Archive for April, 2012

The Best Airport Business Lounges in the U.S.

April 25th, 2012

The Three Airlines With the Best Lounges in the U.S.

Business travelers need the perks of high quality airport lounges where they can unwind and rest between flights. Space for meeting with colleagues provides an additional advantage. Competition between different airlines for business and first-class passengers means that their lounges provide the best possible amenities including massages, limos to passenger’s next flight, and five-star dining. The question then becomes which airlines actually have the best lounges? These three top the list for those in America.

The Virgin Atlantic lounges rate number one with most passengers. “Air America” Business Class Lounge at Miami International Airport offers all the expected amenities desired to soothe the spirit and relax the body of passengers after their flight. The latest movies are available for viewing on wide-screen while the traveller relaxes in elegant comfort. A sauna and massage will get any passenger ready for the next leg of the journey. Read the rest of this entry »

Business Seminars in California

April 17th, 2012

Business Seminars in LA, San Francisco, San Diego and Irvine

It is not difficult to locate a variety of business training seminars in California. Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno and Irvine are favorite hubs for such seminars and businesses from all over the country come to take advantage of the lovely weather, wonderful facilities and excellent motivational speakers to improve their management personnel’s working skills.

Courses in Public Speaking are readily available to management and other personnel. These seminars include improving personal confidence in presenting material effectively to a large audience. Clear, concise communication skills are encouraged through “question/answer” teaching methods. One and two day courses are available that encourage actual speaking situations rather than lectures. Learning and practicing public speaking skills soon become second nature to the individual’s style of speaking. Read the rest of this entry »

The Ten Largest Companies in Los Angeles, California

April 16th, 2012

Mattel

Mattel is the world-renowned manufacturer of toys that has virtually cornered the market on toys in all major countries. Through it or its subsidiaries, most children throughout the world have at least one toy made by Mattel or its subsidiaries. They employ around 31,000 people, making them one of the largest businesses in the country. Their compensation package is decent enough to retain a good majority of those employees for years.

Live Nation Entertainment

Live Nation has put on some of the biggest, most popular concerts in the world, and is becoming a major behemoth in the live entertainment industry. The company has recently been cleared to buy out Ticketmaster, giving it an even larger stake in the live entertainment industry. Live Nation Entertainment has almost 16,000 part time employees, and 4,700 full time employees.

Walt Disney Company

More familiar to western audiences as simply “Disney,” this company has been providing entertainment products for years via its different brands. Between the theme parks, the studios, and the many other businesses that it is involved with, Disney maintains a workforce of more than 156,000 people worldwide. The turnover here is fairly low in the United States, however the Walt Disney Company sees quite a bit of turnover in its international divisions.

Hilton Hotels and Resorts

Founded in 1919, the Hilton family of hotels has always been seen as one of the highest standards in hospitality. Not only was Hiltonthe first hotel chain to have locations coast to coast in the United States, but it is currently one of the largest hotel chains in the world. The company employs people around the world, as it operates in 78 countries throughout six continents.

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is a defense contractor for governments around the world. It is listed as the fourth largest defense contractor in the world, and is one of the 100 largest companies in the United States. Currently, Northrop Grumman has a workforce of 120,000 people worldwide. The company is widely considered to be one of the most “military-friendly” businesses in the United States, meaning it’s easier for former military members to get jobs here.

Occidental Petroleum

Occidental Petroleum is one of the largest petroleum companies operating worldwide. The petroleum side of the business is actually only one part of the many things that Occidental Petroleum does, and it branches out into chemical manufacture and other types of production. At last count, Occidental Petroleum has 11,000 employees working in its worldwide operations.

KB Home

KB Home is a house manufacturer that was once based out of Detroit, Michigan. Now, its operations are based in Los Angeles, and it is the largest manufacturer of homes in the country. It was also the first publicly traded company in the New York Stock Exchange to be classified as a “home builder.” It is a Fortune 500 company, and has been consistently named the “Most Admired Homebuilder” by Fortune for years.

Reliance Steel and Aluminum

Reliance is a Fortune 500 company that has been around since 1939. The company primarily deals in the production and sale of a number of specialized metal components for construction, but they aren’t limited to this. They currently employ 9,640 people in both a part time and full time capacity.

