Dick DeVos makes a real difference locally through vast philanthropy

Dick DeVos is inextricably linked in many people’s minds to politics. This is a product of his 2006 gubernatorial run in the state of Michigan. DeVos decided that he had seen enough of Jennifer Granholm’s disastrous tenure as governor. He decided to run for governor, largely funding his entire campaign himself. After a tough campaign, he lost by only a few percentage points, in one of the narrowest gubernatorial races in Michigan state history.


For this reason, DeVos has always been strongly associated since with politics. However, DeVos has never been a professional politician or even involved in politics to any significant extent beyond that single race. In fact, DeVos, before and since the race, has always been a businessman first and philanthropist second.


As the oldest son of Rich DeVos, the billionaire cofounder of Amway, DeVos had the opportunity to take over the helm at Amway, leading the company from a time of financial peril on to become one of the largest global providers of household products, beauty products and other retail items. DeVos oversaw the transition of the company from being a completely door-to-door sales-based enterprise to being one of the largest non-traditional online retail operations in the world. As a result, today, Amway is healthier than ever and one of the largest privately-held corporations in the United States.


But ask DeVos what his real accomplishments are, and he’s likely to tell you that it’s been his participation in the creation and management of various charter schools across Michigan. Long one of the most impassioned advocates of charter schools, DeVos has not been contented to merely sit and argue about the points that he believes to be right. He has put his money where his mouth is, developing is some of the most innovative charter schools in the country and changing the lives of thousands of disadvantaged youths.


One of the biggest success stories of DeVos’ philanthropy has been Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning School. The school is one of the largest charter schools of its kind in the city of Detroit. In a city with a public school system that is failing in shocking form, Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning School has provided thousands of some of the country’s most disadvantaged young people with the opportunity of a real, first-rate education.


While their peers perform dismally on almost all elements of standardized tests, with more than 95 percent of all Detroit public school students failing math, reading and science categories, those students who are lucky enough to be enrolled in Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning School are nearly 100 percent proficient in all three of those categories, a miraculous achievement in such a dismally performing city.


ID Life Takes One More Step Towards Helping Everyone Live Healthily

ID Life has done wonders to improve health with both its website and app.It does this by offering nutritional products, supplements, and vitamins customized to fit the individual’s needs.

What’s more, ID Life only offers the highest quality, to ensure that the customer has the very best. Already, customers open the door to a healthier, better life by simply following a daily routine of three steps. Now, as of June 1 of this year, it will also be promoting Garmin’s activity trackers on its website. App users can expect to see Garmin technology integrated on the app, as well. With the help of Garmin, now healthy lifestyles are even easier to attain!

Garmin and ID Life have one valuable thing in common–both companies believe in placing health as the very most important thing in life. What better way to make this common goal a reality than by teaming together? Now ID Life customers will have access to such products as Garmin’s Index Smart Scale, which not only calculates weight but also connects to wifi and is able to provide the person with their skeletal muscle mass, body mass index (or BMI), water percentage, and body fat. Garmin has been working for more than 10 years to produce the best activity trackers; now they’re expanding to an even wider audience. ID Life customers can begin to purchase these products online. According to ID Life, they’ll soon see incorporated Garmin technology into ID Wellness, as well.

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ID Life was founded by Logan Stout, who is also the company’s current CEO. Former Athlete, Stout was World Player seventeen times, as well as coach, before forging ID Life and becoming a health mentor. His desire was to destroy anything that stood between a person and his goals in life. And right now, his primary focus is health.

Since creating ID Life in 2014, Stout has acquired several partners, two of the most successful being Troy Aikman, Jen Wilderstorm, and Darwin Deason. Together, they help people shape their futures by becoming the best versions of themselves that they can be.

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Paul Mampilly Improving Newsletter Subscribers Returns

The simple fact is that people trust Paul Mampilly when it comes to his ability to provide advice to those making decisions in the financial industry. It is for that reason that his newsletter full of advice and coverage has exceeded 60,000 subscribers just a little earlier this year, and there does not seem to be any end in sight. Profits Unlimited is the name of his work, and it is one of the fastest growing newsletter that the industry has ever seen.

