Don Ressler represents the successful lot of entrepreneurs who are self made and dedicated to achieving their goals. Don Ressler is the brain behind a couple of successful businesses that have been serving the entire of Europe, one of his most popular being JustFab, a leading fashion retail that operates through a subscription system. He started pursuing his passion at an early age and he has been in the world of business for more than one decade.
The first business he founded is FitnessHeaven.com, which was based on an online system that provided users with the most useful fitness equipment. His idea was awesome and at the time he launched the business, few people had the idea of purchasing through online means. This attempt gave him a chance to learn several things and in 2001, Don Ressler was able to gather sufficient courage to sell the company so as to try out a new and bigger business.
FitnessHeaven.com was a good business but to raise capital he had to sell it to Intermix Media. While he was processing the transaction, he came across a professional whose ideas and passion matched his own perception of business. Adam Goldenberg became a business partner with Don Ressler and they came up with different ideas that they sought to pursue together. One of the ideas that struck their minds was the launch of Alena Media, a company that specialized in advertising services for businesses in different specialties that are online based.
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Alena Media performed extremely well and opened the way for bigger ideas. In 2005, they were forced to sell the company to raise capital and although the decision was difficult, they managed to get sufficient amount to facilitate the launch of their next idea. With the money and experience, they founded Intelligent Beauty in 2008, a company that has stood the ground as a profitable beauty outlet to date.
After Intelligent Beauty, they came up with JustFab, a subscription retail that stocks different types of beauty products and there is a membership system that offers members a chance to subscribe to the products they would like to see most. To grow to the leading outlet JustFab has become across Europe, the company received $33 million funding from Matrix Ventures in 2011 and one year later, they got another $76 million that facilitated the development of the company to enter Germany, the UK and Canada.
Innovacare Health led by Richard Shinto officially announced their intention to participate in Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN). The LAN is one of the health systems that is supposed to move payment models by quantity to quality. Innovacare Health is interested in partnering with alternative payment system because they consider it as growth in the industry. Innovacare is a Medicare Advantage organization that specializes in providing many healthcare related facilities across Puerto Rico. The organization has already started plans that will lead them to the goal of implementing the new payment system. They believe in sharing the progress with the LAN which is an act of embracing technology.
The LAN expects to implement at least 30 percent of the alternate payment methods (APMs) in the United States healthcare in the year 2016 alone. They also had a target goal in 2018 of about 50 percent implementation in the healthcare institutions across the country. Innovacare, through an official statement, says that they are fully committed to helping the LAN achieve these goals. Their first step of commitment was felt through their participation in the data collection exercise across the nation. Through their Medicare initiative plans, they carried out a quantitive data survey grouping payments based on the APM framework.
Rick Shinto who serves innovative as the Chief Executive Officer and the President says that they announced their intention in this project because they are fully committed to improving the healthcare industry. He added that partnering with LAN is a great step for Innovacare is one of their significant steps to change the healthcare management system for the betterment of the patients. Shinto believes that the project will allow them to provide care to their patients that are characterized by innovation, coordination, and quality and cost effective as well. He says that payment reorganization will improve their relationship with their patients within their networks as well as those of other healthcare providers.
The LAN project was launched by HHS in the month of March 2015 with a goal to improve the payment methods in private and public healthcare centers across the country. They believe in a healthcare system where people pay their providers depending on the quality of service provided to the patients. Over 100 top organizations both in private and public sector have joined hands with HHS program which is expected to improve the quality of services provided by the health care organizations.
Penelope Kokkinides, Chief Administrative Officer at Innovacare says that their decision to partner with HHS in making the LAN a reality will help in spreading the APMs to other service providers in the industry. He applauded the collaboration and expressed his delight in being part of the project.
Dr. Rick Shinto is Innovacare’s CEO and president. He has a Bachelor of Science degree that he received from California University Irvine and a medical degree from the state university in New York. He received his MBA from the University of Redlands as well. Shinto has also worked in other healthcare organizations holding top positions. These include Aveta Inc., NAMM in California, Cal Optical Health Plan as well as Medical Pathways Management Company.
In remembrance of those who lost their lives in the Bataclan extremist attack in Paris that happened almost to the day, the co-runner of the Bataclan theater, Jules Frutos, reopened the doors for a special concert performed by Sting.
The owners of the Bataclan did not want the venue to go unused after the incident, they did not want Bataclan to be a tomb. Instead the 1,500 seat theater was fully renovated, including being repainted. Some of the theater goers felt as is the horror of the event was still present, others felt surreal being in the Bataclan.
Of the thousand tickets sold for the event, several hundreds were reserved for survivors of the extremist incidents around Paris that claimed 130 lives. Psychologists and counselors were on hand for the Sting concert in support of the survivors. Sting paused at the beginning of the concert for a moment of silence in remembrance of last year’s attacks.
The Bataclan will be closed on Sunday, the actual day of the attack, and there will be several low key events held around Paris this weekend in remembrance of the survivors and victims of last year’s concert. A plaque will be installed on the outside of the Bataclan honoring those that passed at the venue.
What happened last year was horrific. No one was expecting an attack while eating, or enjoying a concert, but I am heartened by the fact that the human spirit has endured through all thank and tragedy. There seems to be the spirit of the whole Parisian community to quietly solider on and choose to live life.
I am beyond thrilled that the human spirit always chooses to endure tragedy and reach toward faith, love, and an understanding of the promises that tomorrow can offer. The iron determination of the French people is present in the fact that tickets for the Sting Bataclan concert sold out within the first thirty minutes of posting. And as for the Bataclan, the venue has already started scheduling events for the next week so that they can get back to a sense of normal.
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