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Shaygan Kheradpir has been named the new CEO of Coriant. He takes over from Pat DiPetro who has been bumped down to vice chairman with role of being an operating partner at Marlin Equity Partners. Marlin Equity Partners is a private equity firm that brought Coriant into existence by joining together the optical units of Sycamore Networks, Nokia and Tellabs.

Kheradpir is well versed with the vendor’s operations having worked very closely with the senior management since the beginning of the year. He worked in his official capacity as the operating executive partner. Kheradpir has proven to be a force to reckon with especially in the supply of innovative networking solutions to leading network operators all over the world. This is inclusive of nine of the ten global tier 1 Communications Service Providers (CSPs).

Shaygan Kheradpir boasts with over 28 years of executive experience in the telecom and financial services field. He kicked off his career at GTE Corporation and was later appointed Verizon’s EVP and Chief Information Officer. At the same time, he was a member of the executive team that was responsible for modernization of systems, efficiency and pioneering product initiatives. Shaygan then joined Barclays as the Chief Operations and Technology Officer as well as serving as a member of the bank’s Executive Committee. While still in Barclays, he was among the founding members of the company’s TRANSFORM program that was a milestone for the bank in the 21st Century. Shaygan holds a Ph.D., masters and a bachelor’s in engineering from Cornell University. He has numerous patents in the fields of telecom, media, and payments. He was also on the board of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology and on the Cornel University Engineering Council.

Questions abound on the suitability of Khedapir as Coriant’s new CEO given is devastating exit form Juniper Network Incs. Nonetheless, human is error and what makes a better man is his ability to correct his past mistakes. Khedapir is a man of great stature and his deployment to the CEO position is well-deserved and thought of. However, his competitors that include the likes of Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco and Huawei will not be willing to look at it this way and therefore would want to make the most of this appointment. Besides, the optical systems vendor serves about 500 customers and has an estimated annual turnover of $ 1 billion dollars and seeks to outsmart its competitors; Which CEO would not be placed under a lot of scrutiny in this case?(see for more information)


See School Choice as a Dick DeVos Improvement

There is a major difference in the quality of education received attending a particular school over another. Paramount to quality, the twelve year experience may be improved. School choice is important as in my case when I graduated from public school I was illiterate. I could not read, write, spell, pronounce, and I had never read a book. I did however receive a diploma from the public school system. So you ask what went wrong and how did that happen? The answer is I could not visually see; I had not been diagnosed with needing eye-glasses. Henceforth since my last name is somewhat in the middle of the alphabet I was assigned seating in the back of the classroom compounding my unable to see.

To understand this dilemma: since no one ever told me I could not see, how was a six, seven, or eight year-old supposed to know they can’t see like someone who has perfect vision. In my situation I just accepted everyone could not see the blackboard just like me. It never occurred to me that I was the only one that saw nothing on the blackboard. Subsequently in public schools, if a kid is not alert and a bookish, then they become nobody in the masses of children. That is what I become; I just existed in a classroom, in a school, for six hours unnoticed.

I honestly can say I never did homework, but more realistically I never knew I was supposed to read the book I took home. This is a fact. Now one can complain where were your parents? And I say to you I got satisfactory grades. Actually it is truly amazing what you can absorb by pure instincts, I just mimicked other kids.

School choice is a general term used to define alternative ways to education other than the standard public school system and I say that is virtuous. I am not alone with school choice. Philanthropist Dick DeVos is one who supports school choice. Dick DeVos is heir to the Amway Dynasty. Four years ago Forbes magazine put him in the top hundred richest people. Touting a net worth over five billion dollars shows he is a money-maker making a difference in education. Today educational voucher are gaining strength as well as alternative choices like charter and home schooling. This momentum to unconventional forms of education is contributed to by Dick DeVos. They have many foundations to support and shift public opinion toward school choice. I applaud Dick’s efforts; it is a wise decision to make unique educational avenues to graduation. 

