Dr. Rod Rohrich; internationally recognized leader in Plastic Surgery

Dr. Rod Rohrich is a renowned specialist in many different areas of plastic surgery and has been labeled one of the best plastic surgeons in America. Dr. Rohrich has been a guest on many popular T.V. shows such as Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and The View to talk about his distinct skills and miraculous surgeries.

Dr. Rohrich’s education started out at North Dakota State University and University of North Dakota with highest honors. From there, he obtained his medical degree from Baylor University College of Medicine, again graduating with high honors. After completing residencies of general and plastic surgery at The University of Michigan Medical Center, he completed additional training in pediatric plastic surgery at Oxford University in England. As well as the pediatric training, he went on to complete a special hand and microvascular fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He then joined the Division of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern located in Dallas in 1986. All of these educational experiences are what led him to become the expert level surgeon he is today.

With many brilliant surgeries completed, and people transformed through body and mind and being made to feel beautiful and whole again, Dr. Rohrich has been a recipient of numerous prestigious and distinguished service awards. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Chapter of the American Cancer Society, the March of Dimes/ Save the Children-Dallas Chapter and along with his wife, Dr. Diane L. Gibby, have been Honorary Co-chairs for Dallas for the Children Foundation. This is a foundation that assists underpriviledged children with early childhood development programs.

Dr. Rohrich performs a number of different types of plastic surgeries. The most common include: Face lifts, rhinoplasty, breast augmentation and reconstruction, tummy tucks and liposuction, laser resurfacing, and chemical peels. He also specializes in plastic surgeries involving burn management and medical needs from natural and man made disasters.

Dr. Rohrich was also named as a “Super Doctor” by Texas Monthly magazine. A yearly assessment of regional doctors selected Rohrich in a pool of over 40,000 doctors in Texas based on the question “If you needed medical care, which doctor would you choose?”

Dr. Rohrich has clearly earned much respect in his profession, and continues to care and provide innovative solutions to those patients that he serves.

NGP VAN Knows How to Hold a Better Campaign Rally

NGP VAN is the leading technology provider to Democratic and Progressive campaigns nationwide, providing services and advice on both a national and local level. It offers a wide range of support to help grassroots candidates get elected, not least of which is advice for navigating the campaign trail.
Holding a rally at a strategic time can be paramount to getting elected, but being disorganized or badly timing your efforts can have the opposite effect. NGP VAN’s Gabby Weiss has some tips to get you started and avoid common mistakes made by smaller campaigns.
Rallies can help bolster support at strategic times during a campaign. They are expensive, however, and time-consuming to boot. It is best to hold a rally as an announcement event to introduce potential voters to your campaign and invite media coverage, or during the final two weeks to gain votes and critical volunteers with the resulting momentum.
It is critical to plan properly; while holding a rally can generate enthusiasm for your campaign, a poorly organized showing will give an unfortunate first impression that can be difficult to shake. Plan accordingly for details like location, the sound system, your visuals, and the speaking program itself to deliver a smooth performance all around. NGP VAN can assist you at this organizing stage to make sure your rally meets the public’s expectations and helps your campaign stay competitive.
Be sure to advertise your event accordingly. Creating a Facebook or other social media account is a great way to reach a wide audience, and remember to contact as much local media as you can find– including newspapers, local radio stations, TV news stations, and even college newspapers– to cover your rally and spread your influence further.
You must capitalize on the enthusiasm generated to encourage grassroots support. Line up volunteers to take contact information from attendees during the event that you can later use for volunteer recruitment and GOTV. During a campaign rally is the best time to sign up volunteers and roust supporters into action, so your volunteers should also look to sign attendees up for further volunteer work. NGP VAN is located in Washtington DC and is privately owned.

The Billionaire Randal Nardone and His Path to Success

The CEO and co-founder of the investment management company Fortress Investment Company, Randal Nardone, has been with the firm since 1998. He was part of the management committee at the time. He was later appointed to the board of directors in the year 2006. After the CEO of the company took a leave of absence in 2011, Randal was selected to be the interim Chief Executive Officer. He served as the interim CEO of the firm until 2013, where he was appointed to be the Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Investment Company.Softbank Group Corp., based in Japan, has plans to take over Fortress Investment Company. The purchase will be in 3.3 billion dollars cash. The completion of this purchase will return the company, which has been public for about ten years, to the private sector. Since the company’s IPO in 2007, there has been a decline of the firm’s stock by almost 75%.

