The New CFO of CEDC, Kevin Seawright, Helps Local Community and Businesses of Newark to Prosper

Kevin Seawright is the CFO and Senior Vice President of the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, a non-profit corporation (which was created by Mayor of Newar Ros Braka), that is having a large impact on the local Newark firm, in order to help regenerate the whole area. Recently Seawright was interviewed by Local Talk New and he explained the new program, that will help the local community to progress.

The Newark Community EDC started in 2015 and is working on a special plan, that will span citywide. The main goal of this program is to help small and medium businesses in the Newark area to prosper.

In fact, this programs aims to all kind of businesses, such as markets and local clothing, jewelry or other kind of shops, by offering them loans. When Seawright became the CFO of the Corp, he also discovered the decision to re-brand the corporation from its original name, Brick City Development Corp.

Kevin Seawright brought his experience to help the economy in the city of Newark and to help the local find jobs. Kevin Seawright explained how the owners of various businesses in the area can get help, by launching or growing their firms and services. The main goal at the Newark CEDC is to talk to owners about tax, credit reporting, as well as financials, so the new firms can understand their positions and then discuss about possible loans.

In addition, their partners work closely with small firms, such as other EDCS, as well as some banks, in order to make sure that everyone has the kind of help they need as to get started. The only prerequisite for a company to be able to work with the Newark CEDC is to be located in the city, as he clearly stated.

Kevin also discussed his experience working with the Newark CDC in this new role and also his past at the CEDC Corporation. As Seawright pointed out, he welcomes the responsibilities and likes helping communities to progress. Actually, for over 13 years he has used his expertise in finance to evolve the cities around the East Coast.

His experience is rooted in local government agencies, education, as well as in crucial financial management positions. Moreover, Kevin Seawright acted a board member of the Babe Ruth Museum.

He was also recognized by the University of Notre Dame (Mendoza College of Business) for completing in the most successful way the second installment of the non-profit Fund Development Program.

Brazil’s Central Bank Cuts Interest Rates For The First Time In Four Years


The Central Bank of Brazil has kept interest rates high for the last four years for a reason. Brazil’s economy was showing signs of slowing down in 2012, and when China pulled the plug and reduced the amount of exports they needed from Brazil, the bottom fell out of the economy. President Dilma Rousseff tried to bring the economy back, but her policies caused more damage than good. When Vice-President Michel Temer took over the presidency, the banks and the Congress decided to stand behind him and his austerity plans.

Big corporate leaders also decided to back Temer, and all that support is producing some interesting results. Inflation is starting to slow down, unemployment figures are getting smaller, and foreign investors are coming back to Brazil. Brazil signed the Clean Air Agreement recently and that act is a good example of what companies like Eucatex, the giant building supply company, can expect from Temer in the next two years.

Eucatex wasn’t always a giant building supply company. The Sao Paulo-based family-owned company was founded in the 1950s by the grandfather of the current CEO of the company, Flavio Maluf. Granddaddy Maluf was in the sawmill business back then, and he had an excess of eucalyptus wood laying around the sawmill and he wanted to use it. Maluf decided to make ceiling times out of eucalyptus wood, and the tiles caught on in the domestic market. Eucatex was created to handle the demand for the ceiling tiles back then. His LinkedIn tells us that Flavio Maluf joined the company in 1987, and he was appointed president in 1997.

Flavio has transformed Eucatex into an Eco-friendly supplier that exports to countries around the world. Maluf also put a renewable energy mandate in place in Eucatex factories and offices. Today, Eucatex is one of the corporate leaders in the push toward clean air and environmentally friendly practices. Flavio Maluf is often asked to speak about climate change and other issues.

The eucalyptus tree forest he purchased several years ago is also one of the topics that often comes up in his speaking engagements. The Temer decision to sign the Clean Air Agreement is verification that the government stands behind Maluf in his efforts to save Brazil’s natural resources.

Securus Has Better Installers In Every Prison

Securus has been sending installers into prisons around the country, and the people that are in these prisons want to be able to check in with family. There are a lot of people who need family to have a center in this world, and there are many people who will place these calls every day. We have been doing this for a while now, and we just heard about how they are sending more people into the field every day. They are trying to get more calls done every day, and that comes with more cameras.


The best part of this is that we have seen the results of all that installing work that they have done. The cameras are helping people like us keep in touch with family every day, and the cameras are pretty exciting because it means that I can get all the people in the family around the camera so that we can all see the people that we love.


