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New York City Is Not The Happiest City for Young Professionals But Still There Is A Hope

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Gizem Kocak,licensed insurance agent representing AFLAC
According to the career site CareerBliss.com, is based on analysis from more than 45,000 employee generated reviews between 2012 and 2013, New York City is not the among the top 10 happiest cities for young professionals. But every year thousands of young people try to find a way in their career in New York City. Some of them have made their way to the top of the corporate ladder quicker than most. Some of them are just giving up. As a young Turkish-Americans in finance industry, Gizem A. Kocak grew up in Rochester, then moved to a very small town with one stop light and a population of probably just shy of 1000 people. Now she is working hard to be successful in New York City. “I’ve always wanted to live in NYC and I knew that I wanted to be surrounded by people and enjoy a fast paced life. I learned a lot from being in a small town, and most of what I learned was about myself,” she says. His grandfather came to the U.S. in 1988 as a tailor and his entire family worked for Hickey Freeman, a manufacturer of suits for men and boys, based in Rochester, New York, and founded in 1899. Gizem is the third generation of the family and now she works for American Family Life Assurance Company, Aflac, largest provider of supplemental insurance in the United States. Her goal is making a difference in her community, making a difference in other people’s lives, and making a difference in her life. Young professional talked to TurkofAmerica.

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).

Turkey's Entrepreneur of the Year Crowned

Image Turkish businessman and former doctor Şükrü Bozluçay has been named as the entrepreneur of the year for his contributions to nuclear medicine. Bozlu Holding Chairman Şükrü Bozluolçay, a lifelong contributor to nuclear medicine and cancer treatment in Turkey, was presented with the entrepreneur of the year award yesterday at a ceremony in Istanbul.

NuVision Gets Congressional Recognition

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LJ Tarman (right), vice president of marketing and public relations for NuVision Federal Credit Union, with Sinan Kanatsiz, CEO of public relations and marketing firm KCOMM, after Tarman and NuVision received special recognition from the U.S. Congress for her leadership and community contributions.
LJ Tarman, vice president of marketing and public relations of the $1.2 billion NuVision Federal Credit Union, was recently recognized by Congress for her leadership and community relations outreach, and the $1.2 billion Huntington Beach, Calif., credit union itself was feted for its charitable work in communities it serves across Southern California and Arizona.
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