Waitress Receives Unexpected Tip From Dining Couple

Dec - 11 2014 | 1 comment | By

An Arkansas couple tipped their waitress with a vehicle after seeing the condition of her car. I read about this story the other day after reading about Kenneth Griffin.

The waitress, Cindy Grady who works at a Cracker Barrel in Branson, Missouri, had been driving an older vehicle that was in severe disrepair: the hood was strapped down, the driver side window was missing and had been wrapped in plastic wrap, and the body of the vehicle had large dents. 

The couple, Gary and Roxann Tackett, regularly ate at the Cracker Barrel and noticed the waitress’ car. They decided to give her a 2008 Ford Fusion to help make her travels to work reliable and safe.


It is not unusual for patrons to tip servers more during the holidays. The average American spends more that $150 on tips for various services during the holiday months, according to a new survey done by Care.com.

Jared Haftel: The Tony Stark of Finance

Dec - 10 2014 | 1 comment | By

Duke University graduate, Jared Haftel, is not your run-of-the-mill finance guy. He has accomplished more in his 4 years of college than many adults in over 15 years. He is currently a professional investment banking analyst, however, his past endeavors make him a worthy adversary for any competitor in his field.

Haftel attended Duke University from 2005 to 2009, plowing his way through bachelor’s degrees in Science, Mathematics and Economics. Haftel later finished with an MBA at the Stanford School of Business. While many would chuckle at his choice in majors, his current profession is allowing him to utilize 100% of his skills acquired in college. Needless to say, his career choice was well planned.

During his summer break after Junior year, Haftel participated in an internship with Credit Suisse. It is evident that he performed exceptionally with Credit Suisse as he soon after secured a position for the Global Industrials Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, responsible for tracking commodities information, focusing on metals, chemicals, mining, defense, and aerospace industries. During his time with Merrill Lynch, he acquired and consulted with high profile clients such as CONSOL Energy, Huntsman Corporation, GeoEye, and EMS Technologies. He is currently an Associate at Vector Capital, with whom he has worked since 2011.

Furthermore, CNN’s Arnold Harol posted an article featuring Haftel’s tips on crafting a resume geared toward acquiring a job or internship in investment banking. His tips on acquiring the a finance specialist’s dream job have resonated with so many people across the globe that his words have been echoed in blogs and finance websites for the past several months.

Haftel is most certainly an outlier when it comes to accomplishments, however, it is evident that he took advantage of his situation and has become a role model for people around the world. Make sure to follow him on Twitter, as well as other social media, so that you can keep up on this rising star.

Woman Successfully Gives Birth on Airplane

Dec - 10 2014 | 1 comment | By

Of all the places to give birth when one can’t get to a hospital, an airplane is a birthing mother’s worst nightmare. While most women avoid traveling by air during their last month of pregnancy, a passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight to Phoenix successfully gave birth to her baby on board, with the help of several airline personnel.
My boss at Occidental, Jonathan Veitch told this crazy story about this woman who gave birth on the airplane on his flight back to California. He said that  while the woman was giving birth on the airplane, passengers heard the call for a doctor, but did not know what medical emergency had prompted the search for a doctor on board. It was not until the pilot announced the birth of a baby that it became clear.
Due to the sudden birth, the plane landed in Los Angeles instead of Phoenix, and the passengers then took a different plane to Phoenix. Firefighters and Paramedics boarded the plane in Los Angeles and took the mother and newborn to a hospital.
The mother, whose name has not been released, was reported to have been pacing in the airport before boarding, which meant that she could have been having contractions before boarding the flight.

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