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Turkey Featured As A Top Tourism Destination During The NYT Travel Show

Image NEW YORK (January 22, 2015) – The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism today announced a new director of the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office in New York will outline the country’s tourism vision at  this week’s New York TimesTravel Show. Murat Karakus was appointed Director of the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office, New York, after more than 20 years with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, including previous roles at the Turkish Tourism Offices in the Netherlands and Washington, D.C.
 

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams Interfaith Breakfast

Image By Ali Cinar - Under leadership of  Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams for his First Interfaith Breakfast was held on  Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014.   There were over 300 Interfaith and Community Leaders at the program and  The Rev. Dr. A.R. Bernard was  the keynote speaker of the Program.  Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams stated that "  I am thankful today for you al  coming here to my first Interfaith Breakfast Program. This show the strength of Brooklyn.This shows our Unity.  Interfaith relations are important. We need to understand each other at the theological and social level to eliminate misconceptions and foster unity."

Mayor de Blasio's First Ramadan Iftar Dinner at Gracie Mansion

Image Ali Cinar - July 4, 2014 - There were 100 guest from different Moslem Groups  including Leaders from Turkish Community. Representatives from  Federation of Turkish American Associations, Fatih Mosque, Eyup Sultan Mosque and Cultural Association and Azerbaijan America Society have met the Mayor Blasio at his new house during Ramadan Iftar Dinner. Ali Baba Turkish Restaurant was the food sponsor for the event and Mayor Bilasio has thanked the owner of the Restaurant Ali Riza Dogan specially.

The 50 Most Influential Turkish Americans

Image Turk of America Magazine has selected the 50 Most Influentials Turkish Americans first time ever. The list is distinctive in that it identifies Turkish Americans who are innovative, courageous, and successful in their fields. The list highlights Turkish American entrepreneurs, corporate executives, social entrepreneurs, political and civil leaders.

Image Özgür Aksoy, a Founding Partner of Alfa Investment, an Istanbul based corporate finance and investment advisory boutique, has been named as a winner of the 40 Under 40 M&A Advisor Recognition Awards. The 40 Under 40 M&A Adviser Recognition Awards celebrate the global emerging leaders of M&A and investment professionals.  Aksoy is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) with over ten years of professional experience. Before co-founding Alfa Investment, Mr. Aksoy worked for Ernst Young LLP Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) practice in Boston and San Francisco, where he was involved in many merger and acquisition transactions in a broad range of industries, including food and retailing, internet, energy and utilities, packaging, paper and financial institutions. Mr. Aksoy has significant expertise in Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, Distressed Debt, Contract Negotiations, Investment Advisory.

Dr. Oz's Social Media Platform Hits $91 Million In Funding

Image The Nashville-based 25-year-old venture capital firm Heritage Group has made a strategic investment in Sharecare, an online platform that combines clinically-proven assessments, tools, and content to provide customized health management to consumers. Sharecare was founded by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz. This round of funding brings Sharecare's total funding to $91 million.

Dr. Mehmet Oz's Specialty Is Being the Top Doc, with No. 4 Audience in Syndicated TV

Image It’s taken him less time to learn how to be a TV star then it did to finish medical school. Heading into his fifth year as host of “The Doctor Oz Show,” Mehmet Oz, 52, has become one of the most recognized faces on Earth. One of the top cardiothoracic surgeons of his generation is also now the go-to guy for housewives around the world looking to drop belly fat.  “I had no interest in this,” says Oz, who, despite a frenzied TV production schedule still sees patients at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Washington Heights on Thursdays, where he does rounds and heart surgeries. For nonurgent cases, th ere’s a three-week waiting list for an appointment with the doctor.

Biz to Go: Buffett Shares his "Winning Formula" with Coke

Image Warren Buffett, who controls the largest stake in Coca-Cola Co., knows how to steal a show. The billionaire investor showed up at the soda maker’s annual meeting Wednesday to help sell the company’s message to shareholders in an on-stage interview with Chief Executive Officer Muhtar Kent. The surprise appearance drew a standing ovation as Buffett advised Kent to stay ahead of competitors by reviewing what made other businesses falter. “I like to study failure,” Buffett, 82, said at the meeting held in the Cobb Galleria Center in Atlanta. ws

A True Supporter of Turkish American Community and Heritage

Image Guler Köknar is a graduate of the German High School in Istanbul (1985) and the Istanbul University School of Law (1989). She entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey as a career diplomat in 1989 and worked in various capacities until 1994, including as Vice Consul at the Turkish Consulate General in Houston. Leaving the Foreign Service, from 1994 to 2002, Köknar worked as Executive Director of the Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) in Washington, DC. In 2004, Köknar became Executive Director of the Turkish Cultural Foundation (TCF). She also works as Vice President of the Turkish Coalition of America, an organization she helped to establish in 2007. Köknar is married and has a daughter.

Coke Chairman & CEO Muhtar Kent?s Total Comp Hit $30.5M in 2012

Image The Coca-Cola Co. Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent got a nearly 5 percent boost to his total compensation in 2012, the same year the beverage giant’s profit rose 5 percent. According to Coca-Cola’s proxy filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Kent’s total comp hit $30.5 million, including a $1.55 million salary (up 15 percent), $6.2 million in stock awards (up 11 percent), $6.9 million in option awards (down 7 percent), $6 million in non-equity incentive plan compensation (flat) and $8.9 million in change in pension value/non-qualified deferred compensation earnings (up 11 percent).

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