Business Innovation

Ryan Seacrest Bio Recap

Ryan Seacrest hosts the well-known music competition reality show American Idol, which returns to TV in the spring of 2018 on ABC. This will be his first season hosting on ABC. He also hosts the nationally syndicated radio show On Air with Ryan Seacrest for iHeartMedia. Its local broadcast is Los Angeles and is a morning-drive show.

Adding to his hosting resume, Seacrest co-hosts and is an executive producer of Live with Kelly and Ryan and is listed as the executive producer and host of the annual ABC New Year’s Eve show Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

American Idol host Seacrest owns Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP), which has won Emmy awards. RSP is behind popular shows, such as Keeping up with the Kardashian (E!) and the spinoff series, E! Live from the Red Carpet (E!), I Love Kellie Pickler (CMT), Insatiable (Netflix), Shahs of Sunset (Bravo), Shades of Blue (NBC) and Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (ABC).

In addition to his television, radio, and production career, Seacrest has a men’s clothing line; Macy’s exclusively sells the line called Ryan Seacrest Distinction. He also created a skin care line for men with Dr. Lancer named Polished by Dr. Lancer. His endorsements are many and include Coca-Cola and Ford.

He has many philanthropic efforts, including the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. They have opened Seacrest Studios, broadcast media centers, in pediatric hospitals located in multiple US cities. He is also a board member of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and sits as an honorary chair of the Grammy Foundation.


Founded in 2006 as GreenSky Trade Credit LLC by David Zalik, GreenSky Financial LLC is a private equity firm based in the Southern state of Atlanta. It changed its name in December 2015 and offers quick and paperless financial services, credit and consumer lending to businesses through its online platform. It helps enterprises provide credit to their customers by acting as a program administrator and third-party service provider for federally and state insured chartered banks that offer consumer loans. Besides providing revolving credit products and installment loans it also provides credit programs for elective medical providers, home improvement merchants, and furniture retailers.

Through its merchant, retailer and provider networks all over the US, it serves both consumers and large, medium and small-scale businesses. David Zalik’s GreenSky offers business card service as well as same day funding for submitted invoices, online transaction management, credit services and invoice verification.


Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer for GreenSky, 43-year-old David Zalik were born in Israel with his family moving to the USA when he was four years old and settling in Alabama. His father became a Mathematics professor at Auburn, and he attended the same school his father was teaching but later dropped out to concentrate on building his computer assembly company, MicroTech. In 1996 then aged 22 years he sold the 20-employee company for a tune a few million dollars and moved to Atlanta. Zalik later founded Outweb Inc., a consultancy for businesses trying to create their websites, in 1999 after a few years of investing in the real estate sector. He helped start the Rockbridge Commercial Bank in 2006 which initially attracted capital from a clique of local investors including billionaire Bernie Marcus, co-founder Home Depot. In three years’ time, it failed making him lose up to $500,000 and lawsuits from the FDIC.

It is after all this that he founded GreenSky, which he named after hearing Willie Nelson’s rendition of Blue Skies. Robert Sheft, an investor, and founder of RMA Home Services, later joined him their big pitch being less hassle in offering their customers financing as compared to stalwarts like Wells Fargo and GE.

David Zalik has also served on the board of directors of The Marcus Community Centre, The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and Hands on Atlanta. He has been a recipient of the 2000 Abe Schwartz Young Leadership award, 2003 catalyst Entrepreneur of the Year Award and 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Graham Edwards Propels Telereal Trillium Forward

Leadership comes from the top down and Graham Edwards’ commitment to understanding what drives value is readily apparent after witnessing his accomplishments at Telereal Trillium. Since he has been CEO of the company, he has presided over immense growth and success. Driving his success is a fundamental principle of eliminating the complicated aspects of real estate for the customer. Simplicity creates the best environment for this type of business.

Telereal Trillium is a company that utilizes the potential and talent of all its employees. A tremendous amount of value is placed on the attribute of awareness. The company cultivates and nourishes the aspirations and goals of its workers ( They service a variety of companies including Barclays, Virgin Media, BT, Royal Mail, the Department for Work and Pensions, and the Birmingham City Council. In 2006, the company was awarded the Investors in People award, and in 2009, they were given the Norwood Property Lunch Property Deal of the Year award. The Corporate Supporter of the Year award was given to Telereal Trillium in 2016 by the Tomorrow’s People Awards. Diligence and a steady pace of stable growth is the only way to describe the path that this company has taken. With an enormous wealth of holdings, Graham Edwards Telereal has positioned this company well to prosper indefinitely.

Graham Edwards studied economics at Cambridge University and went on to manage funds at Merrill Lynch. He was also the Head of Finance for BT Group PLC’s property department. Later he joined Talisman Global Asset Management and became their Chief Investment Officer. In 2001, Edwars became the Chief Executive of Telereal and eight years later they acquired Trillium and became Telereal Trillium. They now hold a portfolio worth around $6 billion and have now become one of the UK’s biggest and most successful property companies.