At the core Paul Mampilly is just a simple-minded American investor who has the uncanny instinct to be able to pick out winners and weed through the rest like hardly anyone else in the game. His experience as a former hedge fund manager led to his selection as a winner of the prestigious Templeton Foundation investment competition, and now he is delivering the secrets to the thousands who want in on what he’s got.

Not everyone is going to be able to turn a $50 million investment into $88 million during the height of the financial crisis without shorting stocks. In reality that 76% gain is going to be hard to match even during the calmer times of the market fluctuations, but there is still a lot to be learned from his techniques and tips that are shared in the Profits Unlimited pages. Each month there is a new stock recommendation from Paul Mampilly himself, and so far the picks have been great with the vast majority of the picks in the open portfolio turning a profit while quite a few have gains in the 20-40% range.

The author has covered biotech and health care as an analyst and portfolio manager for major international banks such as Deutsche Bank, ING and Bankers Trust who all understand that he has a way with the markets. Anyone looking to make shrewd decisions that are likely to turn a profit should subscribe in order to stay in touch with his expertise.

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How Tony Petrello Rose to the Top

CEO of Nabords Industries Tony Petrello is currently one of the highest-paid executives in the United States. His rise to the top has been a dynamic and incredibly successful one. Prior to this, he served as the company’s President and Chief Operating officer for a staggering 20 years, from 1991 to 2011, and simultaneously worked at the Deputy Chairman of the board in 2003 and more information click here.

Nastors Industries is the global leader in providing oil and gas drilling equipment to some of the market’s top drilling facilities. It works with companies in 20 countries around the world and is known as a true innovator in the industry and also offers a team of highly skilled workers to ensure success.

In addition to his roles at Nabors, Tony Petrello utilized his wealth of knowledge in the area of leadership to serve in a strategic planning role. Through this role, he guides the company’s direction and innovation to ensure that Nastors stays highly competitive in the thriving industry of oil and gas drilling.

Tony originally started out with a passion for mastering math, gaining a Bachelors and a Masters in Mathematics from yale University. From there, he earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and went on to have an extremely successful law career before resigning to work with Nabors. In fact, he served as the New York office Managing Parter for the prestigious Baker & McKenzie Law Firm, where the firm focused on corporate law, international arbitration and taxation.

Tony is also a director of Steward & Stevenson, another titan in the oil and gas drilling industry and of Hilcorp Energy and learn more about Tony.

Tony serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Texas Children’s Hospital. He and his wife, who was his college sweetheart, Cynthia are incredibly passionate about philanthropy. In participate, for the neurological research being done at Texas Children’s University. Tony and Cynthia’s daughter was born prematurely and developed cerebral palsy and since then the two have been incredibly active in supporting research done at Texas Children’s Hospital, not only through monetary donations (that are upwards of a staggering $7 million dollars) but by donating their time and leadership skills to the program and Tony’s lacrosse camp.

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Talk Fusion Founder Bob Reina Discusses Early Beginnings

Talk Fusion is a successful video marketing and customer solutions company that was founded by CEO Bob Reina back in 2007. You can trace this industry titan, however, make to an idea that came a few years prior. Bob Reina serves as the CEO and founder of Talk Fusion and his work as the face of the company is paying huge dividends for both his personal success and the inspiration of others. Reina took some time to discuss what makes him tick, where Talk Fusion came from, and what the company plans to accomplish in the coming years.Learn more : http://yourmarkontheworld.com/talk-fusion-founder-ceo-bob-reinas-mission-change-lives/


In order to find success in the tech field, no matter what sector you work in, you have to be ready to innovate. Bob Reina has always been ready to try something new, even if it is untested, and that is what brought his company to fully embrace WebRTC technology. WebRTC technology is soon to become the backbone of all Talk Fusion products and it is what made their award winning Video Chat application such a success around the world. This is the way that Talk Fusion works and that is how Bob Reina ticks, always ready to push the ticket.