Mercury Insurance Group

Mercury is one of the largest insurance companies in the country, and has a workforce of roughly 5,000 people. They made waves recently as one of the only national carriers of insurance to work its way into some of the tighter state markets. Some states with tougher restrictions on insurance are often avoided by national carriers, meaning that Mercury Insurance Group is one of only a few engaged in this practice.

Univision Communications

Univision is one of the largest Spanish-language communications companies in both the United States and Mexico. The company was founded in 1992, and it employs people from Mexico to the United States in a wide variety of programming. Univision carries everything from news to variety shows on its networks, many of which are produced in-house. The production operations of Univision Communications are mostly conducted out of Miami, Florida.

Famous Corporate Landmarks

April 11th, 2012

Landmarks represent the richness and diversity of culture, history and heritage. It is no accident that many famous landmarks are used as corporate offices. Companies that commission such buildings have the power to create constructions that are impressive enough to become famous corporate landmarks. Here are several examples of striking corporate landmarks that incorporate a range of styles from high-tech modern to neo-classical. Each building has a function or feature so unique that it led to being famous all over the world.

The Woolworth Building in New York was designed in 1913 to be the tallest building in the world. From its completion until 1930 the building was the tallest in the world. The building was commissioned by Frank Woolworth to be the new corporate headquarters of Woolworth. The building is one of the oldest skyscrapers in the United States and the architecture resembles European cathedrals. The building was owned by the company for until 1998. Today, it is a monument not only to the originator of Woolworth, but the architect, as well who won acclaim for his detail and use of Gothic forms. Since 1966 the building has been a National Historic Landmark and a city landmark since 1983.

The US Bank Tower in California is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the city of Los Angeles, as well as one of the city’s’ most famous buildings. When this building was completed it became the tallest building on the Pacific coast. It is the most recognizable building in Los Angeles and is often used for shots for television programs and movies. The top of the building brightly illuminates at night. The building was designed to withstand earthquakes of an 8.3 magnitude and even has the world’s highest helipad.

The Chrysler Building is a famous corporate landmark in New York City and in 1930 it was the tallest building in the world for a while. Chrysler had asked the architects for the highest building to compete with competitors, also trying to have the highest building. It was a highly decorated office building, because Chrysler wanted a bold structure and he got it. Chrysler was hoping that such a distinguishing structure would make his company a common household name. Although, Chrysler lost command of the structure during the 1950’s, the landmark still has the original name. Today, it is one of the most well-know buildings in the world. Additionally it is one the city’s greatest display of Art Deco and a national landmark.

The Sears Tower is a famous corporate landmark located in Chicago, Illinois. This skyscraper was designed for the Sears Company as their headquarters. The building was designed with additional space for expansion. Since, Sears was by far the biggest retailer in the world in 1969. The project was a disappointment, because it was unable to attract tenants and was sold to new owners in 1993. The top of the tower is the highest point in Illinois. Since then the building has attracted major tenants and is a highly desirable business location. The skydeck is on the 103rd floor, 1350 feet above ground and on a clear day tourists can see far over the plains of Illinois and across Lake Michigan. Every year thousands of visitors are attracted to the renowned famous skydeck.

The GE Building is a famous building in New York. It is a skyscraper in Manhattan and forms a focal point for illustrious Rockefeller Center. Three related companies are associated with this building, G E, Westinghouse and RCA. Previously the building has been known as the RCA Building. Today the building provides headquarters for NBC and General Electric. It is most famous for housing the NBC network. It was the first building to have grouped elevators. The building boasts a height of 855 feet and has 70 stories. The modern design features an open floor plan and was awarded the status of being a landmark in 1985.

The luminous Wrigley Building is a world famous office tower in downtown Chicago. The goal of Mr. Wrigley was to create an impressive headquarters for his company. One of the buildings most well-known features is the huge clock-tower and is a landmark in Chicago. In addition to being home for the Wrigley Company, the building houses many other companies. The flood lighting of the building at night is one of the nation’s most major commercial displays of light. For over 70 years the building has been one of Chicago’s most attractive structures. The well-proportioned architecture and the lighting have established the building as a symbol of the city in many motion pictures, books and television programs. It definitely is an unforgettable image at night for both residents and visitors.

