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Meet Billy Walters: The Pro Gambler Donating $1M to Harry Reid Airport Rebrand

Las Vegas Airport Renamed

Recently, it was revealed that the McCarran International Airport would be renamed (to the support of many Las Vegas residents), and it’s thanks to Billy Walters, along with his wife Susan.

So, who is Billy Walters? For those who are unfamiliar, Walters is a retired professional gambler, who has made a big name for himself over the years both in and outside the scope of his career.

Growing up, Walters didn’t quite have the easiest arrangement in the books. In fact, his upbringing had been difficult in a number of ways. Walters grew up in poverty, and his father had passed when he was just an infant. His mother’s alcoholism only complicated the situation further, leading Walters to be raised by his grandmother, without indoor plumbing and running water.

Given his upbringing, Walters has devoted a good portion of his career to giving back. As someone who has been so dedicated to philanthropy, it’s no surprise that Walters has befriended Harry Reid, the former Nevada Democratic senator.

Reid is a “personal friend,” in Walters’ own words. He also described Reid as a “man of integrity,” and this is exactly why Walters is using his donation to help rename the McCarran International Airport after Reid, rather than the infamously anti-Semitic Pat McCarran. Really, this rebranding was a long time coming.

About Harry Reid: Behind the Renaming Effort

In particular, Harry Reid was a strong candidate for the airport’s rebranding. Over the lengthy course of his career in office, U.S. Sen. Reid has had an enormous charitable impact on the people of Nevada.

Notably, Reid is an avid supporter of Opportunity Village. This nonprofit organization is based in Las Vegas and is dedicated to offering vocational training, employment, and recreational opportunities to those with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

This hits close to home for Walters, given his own experience raising and caring for his son. At the age of seven, Walters’ son underwent brain surgery to remove a tumor. However, the surgery resulted in brain damage. Due to these complications, Walters’ son, who is now an adult, has only a limited ability to care for himself.

According to Susan Walters, “We didn’t hesitate to show our gratitude when we learned of the privately funded rebranding effort.”

Walters has made quite a contribution to Opportunity Village himself over the years. He has advocated for and supported the charity for over two decades. In that time, Walters has managed to raise a remarkable fifty million dollars for the nonprofit. He also encourages all of his professional contacts, whether they’re at Las Vegas casinos, hotels, or resorts, to employ the clients of Opportunity Village.

Not only that, but Reid is an individual who puts genuine passion and effort into all that he does. This is another characteristic that Walters admires. Reid’s parents were a high school dropout and a miner, and he wasn’t born into the coziest conditions to grow up in, much like Walters, himself. In fact, according to Walters, “As someone who also grew up in less-than-ideal conditions, I can appreciate the grit and determination it took for Harry Reid to accomplish all that he did.”

Then, Walters went on to add that Reid “appreciated and empathized with people from all walks of life.” As such, the airport renaming will be a “fitting tribute that visitors to our great city and state will be reminded of that legacy when they travel here.”

The Effort to Rename McCarran: Gathering Private Contributions

Of course, Walters was far from being alone in his belief that the McCarran International Airport is due for a new name, one that better reflects the beliefs and integrity of Las Vegas residents.

Earlier in 2021, the Clark County Commission voted to rename the airport. Unsurprisingly, it was unanimous. They decided that Reid would be a fitting individual to draw the new name from, given his status as Nevada’s longest-serving senator. When Reid retired from office in 2017, he’d been serving for three decades.

Although Walters’ one-million-dollar donation was generous, it wasn’t all that was needed to spur the renaming process into action. As it turns out, quite a bit more is projected to be needed, to cover all the necessary expenses.

Currently, it is predicted that around seven million dollars will be needed, for all costs to be covered. Even still, it could be more. This is only the estimate, and at this early stage, it’s impossible to say the exact financial requirement.

As per the original agreement, none of this money will be coming from public funds, Instead, all the money will be coming from private donations, such as Billy Walters.’ Although the airport’s renaming is still at a relatively early stage, the process is looking promising. It seems that we’re just about set to see the McCarran International Airport receive a new name, and the generous donation of Billy Walters has played a significant role in that.

Seattle Sounders Break the MLS Unbeaten Record and Still Going Strong

Sounders Soccer

In the entire MLS history, no team had ever begun the season with an unbeaten record of 13 consecutive games.

