Category: Industry

Cassio Audi from Musician to Businessman.

Cassio Audi is most well known for his role as drummer for the Brazillian band Viper. Cassio Audi was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Joining the band in 1985, they released their first album in 1987. They were influenced by bands like Iron Maiden. The album entitled Theatre of Fate had a very heavy metal sound with a classical edge to it. Even basing one song after a famous classical music piece called Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Soon after their second album was released they had already rise to fame. Viper chose to hire an English Producer for this one named Row Rowland. This next album featured a full orchestra.

Viper, with this quick rise to fame, had a song that was more popular in Japan, outselling bands like Nirvana. During one of their concerts, a stick covered in a cloth caught on fire. It was thrown onto Cassio’s drums while he was playing. He did not panic and continued to play and noticeably put the fire out with his drumstick. By the release of the very first album Viper had reached international fame.

Cassio remained with Viper for nearly nine years before parting ways. Cassio studied and received his Bachelor’s Degree from University of Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo. Later he went on to study for masters in finance at Universidade de São Paulo. This masters degree landed him his first job in the financial industry. He became a trader at JP Morgan Chase. From heavy metal drummer to a businessman. Cassio Audi took the Brazilian music industry by storm.

He changed the entire scene of Heavy Metal with his performances with Viper. He has now had over 23 years of experience in financial industry. With the Latin America people, Cassio Audi is well known for his role in the band Viper. He has left a musical legacy behind for a financial career path.

Talos Energy

Talos to the future.

It has been almost a century since a foreign private entity has drilled in Mexican waters, but now it is occurring due to Mexico’s new initiative into inviting in foreign companies. This feat has been accomplished by joint efforts by Talos Energy, Premier oil and Mexico’s own Sierra Oil and Gas. Mexico’s oil and gas industries were nationalized in the early 1900s, and only national operations have drilled in Mexico since then.

Drilling will occur in the state of Tobasco where offshore wells are estimated to contain anywhere from 100 million to a half billion barrels of crude. The drilling operation will range above $15 million to achieve and take approximately three months to tap. The three company coalition gained the rights to be the first non national drilling operation in Mexican waters in the first round of bidding that Mexico offered to private interests. According to very prominent geologists, the reserve has a high probability of being reached and delivering estimated amounts. Talos will operate the drilling operation and has received a 35 percent stake in doing so, and Sierra and Premier have 49 percent and 25 percent respectively.

Houston-based oil and gas company, Talos is a subsidiary of Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. Their Gulf of Mexico holdings are encased in a subsidiary termed ERT. The Gulf of Mexico holdings averaged over 16,000 barrels of oil per day in a recent 30 day measure. ERT also has royalty interests in oil company Wang.

Houston is the oil and gas hub of America, and Talos is a private upstream oil and gas company situated in an enormously advantageous position to further increase its favorable holdings with the acquisition and exploitation of oil and gas properties located in Gulf of Mexico and around other properties on the Gulf Coast.

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Talos Energy Embarks on a New Venture

After nearly a century of petroleum being a nationalized industry in Mexico therefore subject to certain regulations, for the first time in 80 years an organization of companies has earned the right to drill for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. As a result of the stagnant economy in the Mexican petroleum industry, a vote was passed lifting the ban on outside interests. The well, named Zama-1, is located in the Sureste Basin near the state of Tabasco. It is said to hold at least 100 million barrels of oil, and possibly up to half a billion. Of the three companies that have an investment in the project, Talos Energy also operates the new site.

Talos Energy is a privately held oil and gas company specializing in fields of development and production for oil and natural gas in the Gulf Coast region and the Gulf of Mexico. Located in Houston Texas, the company was established in 2012 by Timothy Duncan, President and CEO. In February of 2013, Talos Production, a subsidiary of Talos Energy, declared it had acquired Energy Resource Technology GOM, Inc. Which in turn was a subsidiary of Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. Talos receives funding from multiple sources, including private equity firms Apollo Global Management, LLC, Riverstone Holdings LLC, as well as members of Talos management.

