The Philanthropic Life of Dick DeVos

Dick DeVos is an entrepreneur and a business magnate that is based in Michigan. DeVos has been in the business field for an extended period, and he has also held several positions. At one time, DeVos served as the Chief Executive Officer of the consumer goods distribution company. He has also been involved in politics besides his business background.

The business activities that Dick DeVos has been involved with include holding different positions at Amway Corporation in 1974. Some of the departments he served in Amway Business Corporation include the research department, marketing, sales, and finance. Dick also served as the Vice President of the Amway Corporation, during the tenure in the organization, the company’s sales were reported to have grown to 50 percent of the annual sales. DeVos also served as the president of the Orlando Magic after his family had acquired the basketball franchise. DeVos also served as the chairperson of the Amway Corporation, succeeding his father.

DeVos is also involved with a lot of philanthropic activities, having donated plenty of funds to fund various projects meant for community support. Dick is known to have supported various organizations including civic societies, religious, and educational organizations among others. He is also involved in funding a lot of artistic works such as the ArtPrize, an art competition that has been in place since its establishment in 2009. DeVos’ foundations have also donated funds meant to encourage free-market economics. Organizations involved in supporting this movement include the Heritage Organization and the Hudson Institute. DeVos is a well-known crusader for education to all populations. He has set-up funds that are meant to provide scholarships to students at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. The scholarship program mainly targets students from developing nations. DeVos has also established an annual scholarship program that is known as the Betsy and Dick DeVos Scholars. The scholarship program is meant for students at the Northwood University pursuing BBA.

The DeVos family is also the greatest sponsor of the Conservative Movement and the Christian. The family is ranked among the top benefactors besides the Bradleys, the Coorses, and the Kochs. The Devos family is estimated to have given more than 200 million US Dollars to Cristian Right and Conservative Movements. The Amway Corporation co-founder Richard DeVos is also a member of the Koch brother’s invites-only donors’ summit. The DeVos family has donated funds to many organizations in the United States including the David Koch’s American for Prosperity. Most advocacy groups in American Politics have gotten funds donations from the billionaire’s foundations.

Andy Wirth Says California Resorts Will Bounce Back From Drought

The California ski area was hit hard by the recent drought conditions. In a recent interview on KCRW’s Press Play With Madeline Brand, Squaw Valley Ski Resort President Andy Wirth spoke on how the drought affected his resort as well as others in the area. Although Wirth conceded that the the ski industry suffered greatly, he is optimistic about the future.

The ski area was hit with what Stanford meteorologists describes as the “ridiculously resilient ridge,” according to Wirth. This weather anomaly prevented moisture from reaching the mountainous regions. The result was a massive reduction in snowfall. The available skiing acres dropped by some 20%, as well as overall visitation.

Brand asked Wirth how an unlimited drought could possibly affect the area. “We’re ready,” said Wirth. “It all has to do with your business model and how well you prepare.” Wirth says that his resort could withstand several drought seasons if forced to do so. Learn more about Andy Wirth: http://andywirth.com/ and www.kcrw.com/people/andy-wirth

A great deal of new and improved methods of creating artificial snow and other alternatives enlisted by the resorts could help if a long-term drought occurred.

Good news is on the horizon. Stanford meteorologists have predicted that this year’s ski season should be normal. In fact, if the El Nino conditions hold up, there will be a massive amount of snow this year. “Absent the ridiculously resilient ridge, everything should be fine,” said Wirth.

Andy Wirth is a businessman and CEO who has given a great deal to the California ski community.

After spending 25 years with Steamboat Springs Resort in Colorado, Andy Wirth was installed as the new CEO of Squaw Valley. The resort has undergone a number of changes to make it one of the most popular resorts in the area.

Andy Wirth is a member of several local boards including the Lake Tahoe International Airport. He is married with three children.

The Visionary Brain of George Soros

George Soros is a well-known personality throughout the world. He ranks among the wealthiest people alive according to Forbes. The magazine puts Soros at #23 in the world with a net worth of $24.9 Billion. George attributes his wealth to hedge funds and self-made property. He is currently 85 years old, and a father of five.

George recently revealed his opinion on the paramount matter facing the United Kingdom. Britain is now involved in a poll to decide if they should quit the European Union. George Soros is the idea that Britain should remain in the EU. He has apparently given his views on the matter, to try convincing the people.

In 1992, George Soros made enormous profits by predicting a similar situation. He received more than $1.5 million from the Bank of England. Soros was a wealthy man already at the time. His vision, however, proved to be an added advantage to himself. He made the best of an otherwise sad situation.

