Joseph Bismarck: The Spiritual Business Leader


Today, I was perusing WordPress and came across an interesting post on the blog Just Judy and Her Dog. The article is titled Joseph Bismark — Bringing Spirituality into Marketing.

The article struck a chord with me because Bismark has lived an extraordinary life. As a child, he travelled to the Philippine mountains to become a monk. Later in life, he decided to take what he learned as a monk and apply it to a corporate career. 

He was able to turn his marketing knowledge, combined with his spiritual focus on life to propel his career forward. He is now on the board of directors for the Singapore-based QI Group of Companies and a founder of RHYTHM, which focuses on corporate and social responsibility. 

The truly inspirational component of the Joseph Bismark blog post is that he did not compromise his spiritual belief to succeed in what is often perceived of as a corrupt corporate environment. He has passed on to his employees the value of spiritual living and comradery.

Fortunately for me and other readers, Joseph has chosen to share his experience and vast knowledge through a series of books and blogs, including Gems of Wisdom—the newest addition to my favorites list.


Boraie Development is leading the way to revitalizing a long languishing stretch of land in New Jersey’s Atlantic City, according to a recent story in the Press of Atlantic City. The proposed development would bring much needed market rate rental apartments to an area that’s long been in need of housing suitable for today’s millennials, and would be a boost to this very neglected spot.

The Boraie Development project is being called The Beach at South Inlet, and it is a 250 unit apartment complex built in a modern, geometric shape that surrounds an appealing courtyard and pool. It’s all being created with the millennial market in mind, and the sleek style shown in the plans by Boraie Development LLC have had members of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Board of Directors feeling hopeful and enthused about the future of the area, which is referred to as Blocks 132 and 133.

How did an 8-acre parcel of land stay vacant for so long in this city? The South Inlet area was once a neighborhood of single family residences, but the area was largely bulldozed back in the mid-1960s to make way for what was supposed to be a new and vital housing development. The development, along with many other proposed revitalization projects never came to be, and neighbors in the adjoining areas speak of looking at the bleak, weed-strewn area and wondering if a new project will ever take off there. With the new plans being talked about from Boraie Development, it looks as if new housing and a new sense of excitement about Atlantic City real estate may finally come to pass and become a reality.

Key members of the CRDA board have spoken about the development idea with great enthusiasm. The hope is also that The Beach at South Inlet might also be a crucial catalyst to other residential building happening in the adjoining areas. That’s a vision that would obviously be win-win for this too long forgotten piece of Atlantic City.

A vote is due September 30 which will decide on the allocation of funds. It’s hoped that the vote will go in favor of the project, with more revitalization of New Jersey to come.

Whites Should Be Allowed to Comment #GrowingUpWhite

The “#GrowingUpBlack” hashtag continues to trend across social networks today, Monday, July 20, after experiencing an uptick in popularity last week because of recent news stories about conflicts in the American South and the outpouring of Handy experiences from members of other ethnic groups. Almost everyone that participated received positive feedback as long as their hashtagged comments were not racist or hateful. Yet, one entire group received almost immediate harsh, negative feedback from members of all the rest for simply joining in the fun: whites.

The negative feedback came primarily from African-Americans and blacks who felt that white people using the “#GrowingUpWhite” tag were being racist by not allowing the other ethnic groups to solely experience this event. Several of them also made racist comments against whites, such as saying that whites merely copy everything that blacks and other ethnic groups do because their culture is not as great.

Yet, many #GrowingUpBlack experiences were not unique. As the BBC pointed out, using cookie tins as sewing kits or calling your mom’s friends your “aunts,” for example, are common trends among other ethnic groups including whites. Many people believe that some African-Americans and blacks are attempting to use the tag as a form of social protest against whites. They also believe that those who are doing so need to be more sensitive to their own racist attitudes.

Modern Collections with Adam Sender

Modern Collections with Adam Sender

People have always been fascinated by art, whether it is for the stories pieces tell or the way some works compliment a room, there are many wonderful benefits from collecting paintings, sketches, sculptures, or other various expressions. Some people invest in works and others merely like to hold a piece of history; art continues to mirror our culture and surroundings. Adam Sender, profiled in this article, has been collecting various works of art since the 1990’s and has amassed quite a collection. The art collector has acquired so many pieces that he holds shows around the country where he exhibits artists like Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Chris Ofili, and Rashid Johnson. Adam Sender recently hosted a collection that has a value exceeding $100 million. He goes on to mention how the financial side of collecting art has changed since he first began. Sender comments that pieces that were once affordable for a normal financier have become more expensive and have affected the overall margins. 

