Elizabeth Devos is an American philanthropist, businesswoman and educational activist who was born in 1958. She has made numerous philanthropic donations to education and served on several educational boards. Her husband is Dick Devos and together they chair the Windquest Group. The company places their investments into clean energy, manufacturing and technology.
The Devos family has a long history of philanthropic donations and have given hundreds of millions of dollars as the decades have passed. Betsy co-chairs a Foundation in Michigan who supports schools of choice. They specifically support the West Michigan Aviation Academy. The academy is a high school that was funded by her husband in 2010. Support is also given to two private Christian schools and provides scholarships so underprivileged children have the ability to attend a private school.
The American Federation for Children and the Foundation for Excellence in Education are also recipients of Elizabeth’s generosity. The Alliance for School Choice is another foundation she believes in. They have received a lot of help from the Walton Foundation for a number of years and grants have totaled more than twenty million dollars.
Elizabeth is a member of the board for FEE. This is an educational think tank who supports school choice with the use of charter schools. In addition they support the Common Core State Standards. The arts and health care are also given support and ArtPrize is given major funding. ArtPrize has an art competition in Michigan on a yearly basis. Philanthropy is a way of life for Betsy DeVos who also offers her support to pediatric oncology at a children’s hospital.
Betsy’s strongest beliefs are in the area of helping the charter schools to grow and flourish and in school choice. She has stated all children should have a right to attend decent schools regardless of their financial situations. She has benefited numerous programs so these children can attend a private school and have the knowledge to make a good future for themselves. Potter’s house has helped her to accomplish some of her goals in the area of private scholarships. Her passion and philanthropic gestures are to be admired.
Anyone who runs a business knows the importance of having a good reputation. It’s really the foundation. Without a good reputation, no one will frequent a place. People put a lot of stake in what other people say, especially when it comes to someone else’s review of a place or product. That’s because a person is more willing to trust an average joe than the company itself. That’s because they see that this person utilized a service and therefore know it’ll be an unbiased opinion.
In this day and age, a business needs to pay focus to online reputation management. That’s because when people are mad, they take to the internet to share their opinions. The internet is also where people go to read reviews, good and bad. Social media and websites such as Yelp allow people to freely share what they think. An unfortunate part of reality is that people care more about the negatives. They view these as being painfully honest and therefore may choose not to frequent a business. It’s been said that massive amounts of good reviews are needed to outweigh one bad review.
Fortunately, there are steps that a business can take to improve their online reputation. One of these is by hiring a company to fix your reputation. According to Business News Daily, there’s a variety of companies out there that are willing to help. These businesses do a lot of PR work. They help to bury bad articles, repair a brand, and do damage control. These companies that specialize in reputation make sure that no one easily sees a negative review. They also find ways to combat that in case people do. They know how to make people believe in a business again.
Overall, technology and the internet is prevalent in almost every person’s life. Therefore a business has to pay close attention to what is being said about them online. The internet is a big place, however, and therefore sometimes help is needed. A business can’t keep track of everything that’s said about them and therefore it’s important to have an online reputation company step in and help.
Anthony is also very well known for his charitable work. His philanthropy began when his daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Their daughter, Carena, was born premature. Cerebral palsy is a common neurological disease in children that are born premature. The disease is caused by a lack of oxygen and/or blood flow to the brain.
Anthony Petrello and his wife Cynthia Petrello wanted to do something to help not just their daughter but other children as well that are wrestling with neurological disorders. The couple researched pediatric research institutes across the country and world in their quest to help children. They decided the best place to fund would be the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital.
The Petrello’s have so far donated $5 million, with a total commitment of $7 million, to the initiatives of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute. This money is going towards researching new treatments and cures for neurological disorders experienced by children. The couples advocacy for this institute has led it to being donated $200 million in contributions to date. Anthony and Cynthia Petrello also serve on the Texas Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees.
The institute has made some discoveries through their neurological research. They have identified specific genes that are linked to childhood neurological disorders. They have also discovered connections between Alzheimer’s, which the elderly can suffer from, and Batten Disease which afflicts children.
Avi Weisfogel began his career in 1999 at the Old Bridge Dental Care as a dentist. For over 15 years, his dedicated service led to him winning different accolades for many years. One of the accolades was ‘The Best Dentist’. In the meantime he was exploring how physicians and dental experts could help people who are suffering from sleep disorders. In the process, he established a company called Healthy Heart Sleep back in 2010. The company was based on working closely with physicians and showing them how to establish and even successfully manage sleep labs.</li>
In 2012, he was already working closely with dentists on the best way to serve sleep patients. Dr. Avi in 2014 continued with his dream of treating sleep disorders and, thereby, established Dental Sleep Masters. His approach was to use oral appliances in order to ensure that patients with sleep disorders are treated. In his argument, he explains that people who suffer from sleep apnea do not even know they have a problem. The medical condition escalates and brings about other diseases like diabetes, stroke and heart diseases. His medical research and success have been prompted by the desire to explore and find solutions across the world.