Soros holds a Bachelor of Arts/ Science from the London School of Economics. He also carries vast experience in the hedge fund industry, one of his fields of operations. During his address about staying in the EU, George Soros stated situations that may arise from such an action. Referring to 1992, Soros told Brits to prepare themselves for a ‘Black Friday.’ This term comes from ‘Black Wednesday’ which was as a result of the withdrawal of the sterling pound from the European Rate Mechanism. This action led to the collapse of many financial markets in the world and brought problems for the ordinary citizen in Britain.

Read more:
Brexit and the Future of Europe

George Soros – Business Leader, Philanthropist

George Soros has several public figures from Britain supporting his stand. David Beckham, a former professional soccer player, and his wife Victoria are for #remain. Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron also issued an address at No. 10 Downing Street supporting the anti-Brexit team. ‘Brexit’ is a term coined by joining British and Exit. During his briefing, Cameron said that Britain was not a nation of quitters. He encouraged the voters to vote with great caution.

George gave his reasons for telling Brits to vote for staying in the EU. He claimed that if the sterling pound was to exit the market, people in Britain would experience an increase in prices of ordinary households almost immediately. Availability of jobs, investment, and the financial market would also feel the impact.

George is a man of many qualities. Financial expertise aside, Soros is an excellent author. He has won awards in his writing career and was once a best seller. He is also a generous man who gives back to society always. George has set up a foundation to assist less privileged in society to acquire education among other essential needs.

Learn more about George Soros:
 http://www.cnbc.com/2016/06/25/brexit-makes-eus-dissolution-practically-inevitable-george-soros.html

The Haunted Hotel Heldrich: Devco Struggles to Repay Massive Loan

It seemed like a good idea at the time.
This is what officials at the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) likely tell themselves when they check the balance on the $20 million loan they issued to build The Heldrich hotel in New Brunswick. This January, New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO), builders of the Heldrich, missed yet another installment, adding another $1 million to the $7 million in payments missed since 2011.

The 235-room hotel debuted to fanfare in 2007, shortly before the economic downturn. In years since, business hasn’t lived up to expectations. Most customers today come from nearby Johnson and Johnson. J&J executives happen to sit on the board of Devco. Revenue has been tight enough to force Devco to dip into their own funds to pay for needed repairs to mattresses and carpets.

Attorney Christopher Paladino heads both Devco and its sister organization, the Atlantic City Development Corp. He arranged the loan for The Heldrich. So far, only senior bond holders have seen timely payment on the $107M total borrowed for the project. Paladino states that as a subordinate lender, CRDA anticipated the potential of slow repayment. In a recent article in The Press of Atlantic City Paladino asserts all creditors will eventually be repaid.

Eyes are on The Heldrich as a model for similar redevelopment in Atlantic City.

Devco has made news in the past as a pioneer in uniting public funds and private capital for redevelopment projects in New Brunswick. Their projects have included Liberty Square, the Middlesex County Administration Building, and Skyline Tower. Many of Devco’s efforts have been praised for modernizing New Brunswick.

Since its founding in the 1970’s, Devco has overseen nearly $1.6 billion in funds dedicated to rebuilding New Brunswick. They pride themselves on innovative funding structures and mixed-use projects.

First time experiencing the Wen by Chaz cleansing conditioner!

WEN Hair by Chaz offers a hair care line that works for all hair types. The line is known on QVC for its product that combines shampoo, conditioner and styling treatment all in one bottle. The product line is supposed to restore your hair’s shine, elasticity and repair damaged strands. An article written by Emily McClure on Bustle gives an in depth review of the product with real results.
http://www.bustle.com/articles/136320-i-used-cleansing-cleansing-conditioner-on-my-fine-hair-heres-what-happened

After a long day of travel, Emily’s fine hair is in need of a good wash and style. She decides to start her Wen hair cleansing conditioner treatment. After dispensing 10 pumps of the cleansing conditioner, she massages the product throughout her hair and in to her scalp. Her hair instantly feels thicker in the shower. After rinsing her hair, she proceeds to style per her usual routine. She notices that her hair is shiny and bouncy.

The next morning, her hair is unexpectedly in need of washing again due to her hair being greasy and flat. Again, she washes her hair with the cleansing conditioner, then styles as usual. She is left with shiny, bouncy hair.

The next day, Emily wakes up to to check her roots. They are not as greasy as the day before. She decides to shower, making sure she fully rinses out the product. She uses other products to styler her hair this time, but still finds the end results to be pleasing. She repeats this process again the next few days. When Emily decides to curl her hair after using the cleansing conditioner she finds that her waves fell quickly but her hair was very soft.