That was until last Wednesday on July 7th, 2021 when Seattle Sounders shattered the record when they trampling Houston Dynamo FC by 2 goals to nil at Lumen Field in their midweek Western Conference match.

The victory meant that Seattle Sounders moved their record to 8 wins, 0 losses, and 5 draws, which is a new unbeaten runs record at the start of an MLS campaign.

Seattle Sounders Top Form on Wednesday

From the start of the game, Seattle Sounders showed no signs of letting go of their winning streak on Wednesday. The night’s goals were scored by Seattle’s Kelyn Rowe and Raul Ruidiaz. Rowe struck Houston Dynamo’s net to earn Seattle their first goal of the match in the 62nd minute.

It just happened to be his first MLS goal since 2018. It was a perfectly executed goal after Alex Roldan sent an accurate cross that that met Rowe at the right point and the right time to place an easy score.

The second and last goal of the night came from Ruidiaz in the second half of stoppage time. Just like Rowe, Ruidiaz simply sent home a well-executed cross from Brad Smith to confirm Seattle’s 13-match unbeaten record.

So far, Seattle has beaten Houston in the last 8 matches, which is also another record of the longest winning streak against a single opponent. The 13-match unbeaten record means that Seattle has broken the tie held with LA Galaxy for their 1996 and 2010 streak marks as well as Kansas City (2000) and Real Salt Lake (2014) streak marks.

According to Brian Schmetzer, Seattle Sounder’s coach, in the days leading to the game, the team had done its best to focus less on the unbeaten streak and more on simply winning the match.

However, while speaking on a post-game video, the coach, acknowledged the sheer magnitude and significance of the milestone record. He called it an impressive record and couldn’t hold back the fact that the entire team was proud of their accomplishment.

The coach further stated that his goal was for the team to perform well by playing up to their best potential because after all, they have been winning more games than those they lost in previous seasons.

“At some point,” coach Schmetzer admitted, “The streak is going to end but we are glad that it didn’t happen tonight in front of a loud crowd.” It was indeed a great evening for Seattle Sounders fans too.

Going Strong Despite Injuries and Absences

The most remarkable thing about Seattle’s winning streak is their resilience. The team has managed to keep the winning streak going despite the many injuries and absences they have suffered along the way.

For instance, some of the team’s regular players including Nicolas Lodeiro, Cristian Roldan, Will Bruin, Stefan Frei, Shane O’Neill, Nouhou, and Jordy Delem were missing from last Wednesday’s squad.

Seattle’s performance will still be tested in the coming matches especially since Lodeiro and Frei are still nursing long-term injuries and Cristian Roldan is away with the US national team in preparation for the Concacaf Gold Cup. However, Seattle is still in top form and confident of maintaining the winning streak in the next 5 to 10 matches.

7 Outdoor Dining Restaurants You Must Visit In Seattle

Seattle Restaurants You Must Visit

Outdoor dining is taken very seriously in the beautiful city of Seattle, especially when the weather is warm and the sun shines. There are many popular places throughout the city, including patios, rooftops, and decks where you can take your dose of vitamin D while enjoying the beautiful views, delicious food, and refreshing beverages. Here’s our list of the top 7 outdoor dining restaurants in Seattle you must visit.

#1 Westward

As Washington state fully opens, you can enjoy the gorgeous outdoor ambiance and delicious food, starting with this fantastic restaurant located on the northern shore of Lake Union. It’s impeccably designed and focused on seafood. It has a boat-shaped bar and a light-colored dining room perched on a pier. The lake wind blows a fresh breeze, so this place is always pleasant in summer. During the winter, there is a fire pit and blankets to make all guests cozy. Mediterranean flair is slightly present in the meals, from starters to larger dishes. The house specialty is Wood-Roasted Whole Trout. For the dessert, you can try Chocolate Loukoumades – Greek Donuts or a Chocolate Olive Oil Cake. There’s a selection of the finest wines from around the world and cocktails tailored to echo the taste of the sea.

