My work as a consumer advocate on multi-level marketing programs (MLMs) began with a one-year test of the Nu Skin program for a year in 1994. This led to numerous studies on the MLM industry and analyses of the compensation plans of over 500 MLMs which are reported on my web site: mlm-thetruth.com, which includes the most extensive base of independent research on the MLM industry. After receiving my MBA from BYU and my PhD from Univ. of Utah, I taught at and served on the administrations of both universities, then embarked in an entrepreneurial career and the study of the whole field of cottage industries and sales options for opportunity seekers. I have initiated or helped to start over 40 businesses, many of them sales oriented. All of this has given me the background to write three books on MLM, the latest being "The Case for and against Multi-level Marketing" - which can be downloaded free of charge from my web site.
Consultant in the economics of renewable energy retrofitting - moving energy from liabilities to assets. Passionate student of the business scene, particularly commodities, currently not an active investor. Author, translator, blogger. Trading experience is more commodities than stocks.
I try to carefully trade weekly & monthly stock options with expertise in mining companies & traditional manufacturers. Speak & write fluent Portuguese and speak good Spanish. Resided twice in Brazil and once on Guam Island. Employed at the same large foreign-owned Distribution Center the past 15 years & completely 100% Pro-NAFTA. Smart individual investing is the preferred solution to improving one's economic future, as opposed to vast & vague government handouts. Seeking Alpha is the #1 best financial blog because of honest opinions & superb organization.
Value Investor in Energy, Real Estate, Transport, Retail, Manufacturing, Media, Finance & Insurance
2009-today: Global Partners Fund, Partner
2006-2009: Babcock & Brown, Private Equity Investor for infrastructure & energy assets
1997-2001: UBS Warburg, Associate Director Corporate Finance,
2008-2012: Board Member & Controlling Shareholder Imperial Parking Corporation, parking services, Canada
2008-2011: Board Member Coinmach Services Corporation, laundry services, USA
2011-2012: CEO Gutta International AG, manufacturing of Bitumen Roofing Sheets, Switzerland
2004-2006: CEO & Owner Mewag AG, manufacturing of tube bending machines, Switzerland
2001-2003: COO Obtree Technologies AG, content management software, Switzerland
Martin is a finance major at the John Molson School of Business. He has completed two internships at DundeeWealth and Standard Life Investments and is currently a Fund Manager responsible for the Consumer Discretionary and Materials sector for the Kenneth Woods Portfolio Management Program. He tends to favor small to mid-cap growth companies that aren't followed by many analyts.
Asif Suria is an entrepreneur and investor with a focus on event driven strategies including merger arbitrage and insider trading. He publishes a weekly post that includes the latest mergers and highlights the largest spreads. He also publishes a weekly post that highlights the top 5 insider purchases and sales of the week. Asif is also one of the earliest contributors at Seeking Alpha and has been regularly contributing content since 2005.