Hometown Financial Securities Hero: Vinny Parascandola To The Rescue

Definitely an East Coast native, Vinny Parascandola grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Parascandola eventually goes on to become the Senior Executive Vice President of Finance at Axa Advisors. Who are AXA Advisors and how did Vinny Parascandola end up there?

AXA Advisors is a Financial Security Company focused on financial security regarding life insurance, retirement and employee benefits. AXA Advisors also has a wonderful reputation as a charitable organization and consistently offered for philanthropic efforts. Parascandola has found a happy home at AXA Advisors, sharing details from a long and inspirational journey.

After leaving Xaverian High School in Brooklyn to attend college, Parascandola attended Pace University in New York City eventually completing a Bachelors Degree. Parascandola first made waves with Prudential and then migrated to MONY Life Insurance to pursue management career options. While at MONY, Parascandola discovered AXA Advisors. Staying true to regional roots, Parascandola specialized in Financial Planning at the New York location of AXA, before being promoted to Vice President of Finance.

A legacy of achievement has embraced the life of Vinny Parascandola. After 25 years of dedication to the industry, Parascandola was awarded the GAMA Career Development and Master Agency Award recognizing dedication to the industry. Parascandola has also served volunteered time to the business community as chairman of the LIMRA’s Field Officers Committee.

AXA is headquartered in France and operates in locations worldwide such as Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Parascondola maintains strong community ties with neighbors, associates, relatives and friends. Parascondola looks forward to continued speaking engagements sharing accumulated wisdom to various institutions and systems of education.

End Citizens United Vows to Fight Back the Repealing Of the Affordable Care Act

In a shocking turn of events, a secret special political interest organization emerged and announced how it planned to ‘reward’ the Republican representatives who made the Obama Care to get thrown out. The group, American Action Network angered millions of Americans who now for the first time in their lives, found themselves, without medical cover and insurance. How could they set aside $2M to gift them for their ‘deplorable’ action? The exact number of the individuals adversely affected by the repealing of the affordable care act is said to stand at a whopping 24 million.


Undoing Obama’s Legacy


Truth be told, the problem didn’t start with the revoking of the affordable care act a few days ago. If you looked carefully, going straight to the campaigning period, all the way to the present; 100 days since Trump took over; one thing is evident. Trump came in with all intention to undo the legacy Obama had built and left while at the Oval Office. In the very first days of his tenure, Trump did in fact sign executive declarations de-legitimizing some of the decisions by his predecessor, Barrack Obama. The president must be riding high on cloud nine after scrapping off the most notable achievement of his predecessor. In essence, however, there’s still a lot of room for the motion to get turned down further up the process.


Power to the People, Once More


The people’s best chance of fighting the reign and power some few individuals and organized cartels have on the president and his inner circle is End Citizens United Inc. The unprecedented ruling by the Supreme Court in October 2010 prompted activists to take notice and respond. The rule of democracy as pictured and conjured up by the founding fathers has been completely maligned. The will of a few wealthy individuals now dictates the destiny of the remaining 99% of the population. This is not one bit fair and, in an attempt to turn the tables around to the citizen’s favor, End Citizen United got launched. From the very beginning, this organization adopted a business model which anchored on transparency and justice for all.


End Citizens United Staff


End Citizens United gets run by some incredible young guys who have a ton of experience mobilizing support and most importantly, seeking funds. In the first six months of 2015, ECU estimated to have raised at least $12M. The donations pouring into this activist group is public information and individual donations ought not to exceed $50. Visit the official web page of End Citizens United and get enlightened on the Democratic Party representatives they are currently endorsing in your area and so much more interesting info about ECU.




Goettl Air Conditioning Sold to Goodrich

One of the most storied HVAC companies in the country is Goettl Air Conditioning, which first opened its doors in 1939. Since that time, the company has expanded throughout the southwest United States, in the Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Southern California areas. While the company has been very successful over time, it was at a crossroads just a few years ago.


In 2013, the long-time owner of Goettl Air Conditioning decided to sell the business. The business started struggling during the mid-2000s, due largely to the overall housing and financial crisis. While this crisis impacted the entire country, it hit the southwest United States most of all. At this point, the company was not able to compete with other companies in the area that were slashing prices.


In 2013, Goettl Air Conditioning was sold to Ken Goodrich, a business owner that has owned companies in a variety of fields. When Goodrich first bought Goettl Air Conditioning he knew there would be a challenge, but was also confident that the company history would help him to grow. While he has had success due to the strong names, there were a lot of issues needed to rebuild consumer trust. In the years leading up to the sale, the company received a lot of negative press due to unethical business practices.


Since he has taken over Goettl Air Conditioning, Goodrich has looked for ways to improve the operations. The first step in this was to change the mindset of the company to one that was focused on improving customer relations. He has developed a whole new approach to customer service, which has allowed the company to gain and retain customers, even when some other companies in the area are offering much lower prices. Since that time, consumer ratings for service and quality have improved considerably.




The president and CEO of NexBank served as a panelist in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Texas Banker’s Association. It covered various subjects on the challenges of community bank leaders. The conference was a great way for leaders in the industry to socialize and learn some excellent ways to help grow smaller community banks and how NexBank is a leader in this area. Here are some of the subjects that were covered.


Organic growth and how branching works were the primary subjects covered. Banks in a community are able to expand, but must do so in calculating risks. The result of expanding too quick is a complete collapse of the system. Procedures on how to take these calculated risks was given to guests at the conference. It was informative and helped guide the participants through strategic ways to grow at a steady rate safely over time.


Programs for investors were also covered extensively for participants. Various investment opportunities and other opportunities were shared for guests to incorporate at their local branches. The ideas were shared via downloadable PDF with steps for this expansion of opportunities. The panels were held to discuss the future steps for the industry and how it has changed over the years.


Social fun and money were the subject matter at the conference that combined, made it a huge success and offered what small bank leaders needed. The steps to grow were easily presented for guests to take back and share with the investors in their own local community.


The night ended with a general discussion about the success of NexBank over the years and the plans for future growth. Investors were discussed, along with the steadily increasing investments received from those investors. It was a complete success and a welcome addition to the Texas financial industry conference’s year.


Ideamensch Interviews Clay Siegall

Clay Siegall is a co-founder of Seattle Genetics where he serves as the Board Chairman, President and CEO. He co-founded the company with his partner in 1998. A trained scientist, Clay Siegall attended the George Washington University where studied genetics and the University of Maryland where he studied Zoology. Clay recently held an interview session with Ideamensch where he discussed his involvement with Seattle Genetics. According to him, decided to start the company after watching his father suffer from cancer when he was a small boy. Clay then decided to improve the small resources and tools that are used in treating cancer by oncologists and other specialists.

On the question of what makes him to be more productive, Clay Siegall said that he reminds himself constantly he does not know all the things and that he is the process of learning. He stated that he is a great team worker and he likes to interact with people who are smart so as to gain more information. According to Clay Siegall, having an open mind is an important aspect when it comes to business success. An established author, Clay Siegall has over the years co-authored and authored more than 70 publications on medicine and science.

Clay Siegall works with other medical institutions such as Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, Washington Roundtable, and also Alder BioPharmaceuticals. A non-profit organization, the Washington Roundtable involves CEOs coming from the biggest employers in the Washington State. Clay got the Maryland Alumnus of the Year for Computer, Math and Natural Sciences because of his contributions to biotechnology pioneering and cancer research. Because of the growth of Seattle Genetics, Clay Siegall received the distinction of the Pacific Northwest Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Dr. Siegall has an experience of over 20 years in both cancer research and therapeutic drug development.

Clay Siegall was once a Senior Research Investigator with the Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical research Institute. He is the Director at WBBA (Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association). At Mirna Therapeutics, Inc, Clay Siegall serves as anon Executive Director. He works in the Board of Editors at 3 scientific journals and also is in the Board at the Scientific Counselors for the Cancer Treatment Research Foundation.