We want to feel like there is a tangible connection in the family that is going to last for a long time, and someone who wants to be able to see a family member can just use the app on their phone. Securus created an app to go with the service they are creating with all these phone lines and cameras. The way that they have set up their system is such that everyone gets what they need. I have called to make sure that a person who is in the family can check in with us, and I have called to make sure I can see their face just to be sure they are alright.


Meet Keith Mann, the Man who believes in Honesty and Diversity.

Keith Mann has over 15 years of experience working in the executive search industry. Keith Mann has serious knowledge on several issues such as hedge fund compensation as well as the hiring strategy . He has held different positions during these fifteen years including one of a managing director at Dynamic Executive Search. Learn more about Keith Mann:

He saw the hedge fund industry as one with potential and hence worth investing in.

At the moment, he is the CEO of DSP, and his responsibilities include running the company on a daily basis. He also advises his clients on issues related to hiring investment as well on marketing strategies. In an interview, Keith Mann answered some questions about his career.

 Keith Mann described that the idea for Dynamic Search Partners came from the previous firm that he had worked for, the Dynamics Associates. The main aim was to keep the name consistent.

The idea is as a result of years of experience in the industry where he had been specializing in alternative investment. Keith Mann explained that he was groomed for this position as he grew up in New York area that is known for producing such kind of executives.

Keith Mann described his day as a non-stop one having to deal with lots of meetings, phone calls, and emails. He makes it productive by hammering it away and always, making sure that he is focused. Keith Man explains that exercising before works play a key role in ensuring he remains focused throughout the day.

Mann also explains that his ideas come from needs. He is only interested in ideas that ensure that the current system is improved and functions better. The most important trends that excite Keith Mann are honesty and diversity. Every employer wants to hire an employee who is honest and diverse.

For Keith Mann, the thing he hates most is working for someone else; he wants to be his own boss.  He describes this as his worst job. Keith Mann describes that there is nothing he would change if he were to start all over again.

Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa’s Advice to Fellow Entrepreneurs

Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa is a businessperson in Panama who has achieved remarkable success at the tender age of 25 years. His urge to be self-employed began immediately after leaving school and since then he has managed to join the elite group of risk-taking and tech-savvy travelers, businesspersons and diplomats living and working in Panama. Mr. Figueroa is among the first people who discovered the incredible business opportunities that Panama had to offer. He and other people took advantage of this and built great businesses that rely on new technology gadgets and high-speed internet. In a bid to educate fellow entrepreneurs, Mr. Jose has felt the need to share the rules of succeeding in business in Panama according to his experience and wit.

The rules according to Mr. Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa are

• Become a ground breaker

This involves finding a niche and exploiting it to the fullest.

• Be flexible and mobile

In this case, he means having the ability to work from anywhere. According to him, all entrepreneurs need to do this is the internet. Panama proves to be conducive to being flexible and mobile thanks to the availability of high-speed internet. 

• Seek out a complimentary business partner

In his opinion, this rule applies to any market. He believes partnerships help people achieve more. Utilizing each other’s strength makes work easier.

• Success is not dependent on a flawless academic record

He believes that classroom success does not determine business success in Panama on In his opinion, entrepreneurs can hire the educated when need be. The number of successful less educated entrepreneurs in Panama can back this.

• Avoid shortcuts

He believes in putting in the work. According to him, it is vital that entrepreneurs source for as much information as possible about business. They should then set goals and work to achieve them.

• Minimize costs

His strategy of minimizing costs is splitting overheads with other entrepreneurs. In his opinion, a good way of doing so would be office sharing. He also feels that entrepreneurs should avoid massive capital investments.

• Planning for failure

He advises entrepreneurs to believe that failure is a possibility. In his opinion, this will help them prepare for any lawsuits. He adds that they, however, should try to avoid failure by looking at what others are doing and accepting constructive criticism. 

• Learn from the industry

In his opinion, a mentor will help an entrepreneur avoid making mistakes. He or she will also help him or her cross milestones. According to him, a mentor should have vast knowledge of the industry.

About Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa
Mr. Jose grew up in Venezuela before moving to Panama. He is now a prominent member of the business community in Panama where he helps mentor young people, improve economic conditions and assists businesses grow on Mr. Jose currently holds different positions in five firms in Panama. The positions are director, president and treasurer. His first appointment came in 2011 and the longest he has held a position is four years and eight months. 

Further Reading: