Bruce Levenson Fires Back At AIG With Lawsuit Over AHBE Settlement

Published / by UpToMe / Leave a Comment

The Atlanta Hawks’ former owners, which include Atlanta Hawks Basketball & Entertainment (AHBE) and Bruce Levenson have filed a lawsuit against their former insurance company. The lawsuit involves a deal that AHBE made with former General Manager Danny Ferry to buy his contract. It turns out Ferry filed a claim with the insurance company for a workplace related incident that according to AHBE’s attorneys was covered in the policy. The insurance company thus far has not responded to the claim and refuses to issue payouts to AHBE or Ferry. AHBE and Levenson are now taking the insurance company to court and suing them for damages and attorneys’ fees.

Bruce Levenson owned the majority of shares of the Atlanta Hawks from 2004 to 2015 when according to, he sold the team to Tony Ressler and company. Levenson founded several companies prior to this, including United Communications Group (UCG), a parent company to several other companies. Levenson started this company shortly after he finished law school at American University, and he and his friend Ed Peskowitz published their first newsletter, Oil Express. The company soon started adding more newsletters and publications, ranging from healthcare, energy and oil production, technology and mortgage banking industries. They also founded GasBuddy, an app used for locating cheap gas prices within a location.

Levenson ,, is also a philanthropist who supports education and fine arts non-profit organizations. He’s sat on the boards of both Hoop Dreams and the “I Have a Dream” Foundations. He’s also a major donor to the Holocaust Memorial Museum, and was instrumental in establishing their “Bringing the Lessons Home” program for young people. Levenson also is involved with Jewish public policy foundations including Birthright Israel, BBYO Fellowship, and SEED Foundation. He also partnered with the Anti-Defamation League to host an event in Washington D.C. called “Concert Against Hate.”



With Securus Video Visitation, families and inmates connect for holidays

Published / by UpToMe / Leave a Comment

Prison services giant Securus Technologies over the last decade has rolled out its innovative video visitation platform to much acclaim from prison staff, inmates and their families. The technology has been a blessing, especially for families and inmates who have seen costs of visitations slashed, in some cases by hundreds of times. But inmates and their loved ones haven’t been the only beneficiaries of this new means of visitation. Prison staff have benefited as well. And perhaps most importantly, safety at the institutions where Securus Video Visitation has been installed has measurably increased.

Video visitation has improved the lives of all involved in the prison system.

The horrible costs of an incarcerated loved one

Sitting in court and watching as a loved one is sentenced to a lengthy prison term is one of the most frightening and terrible moments a family can endure. Unfortunately for those not familiar with the inner workings of the U.S. prison system, at sentencing, their ordeal is only beginning. It’s said by many families of the incarcerated that the loved ones closest to the inmate get the same sentence, that they are doing time right alongside the condemned. In too many cases, this is quite literally true.

Consider the old visitation system. In-person visits often required waiting in a long line among people visiting convicted felons, some of whom are considered extremely dangerous and have a track record of manipulative crimes. The warden will often send his toughest, most aggressive officers to handle visitation duty because it’s perhaps the weakest link in the institution’s security chain. Family members can find themselves the target of harsh reprimands, being ordered around as if they were the criminal. In far too many cases, visitors themselves become suspected of passing illegal contraband and are subjected to searches, seizures and in some cases, even arrest. This may seem overbearing to the uninitiated, but from the institution’s perspective it’s an absolutely necessary step to prevent dangerous security breaches that can threaten the lives of inmates and staff. Regardless, for a non criminal the experience of entering a state prison and effectively becoming another prisoner can be a shocking and traumatic experience.

Securus’ Video Visitation technology allows families to visit their loved ones from the comfort of their own homes. Thanks to Securus, tens of thousands of families will be able to stay connected with loved ones this holiday season and will be spared the indignities of an in-person prison visit.


How Antony Petrello Excelled in His 22 Years of Service at Nabors Industries

Published / by UpToMe / Leave a Comment

Antony Petrello is a business executive with more than 20 years of experience. Petrello attended Harvard Law School for a J.D degree. He also attended Yale University for a master’s degree in mathematics.


Petrello served on the executive committee and directors’ board of Nabors in 1992. Petrello has severed several positions at Nabors. For instance, he headed the company as the president and COO for ten years. After his COO term ended in 2011, Anthony Petrello became CEO of the company. He joined Nabors’ executive committee board in 2012. As a member of the committee, he advises Nabors on strategic planning issues. As the CEO, Petrello adopts mechanisms that will enable the company to prosper.

