CTRMA’s Mike Heiligenstein Has a Commitment to the Ausitn Area

The 19th annual Austin Business Journal’s annual Williamson County Growth Summit hosted a panel discussion to talk about the growing transportation challenges in the suburbs around Austin. The panel consisted of several key players of transportation including the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein, ArgoDesign’s Jared Ficklin, RideScout LLC’s founder Joseph Kopser, and Uber Technologies Texas External Affairs Director, Leandre Johns.



One of the key topics up for discussion was the impact of technology on the changing transportation environment in Austin and around the world. Driverless vehicles and ridesharing apps were discussed during the night. While this technology could challenge the current infrastructure, Heiligenstein stated that the Austin area needed to focus on growing the transportation capacity. In recent years, the population has been expanding rapidly in the suburbs, Williamson County included. Heiligenstein continued to remark that new roads needed to more efficient and technically advanced.



Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw served as the moderator for the night and asked about what preparations policymakers needed to make regarding future transportation needs. Ficklin focused on building and land-use codes, stating that they needed to be adapted to be more flexible. Ficklin provided an example regarding self-driving cars. The parking garages of the future could have shorter levels since there won’t be a driver to disembark in the building, and will also need charging stations and an area to service vehicles. Ficklin stated that current building codes aren’t in place to allow this type of structure.



Heiligenstein instead stated that resources should be focused on improving and increasing the capacity of roads and buses. The rate of growth in Austin would nullify most of the gains from mass transit use. Heiligenstein predicted that U.S. Highway 183 and State Highway 290 would eventually need to expand to 12 lanes of traffic to meet the growing needs of residents.



Leandre Johns from Uber focused emphasis on providing services to commuters who need ways of getting to and from the public transit. Johns stated that ridesharing companies could provide that service and make public transit more convenient for its riders. Companies like Uber could work with the public transit agencies to create subsidies.



The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority was created in 2002 as an independent government agency. Its mission is to improve the transportation system in Williamson and Travis counties. The Mobility Authority is headed by Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein. Mike has been working with the Mobility Authority since its start in 2002 and has headed several projects in Williamson County. Prior to heading the Mobility Authority, Mike had served Williamson County for twenty-three years as a public official.

Stem Cell Therapy Leaps Into the Future Helping To Cure Lung Disease

Many people today suffering from emphysema or chronic bronchitis may have COPD, (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). According to Hawaii News Now, this illness restricts the airflow in and out of the lungs, causing extreme breathing problems.

COPD limits patients from walking, participating in normal activities and weakens their lung capacity. When the lungs are limited to oxygen, less oxygen is transported in the flow of blood leaving the heart and lungs carrying oxygenated blood cells through the body. Patients with this disease become susceptible to many illnesses including pneumonia.

Cigarette smoking is the main cause of emphysema causing the lungs to become inflamed and unable to fill to capacity when inhaling. The damage to the lungs from smoking is said to be irreversible and the lung’s ability to expand and deflate with each breath deteriorates.

The Lung Institute is now treating COPD, Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis, Bronchiectasis and Pneumoconiosis with the healing power of stem cells. This new process uses autologous stem cells. Autologous stem cells therapy is a treatment using the patient’s blood cells. Blood cells referred to as plasticity, meaning the cells are removed from one part of the body and the cells have the ability to transform into other types of tissue needed by the body, replicating required cells.

The process is simple says lifestylesafter50.com. The stem cells are removed from the patient by way of blood. The cells are then separated and intravenously returned to the patient through the heart. The stem cells are quickly transported to the lungs where they are caught in a pulmonary trap immediately beginning to produce new healthy cells and released into the bloodstream. When the lungs release this new blood into the system, healthy oxygenated cells are distributed throughout the entire system. Problems can originate in the pulmonary trap if the blood flow does not leave the lungs continuing through the bloodstream.

Consultation to ensure patients are candidates for successful stem cell therapy are available at the Lung Institute therapy clinics. Patients with such lung disorders are encouraged to contact the Lung Institute at 800-729-3065 if they feel they are candidates for this innovative stem cell therapy treatment. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LungInstitute/.

The stem cell therapy process is performed as an outpatient process. A total of three days is required as an outpatient to administer the treatment.


Anthony Petrello Helps Nabors Industries Prosper

Anthony (Tony) Petrello leads the way in his industry’s competitive environment by having been Deputy Chairman since 2003, Chief Executive Officer and President since October 2011, and Chairman of the Board as well as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board since June of 2012. His direction and strategic planning initiatives have been a tremendous help in enabling the company to be a global infrastructure of facilities and services unmatched in the industry.

