Dick DeVos Reveals the Family’s Philanthropic Contribution

In November 2016, President Elect Donald Trump nominated Betsy DeVos to the position of Secretary of Education. After the nomination, it was mandatory for Betsy and her husband to provide information on their philanthropic work.

 

Instead of sharing the information with the panel, the couple decided to share the information with the public. Their decision to reveal the information was criticized by most of the public officials. They commented that it was a tactic to have the people turn a blind eye to their political contributions.

 

In the report, the couple has contributed $139 million in their lifetime. The report also indicated that Dick and Betsy donated $11.5 million in 2015. Most of the couple’s contribution has been done in support of the education system.

 

Dick and Betsy DeVos charity giving was paved for them by their parents. The couple comes from wealthy families who have made significant contributions. The DeVos Family has contributed $1.2 billion in their lifetime.

 

Philanthropic work

 

The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, established in 1989 and through the organization, the couple has managed to support different causes. Some of the beneficiaries include Kids USA, West Michigan Academy, and Education Freedom Fund among others. Through the Foundation, Dick and his wife have been supporting the ArtPrize Competition.

 

The couple supports students from developing countries pursuing their business degrees.

 

Employment

 

Dick DeVos joined the family business Amway in 1974. He was in charge of different departments like finance, research, development, and marketing. After ten years, Dick was promoted to the Vice President of the Company. He was put in charge of the Company’s operations in 18 countries.

 

In 1991, Richard DeVos Sr. acquired Orlando Magic. Dick served as the president of the Company for a short period. He, however, left the Orlando Magic to assume his position as the President of the Amway. During his tenure at Amway, Dick was involved in the restructuring of the Company, and that was when Alticor was born.

 

Dick left the Alticor to join Windquest. By the time he was leaving Amway, Dick has managed to increase the revenue of the Company to $4.5 billion. Dick DeVos served as the President of Windquest Group. Windquest is an investment firm that deals with technology and manufacturing.

 

Political involvement

 

In 1990, Dick was elected to the Michigan State Board of Education. Dick, however, resigned from the position, two years into his Eight-year term. He resigned to join Amway as its President. Dick was appointed to the Grand Valley University Board Control in 1996.

 

In 2006, Dick participated in the Michigan Gubernatorial race. He lost the race, but he remains to be the richest man to ever participate in the race.

 

Cassio Audi; Investment Manager and Drummer for Viper

Cassio Audi is known to be as an investment manager, who has his hands on the pulse of the Brazilian investment world. It was only a few decades ago that Cassio had the pulses racing in another way; in the music world. He was a part of several bands back in the 80’s but it wasn’t until joining Viper, that his name became known. In 1985, brothers Ives Passarell (lead guitar) and Pit (bass) became a coherent group once they joined with singer Andre Matos, guitarist Felipe Marchado, and Cassio Audi, on drums. In wasn’t until July 1987, that the band Viper released their first album, “Soldiers of Sunrise.” The sound was raw and very much in the vein of Iron Maiden, and Viper became huge in Brazil. Songs such as “Nightmares,” “The Whipper,” “Soldiers of Sunrise,” and “Law of the Sword” are on the group’s first album and Cassio really nails the drum part so well, it is the heart beat in every tune.

Cassio wasn’t with the band long, before he went down a different path. He got his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pontifical Catholic University in Sao Paulo, in 1994 and started at JP Morgan in 1992, doing a balancing act of working and studying. Later on, Cassio went to State University and got his MBA. He went on to DOW Chemical and Gillette as the Financial Analyst and Director, and then became Chief Financial Officer at Brookfield Brazil Real Estate Partners. He has since had other positions, but overall has 23 years of experience in different fields, which makes him a great person to go to in regards to helping others in investments and stocks, in addition to advising others in other financial matters. Looking on YouTube, in April 8, 2016, Cassio Audi is on drums again performing with Viper, which is great to see that some things never change.

Avaaz Gives a Voice to the Voiceless

France’s presidential election this year, was one of the most significant contests in the country’s history. It had the potential to drastically shake up the political climate. Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen was a huge factor of what made the election so heralded. Her position as a populist leader, views on anti-establishment, and brashness led to many drawing parallels between her and U.S. president Donald Trump. Sadly, unlike Trump Le Pen couldn’t pull off the upset victory.

