Dick DeVos has been in the political spotlight a few times, and it’s now because his wife Betsy has been selected by President Donald Trump to be Secretary of Education. But DeVos is most known for his business accomplishments with his company, The Windquest Group. The Windquest Group invests in alternative energy and new technology companies such as clean bottled water and military power supply companies. Dick DeVos has also invested in non-profit groups at this company including ArtPrize and the West Michigan Aviation Academy. Aside from his business expertise, Dick and Betsy have been giving back to the Grand Rapids community for many years, and in light of Betsy’s nomination to the Department of Education they disclosed that they had given around $139 million in lifetime philanthropy.
Dick DeVos comes from a very successful and generous family that has made an impact in the Michigan business community over the years. His father, Richard DeVos Sr. is well-known for being one of the founders of Amway Corporation, a multilevel marketing company that has helped independent business owners start their own companies selling various products. Dick and his brothers Daniel and Douglas have all been company executives at one time or another, including Dick’s years as CEO from 1993 to 2002. Dick had founded The Windquest Group in 1989 and ran it on the side while serving as CEO of Amway, but he decided to become fully invested in it by 2002.
Dick’s political career began with education reform when he won election to the Michigan State Board of Education in 1990. He only stayed at that post for 2 years, but he founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation in 1992 and devoted much of its philanthropy to education funding. He and Betsy have primarily supported private schools such as Potter’s House and Grand Rapids Christian School, but they have also supported charter and public schools over the years. They’ve given money to scholarships for low-income families and at one point attempted to have legislation favoring private school vouchers and tax credits passed. They personally founded the West Michigan Aviation Academy that has a curriculum based in aviation but offers courses in other fields.
Dick DeVos has been highly concerned with the job market across Michigan and it became a focal point of his 2006 gubernatorial campaign. He failed to defeat incumbent Jennifer Granholm in that race, but he continued to partner with conservative activists to reform labor laws. In 2012 he led an effort that passed a right-to-work law despite campaigns put out by labor unions to stop it. Dick DeVos has also given to libraries, museums and art institutions including the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. that renamed it’s art institute in Dick and Betsy’s honor due to their gift. He also is the author of a 1998 bestseller, Rediscovering American Values.
Jeffry Schneider is the Founder of alternative investment firm Ascendant Capital, LLC. He founded the Austin, Texas-based company in 2012 in order to provide clients access to alternatives to investing outside of the traditional stocks and bonds categories. He provides his clients access to investments through hedge funds, private equity, and real estate. What he offers to clients is a group of investment assets that diversify risk and maximizes their returns.
Schneider graduated from the University of Massachusets, Amherst with a Bachelors of Science. In his professional career he has worked at Alex Brown, Merrill Lynch, and Smith Barney. In March 2002 he founded his first company, Axiom Management, and later that same year he founded Paradigm Global Advisors. He has also founded another financial services company in 2006 called Alternative Investments. At Ascendant Capital he provides his clients with a personally customized strategy as well as education on how his clients view their overall portfolios. Since founding Ascendant Capital he has grown the company into one that has almost $1 billion in assets under management and employees over 30 people.
Jeffry Schneider has volunteered for a number of nonprofits, including Wonders and Worries, the Gazelle Foundation, Cherokee Home for Children, and God Loves We Deliver. The Gazelle Foundation provides clean water solutions to impoverished people in Burundi, Africa while Wonders and Worries provides resources to children in the Austin area that have parents going through a serious illness. God Loves We Deliver provides food to those that are suffering from severe illnesses such as cancer and HIV/AIDS while Cherokee Home for Children provides children with community, educational, and church activities in order to provide a positive impact on them.
Schneider is also an athlete and has competed around the globe in marathons, half ironman competitions, and even full ironmans. His athletic competitions have taken him throughout the United States and into Asia, South America, and Europe. Full ironman competitions are a grueling affair that includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike race, and finishes with a 26.2-mile run.
The universe and the majority of the world around us remain hidden from view, according to teachers at The Kabbalah Centre, one of the world’s fastest growing spiritual groups that has grown from small beginnings to become a major part of the growing interest in alternative ways of studying mysticism. Despite the fact The Kabbalah Centre is often seen as a new area of study for people around the world this form of religious teaching has been in existence for longer than all the mainstream religions we now have in the world; Kabbalah predates all religion and is said to be the starting point of all religious teachings that followed.