According to the terms of the purchase, Fortress Investment Company will be operating as an independent business within Softbank. The headquarters of the firm will be in New York. The founder of Softbank, Masayoshi Son, sees this as an opportunity that will aid in the expansion of what their group is capable of. Since the deal was announced, Fortress Investment Company has been reshaping its own business.Randal Nardone, Pete Briger, and Wesley Edens will remain at the top and invest half of the proceeds they get from their after-tax. The senior investment experts will also stay with the firm. The men, who founded Fortress, said that they are joining a company that has excellent resources and scale.

The deal-making expertise that the men have will be helpful during the acquisition. Son sees the purchase as a chance to get the advice of these professionals when it comes to tracking down and analyzing future investments for Softbank.Before Randal was a co-founder of Fortress Investment Company, he was the managing director at Union Bank of Switzerland. He served this position from the year 1997 to 1998. Before joining the Union Bank of Switzerland, Randal served as a principal at BlackRock Financial Management. Earlier in his career, Nardone was a member of the executive committee and a partner at Thacher Proffitt and Wood law firm. He got a B.A in English and Biology from Connecticut University. Nardone also managed to acquire a J.D from the Boston University School of Law.

How Bob Reina Approaches Managing His Company

When people think of chief executive officers of companies they think of someone stuffy and withdrawn. Bob Reina is a CEO who bucks this trend as he is known to be pretty down to earth and accessible to the employees of his firm. He founded a Brandon, Florida based business called Talk Fusion which offers video communication solutions to individuals and businesses. While he works hard during the day he also enjoys bringing in his rescue dog Bindi to work and petting her during the day. He is said to be a humble guy who hasn’t let the success of his company get to his head.

Talk Fusion is in the direct sales industry. Before garnering experience in this industry Bob Reina has served in the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office as one of its deputy’s. He says it was while serving in this position that he entered the network marketing industry as a side hustle. He said starting out in this industry was tough but he persevered. It was hard, though, when in some months his commission checks were smaller than his phone bill.

He says that he knew going into this industry that you only get out of it what you put into it. He says he puts in a lot of “sweat equity” before finding success. He says he also enjoys earning money by working as a member of a team. He worked for other companies before developing one of his own ideas into Talk Fusion.

In order to get everything accomplished for the day, Bob Reina says that he gets up at 5:30 am each morning. He checks emails and sees what his priorities should be for the day. Everyone arrives at Talk Fusion’s headquarters at 8:30. He spends a good chunk of the day working with his marketing and IT teams. He also keeps busy hiring and managing people throughout the day.

He says that he finds needs people have and then thinks of ways of filling them. He talks with the product developers he has in Dallas, Texas, about these ideas and how they can be implemented. Talk Fusion is often adding new products and services due to collaborative work like this. Learn more: https://medium.com/@bobreinatalkfusion/have-you-given-up-on-your-dreams-b2c37849845a

Eric Lekkofskys Business Career

Tempus is a technology company headed by CEO Eric Lefkofsky based in Chicago that uses big data in order to tailor and improve the efficiency of cancer care and cancer care and improve its efficiency. Tuesday it was announced that they got funding totaling $80 million from investors.

Led by the co-founder of Groupon Eric Lefkofsky, Tempus has got $210 million of funds since 2015, the year it was began. Sources say that the most recent round of funding values Tempus at about $1 billion, which gives the firm what is referred to as unicorn status. Something very few startups can claim in Chicago.

Tempus has a staff of about 400 people, but they are continuing to add employees almost every day. The hiring pace is basically expected to stay the same while Tempus looks to expand its market reach using its funding. Tempus is now utilizing medical data to find trends in cancer treatment overall and to get molecular information from patients getting treatment. Lefkofsky said sometimes, data collection is simple as turning a doctor’s notes from handwritten into a searchable digital version and storing them to increase treatment option data.

Eric Lefkofsky said Tempus has connections with organizations and individuals in many parts of health care, such as drug companies and doctors who need a way to utilize big data so they can better treat patients.

“I think that traction we had with everyone in the field has been sort of amazing,” Eric Lefkofsky said. “We’re are in the middle of the most important paradigm shifts in our time.”

