The Make-A-Wish Foundation Unveils Unique Wishmaker Platform


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Wishmaker Platform

An accomplished entrepreneur, Krishen Iyer formerly served as the CEO of Iyer Health Shield. Currently, he oversees a real estate firm in Fresno, California, that he founded. Outside of work, Krishen Iyer gives back to the community through his support of several organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes for children with chronic and terminal health issues.

Recently, the Make-A-Wish Foundation introduced Wishmaker, an online platform that lets individuals around the nation crowdfund a particular wish. Developed through CrowdRise, the platform lets children reach out to their social media networks to ask for donations.

In April, the organization partnered with WWE and unveiled Wishmaker to raise money for fulfilling wishes related to the wrestling entertainment provider. WWE has a long-standing relationship with the organization, and WrestleMania remains one of the largest wish-granting events of the year. In 2017, Make-A-Wish sent 39 children and their families to Florida to attend the event.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation hopes that Wishmaker will bring it closer to its goal of granting 17,000 wishes annually by 2020.


The Intelligent Investor


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The Intelligent Investor

California resident Krishen Iyer has accumulated years of experience as a successful entrepreneur. Previously serving as the CEO of Iyer Health Shield, he founded a real estate firm in Fresno, where he currently works as a real estate developer. An avid reader in his leisure time, Krishen Iyer enjoys material authored by Warren Buffet.

A famed investor and philanthropist, Warren Buffett is one of the richest men in the world. Born in Nebraska in 1930, Buffett founded Buffett Partnership Ltd. in 1956, and took control of Berkshire Hathaway less than ten years later. Buffet led the firm with an investing style that included the purchase of holdings in the entertainment, insurance, energy, and consumables sectors.

The Intelligent Investor, a book first published in 1949, greatly influenced Buffett’s investing and business philosophy. The book was written by Benjamin Graham, an investing expert who also served as a mentor to Buffet.

In addition to teaching various methods of investment safety, Graham taught a model of investing known as value investing. Value investing involves investing in stocks that are undervalued by the market. These stock prices are often deflated due to market overreactions, and can provide high returns when purchased with a long-term investment outlook.

Vegetarian-Style Casado in Costa Rica

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Based in Fresno, California, Krishen Iyer leads the consulting company Iyer Health Shield and directs real estate development projects in the region. Passionate about travel, Krishen Iyer enjoys visiting destinations from India to Costa Rica in his free time. Maintaining a largely vegetarian diet, he particularly enjoys experiencing the cuisines of such places.

Known for its combinations of rice, chicken, and beans, Costa Rican fare offers a surprising number of vegetarian-friendly options. One strategy at non-vegetarian eateries is to order a casado plate, which contains generous portions of black beans and rice, as well as vegetables such as plantains and yuccas.

Frequently topped with cheese and eggs, the dish is eaten by filling warm tortillas with the ingredients. While a portion of meat is common in the casado, it is simple enough to order “sin carne, queso y huevos” and get a healthy version of the meal with neither meat nor dairy products. One thing to be aware of is that the beans may be fried in animal fat at some local establishments.

California Needs 1.8 Million Homes to Meet Demand


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Krishen Iyer

The former owner of Iyer Health Shield, Krishen Iyer serves as owner and operator of Iyer Real Estate, LLC, located in Fresno, California. A real estate developer, Krishen Iyer is focused on meeting his home state’s strong demand for housing.

California is facing a housing crisis; it simply isn’t building enough homes to meet demand. According to a report by the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development titled “California’s Housing Future: Challenges and Opportunities,” ever since the 2008 market crash California has been building too few homes. In recent years, its population has continued to grow by more than 300,000 a year. In fact, it is estimated that by 2025, the state’s population will have grown by 3.4 million.

To house its increasing population, California will have to build 1.8 million homes by 2025, or about 180,000 homes a year, going back to 2015. Unfortunately, over the last two years, only an estimated 80,000 homes have been built annually. This fact, coupled with the high cost of housing, has seen home ownership in the state fall to its lowest level since the 1940s.

