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Wharton’s Executive Negotiation Workshop


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A business management and financial services executive, Darin Pastor is the chairman and CEO of Capstone Financial Group. The holder of an MBA from the University of Liverpool, Darin Pastor completed the Executive Negotiation Workshop: Bargaining for Advantage ® certificate program through the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Now known as the Executive Negotiation Workshop: Negotiate with Confidence, the five-day course provides professionals with individualized insights on negotiations together with a detailed analysis of the psychology behind the art. The workshop empowers participants with personality-based resources to use in future negotiations, enhancing their persuasion capabilities and boosting their confidence ahead of promotions to positions requiring extensive negotiation.

Participants include executives transitioning into leadership positions and professionals practicing in negotiation-intensive fields such as procurement officers, diplomats, government officers, FBI negotiators, Navy SEALs, and entrepreneurs. The program is staffed by G. Richard Shell and Cade Massey, two of Wharton’s most decorated faculty. Both have accumulated years of experience studying negotiations.

The course is not a typical lecture course. Rather, it is more immersive. The workshop places the participants at the center, identifies their personal negotiating styles, personalizes techniques to match those styles, and then introduces learners to various situations so they can put their negotiation skills into practice.

Cops 4 Causes Works to Bring Enrichment to Foster Kids


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Darin Pastor leads Los Angeles-area holding company Capstone Financial Group, Inc., as its principal and CEO. He additionally works to make his Southern California community a better place through making contributions to worthy nonprofit organizations focused on education and social welfare. Among the groups Darin Pastor’s support has benefited over the years is Cops 4 Causes, dedicated to raising funds to support peace officers and their families in times of trouble, and to offer assistance to military families in need as well.

Cops 4 Causes provides police officers and their families with the opportunity to help not only their own, but also the greater community. The first nonprofit group to focus on the philanthropic contributions of local police forces, its multiple efforts include the Golden Ticket program, which brings joy and hope into the lives of foster children throughout the Los Angeles County area.

Cops 4 Causes maintains a partnership with Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services, as well as with agencies working with foster parents. Through this partnership, active first responder personnel provide protective chaperone services for children and teens in foster homes and certain group home settings.

The Golden Ticket enhances these relationships by offering the chance for foster youth and their families to join their hero first responders in attendance at sporting events, theater performances, and other educational and arts workshops in the area. Thanks to collaborations with the theater owners themselves and other sponsors, the program continues to enrich children’s lives.

Why Companies Announce Stock Splits and Reverse Splits

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In his decades of financial services experience, Darin Pastor has held executive positions in large corporations such as Chase Investment Services and Prudential Financial. Now the CEO of Capstone Affluent Strategies, Darin Pastor oversaw the company’s share split.

Companies announce stock splits and reverse splits to achieve certain goals. In a stock split, a company’s board decides to issue more shares to the public by increasing the number of outstanding shares. For example, a company that has one million outstanding shares trading at $500 each can split its shares by a ratio of 5-for-1. In the end, outstanding shares will rise to five million, stock price drops to $100, and market capitalization (the number of shares multiplied by the price) remains unchanged. Stock splits are usually performed to make a company’s shares more affordable to small investors.

In reverse splits, companies reduce their outstanding shares to improve respectability in the open market or prevent delisting once shares fall below a certain price. For example, a company with one million shares worth $2 each can reverse split in a ratio of 1-for-5 so that outstanding shares are reduced to 200,000, stock price increases to $10, and market capitalization remains unchanged.