I was finally diagnosed by an optometrist for corrective lenses, and a new journey in edification was bestowed upon me. I actually, as an adult, educated myself and received a bachelor in engineering from a notable university. So if you visit the foundation website you will find the DeVos family manifesto is published. It is their desire to seek choice and access to education. See Education

Learn more about Dick DeVos by visiting his LinkedIn profile.

Jon Urbana Turns Hobbies into Profitable “Careers”

Have you ever met a businessman who was so interested in life and what was going on in his/her community that they found numerous ways to express their interests. This is the case with Jon Urbana, co-founder at Next Level Lacrosse Camp and Ellipse USA, which is a medical company that excels in providing laser light. Mr. Urbana is committed to Ellipse USA and has advanced the company so that it reaches into Europe and Australia. As an international company, it is rapidly increasing as it becomes more relevant.

Jon Urbana is a heavy Twitter user (@jonurbana1), and he has many interests that he loves to share with friends, family and followers through social media. He can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and his telling his story on his own personal WordPress blog. Jon graduated from Villanova University in 2005 with a degree in Economics, but, he also had obtained his pilot’s license for small planes. Jon took this hobby one step further and joined with the FAA in developing new safety rules for the pilots. In 2015, he received an award from the FAA, and he continues to participate with the FAA in the safety of flying, so this is actually a second career.

An entrepreneur who is concerned about his community is a valuable businessman, and Jon has a compassionate heart for people around him. He creates projects on and for causes that he is concerned about. Lately, Jon Urbana created a fund on for Earth Force, which is committed to a clean environment. Jon is from Denver and this cause is located in Colorado, so it has found significance with Mr. Urbana and was even covered by WRCB. Jon uses social media to promote his projects, and he feels there is no amount too big or too small to donate to his funds.

Another interest of Jon’s that he displays on is his growing interest in photography. He has always had photography as a hobby, but, in recent years, he has gotten more serious, and he photographs his travels, especially animals. His photography is taking off and will likely become a success if his other interests are any indication. You can follow Jon’s Vimeo channel to see some of his pictures converted to slideshows.

Shining Stars in Nashville Business

Part of the Nashville-area’s largest developers have paid just under two million dollars for forty-four total acres on Brick Church Pike to put together a new warehouse building.

Panattoni Development decided to begin working on construction this month on Skyline Distribution Park, which contains nearly 600,000 square feet of total area inside triple set buildings. The project is set to be completed by fall 2016, it will be one first Class A warehouse piece built off not using tenants in hand over a span of six years.

Jeff Konieczny, a building manager for Panattoni’s lower regions, stated that the park should be built to address a shortage of recent warehouse space very close to the downtown area radius. The best benefit of this property being built is its visibility and close connections to the highways.”

The touching lands Panattoni obtained from the Oman family is packaged with thirty acres on Southerland Drive and a dozen acres on Brick Church Pike.

The total scheduled warehouse buildings contain 375,000, 125,000 and 100,000 square feet. They will be able to be seen have visibility from nearby interstates all around. They will allow users with a wide range of sizes from 20,000 square feet to over three thousand square feet.

Alston Construction, Panattoni’s contractor in crime, will put together Skyline Distribution Park. JLL is the exclusive leasing agent on the job.

Skyline Distribution Park will be built to ensure the best connections to Nashville and the area altogether. It will be able to be seen from interstates all around and anyone close by will have access.

The local developer just delivered the one million square foot Under Armour building in Mt. Juliet and is focusing on offering coexisting six hundred thousand square feet buildings near CenterPointe Distribution Park.

On Nashville’s Music Row, Panattoni is finishing off the project of a huge one hundred thousand square foot building at 35 16th Ave. Performing rights organization SESAC will be working the event.

Scott Lumley, Partner of Resolve Financials, is a well experience financial representative. He has a lot of industry experience and vast knowledge that is ever so cherished. He has a past focused in on remodeling and purchasing old homes to try and flip them for profit. Also bringing them to a more modern feeling.

Lumley worked as the president of Large-Lots for the duration of three years. He is very active on social media and also worked on retail. Then he went onto becoming president of Nashville Bros which was focusing on a start-up basketball franchise just for a month. Now he is working in the financial department.