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.
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.
Apart from redefining the vision of the firm, he is very active in philanthropy. His motto is to be part of a change in the world. His involvement in charity campaigns and donations has been appreciated by many. He is the board member of Texas Children’s Hospital and supports the research and programs to address the requirements of children suffering from neurological disorders. He and his wife made a donation of $7 million to the Texas Children’s Hospital and also conducted some fundraising.