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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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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Mr. Roger Thomas joins the Rizk Ventures team as a Managing Partner – Real Estate

We would like to welcome Mr. Roger Thomas to the Rizk Ventures team as a Managing Partner-Real Estate. Mr. Thomas was part of the original team that helped Mr. Rizk take Cali Associates public in 1994 and brings over 30 years of experience in the real estate sector to our team. From 1994 to 2014, Mr. Thomas served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at Mack-Cali Realty Corporations and was a key member of the executive team that reported to the CEO. Click here to learn more about Mr. Roger Thomas.

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Linda Rizk, Thomas A. Rizk, and Rizk Ventures launch Counter Human Trafficking Compliance Solutions, a global compliance and advisory company

Linda Rizk, Thomas A. Rizk, and Rizk Ventures, LLC announced today the launch of Counter Human Trafficking Compliance Solutions, LLC (CHTCS), a global compliance and advisory company that provides corporations the training, assessment, research, and supply chain transparency required to combat human trafficking, forced labor, and child labor within their global supply chains. Read the Official Press Release on PR Newswire.

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Mr. James D. Wiley joins the Rizk Ventures team as a Principal

We would like to welcome Mr. James D. Wiley to the Rizk Ventures team as a Principal. Mr. Wiley brings his decades of leadership and operational experience with the United States Marine Corps and Special Operations to bear on new business development for Rizk Ventures. His unique background combined with his on-the-ground familiarity with Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, makes him ideally suited to understanding and assessing the business needs of government, military, and international contractors and clients. Click here to learn more about Mr. James D. Wiley.

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Operation Game On founder honored

RANCHO SANTA FE — A Rancho Santa Fe man who founded a golf program to help wounded warriors return “to a somewhat normal life” recently received a U.S. flag that flew over the headquarters of the Regional Command Southwest and Marine Expeditionary Brigade aboard Camp Leatherneck in the Helmand province of Afghanistan this past Sept. 11.

Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo honored Tony Perez with the flag, which was flown for Perez as part of a ceremony to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on this country.

“What can I say but that I am very moved and (it) immediately brought me to tears,” Perez said. “The flag will forever remind me of those that paid the ultimate price.

“And for those that survived, it is my honor to serve those that allowed OGO to be a part of their rehabilitation to get back to a somewhat normal life through golf,” he added.

Perez prefers not to be lauded for his efforts, insisting servicemen and women, especially those wounded in action, are the “real heroes.”

“But this special flag is one that I will always cherish for the rest of my life,” he said.

In 2008, Perez started Operation Game On, a program for severely injured soldiers undergoing rehabilitation at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and Vietnam War veterans.

Participants receive free golf lessons from PGA-certified instructors at the Del Mar Golf Center and a professional fitting session by the staff at The Kingdom at TaylorMade Golf.

They also receive custom-fitted equipment at no cost to them, the hospital or the military.

To help cover costs, Perez holds a golf tournament that in recent years has raised about $75,000 annually. At the banquet following this year’s event in August, title sponsor Linda Rizk announced a $100,000 donation.

Source: The Coast News Group