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Rizk Ventures Attends Nigel Barker’s NYFW Party for United Service Organizations’ 75th Anniversary

Linda RizkThomas Rizk, LtCol James Wiley, and I were honored to represent Rizk Ventures at fashion photographer Nigel Barker’s New York Fashion Week Cocktail Party last week to celebrate the recent 75th Anniversary of the United Service Organizations (USO). Named to the USO’s 75th Anniversary Honorary Committee, Nigel Barker helped promote an USO initiative calling on Americans to send one million messages of support to the men and women of the U.S. military leading up to the February 4th anniversary, and was gracious enough to host his own celebration at the 463 West Street Penthouse on February 17th. It being New York Fashion Week, the night was a huge success and it was our pleasure to join our friends and colleagues in supporting such a wonderful organization and cause. We want to thank Nigel for hosting the event and wish the USO a very happy anniversary!

Thomas Rizk, Linda Rizk, and LtCol James Wiley

Thomas Rizk, Linda Rizk, and LtCol James Wiley


Thomas and Linda Rizk with the Dog Pound Workout Team

Thomas and Linda Rizk with the Dog Pound Workout Team

Rizk Ventures and Goldman Sachs form joint venture to invest in healthcare real estate in Colombia

Klaus Lederer and Geoff Rizk, Managing Partners of Rizk Ventures, have established Rizk Ventures Colombia in order to pursue investment opportunities in the country of Colombia. Specifically, Rizk Ventures is utilizing a sale-leaseback financial structure to bring capital to certain economic sectors in Colombia including real estate, construction, healthcare, infrastructure, and finance.

Over a period of years, Rizk Ventures, led by Geoff Rizk and Klaus Lederer, has established relationships with key market players in each of the economic sectors of interest to Rizk Ventures, and these investment opportunities are in part, a result of such relationships.

In the healthcare sector, Rizk Ventures has recognized that the Colombian healthcare system covers over 95% of the population in Colombia and provides excellent, modern healthcare services. Nevertheless, there continues to be a need to invest additional capital into the healthcare system to support growth including expanding the number of beds either through construction of new hospitals or the expansion of existing hospitals.

While Rizk Ventures Colombia’s initial focus was on the healthcare sector, it has expanded the platform to include non-healthcare related real estate, construction, and infrastructure as well.

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Rizk Ventures Acquires Workforce Prescriptions, company renamed RV Healthcare Analytics

NEW YORK, Jan. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Rizk Ventures (www.rizkventures.com), a privately held investment firm, has announced that it has acquired Workforce Prescriptions (“WRx”) and that the company will be renamed RV Healthcare Analytics (“RVHA”) (www.rvhanalytics.org).  Headquartered in Tampa, RVHA is a provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions to the healthcare industry with a focus on assisting hospitals in significantly decreasing costs and improving outcomes without reducing staff.  Original founders Charlie Dawson and Dean Kristiniak maintain positions as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer respectively and the company has hired Jason Palmer, a technology industry veteran, as President.

“RV Healthcare Analytics (RVHA) helps healthcare organizations identify unnecessary expenses, remediate costly practices, and develop healthy alternatives to misaligned legacy methodologies,” said Co-Founder, and Chief Executive Officer, Charlie Dawson. “Our Value Enhancement Program has returned an average of 9% of revenue annually to hospitals’ bottom lines while involving hospital staff in the identification and execution of solutions.”

RVHA’s Value Enhancement Program begins with a proprietary Operational Efficiency Diagnostic which identifies achievable value potential for over 100 areas of performance.  The program engages staff in the identification, planning, and execution of initiatives to reduce costs, increase revenue and improve outcomes, and incorporates dozens of proprietary software tools including a cutting-edge, rapid process re-design technology usable by novices.

“RV Healthcare Analytics has already successfully worked with over 300 hospital systems and is poised for significant growth in 2016,” said Thomas A. Rizk, Rizk Ventures’ Co-Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer.  “Rizk Ventures will leverage its deep expertise in healthcare technology to help expand RVHA’s services, and our strong healthcare network will enable RVHA to grow its reach.”

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Wyclef Jean, Linda Rizk, Thomas Rizk

A Reflection on 2015 and the Rizk Ventures Holiday Party

Linda RizkWe at Rizk Ventures were happy to host our 2015 holiday party this past weekend to celebrate another amazing year of business, family, and friendship. This year the party was held on the Terrace of the wonderful Gramercy Park Hotel, a beautifully decorated space in the heart of Gramercy with a spectacular view of the surrounding New York City skyline. The guests included our various Rizk Ventures teams, colleagues, and great friends and included partners from our two newest ventures, Workspace Property Trust and Rizk Ventures Healthcare Analytics. The night featured catered food and drinks, a live DJ, a magician, speeches and toasts by Tom, me, and our daughter Alex, and a performance from a very special musical guest.