Almost every aspect of the teachings of The Kabbalah Centre places it in contrast to the mainstream religions we all know, particularly in the way students choose to discover the many different secrets that can be uncovered during any exploration of Kabbalah. The Kabbalah Centre teachings explain that a student who searches for meaning and fulfillment in life will often find themselves struggling to achieve their aims in spirituality; the theory employed by teachers at The Kabbalah Centre is that each student must break down their own barriers in a bid to open up their mind and body to receive the amazing gifts and information offered through the study of this form of religious scripture.
It is important for all students and teachers attending The Kabbalah Centre to be aware that any period of learning with the group is entirely self led with only guidance and advice provided by the teachers from this religious charitable group. Students are asked to create a new way of looking at life, which includes the belief that each and every aspect of our lives are joined together by a single line running through relationships, work, money, family, and every other part of the lives we lead. Students simply take the guidelines offered in the Zohar and the thoughts of their teachers in a bid to explore their own life and reevaluate the way it is lived each and every day.
As an esteemed Professor of Oncology at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and a member of the Department of Cell Stress Biology, Mikhail Blagosklonny engages in groundbreaking research in targeted cancer therapies and anti-aging medicines.
Specifically, Blagosklonny’s research includes biogerontology and Target of Rapamycin (TOR) signaling, key components of his anticancer and anti-aging strategies.
His research focuses on the idea that while molecular damage occurs with aging, humans don’t live long enough to die from it. According to Research Gate, an advocate of the drug rapamycin, which is a rare bacterium from Eater Island, Mikhail Blagosklonny believes the drug is not only a cancer treatment; it is a potential fountain of youth that may postpone certain aging-related diseases and delay the effects of normal aging by putting cells into a stress-resistant mode.
While Mikhail Blagosklonny’s findings mirror that of other researchers, he has gone a step further, taking the drug himself to prove that there are no side effects. Since rapamycin has been available for 15 years with no serious side effects, Blagosklonny is eager to explore off-label uses that may significantly improve the lives of older individuals.
A graduate of the First Pavlov State Medical University of St. Petersburg, ç holds an M.D. in Internal Medicine and a PhD in Experimental Medicine and Cardiology. Blagosklonny’s previous positions including Associate Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College and Senior Scientist at Ordway Research Institute.
In addition to publishing more than 270 papers of his own, Blagosklonny is the editor-in-chief of three medical and scientific journal publications; Aging, Cell Cycle and Oncotarget.
Impact Journals reported that Mikhail Blagosklonny is also Associate Editor of Cancer Research, Autophagy, the International Journal of Cancer, American Journal of Pathology and PLOS ONE.
The President and CEO of Nabors Industries, Anthony Petrello are very professional in case of the day to day activities of the firm or his philanthropic activities. Under him, the major oil and gas drilling firm brought cutting edge and competitive technology to win business from across the world. Also, the works were completed in the in the stringent manner as any misses in quality can cost very much for the firm. Petrello knows the priorities better than anyone and hence when he formulate direction of the organization, professionalism, and organizational discipline makes a strong presence in the agenda.
Fondly called as Tony by his friends, Petrello joined Nabors Industries in 1991 as Chief Operating Officer. Since 2011, he was promoted to CEO and President of the firm. In 2012, Petrello became the chairman of the board of directors. His long years with Nabors, helped him to restructure the firm for better operation. He is a strong proponent of technology and implements the new technologies at first sight. His strategy has helped the firm to expand the operations across the world. Currently, the firm has drilling service operations in the Middle East, Africa, Far East and Americas. He also led the firm in diversifying the business and introduced directional drilling systems, software for rig reporting, well servicing, pressure pumping, etc. During his tenure as COO, he took care of some important acquisitions to expand the footprint of the firm.
Petrello believes that diversifying the services can bring more business for the firm and ensure the growth of the firm. In 2014, he made a major restructure in the management of the firm to give a new direction to the company. Under his leadership, there were many CSR activities initiated. It includes support to Komen Race for the Cure, Mentor Programs with Aldine Independent School District, setting up National Multiple Sclerosis Society to support fight against multiple sclerosis, etc., are few in the list. The firm also sponsored 2012 Wounded War Heroes Fishing Rodeo to support wounded veterans.
