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THE MANDALAY GROUP SHARES NEW UPDATES FOR #PAY TAMPA BAY

The Mandalay Group today announced updates for the upcoming #PAY TAMPA BAY event, including additions to the advisory board, two of the keynote speakers for the February 20, 2020 Conference as well as a new community partnership in the Florida technology corridor.

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The Mandalay Group today announced updates for the upcoming #PAY TAMPA BAY event, including additions to the advisory board, two of the keynote speakers for the February 20, 2020 Conference as well as a new community partnership in the Florida technology corridor.

The theme for 2020 event is “Banking, Blockchain and Beyond”. Event proceedings are being co-sponsored by BlockSpaces, a Tampa based blockchain technology innovation studio. This unique event will be staged at the new Embarc Collective innovation hub in downtown Tampa.

“We’re excited to enter into these new partnerships leading up to the event” said Bruce Burke, CEO of The Mandalay Group. “These high-profile supporters and contributors will help amplify our message and attract attention and investment to our thriving technology community.”

Andrew Morris, Founder & CEO of new consultancy The Fintech Agenda LLC, will be joining the #PAY Board of Advisors. An expert in the technologies and trends shaping the future of financial services, payments and commerce, Andrew serves on multiple boards and is an advisor to several fintech organizations, including the Technology Association of Georgia’s Fintech Society and the HOPE Global Forums.

“Having served for 5 years as Chief Content Officer for the Money20/20 conferences, and thus helping to build the leading fintech events globally, I have seen how powerful events can be to move industries and companies forward,” Andrew explains.

“The #PAY event brand is in the right space at the right time. I’m excited to play a role moving forward in helping #PAY produce world-class events exploring the innovation that will occur over the next decade in payments.”

#PAY also announced several presenters for the event, including keynote speaker Matteo Rizzi, an unconventional Entrepreneur, Investor, Innovator and Author of the new book “Talents and Rebels, Dealing with Corporate Misfits”.

This book is an inspirational journey where – hopefully – misfits get a spot to be heard, and everyone gets an opportunity to understand a different innovation perspective. For three years in a row, Financial News has nominated Matteo as one of the “40 most influential Fintech executives in Europe”.

Matteo will be joined by executives from Arival, the first fintech bank. Arival was founded in 2017 by a dynamic trifecta consisting of two seasoned fintech venture capitalists and one young fintech entrepreneur.

Regarded for the team’s prior investments in pioneer digital banks such as Simple, Moven, Fidor, & RocketBank – they decided it was time to take the bull by the horns & build their own. CEO, Vladislav Solodkiy, CFO, Igor Pesin and COO, Jeremy Berger will participate in the #PAY event. Arival now boasts a pre-money valuation of more than $14.8 million.

“We’re proud to have so many fintech leaders as headline speakers for #PAY,” said Rosa Shores, Co-Founder of BlockSpaces. “These innovators will explore the most transformative technologies and ideas reshaping the banking, fintech and payments industry. 

We look forward to shining a global spotlight on Tampa Bay as an emerging fintech hub and, once again, show the nation we are a “go-to” city for blockchain innovation.”

The Mandalay Group also announced a new community partnership with the Florida based non-profit, Synapse. #PAY will host a panel session focused on Fintech investment during the Synapse Summit being held February 11-12, 2020 at Amalie Arena. Leading VC’s, institutional investors and well-funded fintech firms will provide information and insight with key strategies for successful exits.

“Synapse is glad to partner with #PAY to ensure our audience of upwards of 6,000 attendees from all parts of Florida’s innovation ecosystem have the chance to learn about the growing fintech and payments industry,” said Lauren Prager, Synapse Vice President of Community Engagement.

The #PAY TAMPA BAY agenda offers keynote sessions from global leaders in the banking, fintech and paymentsindustry, with more than dozen sessions on topics ranging from opportunities in blockchain, to shifting consumer payment preferences, digital identity, innovative payment solutions and how these changes will reshape the banking, payments and commerce industry.

Reserve your spot today at: www.paytampabay.eventbrite.com

Industry innovators count on #PAY to connect them with key decision-makers at financial institutions, venture capitalists, and fintech startups as well as service providers, analysts and media.

Get your brand message in front of executive-level stakeholders and buyers. #PAY TAMPA BAY has opportunities for speakers, sponsors and supporters.

For more information visit: www.paysymposium.com/contact

About The Mandalay Group

The Mandalay Group is a consortium of professionals focused on accelerating the future in the banking, fintech and payments industry globally. TMG is well known for bringing together thought leaders, innovators and decision-makers from across the financial services industry to discuss the tsunami of transformation changing the face of finance.

Attendees benefit from access to the world’s foremost experts focused on emerging payments technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, cryptocurrencies, e-commerce, blockchain, cognitive platforms, digital identity and experiential customer engagement

Media Contact: The Mandalay Group: [email protected] (727) 612-5775

Bruce Burke is the Founder of The Mandalay Group, the company that organizes the #PAY Symposium & Exposition events. Bruce is a pioneer in the financial services industry, having developed the Social Mobile Payments conference series and now has reinvented himself with the #PAY Fintech World Tour. Join the #PAY Revolution as we blaze a path across the globe over the course of the next decade of payments.

