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Immigration Law

Weinstock Immigration Lawyers

Karen Weinstock of Weinstock Immigration Lawyers

Immigration Law

On this week’s show I hosted Karen Weinstock, founder and Managing Attorney for Weinstock Immigration Lawyers, based in Atlanta.  She shared her own personal story of being an immigrant to the US from Israel and how she felt she made some missteps that delayed her ability to achieve her US citizenship, along with gaining the ability to begin to practice her profession here.

These experiences led her to ultimately decide that immigration law was a specialty that would allow her to help others who are immigrating to the country as well as businesses who need to bring workers to the country to meet the skill and cultural understanding of their business to the US.

Weinstock Immigration Lawyers is a premiere immigration law firm specialized in Karen’s words,  “…helping companies and individuals achieve their American Dream.”  Their team of experts has over 100 years of combined experience.  Weinstock’s legal team solves their clients’ immigration problems by providing them with the highest quality legal services.

The Weinstock Immigration Lawyers specialize in all immigration issues, including work visas, green cards, U.S. citizenship, deportation and immigration court representation, immigration appeals, PERM labor certification, and all general immigration matters.

Special Guest:

Karen Weinstock, Founder/Managing Attorney, Weinstock Immigration Lawyers  linkedin_small1  twitter_logo_small  facebook_logo_small3

Weinstock Immigration Lawyers

  • LLB, Law, Hebrew University, Israel
  • Author, H1b Visa Book 2009
  • Former Managing Attorney, Siskind Susser PC
  • Fluent, English Hebrew
  • Professional-Working Proficient, Spanish

Logistics Experts

 

Midtown Business Radio

Michael Golden, Bo Wilkins, Enrique Alvarez, and Page Siplon

Logistics Experts

A few weeks ago, I hosted Jannine Miller, Director, Center of Innovation for Logistics at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. We talked about what the state of Georgia is doing to facilitate an effective, innovative infrastructure to support logistics needs for regional businesses.

On this week’s show I sat down with friend of the show, Bo Wilkins, of Sound River Advisors and three logistics experts who represent workforce management, third party logistics (3PL), and the legal needs for the vertical.

Page Siplon is the CEO of Team One Logistics. He was actually Jannine Miller’s predecessor at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Team One Logistics is a workforce management company that supplies an outsourced option for logistics companies that want to achieve greater profitability and reduced risk. One of the largest (if not the largest) costs for a business comes from their SG&A which includes employee-related expense such as salaries, taxes, and worker’s comp.

Team One Logistics takes over (or provides) and manages the workforce for logistics companies and logistics divisions within enterprises. By allowing Team One to “own” and provide the employees such as truck drivers, forklift operators, etc., their clients give up the exposure to risk that comes with worker’s compensation, health benefits, and other employee-related costs. These expenses are often one of the largest if not the largest costs for a company.

Because their focus is exclusively on the human component necessary to make a logistics operation work, Team One is able to take advantage of their large workforce to get good benefits rates for their workers. They’re also able to manage worker’s comp risks effectively through focused education and policies for their workers that reduce risk for accidents.

Vector Global Logistics is an asset free, third party logistics company /  NVOCC that provides exceptional sea freight, air freight, truck, rail, general logistic services and consulting for their clients. Their unique results-only culture brings a fresh and new approach to logistics.

Vector Global Logistics Managing Director, Enrique Alvarez, came on and talked about how they use a consultative approach with their customers to maximize efficiency and cost savings for their client companies. Rather than focusing on simply leasing out available cargo space, the company continually seeks to learn more about the businesses they serve in an effort to identify ways that transport routes and modes provide the fastest possible shipping for the lowest possible cost.

Enrique shared a story about a client for whom they were able to save $2 million annually by changing the primary route an international company was utilizing. They were able to save another major manufacturer millions by addressing the shipping option being used which meant inventory arrived as much as 2 weeks sooner than had been experienced previously.

Michael Golden is a partner with Arnall, Golden, & Gregory. They’re an Atlanta-based law firm that provides a variety of corporate legal expertise, one of which being logistics. Michael explained how important it is for the businesses operating within the logistics arena to have a relationship with a law firm with logistics experts on their team. He gave several examples of common missteps logistics companies make in their operations that can result in significant financial loss. One of those relates to companies listing what the law would consider “employees” as 1099 Independent Contractors.

