April has been an historic month for billionaire Paul Allen. It was the month he purchased an option to buy the Seattle Seahawks NFL team in 1996, in April, 40 years ago, Mr. Allen helped found Microsoft with Bill Gates. And now, Mr. Allen has launched Vulcan Aerospace, a new company that will look after the space programs of Stratolaunch Systems.
NAI Global has appointed a new Vice Chair, Andrew Farbman, to their Members’ Leadership Board. The role of the leadership board is to guide the growth and profitability of the network, as well as increase the standards of practice and productivity of member companies.
David Geffen has just donated $100 million to the Lincoln Center in New York City, to renovate Avery Fisher Hall. It seems the amount and frequency of Mr. Geffen’s donations is increasing very rapidly and we are all excited to see which organizations will the next beneficiaries of his growing generosity.
NAI Chase Commercial of Alabama were named one of the oldest members of the global network. The president of NAI Global, Jay Olshonsky, announced the award which was received after a 30-year membership with the network. The award was received with great honor by five attendees from NAI Chase Commercial, including Charlie Grelier Jr and Taylor Glaze.
Paul Allen has been named as one of theBestSchools.org’s list of ‘The 50 Greatest Living Geniuses’. He shares the list with the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking. He takes philanthropy very seriously and has a particular interest in advancing scientific research with the recent donation of $2.4 million to the study of traumatic brain injuries.
Each year, NAI Carolantic hosts an invitation-only real estate conference, which has grown to 1,800 attendees in the last 30 years. At this year’s conference, NAI Carolantic President Jimmy Barnes will discuss the state’s economy, NAI Global Economist Peter Linneman will talk about the economic recovery process taking place at a national level, and NAI Global President Jay Olshonsky is also due to make an appearance.
The current Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel has raised a whopping $11 million to date to fund his re-election campaign, with recent donations from world renowned director Steven Spielberg and one of the founders of DreamWorks Studios David Geffen.
NAI Capital, a member company in the NAI Global real estate network, has recently completed a sale of a 12-unit property in North Hollywood. NAI Capital achieved 99% of the asking price for the seller, marking this sale the highest price paid per square foot in the surrounding area for six months.
Island Global Yachting (IGY) believes in rewarding their devoted clients for their trust and loyalty in IGY’s marinas. This was the inspiration behind establishing the Anchor Club program. Membership to the Anchor Club is a free opportunity for owners and captains of vessels to accumulate points each time a member stays at a participating IGY location.
It has been reported the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank (SFTBY) may acquire DreamWorks Animation (DWA) for approximately $3.4 billion. This rumored deal has caused the shares of DreamWorks Animation to surge 26 percent this past Monday.