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Turks Who Own Manhattan's Most Expensive Homes

By Cemil Özyurt – TURKOFAMERICA - Over the past ten years we have seen many foreign buyers claiming their piece of Manhattan, though they were still a small part of the all over Manhattan real estate market. In 2016 Manhattan real estate appraisal company Miller Samuel estimated that foreign buyers made up about 15 percent of all buyers in Manhattan, though for new development, it was higher. Since 2017 there has been a rapid decline in foreign buyers. The strength of the US dollar, the US Treasury Department’s recent mandate of identity disclosure of purchasers, and restrictions on outbound investment by countries like China, and tense political climate between the US and have all effected the perceived attractiveness of Manhattan real estate for foreign buyers. According to a report by Baker McKenzie over all Chinese investment in North America has declined 83% in just two years.

Turks Who Own Manhattan's Most Expensive Homes

By Cemil Özyurt – TURKOFAMERICA - Over the past ten years we have seen many foreign buyers claiming their piece of Manhattan, though they were still a small part of the all over Manhattan real estate market. In 2016 Manhattan real estate appraisal company Miller Samuel estimated that foreign buyers made up about 15 percent of all buyers in Manhattan, though for new development, it was higher. Since 2017 there has been a rapid decline in foreign buyers. The strength of the US dollar, the US Treasury Department’s recent mandate of identity disclosure of purchasers, and restrictions on outbound investment by countries like China, and tense political climate between the US and have all effected the perceived attractiveness of Manhattan real estate for foreign buyers. According to a report by Baker McKenzie over all Chinese investment in North America has declined 83% in just two years.

Sierra Nevada to Establish New Space Company; Eren Ozmen Quoted

Sierra Nevada Corp. plans to launch an independent commercial company from its space business area to capitalize on potential opportunities presented by the opening of low Earth orbit to commercial space efforts, CNBC reported Wednesday. Sierra Space will be an SNC subsidiary and will focus on developing commercial space station and reusable vehicle capable of transporting people and supplies to space, according to an internal email from SNC Chairwoman and President Eren Ozmen announcing SNC’s plan.

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‘Salt Bae’ Slapped with $5M Copyright Suit Over Artwork of Chef

Famed chef Nusr-et Gökçe — better known as “Salt Bae” — has been hit with a $5 million copyright infringement lawsuit by a Brooklyn artist, who alleges the social media star used his artwork all over the world without permission according to New York Post' report. William Hicks says he and fellow artist Josphe Iurato were hired by Gökçe in September 2017 to make a mural of Turkish restaurateur “in his signature salt-sprinkling pose,” according to a Manhattan Federal lawsuit from Monday. The first work was displayed in Gökçe’s Miami steakhouse and subsequent commissioned stencil murals also went up at his restaurants in Doha, Dubai and New York, the court papers say.

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Chobani CEO & Founder Hamdi Ulukaya's Humanity First Story Featured In New Documentary on VICE

NORWICH, N.Y., Feb. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Chobani today announced that VICE debuted a new documentary called "Moving Humanity Forward," a film focused on Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya's "anti-CEO" playbook, his people-first business philosophy and refugee advocacy work, and the food maker's efforts to rebuild an upstate New York community. Directed by Nirit Peled, "Moving Humanity Forward" debuted on VICE and VICETV.com on Monday, February 15. The documentary follows the lives of refugees who live in the Utica, New York region and are employed by Chobani, showcasing the positive impact refugee integration in society has on business and communities. The film's heart can be summarized by Ulukaya's belief that "the minute you get a job, that's the minute you stop being a refugee."

First Commodity Based Capital Investment Bank to Acquires 3 Billion Worth of Oil Securities

New York, NY - Dec 17th, 2020 - Spektral Investment Bank, a newly found commodity bank with 800 million EU in-kind pharmaceutical patents and mining fields based capital in Kosovo, has concluded an extensive acquisition deal with Dr Omer Aslan; the renowned descendant of Sheik Shamil ; a very important historical figure known as the liberation commander of the Caucasia againist Russian oppression during late 1800s. Spektral Investment bank will be completing the acquisition of oil fields and drilling licenses in Kazakhstan and Russia; to be securitized and marketed with sole authorization of the bank provided by Dr. Arslan who will acquire a permanent seat on the bank's administrative board and will have stock shares attorned due to acquisition.