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6 Most Useful Equipment for Any Construction Business

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If you are looking to set up a business, you may consider looking at the construction industry. This sector contributes nearly 8% of the Australian GDP. The annual turnover of Australian construction industry is more than AUD 350 billion. Over the next five years, it is expected to grow at 2.5%.

If you think that this industry is for big businesses, think again. There are more small businesses than large ones, and an average business owner employs around 20 people. You may like to read this report for a detailed understanding of the subject. A critical part of setting up your construction business is buying the right equipment. Here is a list of the top 6 pieces of machinery that are essential for your business. Read on.


1. Excavators:

These are used by almost all the construction companies that you can think of. Excavators are generally used for digging, but they have other applications as well. You can use them to lift and carry heavy loads like rocks, trees, etc. You can also use an excavator to dredge rivers, cut trees and demolish buildings. An average excavator works on treads or crawlers.

This machine is operated by an operator who sits in a glass cabin; He can control the long arm of the excavator by pushing various buttons or shifting gears. There is a digging bucket at the end of the long sleeve. This bucket digs as well as carries materials. Since the long arm can be rotated 360 degrees, an excavator has high maneuverability.


2. Dumpers or Loaders:

Sometimes you might need to transport large quantities of construction material over a long distance. Dumpers fulfill this purpose. A common dumper is a truck that has an open carrying space in the rear. The driver sits in the front.

The rear part of the dumper or loader can be lifted or tilted upward so that it can dump its load quickly at one spot. This lifting is done with the aid of hydraulics. A typical dumper is smaller than a truck but can carry hefty loads (1-2 tons). If you are looking for affordable dumpers, companies like West-Trans might be able to help you.

3. Bulldozers:

Another great piece of machinery for your construction business is the bulldozer. It works pretty much like the same as an excavator. However, this machine is primarily used to remove the topsoil and rocks that are jutting out.

It is also used to demolish small structures like houses and buildings. Bulldozers move on treads and are incredibly mobile. This machine is operated by an operator seated in a glass cabin who can supervise his operations easily. The actual digging work is done by a concave blade which is made of high tensile steel.

4. Cranes:

Cranes are used to reach out to the more upper floors of buildings. You use cranes in the building business. These machines are used to carry construction materials up to great heights. Some of the materials lifted by cranes are concrete blocks, frames, steel trusses, etc. A crane is made of 3 parts- the driver’s cabin, the arm which lifts stuff and another arm that works as a counterweight to the other arm.

5. Paver:

If you are in the road construction business, you would need this machine. A paver is used to lay asphalt on the road. Molten asphalt is poured into a bucket which releases the latter on the way. Later, a road-roller comes and flattens the asphalt.

6. Trenchers:

Lastly, you need these machines to dig trenches in the soil. This equipment is used while laying pipelines, drainage systems, cables, etc.

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Even Broken Bones Can’t Stop Adam Leitman Bailey from Reaching for Success

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After breaking both arms and falling into a coma, most people wouldn’t wake up and decide to win all-county honors for their high school track team. 

Most people aren’t Adam Leitman Bailey

Today, Bailey stands as one of New York’s most sought-after real estate lawyers. He leads an eponymous law firm that has earned its stripes winning some of the most important, bet-the-company disputes and deals of the 21st century — but back then, he was just a kid with a lot of guts. Any other teen might have taken the season off after surviving a violent car crash. Bailey, a senior in high school at the time, went to track practice with two casts and began training harder than ever before. He ran a record season, achieved all-county honors, and received an Award of Courage from his coaches and teammates just before his graduation in 1988. 

That incident occurred over thirty years ago, but it still tells you quite a bit about who Adam Leitman Bailey is. In many ways, it stands as a microcosmic example of an overarching theme in his life: he overcomes, thrives, and persists even when the odds are stacked and the path ahead is painful. 

The sheer persistence that drove Bailey to sprint (and win) with broken bones was developed during a painful childhood. At the age of five, he and his younger sister were uprooted from their home in New York and transplanted to California, where their mother struggled to find work as a teacher. Money was in short supply and emotional security lacking; the family often moved to flee their unpaid landlords, and the situation prevented Bailey from attending kindergarten. 

Little improved when Bailey was finally able to attend school. He was bullied for his thick New York accent and skinny frame. It was in school that he was forced to learn to be a leader and stand up for himself and his younger sister. 

It wasn’t long before Bailey found himself applying his developing leadership skills and passion for justice to broader causes. As a preteen, Adam Leitman Bailey spoke at his first public rally to protest the three-hour bus rides that children were forced to take to school. 

The oppressive bullying he faced continued when his family moved back to New York in Bailey’s early teens. He survived it, and threw himself into his studies. Looking back as an adult, Adam Leitman Bailey views those years almost as a kind of brutal training for his current life. In an article for the ABA Journal, he wrote: “I prepared for law school almost from when I could walk. I studied hard. I solved my own problems. I learned empathy and understood different types of people. I conquered so much just by surviving.”