#2 Terra Plata

Terra Plata’s rooftop deck has a unique rustic-urban charm. It looks like an uplifting Capitol Hill oasis, with a lot of greenery that’s used in their kitchen. As you sit, you can smell fresh parsley, mint, rosemary, and thyme. There is a seasonal menu, and all the dishes are made with local and organic ingredients and tantalizing flavor combinations.  The portions are generous and easy to share. You should try the Spicy Green Chili Pork, Crispy Brussels Sprouts, and the House Made Potato Chips sprinkled in truffled sea salt with pecorino-chive cream dip. Some unique desserts which you can try here are Apple Empanada with popcorn ice cream and Churros with a chili-chocolate ganache.

#3 Manolin

Manolin looks like a beach retreat, only without sand. The pergola-shaded patio is just perfect for enchanting dining and relaxation on a hot summer day. In addition to multiple types of ceviche, the most popular dish here is the steak with caramelized anchovy sauce. You can find many refreshing cocktails with rum and all kinds of exotic ingredients. Each one is named after a beach in the Puget Sound region. Desserts are creative and innovative, and if you’re a chocolate lover, Panna Cotta with bitter chocolate stands out as best.

#4 2120

2120 is one of the best outdoor dining restaurants in Seattle, located downtown near many shopping locations. The beautiful patio overlooks the Amazon Spheres. If you come here, you’ll enjoy every single bite. Everything is well seasoned and cooked to perfection. The service is also what makes this restaurant a 5-star experience. The ambiance is classy, so you can expect one completely stellar experience. Our recommendation would be to try Pork Chop and Potato Gnocchi. If you’re more into seafood, then Octopus or Scallops might be the best choice.

#5 Mbar

Mbar is an epic rooftop patio, open year-round. It’s located on the 14th floor of the 400 Fairview building, where you can soak up the sun with views of the Space Needle. Mbar has a memorable Middle Eastern menu with mezze and kebabs and some thoughtfully crafted cocktails. Snacks draw inspiration from around the world, so there’s something for everybody’s taste. The restaurant also features the work of local artists on their doors and various small details.

#6 Citizen

Citizen is a gathering place in the Queen Anne neighborhood where you can chill outside on a spacious patio. If you’re in the area, this is the perfect place to grab a bite or a sip. It has a wide selection of breakfast and brunch items and a beer garden. Food is constantly changing according to season and creative new ideas, but it’s always fun and delicious. The most popular items on the menu are varieties of Waffles (sweet and savory), Crepes, Tacos, and Burritos.

#7 Anthony’s Pier 66

Anthony’s Pier 66 is one of the best outdoor dining restaurants in Seattle, with stunning waterfront views. You’ll also enjoy views of the Seattle skyline, Mt. Rainier, the Olympic Mountains, and Elliott Bay. If you want to have the best possible experience, come during the sunset hours. The restaurant looks gorgeous, like one giant cruise ship with golden wood accents and soaring ceilings. It’s family-owned, and it supports local farmers, ranchers, wineries, and fishers. There are many seafood specialties, such as a Tempura Seared Ahi, the Pan-Seared Alaskan True Cod, Chinook Salmon, and the Dungeness Crab Salad. Meat dishes are also available and consistently well prepared. Desserts are seasonal, and local berry shortcakes seem to be everybody’s favorite.

Moving to Seattle

If you have decided to move to Seattle and begin exploring it, you have a lot to look forward to. Seattle will amaze you not only with great food from around the world but also with lots of variety. The city is famous for:

  • Beautiful architecture
  • Abundant career opportunities
  • Lush greenery and picturesque landscapes
  • Plenty of outdoor activities
  • Thriving art scene
  • Overall safety

When moving to Seattle, don’t forget to find adequate help. If looking to become a resident here and relocating from another part of Washington state, reliable movers can make the relocation process quick and efficient. You just need to decide which moving services you need, from professional packing to storage services. That will ensure the moving day without the stress. You’ll be able to adapt quickly and discover the food scene and some of the popular places in the city in no time.

Final thoughts

We hope you can visit all of these outdoor dining restaurants in Seattle because each of them offers a great atmosphere and extraordinary food. Whether you’re a current or future resident of Seattle or just a visitor, you should try as many creative dishes and visit as many restaurants as you can, since they are highlights of this dynamic, innovative city.

Seattle Heatwave: Is This the End of Seattle’s Fun Summers?

