Its not just a salad bar, it is a lifestyle

When Nathaniel Ru and his friends were in college, they had a hard time finding places to eat that were naturally healthy, but also quick and easy. Now several years after Ru graduated from college he owns the restaurant chain sweetgreen. One of the first Sweetgreen locations was opened on M Street in downtown Washington, D.C.

 

The landlord that manages sweetgreen also managed the apartments that Ru and his friends lived in, in college. The first time Ru called up the landlord to discuss his business idea, he was hung up on. The group of guys called the landlord every day for a month straight until they could set up a proper face-to-face conversation.

 

Ru and his friends brought a detailed business plan to their meeting with the landlord and she was impressed. She saw how passionate these men were about this restaurant business and decided to help them out if they some business backers and architects to help.

 

It took a few weeks for Ru and his friends to find the right business backers and architects to help them achieve their goals. Sweetgreen (with one backward “e” and all lowercase letters) is conquering the Northeast. There are sweetgreen locations in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington. The ingredients are always good for the human body and collected from farmers.

 

It is not just your ordinary salad bar. The sweetgreen experience involves a fast check out, friendly customer service, and music festivals. Ru has promised that he is always going to stay close to his roots. Being the biggest corporate company with the most employees is not always the right way to succeed. Ru wrote values that all sweetgreen employees have to follow when they are on duty.

 

Ru believes that both the customer and company should win. Customers submit ideas that help the company grow, in turn, the company earns more revenue. Ru lives by the motto “keep it real.” That means that everyone working for sweetgreen must always be polite and work hard. If employees give it their all, customers will tell their family members and friends.

 

Nathaniel Ru graduated from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in 2007 with a degree in finance. He and two of his close friends created sweetgreen, a fast food salad chain. The company has opened locations in six states in the Northeast and has plans to move out west soon. Ru has invested in four companies.

 

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Real Estate Investing Advice with Todd Lubar

Todd Lubar is an avid investor in real estate. Throughout his career, he has made a lot of great deals in various places. Investing in real estate is not easy, but it is a great way to increase your net worth.

Investing in real estate requires that a person think many years down the road. Many of Todd Lubar’s best investments took years to become profitable.

Todd Lubar

From the time he was young, Todd Lubar has always been interested in real estate and business. He is the type of person who constantly works hard to achieve his goals. While he was in business school, he worked at a real estate company. This allowed him to gain valuable experience within the industry.

Once he graduated, he was able to invest his new income into real estate. Although it was slow at first, he would eventually develop a real estate empire. He focused on rental homes in the beginning. This allowed him to gain equity and rental income at the same time. He focuses on a lot of commercial real estate today. View his full profile on linkedin.com.

Financing

One of the biggest issues that many people face with real estate investing is a lack of capital. Few investors have the cash to purchase a property. Getting a real estate loan is the only way for people to start investing.

Before borrowing money to invest, real estate investors need to make sure they have a solid plan in place. A lot of investors get into financial trouble because they borrow too much money at one time. Although the real estate market is strong right now, this does not mean that prices will continue increasing forever.

Todd is a great resource of real estate knowledge for new investors. He enjoys working with new investors who need his advice on a variety of subjects.

Award winning Customer Service For Prisoners-Securus Technologies

Securus Technologies was founded in 1986 on the premise that prisoners in federal prison facilities needed a way to communicate with their families effectively. Newer technological advances in communication would spur the need for this type of connection. With over 2,200 correctional facilities that needed a safe and secure way to communicate, Securus provided the necessary means.

 

It became apparent early on that prisons and other correctional facilities embraced the systems that Securus developed. The ability to monitor and control access was definitely a plus for many in the industry. It also helped that the correctional facilities could be more open in allowing prisoners access to communication devices.

 

Securus Technologies continued work in providing safe and effective communication resources have earned them kudos from various telecommunications organizations. In January, Securus Technologies was a finalist for the coveted Stevie award for their excellent sales and customer service. The fact that Securus was even considered as a finalist for this prestigious award stands them in good stead with the correctional facilities communication network.

 

Securus’ CEO has an unique understanding of this group and has spread his message of empathy to his employees. The emphatic and understanding of all Securus customer representatives is what makes them stand out as the company to go to for this type of secured communication.

 

This safe and secure communication does make a difference for families of inmates. It is important to have this type of communication. The fact that Securus takes the time to listen to the customers is also important. The video chats especially are a great boon for families to connect with their loved ones in prison.

 

Many families appreciate that Securus offers so many ways to communicate with their incarcerated loved ones. This is especially true during the holidays.

Sawyer Howitt; A Millennial Entrepreneur

Young Entrepreneurs often have an advantage over their older peers when it comes to energy, time and an unmatched physical resilience. They can devote extra time and energy towards their businesses which in turn helps them to succeed. While energy cannot replace hard-won experience, a young entrepreneur is ready to get down and dirty till they reach their goals. Meet Sawyer Howitt, a second semester senior who has excelled in the entrepreneurial world despite his youth.

Sawyer Howitt follows in his father’s footsteps. David Howitt, Sawyer’s father, is the CEO and founder of the Meriwether Group. He has over 20 years’ experience in product development; a vital force in helping entrepreneurs achieve their ideas. Sawyer has borrowed a leaf from his old man. He is a project manager at Meriwether Group.

Unlike his peers, Sawyer Howitt started working in the company as a teen. He has focused all his strength and energy towards the attainment of a Degree in Entrepreneurial Finance from Columbia University. He will graduate in the summer of 2017.

Sawyer Howitt is a force to reckon with on his own. He has an impressive body of works focused on business and finance. However, not all is limited to his area of expertise. Sawyer Howitt is a jack of all trades and can do well in any part of business from customer service to analytics.

Besides entrepreneurship, Sawyer Howitt is a Philanthropist. He has extended a hand to aid causes related to women’s rights, international ethnic groups, and mentoring at-risk youth. In his spare time, Howitt loves to fish in Oregon’s beautiful rivers, plays racquetball or attends a Portland Trail Blazers game.

Sawyer Howitt is no stranger in the world of business. He continues to forge his own path in a bid to lead the millennial entrepreneurs.