Petrello worked with Baker & McKenzie law firm before joining Nabors. At the company, he focused on corporate law, international arbitration, and taxation. Petrello used his law expertise to enable the company to excel in international arbitration. He also worked as the managing partner of Baker & McKenzie’s New York branch. Anthony Petrello currently heads Hilcorp Energy Company and Stewart & Stevenson LLC as the director. Petrello was appointed as a member of Texas Children’s Hospital trustees’ board. The hospital advocates for clinical and research programs focusing on kids with nerve system disorders.

Nabors Industries

As the CEO of Nabors Industries, Anthony Petrello was awarded $60 million to cover his annual bonuses. Petrello will also receive other bonuses based on the company’s performance. Nabors Industries is an oil-drilling company that has been praised by oil investors for its pay practices. Petrello’s payment will comprise of the company stocks valued at $27 million and $18 million in cash. This information was released in the company’s securities filing for 2016. Petrello will also receive $15 million in restricted stocks for rewriting his employment contract.

Throughout his 22 years of service at Nabors, Petrello has led the company in several profitable initiatives. He succeeded Eugene Isenberg when he was appointed as the CEO in 2011. Both Petrello and Isenberg were guaranteed of bonuses as stated in their employment contracts. These bonuses are issued with respect to the cash flow of Nabors Industries. Petrello also signed a new employment contract that dictated how he would receive his bonuses. The contract entitles him to compensation in case of death or disabilities.

Read more: The Prince and The Pauper; My College Roommate became an Oligarch


Antony Petrello and Cynthia Petrello donated $5 million to the Texas Children’s Hospital. The couple also led several fundraisers for the institution. This philanthropic move displays their commitment towards helping children with nervous system disorders. The funds will be used for conducting research and implementing clinical programs at the institution.

Personal Life

Petrello married Cynthia and has an 8-year-old girl called Carena who he loves so much. Besides work, he prefers spending time with his family. Petrello and his wife enjoy spending time with their lovely daughter. He is enthusiastic about life and leadership. Petrello urges upcoming leaders to be ambitious and dedicated. He also believes that discipline is one of the most important virtues of success.

Read more about Anthony and Cynthia Petrello at the Houston Chronicle
Connect with Anthony Petrello on LinkedIn

The Rise of EOS Lip Balms

Published / by UpToMe / Leave a Comment

Check any woman’s handbag and one of the things that are a must-find is a lip balm. In the past you would ask how these women felt about the lip balm they were carrying and few of them actually loved the brand they were using. Not until EOS lip balms emerged and become the new trend, loved by both celebrities and the regular people. Evolution of Smooth was soon to become not only one of the most loved lip balms but also one of the most discussed.

How EOS Started

According to fastcompany‘s article, EOS started as a result of identification of a market gap in the beauty product industry. Sure, there were many lip balm brands. But all had one thing in common. They looked clinical and were not innovative enough. You couldn’t have fun while applying them. Most women wished that they could get a lip balm that was more of a beauty product than a clinical product. And, with this idea, Evolution of Smooth was born.

Today, they are the second best-selling lip balm brand in the US. The founders claim that the company sells approximately 1 million units every week. In just a few years, the have achieved unimaginable growth. The reason to these being research, the passion to produce sustainable products that will be loved by both women and men clients alike.

You will find on Target that the EOS lip balms come in a variety of orbs colors. This is just but one of the factors that make these lip balms lovable. Additionally, the lip balm has a variety of palatable smells and tastes not to mention the sound of sophistication that is produced when closing the lip balm. For only $3, EOS provides an enjoyable beauty experience that is full of natural ingredients. See,

Doe Deere and Lime Crime

Published / by UpToMe / Leave a Comment

Doe Deere is best known for her successful makeup brand named Lime Crime. Officially launched in 2008, the idea for Lime Crime originated in 2004 when Deere created the name for her DIY fashion line which she began selling on eBay. Colorful makeup became a major part of her brand but wasn’t very easy to find. The idea for Lime Crime, the makeup brand, came from her need for fun and colorful makeup and the lack of it in the makeup market at that time.


Part of what makes Lime Crime so unique is its origination on the internet. Before Lime Crime, lipstick was largely sold at makeup counters where customers could try on the product. Deere saw that she could create Lime Crime as a form of e-commerce. She was able to successfully move cosmetics to the internet despite experts telling her it would be difficult without the customers’ ability to try it on. Deere felt confident that if the product was simply presented in the right way the company would be successful in selling cosmetics online. To still give customers an accurate idea of how the product will look on, Deere introduced the “on-lip” lipstick swatch instead of just a lipstick swatch on paper. The “on-lip” swatch was a game changer and inspired other makeup companies to follow in her footsteps.


