Category Archives: CEO

Eric Lefkofsky Provides Safety and Security for the Everyman

Standing as the Co-founder of the Lefkofsky Family Foundation which came to life in 2006 with big plans to positively effect the quality of life for every human, Eric Lefkofsky has made himself into an inspirational mogul in the entrepreneurial world. Having created the Lefkofsky Family Foundation together with wife Elizabeth Lefkofsky, the two decided to step up and give back with their privately owned charitable foundation that focuses on the betterment of human rights, education, the arts, and medical research in order to make for a far better tomorrow for all of the community and the overall of people as whole.

Not only has Eric become a pillar of the community, but he is also an entrepreneurial genius, having built up a number of successful world famous communities in his time acting as a sort of magic man in his field, starting up his first business venture not long after graduating from college at both the University of Michigan back in 1991 and then later from the University of Michigan Law School in 1994 where he was honored by his hard earned achievement of Juris Doctor.

Upon his graduation from college when he began his jump into the world of business, Eric Lefkofsky started off his rise to fame as being a big shot and a pure example of utter brilliance by becoming the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of his first of many successful companies, known as InnerWorkings. After getting it off the ground and spending a couple years with the company he built up, Eric went on to discover more companies, like Echo Global Logistics and MediaBank and later on Co-Founded the now extremely well known company known as Lightbank and then became the Chairman and Co-Founder of Groupon in January of 2007. Moving on again in 2014 to Co-Find Uptake in January and then a year later the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Tempus Inc., Lefkofsky has done an outstanding job through out all of his business life.

Currently keeping full attention still on many of his companies, Eric Lefkofsky works and lives out of the Greater Chicago Area with his wife and three children of whom he adores. Presently happy to help work on the fight against cancer, Eric boldly works with some of the greatest scientists of the time to put an end to the lethal disease that is taking so many lives and contact him.

Bruce Levenson Is Now Trying To Win A Big Settlement

Bruce Levenson was a part of some big NBA battles as owner of the Atlanta Hawks, and now he’s fighting a big one himself in court. He, along with Atlanta Hawks Basketball & Entertainment are suing their former insurance company, AIG for bad faith in honoring an insurance claim. Levenson and AHBE had sold (see, the Atlanta Hawks shares last year to Tony Ressler and company, and AHBE filed a claim with AIG regarding paying out the remainder of then General Manager Danny Ferry’s contract. That case has been ongoing, and AIG refused to offer any payouts, so Levenson and AHBE want damage relief and payment for court costs.

Bruce Levenson purchased the Atlanta Hawks in 2004, a deal that included their current arena and also included a large steak in the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers. Prior to owning the Hawks, Levenson founded several businesses and has been a chairman on several non-profit groups. In 1977 after graduating from Washington University, Levenson and his friend Ed Peskowitz started a publication business originating with Oil Express, a newsletter about oil industry trends. According to, that soon led to other industry newsletters, and they became the owners of Unified Communications Group. This company started up TechTarget some years later, and also owns the renowned gas price app, GasBuddy.

As a philanthropist, Levenson supports many educational and fine arts endeavors. He’s helped raise scholarship funds for inner city children through organizations like Hoop Dreams Foundation. He’s given young people a chance to learn the lessons of the Holocaust at the museum in Washington through the “Bringing the Lessons Home” program he sponsors there. Levenson also supports pro-Israel activists such as the SEED Foundation, Birthright Israel and BBYO. He’s campaigned against hate speech and bigotry and helped the Anti-Defamation League run the Concert Against Hate event this last year. Read more about Levenson’s philanthropic works on


Bruce Levenson’s Career and Philanthropy Focused Mind

Bruce Levenson is a widely known businessman, with his most notable endeavor according to ESPN being owner of the Atlanta Hawks. He was born in Maryland, and raised throughout Washington DC. After his basic education, Bruce went on to attend Washington University, where he majored in Journalism, which he later took to a career, moving back to Washington DC to become a journalist. Bruce was also studying at the University in Washington DC at the same time to earn his law degree.

Levenson actually became a prominent writer, getting published in many well known journals and papers, including the Washington Star. It wasn’t long before Bruce managed to start up his own business while doing journalism, which he did with one of his buddies, Ed Peskowitz. Together, they created the company, United Communications Group, which started out in a small apartment. In the beginning, they started out releasing papers that documents oil industry events, which became known as Oil Express.

This company grew steadily and built partnerships with other companies, eventually pulling in other newspapers as its own over the years. The founders even released an online search database that showed real time prices for oil trading. Which was great for the industry and oil services. Today, United Communications Group is privately owned and is focused on providing information to many important industries, such as energy, technology, healthcare, telecommunications, and more. They even have a mobile app for their customers to use known as Gas Buddy, which shows the lowest gas prices in any given region.

Along with his successful positions in sports and writing, Bruce has also served as a board member for TechTarget, a company dedicated to supplying large IT companies. He served on this companies board for more than a decade before taking his leave, and today, he is actively involved in many philanthropic efforts, contributing to charities and organizations that better the global community for everyone.


Billy McFarland Hits The Target Square in The Middle

There are stories in the news all of the time about successful business ventures, but Billy McFarland’s success is very special because he is so young. Yes, he did start a successful business at age 13, and another when he was a freshman college student at Bucknell.

According to INC, The Bucknell experience created a company called Spling, which is still in business, and Billy McFarland is still the CEO. Spling takes ordinary URLs and transforms them into a graphic mosaic which is more distinctive and unique, giving the URL a branding effect. Clients include Discovery and Universal.

In 2013 McFarland launched Magnises, a live social networking platform for millennials. The Black Card is the centerpiece of the model, as it is used to make available very robust discounts and perks with local restaurants, clubs, bars, travel opportunities, concerts, and events. The Black Card duplicates all the data on the member’s credit cards, and then when used, applies the discounts.

These are the places where the millennials are frequenting anyway, and Magnises is simply the grease that oils the engine of connectivity.

Millennials love to expound upon their own experiences but are just as apt to listen and learn from others. In this way, ideas, business cards, and concepts are exchanged and discussed, and relationships form that last a lifetime.

The concept is similar to the American Express model, but the focus is on the local scene, and that is just the way that millennials like it. For a $250 annual fee, a young manager, entrepreneur or professional is granted entry into an elite world of their own people.

As of the end of 2015, Magnises has already attracted over 10,000 members along with a $3 million venture capital cash infusion. Currently operating in New York City and Washington DC, the company now has concrete plans in place for expansion. Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and London are on the radar.

The business model is in place and working very well, according to McFarland, and now it is just a matter of duplicating what is working now to the other geographical locations where the need is. The largest groupings of millennials are centered in the major metro areas, and that is exactly what McFarland intends to exploit in a big way.