Maddie & Tae
An entrepreneur based in Washington state, Benjamin (Ben) Shoval serves as the president of Shoval & Co. Ben Shoval is a fan of rock and country music and in particular likes the duo Maddie & Tae.
Maddison Marlow and Taylor Dye first met in 2014 through their vocal coach, and their musical chemistry became apparent. Their first single, “Girl in a Country Song,” topped the country charts and made a significant impact in Nashville. Their debut album, Fly, charted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200.
More than just successful country stars, Maddie and Tae also actively participate in causes they care about. Recently, the duo performed at a fundraising event for the victims of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. The duo sang “After the Storm Blows Through,” an uplifting anthem from their album Start Here.
The event was called “Country Strong – Orlando’s Night of Healing and Country Music” and was put together by local country station K92.3.
Benjamin “Ben” Shoval’s investment company, Shoval & Co., has a substantial real estate portfolio that has been primarily focused on affordable housing since 2009. As president, Ben Shoval led the acquisition and rehabilitation of affordable housing properties that have since been fully tenanted.
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development describes affordable housing as costing no more than 30 percent of the occupant(s) income, including utilities. This number may vary in different locations, but serves well as a general rule of thumb. Families who must pay more than 30 percent of their income for gross housing costs may encounter difficulty affording food, transportation, medical care, and other of life’s necessities.
More affordable housing is necessary as a quality of life issue in the US, as an estimated 12 million renters and homeowners are currently paying more than 50 percent of their incomes for housing. No where in the United States can a full time worker earning minimum wage afford local fair-market rent for a two-bedroom dwelling by the standard of the 30 percent of income rule.
An entrepreneur his whole adult life, Benjamin “Ben” Shoval has worked in various fields including computer training, investment management, affordable housing, and high tech. Ben Shoval is currently president of Shoval & Co., which operates in Seattle, WA.
Who needs affordable housing?
Families burdened by high housing costs may not be able to afford necessities like food, healthcare, and transportation costs. Those who spend over 30 percent of their income on housing are known as cost burdened, and approximately 12 million households in the United States spend over 50 percent on housing, including renters and homeowners. Families with one full-time worker paid at minimum wage are likely unable to afford housing anywhere in the United States.
Where can I get help with housing?
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has federal programs available for renters and homeowners.
Renters can seek assistance through privately owned subsidized housing, public housing, voucher programs, and local resources for rental help. For federal program descriptions, visit HUD’s website at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/topics/rental_assistance. Renters looking for assistance in Seattle can visit http://www.seattle.gov/housing/renters for local housing help.
Ben Shoval – President, Shoval & Co.
A businessman residing in Seattle, Benjamin (Ben) Shoval founded Shoval & Co in 2004. Ben Shoval invests primarily in private markets and takes a particular interest in ventures involving big data.
Big data consists of information impacting how companies allocate budgets and time as well as manage risk and monitor consumer buying habits. A business intelligence tool, it also affects product development and optimization of services. Used often in conjunction with analytics for business planning, big data ranges from machine-readable text to video and audio files. The data can comprise of constantly streaming information or capture a single moment.
Big data is valuable in any industry. Financial institutions, for example, use the information to provide quality products and services to customers as well as to safeguard their accounts through measures that meet compliance standards. The retail sector leverages big data to build upon consumer relations. Companies can use big data to determine the best approach for effectively marketing a product or service to an existing patron or devise a plan to bring back past customers.
Benjamin “Ben” Shoval, an accomplished entrepreneur in Seattle, Washington, and currently the president of Shoval & Co., enjoys cooking certain dishes at home. Dedicated to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, Ben Shoval often makes health shakes and enjoys cooking omelets and stir fry.
One of the most flexible meals you can cook at home, stir fry is basically just a combination of various vegetables and meats. However, as easy as it is to make stir fry, messing it up is almost as easy. Because the dish is cooked quickly, it’s important that you have everything prepared ahead of time. Chop all of the ingredients before cooking and keep them close at hand. Focus on making bite-sized pieces that are all the same size. This prevents some parts from overcooking and makes eating the finished dish easier. Slicing items is often better than cutting chunks because it releases more flavor, although it is not required.
A stir fry’s success also relies on when you put the different ingredients into your wok or pan. Harder or thicker vegetables are best started early because they take longer to cook, and thinner items are added later. If you are using meat, cook it before starting the vegetables and remove it from the pan. When the rest of the stir fry is almost done, add the meat back in. Beyond the timing, the ingredients require constant movement or they will burn. Meat does not require as much stirring as vegetables, but it will still keep you standing attentively by the stove for most of the cooking time.