The Traveling Vineyard’s business model is similar to other direct selling companies in that men and women have the opportunity to demonstrate and then sell products at an in-home demonstration, however, there are differences that distinguish the Traveling Vineyard as as a superior option.
First, Wine Guides for the Traveling Vineyard don’t have to store inventory, they only need a tasting kit needed for in-home tasting parties. In the beginning, consultants buy a Success Kit, which contains everything for two demonstrations, including ten bottles of wine, tasting glasses, a Sommology Kit and a carrier, however, except for tasting bottles, Wine Guides do not stock inventory. Secondly, independent consultants for the Traveling Vineyard do not have to deliver wine purchases to their customers, the company handles the shipping. Unlike with other direct selling products, Traveling Vineyard Wine Guides do not have to spend time arranging to deliver merchandise, leaving them additional free time to spend with their families.
Another reason to opt for being a Wine Consultant with the Traveling Vineyard is that their heavenly wines are affordable, generally under $25 a bottle. Since demonstration participants have already had a sample, and learned about the wine and which foods to marry it with, the wines practically sell themselves. Finally, it is a cinch to entice friends and family to buy wine if they are wine drinkers or host a tasting themselves.
With an A+ BBB rating and a member of the Direct Selling Association, the Traveling Vineyard offers a genuine chance for a home-based business for ambitious men and women who either need extra cash or individuals who are looking for a new career where they will enjoy themselves while working.
Securus Technologies is among the companies that lead in the provision of technological solutions for public safety, corrections, investigation, and monitoring. Securus Technologies released several correction statements to various press releases that were made public by Global Tel Link. Securus Technologies terms the publication of the Global Tel Link’s as inaccurate and misleading. Securus Technologies’ press release aims at providing clarification and correcting information on several Global Tel Link’s claims.
The GTL stated that the decision made by the United States Patent Trial and Appeals Board on GTL’s US patent No. 7,256, 816 gives permission GTL to go ahead with a fourth validated patent to pursue injunctions and damages against Securus in awaiting violation lawsuits in Texas federal court. On the other hand, Securus corrects this claim made by GTL by stating that GTL will not be in a position to pursue claims that they have stated because of the case in Texas in currently stayed, instead they will now move ahead to the District court. In regards to the 816 patent as well as the other patent Securus is moving for the hearing, patent No. 816 has neither been accepted nor GTL is in a position to seek damages or injunction that it has claimed.
Consequently GTL made claims that the PTAB approved all 55 claims of the 816 patent that seeks to protect the GTL video visitation monitoring technology a crucial security characteristic that gives corrections employees to monitor video visitation between the inmates and their friends and family members and a technology that is required in all U.S. jails and prisons that make use of the video visitation technology. These claims made by GTL are totally inaccurate, this is because GTL is only asserting a single independent claim and a bigger number of dependent 816 patent’s claims in its lawsuit with Securus. Securus Technologies is assertive on the fact that it doesn’t apply claimed fundamental security feature revealed by that one independent claim.
The unicorn queen, Doe Deere, founded the popular cosmetic company ‘Lime Crime’ in 2008. Originally born in Russia and raised in New York City, even as a young girl she always had a passion for creating. Before she became a successful business owner, Doe Deere’s, first passion was music. She played in a band with her now husband and business partner for awhile and then moved on to her love for makeup.
Bright colors were her favorite kind of makeup. Unfortunately, bright makeup wasn’t so popular and really hard to find. For that reason, she decided to take it upon herself to create them and soon enough ‘Lime Crime’ was born. Today, Lime Crime has a following of 2.6 million on Instagram. The company gained great attention because other girls, to her surprise, were interested in those bright and unusual colors. Her customers also love that her makeup is animal cruelty-free, a huge plus! She gives them the nickname “unicorns” because, just like her, they were born different and aren’t ashamed of it.
Being a business woman wasn’t always easy for Doe. She dealt with discouragement from others and setbacks in the company. She was once told that it would be impossible to sell makeup online because women wanted to try it on before buying. Well, She definitely proved her critics wrong. Later, back in 2014, her company’s website was hacked of some customers information. Though it wasn’t her fault, she took responsibility and worked to gain back the trust of her customers.
