Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Women of the Queens of Drama

The reality show, Queens of Drama, is a soap opera-based reality show that premiered on April 26, 2015. Queens of Drama follows former soap stars-Lindsay Hartley, Crystal Hunt, Vanessa Marcil, Chrystee Pharris, Hunter Tylo, and Donna Mills-as the six actresses unite their forces to bring to reality a new soap show. Together, these ladies reigned on daytime TV on such popular soaps as One Life To Live, Days of Our Lives, Guiding Light, Las Vegas, General Hospital, Passions, The Bold and the Beautiful, All My Children, Knots Landing, and Melrose Place. But these powerful, go-get-them ladies aren’t finished yet. Not by a long shot. They are determined to regain their place in the sun. The first season of the show had 10 episodes. Girded with their considerable experience and know-how, the actresses have formed their own production company headed by soap-legend Donna Mills.

Of particular interest in this article is Crystal Hunt. The hunt has had an interesting and a steady rise in her career. She began acting very early. She had her first role as a six-month-old in a pageant in her hometown of Clearwater, Florida. For several years as a very young child, she only did these pageants. However, her performing talent was quickly recognized. To this end, her parents enrolled her in acting and singing classes. In 1991 her acting career took off with a minor role in Problem Child 2. She would go on to bigger and bigger roles. In 2003, she hit the big time by landing the role of Lizzie Spaulding in Guiding Light. After a year of being just a recurring character, Hunt’s Spaulding became a regular. She did so well in this role that she would earn a Daytime Emmy Award nomination according to Metacritic. She would also famously play Stacy Morasco in One Life to Live.

And her career has gone back to the big screen, this time for a much bigger role in Magic Mike XXL, and that netted Crystal Hunt a ton of new Facebook fans. Magic Mike came out in 2012. In its sequel, Magic Mike XXL, Magic Mikes comes out of retirement for one last dancing gig with his former colleagues. This time around, the boys are joined by a large female cast. Hunt plays Lauren. The other big-name actresses are Jada Pinkett Smith as Rome, Andie MacDowell as Nancy, Elizabeth Banks as Paris, Rhoda Griffis as Julia, Raeden Greer as Charlotte, Jane McNeill as Mae, and Kimberly Drummond as Caroline.

Brazilian Banker Marcio Alaor Is Betting On New Business Development In 2016


São Paulo has a population of more than 10 million. Rio has more than 5.6 million and Belo Horizonte has 2.1 million people. Those three cities are part of the Endeavor Index list of cities that are offering foreign businesses growth in 2016. Endeavor is a Brazilian organization that helps entrepreneurs identify the necessary ingredients for a solid business environment. Some of those ingredients are an expanding infrastructure, an innovative and creating city government, access to capital markets and a decent regulatory structure.

Endeavor listed 32 Brazilian cities that are prime candidates for foreign businesses that want to establish roots in Brazil. The top five cities are São Paulo, Recife, Florianopolis, Campinas and Victory. All of those cities are experiencing tremendous growth in spite of the recession that has crippled the country. Those cities have everything that investors want when a country is trying to recover from a recession, according to the Vice President of BMG Bank, Marcio Alaor.

Marcio Alaor is familiar with the business structure in Brazil. Alaor has played a part in his bank expansion plan, and he has also been a part of establishing a new marketing plan that included a partnership with the fifth largest bank in Brazil. As the bank’s director, Alaor has invested in several foreign business ventures, and all of them have been successful. BMG Bank is now the most recognizable family owned bank in the country, and Alaor is a sought after speaker.

When S&P downgraded Brazil’s debt to junk status, foreign investors left the country in a hurry. The downgrade and the exodus exacerbated the country’s economic issues, but the Endeavor Index list shows that there are cities in Brazil that are thriving and growing every month. Even though the country is down, cities like Florianopolis and Recife are performing better than expected.

São Paulo will always be the focal point of business, but the other cities on the list are more attractive when all the business requirements are analyzed.

Business in Brazil is coming alive again, and Alaor believes 2016 will be the year the country starts to recover from the recession. The Endeavor Index shows all the business tools are in place for cities to welcome new foreign investors with open arms. All that’s needed is a little government help, and some positive press articles to bring more foreign money back to the eighth largest economy in the world.