There are many collectors that have genuine and unique collections, but many will tell you how many duds they have reached for in the process. Adam Sender has been really consistent with his investments and it is impressive how often he seems to pick the best pieces that increase value relatively quickly. He has a strong passion for contemporary art which is showcased throughout his collections. He possesses as focus that enables Adam to acquire pieces that speak to the times and the culture of our generations. One of his strongest traits is his ability to communicate and consult with some of the top female dealers in the industry. Many in the art world appreciate Sender for his knack for wanting to share his collections. There are many people that purchase art and lock it up for only royalty and their family to see. Adam Sender believes in showcasing his art and letting the viewer experience the same feelings that initially drew him to the piece.

Adam Sender currently lives in New York City where he continually looks for new artists. He has a certain ability to be able to spot the best pieces in the room and his tastes enable him to invest wisely in the art market. Sender has featured and own pivotal pieces from artist whom include Keith Haring, Martin Kippenberger, Dan Flavin, Adam McEwen and Lucien Smith. As an ex hedge fund manager, Sender prides himself on what he did not buy as much as what he did purchase. There are many different trends and fads that appear in the art industry and he seemed to gravitate to those that had staying power. Adam Sender continues to be a key player in the contemporary art market and is giving us a lot to look forward to. 

A Guide to Investment Protection

Protecting Your Investments
Being investment savvy is the best way to protect your investments. To remain financially healthy, study the advice of top investment advisers. One of these is the global bond manager, Robert Kessler. These professionals have been involved in investing for decades. Robert Kessler is often referred to as a contrarian of the Treasury bond market. His investment landscape is based on solid returns over the long term. Thus, he has often been on target with advice to protect investments. Contrary to many Wall Street investment moguls, Kessler believes that interest rates of the US Federal Reserve should not be raised. His is just one of the opinions that also hold that bonds are the safest investments even though they do not bring in the huge ROI percentage of short term and Forex investments. Kessler’s opinion flies in the face of opposition that believes treasury bonds are risky, overvalued and generally undesirable.

Which are Today’s Best Investments?
Most investors put their investment money into stocks. These may be common or preferred stock. Preferred stocks are those stocks sold that can be recalled at any time by the publicly traded company. Common stocks using perform well and offer a higher yield on ROI. Most investors prefer to diversify the types of stocks they hold in their investment portfolios. These investments may include combinations of common stock, mutual funds that invest in securities and bonds. Bond may be treasury, state or municipal bonds.

Know Market Trends
The best investments depend on whether the stock market is “Bear or Bull.” In a Bull market, shares generally rise which encourages more buying. A Bear market means prices have fallen which encourages investors to sell rather than buy. A solidly arranged investment portfolio can be created by diversification so that the investor has a relatively stable financial future.

What Type of Investor Are You?
Your investing style influences the success of your investment portfolio. Many investors prefer a fast turnaround for the money they invest. In this case, they may enjoy a good ROI. They may choose to reinvest good returns in longer term investments like bonds. It’s is also important to understand that faster turnaround in investment returns can have a negative impact should a sudden market trend become a Bear market.

Recently, Christine LaGarde, CEO of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Janet Yellen, Chairwoman of the US Federal Reserve, cautioned investors on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at a gathering of female economists sponsored by the Institute for New Economic Thinking. They stated that stock valuations are “quite high” and that there are “risks” seen “in the equity market.” Check the Wall Street Journal or the Cornelsen Twitter feed daily to stay current on market trends.

Man Posing As Armored Guard Robs Walmart of $75,000

During the July 4th weekend, a man pretending to be a regular armored truck driver, robbed an Oklahoma Walmart of nearly $75,000. There were no guns, no violence, and no threats, the man simply tricked Walmart employees into handing over the money.

Walmart was expecting a pickup that day, and the man, dressed in similar attire worn by armored employees, confidently walked to the cash room, and announced he was there for the deposit.

He signed for the cash, then casually exited the store.

Brad Reifler said the employees never paid close attention to the man, nor any ID or discrepancies about him, and handed over the money as per Reuters reporting.

The bandit didn’t even have an armored truck. He rode away in a black, four-door Chevrolet Malibu.

The employees never realized they had been robbed, until thirty minutes later, the real Loomis armored truck employees arrived for the pickup, alerting the employees they had been tricked.

Walmart surveillance cameras have images of the poised suspect and the getaway vehicle.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are now investigating due to the amount of the heist.

Terminator Fans Miss TV Series

Yesterday, in pre-celebration of the Terminator: Genisys release, IGN decided to post an article about Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Given the bad reviews that Terminator: Genisys is getting today, many fans are thinking that it is time for Fox or another network to deeply reconsider bringing back the series. As IGN writer Matt Fowler predicted yesterday, it is a safe argument to say that Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is the “true” and best successor of the second film stated Brian Bonar.

