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Municipal Taxi Companies: Cab Drivers

Posted by on Jan 8, 2016 in 2015, Transportation & Warehousing | 0 comments

Municipal Taxi Companies: Cab Drivers

In the wake of Uber, Lyft, and other for-hire vehicle companies, the licensed taxi industry is taking quite a toll. As free Uber signups flood a city, the value of a traditional cab license (or “medallion” In New York City) is taking a huge hit. Medallions are currently priced 40% lower from its peak in 2014. The NYC taxi industry, which has 13,600 yellow taxis, is competing with at least 20,600 Uber cars roaming the streets. Many of these cars are filled with former taxi drivers. The surge of Uber and loss of taxi drivers has led to a rapid...

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U.S. Women’s Soccer: Abby Wambach (Forward)

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in 2015, Recreation & Sport | 0 comments

U.S. Women’s Soccer: Abby Wambach (Forward)

Goooal! How many times have U.S. fans shouted at soccer games due to Abby Wambach? 184 times, to be exact. That is the world record for international goals among soccer players. For women or men. Counting only goals scored with her head, she would be the 7th all time leading scorer in US history. The 14 year veteran played in 4 World Cups, including winning 2015 championship, and two Olympic Games, earning gold medals in 2004 and 2012. She was the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year 6 times, more than any other player. Wambach’s...

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21st Century Fox: Rupert Murdoch (CEO)

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in 2015, Technology & Media | 0 comments

21st Century Fox: Rupert Murdoch (CEO)

Beginning in the land down under, Rupert Murdoch’s career started when he took over a single daily newspaper. Over much of the 20th century, Murdoch acquired more newspapers in Australia and the UK and after becoming a U.S. citizen in 1985, built a media behemoth in 21st Century Fox. The firm includes film studio 20th Century Fox, FOX Broadcasting Company, cable network FX, Fox News, and others.  While Murdoch plans to remain involved, his decision to pass the reigns to his children, James and Lachlan, affects the entire industry. Though we...

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Diane Von Furstenberg Studio, L.P: Diane Von Furstenberg (Founder & Creative Designer)

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in 2015, Fashion & Apparel | 0 comments

Diane Von Furstenberg Studio, L.P: Diane Von Furstenberg (Founder & Creative Designer)

In the fashion industry, one name universally met with recognition and reverence is Diane Von Furstenberg. DVF is considered by most to be the poster-child; a living legend. She practically invented clothing. DVF’s most notable contribution to the fashion world is the iconic wrap dress, which she created in 1974 and was the foundation of her empire. Throughout her 45 years in the industry, DVF gained respect and fame earning a lifetime achievement award from the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) in 2005 and a star on New York...

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CBS Television (The Late Show): David Letterman (Host)

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in 2015 | 0 comments

CBS Television (The Late Show): David Letterman (Host)

Name a “Top Ten List” that doesn’t sound like a Letterman bit. You can’t, stop trying. And with Monday’s “Small Town News”, and Friday’s “Fun Facts”, David Letterman signed off as the late-night staple after 32 years of trademark irreverence, pet tricks, and the occasionally uncomfortable guest. Letterman was the original anarchist of late-night television. He paved the way to see ridiculous appear on the knife’s edge of unsafe, from throwing a watermelon off a rooftop to putting a camera on a monkey. While typical in a viral video today,...

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Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Bryant (Shooting Guard)

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in 2015, Recreation & Sport | 0 comments

Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Bryant (Shooting Guard)

17 NBA All-Star selections. 5 NBA Championships with the Lakers. 2 Olympic gold medals. 1 NBA MVP. 81 points in a game, the second highest single-game scoring total. 2 NBA scoring titles. How do you think the Hornets feel about trading their 1996 first round draft pick, Kobe Bryant? Any way you shoot it, Kobe Bryant will deservedly go down as one of the best players to set foot on the hardwood. A polarizing figure throughout his career, what gave Kobe the reputation of being one of the fiercest competitors in the game, also made him one of...

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Republican Party: John Boehner (Speaker of the House)

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in 2015 | 0 comments

Republican Party: John Boehner (Speaker of the House)

After 4 years at his post, John Boehner became the first House Speaker since 1986, to voluntarily put down the gavel. Boehner, the son of an Ohio barkeeper, faced challenges from a divided government and his own factious Republican party. Despite facing heat from multiple sides, Boehner often received praise and earned respect even from his strongest opponents. He is known for his keen fundraising abilities, both for his allies, as well as his opponents. Throughout his tenure marred by dissent, Boehner managed several key achievements. He...

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Travelers (Insurance) Company: Jay Fishman (CEO)

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in 2015, Finance & Insurance | 0 comments

Jay Fishman led Travelers Companies since 2001 with an itinerary of accomplishments. He coasted through the financial crisis unharmed while competitors collapsed. Under his lead, Traveler’s stock outperformed the S&P 500 index. He retired when the stock traded at an all-time high. Fishman garnered so much respect within his community that in Connecticut, where Travelers has its largest office, November 30, 2015 the day Fishman officially resigned, is declared “Jay S. Fishman Day.” Fishman, at the age of 63, steps down as CEO to battle...

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Twitter: Dick Costolo (CEO)

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in 2015, Technology & Media | 0 comments

Twitter: Dick Costolo (CEO)

Let’s see if we can do this in 140 characters or less. It does not surprise us that Twitter, which lets people express their unfiltered thoughts instantly, was led by a former improve comedian. After 5 years as CEO, and catapulting it from an indescribable startup to a $25 billion public company, Dick Costolo hashed his last tag. Costolo played an instrumental role in transforming the micro-messaging platform into a cultural standard. It is the required medium for journalists, celebrities, politicians, and your average schmoe to voice their...

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Comedy Central (Daily Show): Jon Stewart (Host)

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in 2015, Entertainment | 0 comments

Comedy Central (Daily Show): Jon Stewart (Host)

“I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.” – Will Rogers. There are few entertainers of this generation that embody Twain’s reflection as much as Jon Stewart did as host of The Daily Show. Stewart made a living of reporting the fake (and often too real) news with satire, incisive political commentary, and heartfelt emotion. After government, his next target on the show was often the mainstream media and in particular conservative pundits like Bill O’Reilly, through his own show or live events. In his 16 season...

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