Seattle Heat Wave

Seattle is nationally renowned as the city with the best summers but the end of June 2021 and the start of July tell a different story. Seattle’s temperature hit an unprecedented 108F or 42.2C degrees as a record-breaking heatwave continues to scorch the entire Pacific Northwest.

At present, Seattle’s neighborhood streets are totally deserted, cracks are starting to appear on roads, and summer schools are closing as hospital admissions due to heatwave-related cases rise.

The previous highest record was 104 degrees in the summer of 1941. Over the weekend and Monday, the city logged an unprecedented three days of over 100 degrees.

The heatwave is also being felt in other areas of the Pacific Northwest. Temperatures in the city of Portland hit a record high of 115F on Monday afternoon after a sweltering 112 degrees Sunday. The last time Portland saw highs of 107 degrees was way back in the summer of 1981.

Heatwave Fatalities

There have also been reports of heat-related deaths in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. The casualties are mainly from stifling apartments, overheating cars, workplaces with insufficient air conditioning, older homes, and homeless encampments.

These are areas that face the highest risk of extreme heat as climate change continues to increase normal temperature fluctuations.

Just 16 miles from Seattle in Puget Sound, Washington, Kiro7 News reported that over 30 people had been killed by the heatwave scorching the region.

In Oregon and Washington alone, over 90 deaths have been linked to the temperatures spike. In British Columbia, the chief coroner reported at least 486 deaths in a 5-day period from Friday to Wednesday.

What’s Driving the Temperature Hikes?

The usual suspect is, without doubt, climate change but to be more precise, the record temperatures in the Pacific Northwest are being driven by the emergence of conditions typically associated experienced in Southwest cities such as Arizona and Phoenix.

According to Justin Pullin, a National Weather Service meteorologist, states that the temperature hikes are also due to warm winds from the Cascades getting trapped under the region’s high atmospheric pressure to create a heat-dome effect.

Pullin states that high temperatures of 100s and 110s are common in Phoenix at this time of the year but the weather pattern is expanding further into areas not used to such high temperatures, such as the Northwest.

Does This Mean the End of Seattle’s Fun Summers?

Well, until recently, Seattle summers were renowned nationally in terms of comfortability. Seattle typically had highs of around 70s with blue skies after morning clouds and pleasant breezes in the evenings.

Things have changed dramatically in 2021. The streets, normally filled with happy sounds of children laughing, have gone quiet and deserted. The city neighborhoods are starting to feel like ghost towns with deserted parks and empty trailheads.

The stifling heat blankets the entire city as everyone with a working air conditioner takes refuge indoors. Getting out feels like getting into a sauna. It’s like you have been magically transported to Sacramento overnight.

The good news is that Seattle is known for its resilience. Mother Nature did the same in 1941 but Seattle still bounced back. Climate change is real but there is still hope for the return of the famed Seattle fun summers in the years ahead.

Popular Seattle Suburbs To Buy A House In 2021

City Of Seattle Homes

Moving to a new city is challenging, especially if you don’t know enough about the area you’ll soon call home. Looking for a perfect place where you’ll buy a property is an essential step in everybody’s life and therefore requires serious research. If you’re considering the Seattle area, you can use this article as a guide to the best Seattle suburbs to buy a house in 2021.


Living in Sammamish offers diversity – there is a distinctly suburban feel, but there are also many stores, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks nearby where you can walk around and relax. The Sammamish area is very safe, family-friendly, and simply breathtaking. If you decide to buy a home here, you’ll have a wide selection of spacious homes to choose from, and many of them are new construction. Living here will ensure that you’re connected to nature all the time, as you’ll be surrounded by beautiful landscaping, hills, lakes, mountains, and trees. There are lots of bikers and pedestrians as this is generally an active community. There’s also a chance that you’ll be welcomed several times by locals as you move here since the sense of community is strong.


Duvall is built along the Snoqualmie Valley River, and it’s the definition of small-town living. It’s quiet and adorable and one of the best Seattle suburbs to buy a house in 2021, especially if you like the rural feel and beautiful nature. If you want to grow your own vegetables, this place is worth considering. Many families and young professionals live here, as well as people with farm animals. The public schools are highly rated, and Duvall is generally considered one of the area’s safest suburbs. It’s a quaint old place with unique charm, deep Washington roots, and culture.