The West Coast’s Top Five Business Schools

April 4th, 2012

The west coast is renowned for its top-flight business schools. By and large, the most well-regarded of these schools are in the state of California, and they are exceptionally competitive. Obviously, private colleges are known for being more competitive in nature. However, state colleges in California are almost equally as competitive, meaning that mostly high-level students consider going to California to get their business degree. Here are the top five of what west coast business schools have to offer.

University of California – Davis
The University of California – Davis is known mostly for its graduate level degree programs, and it is renowned for its collaborative atmosphere and approach to teaching. The business program boasts only 175 full-time students, with that number almost doubling for part-time students. The school was established in 1905, and it has since become very popular with working professionals as a way to expand their education while still being able to keep working. It offers an extensive amount of night class options so that students can get their degree while working around corporate office schedules and general business hours.

The University of Southern California – Marshall School of Business
Established in 1960, it is the largest of the campuses in the University of Southern California school system. It is ranked at number 15 in a list of the top worldwide PhD-level business research institutions. It boasts an enrollment of 460 students at the full-time level, with 830 students enrolled at the part-time level of commitment. The part time MBA program for managers and professionals is an extremely popular program at USC Marshall. It allows people to work on their MBA over a 33-month program while still being able to hold to their professional commitments and obligations. More than half of all graduates of the business programs here are already employed by the time they graduate.

The University of California – Los Angeles
The Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles has a moderately-sized enrolment, and offers a wide range of options for people looking to expand their business credentials. The school of management here was founded in 1935 as a mostly undergraduate-focused institution. In the years after the installation of the MBA program, this focus shifted to more advanced business-themed curricula, resulting in a highly sought-after set of graduate programs. The school gets most of its funding via private donors, and accepts very little money even though it is a public school. The school is known for its diversity, with a number of different cultures being represented on the campus.

The University of California – Berkeley
The Haas School of Business at the University of California’s Berkeley campus is a highly-prized public institution with a mid-range enrolment of a little over 400 students. The school is a recognized leader in the burgeoning e-commerce economy, offering degree programs in e-commerce as well as other technology-based management programs. Founded in 1898, the Haas School of Business focuses on programs that stay ahead of the curve on the mixture of technology and commerce and has always had a history of doing so. Haas is consistently ranked as one of the top ten business schools in the entire world by US News and World Report, as well as The Economist.

Stanford Graduate School of Business
The Stanford Graduate School of Business is regarded as one of the best schools in the entire world, and consistently ranks as the top school for business on the west coast. There are many that argue Stanford’s supremacy as the top business school in North America. Established in 1925, the school has a broad range of study options for both professional students and those who do not yet have a career in business. Stanford also has a reputation for mixing business education with an understanding of how business can positively influence society and the environment. The college was recently ranked number one in a review by the Aspen Institute of colleges that incorporate social and environmental issues into their curriculum.

Famous students of Stanford include co-founders of Google Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin and Larry Page, as well as Phil Knight, the founder of Nike. Tiger Woods also attended Stanford on a full golf scholarship.

The 10 Most Influential Women in Business

April 2nd, 2012

Sherilyn McCoy – Johnson and Johnson
As vice chairwoman of the home-goods behemoth Johnson and Johnson, McCoy is responsible for much of the company’s successes over the years. She had been the chief of the pharmaceutical division of Johnson and Johnson for years before she was tasked to revamp the consumer side of the company’s operations. She is credited with being integral in bringing Johnson and Johnson up to snuff with their competitors on the consumer side of the business, and is the likely successor to current CEO Bill Weldon.

Meg Whitman – Hewlett Packard
Meg Whitman is the current CEO of Hewlett Packard, the largest technology company in the world by revenues. She was once a candidate for the governorship of California, and is noted for her ability to reach compromises with diverse individuals. These skills are thought to be a large part of why she was hired for this job, since the board of Hewlett Packard is notoriously dysfunctional. Read the rest of this entry »