Overall, this Amazon available product is great for those who plan to shower and style their hair every morning. The product gives extra shine and bounce to Emily’s fine hair strands.

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CCMP Capital Boss led the Company in Acquiring New Markets and Business Buyouts

In the year 1989, Mr. Stephen Murray began his career working as an analyst at MH Equity Corporation where he led the Company to Merge with Manufactures Hanover’s Private equity thus contributed to the expansion of the Firm through integrating finance unit within the Company.

Mr. Murray is a specialist in making decent deals and able to walk the talk with investors that through his prowess made MH Equity Corporation incorporate many firms that made Murray being promoted to work in close cooperation with Partners.

In 1996, Mr. Murray while in his Position, led Chemical Ventures Partners and Chase Manhattan Corporation to Merge with MH Equity to form Chase Capital Partners.

In 2006, Mr. Stephen Murray worked as Credit Analyst in Training Program at Manufacturers Hanover Corporation (HMC) where he advised the Company on bringing on board the expertise from the Mergers that will help in running of the Firm.

Later Stephen’s Career blossomed, and he became the Chief Officer of CCMP Capital Advisors becoming one of the Co-Founders due to Mergers that he brought on Board. As the Chief Finance Officer, Mr. Murray was the head of Finance Unit where he advised CCMP Capital to withdraw from JP Morgan Chase & Co., an investment Bank so as to evade Impending Conflicts with the Banks’ Clientele. Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital:  https://www.pehub.com/2007/10/5-questions-with-stephen-murray/ and http://culturebytes.org/the-exponential-growth-of-ccmp-capital-under-stephen-murrays-leadership/

CCMP Capital Advisors concentrated on Middle-Markets buyouts and focused on attaining strategies that will foster evolution and development of equity investments. CCMP Capital raised to maintain a net worth valued of approximately $3.6 Billion across the Capital Structure accrediting the success to Murray that made him became the CEO in 2007. He offered a close solution to clients appealing them to invest in lending markets

Stephen Murray being the CEO led CCMP to expand its markets in North America and Europe through privatizing public institutions and diversifying property through investing massively on real estates. Additionally, he led CCMP Capital in structuring the newly acquired business in in-depth growth and development being dictated by changing market conditions. Read more: CCMP Capital Resumes Business After Death of Stephen Murray

These privatized and newly acquired Companies relied on Stephen in managing the expertise portfolio and scaling of unambiguous issues and prospect within the already established industries. CCMP grew to the point of investing heavily in projects and to the affiliate partners at approximately $100 to $500 Million of Equity per single transactions.

Stephen Murray also served in banking industry through forming partners with institutions like KKR & Co., TPG Capital, and Blackstone Group LP. Murray graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor Degree of Arts and an MBA from Columbia University.

An Experiment With Wen Haircare

If you’re a facebook fan of hair products, you might have heard of a haircare line called WEN hair. Wen’s creator, Chaz Dean invented several formulas of what he calls a cleansing conditioner. This three in one formula is a shampoo, conditioner and styling treatment in one bottle, to minimize styling time. Chaz Dean is well known among the Hollywood scene for not only his product line, but for being a professional celebrity hairstylist. His products are known to benefit all different types of hair, with a specific formulas designed for each type.
In an attempt to find out if Wen truly holds benefits to the hair, one woman decides to test it out for a week and record her results. She chose the Sephora marketed Fig formula, hoping to transform her thin hair. After one use, she notices an increase in volume and softness. Just one wash! She set out to find volume to make styling easier but she recieved so much more. By the end of the experiment, her hair was super soft, shiny and totally transformed. To see the difference, check out this site: http://www.bustle.com/articles/136320-i-used-cleansing-cleansing-conditioner-on-my-fine-hair-heres-what-happened

The difference between the before and after is immaculate. Her hair is clearly bouncier and shinier than ever. Plus the woman, now has a cleansing conditioner she can count on to keep her tresses at their very best. With Wen, the benefits are endless. And it doesn’t matter the type of hair you have- there is a formula for every hair type! If you want to see results, try Wen hair products on Amazon today!

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A New Super PAC Created to Battle Republican Candidate

There’s a new super PAC on the block and it is aiming to help the Democrats win more votes. This new creation already got its coffers filled with $15 million, much of it from a renowned hedge fund manager, George Soros. And its name is Immigrant Voters Win PAC.