One of Deere’s biggest successes is the successful introduction of liquid-to-matte lipsticks that are top quality. These liquid lipsticks don’t crumble, and stay on for a significant amount of time. Deere would know because she personally tries all new products before they launch on her site. Wearing it herself is the only way Deere can be sure the product is authentic to both her customer and Lime Crime itself.


Deere has been named one of the Top Inspiring Female Entrepreneur by Self-Made magazine since her creation of Lime Crime. The businesswoman has created an explosive and colorful brand of cosmetics and has more to come in the upcoming years. The brand is not only fun but is completely vegan. No animals derived ingredients are in any of her products and Deere is proud to have Lime Crime certified as cruelty-free by the most stringent certifier in the cosmetics industry, Leaping Bunny. Deere also realizes her love of animals by donating regularly to an animal rescue organization named Bide-A-Wee.

Follow Doe Deere on Twitter and Facebook

Bruce Levenson Continues His Fight Against Insurance Giant AIG

Published / by UpToMe / Leave a Comment

As the owner of the Atlanta Hawks Bruce Levenson proved he was not a business leader to accept a lack of progression and growth in all aspects of his ownership of the NBA franchise. Levenson oversaw a season by season progression for the franchise that saw the team move from the very bottom of the NBA standings to the number one season in a single decade; the same rules have applied to the battle with insurance giant AIG that has bee ongoing since Levenson’s group sold the Hawks franchise to a group headed by billionaire Tony Ressler.

The insurance payout being claimed by Forbes billionaire Bruce Levenson’s group relates to the termination of the contract of former Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry that will test workplace torts and constructive dismissal rules. Ferry mutually terminated his $18 million six year contract just two days prior to the announced sale of the Hawks franchise by Bruce Levenson’s group with his comments thought by Levenson’s legal team to have activated a workplace insurance policy the Atlanta Hawks Basketball & Entertainment group had in place. The case will be brought at the Fulton County Supreme Court, but the current owners of the Hawks have already stated they have no reason to be involved in the case as it relates to the former owners of the franchise.

Bruce Levenson was one of the most popular and respected owners in the NBA during his decade in the NBA, particularly for the role he played as a part of the Hoop Dreams and Make A Wish foundations. Levenson also joined the NBA Board of Governors to protect the game in the future. The founder of the UCG company is a well known philanthropist in his local area of Maryland and Washington D.C. where his business interests have remained rooted throughout his career.


Kevin Seawright – CEO of Newark Economic Development Corporation

Published / by UpToMe / Leave a Comment

Kevin Seawright is a financial and project management expert living in Newark, New Jersey. Kevin is best known for his ability to command new opportunities, and strategically visualize business and economic goals. Seawright is the current Chief Operating Officer(CFO) & Executive Vice President(VP) of Newark Economic Development Corporation.

Before he relocated to New Jersey, Seawright worked in the field of education for six years as the Deputy CFO in Baltimore. At Tito Contractors based in Washington, DC, he was employed as a strategic associate director for Finance and Human Capital. This position enabled him to gain knowledge on small business development, and also got an insight into the real estate sector.

While being associated with his community, Kevin served for the Babe Ruth Museum as an advisory board member and coached the local youth sports team. Seawright has been an affiliate of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. Also, Kevin was a member of the National Association of Black Accountants, and the American Society for Public Administration.

Kevin Seawright has solidified Human Capital Divisions. Kevin has also transformed the revenue planning corporate process. This has worked effectively across the board for both the sub-contractors and the general contractors in every part of the mid-Atlantic region.

Kevin is presently involved with organizations that are designed to empower communities. Kevin’s latest step in the path of continuing development and education was completed successfully when he finished his second part of the Nonprofit Fund Development Program. This program was launched to assist business leaders in keeping pace with the competitive nature of the current non-profit sector.

Seawright concluded Phase Two of the program with a notable Certificate of Achievement granted to those who surpassed in the course. Steward has been in control for over 13 years in both the public and private sectors. His proficiency is established in financial management for government agencies managed locally. Seawright’s years of achievement and hard work have steadily benefited communities living on the East Coast. Looking ahead to the leadership program which is his final phase, Seawright still maintains his position as the CFO and Executive VP while being actively involved in his various philanthropic and social efforts.

Ways to Manage Your Online Reputation

Published / by UpToMe / Leave a Comment

Reputation plays a significant role in the lives of business tycoons, political leaders, and celebrities. The internet has become so powerful and vast that even the slightest of news will shake or shape the lives of the business people. To maintain a good reputation, here are some online reputation management strategies to implement:

Be Bold

One of the best ways to express your confidence is by making bold statements based on your principles. In the case of any controversy, stick to your principles. When you are honest, you will earn respect from those who are following your moves.

