Conquering the Engineering profession by Smita Shah

Smita Shah was on an interview on the Steve Cochran radio show where she got to talk about engineering and how best to tackle its riddles. Smita Shah one of the great stories and is the head of Spaan Tech. She began the tech company about 20 years ago. The company deals with the building of roads, bridges, among other activities.

When asked about what she will do after school, she said that though it was just two years after her masters and thought that the worst that could happen was that she would fail and work for somebody else. On the other hand, she also thought that the best that could happen was that something good would come from it. Since then, her life wasn’t the same.

Smita Shah said that her goal in terms of business was a very simple plan that was for people with exceptional talents and skills to come together, build communities and work on significant projects. She said that at that time, people didn’t use to talk about the STEM term. She was a young lady with a specific talent for math and science.

She continued to say that that didn’t make her unique but rather thought that it made her different. She was one of the only girls doing math in class from a young age and could be pulled aside with boys in 4th and 5th grade to solve math problems. It wasn’t unusual for her, but being different became a regular thing. She says she didn’t think it was cool back then but continued to say that she was more of a nerd.

To date, she said that people were still surprised that she holds a master’s of science in Civil Engineering. She said that people always make assumptions upon seeing women doing engineering and also added that STEM itself was a unique thing. She said that in her country, struggle to find great people interested in engaging in science, math, and education and was one of the reasons she felt she needs to encourage women and minorities to be involved in making the country better. Learn more:

She also said that it was great to see women and girls competing for when they do so, they end up being very successful. She continued to say that not enough emphasis was being put towards engineering for both boys and girls in school. According to her, many people don’t realize that math and science are vital in their lives.

During start-up, she was very naïve to care whether her company would fail but also thought that if it did, she would try something else. She took a slow-growth approach to run her company and went on further. She concluded by advising women that they should embrace the challenge and encourage one another for engineering is a great profession.

Follow Smita Shah on Twitter

Connect with Smita on LinkedIn

Marc Beer: Providing LumeNXT Inc. With a Plan to Succeed

Marc Beer, an American entrepreneur that focuses on medical technology, was recently appointed to become the chairman of the board at LumeNXT Inc. The company is known for its illuminated surgical tools which are used to minimize the number of surgical accidents. The privately-held company continues to grow as more doctors are developing interest with their innovative surgical tools. They appointed Marc Beer to become the chairman of the board because they are aware that he has been working in the industry for more than two decades. He has a lot of experience in helping medical companies develop further, and they are positive that he will also help them with their goal of expanding and reaching new heights.

Marc Beer said that he is proud to work with the people at LumeNXT Inc., and he is inspired mostly by the engineers and surgeons who are doing their best to develop a new product. He also highlighted the importance of the illuminated surgical tools which are being developed by the company and stated how it can save many lives. It would also help the doctors to perform a safer invasive surgery, thanks to the illuminated feature on these tools that gives them a great vision of the area they are working on. Compared to traditional surgery techniques, surgeons across the United States said that they are now more confident working on the operating table because of the precision and accuracy that the products from LumeNXT Inc. provide. The advanced tools that were developed by the company is a product of their research, and it took them years before they can perfect the product.

The co-founder of LumeNXT Inc., Paul Rhyne, stated that their decision to appoint Marc Beer as the chairman of the board is partly because of his skills and talents in managing big medical businesses. They are aware of the success of Renovia Inc., and they also wanted to replicate it. They said that Marc Beer’s passion for helping the public who are facing different medical conditions took their interest. Back when Renovia Inc. was established, Marc Beer was thinking of ways on how his company can become the talk of the town. With the help of his business partners, Marc Beer decided to create a product that would help millions of women who are suffering from pelvic floor disorders. He named the product as Leva, and it was first introduced into the market last year after the FDA gave it a certification.

Since then, Marc Beer has been involved in different ventures that are all about the protection of the public from deadly diseases. His involved with LumeNXT Inc. was due to the executives appointing him as a member of their board, and eventually, as the chairman. Learn more:

Maarten De Jeu Is The Managing Director And Founder Of SVM Business Advisory

Former Museum of Science and Industry chairman Maarten De Jeu is a successful financial expert that currently acts as a managing partner at SVM Business Advisory, a company he founded in 2012. Maarten De Jeu spent time in the UK and the Netherlands to complete his education. He attended Leiden University to earn his Public Administration degree, followed by the University of Oxford to earn his Master’s in Business Administration. Learn more:

Maarten graduated with highest honors from the University of Oxford in 2005, during which time he was already working for TVDK Management Consultants, an international financial strategy company. Although he started in a beginner position, Maarten De Jeu quickly worked his way up the ranks to earn management positions. By 2008, Maarten moved on from TVDK with eight years of experience to work at Aviva, a Chicago based company in the United States. Maarten took up strategy planning and portfolio review work at Aviva’s offices in London until he eventually became the Director of Strategy and Corporate Development.