Today, Nabors Industries is one of the world’s largest oil and gas drilling contractors. With operations in over 20 countries, Nabors Industries is the owner and operator of the largest land-based drilling rig fleet in the world and is one of the leading providers of drilling rigs and offshore platform work-over.

Nabors also offers innovative drilling technology, advanced drilling automation, directional drilling operations, a highly-skilled and multi-talented workforce, and more. Through various subsidiaries, Nabors also manufactures and sells drilling related equipment to be installed on offshore and onshore rigs.

Nabors’ stock price went from under 50 cents to over $50 before splitting. Enterprise value went from $100 million up to $17 billion; and the employee workforce went from 320 to over 29,000.

In 2010, Nabors added Superior Well Services, its largest acquisition to date, which added pressure pumping, which is essential for developing gas and oil shales. In 2015, Nabors combined with C&J Energy Services to grow and improve its position in the global drilling market while also creating a diversified North American oilfield services company having a strong international growth potential.

Petrello earned a J.D. degree at Harvard Law School and previous B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics at Yale University.

As a philanthropist, Petrello is a member of the Texas Children’s Hospital’s Board of Trustees and is an advocate for clinical programs and research that address the needs of children with neurological disorders.

Source: http://people.equilar.com/bio/anthony-petrello-nbr/salary/503049#.WFgTQSMrJNQ

A Look At Alexei Beltyukov’s Highly Successful Business Career

Alexei Beltyukov is a highly successful Russian businessman who also currently serves as vice president of the Skolkovo Foundation. In addition to his post at the Skolkovo Foundation, Mr. Beltyukov serves as an economic advisor to the Russian government department in charge of economic growth and affairs.

The Skolkovo Foundation that Mr. Beltukov heads as VP can be described as the silicon valley of Russia. It is an organization that promotes, funds and supports technology startups in the country. There is a particular focus on high tech, computer and science breakthroughs at the Skolkovo Foundation.

According to Blogarama, Alexei Beltyukov was educated at the INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau, France, which is just outside the capital city of Paris. At INSEAD College, Alexei studied business and became one of the brightest graduates of the year. He later returend to INSEAD to complete a post graduate program in business.

To this day, Alexei holds a post at INSEAD College as an entrepreneur in residence where he sponsors new venture and works alongside current business students. Mr. Beltyukov also sponsors annual scholarships to Russian students who wish to pursue a business career and that want to study at INSEAD College such as he did. This is just one way that Mr. Beltyukov gives back to the community and his native country.

After learning about free markets and enterprise for the first time Alexei Beltyukov went to work for a foreign owned company that held extensive railway freight holdings inside of Russia. Mr. Beltyukov’s goal for the company, which was called New Brunswick Rail Leasing was to expand its capacity and business.

Alexei managed to deliver just that as manager for New Brunswick Rail Leasing. He helped build the firm into one of Russia’s largest private rail leasing companies with one of the largest cargo capacities for moving goods into and out of Russia.

Mr. Beltyukov then worked for a portfolio management company called A-Venture Ltd. This company oversaw dozens of different companies. Some which were profitable and some that were not. Alexei managed to sell and restructure companies to net a profit for the owners.

Morning Makeup Routine For Traveling

There are times when you need to cut something, or you might want to see how strong a knife really is against some objects around the house. Wengie uses a 1,000-degree glowing knife when she cuts various items. One of the first things that she cuts is a Coca-Cola bottle that she shook up so that it has a lot of bubbles inside. She stands the bottle on a table and heats a knife until it’s so hot that it glows. As the knife cuts through the bottle, the drink sprays everywhere. The drink cleaned the knife as Wengie cut through.


The second object is a candy surprise egg. The chocolate melts, but it’s hard to get through the aluminum foil on the outside. The plastic egg inside is melted, and the surprise is a bit damaged from the heat of the knife. She tries to cut through an egg, but it doesn’t work. The egg rolls off of the table and cracks. However, when she uses the knife to go through the inside of the egg, the egg begins to fry on the knife. A Nutella container gets the knife as well. It easily goes through the container, and the chocolate begins to melt on contact with the knife. The chocolate almost burns against the heat that is used. It’s a mess on the table. Other objects that Wengie cuts through include crayons, stuffed animals and even a roll of toilet paper, but the toilet paper burns where the knife is being used and isn’t easy to cut.



