Michael Hopkins is a veteran journalist and editor, having spent 16 years in print and online media. His work includes 13 years as a managing and senior editor for various online news services operated by MediaBiz, including SkyREPORT, a top satellite industry news service. In addition to MediaBiz, Michael has contributed articles to Light Reading, Satellite Business News and the SPECS newsletter from CableLabs, among other publications. In addition, he worked as a public relations professional with VisiTech PR, a firm focused on supporting technology clients in the United States and overseas. Michael also worked as a reporter for The Montrose Daily Press in Western Colorado. Michael graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1992. He presently resides in Morrison, Colo., west of Denver.
MItchell Gold, from Canada, a message carrier for traditional elders across Turtle Island, having come to Maya Land to seek out the meaning of the coming together of the Eagle and the Condor - explains the possibilities of the future of homeplanet virtual university, the Heart of Africa Campaign and the International Peace Cities Network.
Investing has always been my passion. I bought my first stock as a teenager almost 30 years ago. I am an advisor to Jomaih Holdings, while managing an investment partnership in which a significant portion of my net worth is invested alongside other investors. Inspired by Warren Buffett's teachings I have recently decided to embark on an adventurous venture to discover the world’s best businesses, businesses that by virtue of their superior business model, brand excellence and capable management, possess a demonstrable and durable competitive position allowing them to compound earnings and cash flow per share at an extraordinary rate today and far into the future. Please bear in mind that these magical companies are not easy to find, nor cheap to buy, and the strategy requires a predisposition on behalf of the investor to seek long term alpha as opposed to short term speculative returns. As Buffett says: "Time is the friend of the wonderful company, the enemy of the mediocre". In the context of a long term horizon and an industry agnostic basis, I seek out companies that: - are high quality, easy to understand businesses, with leadership positions in their industry; - are likely to be around ten or fifteen years from now and not particularly exposed to obsolescence risk; - have a sizeable moat or sustainable competitive advantages and an ethos that seeks to enhance that advantage over time; - depict margins that are not only better than the average American business but are also stable and/or improving; - demonstrate a consistent track record of generating high returns on equity and invested capital; - exhibit sustained operating leverage as well as durable economic goodwill – this is a measure of how capital efficient a business is, and what I believe to be the single most important factor and the secret ingredient behind Buffett’s long term investment success; - produce copious free cash flow; - possess a strong balance sheet; - are preferably owner operated or at the very least run by shareholder friendly management teams with demonstrable capital allocation talent; - have a strong likelihood of continued growth The final and perhaps the most important piece of the puzzle is of course price. Companies that fulfill the above criteria are a rare breed and are unsurprisingly seldom priced cheap. Personally I subscribe to a mantra that I call “quality at a reasonable price”. Remember time, not timing is the key to successful long term investing!
I spent my youth growing up on a farm in western North Dakota and graduated from NDSU. After graduation, I entered the USAF through ROTC and spent 20 years in the Air Force, mostly as a meteorologist. I graduated from the US Naval Post Graduate School with a M.S. in Meteorology. I also am a CFP, but do not work in the industry. I am an investor and trader -- lots of similarities between trading markets and meteorology. You are trying to determine the future.
"In a dark place we find ourselves, and a little more knowledge lights our way." -Master Yoda
I work as a Senior Associate in a Top 20 CPA and Business Advisory firm. My area of specialty is enterprise cloud software, though I have an extensive professional background in the retail and hospitality industries as well. I have been investing for over 20 years with the primary goals of a comfortable early retirement and philanthropic endeavors.