We also talked about the impact that the Affordable Care Act will have on these companies as the employer mandate rolls into effect in the coming year. Without the right legal expert, these businesses can be exposed to major costs and penalties if they don’t handle their approach to employee benefits requirements correctly.

Special Guests:

Bo Wilkins, Partner, SoundRiver Advisors  Linkedin    

SoundRiver Advisors

  • Former Executive Managing Director, Wealth Management, Reliance Trust Company
  • Former Partner, Nease, Lagana, Eden, & Culley
  • BA, History & German, Hampden-Sydney College
  • CLU – Chartered Life Underwriter; ChFC – Chartered Financial Consultant; CAP – Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy

Page Siplon, CEO of Team One Logistics  facebook_logo_small3  twitter_logo_small  linkedin_small1

Team One Logistics

  • MS, Computer & Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Previous Program Director, Center for Innovation in Logistics, Georgia Department of Economic Development
  • 2015 Top-100 Most Influential Georgians, Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 2014 Industry Pro-to-Know, Supply and Demand Chain Magazine

Enrique Alvarez, Managing Director of Vector Global Logistics. LLC  facebook_logo_small3  linkedin_small1

Vector Global Logistics

  • MBA, Finance and Management, University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School
  • Managing Director, OA Ventures
  • Former Consultant, Boston Consulting Group
  • Fluent in Spanish and German

Michael Golden, Parter at Arnall, Golden, & Gregory  linkedin_small1  twitter_logo_small  feed logo

Arnall, Golden, & Gregory

  • Juris Doctor, Duke University School of Law
  • Previous Law Clerk for Judge Ernest Tidwell, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Georgia Super Lawyers, 2012-13
  • Represented a global freight forwarder in its acquisitions
  • Represented an interstate trucking company in acquisition of regional refrigerated trucking company

 

IRC Wealth

IRC Wealth

David Ragland and Joe Schum of IRC Wealth

IRC Wealth

This week I sat down with financial experts, David Ragland and Joe Schum, of IRC Wealth.  David shared his story about how he has spent his career helping businesses and individuals navigate their financial decisions and planning.  We talked about how he gained valuable experience as a consultant with Ernst & Young then as a CFO of a troubled company that helped him bring a high level of strategic advice to companies as an outsourced CFO.

He, along with his team, including Joe, continues to help people develop an effective, simple plan to achieve their financial goals.  That may be getting a business on a track that will allow the owners to eventually sell it or transition it to heirs, depending on their particular plan.  Or, it may be helping an individual get their family out of craft an effective budget, eliminate debt, develop cash reserves, and even know what they need to do to actually retire safely one day.

We talked about how Dave had experienced a period where he let his fitness decline, ultimately becoming ~75 pounds overweight.  He decided to address that by training for an Ironman triathlon, when he had previously been doing little to no physical training.  He set a goal to complete a full Ironman in 18 months.  By setting a defined time goal, he was able to develop a training strategy that allowed him to evaluate his progress and keep himself on a schedule that continually moved him closer to his goal.

He realized that there are parallels between the way one must approach training for  such an event and developing a plan and timeline for achieving financial freedom.  He decided to write a book in which he could talk about those analogies to help readers understand they CAN achieve financial freedom, even though it initially seems impossible—much like it can seem impossible to go from not being physically active to completing a full-length Ironman triathlon.

I had the opportunity to read the book, “Wealth Made Simple (Yes, Really)”.  It’s a quick read and the comparisons between a training regimen and the mindset needed to achieve an athletic goal and getting out of debt/becoming financially free are easy to understand.  He provides several tools to give the reader the chance to develop an understanding of where they are now along with some measure of what to expect over time, given their goals.

After reading the book and meeting these two experts I can say I would easily recommend speaking to them to see how they can help you or your business develop an effective, simple to implement plan to achieve a strong financial position.

Special Guests:

David Ragland, CEO, IRC Wealth

 

IRC Wealth

Joe Schum

IRC Wealth