Monthly Archives: December 2016

For Thor Halvorssen Activism is a Personal Affair

The lauded Venezuelan human rights activist, Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza or simply Thor Halvorssen has spent his entire career campaigning for the downtrodden and overlooked.

Thor Halvorssen leads two foundations with the goal of eliminating human rights violations across the globe, The Human Rights Foundation and the Oslo Freedom Forum, the former a leading nonprofit fostered by the belief that “human beings are entitled to freedom of self-determination, freedom from tyranny, the rights to speak freely, to associate with those of like mind, and to leave and enter their countries” and the latter described as the “TED of freedom fighting.”

For Thor Halvorssen, activism begins at home, as both his mother and father have suffered unjustly from tyrannical governments. Thor’s first major campaign against human rights abuses began his freshman year of college as he sought to have his father freed from prison. Appealing to international organizations such as Amnesty International, Halvorssen was able to secure the release of his father in what would be his first victory in his fight against blatant rights abuses.

Rights abuses would again strike close to the Halvorssen home in 2004, when Hilda Mendoza Denham, Thor Halvorssens’s mother, was shot while attending a peaceful assembly. The attack was televised live and resulted in the death of one woman.

The proximity in which rights abuses have struck Thor Halvorrsen’s personal life have only made his efforts within the Human Rights Foundation and Oslo Freedom Forum even more effective as activism has become a very personal affair for the CEO.

NYC Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Keith Mann, is Passionate About Every Area of His Career

Keith Mann is a man of diverse talents that vary from a loyal member of the Animal Liberation Front to executive search director to author to philanthropist supporting the education of the younger generation; he does all with equal passion. Today, Keith Mann is an NYC entrepreneur who is leading the search industry.

Keith Mann was born in Manchester England and grew up on his parent’s farm where he had many different types of animals. He obtained his business degree at the University of Nebraska where he met his wife. Together they became involved in the Animal Rights Movement and took active positions against companies that used animals for testing human products. Mann demonstrated against an airport for transporting animals that were to be used in this manner.

In 2000, he lived in NYC and founded Dynamic Executive Search, DES, as CEO and daily manager. The firm focused on executive searches across NYC, but in 2002, he founded the Alternative Investment Practice directed towards hedge fund industry. It was a part of DES, which, in 2006, he increased to include the private equity industry as well. Mann also released his book on his experiences with animal liberation.

Hedge funds and private equities were growing, and soon Mann felt there was a need there for more services. He separated the alternative investments from the rest of the company and formed Dynamic Search Partners or DSP.

Today, in 2017, Keith Mann is acting CEO and manager of Dynamic Search Partners, which has firms in Europe and Asia as well as the U.S. The agency supplies over 200 client mandates every year.

Keith Mann is passionate about the education of the next generation. As a growing NYC philanthropist, he has partnered with Uncommon Charter Schools for low-income students.

In 2013, he donated $10,000 to the Brooklyn school, and as Uncommon Schools opened a second school in Brooklyn, he and DSP businessman contributed $20,000 for the initial state exams and testing. In 2016, he and his wife founded a college scholarship fund for the Uncommon Schools in NYC.

The History Behind Sapphire Engagement Rings

In this day and age we typically see women receiving diamond engagement rings. Marketing has made this a prominent part of our world. Surprisingly a new gem ring has begun to grow in popularity among new couples when they become engaged. Sapphire engagement rings are all the rage now.

Kate Middleton may partly be the reason why the sapphire ring trend is taking off. Her engagement ring is the very same large oval sapphire that Princess Diana wore when she was married to Prince Charles. The ring is a very dark blue sapphire that was the shade of royalty in the fourteenth and fifteenth century. The sapphire gem center is encircled by small diamonds. It is a beautiful ring. Younger generations are also far more likely to select a unique ring, compared to older generations.

Sapphire engagement rings have been popular in other times of history. They were very popular first in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is the home of many valuable sapphires. For 2,500 years the sapphire has been used in jewelry and in prized treasures in Sri Lanka. In the thirteenth century the sapphire rings became a popular engagement ring in Europe. The people of that time believed that if a person was impure their sapphire ring would fade. One of the popes of the time decreed that people should wait an engagement period before marrying to see if the gem’s color would fade. If it did, the man would end the engagement. The fourteenth century had another rise in popularity for sapphires, because it was seen as a royal color blue. Deep blue sapphires were used by royalty to wed. Some other couple’s also used this trend, although they likely didn’t use such a large deep blue sapphire as the royalty of the time. Sapphire rings again took off in Victorian times.

Sapphire rings will again fade in and out of popularity in the future. For the time being, you should get a blue sapphire or other colored sapphire ring for your love. If a sapphire is your heart stone, then the current sapphire trend is perfect for you.

CBS; “Kate Middleton’s Engagement Ring is Princess Diana’s”;

Brilliant Earth; “The Most Popular Colors for Sapphire Engagement Rings”;

Estated Diamond Jewelry; “Sapphire Vintage Engagement Rings”;

Jason Halpern’s JMH Development Announces Topping Off At Aloft South Beach

JMH Development, led by Jason Halpern as the principal leader of the company, has announced that the firm has reached the topping off of the Southern Aloft Beach. The 235-room hotel is scheduled to be opened by 2015. For this reason, the company has gone a mile ahead of time to beat the program. This hotel is scheduled to be open in 2015 in Miami Beach.


This project, led by the Madden Real Estate Ventures and JMH Development, is one of the most adaptive re-use of the of the historic Motel Ankara. For this reason, this action will utilize the adaptive reuses of Motel Ankara. It will also feature the new eight-story tower. While Plaza construction was charged with the building process of the building, Add, Inc. was given the task to deal with the architecture of the project. The Aloft South Beach will be the first newly constructed hotel to be open since 2009. This building will offer larger rooms that all other projects in the country.


According to Jason Halpern, he said that they are excited to reach this milestone. For the company, this means that business is continuing in the normal way. JMH Development has a track record of performance through their developments. The company has a track record of developing numerous high-end projects in the heart of Miami and other parts of the United States. For the company, a major milestone is marked by the topping off of the Aloft South Beach. However, this is just the beginning of the next phase of construction. As we progress towards the end of the project, we are here to announce that the company is set to develop other projects in the country.

Daniel de la Vega, Aviv Siso, Laura Garcia, Louis Buckworth, Jason Halpern, & Thomas Juul-Hansen
Daniel de la Vega, Aviv Siso, Laura Garcia, Louis Buckworth, Jason Halpern, & Thomas Juul-Hansen

The Southern Aloft Beach will also offer a waterfront, prime location with ease access to the Collins Canal and the Pancoast Lake. For this reason, this property is wrapped up by the access to these areas in the best way possible. Miami Beach Shores are the easiest access to these capabilities. This property is also located at the center, in the heart of, Miami Beach. For this reason, maximum enjoyment is expected at the position. You will also have unlimited access to the Bass Museum of Art, numerous boutiques and night clubs, and the Beach Convention Centre.


Visitants will also have the rarest opportunity to enjoy the outdoor pool. This property also has the inclusion of the 24-hour fitness center, roof-deck lounge, and the Miami Convention Centre. The Aloft Southern Beach will be located in the heart of Miami restaurants and boutiques will also be located at the center of the museum. While at the property, you will also have unlimited access to live artists in the area. Bands will also make their way in to entertain the visitants.

Jason Halpern an more!
Jason Halpern an more!