Kenneth Goodgame Joins True Value Hardware to Foster Growth and Profitability

In an effort to stimulate profitability and growth, one of the world largest hardware stores; True Value Corporation, has recently announced the appointment of new executives to be part of the company’s leadership at its retail support center.

This restructuring is meant to consolidate the hardware’s global distribution chain, the supply network, and the logistics division, to create a store with a sharper focus on growth and efficiency.

Kenneth Goodgame, who most recently worked at Ace Hardware as the General Merchandising Manager, will join the hardware to serve as the Chief Merchandising Officer (CMO) and the Senior Vice President of the store. Kenneth will replace the retiring Mike Clark, bringing in diverse executive expertise in hardware and consumer goods manufacturing.

Goodgame is a graduate of United States Military Academy based in West Point with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He earned his MBA at the Houston University after which he was employed in a division of Rubbermaid Cleaning, a global marketer, and seller of commercial and consumer products. At the company, he served the far eastern operations of the company’s home products, commercial products, Graco and Little Tikes, and the cleaning products divisions.

Kenneth also served a variety of merchandising positions at Home Depot, an online platform that retails appliances, furniture, and interior decorations.

Abhinav Shurkla, who joined from AlixPartners will assume the responsibilities of the Chief Operating Officer. Owning a consultant global firm where he served as a consultant to some of the largest Fortune 500 companies, he is expected to improve the operational and financial performance of the hardware with his prominent expertise in global supply chain management.

Finally, the restructuring will also include Tim Mills, who will serve the position of the Senior Vice President of Growth. Tim previously worked for HD Supply, a leading distributor of products and value-added services in North America.

Eric Pulier is Giving Back to the World Around Him

He kept this passion throughout grade school, middle school, and high school before continuing his education at Harvard University. Eric began his college education at Harvard in 1984 where he studied Computer Sciences, English and American Literature and Visual and Environmental Studies. During his time at Harvard, he was also the author of a weekly column in the Harvard Crimson Weekly titled Pulierleg. Eric graduated Magna cum Laude in 1988 and went on to develop and help found many different technology-based companies.

Over the years Eric Pulier has founded over 15 companies and it all started back in 1991 with his first company called People Doing Things. People Doing Things also known as PDT was a company the addressed issues such as education and health care by utilizing technology. His next company that he founded was Digital Evolution in 1994 which later merged with US Interactive LLC. In a project that combined Eric’s passion for humanity with his love for technology, he lead the efforts to build a private social network for children suffering from chronic illnesses.

To date, Eric is a board member of the Painted Turtle which is a charitable organization that created a summer camp in California specifically for these children . Eric is involved in many different philanthropy efforts in which help to better the world around him not for himself but for others. One of his philanthropy efforts is being a financial donor and collaborator with the XPRIZE Foundation and The Campaign for Free College Tuition. Learn more about Eric and his many ventures here.

Diversant Is On A Mission For Success And Ethnic Diversity

John Goullet has been in the IT staffing industry for a very long time and has built a great deal of experience and success doing so. Just starting out, John was working as an IT consultant, followed by moving on to IT staffing. He opened his very own IT staffing company in 1994, known as Info Technologies. It wasn’t long before the company was noticed as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States as part of the private sector, with the company quickly reaching a net value of over $30 million. Info Technologies was later merged with Diversant after its bout of success, to form the company Diversant LLC. John became the Principal Executive as part of the leadership advisory board at Diversant.

Diversant is also known as the largest African American IT staffing company within the United States, which enables John Goullet to share his knowledge with a great deal of people as part of the advisory board. He has brings great value with experience in building a startup company, handling customers, and surpassing technical requirements. Not only does John Goullet have a great deal of experience in business, but Diversat is able to effect ethnic diversity in a variety of ways. They allow their consultants to come up with strategies to solve issues from many different standpoints and cultural views, to come up with different solutions for different life experiences.