Jim Tananbaum Approves Dr. He as New Venture Partner at Foresite Capital

The CEO and MD of Foresite Capital, Jim Tananbaum received the announcement of Dr. Molly He as a new venture partner of Foresite Capital with a lot of positivity. According to the Managing Director, Dr. He brings with her a lot of knowledge and experience that will propel the firm to the next level. Her experience of a decade and a half in genomic research and pharmaceuticals is something that is going to add more value to the company.

Jim recognizes that Dr. He is one of the most respected scientists in the next generation sequencing which is why it is an honor to welcome her to the team. Her extensive expertise in genomics and drug development coupled with a near perfect record of accomplishment in leadership is something that Jim is happy about and willing to explore further. In fact, it is viewed as one of the ways that will expand the company’s portfolio.

Dr. He was responsible for handling the company’s global protein reagent innovations and improvements when she worked at Illumina. Before joining Illumina as the Scientific Research Director, she worked at Pacific Biosciences where her mandate was developing the company’s single molecular real time sequencing chemistry. Before then she had a decade’s experience in the pharmaceutical industry with a focus on the structural design of the antibody and small molecule drugs that target cancer and immune diseases.

According to Biz Journals, Dr. He has a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Nankai University and a PhD in Biophysics from the University of California. She has more than twenty papers published and holds more than 20 patent applications in the field of next-generation sequencing as well as in the field of personalized medicine.

Dr. He herself is excited to be joining Foresite Capital as she recognizes that the company has an outstanding reputation of investing in the best projects in all sectors. She feels that it is an excellent move especially since she will be contributing to the company’s portfolio.

About Jim Tananbaum

Jim Tananbaum formed Foresite Capital in 2011. He also cofounded several other profitable companies such as GelTex and Theravance.

He earned his Bs and BSEE from Yale University in applied mathematics and computer science respectively. Jim has an MS from MIT and an MBA from Harvard. His academic qualifications and excellence have contributed to his successful leadership. For more info visit Speakerpedia.

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Dr. Walden has left her mark on the Texas medical community

While many think plastic surgery is all about vanity, it is actually a vital service. The right plastic surgeon can restore your skin, eliminate past scarring, and restore your confidence. Millions of people need plastics surgery, and they deserve the best plastic surgeon’s possible. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to find the right plastic surgeon. Texas has several wonderful plastic surgeon’s to choose from, but one of the most talented surgeons in the area is Dr. Jennifer Walden.


Jennifer Walden is the quintessential hometown girl. She grew up in the Northwest Hills part of Austin and had deep ties to the medical community. Her father was a well-known dentist while her mother chose to work as a nurse. They were both deeply respected in the medical community. Jennifer was mentored by both of her parents, and she excelled in school. After years of hard work in school, she received her acceptance letter from UT Austin, her dream school. Her time at UT Austin was well spent, and she easily made it into medical school. Throughout her time in medical school, she displayed her skill and knowledge. She graduated as the Salutatorian of her class and was accepted into the plastic surgery program at UT Galveston. After her time in Galveston, she went into an exclusive fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. There she was mentored by the best plastic surgeons in the world. She enjoyed her time there, but when she finished her fellowship, she longed to return back to her home.


Jennifer came home to raise her family and start her own practice. She quickly made her mark in the Austin medical community. She has her own operating room and her patients are consistently impressed with her bedside manner and her surgery skills. Dr. Walden has left an especially large mark in her specialty, labiaplasty. Hundreds of women are now more comfortable with their body, thanks to her surgery skills. Jennifer is proud of her hard work.


Thousands of people in the Austin area need a skilled plastic surgeon, and fortunately, Jennifer is one of the top surgeons in Texas.



White Shark Media: How They Respond To Their Customers’ Feedback



White Shark Media is rocking it. They are getting lots of great reviews and testimonials, along with all kinds of feedback. White Shark Media is a marketing agency that provides marketing solutions for businesses online, using methods such as PPC, SMM and SEM.

As you can read on the reviews page of their websites, their customers have really good things to say about them. One customer said that they have helped them grow their business, and another business owner says that for the life of his company, he will be using White Shark Media only.