Living here will allow you to be close to many large towns and workplaces. If you’re an active person, it’s good to know that there are multiple bike trails across the area, and there’s also a hiking trail nearby. There are diverse dining options, festivals, classic car shows, summer concerts, and plenty of other entertainment options all year round. Main St. is where you’ll find several places to eat and drink coffee, the library, multiple parks, grocery stores, doctor’s offices, and much more.

Maple Valley

You should check Maple Valley if you’re seeking great value for your money and an affordable home. This charming place is especially appealing to family-oriented buyers because it’s served by the highly-rated Tahoma School District. It’s not only one of the state’s fastest-growing suburb areas but also an area with one of the highest median incomes per household in King County. Real estate agents confirm that plenty of new construction homes are available, including senior housing options, townhomes, and single-family residences in planned developments. Houses usually come with multiple-acre land where you can raise horses, cows, sheep, alpaca, etc.


Redmond is best known as the location of the Microsoft headquarters and the “Bicycle Capital of the Northwest”. This area is a popular choice for tech workers since it’s home to many nationally known high-tech companies, including Tableau, Nintendo, SpaceX, and Hyperloop. Redmond is a magnet for successful businesses due to a lack of business taxes, unlike its neighboring towns.

If you’re considering buying a home here, you can find everything from rustic farmhouses to modern villas. The area offers increasing diversity and high quality of life with:

  • Good schools
  • A healthy economic base
  • Plenty of parks with a variety of recreational opportunities
  • Diverse shopping and dining options
  • Safe neighborhoods

Furthermore, arts and culture are dominant here with year-round entertainment and events. If you like live performances, you’ll love Redmond. Even though there are plenty of places to work here, a typical commute time is around 20 to 30 minutes if your workplace is in Seattle.


Shoreline is one of the best Seattle suburbs, located at the north end of the city. People living here like the RapidRide bus that takes them to downtown Seattle quickly. They also have easy access to Richmond Beach Park, and everything one may wish for. Shoreline has 14 beautiful neighborhoods and a strong sense of community. There are many social events, neighborhood projects, and volunteer opportunities, so one can adapt quickly. There’s always something going on here, so you could never be bored with all that’s happening around you. Shoreline has its own school district, with excellent public and private schools and a community college. There are many homes on the market, including contemporary ones built in the 1980s and newer.


Renton’s location is on the shores of Lake Washington, and it’s a place where families and businesses simply thrive. It offers lots of opportunities for work and pleasure. There are hundreds of software companies located right here and plenty of gorgeous parks, spacious playgrounds, and excellent schools. Renton has an impressive collection of public art and a popular vintage-style shopping center called The Landing. The most popular recreation area is Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. It’s where you can swim, play volleyball and organize a picnic. You’ll also love The Cedar River Park, which has:

  • A giant playfield
  • Access to the Cedar River hiking trail
  • Renton Community Center
  • The Carco Theatre

Even though Seattle home prices have been on the rise for many years in a row, home seekers are glad to know that Renton has an extensive inventory of affordable homes. Housing options include everything from newer family developments, townhomes, new construction as well as vintage homes.

Interested in buying a home in one of these suburbs?

If you’ve already fallen in love with one of these places, you might want to start planning your long-distance relocation sooner rather than later. Thoroughly research each place and find out the crucial points which will help you settle in and adapt faster. Once you have all the needed information, and once you’ve found the perfect home, it’s time to organize your Washington move. To avoid losing any precious time, you should find reliable moving experts that can lead the process and make everything go as smoothly and stress-free as possible.

The bottom line

As you can see, all of these best Seattle suburbs offer significant benefits and various lifestyles to meet anyone’s needs. Good luck with buying a home in whichever suburb you find most suitable!

Washington State To Fully Open June 30th 2021 (Says Gov. Inslee)

Seattle Health Update

Washington State Gov Jay Inslee says Washington State will open fully June 30th even if the state doesn’t reach it’s 70% vaccinated goal. Currently, 63% of residents have received at least their 1st dose. Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah says this will most likely increase due to incentives. (according to Kiro7)

Republicans J.T. Wilcox and John Braun have been pushing Inslee to open the state immediately and not wait until the 30th. Many Republican states have open successfully including Texas, Tennessee, and Florida.