The report recommends certain actions to improve housing development and homeownership in the state. These include reforming land policies to promote sustainable and affordable use, addressing the housing access needs of vulnerable populations, providing home development assistance to the state’s real estate developers, and offering homeownership assistance to residents.

Bill O’Reilly – Historian, Journalist, Author


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Bill O’Reilly

Previously the chief executive of Iyer Health Shield, Krishen Iyer is a real estate developer based in Fresno, California. When not involved with development projects, Krishen Iyer enjoys reading Bob O’Reilly’s nonfiction works on history.

Bill O’Reilly was born in 1949 in New York City. He attended a Catholic high school in Long Island before joining Marist College to study history. He graduated in 1971 and moved to Miami, Florida, where he taught history at a local high school.

After two years of teaching, O’Reilly enrolled at Boston University for a master’s in broadcast journalism. His early journalism career included reporting and anchoring positions at Dallas, Boston, Portland, Denver, and New York. He later joined CBS as a correspondent, and then ABC in 1986.

In 1989, O’Reilly gained national exposure through the show “Inside Edition,” which became the top-rated “infotainment” program in the United States. He anchored the show for six years before leaving to pursue a master of public administration at Harvard University.

After graduating, O’Reilly joined FOX News to host “The O’Reilly Factor,” which has been the most watched cable news show for the last 16 years. When not on air, O’Reilly enjoys writing books and he is the author of ten New York Times bestsellers, including historical works such as Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Reagan, and Killing the Rising Sun.

Three Exercises to Improve Core Strength


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Improve Core Strength

An experienced insurance sales executive and entrepreneur, Krishen Iyer presided over Iyer Health Shield and I Health, a Fresno-based health insurance call center. Also an avid fitness enthusiast, Krishen Iyer works out at least five times a week.

One of the fundamentals of fitness is maintaining a strong core. Below are three workouts designed to improve abdominal strength and performance.

1. Weighted sit-up – You can do this workout anywhere, providing you have something to anchor your feet and a heavy object to hold while doing the sit-up. Hold the weight close to your chin and perform the exercise slowly for optimal results.

2. Plank – Face the floor in push-up position, but instead of your hands, use your elbows to prop yourself up. Keeping your legs, hips, back, and neck straight, hold yourself up for as long as possible.

3. Russian twist – Find something to anchor your feet and hold yourself up at the mid-way point of a sit-up. Keeping your abs tight, begin rotating from side to side, while pausing after each rotation. You can also add weight for a more effective workout.

It is always recommended that beginners check with their physicians before beginning any exercise regime and work with a fitness professional to ensure they are using the correct form.

Wishes in Flight Supports Make-A-Wish through Frequent Flier Donations


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Wishes in Flight Program

An owner of multiple insurance consultation businesses, such as NMP Insurance Services and Iyer Health Shield, in Fresno, California, Krishen Iyer also serves as a residential and commercial real estate agent. Beyond his professional obligations, Krishen Iyer supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation. To help support the costs of its wish-granting activities, the foundation administers a number of campaigns, such as the Wishes in Flight Program.

Make-A-Wish books approximately 50,000 round-trip airline flights every year to grant the travel wishes of children with life-threatening conditions. These trips accounts for more than 2.8 billion miles. Travel wishes may consist of destinations in any part of the world, from Florida’s Disney World to Paris. To help subsidize the cost of air travel, the foundation accepts donations of frequent flier miles through the Wishes in Flight Program. The program helps to support travel wishes across the country and internationally and accepts miles from several major airlines, including Delta, United, Southwest, and American Airlines. Donation processes and miles or point minimums may vary by airline.

With sponsorship from Eye-O Cares, Wishes in Flight is also hosting a temporary promotion that matches donations of frequent flier miles up to 1 million miles. The promotion ends August 31, and donations must be made through the Make-A-Wish website.