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Optical transmission innovator, Coriant opened in 2013 under German technology group, Nokia Siemens. It’s a component of the group’s transmission technology division. The newly formed subsidiary, Coriant, then spin out of ownership under its parent company Nokia Siemens/Marilyn Equity-Partners just two months after it launched. Marilyn Equity-Partners later acquired another technology company, Sycamore forming Coriant America, Inc. Having appointed a new chief executive, Shaygan Kheradpir, Coriant predicts a promising future. Kheradpir replaced former CEO (Chief Executive Officer), Pat DiPietro who’s assumed the vice chair position. With this recent restructuring of leadership, Coriant reinstated DiPietro as a Marlin Equity Partners associate.

Coriant is a combination of Sycamore Networks, Tellabs and Nokia optical transmission unit, Siemens. Interestingly, Kheradpir had an opportunity to explore the Coriant landscape having worked with Marlin Equity Partners as an operating executive. This happened a year prior to him taking up office at Coriant. The vendor has no regrets about appointing Kheradpir as they’re optimistic about incorporating his 28+ years long commitment across multiple facets. This includes industries such as finance, technology and telecommunications. Furthermore, Coriant has acknowledged Kheradpir extensive experience as a technology and business executive. With Kheradpir wealth of knowledge, Coriant foresees the company growing exponentially.

Shaygan Kheradpir joined Coriant executive team where he assumed two key positions, board chairman and CEO. A Cornell University graduate, Kheradpir has an engineering degree at the Ph.D. level having earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s earlier. Additionally, he’s an esteemed associate of Cornell University Engineering Council and a former U.S. NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) advisory. The former Juniper Networks CEO handled strategic planning initiatives, including f High IQ/Cloud Builder Networking and spearheaded innovation patenting such as the company’s comprehensive IOP (Integrated Operating Plan).

At Coriant, where Kheradpir currently works, he’s the innovator of groundbreaking strategic planning for technology investments and telecom. Earlier in his career, Kheradpir joined GTE Corporation. He later took up office as an executive vice president and CIO (Chief Information Officer) of Verizon. Largely, he focused on pioneering product innovations, efficiency and modernization. Verizon FiOS is among innovations Kheradpir brought into perspective. Today, it’s become one of the U.S. markets greatest telecom breakthroughs. In fact, the infrastructure has raised $20+ billion in capital funding. Later, Kheradpir then joined Barclays where he functioned as an executive officer of technology and operations. In addition, he served on the executive committee.

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Coriant was formed as an independent company by Marlin Equity Partners in 2013. The technology comes from Siemens Optical Networks, Sycamore Networks and Tellabs. Coriant America Inc. is headquartered in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. The company sells hardware and software for optical transmission in the Backbone network of voice, data and mobile networks.

Coriant announced last year that Shaygan Kheradpir has been named Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. He succeeded President and CEO Pat DiPietro, who transitioned to his previous role as the Operating Partner at Marlin Partners. Before he joined Coriant, Kheradpir was appointed as the Operating Partner at Marlin Equity Partners, his main focus was on strategic telecom and technology investments.

After earning a doctorate degree in engineering, Kheradpir started his career at GTE labs. At GTE, Kheradpir was promoted to a higher position as chief information officer. Shaygan led the team in developing the first network management platform for GTE in the nation. In 2000, GTE merged with Bell Atlantic to form a new company, Verizon Communications and Kheradpir eventually became the CIO of Verizon. He was also primarily responsible for reducing the IT budget of Verizon from 6 percent to 4 percent. Within a short period, FiOS had 35% penetration in the markets it operated and became a $12 billion enterprise. In 2007, he was named to CIO Magazine’s Hall of Fame. Kheradpir holds many technologies and telecommunications patents.

In January 2014, Kheradpir served as Chief Operations and Technology Officer at Barclays. He was instrumental with his team in the development of customer products, in the innovation of Cloudit and Pingit. Kheradpir joined Juniper Networks in 2014 as the company CEO. He helped develop the cost cutting, Integrated Operating Plan that targeted the growth markets of High-IQ Networking and Cloud Builder.

Marlin Equity Partners who are the founders of Coriant are very confident of having a successful company under Kheradpir’s leadership. With Coriant’s Shaygan Kheradpir at the helm and with his superior industry expertise, technical vision and passion for technology, he is positioned to lead their clients, their sales partners, and the industry, into an exciting and successful future.