Reina’s work, really, all revolves around the power of the video. Reina calls it, “The best medium for connecting with one another, developing a brand personality, and — very importantly — building relationships.” That concept is what kicked Talk Fusion out of the gate: the Video Email app. Reina had been looking for a video email client back in the early 2000’s that offered him the ability to embed a video into his message so that he could send it to friends and family members around the world. No dice. So, Reina got to thinking and then he got to talking with an IT friend. The rest is history.Learn more : http://www.superbcrew.com/talk-fusion-delivers-award-winning-video-communication-products-and-video-marketing-solutions/


Talk Fusion, unlike most new tech companies, seemed to explode out of the gate. Reina cites their early years’ success as a product of bringing a ‘game changing product’ straight to the market. Reina’s work with Talk Fusion continues to excite and inspire and there seems to be more value right around the corner.

Eric Lefkofsky’s Business Endevours

University of Chicago Medicine, like many others, have joined with Tempus in order to better fight breast cancer using molecular data. Breast cancer is amongst one of the most popular cancers yet researchers and doctors have such little reliable date to turn to when it comes time for a treatment plan. Tempus will be providing UChicago with molecular date collect from approx. 1,000 different breast cancer cases.

CEO and founder of health care research business Tempus Eric Lefkofsky graduated from the University of Michigan. But Eric came down a long road of failures before being able to pride himself in his now wildly successfully companies. Eric Lefkofsky’s first business adventure began in college in which Eric and a friend sold carpet which failed. Right out of college in 1994 Eric invested in Brandon Apparel which also crashed and burned. Bound, determined and business minded just a few short year later Eric started an on-line business selling t-shirts and coffee mugs online known as Starbelly.com. Ten short months after Starbelly.com’s start up Eric sold the company to a much more experienced company for $2.4 million. Eric joined his buyer in business but sadly the company ended in bankruptcy.

Such a seemingly long road for an individual who’s now large successes not only have brought him wealth (an estimates net worth of $1.77 billion) but such promising future in the way of technology. Lefkofskys’s first notable success was Groupon but has also founded Lightbank an investment company specializing in disruptive technology. But incase that wasn’t enough Eric also is co-founder and chairman of Echo Global Logistics, InnerWorkings, Mediaocean, and Uptake. The list doesn’t stop there either, Eric and his wife have also started a charitable foundation and Eric serves as a trustee for several other foundations; such as Laurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago just to name a few and more information click here.

Using Securus Technologies to Stop a Fugitive on the Run

I was notified this year that an inmate I took part in putting in jail had escaped and was most likely headed back to his hometown. Knowing this criminal all too well, I was out the door and working on the investigation that day. This inmate was extremely dangerous, and because he was affiliated with a dangerous gang, we needed to get him off the streets fast.


This game of cat and mouse went on for weeks and the suspect would even call my office and taunt me over the phone that he was not going to be taken in alive. When he called the local television station and said he wanted to meet with a reporter, everyone was shocked he got that meeting and still was not apprehended.


In that meeting, he told the reporter he wanted to meet with me in the woods to fight to the death, of which I declined. His network of gang soldiers did everything they could to harbor the fugitive, and the pressure was on my office to get this guy off the streets now.


I was informed by a friend working in the local jail they just had Securus Technologies install an inmate communication system that picked up on some chatter about this inmate I needed to hear. I was quickly trained on the LBS software and began to see exactly how this suspect was able to avoid detection for so long.


Once I became familiar with the software, I was able to set a trap and have the suspect show up to a meeting with his soldiers that was completely fabricated by me. At the meeting place, he was apprehensive to get of the car, but by then we had him surrounded and took him down without a single shot being fired.

An Artist at Heart

Doug Levitt is a self-professed artist at heart. This goes a long way in explaining his decision to leave his job as a forign correspondant for CNN, for a life on the road and small venues to play his music. Let’s face it, most of us would question a persons decision making abilities if we knew someone personally who had done this. Then again, most of us would not leave a good paying, steady job for a career that lies in heart of us. A “job” that we felt we were meant to do and read full article.