Lung Institute Presents at Stem Cell Conference

The Lung Institute Institute in Tampa will present their stem cell treatment and research at the Third International Conference for Responsible Stem Cell Research in Padua, Italy. With their success in treating pulmonary fibrosis and COPD patients, they will be presenting the importance and implications for stem cell treatments. This conference covers how stem cells are currently used and how they could be used in the future. See, https://www.bcm.edu/healthcare/care-centers/lung-institute.

Dr. Jack Coleman, Lung Institute doctor, will be discussing how the normal processes for introducing new medicines can be obstacles for new technologies like stem cell therapy. Stem cells are quickly reshaping how certain diseases are being treated. However, Dr. Coleman says, the normal process of introducing new medicines is expensive, slow, and quite inconvenient. In his presentation, he will discuss the funding of research, laboratory trials, clinical treatments, and the slow process of moving to the shelves. He will also discuss the regulations around the processes and how it affects patients in time and cost. Time can be a factor for some patients who do not have a lot of time. He will cover how other countries have solved this problem.

In a report by PR Web, biotechnology companies are currently regulated by government run regulatory agencies. Since the agencies are under government control, the cost is usually passed on to the patient and or insurance. Since this process makes the treatment so expensive, patients often look to less controlled and regulated routes. He argues that the medical field has a duty to patients to give them the best care possible, and these processes are hindering them.

The Lung Institute is a medical provider that treats lung diseases with regeneration of cells, like through stem cells. To this date, they have treated close to 3,000 patients. 84.5% of their COPD patients saw an improvement in their quality of life. To learn more about COPD, visit lunginstitute.com.

Fabletics and reverse showroom techniques brings Kate Hudson success

To guarantee success, brands such as Fabletics brings price and quality to the forefront for shoppers online and in the retail stores. It hits both types of shoppers. Where they’ll have success online because of added coupon codes and promotional deals while at the same time forming a relative shopper-to-brand relationship before they even “enter” the department stores where Fabletics is sold at. It’s obviously worked with Kate Hudson’s brand since it’s opening more than 100 stores nationwide. In addition to Fabletics’ success, it’s grown into a $250 million active-wear business in less than 3 years. (There’s already 16 open in California, Florida, Illinois, and Hawaii.) (Forbes: 2016)

Fabletics, more than a pretty face, it’s the brand

With an inspiring brand such as Fabletics, memberships rise to the top because of the convenient online shopping experience. They’ve also received the pre-advertising experience by seeing Hudson’s face tied-into the active-wear because of banners and branding ads that have been colorfully displayed all across major search engines.

In other words, most online shoppers have gotten exposed with the brand, Fabletics. Couple that with a bright happy face known in the entertainment business can bring in more product value than a paid-model wearing the product on an advertisement commercial or public spread from a paid ad agency. A quality-driven product will have customers wanting this even more so.

Fabletics; success using the reverse showroom technique

Success with brand recognition is almost always going to win-over customers. Whether their online or in the stores, they’ve relatively received enough high exposure through the online brand store. This is what Fabletics has done for it’s customers. Some of the elements with reverse showroom techniques begin with the following success with eCommerce marketing. For half the cost, Fabletics builds on high value branding. The membership module offers personalized and trending active-wear that’s both fashionable and treatable to it’s customers.

Encouraging reverse showrooming”

So much for “window shopping” because it’s “reverse showrooming” that’s making this particular women’s sportswear and accessories (aka “athleisure”) build it’s customer base. In other words, Hudson didn’t start off with the typical “pop-up store route.”

She built her multi-million empire by building relationships first. Through marketing by way of events and activities such as coming out on talk shows such as Ellen DeGeneres, Hudson found a way to advertise before hitting the online and retail stores. In addition, she “doubled down” when she borrowed strategies from Apple and Warby Parker whom coined “the starting online then store later” strategy. The term reverse showrooming stems from their strategy.

Giving people an advantage without being forced to buy while in the stores is part of the strategy of reverse showrooming. This adds up to 30-50% of shoppers becoming members before even stepping into the stores. The main element is becoming members by relating to the product or brand before shopping at retailers. The online experience seems to be a great way to market brands firsthand. Thus, 25% of the customer base become members in the stores with reverse showrooming.

Finally, the old fashion window-shopping is literally “out the window.” So, buying elsewhere at cheaper prices is also out. Shopping carts, whether the product is physically, or virtually, in the carts gives customers of Fabletics the chance to relate to the product or brand first. Consequently, bringing a great shopping experience for those who become attracted to the reverse showrooming experience.