Coriant was instituted in 2013 as an independent company from Nokia Siemens Network. The company deals with software and hardware for optical transmission of data, voice and mobile networks. Coriant was brought about by the amalgamation of Tellabs, Nokia Siemens Network optical and Sycamore network. Today, Coriant has servers handling network operators from over 100 countries globally. Coriant’s clients include service providers, mobile operators, content providers, cable MSOs, large firms, data centres and cloud operators to government agencies and other institutions.

Shaygan Kheradpir is the company’s current CEO. Shaygan Kheradpir was originally born in London but grew up in Iran. Shaygan later moved to the United States in pursuit of higher education; he currently holds a Doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Shaygan had his first job in 1978 working at GTE Laboratories. At GTE, he handled network control, management, and routing. It was not long before his abilities got the better of management and he was soon the company’s Chief information officer.

In 2000, Bell Atlantic merged with GTE labs to become Verizon. Shaygan was the new company’s president of e-division. He was later appointed as the companies first CTO/CIO. As the CIO, he brought about a ton of notable changes that still influence the company today. He expanded the company into an extensive range of telecommunication based services. During his tenure, in 2001, he formed a team that is responsible for numerous new Verizon products that took the company to a whole new level. His team is accredited to have brought up Verizon’s FIOS, fiber optics system. In 2003, Shaygan’s team developed IOBI, a mobile service that manages caller ID and other details. The team went ahead and produced numerous promising Verizon inventions including Verizon one that was a combination of a modem, router, phone and portable device. Shaygan also brought the company’s IT budget down from 6% to 4% saving up on a lot of costs.

In 2011, he was appointed the Chief operating officer at Barclay’s global retail and business bank. During this time, he introduced a relative number of advances to the bank including a mobile payment software known as Pingit. His continual effort saw him promoted to Chief Operations and Tech officer later on. In 2014, he was CEO at Juniper Networks where he introduced a new cost-cutting and restructuring plan that entailed a 160 million dollar cost-cutting plan.

Shaygan Kheradpir has been influential everywhere he has been. His continual effort has seen him rise from company ranks to company ranks over very short periods of time. Shaygan’s innovativeness has brought out the best of him and has allowed him to grow to one of the most promising figures in the industry. True innovation comes from coming up with a product the customer didn’t even know they needed.

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The DeVos family donated $90.9 million last year. Most of the money went to education purposes. It was given by the families five education funds that have seen it became one of the best donors in the country. It was ranked number 20 on a list of biggest donors in the world. The records were fished from IRS records. They didn’t include political donations. Aside from education, health and community got the other biggest gifts from their family foundation.

The DeVos family is Michigan-based billionaire family and heir to the Amway. It is one of the most influential families in the country and has leveraged that influence to help the poor.

One of the most well-known of the DeVos is Dick DeVos. He is the 67th richest man in America and is a former CEO of his father’s company Amway International. He has a net worth of $ 5.1 billion.

Dick was born 60 years ago in Grand Rapids Michigan. He is married to Betsy DeVos, and they have four children. According to his Wikipedia page, he was schooled in Forest Hill public school and went on to receive a degree in Business Administration from Northwood University. He attended Harvard and Wharton business schools and didn’t graduate. Betsy is a former chairperson of Michigan Republican party. She was instrumental in Dick decision to run for the governor’s seat. He didn’t win as he lost to the incumbent.

DeVos started his career in business working with Amway in 1974.In 1984, he was promoted to the post of Vice President. He immediately set on growing his brand and in 6 years he tripled the company’s sales overseas and opened branches in 18 countries. It exceeded many market predictions. Get a more indepth view of his work experience here: http://www.newnetherlandinstitute.org/history-and-heritage/dutch_americans/richard-dick-devos-jr/

In 1991, he joined Orlando Magic as the president and CEO of the team. He was considered a good manager who expected results and often got them.

In 1993 after just two years with Orlando Magic, Dick returned to Amway. Here he was named the president replacing his father. The firm has now expanded to more than 50 countries on six continents. Dick DeVos retired in 2004 with the net sales of $ 4.5 billion that year.

Dick then joined The Windquest Group as the CEO. It is a renewable energy firm that has invested heavily in the wind sector.

DeVos is an avid sailor, aviator and family man. He has competed and won in many sailing competition and flying programs. His passion for flying married with his dedication for creating educational opportunities for all children inspired him to create his self-founded aviation high school.

He has four children with his wife and appears a devoted family man. Dick has been very supportive of his children as they each pursue their chosen paths in the arts, business, and charity.