As it stands, Diversant LLC is certified completely as a Minority Owned Business Enterprise, which indicates that the company is owned primarily by individuals who fall into the minority. This is unlike most other tech companies out there. Diversant is also very supporting of the Harlem Business Alliance, viewing Ethnic Diversity as a positive and not just a quota or requirement. The Harlem Business Alliance and Diversant are involved with each other because the decreasing investment and lack of support of Harlem.

James Dondero and his Successful Endeavors

James Dondero is known to be many things including the innovator and the drive behind his investment firm that is known as the Highland Capital Management investment firm, a firm that is known to have some of the top experts in the world and that can provide the best investment opportunities with a high rate of return and with a low risk involved. James Dondero and his team are experts when it comes to this industry and have over 20 years of experience with leading this investment firm into the future with the help of speculation and their savvy business mind for investment. James Dondero is not only the current President of this investment firm, but is also co-founder of Highland Capital who has dedicated his entire career to offering some of the best solutions possible for both businesses as well as individuals looking for a high rate of return.

Though this investment firm was founded in 1993, James Dondero already had over ten years of investment experience under his wing. Mr. Dondero and his team offer credit-based solutions that present ample opportunity for individuals and businesses that are involved in both the private sector as well as those that are involved in the public sector. James Dondero has always been an individual who has been considered to be ahead of his time with his many investment solutions. One example that has demonstrated his unique investments includes the buying of some of Argentina’s debt in order to reintroduce the company back into the international bonds market. This business idea proved to be profitable and proved to spark economic growth.

As a member of this community, Mr. Dondero has been on a mission to give back to the community by making many generous donations and by putting in time and the effort to help others in need. To help with this endeavor, James Dondero has enlisted the help of Linda Owen, a respected philanthropist within the Dallas community.

Keeping Your Business Reputation Clean

Being an entrepreneur has been your lifetime dream and goal. Not only has it been a dream, but you’ve taken the giant step of running your own business. You run the business in a respectful manner and try to maintain a positive image for your brand or service.

Wouldn’t it be great to run your business without customer discrepancies? Hopefully not having to deal with customers (or competitors) making negative comments about you or your business? That would be exquisite, except for one thing. Anyone in business knows that you can’t please all the people all the time.

Truth is, one bad transaction could mean a disgruntled customer on a crusade to ruin your business. Disgruntled customers, along with jealous competition, could put your reputation and your business in the line of fire. You think you should take the high road and do business as usual. Ignore the “small” talk.

However, things are not always that simple. What should you do in a confrontational dispute about the way you do business? If you don’t defend yourself in today’s society of consumers, people may take heed to the accusations of your business. There are five ways to get past this.

Don’t stoop to a disgruntled customer’s or jealous competitor’s level.

It’s only human nature to fight back when people push you. The downside to that is it makes you look unprofessional. You shouldn’t “beef” with customers or competition.

If all else fails, there is a company online that can help remove negative reviews. Go to and utilize their services, while you run your business.

Don’t underestimate your support groups.

These are the people that were there from “Day 1” until now. Let them know how you feel about the attack on you and your business. Whatever you do, don’t let your anger get the best of you. If the accusations become too much to handle, then visit

Above all, remember why you got into business for yourself in the first place. It will all become clear.

Connecting Kids With Parents On Securus

I know that connecting kids with parents who are in jail is a touchy subject for people, and it is very hard for some people to fathom how that is going to happen. The Securus app works really well in the home that we run because we have kids who are in the system and have parents in jail. We want to make sure that these kids can talk to their parents, and we have been using the tablets that we have in the office to help the kids.

The kids that we have staying with us are going to be able to talk to their parents because we get them on the Securus app to chat. The app is great because we connect in a couple seconds, and we do not have to make the kids wait. That is worst part for me because I use to have kids who were forced to wait.

I think that it was much better for these kids to see their parents on video instead of going to the jail, and I have even had bosses tell me that the kids should not be going to the jail because they would be traumatized.

We are all thankful around here for Securus, and I think that the kids like it the most. They do not even think about it because they get to talk to their parents. We are going to help keep these families going even though they are broken up right now, and we might be able to get them back together in the future. We can see the hope in these kids and parents, and it helps all of us do our work.

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