Success Stories

When you’re working in your office and your business depends upon your drivers carrying out their jobs efficiently, exactly how can you be sure they’re meeting your expectations? John M. Cunningham Jr., founder of Vehicle Tracking Solutions, has the solution that will allow you to run your delivery or sales fleet at its full potential and better serve your customers.

Starting out six years ago as a reseller of AVL (Automatic Vehicle Location) systems, VTS’s business has since boomed with a series of ever more innovative and technologically advanced products. In 2004, the company launched its signature product, FleetMinder®, a real-time GPS management system. With installation of FleetMinder® on a vehicle, management can track latitude, longitude, heading, and speed and engine idle status using one of twenty-four Department of Defense satellites. Additionally, managers can see if vehicles are exceeding speed limits, entering unauthorized areas or being driven during off... Read More

Michelle Hsu and her husband Nicholas first arrived in the U.S. from Taiwan in 1989, under the federal government’s Treaty Investors Visa and settled in Texas to invest in oil and real estate, and make their fortune. Then came the infamous Big Bust. Caught off guard, the Hsu’s cut their losses, pulled up stakes and re-settled in Florida. This painful lesson about the importance of researching business trends was not lost on them; as Michelle has since parlayed it into a blazingly successful new enterprise – the International Academic Alliance.

In Taiwan, Michelle had been considered a pioneer in the concept of “off-site” MBAs. She leveraged that experience to create multi- national, cross-cultural business education programs in the U.S. Rather than start completely from scratch, she streamlined the process by establishing course accreditation partnerships with major colleges and universities in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Michigan and North Dakota,... Read More

With just a dream and no prior entrepreneurial experience, Michael Tracy’s first foray into business ownership occurred in 2004 when he bought an old, distressed bar in New York City’s fashion district. He transformed the run-down business into Katwalk NYC Bar
& Lounge– a sleek, chic and stylish lounge that has since become a local hotspot, hosts parties for major corporations, and provides a once-a-week venue for HBO’s Sex and the City fans.

Previously living a lucrative corporate life at one of New York’s leading global investment banks– Lehman Brothers, Tracy found that career path to be unrewarding. He also didn’t care to see the way hard-working people were so easily let go from their jobs. At a loss as to what to do for fulfillment and satisfaction, he finally decided to combine his business savvy with his entrepreneurial spirit. “I wanted to be my own master,” said Tracy.

Ready to invest $165,000 of his own money Tracy visited the U.S.... Read More

Yes, it’s true. Strange as it may sound, you can now wear and elegantly carry those busted-up umbrellas you see blowing down the street and deposited in trashcans on rainy, windswept days. You will also be doing your part for the environment by recycling what was once considered trash, thanks to Brooklyn-based, HIMANE, Inc. 

Designer, seamstress, patternmaker and HIMANE owner, Catherine Edouard-Charlot, scours the neighborhood for those castaway umbrellas and recreates them as ‘60’s vintage eveningwear, jackets and handbags among other items. Those reconstructed products are the start of her emerging earth-conscious line of clothing which includes recycled shirts, jackets and pants. She also produces fashion items from more traditional fabrics like cotton and silk. 

Originally a clothing designer and business owner in Haiti, Edouard-Charlot was experiencing a little success with clients from afar as The Netherlands. She emigrated to the U.S. when she was 28... Read More

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