Dr. Avi Weisfogel Career
Avi began his career in dental practice in New Jersey. He has been in this field for over 15 years and his innovation has been based on providing solutions to people with sleep disorders. He pursued a degree in Biology and Psychology at the Rutgers University. He also furthered his education by taking a dental course at the degree level at the New York University College. In college, he pursued a course which he had interest in and thus it became easy to come up with sleeping solutions.
He has skills in dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. The career of Dr. Avi Weisfogel have also skyrocketed to another level after he was given the Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. Over the years he has been handling people who have sleep disorders. One of the sources of motivation is because there was no frequent dental patients and therefore, the experts decided to help people with sleep disorders.
Martin Lustgarten is a highly successful investment banker. He was born in Florida back in 1959. At that time, Florida was a humble place and not as trendy as we see today. Fifty years ago, the location was somewhat tropical and active suburban. It was virgin land that has no influences in Wall Street. Martin Lustgarten won the hearts of many in the state through his dedication, personal sacrifice, and hard work. He has become a skilled investment banker through his efforts. He spent a large part of his later years in Venezuela and Austria.
Martin’s investment industry has grown to have a big name in the international marketplace. However, Martin will surprise you because he is a great philanthropist who shares his wealth with several humanitarian charities. He prides himself on being a caring and loving person that believes in giving back to the community. Apart from contributing to charities, he is highly educated and teaches people about investment banking protocols.
As an investment banker, Mr. Lustgarten has assisted many clients with their investment needs. He is known in the investment industry as someone who gets the job done. Apart from his interest in the investment industry, he started his investment banking firm known as Lustgarten Martin. His many years of experience in the industry has seen him grow the firm to become a complete success. He runs the daily operations of the investment bank today. Martin has distinguished himself from other investment bankers through his accomplishments.
Martin Lustgarten focus on his business is expanding towards a global scale. He wants to create the ideal business with thousands of employees. He is already a role model to many investors that want to enter the investment banking industry. He believes greatly in his investments and their success. Martin has shown a high level of hard work. He is hardworking and wise with his investments. One of his most creative steps is keeping a diverse wealth portfolio for recession and retirement. He has several investments in multiple foreign countries to spread risks. Martin is currently the chief executive officer of his company located in Ponte Beach in Florida.
While past technologies showed some edginess but remained largely focused on functionality as was seen by the evolution of the Boom Box to the Walkman to finally to the iPod, current trends are hinting that fashion will play a more significant role in technology. Anouk Wipprecht, for example, is a Dutch designer well-known for implementing her designs with technology as shown in many of her outfits, e.g., a drink-making dress and a self-painting dress.
The merging between fashion and technology serve multiple purposes; among some users, they can work to provide protection and create energy. Fashionable neckwear has been designed for cyclists that can pop out and serve as an airbag during a collision. Clothing has also been created that can capture the kinetic energy to power devices such as a watch and mp3 player.
While technological devices are huge hits among consumers, they may sometimes fall short of expectations due to aesthetic reasons. The Google Glass, for example, was functional but was not quite stylish and needed the help of Diane Von Furstenberg to revamp the look.
Such cases have shown the importance of fashion for the success of technology and why the two will go hand-in-hand in the future. These insights have come from an experienced and highly creative man, Christopher Burch, the Founder and CEO of Burch Creative Capital and Co-Founder of the Luxury Fashion Brand, Tory Burch.
From a young age, he always thought entrepreneurially and worked in multiple roles from construction to door-to-door selling. Though he had a learning disability as a kid, he turned the weakness into a strength by using his creative mind to think about new ideas and build a business over several years along with his brother called Eagle’s Eye Apparel. After selling his company at 40, Burch made many significant investments in major companies including Tory Burch, Voss Water, Jawbone, and Poppin. Through his financial and emotional support, he has been a critical member in helping people to get where they need to go. With a strong sense of humility and creativity, he attributes much of his success to his dreams as a child. He continues to do great work and invest across a wide range of industries.
Thor Halvorssen is a Venezuelan human rights activist and film producer. He is also the founder of Oslo Freedom Forum, an annual human rights conference held in Norway since 2009 and run by the Human Rights Foundation. Halvorssen was born on March 9, 1976. Halvorssen’s mother, Hilda Mendoza, was a descendant of Cristobal Mendoza, Venezuela’s first president. Halvorssen’s father, Thor Halvorssen Hellum, was an Ambassador of anti-Narcotic Affairs during the tenure of Carlos Andrés Pérez. He was also a special overseas investigator for the Venezuelan Senate Commission.
In his early adulthood, Halvorssen was appointed director of the Pan-American Committee for Society for Human Rights.
