Kids in Need of Defense Helps Guatemalan Children

A former resident of Hoboken, NJ, Thomas Foley now works in New York and Dallas as a principal of the investment and business advisory firm The Indigo Group, LLC. He has a background in law and is admitted to practice in United States District Courts in New Jersey and New York as well as the State Courts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Thomas Foley also volunteers for Kids in Need of Defense.

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) operates a program known as the Guatemalan Child Return and Reintegration Project (GCRRP) to assist children returning to Guatemala from the United States. The program serves children who have journeyed alone to the United States and yet have no reasonable claims for U.S. protection, so they must return to their home country, either voluntarily or through official deportation. The GCRRP helps to ensure that the children travel safely and receive support back in Guatemala.

The Guatemalan Child Return and Reintegration Project serves as an extension of KIND’s mission to protect children by providing them with pro bono legal services. The organization manages the project in collaboration with the Global Fund for Children.


Eligibility for Beyond the Boroughs Scholarship Aid

A business advisory executive and experienced attorney by profession, Thomas Foley has lived and worked in Hoboken, New Jersey; Dallas, Texas; and New York City. Actively involved in the community on both the local and national levels, Thomas Foley volunteers time for Kids in Need of Defense and also serves as a director of the nonprofit organization Beyond the Boroughs.

Beyond the Boroughs offers scholarship funding to students across the country with demonstrated financial need. The amount of aid varies, but an award may be up to $20,000 and is distributed over the course of the student’s four-year college career. For this reason, Beyond the Boroughs scholarship recipients must attend or be accepted to a four-year institution of higher education.

Any applicant who lives in a low-income household may apply for aid, provided that he or she has earned a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or above. Students demonstrate financial need by filling out the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile. Students must also fill out an official Beyond the Boroughs application, which also offers the opportunity for students to compose essays about themselves, their educational goals, and their reasons for pursuing a Beyond the Boroughs scholarship.

Training and Preparing for a Marathon

Thomas Foley, formererly living in Hoboken, New Jersey and now residning in Dallas, TX, is principal of the Indigo Group, LLC’s, New York and Dallas offices. Outside of work, Thomas Foley enjoys staying active and frequently participates in marathon running, enjoying the trails in Dallas as well as being able to return to Hoboken, NJ to run along the Hudson River.

Taking on a marathon takes commitment, and runners should first make sure they have the time to train and the physical ability to complete a marathon before signing up. Due to the extended amount of running time involved with marathons, runners are at a greater risk of injury than when running shorter distances. It is often suggested that runners consistently run around 20 to 30 miles a week for a year before signing up for a marathon.

During the months leading up to the marathon, building weekly mileage up to around 40-50 miles allows new marathon runners to enter the race with more confidence. Some individuals are able to train multiple times a day, but on average, three to four runs per week is sufficient. Runners should strive to improve their long running, extending the length of run by a couple of miles each week, followed by their speed.

In the days leading up to the race, staying hydrated is critical. Temperatures often change during marathons, so there is no need to wear multiple layers of clothing. Starting slowly promotes better energy throughout the entire marathon, and focusing on the energy of the crowd helps keep motivation high.

The “high” recognized during long runs is true reward for the hard work. Also, for Tom, the ability to accomplish this difficult physical challenge correlates to his drive to tackle difficult professional challenges.

The Franchise Support Network and Its Limitations

Longtime New Jersey attorney Thomas Foley is principal with Navitas Concepts, LLC/The Indigo Group, LLC, in New York. Thomas Foley additionally leads a Dallas office that offers a host of strategic business advisory solutions and has facilitated the purchase six north Texas fast-food establishments that are current franchise restaurants.

The process of becoming a franchisee requires due diligence, interviews, training, and gaining general familiarity with the way in which the franchise operates. While a franchise does not ensure business success, it provides the entrepreneur with a host of tools, including a tested support network and an established business model. Franchisees also benefit from regional and national advertising campaigns, as well as access to peers who have learned what works and what does not work through trial and error.

