Totally Hemp Crazy Inc. Sales of energy drink beverages are expected to top $13 billion this year in the United States alone. Based on sales in 2013, the key players in this growing market ...

A Media Empire Built On Local Business News

A Media Empire Built On Local Business News

Based  in Charlotte, NC, American City Business Journals (ACBJ) is the largest publisher of metropolitan business newsweeklies in the U.S. With over 1,600 employees, the company publishes 40 publication each week. In addition, ACBJ offers specialty publications for sports fans, sports business readers and classic car enthusiasts. The company’s specialty publications ...

Glendale Securities, Inc.: The Firm That Wants Small Businesses To Succeed

Glendale Securities, Inc.: The Firm That Wants Small Businesses To Succeed

Glendale Securities, Inc.’s CEO Eric Flesche talks with Opportunist’s Managing Editor Leslie Stone about the changes he has seen in the industry through the years and what makes his company unique.   Capital markets have undergone some pretty major changes in the last few decades. Technology has played a major role ...

Cracking Down On Cybercrime

Cracking Down On Cybercrime

Mark Gray, Chairman and CEO of Cybergy Partners, Inc., talks with Opportunist’s Managing Editor Leslie Stone about his company’s role in cybersecurity, the smart grid, and renewable energy. The FBI ranks combating cybercrime one of the nation’s top law enforcement activities. The Center for Strategic and International Studies estimates that cybercrime ...

“Janice Dean, the Weather Machine”

“Janice Dean, the Weather Machine”

FOX News’ Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean talks with Opportunist’s Managing Editor Leslie Stone about hurricane season, her Freddy the Frogcaster book series and why she’d prefer not to face a storm head-on. The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and, according to Janice Dean, 2015 isn’t likely to produce ...

“Chef Robert Irvine has 2 days and $10,000 to do the impossible!”

“Chef Robert Irvine has 2 days and $10,000 to do the impossible!”

Using the above statement as its premise, Food Network’s reality program Restaurant: Impossible premiered in January 2011. Within those time and dollar constraints, Chef Robert Irvine must resuscitate a failing restaurant, and hopefully, launch it to profitability. Irvine’s culinary training began with the Royal Navy, and he later cooked in the White ...

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SEC Enforcement Actions – Part III SEC Enforcement Actions – Part III

SEC Charges Brothers-In-Law With Insider Trading The SEC filed a civil injunctive action alleging that two Louisiana men, Scott Zeringue and Jesse Roberts III, engaged in insider trading with the securities of The Shaw Group, Inc. ahead of a public announcement that the company was going to be acquired by Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. The SEC alleges that while serving as vice president of construction operations at Baton Rouge-based Shaw in 2012, Zeringue traded company securities based on confidential information ... Read More

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The New Normal: Four States Grapple With Gun Violence The New Normal: Four States Grapple With Gun Violence

The following is an excerpt from Jane C. Timm | Updated 7/25/15 | msnbc.com | One of five Marines killed by a gunman at a military recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tennessee was set to be laid to rest Friday in Nashville, where he leaves behind a wife and two children. The night before, in Lafayette, Louisiana, a man entered a movie theater with a handgun, opening fire 20 minutes into a showing of “Trainwreck.” Three people are dead, including the gunman, and ... Read More

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‘Big Surprise’: Pluto’s Hazy Atmosphere, Flowing Nitrogen Ice Glaciers Stun Scientists ‘Big Surprise’: Pluto’s Hazy Atmosphere, Flowing Nitrogen Ice Glaciers Stun Scientists

The following is an excerpt from rt.com | July 25, 2015 | Pluto never ceases to amaze scientists: A new batch of images released by NASA’s New Horizons mission reveal an incredibly hazy atmosphere cast over the dwarf planet, as well as ice flowing on its surface – as glaciers flow on Earth. The new set of high-resolution images of the planet’s surface reveal ice made of nitrogen, carbon monoxide and methane, flowing on Sputnik Planum, the flat plains on the western ... Read More

