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Talos Energy Continues Momentous Push Off Of Gulf Coast.

While it is undeniably true that the gas and oil energy industry is struggling right now, there are a few companies that seem to be taking the issues in stride. Among the leaders in the industry, a private company out of Houston, TX known as Talos Energy LLC has continued to build momentum. Just over the past year, Talos Energy was able to push into the Gulf of Mexico in order to become the first private investor in an offshore well that came from outside of Mexico’s own borders. This momentous occasion, which gave real clout to the upstart energy company, seems to have marked a real push into the future for the team lead by President and CEO, Tim Duncan.

Tim Duncan was on hand at the recent WoodMac annual exploration awards this past June in order to receive the latest honor heading to Talos Energy. Talos Energy scored the ‘Discovery Of The Year Award’ for 2017 in honor of their work on the Zama-1 Well. The Zama-1 Well stole headlines throughout the industry, all over the world, when Mexico announced that a trio of companies would be leading the investment and that one of those companies was from America. Talos Energy holds a 35% stake in the Zama-1 Well and expectations are that the well should be able to produce nearly 2 billion total barrels of oil, an eye-popping number.

Tim Duncan is one of three co-founders at the Houston-based energy company. Joined by Steve Heitzman and John Parker, Tim aimed Talos directly at the offshore oil drilling industry when they first decided upon the idea. Their goal was to expand not only throughout American-controlled rigs, but also into the waters of other countries, thus leading to their bid on the Zama-1 Well.

Despite the negative downturn in the oil and gas industry, Duncan and his team at Talos have managed to weather it well. Duncan explains that their continued success in the rocky industry is due to the fact that they are always hedging their portfolio, thus insulating the company from some of the major risks that are intrinsic to the industry.

How GreenSky is Embracing Technology

If you’re not already familiar with GreenSky , it is one of the ten biggest Fintech companies in the United States, according to Forbes.com. The company is also ranked number 17 on CNBC’s disruptor 50 lists in recognition of their contributions to the financial industry. As far as their financial standing, GreenSky , at last check, has a valuation in the neighborhood of $3.6 billion, and given their growth in recent years, this number is expected to continue to climb.

In addition to their impressive valuation figures, GreenSky  operates through a network of 17,000 merchant retailers and is also backed by Fifth Third Bank, the principal subsidiary of Fifth Third Bancorp, which is one of the largest banks in the U.S.

Co-founded by Larry Smith and David Zalik, GreenSky  has positioned themselves to be a mobile-first company. This commitment has enabled the consumer finance company to allow customers the option of initiating a loan through the convenience of a smartphone. To say this is groundbreaking would be an understatement; however, this progressive move to further embrace technology is what differentiates GreenSky from other consumer finance companies.

Cognizant of the conveniences that come with “smartphone lending,” Co-founder David Zalik admits that there was a time when initiating a loan without being in the presence of the lender would have been unfathomable; however, he also states that times are changing, and GreenSky is a company that is committed to keeping pace with new industry trends, provided they align with the company’s goals.

Now that we have some background information on GreenSky , let’s take a closer look at what it means to initiate a loan from a smartphone. According to company information, this process streamlines the loan process while placing the consumer in the proverbial driver’s seat.

To submit a loan application, a consumer would need to download the GreenSky app to their smartphone, and from there, they will scan their driver’s license and provide their date of birth and social security number. Once the necessary data has been submitted, GreenSky  will conduct a loan evaluation. Provided the loan is approved, customers will receive their loan details, which include an APR and the complete terms of their loan.

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Jeunesse Global expands rapidly throughout Pacific Rim

Although they aren’t household names to most Americans, Randy Ray and Wendy Lewis have long been known throughout the North American direct-selling business as some of the most talented and astute entrepreneurs to have ever graced the industry. Responsible for the formation of dozens of great companies, the couple has enjoyed immense wealth and power within the industry for decades.

But as Ray and Lewis approached the typical retirement age, they pondered whether it was time for them to finally hang up the towel and enjoy the fruits of their labors. In August of 2009, the couple finally took the plunge, trading in their lives of quintessential workaholics for the leisure and luxury of retirement in an exclusive Florida community. But old habits die hard. It didn’t take long for Ray and Lewis to develop a serious itch for the fast-paced excitement and deep sense of meaning that they left behind when they exited the business world. They started selling a few products out of the garage of their Florida mansion. Soon, the couple was back to spending 70 hours per week and more on their new venture, which was now trading under the name of Jeunesse Global.

Early on, both Ray and Lewis made the conscious strategic decision that they would focus their new venture on the East Asian market. The couple had travelled extensively through the region and was well aware that the population had been stuck under the jackboot of communism for the better part of a half century. Ray and Lewis knew that as free market reforms continued to take hold throughout countries like China and Vietnam, that those markets would represent one of the most bounteous opportunities in the history of commerce. They quickly started making efforts to recruit some of the top product distributors from the region.

This bet would prove to be one of the best that Ray and Lewis ever made. Today, Jeunesse Global is a force majeure throughout much of the East Asia region. It has made billions of dollars in sales, much of which have come from its health and beauty products that are specially tailored to the Chinese market.

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