After graduating from Beaverton, Oregon’s Oregon State University, Wes Edens found employment at Lehman Brothers, once one of the largest investment companies in the United States, beginning in 1987. At the time of his 1993 departure, Edens was one of a select group of partners of the then-esteemed Lehman Brothers. He also served BlackRock – the firm currently has more assets under management than any other alternative investment group in the United States – from 1993 to 1997, earning the title of partner at BlackRock, as well.
Fortress Investment Group was founded in 1998 with the help of Robert Kauffman and Randy Nardone, together making the group of three entrepreneurs that sailed into the tough environment of Wall Street and immediately flew through the industry’s ranks like a commercial airliner on auto-pilot.
Wes Edens does more than work for Fortress Investment Group
Like most great entrepreneurs, Wes Edens has founded and been an integral part of several high-worth business ventures.
Springleaf Financial Services was brought under management at Fortress Investment Group thanks in large part to the active supervision of Fortress’ operations on behalf of Wesley Edens. Springleaf was one of the most powerful real estate companies following the 2008 financial crisis better known as the Great Recession. Many such firms failed to grow after the turmoil that the subprime mortgage lending crisis brought forth, though Springleaf was affected by the bad economic conditions of the 2008 market seemingly less than any other financial services business.
Mr. Wes Edens also picked up half of Wisconsin’s Milwaukee Bucks, a longtime National Basketball Association franchise, nearly a decade ago. Since he took one-half ownership of the Milwaukee Bucks franchise alongside his lifelong business partner, Wes Edens has turned the bucks into one of the highest-earning and most successful franchises in the league.
Adam Milstein is a Southern Californian businessman in the real estate industry. He was born and raised in Israel and along with his family he moved to America in 1981. He has an undergraduate degree in business and economics that he earned in 1978 from the Technion. Once he arrived in the United States he attended the University of Southern California for his MBA.
When he was living in Israel, Adam Milstein had worked in his father’s real estate business for a period of time. In the U.S. he started out in the industry as a commercial sales agent. He did this job for two years before establishing his own company, Hager Pacific Properties. His company is built around purchasing properties and then making improvements to them before leasing them out to new tenants. He has multifamily apartments, offices, and industrial properties across the nation.
As a Jewish person, Adam Milstein is also heavily involved in the Israeli-American community. He is one of the co-founders of the Israeli-American Council, for instance, and its national chairman. This organization is dedicated to supporting the issues that are important to this community in the U.S. as well as helping to build close ties between America and Israel.
Adam Milstein also has a seat on the board of many organizations that support Israeli-Americans. Among these are Stand by Me, Israel on Campus Coalition, Birthright Israel, and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, among others. He also writes extensively about issues affecting Israeli-Americans and Israel itself. His articles have appeared in publication in both the U.S. and in Israel. He also operates a podcast where he discusses issues with artists, activists, and policymakers among others.
The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation is how he and his wife philanthropically help others. They give money to a number of organizations and in particular in the education sector. The goal is to help spark Jewish pride, in particular in college students and young professionals who are Jewish. It was in part due to this that he was named a “Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life” in 2016. Click here to learn more about Adam.
Logan Stout is the founder and chief executive officer of IDLife, a company based in Texas which aims to provide nutritional guides and make everyone physically fit. Logan Stout noticed that obesity is becoming a problem among Americans, and he thought that being physically fit is a challenge for so many people and exercising has become a hard task. The way of life of people living in cities has made it harder for them to make time for activities that will make them physically fit. Add in the pollution and stress, and you got a whole population of unhealthy people. IDLife wanted to help these people get back on track and become healthy individuals. Logan Stout worked hard transforming his firm from a small startup into one of the largest and leading nutritional centers in Texas, and his dedication to change lives made IDLife a reliable company when it comes to products that promote health. His idea for establishing the company was seen as bizarre at first, but after it opened to the public, IDLife became an instant hit.
One of the recent advancements that IDLife introduced is the creation of wearable technology that would track one’s health. The company partnered with Garmin, a well-known wearable technology manufacturer, and Logan Stout is thinking about creating health watches that has applications tracking the health of an individual. The project has been put up on sale, and many people are flocking their stores just to get their watches. Logan Stout is hoping that those who have purchased the product will develop healthy lifestyle. Even if some people are calling their new product as a novelty item, Logan Stout believes that the watch will help them transform into healthy people.
Logan Stout knows that everyone cannot be pleased, and critics will always say something negative, but he is still encouraging everyone to drop by IDLife stores and purchase latest wearable technology. He stated that by using the watch, becoming healthy would be fun and exciting. People who managed to purchase the product are saying that it has helped them track their condition, and they can easily see their vital information. A number of information is being displayed by the watch, including the heart rate, how many steps they have made for the day, the temperature, and so much more. Logan Stout is a firm believer that the product they created is just the beginning of a revolution, which would result to people being physically fit and having an active lifestyle.