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At Vatican, Mayors Pledge Climate Change Fight At Vatican, Mayors Pledge Climate Change Fight

The following is an excerpt from GAIA PIANIGIANI | JULY 21, 2015 | Nytimes.com | VATICAN CITY — About 60 mayors from around the world gathered here on Tuesday and pledged to combat global warming and help the poor deal with its effects, at a conference swiftly organized by the Vatican barely a month after Pope Francis’ sweeping encyclical on the environment. The two-day conference, which also focused on fighting forms of modern slavery, was not the first time that the Vatican ... Read More

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Regulators Investigating Fiat Chrysler Cybersecurity Recall Regulators Investigating Fiat Chrysler Cybersecurity Recall

The following is an excerpt from MIKE SPECTOR and DANNY YADRON | July 24, 2015 | allthingsd.com | Federal regulators launched an investigation into Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’s recall of 1.4 million vehicles with a potential cybersecurity flaw first identified by the auto maker in January 2014, ratcheting up concerns about broader automobile security days after hackers demonstrated an ability to remotely commandeer a Jeep’s controls through wireless communications systems. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Friday launched a “recall query” ... Read More

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Options Writer Series — The Next Big Topic In The Financial News Options Writer Series — The Next Big Topic In The Financial News

By Warren Kaplan The Stock Option Writers © Warren Kaplan 2011-2014 July 27, 2015 Now that the Greece issue has been resolved and the Chinese government calling, nay, demanding, that stock prices stop falling in China, So what else can the stock market worry about? I sense the current biggest issue is whether or not the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates and perhaps cause more panic in the bond market come September 2015. In 2012, Warren Buffet said that bonds should come with ... Read More

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Anthem to Buy Cigna for $48.4 Billion After Year of Talks Anthem to Buy Cigna for $48.4 Billion After Year of Talks

The following is an excerpt from Zachary Tracer and Ryan Sachetta | July 24, 2015 | Bloomberg.com | Anthem Inc. struck a deal to buy rival Cigna Corp. for $48.4 billion, wrapping up almost a year of contentious negotiations and potentially creating the largest health insurer in the U.S. Anthem will pay $188 a share in cash and stock for Cigna, based on Anthem’s May 28 closing share price, the Indianapolis-based insurer said Friday in a statement. That’s 22 percent more than ... Read More

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The Heartbreaking Case For Google Photos The Heartbreaking Case For Google Photos

The following is an excerpt from Damon Beres | July 24, 2015 | Huffingtonpost.com | I take pictures of exceedingly dumb things -- my cat sniffing a bunch of kale, my drunk friend taking money out of an ATM -- and I sometimes think it's because, nine years ago, my dad's memory was shattered by a brain tumor that ultimately took his life. (It might also be because my cat looks really cute sniffing kale. But I think there's something to the ... Read More

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Stephen Hawking Reddit AMA: British Cosmologist To Hold Week-Long Session Starting Monday Stephen Hawking Reddit AMA: British Cosmologist To Hold Week-Long Session Starting Monday

The following is an excerpt from Avaneesh Pandey | July 25, 2015 | ibtimes.com | If you are one of those who have always wanted to ask Stephen Hawking questions about the universe or the dangers of Artificial Intelligence, you are in luck. The British cosmologist, widely acknowledged as one of the smartest persons on the planet, will be taking questions from the public in his first ever Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) beginning Monday, July 27. Not only would the event ... Read More

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Amazon Is Now Worth More Than Wal-Mart Amazon Is Now Worth More Than Wal-Mart

The following is an excerpt from Tomi Kilgore | July 23, 2015 | MarketWatch.com | Amazon.com Inc.’s market valuation soared more than $40 billion in after-hours trade Thursday, to take it well above that of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The e-commerce giant’s stock AMZN, +16.24% rocketed $80.82, or 17%, to $563.00. about an hour after the close, after the company reported a surprise second-quarter profit. With about 465.68 million shares outstanding, according to FactSet, the stock’s surge would boost Amazon’s market capitalization by ... Read More

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