This is where Doug Levitt can be an inspiration for other people who are contemplating a move like that, yet lack the conviction to make that leap of faith. His passion is a way of life that pays. You can’t really call a situation like that a job, because most of us consider a job as something we have to do in order to pay the bills. So Doug is fortunate in that he not only had the conviction and faith to make that move, but he made it work and Doug’s lacrosse camp.

What exactly works here is that he is able to chronicle a facet of American society that most of us know precious little about, and put those observations to words and music. Songs that tell a tale which open up that part of society so we can all see it for what it is. It gives us understanding, and this understanding can help all of us connect better with each other. It is no secret that there is a wall between people in America in regards to socio-economic classes. What Doug does is help remove that wall so there are fewer misconceptions between, and about, us all.

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Wen By Chaz Has The WOW Factor

When it comes to hair care products, it is hard to find ones that really wow the customer. There are products that are impressive, well-done, and pretty good. Wen hair has the WOW factor and it keeps people coming back for more. They simply can’t get enough of it. They have tried it out, seen what it does, and they are in awe. They had no idea that a product like Wen by Chaz could do so many things at once such as shampoo, conditioner, and styling treatment. The customer can really have it all now thanks to Wen by Chaz.

That puts a big smile on Chaz Dean’s face. As with anything, it starts with the person that is behind the product. They are the person that is putting their stamp of approval on it. Because of this, they need to make sure they are creating a product that is going to live up to their lofty standing in the hair care industry. When people hear the name Chaz Dean, they stand up and take notice. That is for good reason. He delivers each and every time he creates a product. He never lets anyone down and he never disappoints anyone.

He certainly did not disappoint Emily McClure of Bustle.com in her review, which can be read here: http://www.bustle.com/articles/136320-i-used-cleansing-cleansing-conditioner-on-my-fine-hair-heres-what-happened. She bought the Fig version from eBay which works on fine hair and promotes bounce and shine. She took the time to write a seven-day review of the product to let people know what they were getting and how it affected her hair over a seven day period. She wanted to include photos as well, so people could see the real-life results. By day seven, the results and the photos on Facebook spoke for themselves. This product was a winner and no one could deny that.


Wild Ark on South Africa Wildlife

Mark and Sophie Hutchinson started Wild Ark with the hope of being able to show their grandchildren wild lions in Africa. They are busy building Pridelands as a buffer zone between the needs of humans and wildlife protection. Pridelands is located near Kruger National Park The couple loves to teach and show others about wildlife on the continent of Africa.


Habitat Loss in South Africa


Animals living in South Africa face many different challenges. One of the largest problems is habitat loss through agriculture, industry and human settlement. As animals lose their natural habitat, they end up living in protected areas isolated from others greatly affecting the area’s biodiversity. Increased demand for traditional medicines, hunting intensity for bushmeat and cultural regalia have had a direct impact on many animals including the African wild dog, leopard and mountain reedbuck.


Illegal Hunting


Oribi and other animals are threatened by illegal sport hunting with dogs. The number of white and black rhinoceroses along with pangolins continue to decline because of illegal poaching.


The Effect of Severe Drought on South Africa’s Wildlife


Another problem faced by animals in the area is climate change. Increased drought conditions in the western part of South Africa has had a direct impact on many different species including forest shrews and roan antelope. Many families who have previously raised livestock and crops have had their way of life threatened by the water shortage and shorter growing season.


Learn About Animals in South Africa


One way that Wild Ark hopes to help protect South Africa’s biodiversity is through introducing people to animals in their natural habitats. They offer several courses such as bushwalking, photography and ecotracking. It is the hope of Mark Hutchinson and others working with him that when people encounter wildlife naturally that they will care more about what happens to these animals. Participants in these specially designed courses often have their own personal boundaries challenged as they sleep out under the stars, carry very few provisions and learn to live on much less than they originally thought necessary.

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