We were honored to have Wyclef Jean, the Grammy, Billboard, Golden Globe, and MTV Video Music Award-winner, as the night’s primary entertainment. Wyclef was an absolute treat to be around and heavily contributed to the high-energy and joyous atmosphere of the party. He performed mostly his hit music, but included a special verse thanking myself and the rest of the CHTCS team for our efforts to help eradicate human trafficking and modern slavery, as well as the veterans in attendance.

On behalf of the entire Rizk Ventures team, I would like to extend a big thank you to our friends and families who came and those who were unable to make it but are just as important in our lives. We would never be able to join in celebrations like this without the hard work and dedication put in by each and every one of our Rizk Venture’s employees and colleagues. We wish everyone a very merry holiday season and a happy New year! We can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for us all!

Geoff Rizk and Guests

Geoff Rizk and Guests

Alex and Linda Rizk, Melanie Berliet, and Meghan McCain

Alex and Linda Rizk, Melanie Berliet, and Meghan McCain

Tom and Linda Rizk with Wyclef Jean

Tom and Linda Rizk with Wyclef Jean

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Rizk Ventures Sponsors Operation Game On’s 8th Annual Golf Classic

Linda RizkRizk Ventures was honored and proud to once again sponsor Operation Game On’s Annual Golf Classic, a charity event that took place on August 10th, 2015 at the Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Sante Fe, California. The Golf Classic was held to raise money for Operation Game On (OGO), an innovative nonprofit golf program that helps rehabilitate returning combat-injured troops suffering from physical disabilities and PTSD. Playing with the OGO members is all the evidence you would need to document the significant impact OGO has had on the combat-wounded heroes involved in the program. Rizk Ventures’ and CHTCS’ Lt. Col. James Wiley, a 31 year military veteran, and I were in attendance and played during the event. The day was filled with joy, laughter, and of course some light-hearted competition.
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Rizk Ventures Attends Jumpstart’s Scribbles to Novels 10th Anniversary Gala

Linda RizkLast night, the Rizk family had the privilege of representing Rizk Ventures at the 10th Anniversary Gala of Jumpstart’s annual fundraising event, Scribbles to Novels. The event, meant to celebrate the power the written word and raise funds for Jumpstart, featured a host of authors, celebrities, and leaders involved in promoting early childhood education. My husband Thomas, our son Geoffrey and I were honored to be a part of such an amazing event for a great cause.

The event, looking out over the Hudson River, featured talks from Pulitzer Prize-winning guest speakers Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Also in attendance were Actress Brook Shields, Fashion Photographer and TV Personality Nigel Barker, and Former Giants Running Back and Superbowl XXV MVP Ottis “O.J.” Anderson, as well as various established authors and writers. In addition to the talks by Kristof and WuDunn, Ottis Anderson and Nigel Barker conducted a live auction to help raise funds for Jumpstart. Among the auction items was a team workout with Nigel Barker, Hugh Jackman and the rest of the DogPound, a group of elite fitness trainers based in New York City. Cofounders Kirk Myers and Brey Pena, along with the rest of the DogPound, were extremely generous to offer up their time in support of early childhood education. The auction, while extremely entertaining, showed the generous nature of those in attendance, with all auction proceeds going towards the improvement of youth education. To cap off the event, we had the pleasure of getting to meet the guest-speakers and special guests, who were all amazingly dedicated to the event’s cause. Kristof and WuDunn were even generous enough to give out copies of their books, Half the Sky, A Path Appears, and I’m Glad I Did. We would like to thank Jumpstart and their sponsors for a great time.

Former NFL player OJ Anderson conducting a live auction

Former NFL player OJ Anderson conducting a live auction


ournalist Nicholas Kristof, Thomas A. Rizk, actress Brooke Shields, Linda Rizk, and Naila Bolus (President and CEO at Jumpstart)

ournalist Nicholas Kristof, Thomas A. Rizk, actress Brooke Shields, Linda Rizk, and Naila Bolus (President and CEO at Jumpstart)


Photographer Nigel Barker with his new book ‘Models of Influence’

Photographer Nigel Barker with his new book ‘Models of Influence’

Rizk Ventures’ online education company Classroom24-7 sponsors 1st annual Leading Learning Symposium

Rizk Ventures’ online education company Classroom 24-7 is sponsoring the first annual Leading Learning Symposium, created and hosted by Tagoras, Inc. (www.tagoras.com), a consulting firm for the adult and continuing education and professional development sectors. The symposium will be held on October 27 and 28 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland, with a special Executive Institute for senior leaders (vice president and above) on October 26.