They also have gotten complaints, like any other company. What makes White Shark Media special is the way they have handled these complaints. Following are some complaints and how White Shark Media has responded to fix the issues and make the experience better for their customers.


For example, one complaint customers had was that they had lost track of the performance of their Adwords campaign. They just got confused about all the metrics and where the campaign was going. So now, White Shark Media goes over with each new customer and makes sure they know everything about the campaign and campaign metrics. This way, they know what to expect and how to interpret different results.


Another complaint was that customers said they would really like it if White Shark Media offered SEO services. Now, White Shark Media doesn’t do SEO services. Of course, however, they are very well versed in all SEO strategies. They know what works and what doesn’t, and what are bad SEO strategies. So if you want, just send over your SEO work, that either you did yourself or what someone did for you, and White Shark Media will review it.




The :Do Good Institute” Shows How To Assist In Philanthropy

Bruce Levenson has enjoyed a successful business career as the founder of the United Communications Group and as the former owner of the Atlanta Hawks* NBA franchise, see forbes.com*, but his philanthropic work often seems to have left the native of Washington D.C. frustrated in his attempts to give back to various community groups. Levenson established the $75 million “Do Good Institute” at the University of Maryland in a bid to make sure members of the philanthropic community were given the highest level of business education to match the passion these individuals showed as community leaders; Bruce Levenson himself explained his own path had crossed many passionate individuals who could have achieved much more if they had a greater level of business understanding.

The man who co-founded the United Communications Group in a spare room in 1977 is looking to take the template for the “Do Good Institute” to other schools across the U.S. in a bid to develop the next generation of not for profit leaders and philanthropists. Success came quickly for the “Do Good Institute” when Philanthropy 101 was first offered in 2010 and $10,000 was provided for students to donate to good causes of their choice as part of what became the first step in developing the Philanthropy major at the University of Maryland.See, https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/03/9165680/university-of-marylands-non-profit-initiative-is-changing-higher-education.

Looking back at the career of Bruce Levenson shows just how successful the former journalist for “The Washington Star” has been at identifying the next innovations in technology and society. Levenson took UCG from a single oil industry newsletter to one of the largest real time information suppliers in the world; identifying technology also allowed Levenson the opportunity to develop further business models from the innovations created for UCG, including the Gas Buddy app and the TechTarget company that have both proven major successes for the Maryland based business leader.


Yanni Hufnagel: Harvard’s Winning Assistant Basketball Coach

The Harvard Crimson men’s basketball team had never won the Ivy League title since the conference was established in 1954. That is until Yanni Hufnagel made his appearance as the assistant basketball coach and recruiter in June 2009 under Tommy Amaker. Although a Jewish-American basketball player is quite rare in the NBA, the Jewish Coaches Association for college basketball has approximately 30 Division-I member coaches that include Yanni Hufnagel.


Yanni Hufnagel knew he wanted something to do with basketball ever since he was a kid growing up in Scarsdale, New York. However, he was unable to make the Scarsdale’s high-school basketball team. Yet he stayed part of the sport by commentating on the games on the local public-access TV station. Hufnagel received a bachelor’s degree at Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations. He interned with the New Jersey Nets before attending the University of Oklahoma. As a graduate assistant basketball coach for the Oklahoma Sooners, Hufnagel is given a lot of credit for developing the NBA star player Blake Griffin.


After receiving a master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education along with an Emphasis on Intercollegiate Athletics Administration from the University of Oklahoma, Hufnagel moved back east to be an assistant coach and recruiter for Harvard in 2009. By 2011 Hufnagel was picked as the assistant mid-major coach most in all likelihood to “make it big time due to his recruiting ability.” CBS Sports also chose him to be on a “dream team” of assistant coaches before the 2012-13 season. Hufnagel is also known for helping to develop Wesley Saunders and Jeremy Lin at Harvard.


After his four seasons at Harvard, Yanni Hufnagel was poised to work anywhere he wanted as an assistant or a head coach. However, he chose to work during the summer in Israel for the World Maccabiah Games which is often called the “Jewish Olympics.” He chose to lead the youth team of Maccabi USA in July 2013, usually a busy month for college basketball recruiters.