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Richard Mishaan Design: Consistently Creative

Consistency is a difficult fest to achieve in any creative profession. After being expected to do the same thing differently for so many times, there is always the risk of becoming complacent and producing projects that are too similar. This fact is especially true in the field of interior design. Too many times, we see designs that are too similar to others. Understandably, no one wants to have a living space that mirrors that of another. However, one interior designer that has managed to stay consistent throughout the years is Richard Mishaan. Through his Richard Mishaan Design firm, he has for the last 20 years been working on projects that are very unique from each other.

Richard Mishaan Design has been able to remain consistently unique by mixing artistic and classical styles from different eras and cultures. Mr. Mishaan has been fortunate to live, for long periods, in three countries: Colombia, Italy and the United States. As a result, he has been exposed to different types and interpretations of art that he tries to bring out in his work. As a result, many of the projects worked on by Richard Mishaan Design contain significantly contrasting pieces that should not work together, but often end up combining seamlessly and with great aesthetic results.

What also sets Richard Mishaan Design part from the competition is the firm’s versatility. The firm creates a broad range of designs that can be applied to commercial spaces, residential spaces and in hotels. Further, this perhaps also speaks to Mr. Mishaan’s entrepreneurial nous. The firm’s sources of income are spread across three classes of clients as opposed to a single one. It is, therefore, unsurprising that Richard Mishaan Design has been among the leading interior design firms in New York for the majority of the past two decades.

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Adam Milstein’s Philanthropy Work at the Adam and Gila Foundation

Adam Milstein is one of the most popular Israeli real estate investors. When he was managing partner at Hagar Pacific Properties, he left a legacy. Hagar Pacific Properties is estimated to be worth $2 billion.

Another attribute Adam is known for is his philanthropic work. He is the most active humanitarian among the Jewish Community. His is best known for his involvement with the Adam and Gila Foundation.

The organization’s primary mission is to strengthen the student’s Jewish roots and connection to Israel. Adam’s wife, Gila, helps him with this. Thanks to this initiative, many students have come to appreciate their heritage and gained unforgettable educational experiences.

Adam philanthropic efforts have been recognized by having his name was added to the Top 200 Philanthropists and Social Entrepreneurs.

In addition to the foundation, Adam came up with the Israeli-American Council that is meant to fortify the relationship between Israeli and the U.S.

When it comes to fighting for the rights of Jewish People and the oppressed, Adam is at the forefront. He has had first-hand experience of what it’s like to be part of the marginalized. His wife was an immigrant from Morocco to the U.S.

Adam is also an activist writer for the many publications advocating for Jewish people. He is interested in seeing the Jewish people learn Hebrew so they can be more connected to their religion.

The difference between Adam and other philanthropists is that he does more than just giving out money; he is directly involved with the community.

About Adam Milstein

Adam is the son of a homemaker mother and a real estate developer father. His mother moved from Isreali from Mexico in 1949 at the tender age of 18 years. His father also came from Argentina to Mexico in 1948. Adam has two siblings – Joshua and Dalit.

When in college, Adam Milstien was involved with his father’s real estate construction and development business. He is married the love of his life, Gila Elgrably in 1974 and together they are blessed with three daughters. Adam attained his Master of Business Administration in 1983 from the University of Southern California in LA.


James Dondero Does Something Worthy For The Dallas Zoo

Since 2001, visitors to the Dallas Zoo have been missing the magnificent sighting of the hippos. This is because the company which James Dondero is running has partially sponsored the construction of Simmons Hippo Outpost. This is spread over 2.1 acres of space within the Dallas Zoo.

This company of James Dondero has made a donation of $1 million for constructing the Highland Capital Lodge. This is spread over 5000 sq.ft. It can be used for hosting private events besides any form of special displays.

Gregg Hudson is the CEO of the Dallas Zoo. He feels that the Hippo outpost that has cost $14 million will take his zoo to the next level. There would be a huge increase in the number of people visiting the Dallas Zoo. All this has come about after nearly four years of planning.

This project at the Dallas Zoo is just one of the philanthropic projects by James Dondero. Previously he has donated several million dollars to non-profit organizations as well as charities in Dallas. He is dedicated to improving educational opportunities in this area. This is why Highland Capital Investment has been building partnerships that will be beneficial to the residents of Dallas. There are numerous projects that clearly demonstrate this attribute of James Dondero. This includes the Scholars Program of SMU’s Highland Capital Management Tower, besides Snowball Express, as well as the Perot Museum of National Science. Other philanthropic projects include the Capital for Kids, besides Uplift Education. The most recent one is the Dallas Zoo Hippo project.

Due to all these philanthropic efforts, James Dondero has earned a place for his company in the Best Places to Work in Dallas Business Journal 2015. This Dallas Zoo Project is being considered as a major philanthropic effort since it is going to be highly significant to the economy as more visitors will be coming to the Dallas Zoo now as people have longed to see the hippos.


The construction of Simmons Hippo Outpost has not been easy as the zoo had the task of circulating large amounts of fresh water through its outdoor as well as other small pools. The pool had to be strong enough to withstand the body weight of hippos.