Later, in 1999, Halvorssen would be instrumental in getting Lucent Technologies to enact a policy in which they would have to certify that all products manufactured in China were not created using slave labor. In the he same year, he became the first executive director and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, an organization whose self professed goal is “to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities.” This includes free-speech, legal equality, due process, and religious liberty. In 2004, Halvorssen would step down as head of FIRE, instead opting to join its board of advisors. In 2005 he would help found the Human Rights Foundation, an organization which he is still currently president of. Halvorssen continues to be an advocate for human rights internationally to this day, while also branching out into film production.
Born to a Jewish Family in Washington, D.C. Bruce Levenson attended grade school and college like many American’s looking to obtain a well financially balanced future. After attending college, Bruce worked hard and became one of America’s well-known businessmen and now former NBA co-owner of the Altanta Hawks LLC. He is also a philanthropist who also served as the Hawk’s Governor on the NBA Board of Governors. Mr. Levenson founded the United Communications Group better known as UCG in 1977 and he was also a founding board member and currently a Board of Directors for Tech Target a publicly traded IT industry media company.
At the time of co-owning the Hawks, Bruce Leveson hired Danny Ferry (a former team player of the Cleveland Cavaliers) as the Hawks general manager and president of basketball operations in 2012. In 2014, Levenson revealed his plans on Forbes Magazine to sell his share of ownership.
As of September 2016, it’s been reported that the former Hawks ownership is planning to sue the New Hampshire insurance company over Ferry settlement. This lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of Fulton County on the 3 of September 2016 due to breach of contract and insurance bad faith. AHBE believes that the policy had a clause stating coverage for certain losses with one including “Wrongful Termination” and “Workplace Torts”.
According to ajc.com, the lawsuit AIG has refused to participate in the defense of said claims and has also refused to pay the covered loss. The lawsuit is also looking forward to an extra 50 percent penalty of the unpaid loss as well as attorney fees and costs. It has been reported an email was sent to AIG for further information, however they have yet to respond.
Mike Baur rose up the ranks of the Swiss private banking system from a commercial apprentice at UBS to an executive position at a prestigious private bank. Having made this achievement and at a time when most executives are purchasing a Ferrari or Lamborghini, Mike Baur made another life-altering decision. At the age of 39, he surprisingly began a new business from scratch. In 2014 Baur with the help of two associates started the Swiss StartUp Factory. Since its inception, it has gained strength and has become the recognized leader in Switzerland among startup accelerators.
Baur had a history of working with Swiss entrepreneurs and founded this company to further help young and talented entrepreneurs establish fundamentally sound and profitable businesses. Baur not only has 20 years of active banking experience but an MBA from the University of Rochester, New York and an executive MBA from the University of Berne.
His business model offers office space, secretarial help, conferencing capabilities, mentoring from Baur and other Swiss Executives, and a large grant to take a business idea and turn it into a functioning and profitable company.
The program is open to all fledgling businesses composed of at least two people. Candidates make application to a board of review, and the winner receives the large grant and is accepted into the program where additional funding is possible. Baur and the Swiss StartUp Factory are primarily looking to discover new ideas in the “FinTech” industry, an area where money changes hands rapidly, securely, and effectively. Baur is hoping to discover the next PayPal and because he will own a small percentage of the business, profit from its development.
Applicants must travel to Zurich where Baur has set up his headquarters for the Swiss StartUp Factory. Once the new business has sufficient funding, it can begin operations anywhere in the world.
This new concept is entirely different from the existing model where entrepreneurs would sell their idea to a major corporation and be absorbed into the corporation and lose their holdings in the new operation. Baur sees the wisdom of the entrepreneur/executive and feels that one good idea will follow another in the life of a talented entrepreneur. The model of the large corporation that has been the rule in American business may be challenged by this brilliant Swiss concept. American business is no longer product driven but will operate on new concepts like FinTech and the telecommunications industry.
They often say that so much of success in life is having mental toughness. A company or a person needs to be able to have character and they need to be able to be reliable to their customers. That is what they are judged on, each and every single day. That is why it is so important to keep doing the little things right all of the time. When it comes to success and preparation, it does not take a day off. If it takes a day off, there is going to be someone out there that is going to outwork that company or beat them to the punch.
With Talk Fusion and Bob Reina, they have always been one step ahead and they never fall asleep at the wheel. Bob Reina saw all of this coming back when he opened up the company in 2007 as founder and CEO. He knew that the Internet and technology was growing. He saw that more and more people were relying on it, counting on it, and using it. He knew it was only a matter of time before people started to say goodbye to their regular jobs and work from home. With people being able to communicate with each other in a variety of ways with Talk Fusion’s video chats, video emails, video newsletters, and video conferences, it was going to give them what they needed to get it off the ground.
The Technology Marketing Corporation recently gave out a very special award to Talk Fusion for being the 2016 Communications Solutions Product of The Year Award. They have earned this award as they have kept their foot on the gas pedal. They are never afraid to be self-critical and they are never afraid of change. A lot of companies out there are afraid of change and they are afraid to mix things up.