Many fans could never understand why Terminator: TSCC was ever cancelled except that at the time it appeared that every effort was being made to draw fans of the franchise to the Terminator: Salvation film and away from the TV series. Terminator: TSCC was cancelled near the release date of Terminator: Salvation.

Ignoring the fact that Lena Headey is caught up with Game of Thrones right now, it would not be a huge scheduling nightmare to get the entire cast back together for a mini-series on Netflix, for example, to close out the loose ends left by Fox and help fans lick their wounds after this latest movie, which [Spoilers ahead] turned John Connor into a Terminator and allowed Skynet to potentially survive its own destruction while also destroying the potential for John Connor, the hero, to be born.

Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Film Moves Forward…with Changes

Well over a decade has passed since Neil Gaiman’s outstanding comic book, The Sandman, was optioned for the big screen. Numerous drafts of a screenplay have been written. As we all know, none of these drafts were turned into a film and the project remained in development year after year. All that is changing now as the film is finally a go project. Changes to the new screenplay are being made and they entail altering the tale of the “Master of Dreams” from how he appears in the books. Sometimes, changes have to be made to get the most coherent and acceptable story for new audiences.

Doe says the new film is being developed at Warner Bros., so The Sandman is likely going to be a part of the D.C. Comics Cinematic Universe but from afar. In the comics, The Sandman was part of the Vertigo Comics line. Vertigo books exist in the same universe as D.C. heroes and villains, but crossovers are limited.

Not every fan understands why the original source material is being changed. Why adapt a series and then change what makes the series so great? Fans should realize the plots are changing, but not the characters. The Sandman (a.k.a. “Dream”) is not going to be altered at all. He will be The Sandman fans are familiar with.

The stories he and the other characters find themselves are going to change somewhat. That is just the way things go when comic books or other literary sources are adapted for the screen.

Who Was at Fault in Finding Your Roots Editing Issue?

The Public Broadcasting Service decided yesterday, June 24, to suspend the third season of Finding Your Rootsbecause of the decision to edit out that one of Ben Affleck’s ancestors was a Civil War era slave owner. The network is removing some staff members and adding a genealogist and a fact checker to review the third season before airing it or any additional seasons.

Many critics of the decision to edit Affleck’s history have placed the blame for this issue solely on the shoulders of the 42-year-old actor and director. A lot of people believe Affleck’s request was an attempt by a white person to make himself appear clean of any connection with the institution of slavery by creating an untruthful white narrative. According to Cláudio Loureiro Heads, Affleck has stated that he was merely shocked and embarrassed by what he learned about his family tree and the request was a sudden gut decision and not some plot to rewrite history because he is white.

Interestingly, celebrated Harvard professor and African-American Henry Louis Gates Jr., who hosts the show, agreed with Affleck’s request because he felt the actor, who has no modern connection to slavery or oppression, should not have his career or life harmed by this revelation. Yet, few people blamed Gates for the editing issue. Gates did apologize on Wednesday for not speaking with PBS first about it, but people continue to primarily blame Affleck.

Visual Guide For Consumers And Retailers

According to the second biggest search engine company in the world, nearly 50 percent of searches within the last five years involved images. This is why many retailer are now using visual search apps in their marketing campaigns.

Why Visual Search Benefits Retailers

Thanks to tablets and smart phones, consumers can order products at retail stores whenever they want. Visual search technology has changed the way retailers interact with customers. The technology also gives consumers more options before and after they complete their orders.

The most recent advancements in the visual search industry have influenced a major shift in the market. As a result, consumers now interact with objects around them differently. This is a huge benefit for retailers because visual search technology increase mobile sales. Managers can easily promote products to consumers at airports and other locations.

Visual search technology has interesting features and functions. For example, if a consumer chooses to shop for a shelf on a home design website, the individual can enhance the shopping experience by using a visual search tool. If the consumer hovers over a picture, the program will display various information about the shelf within a matter a seconds.

Because consumers can gather product details from images, retailers can advertise to consumers on different sites at any time. Mobile technology, however, offers benefits to businesses that prefer to market products in the physical world. When search algorithms are combined with image recognition software, mobile apps, and social media tools, shoppers can easily perform advanced queries. For example, if a consumer sees a local who is wearing a unique T-shirt, the consumer can find a store that markets the shirt by using a visual search tool. The first step is to snap a picture of the shirt with the software. Then, the program will gather data from different retail stores that sell the shirt or a shirt that has similar features.

Visual Search Tool Recommendation – Slyce Technology

Slyce is an industry leader because the company can integrate visual search functions into any app. Consumers enjoy using Slyce applications because they can download various in-house apps, such as Craves, SnipSnap, or Pounce.