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Understanding Alternative Investment Management

September 24, 2010

When it comes to a firm dealing in alternative investment management, it is focusing on making investments for products that do not comprise the traditional areas such as stocks and bonds.   So for example, an alternative investment management firm will be investing in areas of fineries such as specialized wines, stamps, antiques, etc., or other commodities.  Sometimes the term can be used to describe private equity or hedge funds.  The firm will probably be working for high net worth individuals and this is who Quadrant Management, Inc. works for, where Alan Quasha is President.

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Managing Brain Trauma Injury

September 9, 2010

The Brain Trauma Foundation is always working towards finding new cures and treatments for victims of brain trauma injury.  A group of neurosurgeons from Europe and America to “review and develop evidence-based recommendations for the neurosurgical treatment of traumatic brain injury.”  Topics are addressed include “the acute neurosurgical management of TBI from acute subdural and epidural hematomas, parenchymal mass lesions, depressed skull fractures through posterior fossa lesions with respect to indications, technique and surgical timing. These Guidelines were approved by the  Congress of Neurosurgeons five years ago.  Alan Quasha is involved in this area, being the chairman of the American Brain Trauma Foundation.

Head Injuries & The Brain Trauma Foundation

August 29, 2010

With school in session again, it’s time to revisit the problems of sports and head injuriesThe New York Times raised the issue of the risk of head injuries in the NFL with their July 26 article.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently followed suit with highlights of new concussion rules issued recently by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
The NFL has made many gains in caring for former players who suffer the effects of injuries. As they have come to understand from the Brain Trauma Foundation with Alan Quasha and from many researchers, there is a strong connection between head injury and mental illness.  Learn more from this interesting article.

News in Brain Trauma

August 9, 2010

An article diagnosing brain trauma by Patricio C. Gargolla and Adam C. Lipson, prioritizes actions that should be taken, the first one being, to assess the possibility of imminent danger of death.  It is the vital functions that must immediately be stabilized.  A doctor must look at this patient neurologically and ensure the following are checked: a) cranial nerves function; b) how the senses are functioning; c) the pattern and rate of breathing; d) any external trauma signs; e) level of consciousness; f) deep tendon reflexes and g) motor function.  According to the report, each of these diagnoses gives the doctor a better understanding of both the extent and location of the brain injury.  As well, if one can get a history of the patient (i.e., his/her behavior before the injury) this makes for a helpful comparative tool.  How is this as compared to the person’s behavior during and after the injury?  There are other things to assess as well, including: stiff neck; difficulty breathing; mental confusion; convulsions; etc.  Unfortunately, as it stands today, there is still no “miracle drug” that has been developed to “prevent nerve injury or improve brain function immediately after trauma,” but the medication that does exist can “modify a person’s blood pressure, optimize the delivery of oxygen to the brain tissue, and prevent further brain swelling.”  Organizations such as the American Brain Trauma Foundation, of which Alan Quasha is the chairman, is always seeking for new and improved ways to assist victims of brain trauma.

Alan Quasha and Business Advice

August 2, 2010

Businessman Alan Quasha, a Partner at Vanterra Capital, president and CEO of Quadrant Management was once interviewed on how he became so successful and how he has dealt with that on a personal level.  The interviewer spoke about how he went from having next to nothing to becoming an “extremely wealthy individual, with a large group of companies” and how he acted in the public eye.  He replied, “I’m very shy, and I’m certainly publicity shy. I’ve never felt that getting yourself out in the public was a good thing. I personally enjoy working with companies, fixing companies, and growing companies, and to me, it’s the getting-your-hands-dirty part of this that I really like – not the “glitter.” Obviously, profit and loss is very measured. I worry a lot when you can’t measure what you’re doing. If you can’t measure something, you don’t know its results. So for example, it always worries me when governments decide they’re going to spend a lot of money without tools to measure how effective it’s going to be.”

Business Advice with Alan Quasha

July 26, 2010

As a business leader and president and CEO of Quadrant Management, Alan Quasha has a great deal of advice to offer young business people.  In an article entitled “The Magic in Mistakes” Quasha shared his philosophy about the importance of making mistakes and of learning from your experiences.

As Alan Quasha wrote,

“History consistently shows that success comes not from playing it safe, but by expecting to make mistakes, learning from them quickly and using that knowledge to devise a winning strategy. And the lessons are no different in the current situation. Many of the institutions that have avoided the current mess–like Goldman Sachs also happen to be those that have typically taken the most risk.”

Learning To Be Rich

July 14, 2010

Of course, that’s what everyone wants; a quick lesson on how to be rich.  Who are the rich?  How did they get to be that way?  And, perhaps really the $64 million question, how can I become one of them?  Well, now there’s a book that might be able to help you out.  Read a review on The Millionaire Next Door for all sorts of tips on how to “join the ranks of America’s wealthy.”