Burch Creative Capital prides themselves on being more than just an investment firm, but a promoter and nurturer of creativity and innovation. The founder, Christopher Burch tries to maintain the imagination and creativity of a small boy and pair that with the entrepreneurial knowledge and spirit he gained as a young man. From running a hot dog stand to selling sweaters door-to-door, Burch has always honed his skills as an entrepreneur. Embracing a learning disability at young age, Burch saw the greater creativity and imagination that he was able to tap into by focusing on more things than others could. After selling his first company, he was fortunate enough to make some quality investments that established the reputation of Burch Creative Capital as a company that supports, creates value, promotes creativity and invests in the businesses that they work with.
Christopher Burch was born and raised in middle-class family in Pennsylvania. He graduated from Ithaca College where he began his first business with his brother, Robert Burch. The clothing company by they name of Eagle Eye started out small, purchasing sweaters and then selling them door to door. The company that started in 1976 with a few thousand dollars quickly took off and Burch decided to open up a factory. The greater production allowed him to expand sales to other campuses and even into some retail stores before eventually establishing his own. Eagle Eye was eventually sold to the Swire Group in 1998 for $60 million.
Another fashion company that Burch was instrumental in creating and establishing was Tony Burch. He served as co-chairman of the company which was founded in 2004. Owning just under 30% of the company, Burch eventually sold all of his shares for around $650 million which eventually propelled him to his first billion dollars. His accomplishments were recognized by Forbes Magazine when Burch was added to their prestigious list of billionaires. These experiences in the fashion, entrepreneurial and investing world led Christopher Burch to his next and greatest venture yet, the founding of Burch Creative Capital.
Burch Creative Capital was created to work hand in hand with other entrepreneurs and businesses to bring their creativity and ideas to life. Burch wanted his company to be much more than a simple investment. With over 30 years of investment and entrepreneurial experience and expertise, Christopher Burch brings a unique set of skills to all of the companies that he works with. During his active career, Burch has been an instrumental part of the success of over 50 companies. Creative Capital’s mantra is to Create, Disrupt and Scale. Some of Burch’s earlier investments were Jawbone, Voss Water and Powermat. More recently, Burch Creative Capital has been excited about their involvement with ED by Ellen Degeneres, TRADEMARK and Cocoon9.
Engadget profile: https://www.engadget.com/about/editors/chris-burch/
Highland Capital, co-founded by James Dondero, is an alternative investment management firm that manages hedge funds, distressed investment funds, and structured investment, but Highland Capital is about more than just making investments and money. Co-founder James Dondero also believes in giving back and supporting the community and helping the victims of family violence.
Family Place is a leading organization that supports victims of family violence which are a serious issue in the Dallas as well as around the country. A $1 million challenge grant was administered through Highland Dallas Foundation, Inc, a division of the company that handles its philanthropic work, and the grant will match 50 percent of any funds raised up to $1 million. The Family Place campaign, known as the Legacy Campaign, is looking earn another $2.8 million which is needed to reach the fundraising goal of $16.5 million. The Highland grant challenge ensures a strong finish to help reach that goal. The funds raised by the Legacy Campaign will support the building and operations of a new Central Dallas Counseling Center for the victims of family violence.
Who is James Dondero?
James Dondero is the Co-founder and President Of Highland Capital Management and has over 30 years of experience in the credit markets. James’ accomplishments in the financial industry are wide and impressive. Between the years of 1989 and 1993, he served as Chief Investment Officer of Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary and played a vital role in growing the business from concept to over $2 billion.
James Dondero’s experience in the credit markets include mortgage-backed securities, investment grade corporates, and leveraged bank loans just to name a few. He holds a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia and currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical, and NexBank. Dondero also serves as a board member of American Banknote and MGM Studios.
There is something to be said for a man who is not afraid of hard work. John Goullet is that type of man; a self-made entrepreneur he has worked for everything that he has gotten. He is a visionary who sees opportunity where others may only see race, background, or lack of training. Goullet started at the bottom but pulled himself up by his own “boot straps” and now he sits at the top.
A graduate of Ursinus College, it was Goullet’s knowledge of market trends that led to the founding of his first company Info Technologies. He initially started his career in the business as a consultant later on he became an IT staffer. Since then, he has been involved in a number of successful IT businesses.
Info Technologies is an IT staffing company that provides Fortune 500 companies across the nation with “solutions.” Goullet started the business from “scratch” with an investment that grew in five years to $3M and landed a place on Inc. Magazine’s list of the fastest growing 500 privately owned firms in the U.S. Six years ago, John Goullet’s Info Technologies merged with DIVERSANT, Inc. to form DIVERSANT, LLC.
DIVERSANT is a minority-owned business that provides diversity while adhering to solid business principles. DIVERSANT sees itself as more than an IT staffing company; they are a “connection” company that connects the top Fortune 500 companies with the most qualified professionals. DIVERSANT’s goal is finding the perfect fit for those who are just starting a career as well as those seeking a career change. Now that Goullet is a part of DIVERSANT’s leadership team, he plans to continue with his passion for hard work. As DIVERSANT’s Principal, John Goullet will work even harder to meet the challenges that are a part of the IT marketplace by developing new and better solutions.
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