The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board recently announced the approval of the “Joints for Jabs” incentive program. It allows participating cannabis retailers the ability to provide 1 joint for individuals 21 or older. The program expires July 12, 2021. (Statement)

King County rates are coming down. The bad news according to Dr. Dr. Jeff Duchin, “Our outbreak is being felt primarily by the unvaccinated,” and “97% or more of current cases are among unvaccinated people. That means if you’re unvaccinated your risk of COVID-19 is actually higher now that it was last Memorial Day.” (KomoNews). Kent and Auburn are considered higher volume areas in King County.

You can review the daily COVID-19 outbreak summary here.

Justin Muzinich

Justin Muzinich

Over the last year, the US economy has been moderately in flux. With the Coronavirus pandemic changing global trade practices and domestic spending patterns, it’s hard to predict what the future will hold for the American economy. While thousands of medical professionals worked around the clock to create a vaccine and care for the sick, people like Justin Muzinich were helping the American people in their own way. As a graduate of Harvard Business School and Yale Law, Muzinich holds the position of US Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, putting him in the unique and challenging position to oversee the US economy while it goes through this unprecedented time. Expertly poised to handle economic unease, Justin Muzinich has made many strategic moves that may have saved the US economy from collapse.

As he continues to work toward stable economic projections, the ultimate goal, according to Justin, is global cooperation. He asks us to set aside any differences we may have and join him in focusing on rebuilding our world. Moving forward, having professionals like Muzinich on staff in Washington DC will help the US move forward into economic security when the time comes to leave Covid-19 behind us.

There are several ways that Justin Muzinich has worked to bolster the economy over the last year. As a supporter of the CARES act, Justin Muzinich applauded the way in which the bill both helped struggling households and gave support to struggling businesses. He reported a strong economy going into the pandemic and believes that there are strategic ways in which we can prevent significant economic recession when the crisis is behind us. Much of Muzinich’s focus is on businesses, ensuring that the infrastructure of our economy is intact for years to come. He also stresses the importance of propping up local and state governments, many of whom find themselves strapped for cash with added Covid-related expenses. Muzinich was a key player in the corporate-debt backstops and providing support for riskier corporation bonds that occurred in the spring of 2020.

Muzinich puts an emphasis on cryptocurrency and its importance in the economy going forward. In order for this vital part of our changing world to remain economically viable, Muzinich stresses the importance of security to protect economic infrastructure. However, the most important thing going forward, according to Muzinich, is creating a global economy and being in mutual support of one another. He compared the United States and the EU’s responses, stating that the stimulus packages in the United States mirror the EU’s support programs. According to Muzinich, a unified global approach will be key. He also warns about the availability of liquid assets, as many individuals and companies have been calling in their assets, and the supply is running low.

Overall, it’s beneficial for the economy to have people like Muzinich monitoring the economy as we tread through these uncharted waters. Though the pandemic certainly isn’t over yet, experts like Muzinich predict that the United States economy will likely be okay in the wake of this crisis. Though things certainly won’t look perfect right away, with a little global cooperation and strategic government intervention, it’s likely that the economy will rebound soon after this nightmare is over.

John Berlinski Biography

John Berlinski Attorney

John Berlinski, currently a partner at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, has an extensive history as a provider of legal services over the past several years. In fact, before his current position, he worked as an attorney for a couple of different practices, all of which prepared him for his present role. His education began with a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, after which he attended the University of Michigan Law School.

After graduating, John began his professional career as a lawyer by working as a litigation attorney for the law offices of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, a global law firm with offices throughout the world. This allowed him to establish a network of contacts within the judiciary system, in addition to ample experience, tackling all sorts of cases as part of a legal team.

Years after building up a reputation in his initial position, John Berlinski was offered the opportunity to take on the role of Senior Vice President & Head of West Coast Television Litigation for NBCUniversal. In his capacity as SVP, he was assigned the responsibility of handling all litigation and pre-litigation disputes involving NBCUniversal’s West Coast division.