Susan McGalla has brought her marketing expertise to the Pittsburgh Steelers. She is their new marketing director, and she has made some changes already. At the beginning of the season she announced a new clothing line, and a new website where fans can shop for Steeler merchandise. You can still buy a Steeler jersey but there is a lot more now. There are hoodies, scarves, even dresses with the Steeler logo. There is merchandise made by Nike and Victoria’s Secret. There is also jewelry involved with Steeler charms available. They have also added pink for young girls, and that is with the normal black and gold that Steelers are accustomed to. McGalla has a proven track record in marketing and retail. She was president of American Eagle Outfitters, an CEO at Wet Seal before starting her own consulting company, and then was named marketing director for the Steelers. Her expertise lies in branding and merchandising. While at American Eagle she introduced womens’ wear in a market traditionally dominated by men, and she also introduced a childrens’ line of clothiong. Susan McGalla said she was doing this partly as a result of listening to what fans want. She said they had focus groups that have helped her see ways to make fans a part of the organization in new ways. Social media will be a big part of the new merchandising, she said. Now, she’s bringing her expertise in branding, lifestyle and merchandising to the Steelers. And she’s starting by listening to fans. Two new ideas she has introduced is “wear what we wear,” and “Steeler Friday.” In one they make available things players and coaches wear, such as sweatshirts or hoodies. In the other one they encourage fans to wear STeeler attire on Fridays. McGalla is a native of Ohio, had a football coach for a father and was in the shadow of the Steeler nation. She began her career in marketing in 1986 with the Joseph Horne Company, and went to American Eagle Outfitters in 1994. She went to Wet Seal in 2011, and then started a consulting company on her own.

Coriant was formed in March 2013. On May 6th the same year, they became independent from Nokia Siemens Networks under Marlin Equity Partners. The company sells hardware and software for optical transmission in the backbone network of mobile network, voice and data. Their products are hiT 7300 for optical multiplexing DWDM over fiber optic cables, hiT 710 for electrical cross connection of optical paths and hiT 70xx for “multi service provisioning”. They also have software products for management and planning are TNMS for network management and Transnet or Transconnect for network planning.

Coriant recently tapped Shaygan Kheradpir, the former Juniper CEO and Verizon Veteran to become Coriant’s new CEO. He holds a Ph.D., masters and Bachelor’s in Engineering from Cornell University. Kheradpir has worked with the senior management team as operating partner at Marlin Equity partners earlier in 2015.

With 28 years of experience, the telecom industry veteran has already proven to be a leader who already has industry, business and operational experience. His expertise will be particularly useful as the demand for data-intensive end-user applications drives expanded market opportunities. This includes 100G to multiterabit metro and long haul transport deployments, cloud infrastructure build-outs and hyper-scale data centre. He will also deal with mobile backhaul upgrades underlying the evolution to 4G and 5G.

Coriant has proven to be a top supplier of innovative networking solutions to leading network operation in more than 100 countries. Their customers are 9 out of the top 10 rated global Tier 1 Communications Service Providers. They also provide services such as cloud providers, government agencies and enterprises. They have managed to serve as the resilient foundation for billions of dollars in end-user service revenue.

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Nashville is home to many amazing real estate projects. There does not seem to be an end to the intriguing and sweeping new developments consistently planned for the historic city. A major new development is in the works for the Brick Church Pike area. Panattoni Development has designs on building a new warehouse park on 44 acres in the region. This is not a small project in the least. The amount of money investing in the project is in the range of $1.93 million.

Skyline Distribution Park is the name given to the eventual three-building complex that will be the end result of all the work done on the project. Industrial parks are somewhat in demand in the Nashville region. Businesses do require office space. Even with the many changes in the local economy and the rise of internet based business, commercial office real estate is always going to have some level of demand. It seems that Nashville is not always able to meet such demands.

Of course, in order to provide commercial and industrial space to interested parties, there has to be someone interested in actually developing the project. This is where Panattoni Development stepped in and opted to contribute something very important to the city.

Industrial space definitely would appeal to someone such as Scott Lumley. Lumley has been enormously successful in his various entrepreneurial endeavors. Lumley has successful founded businesses that focus on consumer electronics, online auctions, and the sale of overstock merchandise. Professionals such as Lumley often do need office space to handle the exponential growth of their successful endeavors.

Lumley has even worked as in the rodeo industry and as a horse trainer. He seems to always be interested in succeeding in all the endeavors he becomes involved. Companies founded by people such as Scott Lumley has a tendency to grow. Growing companies are going to be interested in more office space. Perhaps Lumley will develop his own projects as he runs Resolve Financials, a real estate development company.

When Skyline Distribution Park nears completion, a host of entrepreneurs and business owners are sure to come calling. Nashville definitely would benefit economically from such activity as would the many customers these professionals serve.