Friday, February 5, 2016

Orbital ATK Inc.: A Global Aerospace and Defense Company

Orbital ATK Inc. is one of the leading names in the arena of aerospace and defense technologies. The company is a global venture and is headquartered in Dulles, Virginia. The business was formerly known as Alliant Techsystems, Inc. and was incorporated in May 1990.

The company is engaged in the designing and manufacturing of space, defense and aviation-related systems. It operates as a prime contractor and as a merchant supplier to customers around the globe. Additionally, they also engage in the manufacturing of ammunition, which it supplies to the military. The operations of the company are divided into three segments, namely Flight Systems Group, Defense Systems Group and Space Systems Group.

The offerings of Orbital ATK, Inc. compete against the products and services of Lockheed Martin Corporation, The Boeing Company, Thales Alenia Space, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, among others. The company remains publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (OA).

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Northwest Bancshares: A Savings and Loan Bank Holding Company

Northwest Bancshares is one of the holding companies in the United States that operates a subsidiary that has been around for more than a century. The company, which was incorporated in September 2009 is the parent company of a savings and loan bank, the Northwest Savings Bank. Its corporate office is located in Warren, Pennsylvania.

The operations of the business are divided into two reporting segments, namely Consumer Finance and Community Banking. The Consumer Finance unit is represented by Northwest Consumer Discount Company, which is a subsidiary of Northwest Bank. This affiliate continues to offer a wide range of personal installment loans that are tailored for a range of consumer and real estate products. This subsidiary is based in Pennsylvania and currently has more than 50 offices in operation. The Community Banking segment of the company is represented by the bank, which has more than 180 branch locations across 4 states.

The bank offers a wide range of products and services, which include checking, online banking, online bill payment, ATMs, wealth management, loans, cash management services and several others. The bank is more than 119 years old now and operates as a trusted partner in building dreams, reaching financial independence and in preparing for the future. Northwest Savings Bank has made it their commitment to deliver their services with the customer as their focal point. For years, it has become a part of the success of Americans and in building the American dream.

As of December 2014, the bank has reported their deposits to be more than $5 million. To supplement its pooled deposits, the company has access to the Federal Home Loan Banks for quick borrowings for their lending activities. Northwest Bancshares operates as a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ, using the symbol NWBI.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Children's Hunger Fund: Helping Local Churches Meet the Needs of Their Impoverished Communities

Children's Hunger Fund (CHF), a non-profit Christian organization provides a wide range of effective, efficient and responsive resources including training to local churches in helping them meet the urgent needs of their impoverished communities. The organization extends its valuable assistance to local churches in the United States and in many developing countries abroad. As of 2013, it has given over $1 billion in assistance to children and families in need.

CHF has humble beginnings. Dave Phillips, its founder, worked with just one employee with a small garage as their office from 1992 to 1994. The two-man organization worked with eight local churches, which covered 200 to 300 families.

When the Los Angeles riots happened in 1992, the organization expanded its coverage to include South Central Los Angeles. During the 1994 Northridge earthquake, FEMA requested CHF to participate in the widespread relief efforts and the organization has continued to expand since then. Today, it conducts operations in more than 72 countries including the United States.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

CitiHope International: Working Toward Putting a Healthy Life Within Reach

Founded as the CitiHope Radio Ministry in 1985, CitiHope International works toward putting a healthy and happy life within reach of everyone. The non-profit organization achieves its mission through programs and projects designed to promote good health, prevent diseases, and provide treatments to several underserved populations worldwide. Its strategies involve focusing its wide range of resources on a few selected areas across the world with the aim of making a world of difference for good.

CitiHope International is known for its commitment to upholding the values of integrity, stewardship, and compassion in all of its dealings from soliciting donations to distributing assistance. Its dedicated men and women exemplify these values through their concrete actions.

As the CitiHope Radio Ministry, the non-profit Christian organization aired its ministry on a daily basis in New York City, a vital connection between the urban ministries in the city and their donors. Even then, it was an active presence in the fight against homelessness, hunger, and neglect through several programs and projects including Boxes of Love for families, Easter Bags for children, and Homeless Comfort Kits for the homeless.

Today, CitiHope International continues its urban ministries albeit on a worldwide scale. It is one of most trusted charitable organizations in the United States, thanks partly to its effective, efficient and responsive programs and projects, many of which have been models for other similar organizations.

CitiHope has several advantages, which pushes its agenda, over other similar organizations including:
  • Advances needs assessment wherein regional team members including medical staff make personal visits to each prospective health institution, such as hospitals, targeted for partnership in medical relief.
  • In-country infrastructure wherein the organization either maintains regional offices or established partnerships with reputable local non-government organizations in countries where it works.
  • Approval from the ministry of health and its instrumentalities including state pharmaceutical committees.
CitiHope is also known for its protocol education, hands-on approach, and post-delivery feedback, among other mechanisms.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Horace Mann Educators Corp: Helping Educators Protect and Prepare for Their Future

Two Springfield, Illinois teachers created Horace Mann Educators Corporation in 1945. From the small venture they created, grew a company that offers affordable auto insurance for teachers. The business has long diversified its offerings to become an insurance holding company.

The company offers affordable insurance policies that help educators protect what they consider as important. They also help these professionals prepare for their future and be successful tomorrow. The company has a partnership with to help provide teachers gain access to classroom funding. Additionally, they also provide financial literacy for educators across the country through their free workshops. They now serve more than 4,100 school districts across the United States.

Horace Mann Educators is now a publicly traded company with more than $10 billion in assets. It continues to market its common shares on the New York Stock Exchange and uses the ticker symbol HMN. The business is listed as a component of the Russell 3000 Index.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Hallmark Financial Services, Inc.: Offering Property and Casualty Insurance Products

Hallmark Financial Services, Inc. is an insurance holding company that is currently headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. The business was incorporated in 1990 and continues to focus in offering property and casualty insurance products. The offerings of the business are marketed to both businesses and individuals across the United States.

Through the company’s approach in strategic acquisition, it expands its operations and at the same time diversifies its offerings. The company started out as a mono-line company and began offering other coverages in 2003. It is involved in marketing, underwriting, distributing and servicing its property and casualty insurance products. There are five business units that operate within the venture, namely Standard Commercial P&C, Workers Compensation, E&S Commercial, Hallmark Select and Personal Lines.

The Standard Commercial P&C unit markets commercial insurance and occupational accident insurance. The Workers Compensation segment focuses on workers compensation for small and medium-sized markets. E&S Commercial services the excess and surplus markets and offers commercial insurance products. The offerings of Hallmark Select include insurance focused on aviation, medical professional liability, satellite launch, and low and middle market commercial umbrella and excess liability. Automobile insurance and complementary personal insurance products are the offerings of the their Personal Line business division. The formation of these divisions is the result of the company’s acquisition of companies like Non-standard Auto Insurer, Specialty E&S MGA & General Aviation MGA, Texas County Mutual Insurance Company and Excess & Umbrella MGU. The largest chunk of the premiums generated by the company is coming from their Hallmark Specialty Underwriters, which comprise 48% of their annual premiums.

Hallmark Financial Services, Inc. is listed as a component of the Russell 3000 Index. The company remains publicly traded on the NASDAQ Global Market and continues to trade its common shares using the ticker symbol HALL.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Entellus Medical, Inc.: A Medical Technology Company

Registered as a medical technology company, Entellus Medical, Inc. engages in the development and commercialization of various products that are intended for treatment of patients with chronic sinusitis.

Headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, Entellus Medical, Inc. creates products that minimally invasive. Their flagship product is the XprESS family of products, these medical products are used by physicians to open narrowed or obstructed sinus drainage pathways. Partnered with balloon sinus dilation, these medical advancements are used to treat patients with symptomatic inflammation of the nasal sinuses. ENT (ear, nose and throat) physicians across the country and in some select international  markets continue to make use of these products. The biggest markets of the business are in the United States and in Canada.

Incorporated in August 2006, Entellus Medical, Inc. continues to publicly trade on the NASDAQ Global Market. Common shares of the business are marketed using the ticker symbol ENTL.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Essendant: North America’s Largest Wholesale Distributor of Business Products

When it comes to business products, Essendant is considered as one of the largest companies in North America. The company was created in 1922 and was introduced as the United Stationers. It is registered as a wholesale distributor of various products that are intended to help their clients move their business and achieve greater heights.

Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Essendant generates more than $5.08 billion in annual revenue. The business is listed as a component of the Russell 3000 Index and one of the Fortune 500 companies. There are several divisions that operate within the business. These segments continue to support a wide range of industries and offers office supplies, business products, industrial offerings, electronics, furniture and janitorial products and services.

The segments include Automotive Essentials, CPO, Business & Facility Essentials and Industrial Essentials. The Automotive Essentials division is represented by 5 businesses, including MEDCO, G2S, Ace Tool Company, ETW, Tool Specialists, AIM Supply, and ALCO Tool Supply. These companies continue to supply the automotive market with various professional tools and equipment. Some of these businesses are considered as the largest in North America. CPO continues to operate more than 45 online tool specialty stores. These e-commerce sites market products that are used by millions of DIY (Do-It-Yourself) customers. The Business & Facility Essentials division is further segmented into three units, namely Business Essentials (United Stationers), Facility Essentials (Lagasse) and Printing and Imaging Essentials (Azerty). The division supplies a wide range of furniture, janitorial & sanitation products, technology items and other related merchandise for the office. The Industrial Essentials unit is represented by Ors Nasco, which continues to market various industrial products used in the oilfield, construction, safety, welding and industrial markets.

Essendant partners with a wide range of industries and remains to be a trusted partner when it comes to on-time delivery. The company goes beyond just the products they offer, they market solutions that work and brand names that have been trusted for years. 

Friday, January 8, 2016

City National Corp: A Bank Holding Company

Operating as a bank and financial holding company, City National Corporation carries out its transactions through its wholly owned subsidiary, the City National Bank. The business holds its corporate office in Beverly Hills, California.

As a financial services company, City National Bank offers a wide range of banking, trust and investment services. The operations of the company cover the areas of Southern California, New York City, Nashville, Nevada, San Francisco Bay area and Atlanta. Their offerings are marketed to individuals, families, businesses and select institutions. They have 75 banking branches, which include 16 full service regional centers. There are three segments within their operations, Commercial and Private Banking, Wealth Management and Others.

Recognized as one of the top wealth managers, City National Corporation remains publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Common shares of the business are marketed using the ticker symbol CYN. The company is listed as one of the components of the Russell 3000 Index.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Children’s Place: The Global Brand Name for Children’s Apparel

Generating more than $1.8 billion in annual revenue, Children’s Place operates as a specialty retailer of children’s apparel and accessories. The business is one of the American apparel companies that are publicly traded on the NASDAQ. Common shares of the business are marketed using the ticker symbol PLCE.

The business is headquartered in Secaucus, New Jersey. Its initial public offering happened in 1997. As a pure-play children’s specialty retailer, the company is recognized as the largest in North America. It engages in the designing, manufacturing, licensing and marketing of fashionable, high quality products that are sold at reasonable prices. The products of the company are also sold by third parties which rebrand their products. While this operation generates a substantial portion of their revenue, the company’s retail stores continue to produce the largest chunk of their earnings.

As of October 2015, the company’s store operations include more than 1,080 branches across the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Other than these store locations, they also maintain an online site that allows consumers to ship their products around the world. Additionally, they also have 90 other international stores that are franchised in 12 countries. The stores of Children’s Place are divided into four departments, namely Big Girls, Baby Girls, Big Boy and Baby Boys. These departments are intended to cater to the needs of various child sizes.

Created in 1989 the business has made it their commitment to continue on creating fashionable items that are manufactured with the highest quality. They continue to workon their mission of becoming the preferred brand name for kids’ apparel. Through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisition, the company expands its operations on a global scale. There are more than 4,500 associates who work for the business.

Friday, January 1, 2016

U.S. Venture Partners: Helping Entrepreneurs Build Competitive Companies

Since its inception in 1981 by Bill Bowes, Robert Sackman, and Stuart Moldaw, U.S. Venture Partners (USVP) has been committed to its mission of helping entrepreneurs build competitive world-class companies. As a venture capital investment firm, it has made over $2.7 billion in investments in more than 450 companies across diverse industries including IT security, enterprise software, consumer internet, healthcare, e-commerce, and IT-enabled healthcare services. Many – 84 as of 2015 – of the companies where it invested in have successfully completed their initial public offering.

USVP is currently on its tenth institutional fund known as USVP X. Its investment team presently includes Dafina Toncheva, Casey Tansey, Jacques Benkoski, Jonathan Root, Steve Krausz, John Hadl, Rick Lewis, and Alfonso Castillo.

Among its select portfolio of companies are 4INFO, Castlight Health, GoPro, Act-On, Box, Intersect ENT, Heartflow,, Omada Health, Quixey, HotelTonight, PlaceIQ, Zefr, OncoMed, Smartling, and Zerto. The firm has also made several notable historical investments in Sun Microsystems, PetSmart, SanDisk, Callaway Golf, Checkpoint, Yammer, St. Francis Medical, Ross Stores, Nanostim, Ask Jeeves, Proleolix, Adify, Guidewire Software, Mellanox, Dotomi, Imperva, Trusteer, Vontu, and Trunk Club.