Wes Edens, a well-known investor, attended Oregon State University, where he received a Finance and Business Administration degree in 1984. After that, he worked at two financial firms then was co-owner of Fortress Investment Group, a global investment management firm, headquartered in New York City. Wes Edens had many positions at his company, most recently their private equity chief investment officer, co-chief executive officer and president and head of private equity.
A Patch article talked about Fortress and how they became a trendsetter for other companies from the moment the company was founded. Fortress employs nine hundred people and has $43 billion assets for one thousand seven hundred fifty investors. They are involved in health care, real estate, financial services, media, transportation, infrastructure investments and they manage mergers, portfolio companies and specialize in capital markets. All of these factors have made them successful and knowledgeable about many industries. They continue to grow in the following ways:
1. Added two individuals to leadership roles.
2. Acquired some major companies.
3. Went from the world of private money to public.
4. Added international funds to their investment portfolios.
5. Opened headquarters in San Francisco, Shanghai and Singapore.
In 2017, Fortress sold the company to Softbank Group because they wanted the company to be able to have even more opportunities to invest worldwide.
Another article explains how Wes Edens became a sports team owner. He and his partner purchased a fifty-five percent stake in the Aston Villa soccer team. This team was formerly in a prominent Premier Soccer league, winning the European cup in 1982, but was playing for a second-tier championship division when purchased. The team’s co-chairman is hopeful that with Wes Eden’s and his partner’s business experience, along with his sports experience, they can build their team so it can become a successful premier team again in future years.
Wes Edens, not only plays an important role as part owner of the Aston Villa soccer team, but continues to play an important role in Fortress Investment Group and many other areas and will continue to do so.
Robert Deignan is a digital technology expert who co-founded the ATS Digital Services LLC based in Boca Raton Florida. He graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business management. The technology guru co-founded his first company three years after graduating and called it Fanlink Inc. Robert is driven by his passion for technology and commitment to incredible customer service.
Three years into Fanlink, Robert left the executive to become the vice-president of iS3, a software company that was responsible for digital security and computer optimization. In iS3 he gained more experience and technological market that drove him to start something of his own. In August 2011, he co-founded the ATS Digital services LLC and became the chief executive officer. Robert Diegnan wanted to create a company that would be in a position to solve any technical problem that would ever arise.
His years of expertise in the digital technology world enabled him to create a culture that emphasized the need for good customer relations both for him and his able employees. ATS offers a wide variety of services ranging from activation, setups and cellular repairs. He saw an opportunity in the market when it dawned on him that most technology expertstreated their clients as an inconvenience.
On top of providing atop-of-the-line software that ensures their clients’ systems are up to date, ATS delights in having the most educated employees who understand how to use their contemporary tools.Under his administration, ATS digital services LLC has been recognized by AppEsteem as the best customer service in the software world. AppEsteem certified the company because of Diegnan’s culture of putting customer satisfaction first and thus providing premium services to their clients.
Robert said that customer compliance was their priority as a company and they made a decision to commit themselves, get certified and send signals to regulators, software purveyors, and security companies that for them, client-friendly operations were their prime concern. Robert takes his timewhen compiling a team to work for him because he is keen on experts that would combine incredible customer service and technological knowledge.