During the course of his career financial expert, Gareth Henry has worked for both English and American financial firms. Originally from Scotland, early on in life he became fascinated with mathematics. He decided to study actuarial mathematics and statistics at Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University and graduated in 2001, earning first class honors.
Gareth Henry says that his educational background in math has been of immense help during his career in finance. The types of transactions he works on can at times be very mathematically complicated, he says. Early on his career, he was employed as the Director of Strategic Solutions at London’s Schroders, a financial management firm.
He has also worked at Watson Wyatt LLP as a financial analyst and at SEI Investments where he was one of their investment managers. More recently, he spent a significant number of years at New York’s Fortress Investments as their head of global investor relations. Gareth Henry continued in this same position at another alternative asset management firm, Angelo, Gordon & Co.
He says that there are ample opportunities to make money in the private credit investment space. One of the alternative asset classes he is very experienced with is distressed credit. When a middle or large-sized firm has some sort of negative credit even their debt can be bought at a steep discount. Figuring out whether buying this credit will be a good investment or not is something that he applies his mathematical background to.
He says there are a number of risks that have to be taken into account before buying distressed credit. Sometimes an active approach is called for which can create value, Gareth Henry says that other times a passive approach is what will generate the most return. Once Gareth Henry has decided to acquire distressed credit either someone on his staff or someone they have hired will contact the firm that owes this money and they will try to work out a new payment plan. He says that he wants to encourage the other party to begin making payment on this loan once again.
Waiakea Water is a powerhouse bottled water company stationed on the big island of Hawaii. Introduced to the global market back in 2012, Waiakea Water is sourced from an aquifer located at the base of Mauna Loa. The aquifer produces water naturally filtered through miles of volcanic rock. The filtration not only makes the water 100% alkaline but infuses it with natural vitamins and minerals. From a health perspective it is some of the healthiest water one can drink. This is a big plus for Waiakea because bottled water is highly focused on health aspects.
Bottled water circumvented tap years ago. One of the chief reasons people replaced purchased water for the working water out of every faucet in their house was based on health. Tap water is not filtered, it is not purified, and it also contains chemicals like fluoride. As society began to lean more and more towards healthier living in the 90s the popularity of bottle water began to grow. Now it is a market worth ten billion dollars. Every company selling bottled water has to work hard to stand out because they are all selling the exact same product. One way to that it to offer health advancing quality. Drinking water that actually makes your body healthier.
A recent trend in the health considerations of water is pH balance. pH refers to the acidity in the water. Water with too much acidity is not healthy for you. Alkaline water helps the body retain balance and the big movement in the bottled water world is finding brands that respect pH. Luckily for volcanic water benefits their chief quality is 100% alkaline. Waiakea is one of the onlybrands out there that offers complete pH balance in its water. This makes it very health to drink and makes it stand out from the competition.
The company came from the discovery of one Ryan Emmons, a frequent vacationer of Hawaii. His family owned property with access to the Mauna Loa aquifer. Emmons noticed that the aquifer water was special, and being a health advocate himself he decided to share his find with the world.