Stay Alert

People will always look for an opportunity to drag you down. You can either take their bait and start shouting or ignore them with clever short comments. Moreover, you can set Google alerts for your name and your business name to receive notification whenever someone tampers with your online reputation. It is easier to stop a crisis when it starts than when it becomes tragic. As such, receiving online alerts will help you keep an eye on your online reputation.

Know your attacker

Identifying the source of an attack helps you address the damage from the roots. You can either file a lawsuit or settle the crisis with your attackers; however, you first need to know who is behind the damage. For example, you may run a branded search campaign via Bing Ads or Google Adwords for unnecessary publicity.

Formulate a Plan

Prepare a plan to salvage your name in the advent of damage. As such, your marketing team must be well-educated on how to come up with strategies to minimize and repair online reputation damage.

By combining PR with the element of surprise, you can protect your online reputation from competitors’ attacks. Strategies by Fox News to maintain your online reputation help in repairing reputation damage. As the need for online reputation management grows as user generated content explodes, experts encourage hiring online reputation managers to maintain your online profile and ensure it is always protected from damage. Since reputation is the most valuable business asset, it shapes peoples’ impression about a company.


Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler Reshape the Fashion Industry

Published / by UpToMe / Leave a Comment

Adam Goldenberg and his close friend Don Ressler are the founders and Co-CEOs of JustFab, an e-commerce fashion company that is very popular. The two friends are set out to ensure that they reshape the fashion industry. They have the ability to spot trends, develop industry leading brands and at the end of the day grow a successful business. They have managed to be successful because they combine their skills, passion, and fun. These features at are very rare in the fashion industry because the individuals in the department take life too seriously.

Adam Goldenberg started his first company when he was just fifteen years old. The company was known as Gamers Alliance, and it did well in the market. After three years, it was acquired by Intermix Media. He chose to quit high school to join Intermix Media as the vice president of the strategic plans. By the time he turned twenty years, Adam was doing well in Intermix Media; he was working as the Chief Operating Officer. At that time, he was known to many people as the youngest COO operating in a publicly traded organization in the country.

While working at Intermix Media, Adam Goldenberg met Don Ressler. Ressler was working as a brand building specialist in the region. Goldenberg had just sold his successful company, known as to Intermix Media. This sale of the company had given the businessman over one billion, and he had also raised over one hundred million from several internet companies.

Read more: JustFab Seeking $50 Million to $100 Million Investment Ahead of Possible IPO

After a year, the two friends started an e-commerce brand incubator platform called Intelligent Beauty. Afterward, they become successful entrepreneurs who established several health brands to the market.

The modern consumers love shopping online, and the two friends thought that it was a good idea to introduce a personalized online experience for the customers. Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler decided to merge social interaction and edge cutting fashion. The businessmen also decided that they would offer the services at an affordable rate, unlike most of the popular fashion brands in the market.

JustFab was founded on this concept, and it has impressed many consumers in the country. Just several months after its introduction, the fashion brand on has done so well, and it has acquired many subscribers from all parts of the country. The fashion brand is fun, engaging and highly social, and this attracts more clients.

Securus Technologies is Growing

Published / by UpToMe / Leave a Comment

Securus Technologies, a Dallas based provider of prison products, is growing rapidly. There is a soaring demand for the quality and efficient communication products for those who are incarcerated. Securus Technologies wants to make sure that people have what they need when it comes to their tragic situation in jail.


The American criminal justice system is known for not being kind to the vulnerable. There are many people in prison who were unfairly locked up. Securus Technologies does not have all the information, but they want to make life easy for all parties involved. Securus Technologies provides effective technological products that enable the lonely families of prisoners to communicate with those they love and care about. It is fascinating that many people do not see how much can be taken from simple phone systems. You can use them to break boundaries and melt the hard hearts of convicted felons with a kind word from their girlfriend or spouse. All you need is a highly experienced prison technologies company like Securus to get the system properly connected.


Competitor GTL has frequently warred with Securus Technologies over patents. This contest stifles innovation, and hinders Securus Technologies goal to maximize return on investment for their customers. Securus Technologies is looking forward to seeing an end to this tragic dilemma.


Securus Technologies has worked for over a decade on polishing their various product offerings. One of the products from Securus that gets the highest reviews is the electronic prison complaint form. The electronic prison complaint form enables the user to easily log something dangerous that is going on. This improves prison safety and lowers abusive behaviors. Before, when staff had to use the paper forms, the safety of a prison could be easily compromised, because filling out a paper form is time consuming and costly. Electronic forms are very simple, and they let the staff of a prison smile with relief.