It’s perhaps unsurprising, given this pattern of persistence, that despite being told as a child that “only rich people get to be lawyers,” Adam Leitman Bailey would go on to become one of New York’s best real estate attorneys. Despite not meeting a legal professional until college, Bailey pursued his dream; he put himself through college, and, ultimately, managed to grow his legal practice into one of the foremost firms in New York City’s real estate field.

Bailey’s persistence-first philosophy shapes his leadership approach. He outright refuses to hire first-year attorneys from Ivy League law schools who refuse to grade their students, believing that students who are forced to compete against each other for their rank will become better attorneys. Those who have worked with him know him as an unapologetic achievement snob who prizes hard work and results above all else. Even the pay structure for his business is a meritocracy, organized around the quality of an employee’s performance.

It’s fair to say that his tactics have seen success. Today, Bailey and his firm, Adam Leitman Bailey P.C., have been associated with some of the most significant cases of the new millennium, including prevailing in the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act cases, the Save Harlem Association v. Kimko case, the Ground Zero Mosque case, and the Trump Soho Association v Trump Soho Condominium. These achievements included reaching the largest settlement in condominium history as well as separately, the largest casualty settlement for a restaurant. Victories also included winning cases and making a new law for newly constructed condominiums and prevailing in both a case of first impression in a property land dispute as well as a landlord-tenant case of first impression.

He and his law firm have won every major award that a lawyer could win, including Commercial Observer’s Most Powerful Lawyers, Chambers & Partners’ Leading Law Firms and Lawyers, Super Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers, and Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Rating.  

Adam Leitman Bailey is a heartfelt believer of persistence above all else — and, given the obstacles, pain, and doubt that he has so clearly overcome in his life, it seems impossible to argue with his methodology. 

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3 INVESTMENT TIPS WALL STREET DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

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Do you want to know the secret behind Wall Street? The secret is that there IS no secret. They’re just really good at what they do: making money.

You would think that the best place to look for financial advice would be the ones that are constantly making headlines, even creating the news. But that’s not exactly the case.

It’s true that the financial experts on Wall Street are often very successful. But their goal is to protect their assets and make themselves look good, not give valuable advice. While they may not actually be hiding anything, they are very selective about the information they choose to share with the public.

Mainstream sources like CNBC or Fox Business will never have all the data you need to make a well-informed decision, which is why educating yourself as an investor is so crucial.

Here are a few tips to get you started on becoming your own financial expert.

Tip #1: Identify your investor personality.

In some of my previous posts, I’ve talked about the importance of psychology in financial decision-making. 80% of financial expertise is learning how you make financial decisions, knowing your strengths and weaknesses, and honing your ability to act rationally in an unstable environment.

This is what helps you develop an investor personality and get a sense of what works for YOU.

Start reading about big investors and traders in industries that interest you. What are they doing and how are they doing it? What’s their approach? How do they perform under pressure? These are questions you’ll want to ask yourself as you go.

Follow those investors online and get to know them from every angle. There’s no magic solution or anything particularly new about this. You’re just creating a playbook of the personality traits you want to emulate as an investor and building on that persona.

Tip #2: Turn off the noise.

You’ve got a sense of the kind of investor you want to be. Now you have to hone in on the information that will get you there. Need some good sources to get you started? I’ve got a few that you may not have considered before. Favorite experts of mine include Ray Dalio of Bridgewater and from the early days Jesse Livermore.

When it comes down to it, everyone has access to the same information, but not all haves the same tools. Keeping your investor persona in mind and having experts to follow will help you manage, translate, and use that information to your advantage.

The best way to become your own financial expert is to turn off the white noise and narrow your focus. Start discarding any information that doesn’t work for you and pay close attention to the sources that do.

Tip #3: Choose a strategy—and stick to it.

There are hundreds of strategies floating around the market and most of them won’t work for you. The investor persona that you’ve developed, along with the focused expertise you continue to develop should all converge into a single strategy.

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel or make anything up. Most of the work has been done for you already by experts who have spent time working in the market and have made mistakes. Your job now is to learn from them and select a strategy that works for you. And then stick to it.

This is key.Too many investors and traders make the mistake of reacting impulsively to the market instead of committing to their strategy. Wall Street experts don’t switch things up when they feel like it. They know what they want and they don’t deviate from the plan.

If you feel an impulse to invest your assets because of a headline or sudden shift in the market, take some time to check your facts. Go to the financials of the companies you’re interested in. Look at their macro and microtransactions and find evidence that they are going to grow.

Remember, public companies that share their financials, like the Wall Street experts, only share the data that makes them look good. Those projections and charts often show an optimistic, even inaccurate, view. So always check your facts before committing. Look at their competition and whether they have enough resources to develop the technology they say they will.

These tips won’t make you an expert overnight. It takes work and dedication to become a successful investor. But taking the time to evaluate your own psychology, learn from the experts, and hone in on the information that works for you will benefit you ten-fold later.

Once you’ve done that, you can forget everything else.

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