Ozmens’ SNC Secures New U.S. Army Contract to Continue Critical Encryption Device Production

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the global aerospace and national security company owned by Eren and Fatih Ozmen, was recently awarded a U.S. Army contract for $318.9 million for continued Simple Key Loader (SKL) production, engineering and sustainment support services. The SKL is a hand-held device used to load cryptographic keys into End Cryptographic Units enabling secure communications for U.S. tactical and strategic networks. It has proven itself capable, durable and cost-effective for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Federal Civilian Agencies, NATO Allies and U.S. Coalition Partner Nations worldwide.

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Turkish Philanthropy Funds Launches its COVID-19 Community Relief Fund and #KeepHopeAlive Music Marathon

Turkish Philanthropy Funds has launched it’s Community Relief Fund on March 31st, 2020 The fund focuses on supporting nonprofit organizations working directly to respond to the pandemic among the most vulnerable populations and to hospitals to provide the much-needed gear and equipment to help build their capacity for response both in the United States and in Turkey.
Since the launch, Founding Society Members Haldun and Nihal Tashman have pledged to match the first $100,000 raised. Additionally, Aylin and Louis Kim matched the first $2,500 donated.
To this day we are at $102,266 toward our goal of $200,000.

THY EXECUTIVE ILKER AYCI SPEAKS AT UN

Ilker Ayci was among the keynote speakers of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science event which took place at the UN General Assembly Hall and organized by the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) which is being chaired by Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite - a descendent of the Iraqi royal family and a Faysal I of Iraq.

Following the opening speech of Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, president of the 74th session of UN General Assembly, Ayci first noted that Turkey is one of the pioneer countries when it comes to women's rights, and also stated that as a flag carrier THY is proud of Turkish women's role in the aviation sector since 1930s.

Ayci, reminding that the first [female] combat pilot in the history was Sabiha Gokcen from Turkey, made an emphasis on the fact that women were increasingly participating in active roles since the establishment of THY in 1933.

Ayci also noted that 46% of THY's workforce is comprised of women and that they are working to increase this percentage to create full gender equality. He also said that THY, with their 211 female pilots in the workforce, is one of the airlines in Europe with the highest amount of female pilots.

Ayci made the following remarks in his speech:

"Our steadfast support for women is not only in the business sector. As Turkish Airlines, we believe in gender equality in sports as well and as a company that believes in the power of sports, we support certain athletes, teams, and tournaments worldwide with pleasure."

Ayci said that THY supports gender equality, and also talked about the institution's environmental awareness. Aycı said that as Turkish Airlines, they embrace a versatile approach, from developing alternative fuels to zero-waste projects.

During the two day program, Selin Sevimli - youngest female pilot Turkish Airlines -, Captain Pilot Ahu Nur Turkoglu and engineer Elif Ozsoy also spoke and shared their experiences with the audience.

Among the speakers of the event were diplomats, "Fortune 500" company executives, academics from all over the world, and representatives from nongovernmental organizations.

For the last five years on February 11th as a part of the celebrations of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, RASIT is organizing this 2-day meeting in the UN Headquarters for increasing the women's role in science. These meetings are hosted by Malta and serve as a platform for the exchange of ideas on gender equality.

5th Annual TOA Awards to Honor The Year's Best

TURKOFAMERICA Magazine, which has been awarding successful people of the United States in different categories since 2014, honors the year’s successful people in different field from diplomacy to business, academy to entrepreneurship.

5th TOA Outstanding Achievement Awards (Outstanding Achievement Awards, Heritage + Diversity + Legacy + Business) ceremony presented by TOA Consulting and U.S. Chamber of Commerce is held at U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s historic building in Washington DC on November 15, 2019. The award ceremony has showcased the artworks of three artists.

This year’s award winners are among 12 different names such as Ryan Zinke, former United States Secretary of the Interior; Elin Suleymanov, Ambassador of Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States; Ümran Beba, Pepsico Inc Chief Global Diversity Engagement & Talent Officer; Murat Özgener, CEO of Oz Arts Nashville, one of Nashville's most popular contemporary art centers; Kemal Erkan, known for his work in the field of electronic medical record and one of the founders of the largest private health network system in Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic region; Dr. Gökhan Gündoğdu, Senior Advisor to Executive President to Atlantic Council and Chairman Gundogdu Foundation; James Hughes, President and CEO of Unity Bank; businessman İzzet Pinto, founder of Global Agency, which exports the most films and TV series from Turkey to the world; G. Lincoln McCurdy, President of Turkish Coalition of America; Mehmet Mustafaoğlu, Founder and CEO of Los Angeles based  private equity firm, Trans Global Financial Corp and first recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and businessman Mustafa Tuncer, known for his companies in the natural stone, media and retail sectors in the United States. Özer Güler, Turkish Airlines General Manager of Washington, DC also were awarded with a special thanks award plaque.

