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Kenneth Leventhal & Co.
Kenneth Townsend, managing partner of Kenneth Leventhal & Co., said he and the real estate industry are most challenged by "plotting in a totally new and ever-changing real estate and financial market." DONALD AKINS
Donald Akins said he has found the greatest reward in "salvaging several law firms on the brink of dissolution."
Akins, president of Hildebrandt Inc. since 1990, specializes in consulting services for the legal profession in areas such as compensation, mergers, acquisitions and management. He was director of administration with Geary, Stahl & Spencer before joining Hildebrandt as senior vice president in 1980.
Akins said he has been challenged by maintaining profitability and improving the quality of life for lawyers while facing intense competition.
He said he has been most influenced by Brad Hildebrandt, chairman of the company, and the late Milton Stern, former managing partner of Hannoch, Weisman, Stern & Besser in New Jersey.
Akins' professional activities include the International Association of Legal Administrators and the law practice management section of the American Bar Association.
A 59-year-old native of Hillsboro, Akins earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and education from the University of Texas. He and his wife Barbara have two children and live in Carrollton.
Innovative Financial Services Inc.
Richard Aland, 45, founded Innovative Financial Services Inc. in December 1988. His company specializes in domestic and international finance, and public and private partnerships.
Before founding his company, Aland was president of Cookieworks. His first job was with Smith Barney & Co. in London. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan and a doctorate from Columbia University.
He said he has been most challenged by the development and expansion of his own business to national and international recognition. He said the biggest challenge for the finance industry is finding capital for expansion and development of projects.
Aland serves as financial adviser for the Texas High Speed Rail Authority, the City of Grand Prairie, the Perot Group and Paul Quinn College. He is a member of the Dallas Symphony's Stradivarius Club and the Symphony Guild.
A native of Birmingham, Ala., Aland lives in Dallas and has two children.
Don Arnwine, 60, began his career in medicine as an administrative assistant with the University of Colorado Medical Center. He was chairman and chief executive officer of Voluntary Hospitals of America before founding Arnwine Associates in 1988.
Arnwine Associates specializes in strategic and organizational development for the health care industry. Arnwine said "converting from status quo to a managed competition model" is the biggest challenge facing that industry.
Arnwine, a native of Ponca City, Okla., earned a bachelor's degree from Central State University in Oklahoma and a master's degree from Northwestern University. He named Robert Denhom, a teacher from his graduate studies, as being the most influential on his career.
He said he has found the greatest reward in leading Voluntary Hospitals from a small, shared services organization to a large, national hospital alliance.
Arnwine has held leadership positions in the American Hospital Association, the Fellow American College of Health Care Executives and Optimists International. He is a recipient of the B'nai B'rith national health care award. The University of Charleston awarded him an honorary doctor of law degree.
He and his wife Norma live in Irving and have two children.
President and Director
Bavarian International Associates Inc.
Anne Bavarian, 40, said she has been most challenged by -- and has found the greatest reward in -- "going into a man's business and succeeding quickly."
In August 1992 Bavarian founded Bavarian International Associates Inc., which specializes in training and business development for economies in transition. She was with Arco International Oil and Gas Co. in its international training division.
After earning a bachelor's degree in Spanish from Southern Methodist University in 1973 and a master's degree in education from the University of Texas, she taught English to Iranian students during the country's '79 revolution.
Bavarian said she has been most influenced by Geert Hofstede, who she calls a "cross-cultural guru." International trade is most challenged, Bavarian said, by learning to focus on the potential of a project rather than dwelling on the history of failed projects.
She is active in many groups, including the Russian American Chamber of Commerce, Advocates for Peace and the Society for Human Resource Development. She also has a long list of community projects, including symposiums to promote interest in developing nations and a pen-pal project with 200 schoolchildren.
Bavarian, a native of Hartford, Conn., lives in Carrollton with her husband Mehrdad and their two children.
Bran Management Services Inc.
Robert Braverman, president of Bran Management Services Inc. since 1990, specializes in international business development and corporate revitalization and renewal.
He had been executive vice president and chief executive officer for Printing Research Inc., an international graphic arts equipment manufacturer. His first job was with Westinghouse Electric Corp. as a sales engineer.
He said he has been challenged most by "learning to work effectively within numerous multicultural environments." He said international consultants are challenged by "getting business owners to recognize and respond to the true impact of change and international competition on almost all aspects of their businesses."
His list of activities is long, including Preston Center Rotary Club, Texas Association of Business Brokers and Dallas Dispute Mediation Service. The International Trade Resource Center gave him its International Service Award.
Braverman, a 57-year-old native of Passaic, N.J., earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a master's degree in industrial management from Purdue University. He and his wife Beverly live in Dallas and have one child.
In 1987 Manie Campbell founded …