On the day the results of the election were announced many French citizens celebrated out in the streets. The citizens were so gleeful they kept celebrating even when it began to rain. Avaaz Activists were among the participants.

Avaaz gathered at the Eiffel Tower, one of the new 7 wonders of the world. The young demonstrators were joined by Holocaust survivor Elie Buzyn as the election fell on the anniversary of the day the Allied forces achieved victory in World War II in 1945.

Buzyn was actually detained in the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp. Today, at the age of 88, Buzyn can still remember the day the Nazi Party waved the white flag. He was more than happy to assist Avaaz. After all he had been through he was proud to see the activists working to stop extremism.

About Avaaz

Avaaz is a civic organization that organizes campaigns to combat injustices across the globe. Though based in New York City, the activist group spans close to 200 nations with a membership base numbering roughly $40 million.

The organization focuses on a variety of global issues including: economic issues, conflict, corruption, poverty, and human and animal rights. On top of everything else Avaaz contributes funds to select non-profit organizations. Avaaz means “voice” in numerous languages and its purpose is to give a voice for the voiceless.

Sam Boraie Company Executive And Leader In Charitable Giving

One of the most widely acclaimed development companies in New Jersey is Boraie Development, LLC focusing much of its efforts in the area of New Brunswick and has recently formulated a plan that will revitalize this city. Multi-use facilities attracting small businesses and new residents have already been developed. These include retail establishments, office spaces and city apartments.

Playing an integral part in this has been Sam Boraie who is the son of the company founder, Omar Boraie, and they plan to revitalize Atlantic City which is recovering from the downturn in the US economy.

Sam grew up in and around the business which his father and served as its CEO. He has been part of the family business for a number of years, focusing his efforts at locating new targets for development. Today, he serves as one of Boraie development’s Vice Presidents along with a brother and sister.

In addition to devoting much time to his business duties, Sam Boraie is also dedicated to various charitable causes which he supports. He is on the Board of Trustees for the State Theatre New Jersey working in cooperation with other local businessmen. This theatre is a local cultural treasure and produces various productions in New Brunswick and the rest of New Jersey every year, relying a great deal on charitable contributions from the Boraie Development Company, the Boraie family, Sam and others.

According to WSJ, Sam Boraie is a member of the Board of Directors for Elijah’s Promise and is just one charitable organization in which he is involved. This organization is doing what it can to break the cycle of poverty that is evident in communities throughout New Jersey. Top goals of the company are to end hunger, provide healthy and safe foods to hungry people, empower people to get and keep jobs that satisfy their needs and encourage social benefits by creating businesses. Sam is deeply involved with planning future objectives for this organization.

Sam is a company executive who takes seriously his obligation to help the community in which he lives and surrounding communities to live up to their potential.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/profiles/companies/0601263D:US-boraie-development-llc

 

Don Ressler’s TechStyle is the Marriage of Technology And Fashion

There are very few companies that have a well thought out name. Often times, the company just uses the name of the business owner. However, there is a company that gives a great indication of what it is going to do. This company is called TechStyle. As the name suggests, TechStyle is the marriage of fashion and technology. Therefore, technology is used in many different aspects of fashion on Pando. For one thing, people need technology in order to create clothes in the fastest way possible. However, technology is also used to sell clothes and figure out the items that are selling the most so that the company can come up with more sales.

Don Ressler is someone who embraces technology. As a matter of fact, he embraces the internet. He knows that in the future, people are going to be doing a lot of their shopping online. The only issue with the internet is that people can’t try on clothes. Therefore, both the business and the customer is left with a complication to deal with when it comes to finding the right size. While the fashion company could explain their sizing, a lot of customers are not going to take the time to actually measure themselves to figure out their size.

Don Ressler has thought about this and taken the time to use his fame and the fame of Fabletics to address the disadvantages that are currently with the online world. One of the ways that he has taken on the disadvantages is by opening up physical stores in different markets. One great thing about this is that Ressler has managed to get some of his customers to visit the stores and spend more money on the company. Customers will be able to look through the items and try them on in the fitting room. Then they will have an easier time finding out what size fits them when it comes to the sizing mechanics of Fabletics.

Don Ressler has shown that he is putting a lot of thought into what he is bringing to the fashion industry. He has thought about all of the styles and the limits of the internet and has taken the time to accommodate for that.

Read more: Don Ressler Is Part Of The Incredible Success Of JustFab And Fabletics