Ultimately, the entrepreneur needs to “bridge the gap” in customizing the provided model to specific local marketing and operational requirements. This requires creating a distinct system of mentoring, training, and evaluating employees and managers. It also involves listening to customers and setting in place best practices that ensure their continued satisfaction and patronage. Indigo group can be a strategic partner in bridging the gap.

The Application and Training Steps to Creating a Franchise

Hoboken, New Jersey, attorney Thomas Foley presently leads The Indigo Group, LLC (previously Navitas Concepts, LLC), in New York. He also manages a team of professionals in Dallas, Texas, and is in the process of creating a quick serve restaurant franchise in North Texas. Thomas Foley engages closely with potential franchisees to ensure they are well informed of the factors involved in joining a franchise operation.

Becoming a franchisee is a process that begins with due diligence and careful evaluation of whether the franchisor’s operation meshes with the entrepreneur’s vision and business capacities. In order to ensure a good fit, franchisors typically have an application process that includes extensive face-to-face interviews. Once a positive relationship has been established, the potential franchisee is provided with a franchise disclosure document, which sets out details on the overall operations, as well as the guidelines that all small businesses must adhere to in creating a franchise. New team members are also encouraged to observe other locations, in addition to undergoing dedicated operational training. Mr. Foley emphasizes that, while franchises offer a variety of benefits, including a proven support network, they are not a guarantee of entrepreneurial success.

The College of Arts and Letters of Stevens Institute of Technology

Thomas Foley of New Jersey spent more than 15 years practicing law before setting up the Indigo Group in Dallas, a boutique investment and advisory firm. Thomas Foley also was managing partner at Foley Perlman & Campbell, LLC, which operated in New York City and Hoboken, NJ. While there, he also taught law at the College of Arts and Letters at the Stevens Institute of Technology.

Well known for the quality of its instruction in technical fields, the Stevens Institute of Technology also has a liberal arts component. In addition to rigorous training in the sciences, early students were required to take courses in philosophy, languages, and literature. While Stevens always had an active humanities department, it was not until 2003 that an official division of humanities and social sciences was established. And in 2007, the institute elevated the status of the division to the College of Arts and Letters.

The college today offers undergraduates several majors and minors, as well as double-major and double-degree programs. Students may also select the five-year bachelor’s/master’s program, which leads to a BA, BS, or BE as well as an MA in technology, policy, and ethics. Another option is the six-year accelerated law program, offered in conjunction with both the Seton Hall University School of Law and the New York Law School.

American Bar Association to Host 2014 Spring Meeting

Drawing upon his legal and business acumen, longtime New York and New Jersey resident Thomas Foley presently serves as principal of the Indigo Group, LLC, managing the firm’s Dallas office. Concurrently, Thomas Foley founded Foley Shechter, LLP, a boutique law firm with offices in New York and New Jersey. An engaged member of his industry, the former Hoboken, N.J., resident maintains membership in the State Bars of New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania as well as the Federal District Court in New Jersey and the Eastern and Southern New York District Courts.

Mr. Foley has also been an active member of the American Bar Association. The ABA is designed to address the interests of all practitioners and, specific for Mr. Foley, this incorporates business law.

The American Bar Association (ABA) will host the 2014 Business Law Section Spring Meeting, which is scheduled to take place April 10 to April 12, 2014 at L.A. Live and the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles. More than 2,000 members are expected to gather in California, where they will participate in more than 300 meetings and 50 continuing legal education programs that explore the most current issues in business law. Members will also benefit from the many social events scheduled that will enable them to network and interact with their peers.

Serving approximately 400,000 members, the ABA is recognized as one of the largest professional organizations in the world. For more than a century, the organization has maintained its commitment to serving as a valuable resource for its members, improving the judicial process, and promoting the legal profession worldwide.