The aim is simple: Bring at least 400,000 more new votes for the Democrats during this year’s elections in the swing states such as Nevada, Colorado, and (especially) Florida. In fact, Florida is a state with many Latinos who in the past have been swing voters. This year, Soros wants them on Hillary’s side.

Many Mexican-Americans will vote against Trump after he mentioned building a wall with Mexico and potentially deporting more than 10 million illegal immigrants, with many Mexicans included.

There are some motivated anti-Trump Latino activists already. One is Cristóbal Alex, who heads the Latino Victory Project. He feels insulted and attacked. As he said, “From the first day Trump attacked us, he called us rapists and thieves.”

To be exact, Trump referred to Mexican criminals, not to every Mexican. However, for Mr. Alex, that’s bad enough. What’s more, he also worries that a wall with Mexico would separate many families.
Read more articles about George Soros:
George Soros – The New York Times
Forbes 400 Richest Americans: George Soros
George Soros | The New York Review of Books
Billionaire George Soros funds $15m effort to stop Trump, mobilize Latinos

Another potential target of Immigrant Voters Win PAC are the Muslims, especially after Trump’s comment to ban temporarily Muslim migration. Many of these voters are already convinced whom to vote for. So, this super PAC isn’t only about convincing people to vote for Hillary Clinton, but to come to vote in the first place.

George Soros is an immigrant to America himself. He made billions of dollars as a hedge fund manager and financial markets speculator. He’s recognized as one of the best investors in the world. He’s also known for his political actions. Back in 2004, he raised $200 million on failed anti-Bush campaign. We wonder how much he will raise now since $5 million is a rather small amount with a man who got billions and doesn’t like Trump.

Learn more about George Soros:

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1997/02/the-capitalist-threat/376773/

Venezuelan Singer Livens Grocery Lines

There’s a spirit alive and well in Venezuela. It’s name is music! Amidst troubling facets of present Venezuelan life like long grocery lines, as reported by Open Corporates certain people in this country have the desire to express themselves with a talent that brings joy and hope to anyone within an earshot.
Travelling musician Jonathan Acosta and his band are enriching the streets of his home town Lara, and other places throughout the country with music that is entertaining, yet brings to mind the need for Venezuelan solidarity, as it pertains to modern economic woes.

A rich and exuberant tenor, Acosta sings of the joys of living in Venezuela to throngs of weary shoppers. According to a dateas article, he along with a talented group of back-up instrumentalists, he bursts into areas where people wait for access to everyday items. His beautiful voice and traditional song styles create smiles, and even a spontaneous dance.

From classical piano and guitar performances, to unique village demonstrations, Venezuela has mesmerized the world with musical talent. Jonathan Acosta is a common-man sensation who is worthy of being noticed by the world arts community. He lends his art and voice to people like Jose Velasquez who are negotiating strange economic times, but maintains the highest quality of Venezuelan performance standards. Bravo Jonathan Acosta!

 

Yeonmi Park: Through Hell For Freedom

North Korea, perhaps the most secretive nation on Earth, is largely a mystery to the outside world. What few glimpses we have gotten of the nation have not been hopeful. Reports of the horrors occurring within the borders of the dictatorial Kims’ nation have been ghastly. One such report comes from North Korean refugee, Yeonmi Park.
Yeonmi was 13 when she began the journey that would inform the path her life would take from then on. Her family – mother, Byeon Keum Sook; father, Park Jin Sik; and older sister Eunmi Park – were a standard North Korean family, according to Park’s story, means that they were abysmally destitute. And while Park and her family were without food, let alone money or other amenities, they were not without hope.

After the economic downturn that came with the fall of the Soviet Union, Yeonmi’s family, along with many in North Korea, became desperate. In one interview by the New York Times, she described the food situation in her home country at the time, “It was not proper ingredients, it was whatever you had. I ate flowers, grasshoppers, dragonflies. I didn’t know they made cook books about food. In North Korea no one knows. How much food we have is all we care about, not about the taste. Everything is edible, nothing is left over.”

So when her father was arrested for smuggling, her family decided to escape. On March, 31 2007, at age 13, Yeonmi and her mother began their journey out of oppression. Her sister left just before, and her father was still in North Korea.

It was only through incredible inner, and at times outer, strength that Yeonmi survived her march toward freedom. She faced extreme abuses: sexual, emotional, and physical, along with the constant threat of starvation. Still, she never gave up. Not even when her father died of cancer shortly after finally making it to freedom.

Since surviving her ordeal, she became an activist, illuminating the situation in North Korea and the crimes of the Kim Dynasty. Her Amazon released book, which tells her harrowing story, is titled In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom.