Omar Boraie is a New Jersey property developer who has been working for over 40 years to restore New Brunswick to its former glory. As he completes his latest project, a deluxe luxury high-rise residential property, located in the heart of the city. He shares a few thoughts about the changes he has seen in New Brunswick over the last four decades. Before starting his dream of rebuilding New Brunswick Omar Boraie saw firsthand how cities in Europe were being rebuilt, he traveled throughout the region as a traveling chemistry scholar from Egypt. Omar remembers what it was like in 1972 New Brunswick; you couldn’t venture out after 4 p.m., everyone had gone home for the day. Nevertheless, he started to fulfill his vision for New Brunswick in 1972, amid much skepticism, people asked him “are you crazy’.
His first major project was to build an eight-story office building on Albany Street. At the time there were over 20 vacant and ran down buildings on the block, Omar bought the buildings one at a time, and when he was ready he took his plan to the city, once again ‘Are you crazy?’” Once completed the building gave the city 250,000 square feet of much needed first class office space. After building more office space by 2003, Omar realized for the city to continue growing it needed high-quality living spaces. He envisioned a New York City type condominium and built One Spring Street. The complex has 121 residential units, another 40,000 square feet of office space, retail, and outdoor and indoor amenities.
Omar is quick to point out there are other individuals and companies that have contributed a great deal to the rejuvenation of New Brunswick. One he always gives credit to is Johnson & Johnson and their president Dick Sellers, Omar Boraie says, none of this would have been possible if Johnson & Johnson had decided to leave the city. Click here to know more.
While he continues to develop and improve his favorite city, Omar Boraie is involved in and contributing to many other noble causes. Recently he joined the fight against cancer by donating $1.5 million to Rutgers University to help establish a research chair at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. The Omar Boraie Chair will advance the study of Genomic Science.
Omar Boraie and his son Wasseem, he prefers Sam, are very involved in the community and the State Theater of New Jersey, in particular, located in New Brunswick. The State Theater is a beautifully renovated 1921 theater originally built for vaudeville and silent films. In its heyday, it was one of the most attended shows in the region. Sam Boraie is a member of the board of trustees and the family sponsor many different events at the venue.
Let’s face facts, folks: there are not enough kind people in the world today. We need more kind people and people that go out of their way for others. Quite simply, the kind people can make a huge impact on other’s lives. If we had more of those types of people, the world would be in a much better place. One of the most important things in the world right now is education. One can not understate its importance and how far it goes in life for people, especially young adults. In many cases, if someone does not have that degree or that piece of paper, they really can’t even get an interview or get in the door. They need that and they rely on that.
It opens those doors and gives them a chance to really make something out of their lives and out of their careers. Sadly, too many people are unable to go to college for a variety for reasons. Most of the reasons, actually, the major reason is money. Money is what is standing in their way. They are unable to afford it and since they are unable to afford it, they feel like it is only a pipe dream for them. It shatters their dreams and shatters their confidence. Keith Mann of Dynamics Search Partners does not find that fair, and he does not like it one bit.
That is why he has teamed up with the Uncommon School Districts to give these kids a chance at education. Mann knows these kids are incredibly wise and intelligent. They have everything it takes to succeed at life and in life. They just need the proper encouragement and support from others out there. When someone is holding a fundraiser that raises over twenty-two thousand dollars, that is support at its finest.
It is showing that many people are going out of their way for them and doing everything in their power to make a bad situation a good situation. That is a positive thing and the world needs more powerful and positive stories, as it encourages others to do the same.
Mike Baur is changing ideas about venture capital and those who invest in young, unproven companies. Baur is the impetus behind the Swiss Startup Factory, an entrepreneurial business concept, which is a double purposed business. It is both a mentoring opportunity for new businesses as well as a way for venture capitalists to be on the ground floor of emerging business concepts that will soon revolutionize our world. The phrase, win-win, can be applied perfectly to the Swiss Startup Factory.
Baur hails from Fribourg in Switzerland where he is still connected to the beautiful city and the picturesque country of Switzerland. He became fascinated with banking and finance as a young man in a country known as a world banking capital. After Baur had graduated from the University of Rochester in New York State with an MBA, he went on to obtain an Executive MBA from the University of Bern, Switzerland.
Baur then began work in his chosen field at UBS AG, a Swiss global financial services company, headquartered in Zurich and Basel. He rose in rank from a commercial apprentice in his twenty years at UBS to sit as a member of the executive board.
Then in 2014, at the age of 39 when most executives tend to relax and enjoy their positions and power within an organization, Mike Baur struck out on his own to start all over again. His entrepreneurial voyage began with two partners as they founded the Swiss Start Up Factory. His company has become the number one independent, privately financed “Information and Communications Technology” (ICT) Startup Accelerator in Switzerland.
Baur’s foresight coupled with his financial experience make his organization the perfect launching pad for new companies with a fresh, saleable concept but lacking the necessary venture capital, office space, and experience. Baur’s company offers applications to untested ideas and firms that if accepted receive a sizeable funding grant, office space, mentoring, connections with other investors, everything a startup needs. All this for a small share of the company’s future net worth.
Baur is fully aware that many startups fail and his share of the company’s worth would be zero. He is willing to take that risk, and with his help and guidance new companies under his tutelage will avoid the pitfalls and go on to be viable and productive members of the business world.
For some people in Venezuela, Jose Manuel Gonzalez is a hero. He wants to save his country from its poverty-stricken conditions. Venezuela has hit a record economic slump since the prices of crude oil continue to plummet. There is also a food shortage in the country and tourism has dropped. Venezuelans do not see as many planes in the area anymore. The leadership of the nation has continually fought corruption issues. Gonzalez has a goal to save his home country.
Jose Manuel Gonzalez is a well-known businessman. For years, he has presided over a profitable agricultural business. Many people think that Gonzalez has the experience and skills to help the country. When people are standing in line for hours to buy essential food products, there has to be some sort of remedy.
Jose Manuel Gonzalez does not want to make all the changes by himself. He believes that the people should be part of governing. He wants the Venezuelan government to be completely transparent, so people know what is going on in their country. Gonzalez feels that most citizens would be shocked if they knew the truth.
Since he is part of the agricultural sector, Gonzalez feels a strong responsibility for the food shortages. He notes that even fast food places were serving yucca fries when they ran out of potatoes. When Gonzalez steps into leadership, he believes that he will be able to make the changes that are much needed for his country.
Instead of a bunch of political turmoil, Gonzalez opines that his people need to see action. They are tired of being ignored by the government while under such dire economic stress. Jose Manuel Gonzalez wants to do something about these issues.
Gonzalez has a message of hope for Venezuela. However, the government is not listening to his voice of reason. Some powerful people are just unwilling to make necessary changes. There are some things that will come to light that have been kept in secret for years. Gonzalez vows to expose corruption and to get his country back on its feet. He has a deep compassion for his people that makes him determined to keep his promises.