“We will continue to expand the categories”
Demet Cabbar, Sevil Altinsoy and Ali Gunertem have also awarded as Friends of TURKOFAMERICA for their contribution and support the magazine since 2002. The awards were determined by the TURKOFAMERICA selection committee and presented to the jury members. Last year’s award ceremony was held at the Harvard Club in New York. Thirty Americans who are Friends of Turkey had been awarded at the ceremony.

TURKOFAMERICA Magazine Co-Founder and Editor in Chief, Cemil Özyurt stated that for the first time this year they would present awards to Turkish-Americans as well as American people and other ethnic groups contributing to the economic, social and cultural life of the United States. Özyurt who pointed out the difficulty of doing such activity at a time when relations between the two countries were very tense, said: “Strained relations between the two countries should not keep us from such activities. Our purpose was to open this traditional award ceremony to different ethnic groups and Americans. This year, besides Turkish-Americans in different fields, we have included successful names that contribute to America. We will continue our way by expanding the categories next year.”

Jimmy Cuneyt Gürkan, TOA Consulting Partner stated that the artworks of Hulis Mavruk, Tony Şeker and Esin Kösoğlu have exhibited before and during the award ceremony, and a portion of the proceeds would be donated to a non-profit institution. Gürkan emphasized that they would hold the award ceremony for the first time this year in a city other than New York, and remarked that they wanted to reach different audiences by spreading the awards ceremonies throughout the United States.

Turkish Airlines is the main sponsor of the award ceremony. United Medical, Natural Source Group, Vintage Food and Sarar also supports the event. About 150 people are expected to attend the award ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. To see event photos click here 

ABOUT TURKOFAMERICA MAGAZINE
TURKOFAMERICA is founded by two college friends from journalism school in Istanbul and they came to United States to pursue their master's degree on June 19th, 2001. The young entrepreneurs started to publish TURKOFAMERICA on August 2002. The magazine is the first Turkish-American nationwide business magazine and its mission is to report news about the Turkish-American business community in the U.S. The magazine's content includes primarily the lives of Turkish people in the U.S. and their social, cultural and economic activities as well as the activities of Americans who are related in any way with Turkey or the Turkish community.

ABOUT TOA CONSULTING
TOA Consulting is a management consulting firm that helps overseas companies to reach their full potential is U.S. TOA helps global companies with business contulting, corporate event organization, trade shows, conferences, summits, corporate travel arrangements for trade delegations, international business matchmaking, B2B networkind events.

 

Ryan Zinke, Former U.S. Interior Secretary receives his award from Kimmy Cunyet Gurkan, TOA Consulting partner. 

 

Elin Suleymanov, Ambassador of Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States receives his award from Cemil Ozyurt, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TurkofAmerica Magazine. 

 

Umran Beba, Senior Vice President of Pepsi Co. receives her award from Deputy Ambassador of Turkish Republic to Washington DC. 

 

Izzet Pinto, Founder of Global Agency receives his award from Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. 

 

Janice Bolomey, Director of Sales and Chief Admin Officer, Executive Vice President of Unity Bank. She recieves her awared on behalf of James Hughes, President/CEO of Unity Bank from Lola Zinke. 
 
 
 
 
Mustafa Tuncer, founder of Troy Granite and owner of Forum USA newspaper, recieves his award from Lala Abdurahimova Suleymanov. 
 
 
 
 
Lincoln G. Mc Curdy, President of Turkish Coalition of America recieves his award from Derya Taskin. 
 
 
 
 
Aylin Ozgener of Oz Arts Nashville recieves her award from Tony Seker, Turkish-American artist.
 
 
 
 
Dr. Gokhan Gundogdu, Senior Advisor to Executive President to Atlantic Council and Chairman Gundogdu Foundation recieves his award from Savannah Lane of Turkish Heritage Organization. 
 
 
 
 
Businessman Kemal Erkan, founder and CEO of United Medical of Deleware, recieves his award from Ryan Zinke, former U.S. Interior Secretary. 
 
 
 
 
Businessman Mehmet Mustafaoglu recives his award from Loutte Ragusa of Turkish Coalition of America. 
 
 
 
 
Ozer Guler, Turkish Airlines General Manager of Washington, DC receives his award from Ryan Zinke.
 
 
 
 
Friend of TURKOFAMERICA award reciept Demet Cabbar with Fidan Ozyurt.
 
 
 
 
Friend of TURKOFAMERICA award reciept Sevil Altinsoy with Lola Zinke.
 
 
 
 
Friend of TURKOFAMERICA award reciept Ali Gunertem with Cemil Ozyurt. 
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