During his time with NBCUniversal, he was able to further develop skills that would enable him to become an expert in his field. Being SVP placed him in a position where he actively tackled various issues under the umbrella of entertainment law. This included cases involving intellectual property rights, such as those related to copyright law, trademarks, and idea theft, claims involving media portrayals, such as those related to reporters’ shield law, media access, defamation, rights to privacy, and rights to publicity, and other internal situations, such as those involving talent relations, entertainment contracts, employment, and general commercial disputes.

However, serving as SVP was not his only role. In his position as Head of West Coast Television Litigation, John was tasked with leading NBCUniversal’s profit participation group. This meant that it was his responsibility to manage a team of lawyers working to devise strategies for negotiation profit participation contracts. They also oversaw audits and audit claims, as well as accounting statements.

Finally, his professional career led him to become a partner at the law offices of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP. As a partner, his role is to serve as the head of the office and as the chair of entertainment law, allowing him to apply all that he has learned regarding that judicial branch. Handling high profile cases involving powerful clients with equally powerful opposition can be an intimidating venture, but John’s unique background has ensured that he is more than prepared for the task. His previous experience has since been applied to representing all sorts of television and theater clients and handling cases involving intellectual property in music, resolving disputes involving theme park owners, working with agencies, and most of all, resolving claims related to licensing disputes and profit participation. This has not gone without notice. John’s skill in litigation has been recognized by all sorts of influential sources. Variety included him as a leading attorney of entertainment law in their “Legal Impact Report,” The National Law Journal gave him the title of Entertainment Trailblazer, and The Hollywood Reporter listed him on their “Powerful Lawyers 2020: Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys” list. Since working with Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, John has truly made a name for himself as a litigator to watch.

What Does It Take to Build a Successful Business from Scratch?

Businessman - Starting a business in Washington State & Seattle

Have you or someone you know recently been exploring the possibility of starting a new business from scratch, and you are looking to see what kind of commitment it will require? Maybe you are already in the process of getting your business off the ground, and are looking for some specific information on the legal process? Perhaps you are just vaguely interested in the topic and want to learn more? Starting your own business can be an incredibly enriching and worthwhile endeavor, and provide you with financial stability for the rest of your life if you are successful. This article will seek to show you a few of the basic things that will be required to build a successful business from scratch. 


The early stages of starting up your business should be primarily focused on figuring out a plan to successfully launch your company. This means you need to figure out a whole bunch of different logistics, such as the types of products or services you will provide, and how you will distribute this to the public. If you are going to be a retail business, then you will have to look into supply chains, shipping costs, warehouses for inventory, and many other variables. By planning out each stage of your business launch, then you will be able to guarantee that your team is ready for any obstacle that comes up. You will also need to hire an actual team! It is recommended that you try and hire experienced professionals in your field early in the planning stages. This will help you to get good feedback from people who are familiar with the market.


Although hard work is essential when running any successful business, it can really pay off to have good contacts in your field. By networking with other companies who work in the same business as you, then you can build a relationship that will encourage like-minded business owners to help each other out. 


Many business owners on the West Coast choose to register their companies as an LLC, or limited liability company. This type of business registration is a hybrid of sorts, combining elements of both partnerships and corporations together. Becoming an LLC can be extremely beneficial for some business owners for tax reasons and others, which leads many people to choose this option. Regardless of whether you live in Seattle, Idaho, or California, forming an LLC can be beneficial to you. There are many experts that can help you get this started but the best option is to signup at your local Secretary of State. Another great source is YouTube. Lastly, just give them a call and they can walk you through the process. It actually is a simple process and the employees working are public officials. They are supposed to help the public with these matters. That is what we pay them to do with our tax money. Whatever option you choose, getting guidance on how to form your LLC in Seattle, Washington is important. You can maximize your benefits. By using simple to follow guides, you will have no problem filling out all the required paperwork to register your business as an LLC.

Black Creek Group Mexico – Corporate Profile

Black Creek Group Mexico - Corporate Profile

The Black Creek Group is an investment firm specializing in property management for individuals seeking informed advice for their real estate investment portfolios. The company is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, with satellite locations in Atlanta, Georgia, Newport Beach, California, Dallas, Texas, Rutherford, New Jersey, West Hartford, Connecticut, and Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, which is a suburb of Chicago.  In total they have 9 offices across North America (2 in Mexico).