The inaugural symposium will provide education leaders the opportunity to connect, share insights and facilitate performance improvements via research-based instructional practices. The symposium will include critical knowledge and practice skills for leadership in the education sector. “We are extremely excited to be one of the sponsors for this event. It is a great opportunity for us to connect with other leaders in education and discuss our ideas and contribute to the advancement of technology in our industry,” said Classroom24-7 CEO, Ernie Liang.

Source: MarketWatch

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Classroom24-7 launches education sponsorship program for nonprofits

Jersey City, NJ – Classroom24-7, a leading online education technology company, announced today the launch of its risk-free program to support the distance education initiatives of nonprofits. “We are committed to helping nonprofit organizations make a significant impact in their communities.We understand the realities of nonprofits’ budget constraints and are excited to offer a program specifically designed to assist with fundraising to support their online education initiatives,” said Michael Gervasio, Classroom24-7’s Vice President of Accounts.

Through Classroom24-7’s Education Sponsorship Program for Nonprofits, organizations begin working with Classroom24-7 to design and launch a customized Learning Management System even before funding has been secured. As an added benefit, the Learning Management System can be used to promote the nonprofit’s sponsors and partners to assist in the fundraising process. Payment is only due after funding has been secured, and if adequate funds are not secured within a pre-determined period of time, the initiative can be put on hold at no risk to the nonprofit organization.

“Our services and technologies allow nonprofits to provide critical online education to their members, volunteers and staff while building stronger relationships with their supporters and partners. Our unique sponsorship program removes the financial barriers associated with implementing a distance education program and enables nonprofits to finally take full advantage of online education,” said Ernie Liang, Chief Executive Officer of Classroom24-7.

Classroom24-7 was recently acquired by Rizk Ventures, a privately-held investment firm based in New York. “Through Rizk Ventures’ philanthropic efforts, I’ve seen firsthand how education can change peoples’ lives for the better. The opportunity for nonprofits to educate a far greater audience through Classroom24-7’s online learning platform is a game changer in the world of philanthropy,” said Linda Rizk, Co-Founder of Rizk Ventures.

Organizations interested in the Education Sponsorship Program for Nonprofits can go to Nonprofit Program to learn more and apply.

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Rizk Ventures acquires Classroom24-7, a leader in the online technology education sector

New York, NY–Rizk Ventures, LLC announced today the acquisition of Classroom24-7, LLC (www.classroom24-7.com), a leading online education technology solutions company.  Ernie Liang and Jack Lyden, Classroom24-7’s Chief Executive Officer and Senior Vice President, respectively, have also invested in the company as part of the transaction.

“We believe there is an outstanding opportunity to build upon Classroom24-7’s success working with top tier institutions, including Hospital for Special Surgery, Georgetown University Law Center, and the New Jersey State Bar Association,” said Thomas A. Rizk, Rizk Ventures’ Co-Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer.

“The growth strategy for Classroom24-7 includes working with both domestic and international clients,” said Rizk Ventures’ Managing Partner Klaus Lederer. “Rizk Ventures’ expertise and strong international network uniquely position us to expand Classroom24-7’s services into the global educational and corporate marketplaces.”


Rizk Ventures Acquires Classroom24-7

Classroom24-7 offers the following turnkey online education solutions: Market and Feasibility Studies, Instructional Design, Rich Media Production, Learning Management Systems (LMS), and Marketing, Recruitment, and Retention Services. Each solution consists of a range of services customized to address each client’s specific needs and requirements. The LMS is a scalable solution designed to deliver workforce training, degree programs, and continuing education and certificate programs.

“Classroom24-7’s mission is to work with institutions to create the foundation needed to deliver world-class distance learning programs,” said Chief Executive Officer Ernie Liang. “Our technology and services improve the educational experience for learners, enhance our clients’ brands, and provide significant revenue generation opportunities for our clients.”

“The distance learning space has exploded in the last few years as institutions realize that these types of technologies enhance their offerings, generate new revenue streams, increase productivity, and educate students and workforces,” said Rizk Ventures’ Managing Partner Geoffrey Rizk. “The exceptional management team led by Ernie and Jack provides a significant competitive advantage for Classroom24-7 to expand in this growth industry.”

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Dr. Robert Masci named Medical Director of Cardio-oncology for new Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute

Rizk Ventures is honored to announce that our Healthcare Advisor, Dr. Robert Masci, has been named Medical Director of Cardio-Oncology for Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute and Atlantic Health System’s new cardio-oncology program. This new program will seamlessly integrate cardiology and oncology to try to minimize the cardiovascular side effects of cancer treatments while also treating cancer in the most effective way possible. Dr. Masci has over twenty years of experience in the healthcare sector and provides Rizk Ventures with a clinical perspective on how our technology interfaces with today’s dynamic healthcare environment. Click here to learn more about Dr. Robert Masci.

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