Contributors in this funding round were Revolution growth and New Enterprise along with some new investors. Eric Paul Lefkofsky was born in 1969 and is a billionaire entrepreneur and the CEO/Co-founder of Echo Global Logistics, Groupon, Tempus, MediaOcean, Lightbank, InnerWorkings, and Uptake.


Dragon Ball FighterZ Attracts the Big Names of Fighting Games

Even before its launch, Namco Bandai’s newest venture Dragon Ball FighterZ was turning heads. Developed with Arc System Works (creators of the popular BlazBlue and Guilty Gear fighting games), this new entry into the storied Dragon Ball series of games looked to be like nothing fans had ever seen before.

Upon release, this hype proved to be more than just talk, as 2 million copies sold within just the week of release made it the quickest selling Dragon Ball game ever made. This momentum hasn’t slowed a month later, as the competitive scene is finally taking off at tournaments, with some interesting developments not commonly seen within the community.

With most fighting games, a certain niche of players is the goal of any developer. Rather than attract a wide variety of players, they try to court certain groups that like a particular franchise, combat system, or other feature that their game has that others don’t. As a result, many of the biggest names in fighting games stick to their particular title of choice for competition.

Not so for FighterZ, as it has somehow managed to draw in some of the most highly ranked gamers from other franchises, many of which do not typically stray from their game of choice. According to Steve Barthelemy, a longtime veteran of the anime fighting game genre using the name “Lord Knight” at competition, FighterZ has done what few games before it could and attracted a sustainable number of players post-launch.

In his experience, all four lobbies the game has at present are consistently packed with players, and offline spaces like Esports Arena in Santa Ana, California draw huge crowds wanting to compete in or watch the game being played. Others, too, like Dominique “SonicFox” McLean, champion of games like Skullgirls, Mortal Kombat, and many more, as well as his longtime rival William “Leffen” Hjelte, the undisputed “god” of Super Smash Bros. Melee, have both joined the fight in FighterZ.

It’s easy to see why, though. With so many people having grown up with the Dragon Ball franchise across the world, it makes sense many of those people would want to take a crack at the series’ newest venture into video games. And momentum doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon, meaning there might be more than just nostalgia attached to this game.

The Joys of PC Gaming

There are reasons that people get involved in PC gaming even with all of the available technology in gaming consoles. One of the reasons behind gaming with PCs is that PCs are known for their versatility more than consoles. The idea of consoles being used for more than video games is still relatively new. It is less than 5 generations ago that video game consoles were only able to play video games while PCs could do so much more.

When people use some of the older consoles, one thing they will notice is that it is not possible to download games onto the hard drive. PCs have been able to download games and update them. This is one thing that was missing from the older gaming consoles. If anyone wanted an update or a patch to their game, they would have to wait for an updated CD of their game. Even then, they would have to hope that the gaming console would release the product. Meanwhile, patches could be downloaded from the internet onto the PC. Therefore, if there are any errors in the game, they can be corrected without having to buy the game over again.

Video game consoles have recently caught up with the PCs. Gaming consoles have become so advanced that they might as well just be called consoles as opposed to video game consoles. While they can play video games with some of the most advanced graphics, they can do so much more for the user. This is one thing that makes the system like the PS4 compete with PCs like the new Zenbook 13 and other PCs that can be used for video games.

How Robert Ivy Is Encouraging Architects To Work Towards The Social Good

If you had to describe the reigning philosophy that the current leader of the American Institute of Architects Robert Ivy has with regard to architecture you might say that his ethos is one that considers the architect to be a humanitarian. When a member of the general public considers the profession of architecture they very likely think of people in suits and who work in beautiful buildings and design beautiful buildings for well-appointed clients. And that vision is probably true however the reality is that architecture encompasses much more than that and has the potential to be a force for the common good. Architects are more than mere designers and more than mere business people they are skilled professionals who have the ability to shape the quality of life for people all over the world.

Architects of course must be experts in many things: they must understand issues such as land use and engineering. Architects must have technical knowledge regarding local policies that govern how buildings must be designed and what features they are able to have and must not have. There are many technical skills that an architect must have in order to be competent at designing buildings that are structurally sound. However those Architects who are interested in becoming great at what they do they must figure out how to leverage their their technical skills in order to enhance the lived experience of the people who use the buildings that they work on.