After four years of working in an executive position, Maarten De Jeu wanted to start his own business using his acquired knowledge, thus SVM Business Advisory was born. De Jue has since co-founded another technology startup known as SpeakUp, an ethics and compliance company in Europe.

Throughout his career, Maarten De Jeu has built up an impressive network of business relationships from around the world in Asia, Europe, and the United States. Maarten is also affiliated with various companies as a member of the board or general consultant, including the Museum of Science and Industry, the Economics Club of Chicago, the Environmental Law and Policy Center, the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Along with his international financial experience, Maarten De Jeu has also taken the time to learn several different languages, such as Dutch, French, and German. According to Maarten, it has made him a better communicator, and in several cases, being multilingual has opened up paths to new business ventures in regards to business partnerships and real estate investments. Follow Maarten De Jeu on Twitter

Nexbank, the Growing Texas Bank

Nexbank has just completed a private placement of fixed-to-floating rate subordinated notes in the amount of $54 million. This brings the total for the equity and debt Nexbank has raised to $283 million. The subordinated notes were purchased by institutional and high-net worth individuals.


The fixed interest for the notes is 6.375% for the first five years. They are also non-callable for five years. The bonds will be at a floating rate after the initial five years and the rate will be based on a spread above the 3-month LIBOR or 458.5 basis points. The Kroll Bond Rating Agency has rated these notes BBB- as they qualify as 2-Tier capital.


Nexbank Capital Inc. handles commercial banking, institutional services and mortgage banking. It is a Dallas, Texas-based financial services institution. It serves its nationwide customers by using its 8.4 billion in assets as a stabilizing resource to offer commercial lending, treasury management, credit services and mortgage lending.


Nexbank is a regional bank with a charter that goes back to 1922. As the fourth largest bank in Dallas, it has a legal lending limit of $137 million and the capacity to loan larger amounts in syndication with other banks. Nexbank is an SBA preferred lender.


Nexbank services one in four residential mortgages in Texas with many of its loans being for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Ginnie Mae financing. Nexbank has won notable recognition in the banking industry with awards for being the Best Performing U.S. Community Bank. It was the number five Return of Equity Banking institution and it was the number 10 best performing bank.


For 100 years, Nexbank has had a client-focused approach to serving its individual clients. Deposited funds are FDIC-insured for up to $250,000 in multiple ownership categories. Those accounts include checking, savings, money market and certificate of deposit accounts. As with all banking institutions, Nexbank does not offer FDIC-insurance for investment accounts. Nexbank also offers online banking and mobile banking to its customers.

Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff AKA Pappy Pariah

Sean Penn kicked back in his kitchen in sunny Los Angeles to discuss his new book over the phone. His book, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, has been met with mixed reviews. In Penn’s mind, however, the book is a complete work of art and the creative outlet he has been searching for. Penn says that writing books is different from working in the film industry because it is something that can be all his; he doesn’t have to collaborate with others to get the job done. Because the film industry is a “people” business, collaboration is often necessary.


However, Penn says that collaboration could turn your project into something that you never expected it to become, and the result isn’t always positive. Instead of feeling disappointed with the way that his movies would turn out after collaborating with other big names in the industry, Penn decided to go another route. Some celebrities, such as Sarah Silverman, love the book and rave about it. There are always people, however, who are critical and don’t find the book to be great at all. The book’s main protagonist is Bob Honey, a middle-aged divorcee who lives a seemingly boring life as a septic tank salesman. Things aren’t always as they seem, however, and Bob actually lives a double life as a deadly assassin. The audio version of Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff was entitled Pappy Pariah, who Penn says is a man he met during a visit to Florida.


Readers have often wondered, however, if Bob Honey and Pappy Pariah are parodies of Sean Penn, himself. The lives of Penn and Bob do bare some striking similarities. For example, the word “pariah” means “outcast” or “outsider.” Could Pappy Pariah be Sean Penn? After all, Penn doesn’t have a relationship with his children and is estranged from them. There are also scenes in the book that relate to real life situations. One scene in particular is in the epilogue of the book when Penn briefly mentions the Las Vegas shootings and North Korea.

