Category Archives: Success and Innovation
Susan McGalla’s Rise as a Businesswoman

Susan P. Mcgalla is an American executive consultant and an established businesswoman. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family. Mcgalla has worked in a number of well known firms. She started her career in1984 at Joseph Home Company. At American Eagle Outfitters Inc, she held the position of the President and CMO. She has also been the Chief Executive Officer at Wet Seal Inc. She sits on the boards of HFF Inc and Magee-Women’s Hospital. She is a director at Allegheny Conference on Community Development and a former trustee at the University of Pittsburgh.

Susan McGalla was born in East Liverpool, Ohio where she did
her primary and high school education. Her father, a coach for a local football team, played a major role in shaping her and her two brothers into successful individuals. After her high school education, McGalla joined Mount Union College where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business.

The first firm McGalla worked for was Joseph Home Company. She joined the company in 1986 and left in 1994. During her time in the company, she worked in various positions especially in marketing and management areas.

From Joseph Home Company, McGalla joined American Eagle Outfitters. The first position she held in the company was a divisional merchandise buyer. American eagle is a women’s clothing company. McGalla’s dedication at her work and hard work saw her rise and reach the top management position at the firm. At the peak of her career at the company, she was both the Chief Managing Officer and the President. As the president of the clothing company, McGalla supervised the creation and launch of 77 kids brands by the company. These new brands greatly improved the revenues of the firm. The company managed to generate $3 billion in revenue during that period. The company’s e-commerce platform was also created during her time as the President.

In 1994, when Susan McGalla joined the American Eagles, the clothing company was predominantly male. Having been brought up in an environment where no special treatment was giving to women, she felt right at home. She relied heavily on confidence and hard work as she competed with her male colleagues for managerial positions in the firm. She believes other women in all fields should work hard to rise in their firms rather than waiting for special treatments.

In 2009, McGalla left American Eagles to become a private consultant. She was later appointed as the Chief Executive Officer at Wet Seal Inc. She also joined HFF Inc’s Board of Directors at the same time. She left Wet Seal Inc in 2012 to found P3 Executive Consulting. She is also well known for her contributions at Pittsburgh Steelers as the Director of Strategic Planning.

Susan McGalla also enjoys a good personal life. She is married to Stephen McGalla, and the two live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her husband is a wealth manager. Susan Mcgalla also serves on Mount Union College’s Board of Advisors.

Boraie Development Sparks Decades of Growth in New Jersey

Omar Boraie saw potential in the ran down New Brunswick starting in the 1970s. His vision was to bring a dilapidated town to life through the construction of new projects that were sure to get the heart of New Jersey beating again.

People suggested one building would be enough. These suggestions did not stop Boraie, president of Boraie Development LLC, from buying a row of buildings and developing Class A business office spaces.

When he first approached the city with his plan, he was faced with doubters. He soon turned them into believers with the construction of Albany Street Tower One and Tower Two business offices located side by side–a move that brought in major business to the once struggling town.

Even though Boraie Development has been at the heart of development in New Brunswick and Newark, Boraie also makes sure to share the credit with other businesses. These other entities include Johnson & Johnson and Tucker Development Corp.

Thanks to the joint efforts in development, these businesses brought tourists, consumers, residents, and businesses which is an indication of continued growth of in New Jersey.

A recent article in NJ Biz, In Newark, choice of residential projects trumps one big building, panelist say, notes how instrumental in the current and future Class A projects in the works of Boraie Development.

Real estate leaders met at the Newark CRE Summit to discuss the new economic development of the city.

Wasseem Boraie, vice president of Boraie Development, said that there are currently five to 10 projects in development in Newark which will bring new residents and businesses to the area. He says that multiple projects will attract more people to come to Newark rather than just constructing one building.

Boraie Development is currently working on a new luxury residential high-rise with 168 units. In the past, their residential real estate project brought New York style condominiums to Newark. The Aspire is one of the residential developments comprising of 17 stories and 238 units.

Wasseem Boraie says that the construction of these lofty residential buildings is what will attract more people and business, more so than one building as previously suggested.

Based on recent economic improvement in New Brunswick and Newark, this is proof that their vision has become reality.

Though there have been new firms and developers in the region, Omar Boraie saw the potential and brought much needed vitalization to New Brunswick in 1972. His firm Boraie Development LLC is still a big part of New Jersey’s revival.

“May Your Glass Be Ever Full:” First Irish-American Vodka Poured In US

The tall, beautiful bottle adorned with the bright green shamrock is reason enough to sample the first Irish-American vodka debuting in the United States.

It’s called Bonn Oir Gold Medal Vodka and it’s got a distinctive, rich background along with a smooth, clean finish taste. Bonn Oir, pronounced as “ban or,” was developed by the O’Shevlins of County Armagh, Ireland, dating back to an old, precious family recipe.Philip Joseph O’Shevlin II created the silky, sophisticated vodka and his grandson Philip Joseph O’Shevlin II, the founder of Bonn Oir, recognized the drink’s unique properties:

In a recent press release published in the highly regarded The Spirits Business, Joseph O’ Shevlin II stated this about Bonn Oi:

“Not just with the vodka itself, but in the heritage, the pedigree and the passion—the spirit of the Irish—discovered within each bottle.”

Bonn Oir ia a premium vodka carefully processed by using only the top-grain of soft white Irish wheat. This is the same wheat and same purity in which fine artisan breads are made.

Bonn Óir Gold Medal Vodka, backed by Timber Creek Capital and Marc Sparks, is selling here in the US for $34.99 per 750ml by the O’Shevlin Importing Company. The elegant vodka, bottled at 40 percent abv, is also available in one litre and 50ml bottles.

The O’Shevlin Importing Company has delivered double the pleasure with Bonn Óir Lite, a premium vodka that features only 40 calories per serving, as well as Irish Fire, a vodka-based spirit infused with the delicious hotness of cinnamon and rested in toasted oak barrels, resulting in an oaky finish topped with notes of caramel.

“Vodka connoisseurs —whether Irish, or wishing they were Irish—will love this new standard set by Bonn Óir.”


The genius of Bernardo Chua

Bernardo “Bernie” Chua is not your average business person. He is much more than that. The talents and skills that he has have helped make him a very wealth individual and an inspiring figure to many.

Bernardo Chua (follow on twitter: @ogbernie) found a way to better distribute products from Organo Gold. These products include things such as coffee, tea, soap, toothpaste, and other health aids and are featured on Chua’s Organo Gold Blog. The products are adored by people all around the world, but not everyone had access to them until Chua came along with his better ways of getting those products delivered to the masses.

Currently, there are 13 countries that this business is open to. These include the United States, Canada, Germany, the UK, and Mexico. Linkedin shows that many of the largest markets in the world are open for business with Organo Gold, and this is part of what has helped it scale up its growth in a big way.

It is estimated by ZoomInfo that by this year there will be some one million distributors of the Organo Gold products and that revenue from those sales could reach $800 million. That is up considerably from the $35 million in revenue that was generated in 2010. In those five short years word has spread about the company and Bernardo Chua and has helped it to sharpen its image and its pitch to consumers. It has meant that more people can now take part in the great products offered by the company, and the people are loving it.

Those who want to make some money for themselves have the option to take part in the company’s compensation program. By doing so, these individuals will be getting their own piece in the success of the company. It is not too often that one may find a company that wishes to share in its successes in such a way, but this is the case with Organo Gold.

There are a total of seven different ways that one can get into the business of Organo Gold and follow in the vision of Bernardo Chua. Some of these are as simple as recruiting other members into the fold. When one does this, they are actually earning a little for those efforts as well. There is no better feeling than that. Everyone likes it when they are rewarded for their efforts, and this is a simple and straightforward way to make that happen.

Organo Gold is changing lives, and it can change yours if you let it. Watch Bernardo Chua explain the benefits in this youtube video below.