The Black Creek Group utilizes the experience of veteran analysts and traders, all of whom bring a unique perspective when it comes to analyzing market fundamentals and commercial real estate trends to formulate their investment options. They are entrepreneurial and hands-on, which means they can act quickly in assembling high-quality portfolios for their investors.

The Black Creek Group is among the premier real estate investment managers operating within the United States, with an average of $67 Million $/SF across 29 markets and over $22 Billion properties bought or built. The firm is diverse in its investments, with a keen knowledge of regional dynamics that better leverage an investor’s ability to enter top-tier markets in the following real estate investment sectors:

Industrial – Investments in quality bulk and last-mile distribution warehouses in both high-barrier entry and secondary markets that have long-term growth potential. They firmly established relationships in their markets, which offers unique opportunities to carry out transactions at a swift pace for their investors. They primarily invest in both Class A and Class B industrial real estate.

Multifamily – Investments in suburban garden and mid-rise communities with an average of 200-600 units and located in high-growth markets that have limited new construction in the immediate area. They are dedicated to expanding their presence in supply-constrained areas with solid demographic and strong fundamentals.

Office – Investments in Class A and Class B multi-tenant buildings in highly populated suburban locations offering convenient access to amenities, public transit, and a highly-skilled workforce. They provide best in class service for tenants in supply-constrained central business districts and suburban-central areas with diversified tenants.

Retail – Investments in well-placed neighborhoods and community shopping centers focused on grocery and needs-based retail. The goal is to acquire retail investments where in-person shopping is still strongly desired by consumers and located in densely populated areas that consumer traffic still thrives and continues to grow.


The Black Creek Group has six investment solutions to choose from and ranges from diversification to an exclusive solution that was previously offered only to large institutions but can now be provided to individual investors.

Black Creek Diversified Property Fund

This fund is a perpetual-life real estate solution that offers investors access to the industrial, multifamily, office, and retail property sectors in one portfolio with a monthly income.

Black Creek Exchange

This solution is allowed under IRC Section 1031 and 721, whereby an owner of appreciated real estate may exchange an investment property for the acquisition of high-value commercial real estate property.

Black Creek Industrial REIT IV

This is a finite-life real estate investment solution where investors can access private real estate, mainly in high-value distribution warehouses.

Black Creek Industrial Fund

This is a perpetual-life, core-plus private investment solution managed on behalf of certain industrial investors and focused on investing in mass distribution and light industrial properties in key distribution markets throughout the United States.

Build-To-Core Industrial Partnerships

In this solution, investors can choose to join ventures with institutional partners seeking advantageous risk-adjusted returns through developing and/or repositioning industrial properties located in key distribution markets throughout the United States.


PREDEX invests in institutional U.S. private core real estate funds and employs a low-cost, passive strategy that now provides private investors access to this option.  Previously, only pension funds, insurance companies, endowments, and foundations were able to achieve stability and diversification-of-portfolio benefits that are challenging to find anywhere else except through the convenience of an interval fund, which is how the PREDEX solution works. An interval fund is an investment company that periodically offers to buy back a stated portion of its shares from shareholders based on a net asset value and continually offer those shares at a price based on the fund’s net asset value.


Since its founding in 1993, they have strived to do the right thing for the communities they are involved in and work closely with. They have a deep commitment to minimizing their environmental footprint and creating a positive impact on the communities they operate in. They have a history of sustainability, which includes a continuous evaluation of their environmental impact and the establishment of strategies that benefit social efforts in the community. They operate their business in a conscientious and environmentally aware manner by being energy efficient, finding ways to conserve water, protecting local wildlife habitats, and prevention and reduction of material waste when building properties.

Fostering mutually beneficial relationships within the communities within which they live and work is a simple ambition. The Black Creek Group furthers this aim by creating jobs in the markets they have offices and where they own and manage properties. This is another example of the civic-minded philosophies that drive the Black Creek Group to create a more positive impact in the day-to-day operation of their business transactions. They have cultivated a work culture that promotes employee health and well-being and even pays their employees for taking time off for community activities and volunteering at local charities and events.

Additionally, the Black Creek Group has proven its commitment to corporate social responsibility by placing great emphasis on the importance of ethics and proper business conduct by maintaining a global anti-corruption policy and through their corporate governance initiatives.

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