Category Archives: Strategic Partnerships

Jonathan Veitch Moves Occidental Forward

In July 2009 Jonathan Veitch became the fifth president of Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. Jonathan Veitch was born in Los Angeles, graduated from Stanford University. He went on to earn his doctoral degree in the History of American Civilization from Harvard. Jonathan Veitch then went on to become a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison before moving on to become an associate professor of literature and history at Lang College. He also served as the chair of humanities and associate director before serving as dean for five years of the New School’s Eugene Lang College. At Lang College he expanded the student and faculty bodies, and combined the liberal arts college with arts and social services departments. Under Jonathan Veitch, Lang College doubled its student body to an estimated 1400 students.

Since taking over at Occidental Jonathan Veitch has begun an integrated approach to securing Occidentals future. He has created new partnerships with other cultural associations in Southern California as well as strengthened the arts programs. Under Veitch’s direction, Occidental has made several changes to some of its historic buildings such as Swan Hall and Johnson Hall. Swan Hall houses nearly one-third of the faculty at Occidental and Johnson Hall will house the new McKinnon Family Center for Politics and Global Affairs. Also, under Veitch’s leadership the Samuelson Alumni Center has reached completion and renovations to the Johnson Student Center has begun thanks in part to a grant from the Rose Hills Foundation.

In recent months the endowment value of Occidental has dropped to an estimated $300 million. Though Veitch maintains it is a healthy amount for a school of its size he has made improvements to help alleviate some of the cost of running the campus. He has added an A 1-megawatt ground-mounted solar power system that will generate an estimated 11% of the school’s electricity. Jonathan Veitch has also been working diligently to improve the relations between the community and the College, agreeing to limit the expansion of the campus further into the community after neighboring residents brought up some concerns they had for their community if the school continued to expand into their neighborhoods.

How Do Biotech Startups Succeed? Mark Ahn Explains.

Mark Ahn & the secret to biotech industry success

PR Newswire first published this account of a conversation with Dr. Mark Ahn at Pukana Partners on biotech startups. Dr. Ahn has done a great deal of work on the biotech startup field, and he has advice for anyone who wants to dive into that arena.

Get Your Own Business Plan

The business plan for a biotech startup is different than the business plan for any other company. These companies has to wait months or even years to get certain products ready to sell, and they need to be flexible in the ways that they will make money.

Agree On The Plan

Many management teams and boards of directors have a hard time agreeing on the plan that must be used to propel the business forward. This is an issue for anyone who wants to have a successful business, and arguing needs to be kept to a minimum.

He knows how the startups work in this industry, and he has done the research that shows that these businesses only succeed under parameters he has studied.

See original post: Mark Ahn Explains Why Some Biotech Startups Succeed, While Others Wither

Keith Mann: Executive Search Services

 Companies are always looking for the next person who can come in and take them to the next level of success. In fact, it is usually one of the hardest things any company can have on its agenda. For companies to find the best possible person, many of them turn to executive staffing services that specialize in finding the right person for any job. When businesses around the world are in need of a new executive to lead them to heights never before seen, the man they turn to is Keith Mann.

 Currently serving as Managing Director of his company Dynamic Search Partners, Keith has been finding the best executives for investment firms and other companies since 2001. In his role as Managing Director, Keith has been responsible for filling more than 2,000 positions at companies big and small. Along with finding the best executives to take over struggling companies, Keith has also been active in helping investment firms fill staffing needs for other positions as well. Possessing one of the largest databases of investment executives in the United States, Mann is recognized by his LinkedIn network as a true expert when it comes to helping financial firms find just the right people they need.

 Having gained the respect of countless investment firms, Keith has been very willing to lend his expertise to those who need it the most. Whether it is a firm that is in need of an executive who can lead them toward the top of their profession or another person who can fill a key position, Keith always makes sure Dynamic Search Partners gets the best person. Equity firms rely perhaps more than any other business on the leadership of those at the top, and because of this Keith has always made sure to find out exactly what is most important to each company. For some it is strong leadership, while others want a person who is personable and able to quickly establish long-term relationships with clients that will last over and over for many years to come.

  With his hard work and perseverance, Keith has made his mark on companies the world over.