Later that year in November 2013, Talos was honored with the title “best workplace among local small businesses” by what was then called Workplace Dynamics, now referred to as Energage, LLC. Even after purchasing Helix Energy Solutions for the hefty price of $620 million, Talos is still determined to expand further. They are proof that determination and hard work can turn a small company of 15 members into an enterprising corporation comprised of 120 employees. Duncan believes providing opportunity for his employees is integral to the success of the company, and the success of Talos Energy proves that.

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The Great Milestones of Talos Energy

In a bid to try and improve service delivery for government projects, the involvement of private and foreign competitors is welcome as this improves accountability. This is what happened when foreign companies were allowed to drill oil in the Mexican waters, a move that is seen to improve the efficiency at which this project is accomplished. This sinking of an offshore oil well was awarded the companies Premier Oil Plc which is London based, Houston’s Talos Energy LLC as well as Sierra Oil and Gas which is Mexican. This is indeed historic bearing in mind that the country has only launched previous offshore explorations through the state-run Petroleos Mexicanos which is a monopoly. The structure of the oil well basin is seen to give the project a geological advantage and thereby a great chance of success.

Talos Energy is a reputable oil production company that has definitely made a mark in the industry as a serious player. The company’s Chief executive is none other than the highly motivated Duncan, who has a great vision for this oil company. Duncan believes in harnessing the power of his employees in realizing their ultimate goal which is to grow the company. He has created a conducive environment for the staff of Talos Energy to feel comfortable and only concentrate on trying to bring on board ideas that will thrust the company ahead.

The great employer employee relationship at Talos Energy saw the company be awarded by WorkplaceDynamics as the best workplace for anyone to be among the many local businesses. Duncan has definitely worked very hard at Talos to be at the position he holds, especially considering he rose from a position of reservoir engineer manager at the Gryphon Exploration.

Duncan, the CEO of Talos notes that during his life at the company, his bosses had always listened to his ideas, which was a great motivation for his success. Thereby enabling him to see the benefits of listening to employees and showing them that their ideas matter, which he has practiced as the ultimate boss of Talos Energy. He is definitely a great admiration of many who would learn one or two things about great management.

Andrew Rolfe: A Right Choice For Ubuntu Education Fund

Jacob Lief, CEO, and founder of Ubuntu Education Fund, after arranging a huge amount in an annual gathering at Davos, still feels like they are getting funds but they are not able to change the lives of peopled. Jacob created a company Ubuntu Education Fund (UEF) with a vision that it will help kids from Cape Province for their education and their bright future.


He has recently hired Andrew Rolfe as a Chairman and Andrew is now working beside Jacob in Ubuntu Education Fund to help him for his noble cause. Andrew Rolfe is working hard to improve the social welfare, health care and the education problems in Cape Town. Andrew Rolfe has very inspiring credentials which made him ideal selection to work beside, Jacob Lief, a man with a noble cause


Jacob with the assistance of Andrew Rolfe is always looking for a helping hand, but he always prefers hand from a philanthropist who has faith in him and his company. He refused for the funds that come with a limitation and that rejections show that he is true to his cause and he wants kids for their education without any education.


Serving on a board of a non-profit firm also let donors have a watch on the operations of a non-profit. That can often be helpful, particularly if a donor has appropriate professional experience. Because in such case he can help that non-profit to work more efficiently and reach the area where it could not be due to the lack of professional knowledge.


Even if a donor become personally involved or don’t join the board in shaping the strategy of an organization, the terms of a grant can also make restrictions about how non-profits use the money. Donors who are rich usually like helping for a particular project, setting up scholarship funds or making gifts for buildings which can carry their names. But Andrew never thought of the name. He always worked for a noble cause no matter if he would be the name for that achievement. He is happy with a feeling that he is working for his cause and someone, somewhere is getting an education because of Ubuntu Education Fund.