Doe is a brilliant example of a person that goes after their dreams and sticks with her vision even when things go wrong. She’s become a role model and inspiration to young female entrepreneurs. She was recognized on the self-made magazine alongside with Suze Orman and Arianna Huffington. In her words, quoted from galoremag, “I love what I do and It feels good to be recognized”.
Cotemar is a Mexican company founded in the year 1979 to serve the energy sector. Cotemar has apparently grown through the years diligently providing offshore services to the oil and gas industry. These services include the development of offshore oil fields, maintenance and construction services, catering and accommodation as well as transportation of both personnel and other specialized vessels.
By the year 1981, Cotemar was leading in the provision of their services within their two lines of operations, catering, and accommodation as well as exclusive vessel delivery on saladecomunicacion.cotemar.com.mx. It is in this year that they added to the fleet a specialized vessel to transport personnel and other materials. Later, after seven years of operations, Cotemar acquired its first rig that allowed them to offer food as well as accommodation of high-quality standards. They also increased their market share through expanding and strengthening their capacity for better provision of their services on five rigs and three vessels simultaneously rather than the single rig utilized in the year 1981 at http://cotemar.com.mx/compania/cotemar-quienes-somos/.
Cotemar’s continuous growth did not stop there because, by the year 2002, Hibernia had arrived and in 2012 they began constructing two semi-submersible rigs together with COSCO and from here a highly specialized crane and a maintenance vessel were added to the fleet as well. They targeted to transport more solid and liquid materials on Indeed.com.mx, and by the end of the following year, they had started the construction of Atlantis. The completion of the two semi-submersible rigs saw Cotemar land on new business opportunities.
Cotemar thrives on delivering their mission by applying efficient processes, implementation of high technology as well hiring success oriented personnel. They as well have the vision to attain sustainability through undertaking new opportunities that arise in the oils and gas industry as well as involvement in innovative production processes.
Cotemar observes some values that have helped them to sustain a good reputation and remain competitive in the industry. Among the few include integrity where they ensure honesty and consistency are observed inside and outside the company’s environment. They also uphold humility at all time because it helps them keep a positive attitude throughout the organization. Cotemar is always reliable as they remain focused to fulfill their commitments and satisfy their customer needs. Innovation is among their strongest values because it is what brings about growth and greater value to their clients and organization at large.
Chris Burch is a renowned fashion writer. In his articles, he studies the past and present trends. He also seeks to understand how they are likely to change in the future. According to Chris, both industries have experienced significant changes. However, they have maintained positive correlation given that they have been depending on each other. For instance, in the 70s and 80s, music was characterized by the boom box. The 90s came with a more personal experience as the renowned Walkman was introduced. Ten years later, iPods were brought to the market and everyone went for them because they were believed to be more fashionable. While trying to create high innovation standards and functionality in the fashion industry, designers are coming up with designs that incorporate technology. The drink-making dress and the self-painting dress are examples of the fashion designs, which depend on technology.
Glancing at the future, Chris Burch says that helmets will be replaced by airbags. They will be able to inflate and protect the head once one is involved in an accident. Innovators have designed special gloves for firefighters. They can be used for sign communication while at the scene of a fire accident. Inner tubes of bicycles are being recycled to make t-shirts and jackets. Some clothes and shoes are being created with the ability to capture kinetic energy that can be used to charge watches or phones while walking. These innovations show how the two sectors influence each other’s growth. According to Architectural Digest, Chris Burch concludes by stating that the future of both industries lie in their coexistence.
About Chris Burch The founder and CEO of Burch Creative Capital is an active investor. He has ventured in the real estate business as well as the fashion and technology industries. Chris Burch is also the co-founder of Tory Burch, a luxury fashion brand. He has a deep passion for branding. His wide entrepreneurial expertise has given him marketing and sales expertise in hospitality, consumer products, technology, and financial services.
In his blog article dated September 13, 2016, “The Importance of Building Your Brand,” Chris Burch explains about the importance of branding. He says that large corporations and small businesses should embrace branding as it aids in differentiating one’s business. Chris explains that creating a professional online presence and a great portfolio improves your brand by attracting more customers. Today, many people rely on online search and social media pages to get the services that they are looking for. Chris advises that people should avoid posting illegal information or using offensive language to maintain their clean online reputation.