Organo Gold Hot Coca Perfect For Not Only Adults But Kids Too

There is a new way to reduce the risk of dying due to diseases such as heart disease and strokes. This new way is called drinking coffee. Coffee has been studied countless amounts of times and almost always leads back to the same conclusion of people being able to live longer if they drink it. No matter if you drink caffeinated coffee or decaffeinated coffee there is a lowered risk of dying due to diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and many other diseases. Coffee and tea are both extremely healthy for people and it has been known that ganoderma mushroom is also healthy so what would happen if you mix the two? Well there is a company that already has.

Organo Gold specializes in premium teas and coffees that contain the very special Ganoderma mushrooms. Ganoderma mushrooms have very many health benefits and the best part about them being put in Organo Gold Products is that they provide tea and coffee with health benefits well not being able to taste the mushrooms in the tea or coffee. Organo Gold offers many different types of beverages they have black coffee, king of coffee, café latte, café mocha, café supreme, hot coca, green tea, red tea, and black ice. Needless to say, they have products for every type of customer.

Organo Gold is very popular not only among adults for their many types of tea and coffee but it is also very popular among young kids due to the amazing hot coca that they have on the market. Organo Gold Hot Coca is not just your average hot coca but its caffeine free so it won’t get kids all wired with energy like soda would. Organo Gold black ice is their version of black iced tea with a catchy name.

Cassio Audi and Life of Music and Finance

Most people don’t know much about Brazilian metal bands. Their popularity was immense, but many people are now re-visiting the bands and learning new things about the music and the amount of talent they had. Many musicians have since moved on and don’t tie their life to music professionally anymore. The records get remastered, and people are still interested in them. One such band is Viper. They started out and released their first demo in the eighties, and their popularity grew from there. Cassio Audi, the drummer, was one of the founding members of the band.

His experience in music is somewhat overshadowed by his experience in finance. After leaving the band, Cassio Audi went to university and studied finance to then apply it to his life as a career. He works with start-up businesses, both private and public companies, international organizations as well as private equity funds. He is a natural leader. Cassio Audi is also an investment manager for, and he has an extensive list of people who benefit from his vast skill and experience. His clients make the final decisions about all investments, but Cassio Audi offers them advice about the investments.

He is a drummer whose talent is renowned, and people don’t realize that he doesn’t work in the music industry any longer. However, critics praise his talent and the unique vibes he brought to the band and the music as a whole. Although he was a part of Viper for only a few years, people still enjoy the old songs where Cassio Audi is sitting at the drums.

Most people think about the time when Cassio Audi was still a part of the band when they think of Viper. For many people, it brings back positive memories, and Cassio Audi is a part of that generation of musicians.

For more information on Cassio Audi follow him on Facebook.

Dr. Walden’s Cosmetic Surgery Practice

Dr. Jennifer Walden, M.D., PLLC, a Board-Certified plastic surgeon, runs a busy practice in Austin, TX. She previously practiced in New York City. Dr. Walden was born and raised in Austin and graduated from University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Jennifer Walden went on to receive her Medical Doctorate at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and did a residency with Plastic Surgery Associates in Miami. She moved to New York to complete a fellowship with Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital, and worked as an associate of plastic surgeon Dr. Sherrell Aston for eight years while building her own renowned cosmetic surgery practice.


Dr. Walden’s specialty is aesthetic plastic surgery. Her practice philosophy is that enhancing your body’s outer image to match your inner self boosts self-esteem and restores youthful vigor. Procedures that the Walden Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center performs include face lifts, breast augmentation, and hair restoration.


Dr. Walden is considered one of the foremost authorities in cosmetic plastic surgery, and has been featured on VH1, E!, CBS, and NBC. Her comments on aesthetic plastic surgery have also been featured in print publications, including Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Shape; and in Austin Woman and TexasMD.


She has been recognized both for her work as a plastic surgeon and her commitment to philanthropy. In 2015, Dr. Walden was distinguished as a RealSelf Top Doctor, an award given to less than 10% of the RealSelf doctor community. In April 2014, she was selected as one of the nation’s 24 Best Beauty Surgeons by Harper’s Bazaar magazine.


Dr. Walden was named as a runner-up for Woman of the Year in the 2016 Man & Woman of The Year fundraising campaign for the South Central Texas chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She has an ongoing commitment to the Austin Junior League Food in Tummies (FIT) program, which provides school lunches to underprivileged children. Dr. Walden has also done a tutorial in aesthetic plastic surgery at Bombay Hospital in Mumbai, India.


Read more about Jennifer Walden: