Securus Technologies is based in Dallas, Texas, and provides technology solutions for civil and criminal justice and public safety systems in the area. Recently, Securus Technologies announced that it would be releasing a series of articles highlighting ethical wrongs committed by Global Tel Link (a.k.a. “GTL”), a telecommunications company in the industry that has long been a provider of telephone service to prison inmates. Securus hopes to shame GTL into adopting higher standards and more ethical business practices, and I have to say that it is about time.
The first article released by Securus highlights a 1998 report from the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC), in which the LPSC finds that GTL was guilty of fraudulently altering telephone clocks to add extra seconds to calls, charging higher rates than the law permitted, and double-billing for calls, among other things. Securus acknowledges that these transgressions were committed 18 years ago, but makes the salient point that the Enron and Bernie Madoff scandals are also dated, and the passage of time has done nothing to reduce the seriousness of those matters. Today, no one would do business with Enron or Madoff.
That experience has allowed me to realize that inmates cannot be lumped into a category, labeled, and then left behind. Many inmates are good people who have made bad decisions. The families and friends who visit them and call them are their lifeline, and for a company defraud one of society’s most vulnerable populations by taking advantage of that lifeline is inexcusable. I am glad that Securus is taking steps to shine the light on GTL’s business practices. If you’d like more information on Securus Technologies, you can find it here and here.
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James Dondero, president of Highland Capital Management, L.P., has joined forces with Linda Owen, Dallas civic leader, to provide strategic guidance to Highland’s philanthropic activities. James Dondero has over three decades of experience in the credit and equity markets. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia with majors in Accounting and Finance. After graduation, he earned additional certifications: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst. James and Mark Okada founded Highland Capital in 1993.
Linda Owen earned a BA in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD degree from the University of Texas School of Law. Owen was a real estate associate with the law firm Wald, Harkrader & Ross before becoming involved with philanthropic organizations such as the Crystal Charity Ball, The Family Place and the Circuit Trail Company. Owen was president and CEO of The Real Estate Council and president and CEO of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation.
Highland Capital, L.P. is an SEC-registered investment advisor that is one of the most experienced global alternative credit managers, which, together with its affiliates, manages more than $17 billion of assets. Highland is active in supporting veterans’ causes, education, and health care in the Dallas community. It contributes more than $3 million annually to many charitable organizations through the Dallas Foundation, a public charity that works to improve lives in North Texas by bringing together donors and nonprofits. Owen will serve as Highland’s charitable giving manager in partnership with The Dallas Foundation. Dondero stated that they wanted a dedicated professional to make sure Highland’s contributions make the greatest impact. Owen is pleased to work with a firm that is committed to supporting the community.
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The Dynamics Search Partner founder, Keith Mann has announced a partnership between Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship and Uncommon Schools. The scholarship is designed to recognize the next brand of ground-breaking business go-getters. It is an annual scholarship opportunity that focuses on individual graduating seniors by giving them a chance to further their studies. The goal is to affirm at least one of the seniors in the Uncommon Schools receives four years of college education.
It’s a non-profit charter management company based in New York. It deals with well-performing urban charter public schools where it identifies deserving students from poor backgrounds to pay their college fee. One of the counselors of the Uncommon Charter High Schools Mr. Joe Frick is ecstatic with the news of the scholarship program by Keely and Keith. Applicants for the scholarship must write a 1000-word essay detailing how attaining a college degree can help them to fulfill their professional ambitions.
Keith is a man with many hats; he is the founder of Dynamics Search Partners, an education advocate, and a philanthropist. He recognizes young leaders and hooks then up with companies that nurture them to success. His firm deals with hedge funds and alternative investment via the provision of alternative staffing needs, and executive search services for established equity institutions. In the hedge fund sector, Dynamics Search Partners ranks as the biggest staffer due to its capacity to fill more than 2000 client needs since its inception.
Keith Mann has played a key role in expanding the company beyond investment positions, having been in the executive search sector for more than 50 years. He is an expert of hiring, staffing strategy, and hedge fund compensation. In 2002, he established Alternative Investment Practice inside Dynamics Executive Search, after he had acknowledged the hedge-fund industry as a fast growing but untapped division. In 2006, Keith stretched out the practice into private equity before establishing Dynamics Search Partners in 2009 with a focus in alternative investment.
Throughout the 21st century, we have known a select group of persons whom have genuinely changed our world for the better. One of these persons is undoubtedly Eric Pulier.
Mr. Pulier was born and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey in the late 1960s. His interest for technology took off at an early age; he began programming computers while he was still in elementary school. By the time he was in high school, he had started his own computer programming company. His education continued at Harvard University in 1985 where he majored in English and American Literature while also attending classes at MIT for computer science and visual and environmental studies.
Pulier’s prestigious academic career and extensive work experience caught the eyes of both former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore, who hired him to head their project titled “Bridge to the 21st Century.” This project, held in 1997 at the Mall in Washington D.C., was an exhibition-style event that showcased various exponential technologies and how these technologies may affect certain aspects of life in the future. Specific subjects such as health care, education, space exploration, and government were widely discussed during the event. An especially noted event that took place during the multi-day exhibition was a live-feed from a space shuttle in which Pulier provided dialogue between himself and the shuttle astronauts in real-time setting.
To this day, Mr. Pulier is credited with founding over fifteen companies, including Digital Evolution, US Interactive, Media Platform, and Akana. He also currently holds a chair on the innovation board for the X-Prize foundation, which is an organization dedicated to solving many of humanities greatest issues. It is certain that humanity will continue to benefit from Mr. Pulier’s continued ventures.
Diversant is a fully certified minority owned business empire. Diversant is the largest African-American owned IT staffing firm in all of United States. Diversant has a different way of doing IT staffing. All of their services and products are based on original best-in-practice methods. They use a consultative approach to engage the clients and they turn their clients into business partners. They are able to help solve their clients most difficult issues and they do more than just supply IT staff. They give their clients quality employees that know all the skills that they need to get the job done in the most efficient and practical way.
Diversant operates under a set of guiding principles and they strive to provide the best level of service to their customers and to their consultants. Diversant is a company that truly believes in the power of diversity. They focus on the satisfaction of their clients and all of their solutions and services are designed to accommodate the client needs.
The core values of Diversant are the following: respect for others, discipline, teamwork, ethical behavior, and professional development. Diversant strives for diversity in all of its forms, because they believe that diversity encourages creative thinking, fosters innovation, and it leads to more efficient problem-solving. For that reason, Diversant is a company that is powered by difference.
John Goullet is an original entrepreneur. John Goullet was able to spearhead many successful business ventures in the IT sector. Goullet began his career as an IT consultant, and later on he founded Info Technologies. Info Technologies was a staffing company that focused on providing IT solutions for Fortune 500 companies.
In 2010 Goullet merged with Gene Waddy and they formed Diversant incorporated. These two innovative men were able to develop new ways to meet the challenges that were facing the ever evolving IT market. Now John serves as the principal executive for Diversant.
Led By John Goullet, Diversant Provides Innovative Staffing Solutions
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