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One could argue that this focus on the architect as a humanitarian is what is driving the direction that the American Institute of Architects is going in. If you review the tenure of the institute’s executive vice president and chief executive officer Robert Ivy then you will notice that Ivy has been quite adamant about promoting the idea that architects can make a positive contribution to the parts of people’s lives that might seem quite disparate from architecture. Robert Ivy has spoken quite a bit about how architects can use their skills to help people lead lives that are more healthy. For example Robert Ivy has written about how architects can help to prevent non-communicable diseases simply by being thoughtful about the design choices that they make as they work on building projects.

Robert Ivy has also talked about the fact that architects are known for being effective collaborators as the projects that they work on involve many moving components and various parties. Ivy has noted that the architect’s ability to guide and direct a sprawling team makes professionals in the industry particularly well suited to collaborating with professionals who are working in other disciplines. Overall Robert Ivy is very invested in the important notion of collaboration being key to shaping the future of architecture as a field and as well as the future role of the architecture will play in society.

The American Institute of Architects, which has been operating under Robert Ivy’s leadership for most of the past decade, has more than 250 chapters across country, and its strong membership of 90,000 architects and design professionals are all committed to bettering the built environment.

For 150 years, the American Institute of Architects stood as a united voice for all architects. Its mission is to promote scientific and practical perfection. That was the mission of the original 13 members: elevate the profession’s standing. Since then, Robert Ivy’s expanding upon that concept, making the American Institute of Architects better.

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Blizzard Announces Updates to Long-Running Warcraft III

After 16 years, Warcraft III is still going strong. Although many Blizzard fans have moved onto other games like World of Warcraft, Overwatch or Starcraft II, Warcraft III has a dedicated fan base that refuses to abandon the beloved classic. Blizzard has taken notice and announced a slew of new features to update the game.

According to Kotaku, Blizzard is rebalancing the game and increasing the size of custom games from 12 to 24 players. Blizzard has also updated the in-game editor. Players can use this editor to create their own maps and challenge friends. Dota 2 and League of Legends were originally custom maps on Warcraft III and have now spun off to become full-fledged games of their own.

Fans are speculating about what the changes might mean. Is Blizzard planning to re-release the game or even develop a sequel? The company is famous for maximizing the value of its intellectual property. World of Warcraft continues to receive expansions over a decade after its original release. A few years ago, Blizzard updated the original Starcraft and released a popular sequel to the hit strategy game.

Revamping Warcraft III wouldn’t be a challenge for the mega-successful company. Blizzard could reuse its engine from Starcraft II, meaning the biggest change would be updated, high-definition character models. The company might even decide to update Warcraft I and II as a true reward for long-time fans. Of course, Blizzard is famously tight-lipped and hasn’t released concrete details of its plan for the series. For now, Warcraft III fans can only speculate about the potential changes coming to the Warcraft universe.

‘Papers, Please’ Short Film Adaption Goes Live Online

A short film has just been released based on Lucas Pope’s 2013 indie hit Papers, Please. Available now for free on both YouTube and Steam, it adapts the game’s story in a 10 minute run time, potentially turning out as the best video game film adaption to date.

The film, as well as the game, are told through the perspective of an inspector, guarding the border of the fictional fascist nation of Arstotzka and deciding who is allowed entry into the country as they present their papers. The inspector’s job is not as simple as presented, as he (and the player in the game version) must try to cope with the please of those trying to cross and their own conscience as they make the call on whether or not someone is allowed entry into the country.

Having to balance the emotional toll of the job, morality, and the threat to the inspector’s own life and the lives of his family, the game tells a complex narrative about the effects or authoritarian oppression and what it can feel like to be a worker drone on the lowest level of an unfathomable nightmare. For this reason, Papers, Please was nominated and received numerous awards at the time of its release, making a movie adaption all but inevitable.

However, the movie diverges somewhat from the original story of the game. Though changes are to be expected with any adaption, the way the film’s plot proceeds seems to be somewhat antithetical to the message and nuance of the game. It would be hard to say more without spoilers, so to fully understand the differences, one would need to watch the film for themselves. And at only ten minutes with incredible production values, that’s hardly a steep price to pay.